Here's FXDB's interview with Adrianus Ardy H. of Trooper Electronic.
Trooper Electronic is run by Adrianus Ardy H. and located in Jogjakarta, Indonesia.
How did Trooper Electronic start?
I had been in the electrical world around 20 years. I started building Trooper Electronic about 3 years ago, I was really starting from scratch to become the industry direction.
I work on the electronics myself, for the enclosures we have special tools to make them, so actually we have a small team for the production.
I used to love songs from Iron Maiden, including The Trooper, which is also fits the company because of the struggle.
What sets Trooper Electronic apart from other builders?
We don't think you have to pay a lot for expensive parts to create a great sound. Expensive parts are not necessarily the best, a good circuit and combination of the right parts is much more important.
How do you start on a new pedal?
It usually depends on the market. If there's a lot of interest for a sound with a certain character then we will study it first and then build it.
I named my pedals based on the character of their voice or the music genre.
Can you tell us something about the production process?
I do all the work on the circuits in my workshop. For the enclosures there are other people helping me.
How important is the look of your pedals?
Both the look and sound are very important.
Is parts selection important?
Yes, in my opinions all the components in a single pedal must match each other to produce the sound we want. We make no compromises for that, it should really match.
The War Dog. I liked its character, a memorable sound, high gain but powerful.
Which of your pedals is the most popular?
Also the WarDog. Almost all rock and metal music can be played with it.
Who uses your pedals and for which genres?
I try to make quality pedals for all genres despite the fact I'm most interested in heavy music. Our motto is that we make great pedals at a low price. We design the pedals to be played on stage, so we create tools for professional musicians.
There are some famous players using our pedals, but I don't know if I'm allowed to mention them.
What does the future of Trooper Electronic look like?
Running Trooper Electronic really is my dream job, I want to say "thank you Lord" for that!
We are not only making guitar pedals, we also make guitar amplifiers and sound equipment. I hope this will never end, I enjoy electronics and I dedicated my life to this industry.