Here's FXDB's interview with Alexander Renner of SubtleNoiseMaker:
How did SubtleNoiseMaker start?
Information on internet (Music From Outer Space for example) inspired me to start builing pedals. I started in 2006, SubtleNoiseMaker started in October 2009.
I learned mostly by self study, there's a lot of information on internet.
The German shop "Schneiders Buero" supported me a lot.
My units are Subtle Noise Makers.
I wanted to create a logo based on the PCB layout characteristic.
What sets SubtleNoiseMaker apart from other builders?
SubtleNoiseMaker is a one-man business of Ing. Alexander Renner (aka Sascha Neudeck), founded out of passion and a wave of enthusiasm. It is my aim to build unique, fascinating weird sounding sonic devices with high quality, stable enough for live-playing purpose and humming-less as possible for using in the studio. I am happy about any response and tips for other sonic device projects.
The products are made by hand with love and passion. The raw aluminium case matches its raw sound.
It's a niche market, every e-mail is answered personal and precise. I want to make my customers happy.
Cacophonator comes from Cacophony, which tells a lot about its sound.
Can you tell us something about the production process?
All pedals are built in house. I'm working alone.
The circuits are on printed PCBs, the enclosures are bought, raw aluminium cases.
How important is the look of your pedals?
Important, as they should look unique and you should feel the passion building it.
Is parts selection important?
High quality electronic components are important.
Cacophonator II. My additions to the original layout made a unique, musically interesting synth and effect-pedal out of it.
Who uses your pedals and for which genres?
The pedals are best suited for experimental electronic musicians. This is based on my own taste and because it's a gap in the market.
PLACEBO and Andrey Kiritchenko (Founder of Nexsounds records) are using the Cacophonator II.
What does the future of SubtleNoiseMaker look like?
Increasing level of awareness.
Are you working on any new products?
Not at the moment.