Company and People

Founded in 2011 by Stephan Schmitt, Nonlinear Labs is dedicated to building advanced electronic instruments for performing musicians, focusing on playability, quality, durability, and expressiveness.

Nonlinear Labs is a GmbH (a company with limited liability under German law), fully owned by its founder. It is based in Berlin, which has a long tradition of technical and musical innovation.

Stephan Schmitt: Founder and Director

Stephan SchmittStephan's passion for synthesizers began in his youth, when he started playing keyboards in bands and building and modifying musical equipment.

A turning point in his life was owning his first Yamaha DX7 which he also used as a solo performer. Exploring the vast sound potential of this synthesizer sparked a deeper interest in developing technologies to serve performing musicians.

After studying electrical engineering, Stephan Schmitt worked as an electronic developer, moving to Berlin just before the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.

Stephan founded Berlin-based Native Instruments in 1996, which has become an uncontestable leader in the audio software and hardware industry. For ten years, Stephan was one of the two managing directors of the company, focusing on technical strategy and product development.

In 1994, Stephan began developing Reaktor, a fully modular software-based signal processing and sound design environment. Reaktor has also formed the technological basis of many other popular Native Instruments products and serves as a platform for software instruments using cutting-edge synthesis technologies. Stephan has also created a number of innovative instruments in Reaktor including Spark, Prism, and Skanner and continues to use Reaktor technology for prototyping new synthesis engines.

Daniel Tzschentke: Product Designer and Developer

Daniel TzschentkeDaniel's interest in electronics began when he was a young boy and he has been involved with building electronic circuitry ever since. While still in high school he worked with two friends to create
Stekgreif, a fully modular MIDI controller based on Lego-Duplo(R) building bricks.

He studied electronic engineering in Aachen
(Aix-la-Chapelle) and received his master's degree in Interface Design at the Fachhochschule Potsdam. His thesis project MOSAIK was a highly-innovative drum machine which is focused on live drum programming.

Nemanja Nikodijevic: System Software Development

Nemanja NikodijevicNemanja began working with electronics and started programming in C/C++ as a teenager at the Nikola Tesla High School in Belgrade. While studying electrical engineering at the University of Belgrade, he became interested in electronic music and began writing his own VST effects.

His Bachelor's thesis involved a very compact and efficient synthesizer for the Androis OS (only 56kB in size including graphics, four basic waveforms, HP/LP filters, and an ADSR envelope). He later worked on Teenage Engineering's Oplab, a universal USB-MIDI-CV interface, which was also part of his Master's thesis. He has been working for Nonlinear Labs on a freelance basis since 2012.

Simone Fabbri: Mechanical Design and Engineering

Simone FabbriSimone Fabbri studied mechanical design in high school because of his strong desire to "make beautiful objects". He later worked at an Italian hi-tech company for six years doing mechanical engineering research and development.

While learning how to use his Monome controller, he began to intensively study Max/MSP in 2009. He then joined K-Devices, a small company dedicated to making Max for Live devices, and works there as a developer and designer. Simone has been working for Nonlinear Labs as a freelancer since early 2013. Read more about his projects on his website.

Henry Hoegelow: Application Software Development

Henry HoegelowHenry got his first computer - a Commodore Plus/4 - when he was ten years old and immediately began programming. He studied computer science at the University of Applied Sciences (HTW) in Berlin.

From 2002 to 2008 he was Senior Software Developer at Native Instruments and contributed to the development of Reaktor, Kore and Guitar Rig there. In 2008 he joined the Raumfeld (wireless home entertainment systems) team, which included implementation of a number of different network protocols and standards (UpnP, HTTP, XML, SMB). He has been a member of the freelance team at Nonlinear Labs since spring 2013. For more information, see his website.