Jonte Knif, knifonium

Jonte Knif (b. 1975) is the managing director and principal designer of Knifaudio, which manufactures analogue mastering equipment for studios. He is a musical polymath who performed with the early music groups Oliphant and Ensemble Ambrosius before focusing on music technology. He has also designed instruments, most importantly the vacuum-tube-based analogue synthesiser known as the knifonium, whose rich sound makes it blend particularly well with acoustical instruments.


Studio equipment and instruments designed by Knif have ended up being used by major Hollywood composers, top-range studios and electronic music giants. Clients for his knifonium include Hans Zimmer and Aphex Twin. Harpsichords built by him have been used on recordings by leading performers from Pierre Hantaï to Jean Rondeau. Everything having to do with sound is dear to Knif, from psychoacoustics to speaker design. Outside the world of sound, he has a passion for photography.

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