Team: The Makers
Wolfgang "Wolf" Buchleitner (né Schwarz)
Inventor, Head and Catalyst
Without any college education, he surprised the audio community in 1982 with the QUANTEC QRS, a digital reverberator, considered to be among the all time favorites in this field, and a legend for years. Prerequisite for device designs of such dimension is a lifelong dedication with music and electronics. It is likely that his childhood in the secluded northern Black Forest in Germany played quite a certain role in his development, because at places with hardly any neighborhood kids to play with, you have to find some other way to occupy yourself with.
Born in 1954, he was only at the tender age of 4, when - thanks to the reading skills he'd already acquired with the help of his patient father - he discovered the metal construction set by Märklin in a catalog. Bingo! At first his interest only went to the genuine screwdriver included in the set, but later on, to electric solenoids and motors, too. In any case, that toy was to become his favorite occupation for the next years. Having just turned 6, he enthusiastically rode his bike to his weekly piano lesson, and at age 10, he had already left his mark on all table clothes in his parents' house with his soldering iron. It's exactly that mix of art and technology, that inevitably led to the crucial experience - here's a soundbite from an interview:
Unlike most of his colleagues, Mr. Buchleitner thinks that prototypes are simply waste of time. True to his motto »do it right the first time«, he regards building prototypes as »nothing but a poor account of non-concentrating developer amateurs.« His standard is to take ideas for new devices, and put 'em directly into action - i.e. to take an idea, then directly draw the documentation for mass production out of it, including the definition of several hundred components! Even though his concept works in no less than half of his designs, he's still not content: »After all, it's my job to make life hard for a bunch of 10 Japanese.«
Dr. Almuth Buchleitner
All business is managed by Dr. Almuth Buchleitner. She has been managing director of QUANTEC for more than 20 years. Furthermore she holds a Ph.D. in medicine.
She strives to push ahead the success of QUANTEC. Her responsibility at present is to keep the growth of the company, which for some months has been flourishing, on the right track. In purely practical terms.
Bernhard "Gustl" Bauer
Coordination of Software Development
A significant contribution to the development of the Yardstick device series was made by Dipl. Ing. Bernhard Bauer, who has been in change of the software at QUANTEC for almost 20 years. Because without a software partner, the inventor would be rather helpless since his talent is strongly underdeveloped in this respect.
In close cooperation with Wolf Buchleitner, Bernhard "Gustl" Bauer has the capability, thanks to both his nature and his skills, to congenially help to implement the inventor's ideas.