Aalberg Audio of Norway is an award-winning manufacturer of innovative and high-end audio equipment. The company has a vision of becoming the world leader in wireless music equipment. The core products of Aalberg Audio are guitar effects pedals that can be controlled wirelessly from a control unit attached to the guitar. This gives the guitar player greater freedom on stage, and the possibility to manipulate the sound in a manner not previously possible.
The inspiration for wireless effects pedals came to Aalberg Audio co-founder and guitarist Rune Aalberg Alstad after a night out with student friends in 2010 during which they'd been arguing about which were the best effects pedals on the market at that time. Suddenly Alstad realized that all the pedals shared a common flaw: they are all fixed to one position on stage. The sky opened up and the ideas for a remote controlled pedal just came pouring in. Alstad recalls grabbing the closest object he could write on and scribbling down the blue-print for a remotely controlled effects pedal.
Rune used his idea to form the basis of a Masters degree in Music Technology at the Norwegian University of Science & Technology (NTNU). Rune teamed up with the engineer Torkild Indstøy (now Aalberg's CTO) and entrepreneur Aleksander Torstensen (now Aalberg's CEO). The team has grown since then with many contributors and advisors helping to make our innovative ideas into a reality.
It took the Aalberg Audio team a total of four years to develop the first effects pedal EKKO™+AERO™ and the technology needed to control effects pedals using a remote controller. Even though there was up to a dozen prototypes of EKKO™+AERO™ there were three key prototypes (2010, 2012 and 2013) and finally our marked ready 2014 EK-1+AE-1 effects pedal.
EK-1+AE-1 was launched with a crowdfunding campaign mid 2014. The campaign was launched live at the Aalberg Audio release party at Aalberg Audio HQ. To get an exclusive inside view of the event check out the video below!