[interview] Correct Sound: Oleg Basyrov
Here's FXDB's interview with Oleg Basyrov of Correct Sound.
Correct Sound is founded and run by Oleg Basyrov. His sons Aleksey and Alexander also work in the company. They're located in Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia.
It all started in August 2007 when we presented our son an electric guitar for his birthday. Later I built for him my first tube combo amplifier. Afterwards I built a tube preamp pedal for him and an onboard preamp for his guitar. It was just a fascinating hobby for me then.
In December 2008 we opened our "Correct Sound" recording studio and we built guitar equipment for the studio only, but during the recording of an albym by "For You. Earth" in the summer of 2009, the guitarist ordered a pedal that sounded close to the Roland AF-100 Bee Baa. That was when we started building guitar effects pedals to order. So at the moment Correct Sound has 2 departments: one is the recording studio and the other a manufacturer of guitar effects pedals.
My hobby had grown into a business. I am grateful to our friends musicians who inspire us to new ideas.
It took us quite some time to give a name to our small company. When Aleksey suggested "CORRECT SOUND" we all liked it. The slogan appeared right away: "Correct sound for your music".
There is no any special story for our logo. We just choose the proper font to our point of view and and place the words into the frame:)
What sets Correct Sound apart from other builders?
Precise parts selection, assembly by hand, quality control, possibility for the customer to take part in designing and function development of a pedal.
How do you start on a new pedal?
Usually one of us or one of our friends says: “Aren’t we going to do…” or “I need a delay with a tap tempo button to set the time”. We discuss the idea, determine the pedal functions and what differs it from other pedals on the market and so on. Then I design the scheme and make the layout and so on. After that's done, we start to design, make a PCB and assemble a prototype. When everything is OK we produce a demo copy and open receipt of orders for production.
Usually it takes us approximately 3 months from idea to production of a new pedal.
How do you name your pedals?
There are no stories behind the names of the pedal. Well, except for the Mad Hatter. The customer just said he needed that specific pedal and it had to have the name "Mad Hatter".
Can you tell us something about the production process?
All pedals are built in-house, only the painting is done by a contractor. There are two builders on staff.
The circuits are built on PCBs, we buy the enclosures and have them powder coated and screen printed.
How important is the look of your pedals?
The layout of a pedal is very important for us. A pedal must have both a perfect look and perfect sound.
Yes, we use only quality parts of known and reliable brands where possible.
Which of your pedals makes you most proud?
Our pride is our Mad Hatter double effects pedal. It was a successful creation after an idea that appeared in the mind of a guitarist. It was very interesting to work on this pedal as we didn't know what it would be but it was a success for sure. The artwork of this pedal was designed by the customer himself. We just gave him dimensions and pointed out the spots for the knobs and after a month the artwork was ready.
Which of your pedals was your toughest build?
Mad Hatter was the most time-consuming device. We spend a lot of time to tune it up. But now it sounds incomparable.
Which of your pedals is the most popular?
The Parametric EQ is our most popular pedal. It is a 3-band full parametric equalizer. I think it is popular because it works great for guitar as well as for bass and any other instrument. Besides, it can be used on stage and in the studio.
We mostly produce pedals for heavy music styles, but not exclusively.
What does the future of Correct Sound look like?
Our nearest plans are to extend the range of pedal effects and move some items from production on order to production in small series.
Are you working on any new products?
We just finished the design of a preamp for bass guitar. It is based on J-FETs, has three timbre regulators and two levels of amplification (gain, distortion) and a control for input signal. We called it Eclipse. We plan to offer it to our customers within a month. The pedal is very good for guitar but especially good for bass guitar.