About Aion Electronics

We all started somewhere. For me, it was opening up a Boss DS-1 pedal back in 2008 and thinking it shouldn’t be too complicated to improve. That was the first time I turned on a soldering iron, and on account of some beginner’s luck, I didn’t break anything—and not only that, the pedal sounded fantastic when I was done.

I started offering pedal modification and repair services locally in 2010, but it wasn’t long before I built a pedal from scratch and realized it was way more fun than modding. The first one I ever built was a Ross-style compressor, and though I built many others after that, the Ross circuit continued to hold my attention. After a great deal of tweaking (I can count seven major revisions), I finally ended up with something I was extremely proud of, and realized that it was something that others might be interested in. That was the Aion Compressor.

This process taught me a lot about how to design PCB layouts thoughtfully and efficiently. I had created a few more PCBs along the way for my own use, and in 2013 I decided to offer these for sale to DIYers. And now here we are. While I still do build pedals in a commercial capacity on aionfx.com, most of my time is spent here, designing new PCB projects and shipping them all around the world.

By day, I am gainfully and ecstatically employed as the technology director at Juicebox Interactive, a small web development and branding firm located in Des Moines’ wonderful downtown.