[interview] Analog Sound: Gabriel Tudoran

Here's FXDB's interview with Gabriel Tudoran of Analog Sound:

How did Analog Sound start?

We started small... like hmm... the first Analog Sound pedal was a TS808 clone with lots of modes. After that everyone was curious to hear something of Analog Sound pedals. That was the start (4 years ago), since then a lot of Analog Sound pedals went over the border, mostly to the UK (Tom Quayle, James Cornford, Peter Welsh, etc.)

I had a lot of help from two big forums: DIY Stomp Boxes and Free Stomp Boxes - the guys out there are just amazing. Also a lot of support from Romanian guitar players: Florin Giuglea (PUBLIKA band), Adrian Ciuplea (Vita de Vie band), Adriano Musaro and many more.

Where do the name and logo come from?

This project was a dream of mine since I was in college, so one day me and a friend of mine (Ioan B.) were talking about a name for this project. We are big fans of analog electronics and strange sounds... so Analog Sound was born.

The inspiration is simple: PCB and some analog level meters (with leds) - the design was made by a very good friend of mine who is a designer.

What sets Analog Sound apart from other builders?

Our main motto is: every pedal is custom, as every man is different.

How do you start on a new pedal?

The start point is the idea, and the main goal is the client... all the rest is useless without them.

How do you name your pedals?

The GTFO's name came from a little game that started form Soldano GTO Supercharger.

Can you tell us something about the production process?

We build all of the amps and pedals in-house. We are 2 main builders and designers.

All Analog Sound pedal parts are made in house - we use mostly through-hole parts, but we've also used SMD/SMT parts.

Enclosure and parts like switches, jacks, leds etc. are bought from US dealers. Most of the pedals have custom artwork (hand paint or decals), but are not painted (except for the artwork); the bare metal is a nice addition to a market full of standard products.

How important is the look of your pedals?

We try to pay a lot of attention to artwork and design, but the most important thing (and I do think that should be the most important) is how it sounds.

Is parts selection important?

All Analog Sound parts are selected by hand, we use military grade components and all is made with at least 25% tolerance regarding maximum voltage ratings.

Which of your pedals makes you most proud?

The most challenging design was GTFO - All tube High-gain Overdrive. Is an all tube overdrive with SMPS design and a small foot print (and that was the challenge).

Which of your pedals is the most popular?

The SfC (Scream for Cream) Overdrive and GTFO.

The Scream for Cream OD is a classic pedal based on the notorious 808 OD, the GTFO is something that is unique on the market.

Who uses your pedals and for which genres?

We cover a very wide area of interest. But it seems to us that the bass player market is not covered as it should.

Tom Quayle use a "De De Delay", James Cornford (delay, env. filter, chorus etc.), Florin Giuglea (SfC and chorus pedals) and the list could go on.

What does the future of Analog Sound look like?

Analog Sound will continue to build boutique quality guitar pedals, but we will also focus on some big projects (one of them being a full analog synth with digital controls) and also to make some endorsement contracts with known guitar players.

Are you working on any new products?

Right now we have 2 important projects on the table. It will be a little surprise.

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