Here's FXDB's interview with Anthony Pelosi of Audio Monk:
How did Audio Monk start?
I got into building pedals out of a need to quench an inner desire for all things related to the guitar. It started on the floor of my apartment in Hawaii with a plastic box enclosure from Radio Shack.
All of my knowledge was acquired from experimentation, sleepless nights and books. I was inspired by the fact that everyone and his brother was building pedals that sounded like garbage, and making money from it. I thought, all I have to do is make it sound great.
Where do the name and logo come from?
The Audio Monk name was conceived by the owner. Once realizing the double edge sword between this life and nirvana, the Audio Monk choose to become a monk of endeavors that exist here, in his passion for music. That is when he transcended to Audio Monk.
The inspiration for our logo is me and the monk like qualities I display in my knowledge of audio circuitry.
What sets Audio Monk apart from other builders?
Most will sell you what you'll buy. I'll sell you what you'll love.
How do you start on a new pedal?
There's an inspiring moment. Maybe the sound of a guitar I just heard, or an emotion or the need to replicate sounds that you can't buy anymore. The process from start to finish could take up to five years. It has to sound its best.
Can you tell us something about the production process?
All pedals are designed and assembled in house. It's just me building.
The process has evolved over the years. I can honestly say there's no difference in my pedals when it comes to point to point wiring vs. PC boards.
I'm using powder coated Hammond enclosures, however that's about to change. New enclosure graphics are designed by my wife, Cathy Pelosi.
How important is the look of your pedals?
Very important. People don't remember how a pile of dog crap looks, they just know it's s@#t !
How important is parts selection?
Yes, yes, yes. The process is involved. It's taken me years to understand this.
Which of your pedals makes you most proud?
All of them. Each one is a gem.
Which of your pedals was your toughest build?
The Vibe Raider. Getting the LFO speed to adjust smoothly with "modern" components.
Which of your pedals is the most popular?
The Fuzzpotion. It's the best bass fuzz ever made....period.
Who uses your pedals and for which genres?
Hmm... They've bought them... Whoever they are. If their money's green, I'll make anything for them.
What does the future of Audio Monk look like?
Audio Monk is constantly studying, observing and plotting his next move. If I live to 100, I'll be soldering with my Depends on.
Are you working on any new products?