1988: Founding of HOFA-Studios
In 1988, a friend from school (Frank Simml) and I founded the HOFA-Studios. They were called something else back then and underwent several name changes until we finally arrived at HOFA in 2006. Right before HOFA we called ourselves “House of Audio” for a few years and before that “House”. We decided to part with the name “House” when the music genre of the same name disputed the term. I then finally combined the subsequent name “House of Audio” into a compact HOFA and that’s where it stayed.
The first 15 years: many studio jobs and more recording studios
The noughties: new digital technology in the HOFA studios
The inspiration for HOFA-College came from practical studio experience
Our philosophy: practical and always up-to-date learning units
2006: Founding of HOFA-College and first audio engineering distance learning course
2006 was the birth of our first homerecording course and the HOFA-College. When the first learning units were sent out to the participants, the many audio engineers, musicians, and graphic designers who were involved in the development were highly excited to see how our courses that were based on practical studio experience would be received by people interested in audio engineering.
A year later, when we welcomed the 100th student, we had a small celebration, because we could assume from the many positive feedbacks that we were on the right track.
2009 to 2018: HOFA BASIC, Short Courses and HOFA COMPLETE
- Mastering (2010)
- Vocals (2011)
- Drum Programming (2011)
- Audio Engineering for Film (2012)
- Harmony & Music Theory (2016)
- Vintage (2016)
- Electronic Music Production (2017)
- Live Sound Engineering (2018)
2018: DIPLOMA and Bachelor Programme
In 2018, we released the DIPLOMA online course to offer our participants a university bachelor’s degree in audio engineering and music production. With this, we also added courses in academic work, music business and sound design.
For the Bachelor’s programme, we conducted an extensive revision and matching of content with the cooperating university. Therefore, it is now possible to complete a Bachelor of Science and then even a Master’s degree after our DIPLOMA with only one year of study.
2022 to date: HOFA-College V3
In order to bring the consistently growing content and many new ideas into a coherent, modular course concept, we have decided to start working on version 3 in 2019. We spent more than two years writing new content, revising existing material, shooting lots of videos, completing productions and developing a new online campus. Other new features in V3 are …
- … an innovative ear training tool and mix training.
- … lots of new content, eg. game and 3D audio, songwriting, music video production.
- … much more content on music production in a wide variety of genres.
- … lots of new videos and multimedia content.
Since 2023, my son Jan has also been part of the HOFA management – he has been with the company since 2012. The course has thus been set for the future of HOFA.