INTRODUCTION

Since its foundation in the early 1980s, Schertler SA has launched a programme of passionate research that aims to achieve the highest levels of accuracy in the reproduction of acoustic stringed instrument sound. Led by bassist and founder Stephan Schertler, the research and development company initially began to focus on producing high quality tools and innovative technology to replace the technology and imperfections of piezo pickups. Over the years, Schertler’s original approach to harnessing acoustic vibrations has resulted in a number of fundamental innovations, some of which have gained international patents, such as the STAT Series of contact microphones.

In 2003, Schertler launched an original series of compact amplifiers – the Classic Series. Since then, the 3-channel UNICO and 2-channel DAVID have provided musicians with high quality portable solutions for stringed instrument amplification. Suited to virtually any live performance situation, these amplifiers have received unanimous feedback from users around the world, helping to build the reputation that Schertler has gained in the field of acoustic amplification.

The latest note from THE DIARY

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 ARTHUR gives students a different "hands on" mixer experience.

Students attending the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (acm.uco.edu) in Oklahoma City recently had a rather different "hands-on" mixer experience. Under the guidance of educator and audio engineer Harold LaRue, class members were able to closely explore the individual modules that make up their new ARTHUR mixer before putting it to work in the studio. La Rue explains further: "This is my Studio Recording II class, where they learn about advanced signal flow, gain staging, fundamental tracking and mixing techniques. The students had never seen anything like the ARTHUR mixer and were intrigued. I'll be introducing two other classes to this mixer soon: my most advanced Studio Recording IV and Audio Mastering students."

LaRue also travelled with ARTHUR to the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas, where he was able to introduce the modular mixer to a group of top producers and engineers. "Much interest was expressed in using [ARTHUR] for compact studio mixing applications: the ULN's Line In mode with the parametric EQ was of most interest to the mixing crowd. … Home-based, professional  production studios are, of course, becoming the norm and the Arthur mixer appeals to this type of workflow," he commented.