The year was 1994 and it all began. Well sort of. Some years earlier, while studying Electronic Systems at University, Haider (one of the Sonneteer founders) had a band and Remo( the other Sonneteer founder) decided to get involved. Remo was fond of music and was a big HiFi enthusiast, but didn’t play an instrument. So he got involved in a more technical sense. In many ways this is where all the magic began. Strapped for cash, every time the band needed something to enhance their recordings or live performance, the soldering iron came out and wonderful things happened.
As a hobby, and for a short period professionally as a sound engineer, Haider records music and for his Degree, final year, project he decided to design an amplifier as an improvement over the one he used to monitor his recordings. Rock stardom didn’t quite beckon at the time, but he did have a period (in between degrees) running a music studio for a pop star as well as a number for years writing for a book stand audio magazine.
As far as Sonneteer was concerned, this final year project and Remo’s hi-fi enthusiasm was key. It also took Haider (and Remo) on a journey designing for a number of other audio brands with some award winning successes, but that’s another story. Haider, after completing his MSc would have been just as happy continuing to play guitar and write poetry and pros(yes he is writing these very words you read), but the lure of the three legged semiconductor and Remo’s nagging enthusiasm set a course and the wind blew onto the sails.
Here’s Remo’s take on what happened next in a extract from his Blog:
Here’s Haider’s version of events: