[interview] Yellowcake: Ryan McCay

Here's FXDB's interview with Ryan McCay of Yellowcake:

How did Yellowcake start?

It first started as a "Let's see if I can do this." and after that I began developing the Furry Burrito and it's been on the market for about a year and a half...

Inspiration really came from a sound I had in my head that I wanted get out of one box...

I was also inspired by a lot of stuff already being sold on the market... and there is a lot of it... The DIY sites were very helpful and I found myself wondering why a lot of these DIYers weren't putting their own stuff out there... although it's a lot of work to do so....

YellowcakeWhere do the name and logo come from?

The "Yellowcake" name came from, or I should say is, a refined and enriched uranium powder... I found that to be interesting not to mention that when you say Yellowcake to someone... It's probably not going to be the first thing that is thought of in ones mind... It most likely would be a tasty edible cake topped with the icing of ones choice...

Having a background in Graphic Design I wrestled with the idea of a logo... and finally thought less is more... picked a font and went with it... However once I started etching pedal boxes the font is somewhat altered... so I used the altered etched font as the logo...

What sets Yellowcake apart from other builders?

I feel the that as far as appearance the pedal is different because not a lot of pedal makers are etching enclosures... It is time consuming, so that, and the particular etching design is different from a lot of stuff out there... I also feel the sound is different since I've tried to make it as versatile as possible... especially with the LED lighted voltage adjust or bias trim pot...

How do you name your pedals?Yellowcake Furry Burrito

I can tell you that the Furry Burrito doesn't reference a female body part even though that is most peoples impression...

If an overdrive was a burrito and you left in the fridge for a week... when you open it it's got that furry mold on it... there you go...

Can you tell us something about the production process?

I am the sole builder of all Yellowcake pedals.

The PCBs are made in-house for now... and are assembled in-house. The enclosures are the standard die cast aluminum 125 model. All Furry Burrito enclosures are etched in-house.

How important is the look of your pedals?

It's very important for the look to be aesthetically pleasing and maybe a little different looking at the same time... That's where the etching came in...

Yellowcake Il BruttoIs parts selection important?

I use high quality components and they have worked great so far... no NOS in this pedal.

Which of your pedals makes you most proud?

The Furry Burrito of course... truly a rewarding experience developing this pedal and a lot of positive feedback from the consumer and people like Fuzz Box Girl and Brandon at Elevation Boutiques...

Who uses your pedals and for which genres?

It's not a genre specific thing... although I don't expect "everyone" to like it... I built it because of a "I like it, let's see if someone else does" type of approach.... Whether a the Furry Burrito fills a gap in the market remains to be seen...Yellowcake Black Box

What does the future of Yellowcake look like?

The current plan is to just make the Furry Burrito, there is another one (iL Brutto) but I've shelved it indefinitely to focus on the Furry Burrito. The Black Box was a just a short run to begin with and I only have enough parts for like 3 more and then gone...

Are you working on any new products?

No new pedals at this time.

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