What is Horizon Devices?
Hey guys. My name is Misha Mansoor. Thanks for stopping by.
There are certain things that can just be done better. Things that affect your music.
I founded Periphery because I wanted to make music I loved and have a team of people I trusted that are as dedicated as I am. I learned audio engineering because I wanted to sound as good as possible, and recently partnered with great people to make GetGood Drums. I played a lot of guitars, and figured out exactly what I liked, so I worked with Jackson guitars to release a better guitar for modern musicians.
Seeing a theme?
If there’s a problem, you fix it. Especially if that problem is getting between musicians and their music. You also need a great team.
That’s how Horizon Devices was born.
Our first pedal is called the Precision Drive, but it took a lot of hard work.
Too many overdrives are just copies of old circuits. They were never designed to boost high gain heads. Many of them are far too noisy, completely destroy your bass response, or are just plain cheap.
I wanted to create a fresh, new overdrive that’s envisioned from the ground up as modern design for modern musicians. I knew I would need help, so I enlisted my friends Mehtab Bhogal and Brian Gilmanov from Wired Guitarist, because I knew I couldn’t found a company on my own. However, none of us are electrical engineers.
I feel so lucky, because we got our first choice of pedal companies to work with us on the Precision Drive: MXR. To be honest, this was a huge relief. Making great analog pedals for over 40 years? Inventors of the Carbon Copy and Phase 90? I knew for sure that our production was solid. Then came the hard part.
Over 400 hours of R&D going into the initial circuit. More than 6 revisions just on the noise gate (yep it has a noise gate!). That wasn’t enough though. I wanted Horizon Devices from the very start to be community oriented. What if I loved the pedal and no one else did? Everyone has their blind spots.
I took everything friends, musicians, producers, and engineers have told me over the years, and combined it with specific input from over 4800 guitarists in the Horizon Devices community. That resulted in even more tweaks to the final pedal, but all of this work was worth it.
Months of setting up shipping, building websites, and getting production prepped later, we’re finally here.
Now I have a pedal in my hands that helps me focus on writing music, and avoid fighting my gear to get good tone. The best part is that everyone can have access to that now.
This story is what Horizon Devices is about. Helping the quality of life of modern musicians. Overcoming my own struggles (founding a company is hard!) and doing things right, for the right reasons.