[interview] Udaloff: Evgeny Udalov

Here's FXDB's interview with Evgeny Udalov of Udaloff.

Udaloff is run by Evgeny Udalov in Tallinn, Estonia.

How did Udaloff start?

I was primarily a guitar player and I was looking for a sound that would match the one I had in mind. The devices I could obtain did not provide me with the sound I needed.

UdaloffWhere do the name and logo come from?

Udaloff comes from my surname, Udalov.

The logo appeared randomly in the year of 1995, when I asked a designer to work on my first pedal.

What sets Udaloff apart from other builders?

None of our products repeat serially manufactured equipment. The philosophy of our company is to preserve the natural sound of the instrument and keep the slightest nuances of playing as much as possible.

How do you start on a new pedal?

The new pedals appear during the ongoing search for new sound textures and during the work with mixes.

Udaloff T-325 Tube DistortionCan you tell us something about the production process?

I use 5 contractors.

The circuits are hand-wired, the enclosures: custom made and for the finish we use either airbrush or polished steel surfaces.

How important is the look of your pedals?

It is very important.

Is parts selection important?

Yes, but it's the quality of the components that matters, not the brand name.

Which of your pedals makes you most proud?

  • T-324, due to the ease of playing and the sensation of a bow.
  • V-40, due to the crystal clear, natural sound and the structure of harmonics.
  • The new MOSFET series (Code-038, Q-Crunch), due to the great sound from a device of this size. Low energy consumption.

Udaloff Q-CrunchWhich of your pedals was your toughest build?

The V-30 and Code-038.

With the V-30 it was because of the new ideas, and to complete the process we had to experiment a lot.

With the Code-038 it was hard to synchronize the gains of the gain stages to receive the required sound.

Which of your pedals is the most popular?

The T-325 and the V-30. Why? Ask the customers.

Who uses your pedals and for which genres?

The products are aimed at experienced musicians, who know exactly what they need. Studio musicians and gigging musicians.

I made pedals for some American studios and notable producers.

Udaloff V-30 Tube DistortionWhat does the future of Udaloff look like?

I am satisfied with the current state of things.

Are you working on any new products?

Of course. We are working a project of a full amp.

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