MPS Studio Villingen
Well over 1000 recordings have been made in the MPS studio (at the beginning still SABA studio) since the beginning of the 60s. The founder of the studio and record label Hans-Georg Brunner-Schwer (HGBS), co-owner of the well-known radio and TV manufacturer SABA (Schwarzwälder Apparate-Bau-Anstalt since 1918 in Villingen), was himself an enthusiastic hobby pianist. In 1944, at the age of 17, HGBS was called to warning duty at SABA due to nighttime air raid alarms, as Villingen was in the approach path of planes flying air raids over Munich. Jazz music was played over the radio to the American pilots, who targeted HGBS with technical equipment from SABA. So he heard Glenn Miller “In The Mood”, “Moonlight Serenade” or “Sentimental Journey” for the first time – and the foundation stone of Villingen’s jazz history was laid. With the economic miracle comes the great demand for broadcasting equipment. SABA has a competitive advantage, the quality from the Black Forest is well known and the competition fears “Made In The Black Forest”.
With about 100m2 of recording space, a separate drum room as well as the spacious control room, the MPS studio has enough space for professional sound recordings. A lounge and tea kitchen/bar round out the studio space, providing an exceptional, welcoming atmosphere in this special historic location. A Bösendorfer Grand Imperial concert grand piano is available for piano recordings. Currently, analog recording on 2-track tape is offered in addition to digital recording. In the foreseeable future, analog recordings with the 24-track Ampex as well as the 4-track Telefunken will be available again.
Every year on the Day of the Open Monument, the MPS studio presents itself to the public. There are also other opportunities to visit the studio as part of our events. The association offers guided tours for groups of 12 people or more. For company parties, presentations and other festivities there is a possibility to book the MPS studio for guided tours. Would you like live music or a buffet to go with it? Write us your ideas and we will get back to you. Studio concerts have a tradition in the MPS studio. Jazz, classical, avant-garde, noise. Our audience is very open-minded!
The association MPS-Studio e.V. is founded by us in Villingen in 2022. We are a group consisting of cultural workers, art historians, designers, music producers, sound engineers, educators and people from the regional industry. We are united by our love of music, this special historical place and the desire not only to protect and manage this unique monument, but also to make it accessible to the public.