[interview] Acoustic Imaginearing: Allen Myers

Here's FXDB's interview with Allen Myers of Acoustic Imaginearing:

How did Acoustic Imaginearing start?

I have always loved electronics and music. It was something I wanted to do.

I wanted to make things my own way and see what happened. My inspiration came from friends (especially from long time friend Ed) and innovative musicians that stimulated my imagination.

Where does the logo come from?

My business partner Dan came up with the name as a play on words.

Dan's daughter has a friend whose mother was in the end stages of cancer. She painted the logo and gave us permission to use it

What sets Acoustic Imaginearing apart from other builders?

Eye-catching graphics and designs, high quality components, patented technologies, and hand-built.

How do you start on a new pedal?

Ideas come much faster than production. Rough schematics are sketched on paper and are tweaked along the way.

Can you tell us something about the production process?

Pedal are built in-house, by myself only.

The QuantumDrive drive uses a PCB. Components and wires are placed and soldered by hand. Enclosures are pre-painted with custom graphics added afterward. Some future pedal models will use point-to-point wiring, some will use SMT.

How important is the look of your pedals?


Is parts selection important?

Cost is not an issue when I design a pedal. Component choice is most important. That does not always mean the most expensive part -- sometime a lower cost part is what is NEEDED for the effect to sound right.

Which of your pedals makes you most proud?

The QuantumDrive is the only pedal out so far. I am proud because it uses a technology that has not been used in another pedal. I am also proud because many of my musical idols own and use the pedal.

Who uses your pedals and for which genres?

My love is Prog Rock, but the pedals are for everyone.

Tony Levin (King Crimson, Liquid Tension Experiment, Peter Gabriel, etc.):

As a bass player, I'm very particular about how fuzztones work with my sound, and have only found a few through the years that I could work with. So it was great to find that Acoustic Imaginearing's QuantumDrive fits the bill just right. A very cool, well designed effect.

Brett Kull (Echolyn, The New Progressives, Always Almost, etc.):

I love it and use it quite often. The range of tone and sound option are amazing... I can always find a sonic place with your pedal because of its diversity of tone.

What does the future of Acoustic Imaginearing look like?

Many more pedals to come, including some more that involve quantum tunneling.

Are you working on any new products?

A ton of new pedals are in the queue. Things get held up when I am doing something that has never been done before -- there is no previous example to help me through the problems and I don't often solve those problems very quickly.

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