Like all great things, Gamechanger Audio was born out of a mixture of passion, dedication, friendship and optimism.
“It’s gonna be called PLUS, it's gonna look like a piano pedal and it’s gonna produce the same sustain / sostenuto effect but only for guitars and bass.”
As anyone who's played in trios knows - filling up spaces between individual lines can often be a real struggle, and even clever use of delay and reverb can only do so much...
Kristaps and Martins like the PLUS Pedal idea a lot and agree to come on board. A handshake seals the deal and the guys agree to start building this thing...
The guys immediately head to the local pub (Leningrad Cafe) to get pints and discuss a new type of guitar effect - something that has been brewing in Ilja’s imagination for a while.
The following week the guys set up a basic workspace in Ilja's apartment and the development process begins: weekday evenings 7pm - 12:00pm and throughout the weekends. Martins begins writing the code, Kristaps starts drawing the PCB’s while Ilja keeps the coffee and ideas flowing.
It’s been 15 months of software development, engineering work and multiple iterations of the pedal’s mechanical design - the first two hand-built PLUS Pedal units with a playable firmware are finally ready.
The guys have already been test-driving the early prototypes with local players for a while, but now it was the right time to get feedback from bigger artists - the guys manage to show the PLUS Pedal to John Scofield & Avi Bortnick, Tommy Emmanuel and Kurt Rosenwinkel. At this point it became clear that the PLUS Pedal needs to go to market.
Ilja invites his former school-mate, the business-savvy Didzis Dubovskis to join the team and thus become the fourth founding member of Gamechanger Audio.
The company was officially registered in Riga, Latvia in December 2016.