[interview] Musician Sound Design: Hardy Kurandt

Here's FXDB's interview with Hardy Kurandt of Musician Sound Design:

How did Musician Sound Design start?

In 1989-1992 I was working for Valley Arts Germany, first building guitars, than in the electronic workshop. Between other things I was cooperating in the development of all electronic products for G Arts (German Arts, a branch of Valley Arts). Mainly I was involved in the development of guitar electronics and modification of tube amps.

In 1993 I founded Kurandt Guitar Electronics and developed my first own product line, active EQs for bass and guitar. I supplied SKC GmbH for their product Bogart Basses. I developed a special parametric EQ for Tony Levins fretless Bogart Bass. In the following years I worked mainly in modifying tube amps and optimizing guitars.

Early 1997 I developed the Automagic Wah and Frank Bell became partner in the foundation of MSD, to specialize in the design and development of high end sound equipment for musicians with emphasis on guitar and bass equipment. In 2003 MSD concentrated more on guitar and bass effects, developing the Paranoid and Silverstone distortion pedals.

In 2005/6 we developed the British Steel distortion pedal and in 2007 the Bonny Blue and Union Jack distortion pedals.

Where does the name come from?

In the beginning we mainly made custom designed sound systems for musicians.

What sets Musician Sound Design apart from other builders?

Production quality and sound (massive 1.5 mm stainless steel, ultra robust high end technique).

How do you start on a new pedal?

When I have an idea, I close all doors and don't come out for at least two weeks.

Can you tell us something about the production process?

Production is done both in-house and by contractors, all enclosures are custom made for MSD

How important is the look of your pedals?

Important, that's why there is still the "design" in our logo.

Is parts selection important?

All electronic parts are specially selected.

Which of your pedals makes you most proud?

The Silverstone: unreached Automagic sensor and terrific sound.

Which of your pedals was your toughest build?

The Silverstone.

Which of your pedals is the most popular?

The Silverstone.

Who uses your pedals and for which genres?

We make pedals after our own taste and when we see a gap in the market.

Famous users are Borislav Mitec, Marillon guitarist Steven Rothery, Oliver Palotai and Domo of GammaBomb.

Are you working on any new products?

Yes, a speaker simulation and recording system for guitar amps.

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