After completing school, Ingo Schmidt-Lucas began his studies in sound & vision engineering at the Robert Schumann Hochschule / Hochschule Düsseldorf – University of Applied Sciences with a major in piano performance. In 1994 he founded Cybele Records, a label dedicated to new and classical music, and in 1999 he completed his studies. Starting in the late 1990s, he began to focus increasingly on surround sound productions, and in 2000 he completed work on his first surround sound recording studio. Since 2004 all of Cybele Records’ new releases have been recorded exclusively in surround sound and are available on Hybrid Super Audio CDs. Also in the year 2004, Ingo Schmidt-Lucas and his wife, the actress and speaker Mirjam Wiesemann, founded the audiobook series Wort&Musik, the first SACD series worldwide to release all its audiobooks exclusively in surround sound. In 2011 he continued to pioneer new innovative channels for recording distribution with the launch of the high-resolution download platform hd-klassik.com. In addition to the high-definition stereo and surround downloads in lossless FLAC and DSD formats, hd-klassik.com is the first service in the world to offer 8 channel aurophonic recordings of classical music as downloads and on USB sticks.
Ingo Schmidt-Lucas has been invited to give lectures, seminars and workshops in the areas of sound engineering, surround sound and studio technology at a wide range of internationally renowned academic institutions including the Codarts University of the Arts in Rotterdam, the Institute for Computer Music and Electronic Media (ICEM) Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen, the Faculty of Media at the Hochschule Düsseldorf – University of Applied Sciences, the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, as well as for professional organizations such as the AES Convention, CanJam, HighEnd, klangBilder and the Tonmeistertagung.
Since 2012, Ingo Schmidt-Lucas has taught recording technology at the Institute for Music and Media at the Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf. He is also responsible for teaching the elective module on recording technology / music production for master’s students at the Robert Schumann Hochschule. Since 2013, his research has increasingly focused on the area of 3D Recoding Technology (Binaural Artificial Head Stereophonic Sound), which has been kindly supported by the company HEAD acoustics GmbH. Starting in 2015, he also joined the faculty of the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln teaching music production at their Wuppertal campus.
In May 2015, Ingo Schmidt-Lucas made his first entry into the consumer electronics market with the launch of his newly developed hd-klassik Headphone Optimizer – an analog headphone amplifier — at the HighEnd trade fair. This innovative new piece of hardware was developed in close collaboration with the company rd analog audio. In October 2015, the Headphone Optimizer won the German Design Award 2016.
Ingo Schmidt-Lucas has worked with numerous radio and television broadcasters including arte, Arthaus, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Deutschlandfunk, DeutschlandRadio Kultur, FAVO Filmproduktion, KRO Radio 4, Norddeutscher Rundfunk, Südwestrundfunk, Czech Radio, Unitel Classica, VPRO Radio 4 and Westdeutscher Rundfunk. Since 2003, he has been employed as a regular balance engineer for Deutschlandfunk.
His recordings have received numerous awards such as the Audiophile SACD of the Month, the Classictoday 10/10 Award, the German Audiobook Prize (in the category Best Publisher Performance), The Diapason d’Or, the ECHO Klassik (two times in the category Surround Sound Recording of the Year as well as individual awards in the categories Classical Music for Children and Young People, DVD Video Production of the Year, Opera, Chamber Music Recording of the Year, 17th and 18th Century Music and Instrumentalist of the Year), the Excellentia Award, a Grammy nomination in 2011, the IRR Outstanding Award, the LEOPOLD Media Prize (Good Music for Children), the MIDEM Classical Award (in the categories Recording of the Year and Choral Music) and the Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik for outstanding artistic achievement for new releases in the categories choral music, organ music, contemporary music as well as a DVD video release of a complete production of Richard Wagner’s Ring Cycle.
Sourche: Musicaphon (Klassik Center Kassel)