Clavia DMI was founded in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1983 by Hans Nordelius and Mikael Carlsson. Their first commercially avaible product was the 'Digital Percussion Plate 1'. They exclusively developed sample based drum systems untill 1995 when they entered the synthesizer market with the world's first 'virtual analog' synthesizer, the Nord Lead. They also made the Nord Modular. Their simple design and quality sound is a stand out in an industry dominated by gear that does alot but not very well.