AudioStorm is a very tiny business based in Manchester UK run by Sean Chase Mandrake.
I've been into electronics since I was 7 years old, when I used to take apart radios and rewire anything I could get my hands on.
When I joined a band in the 90's I started making pedals for myself and my friends and have been doing it ever since.
I never intended to make Audiostorm into a serious business, it was always just a second-income for fun. My main income came from
being a studio techhnician at first, then a programmer for a while, and eventually a university lecturer. I was convinced that was
how my life would settle down.
However, times change, and the university fee hikes attracted businessmen to run the universities instead of academics. A promising career
quickly changed into an absurd one with unhappy students, huge increases in workload, and effective cuts in pay. Many of my colleagues
took redundancy and when the university decided I no longer needed an office I also lost heart. The final straw came in 2019 when my wife
was diagnosed with cancer and, with great sorrow, I decided to walk away and focus upon looking after her.
She was declared clear of cancer in Feb 2020.
With so many wake-up calls I have decided now to focus on doing what I love. As of July 2020 I am transitioning AudioStorm into a fully fledged Ltd. business. I hope to have premises and employees in the near
future, but it is slow going right now as parts are hard to come by and the world is still reeling from the horrific impact of COVID-19.
For the future I have plans for many more exciting and original pedal ideas. My focus so far has mainly been on
groundwork, things such as making a better website, learning how to use Amazon, cost-effective advertising work,
negotiating the complexities of shipping, improving customer relationships and all the important parts of becoming a trusted and respectable business.
Once this has stabilised you can look forward to multi-band distortion, opto-compressors, parallel phasers, inductive
recording tools, intelligent pedals, micro valve amps, multi-dimensional controllers and all sorts of fantastic and
crazy ideas I have built-up in my mind!