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Helios Professional Audio Limited

Pro-audio equipment in the Helios tradition

About us

Helios Professional Audio Limited

Dick Swettenham was the founder of the original Helios Electronics company and also the new Helios Professional Audio Limited. The new name was adopted because the original company name was not available.

Some twenty years after the closure of the original company, Dick resurrected the Helios brand with the intention of manufacturing new equipment. His particular favourite was the digitally controlled analogue console about which he had written. He was a director of this new company along with Crispin Horsfield, Peter Stothart and Nick Cann. The Helios Trade Mark is owned by Helios Professional Audio Limited.

Richard Wybault Swettenham 1927 - 2000

Dick Swettenham, died on 9 April 2000 after fighting a losing battle with cancer for some months.

Richard Swetthenham

We will be posting a fuller account of his life at some future point.

Crispin Horsfield

Crispin has been involved in electronics from base-band to X-band for most of his working life. As a youth, he built radios and amplifiers, but it was living in Bath in the 70s where there was a lively music scene that he became involved with sound mixing and its associated hardware.

He first met Dick Swettenham in 1983 while working for him when he was upgrading a Decca desk at Peter Gabriel's home studio outside Bath. After that they worked together on a number of projects and spent a lot of time discussing digitally-controlled analogue audio systems.

After Dick’s passing in 2000, Crispin moved into website design, hosting and management while asking a more experienced console engineer than himself to complete Dick’s work, though unfortunately this didn’t work out. Crispin reduced his web business work in 2017 and re-engaged with Helios.

Peter Stothart

Peter is an electronics engineer with a strong business background. He spent 30 years as MD or CEO of industry-leading technology businesses in the worldwide television and film sector and has in depth experience of building award-winning product supply and support teams. Peter is also a musician with his own studio and live projects, and brings a performer’s ear to the team.

Website design: Caz Limited.