TFPRO - TED FLETCHER
After early training and qualifying as a civil engineer, Ted decided to go for a career that included his first love - music. He became a musician and session singer on the London pop music scene in the early 1960s, along with his wife, Barbara and brother Guy, but his interest in the technical side soon came to the fore, and he started his own home studio with totally home-built equipment.
In 1966 after working for 2 years with Joe Meek in his London independent studio in Holloway Road, Ted got the job of running the commercial studio for Keith Prowse Music in Denmark Street; London's Tin Pan Alley'. Very soon the other studios in the street were asking Ted for copies of some of the equipment he had built, and in 1969 Ted, with a number of friends, set up the famous Alice mixing manufacturing company. During the 1970s 'Alice' designed and built equipment for most of the emerging local radio stations in the UK and equipped studios for many major rock stars of the time, supplying equipment forjethro Tull, Yes, The Who, and many more.
In 1984 Ted moved into a new area of electronics - voice communications, designing some of the first car 'hands-free' systems for Vodaphone and Motorola. In the early 1990s Ted semi-retired and moved to the warmer climate of the South-West of England where he started a small business in the video industry, but needed some audio gear... a stereo compressor... so he designed his now famous optical compressor.
In 1993, he launched the 'Joemeek' brand, and it became a runaway success with the audio recording elite. By 2001 however, market consumption had moved towards ever more inexpensive studio 'gizmos' and equipment built to a price. Subsequently the 'Joemeek' trademark was bought by a US company who now has a new range of equipment manufactured in China, branded 'Joemeek' for this project market.
2002 saw the start of a new range of very much more 'professional' equipment under the TFPRO' label; Ted's idea being to design equipment that is much more uncompromising when it comes to sonic performance and build quality, to accompany the recent shift towards ever higher resolution recording.
Since then, the current range of TFPRO equipment has developed: It is in every way as good as it possibly can be, with no 'cut price' componentry or design shortcuts and a huge amount of innovation, drawing on Ted's extensive experience. The current range is entirely individually handmade in the U.K and tested and signed off by Ted. Contact TFPRO today or join in the forums.