Here's FXDB's interview with Agustin Arnaiz of Turkian Æffects.
Turkian Æffects is run by Agustin Arnaiz in Cordoba, the capital of Argentina.
How did Turkian Æffects start?
I built my own effects and functional pedals since I was a kid, then I went to the University (UTN) for six years and learned all about electronic. After that I worked in in the design department of a telecommunications company for six years. The next step was obvious: work and love.
I work mostly by myself, but super in touch with the musicians around me, especially the professional guitarist from my city, Julian Suarez, has helped me a lot to this day.
The name Turkian Æffects comes from my nickname Turco, but with a twist. Somehow it mixes oil and water in one word, culturally speaking. Æffects refers to the two senses of the word: effect and affect and a kind of tribute to my favorite band TOOL and their album Ænima.
The logo is quite simple, just the name Turkian and what we do, effects that affects sound.
What sets Turkian Æffects apart from other builders?
I do this for love, and for life. So I'd say it is the pure philosophy and dedication that sets us apart from the other builders.
How do you start on a new pedal?
The process is long: first the idea, then the development, but it is the final sound that takes the most time in this drama. Usually it takes several months just finding the sound that makes me proud.
How do you name your pedals?
They're named after the worlds connected by the sound. With the overdrive/distortion pedal you can either say that your sound goes for the heaven side or the hell side if you know what I mean. And with my modulation pedal you are in control of Time & Space literally speaking.
Can you tell us something about the production process?
All of our products are hand wired with extreme dedication, there are almost no failures.
The PCB's are made by prodesionals with antisolder mask, but the design is always completely ours. We do not use SMD components. The effects are truly mechanic True Bypass.
The chassis is pure hard metal of 1,6mm, painted with thermal painting for eternal duration and finished with silkscreen painting.
Is parts selection important?
In all the parts, the switch, the pots, the caps (most of all!), the jacks,... It all matters for the quality of the sound and feel of the stompbox.
Which of your pedals makes you most proud?
Between Time & Space is a simple but most effective modulation pedal I've known.
Which of your pedals was your toughest build?
Also the Between Time & Space. Internally it is the most complex. It's handwired, unique and a lot of work. It's a fusion of digital and analog technology. It's a "Two in One" kind of effect, and what one of the effects does affects the other (the same goes for the Between Heaven & Hell)... and thats what we call "Æffects".
Which of your pedals is the most popular?
The Between Time & Space, delay+chorus. It sounds very very good, and is a super portable modulation pedal. You can only have this pedal and a nice amp and play...
What does the future of Turkian Æffects look like?
We focus on the global problems for the musicians: noises, cables, sound, effects, and advises. We take the art of sound very serious.
Are you working on any new products?
We are working on a new line of "single" effects: overdrive, distortion, delay, chorus, and a new sound that we are forging in our lab is the "4 Stage Phaser".