In the expansive world of audio engineering, Andrzej Starzyk stands out as a distinguished figure, shaped by an early immersion into electronic circuits guided by his father. Starting from primary school projects and progressing to surface mount technology, he developed a passion that defined his professional journey.
In 1995, Andrzej's musical and technical expertise converged as he crafted a 4-channel console for his band, laying the foundation for ventures into guitar effects and modular systems. A pivotal collaboration in 1998 with Jarek Bielenia gave rise to the experimental band "Qriozum," marking Andrzej's deep dive into analogue synthesizers and drum machines.
Exploring beyond traditional sound sources, Andrzej repurposed hard drives, electric engines, and broken industrial machinery into components for unconventional sound-generating machines. The transition from analogue to digital workspaces occurred with the discovery of the "Reaktor" software, providing unprecedented creative control.
However, the allure of the analogue proved irresistible, prompting Andrzej to discard the digital realm in pursuit of a more nuanced, lifelike sound. The culmination of this pursuit manifested in the creation of the Monster Compressor—an innovative device seamlessly integrating tube warmth with the musicality of FET transistors. Studio evaluations garnered widespread acclaim, propelling the Monster Compressor into ongoing production with successive iterations.
Recognising tube-based circuit limitations, Andrzej diversified his portfolio, introducing devices featuring discrete class A, solid-state saturation—Satur-8/24, Sa2Rate, Sat500, and SaturAmp. Each design reflects Andrzej's distinctive sonic signature and visionary approach to sound engineering.
The signature yellow hue of Looptrotter, associated with Andrzej Starzyk, draws from chromotherapy principles. Yellow, believed to stimulate creativity and awaken the mind, aligns with Looptrotter's objectives. In Andrzej's journey, each circuit and design resonate with a meticulous blend of colours and flavours, embodying the artist's nuanced perception of sound.Back to top.