STS Digital

STS Digital

Beautiful sound recordings on CD, DMM 180gm Vinyl albums and reel to reel tape.

STS Digital are one of Europe's leading audiophile recording and music production studios, still usng the analouge (tape) medium where ever possible for the best musical sound and dynamics.  Based in Holland, they have been used by several leading component manufacturers such as Marantz, to produce CDs of exquisite musical quality. Over the years, they have developed their own unique 'MW process' to make their recordings sound as good as possible from studio masters for CD and LP.

The CD, LP and 'Tape from the Master' portfolio is growing all the time.  Air Audio Distribution is privileged to represent their musical portfolio in the UK. The CD's and LP's are manufactured in relatively small volumes (low thousands); the tapes direct from the Master, rcorded in batches of 5.  We hold a stock of each - when we re-order STS do not always have them in stock themselves so please ask for details before ordering.

See below - sections: CD/Hybrid/SACD (CD unless otherwise stated), VINYL LP and TAPE.

Hi-Fi Pig interview with Fritz de With, STS Owner - about their reel to reel Master Copies and their recordings in general.

"We get a lot of e-mails from audio fans from all over the world and they always ask the same question: what is your motivation to make such beautiful recordings, well here we go.

The first reason is that we like music very much, it is a wonderful way to express feelings and communicate with other people on the same level.

We like also the sound of musical instruments, played in fine acoustic surroundings, they sound so pure and warm. Unfortunately most CD, LP and Reel to Reel tapes are bad recorded, with a harsh sound too closed in and without ambience. For this reason we started with STS Digital twenty years ago to do something totally different and the results are our recordings with a fine selection and series like: Dynamic Experience, Celebrate the art & spirit of music, Siltech Test Demo CD, The Absolute Sound Reference lots of LP’s and Reel to Reel tapes.

We give in these series and products every musical instrument the space they need, so the original sound can develop its typical sound of various instruments with the help of good ambience. A sax will sound like a sax and not like a clarinet and a piano sounds like a piano and not a keyboard.

Now you understand how important it is to record music in a good sounding concert room or church and not in a dry studio with close miking.

To get the best out of our Schoeps microphones we use gold/silver cables from Siltech and copper cables from Van den Hul and we clean up AC current with our own developed 6 pack AC Power Block. We use our ears by first listening in the concert room or church where an orchestra is playing for some time and then go back to our recording room to get the sound what we first heard in the concert room/church, as natural as possible. It is usual dictated by placing the microphones not to close, we also put a lot of effort in mixing and mastering the recordings, we guard the whole recording process with our ears like a wolf in the night.

Every step we check the results and compare the process with the original recordings.

We understand that regular CD, LP and Reel to Reel Tape recording companies can’t effect such a Rolls Royce treatment. We can do that, because we ask the best brand audio manufactures, for their financial support, they help us to go as far as we possibly can go to reach that High-End standard.

If you listen to our productions on CD/LP, remember that we did our utmost best to get for you all the benefits of our effort to go far beyond the best of the best."

Fritz de With

STS Digital