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Varia Instruments: High quality audio equipment, made in Switzerland

RDM20 © Varia Instruments

Varia Instruments has been supported by our latest Call for Projects.

Next Call for Projects opens on 13 December 2018

Quality comes first

Varia Instruments responds to the growing demand of a high quality DJ mixer as an alternative for the cheap mass products available on the market. Their portable DJ mixer, the RDM20, was launched 2 years ago and has achieved a first commercial success.
In 2018, they have launched the TTW10, an innovative turntable weight, which is attracting a lot of attention in the international audio and DJ community.
Varia Instruments is now developing a new project for club use, which is supported by Pro Helvetia’s last Call for Projects.


Based in Bern, Varia Instruments is a young manufacture for professional audio equipment for the international DJ market. It has been founded by Marcel Schneider and Simon Schär: Marcel is is an electronic technician and sound engineer and Simon a passionate record collector, DJ and mechanist. Their approach is to produce high quality goods, made in Switzerland, acting locally and in total transparency: customers are welcome to pick up their mixers directly from their workshop and learn how their new tool was built.

Upcoming maintenance work

The application portal myprohelvetia will be updated from 1.1.-7.1.2024. Due to these changes, open applications must be finalized and submitted via the current online portal ( by the latest 23:59 on 31 December 2023. Until this date, the deadlines and criteria outlined in the current guidelines and calls for applications apply. New applications can be created and submitted in the application portal as of 8 January 2024.