STUDIO EQUIPMENT was founded at the end of 1993 by Terry Nelson and Thérèse Reichen in order to carry on the pro audio services offered by Cinac Systems SA. But first, a little background…
Terry Nelson has been involved in the pro audio industry since the 1960's, both on the technical side and as a musician, starting out with Wallace Amplifiers in London and then with WEM (Watkins Electric Music).
"This is where I learned the basics of sound reinforcement and was privileged to work with the leading groups of the day".
The start of the 70's saw music taking a more active role but audio was never far away. A move to Switzerland and the building of a studio for the group he was part of provided the spur for more pro audio education, notably with the APRS Studio Engineering course at Surrey University in England.
A meeting with famed studio designer, Tom Hidley, at the Paris AES Convention in 1977 led to a mentoring relationship with regards to studio design and acoustics. Following this first private studio design, Terry Nelson received his first professional mandate to collaborate on the new Studio Maunoir in Geneva, originally a 24-track music recording studio and later rebuilt as a THX pm3 post-production facility.
Activities through to the end of the 1980's included sound reinforcement, mobile recording and studio design.
A meeting in 1989 with Henry Suter of Cinac led to the creation of Cinac Systems SA (including Colin Broad) and the realisation of the new music recording studios and THX-approved dubbing stages at Mosfilm in Moscow.
During this period, Terry Nelson and Colin Broad also found time for the re-equipping and re-design of the new studios for Digitec Records in Heliopolis/Cairo, Egypt.
The change in political situation in the ex-Soviet Union led to the cessation of activities by Cinac and the creation of Studio Equipment.