As son of a Philips engineer Patrick was born almost with a soldering iron in his hands. He played the trumpet until the age of 15, and replaced it for the real electronics. I started as a technician repairing musical instruments and sound equipment. The interview to receive the job was about 30 minutes long. This was the time needed to troubleshoot and fix my very first amplifier.
During the 80’s he came in contact with the recording, broadcast and theater industry installing equipment as well as maintenance and repair. At the age of 15 Sebastiaan de Vries came to work for me as an apprentice.
Music and audio have been part of my life since I was young boy. Initially mainly music (classical music) my father and brother played the piano and I played the violin. When I became 14 years old I was allowed to dismantle my parents audio/television furniture. To salvage the parts and build a system for my own. The turntable and loudspeakers proved to be pretty good. The built in receiver was quickly scrapped and my first DIY amplifier (initially a kit) was soon to be a fantastic addition to the other parts.
Sourcing electronic parts later became part of my life as parts supplier of high quality audio components. This is also how I learned to know the other team-members.
The most vivid early memory of “hifi” was my Akai Walkman that I bought with my first summer holiday savings. At a later age the quest for the best portable hifi shifted towards a hifi set. That was right around the time when I met Rients. I just built myself a set of speakers and I was on the lookout for a nice budget amplifier to support them. Rients imported high quality audio equipment from Chinese brands. Great sound and value, but the Chinese styling was an acquired taste. Together with Rients I set-out to upgrade the styling of these amplifiers and bring a more European design feel to them.
A long story short. During our efforts we collected Patrick and Sebastiaan along the way. We ditched our original idea of only upgrading the styling and formed DiDiT where we are able to combine incredible audio performance with Dutch industrial design.
Born for music. When I was four years old I got captured by the records from Joe Zawinul with his band weather report. From that moment I knew music is the most important thing in my life.
Studied Piano and Bass since my childhood and went to the Dutch conservatory of music. Out of passion for music learned to design (and improve) audio electronics, and translate my musical interpretation to audio designs.
Learned much about electronics from Patrick, but also a lot from studying schematics from manufacturer and modifying equipment for the Dutch audiophile community.
Presently Sebastiaan and Patrick have developed many products for OEM customers as well as our own DiDiT products.