[interview] BassLab: Heiko Hoepfinger

Here's FXDB's interview with Heiko Hoepfinger of BassLab:

How did BassLab start?

We started doing the StepABout stereo preamp, after we build prototype instruments for Stick Enterprises. Since we also did several internal preamps, we were asked to adopt these for Stick players with some additional functions.

Our StepABout is a cooperation with Stick-player Greg Howard, Richter Electronics and BassLab.

Our inspiriation comes from talking to players.

Where do the name and logo come from?

We initially focused on bassists, since these are less conservative in trying something new.

We really call our work area a lab, since we are doing lots of material research and work with many modern materials. Also, this is where you usually work.

The logo is a water molecule - as a reference to science and R&D.
We also use carbon for our products, but these linear molecules look pretty boring.

What sets BassLab apart from other builders?

Audio quality, due to our scientific interest and the philosophy to make stuff for musicians, not engineers.

Can you tell us something about the production process?

Completely in-house

Is parts selection important?

Circuit design and components are both important.

Which of your pedals makes you most proud?

Not a pedal, but we're really proud of our BassXX preamp, with a 3-band EQ with parametric mids. Proud of its musicality and tonal quality!

Who uses your pedals and for which genres?

The StepABout was initially designed for Stick-players, since there was a gap in the market, but it works fine for all basses and guitars, too.

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