Company history (Continuation)
The development of digital products at SCHOEPS began in 1997 with the arrival of Christian Langen, who has since become Director of Product Development. This led to the creation of digital processors and eventually to some of the world’s first digital microphones.
At the beginning of 2003, for the first time after more than five decades, the company’s logo was significantly changed in order to strengthen its impression. Its symbolism and elegance remained the same, but it now allows the recognition of that with which SCHOEPS is (and will remain) primarily concerned: Microphones.
In February, 2007 Jörg Wuttke left his position as Technical Director; after nearly 37 years of activity he reached retirement age. But he remains connected with the company both as a consultant and as a shareholder of the corporation. Through his presence at countless international congresses, Mr. Wuttke has become the epitome of a microphone expert, and he enjoyed great popularity among recording engineers, since he knows so well how to explain the principles of acoustical physics in a straightforward and practical manner.
His departure in 2007 led to changes in the leadership team at SCHOEPS. Dr. Helmut Wittek first became the Technical Director, and in March, 2009 became co-CEO as well.
After more than 28 years as CEO of the microphone manufacturer Schoeps, Ulrich Schoeps resigned in January 2015. Dr. Helmut Wittek continued as co-CEO of the company and Karin Fléing (38) also became a co-CEO.
Dr. Helmut Wittek has been at Schoeps since 2005, and co-CEO since 2009. He maintains very close contact with the pro audio and sound engineering communities and personifies the technical credibility of Schoeps. Karin Fléing, a graduate in media management, joined Schoeps in 2007. She formerly served as Director of Sales and Marketing.
The company remains privately owned, with Ulrich Schoeps as the majority shareholder. The long established company philosophy of high product quality, close cooperation with customers and sustainability will thus be seamlessly maintained. Ulrich Schoeps, son of the company’s founder, can look back upon a life’s work encompassing the development of this small company into one of the world’s most respected manufacturers of high-quality studio microphones. Under his leadership, Schoeps microphones have become the standard on the concert stage.
Today ca. 49 co-workers in an area of 1,500 square meters develop, produce and distribute the complete product range.