History

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 when I was younger, then a programmer for a while, and eventually I gained a PhD in robotics and became a university lecturer.

Times change though and fee hikes attracted greedy businessmen to run the university instead of academics. We were asked to work harder for less money whilst the new bosses splurged wildly on huge pay rises and vanity projects. 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 I also decided the time was right to walk away and focus upon looking after her.

My wife was declared clear of cancer in Feb 2020.

With so many wake-up calls I have decided now to put more focus into doing what I love. In 2020 I trademarked Audiostorm and made it into a fully fledged limited business in order to have better access to parts and to be able to sell more easily around the world. I plan on having proper premises and employees in the not-so-distant future, but both Covid-19 and Brexit mean that parts are hard to come by and selling has become difficult and uncertain.

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!

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