[interview] Backbeat Electric: Ingo Straub

Here's FXDB's interview with Ingo Straub of Backbeat Electric:

How did Backbeat Electric start?

I`m a musician since I was 11 years old and I'm a electronic technician. First I built the pedals for myself, than other musicians asked me to build for them. I started the company in 2005 on my own.

Where do the name and logo come from?

The name comes rom the motion picture "Backbeat", story about the Beatles in Hamburg.

There is no story behind the logo, the inspiration was 60`s psychedelic graphics.

How do you start on a new pedal?

In times when digital electronics rule the world more and more, I was more and more fascinated by the old school analog techniques. Valve and transistor technology.

My main job is electronic technician and I'm a musician since I was 11 years old. So I decided to build analog music equipment in the style of the 60`s and 70`s.

The development time for a new pedal is between 6 and 12 Month.

Can you tell us something about the production process?

I build all pedals in-house.

The circuits are drawn on the computer with "Target", populated by hand.

The enclosures are made from metal parts from a local metal working company and wood parts from a local carpentry, painted black by a local car painter, then they get a printed label and 3 layers of clear varnish.

How important is the look of your pedals?

I think, there are many good pedal builders around the world, so the look of the pedal is the only thing, that make a difference. So the look is very important to me.

Is parts selection important?

I only use high quality parts, like precision metal film resistors, mica capacitors, alpha pots and vintage transistors, imported from the USA.

Which of your pedals makes you most proud?

The Boozzter 71, it was my first pedal and it's the most popular as well.

Which of your pedals was your toughest build?

A good customer, the musician Andy Goldner (Exmagma), asked me for a delay pedal. So I decided to build one, but I had to choose which technology I was going to use.

Because of the costs I decided to go the digital way and developed the multi effect pedal Octo-FX. The customer can create his personal pedal. He can choose between 16 effects in the moment from a selection table. When there are new effects available, the customer can order a new chip for his Octo-FX. For more info have a look at the website.

Which of your pedals is the most popular?

The Boozzter 71 is the most popular, you can use it as a booster with an excellent active tone control or you can boost nuanced into an original 60`s fuzz sound.

Who uses your pedals?

  • Andy Goldner - Exmagma (Germany)
  • 3SIX9 Rock`n`Roll Pistoleros (Switzerland)
  • Stereo Satanics (Germany)
  • Dead Hands (Germany)
  • Cha Cha Guerilas (Germany)
  • Pancakes (Germany)

What does the future of Backbeat Electric look like?

I plan to make promotion videos, doing workshops and developing new pedals.

Are you working on any new products?

In a few weeks, a brilliant Overdrive Pedal called Munster Drive will be ready for sale

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