Pigtronix Interview with Prymaxe Vintage

1. Who is credited as being the founder or founders of Pigtronix or who’s original idea was it?

– Brian Bethke and David Koltai conceived of and created the Pigtronix brand of Analog Effects.

2. Is there a story behind the name Pigtronix?

– Our college friend, Dan Graham was a Physics major who was nicknamed “PigPen” by the Ultimate Frisbee team for unknown reasons. During our senior year, PigPen was encouraged by his Physics professor to build a guitar pedal as an independent project. Using Craig Anderton’s Electronic Projects for Musicians book as a reference, PigPen created an Envelope Controlled 4-stage Phaser pedal, combining several projects from that seminal DIY book. The project came out incredibly well and inspired us to create and build original guitar pedals. The company is named Pigtronix as a tribute to this source of inspiration.

Most people insist we live in a digital age and that analog could only be “the future” when Pigs fly. We are here to tell you that Pigs aren’t just going to fly… they are headed for outer space!

3. What region(s) or town(s) are considered to be the birthplace of Pigtronix?

– Middlebury, VT and Brooklyn, NY.

4. How did Pigtronix first get it’s start?

– Rumors of a Futuristic Analog Effects company originally emerged on the Harmony Central effects forum in 2003. Pigtronix was officially launched at the 2004 Summer NAMM show in Nashville, TN. We simply showed up with our prototype and started taking orders. From the outset, our approach has been to try to move beyond the past and design new analog effects, while most of the industry is focused on digital mimicry of old school analog glory.

5. What was or were the first product(s) ever sold by Pigtronix?

– The EP-1 Envelope Phaser was our first product. This was a highly modified rendition of the original Envelope Controlled Phaser that our buddy PigPen made back in 2001 based on Craig Anderton’s analog design from the 70’s. Every product we have created since that first unit has been an entirely original design, conceived and created by David Koltai and legendary effects designer, Howard Davis.

6. Is there a specific genre or playing style or musical community you feel Pigtronix targets or resonates with? If so which one(s)?

– Pigtronix has always aimed to create products that appeal to every possible genre. Since all of our pedals can handle line level signals and have 20Hz – 20kHz frequency response, they work well with any sound source. From the beginning, Pigtronix has cultivated a hugely diverse array of customers from guitar players and bassists to keyboardists, turntable DJs, commercial sound designers and of course studio engineers and professional music producers.

7. Are any Pigtronix pedals or products used or endorsed by famous musicians?

– Most of our pedals have been adopted by world famous musicians. Please check out the artists section of our website to see a complete list of Pigtronix artists and the products they use. Here are a few of the big ones:

Aerosmith, Los Lobos, Guns & Roses, Steve Stevens, The Police, Dweezil Zappa, The Mars Volta, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, The Roots, Adrian Belew, Tony Levin, Bob Weir, Bootsy Collins, Devo, Soulive, Nine Inch Nails, Fishbone, Peter Frampton, Steve Lukather and Living Colour.

8. Are there any new products currently in development or due to be announced soon?

– The Infinity Looper pedal comes out this Fall. Keep an eye on Pigtronix .com for new product releases every few months.

9. About how many products did Pigtronix sell in the last year?

– Thousands of Pigtronix pedals are sold each year, all around the world.

10. What do you think is unique about working for Pigtronix; what is your favorite part?

– Pigtronix has self-contained design, manufacturing and distribution operations all under one roof. Without a doubt, our staff is what makes Pigtronix such a fabulous place to work. We have a dedicated group of musicians who are committed to producing original analog effects of the highest quality. Every pedal is audio tested multiple times on its way through the production process and built with pride in our small town on the North Shore of Long Island.