Tell us a little bit about yourself and how it came that you started develop audio effects?
I am both a computer scientist and a musician. To the time when the VST technology had emerged I’ve also started to move towards a complete ITB production. This took some years, though. During that time I’ve missed something in most existing software processors and so some own ideas arose. In 2007 I then finally started to implement the very first ones.
Looking on the blogosphere and on forums, your work has come to be much appreciated, what do you think are the reasons behind your success?
I guess that mostly comes from each plug-ins unique concept and the quality of its execution. That is much more than just the DSP and coding. Its about a focused usage concept, appealing graphical design and also things like support and documentation.
What do you do when you are not developing über-great plugins?
Well, I have a day job which keeps me spinning. I love cooking, watching movies and to hang out with friends.
What would you consider your greatest technical achievement this far when it comes to your current effects?
That is all my work about digital saturation as a whole. If I would have to pick just one single development then its going to be FerricTDS of course.
Do you have any specific hardware or software developer which inspire you in your own work?
Quite a lot. In general my attention is everywhere where true invention is. Today this is more in the boutique or niche markets.
In 2009 you won the prestigious KVR Developer Challenge, what was your reaction to the level of support you received?
That was truly overwhelming and I am still very grateful for the community to let that happen.
There is a lot of creativity amongst many freeware developers, what would you recommend someone to think off who is thinking about trying their own wings in this field?
Since there is so much stuff already out there I would recommend to not add just another ”me too” product. Set yourself a unique and sophisticated goal and try to achieve it stepwise and not in one single step. Passion and patience is what you need then.
Do you plan on eventually shifting gears into releasing commercial plugins or work with existing software publishers?
That could be possible.
Any plans for the future of the Variety of Sounds project that you would like to indulge our readers with?
Indeed I do have some exciting plans for 2011. There will be something aimed to better support the recording process and later on something for the electronic music production. As of today I can’t be more specific.
Thank you for taking the time answering our questions and best of luck in your future endeavours.
– Robert Halvarsson was conducting the interview for the Wusik Sound Magazine.