About Daniel Dettwiler

Sound & Mixing Engineer · Tonmeister · Educator

Daniel Dettwiler was born in 1974 and lives in Switzerland near Basel with his family.

He studied Audio-Design at the "Academy of Music" in Basel from 1996 to 2001 and founded his own company "Idee und Klang Dettwiler" shortly after in 2002.

With its assembly of the most significant collection of historic microphones and one of the most impressive anlog audio outboards in Switzerland, today's 
Idee und Klang Studios offer high-end recording and mixing services for the production of acoustic music, especially classical, jazz and film music. 

Work as a Recording Engineer

As a recording engineer, Daniel is specialized in the production of acoustic music, especially large and small jazz music as well as film music.

Accordingly are his references. He has worked on productions with ECM, Herbert Grönemeyer, London Symphony Orchestra, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Pierre Favre, Niki Reiser, Ute Lemper, David Klein, WDR Big Band, Kolsimcha, Nils Wogram, Jasmin Tabatabai, Christian Zehnder, Mark Turner, Jorge Rossy and many more.

Find a selection of references here.

Work as Film Tonmeister & Pianist

One of his engineering specialties is film music. He is one of the most sought-after Tonmeister for film music in Switzerland and Germany and has realized numerous film music productions such as "The White Massai", "Das Blaue vom Himmel", "Huck Finn", "Heidi", and "The diary of Anne Frank".

In addition, he often works on film scores as a pianist

Work as an Educator

Professor of Sound Engineering

In 2003, Daniel began giving lectures at Musikhochschule Basel (Applied Production Technique and Realisation) and, in 2018, became professor of Sound Engineering. He also teaches at the University of Arts in Zürich.

Speaker at Conferences

Daniel is a regular presenter at conferences, e.g. AES, VDT and universities.

Sheer Pleasure of Sound | Audio Conference

2019 he organized the "Sheer Pleasure of Sound", a large audio conference and seminar together with the iconic Al Schmitt and George Massenburg.

Work as an Innovator

Daniel loves to develop special approaches for unique projects. Here are some notable examples.


Hear and find the greatest echoes at the Swiss alps. A project by Christian Zehnder. We researched the best solution to record those echoes in an audiophile approach. 


Daniel, together with Ramon De Marco, composed a fulminate music for the Magic Box Pavilion at the World Expo in Shanghai, which was the world's largest 720° presentation at that time. 


A special opera and new music project by composer Beat Gysin. Daniel did binaural pre-recordings and produced them in a way that the audience, while listening on electrostatic Stax Headphones, could experience a soundscape never heard before. Finally, he mixed the show in real-time for the live audience. 


Daniel, together with Ramon De Marco, composed a series of special Jingles for several Swiss Radio Stations, such as SRF2, SRF3, Rendez-Vous, News and many more. 


The first project that Daniel created together with his colleague Ramon De Marco. For the BMW Museum in Munich, they composed a sound installation on a total of more than 600 Loudspeakers. 
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