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The Story


Early years

MOD Devices' founder, Gianfranco Ceccolini had a dream: having a multi-effects pedal that would never run out of effects, did not need a computer to be brought on the stage and could withstand the scrutiny of audiophiles everywhere.

The journey began in 2008, when Gianfranco Ceccolini decided to design a digital pedalboard that would give musicians more freedom. He got together with Angoera Sistemas Eletrônicos and they both started working on the first prototype, based on a DSP.

Development was slow until 2010, when the design was financed by the PRIME Program and the first protoype was completed. After a series of tests involving musicians, and thanks to increasingly popular new technologies, the DSP was replaced by a PC and Linux-based structure at the end of that year.

MOD Quadra

In early 2012, with a new version of the prototype in operation, Hacklab, a software development company with extensive experience of web and free software development, joined the venture. The Plugin Store and the Pedalboard sharing platform were born.

In 2013, the MOD Quadra came into existence. In September of that year, the MOD Quadra was officially launched at ExpoMusic Brazil. Hundreds of onlookers, journalists and musicians came to the MOD Devices' stand and were very impressed by what they saw.

Although it did not became a commercial hit, the MOD Quadra had the important role of confirming the power of the concept and also helped to understand the important necessary changes that needed to be done for a sucessfull product: smaller size and mass production.

MOD Duo

In 2014 a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for a smaller and sleeker product - the MOD Duo - was put in place and Octotober the same year it was sucesfully funded.

In order to properly fulfill the campaign and offer a product with the desired level of quality, the team moved the headquarters to Berlin, Germany - in February 2015 and, after one year of full development, the first units of MOD Duo started being shipped to the Kickstarter backers.

Feedback has been amazing since then. The MOD Duo has proven to be a worthy product to musicians and the community envisioned back there started blossoming, specially after the creation of the Forum where developers and musicians were put in touch to discuss product features and new plugin ideas.

Key Milestones

  • JUL 2017
    Integration available to generate LV2-plugins from gen~ objects created in Cycling '74 Max/MSP
  • JUL 2017
    Winner of the Start-up Acceleration Program at Wallifornia Music Tech in Liège, Belgium
  • APR 2017
    Unveils its new footswitch extension and Arduino shield at Frankfurt Musikmesse
  • JAN 2017
    Big launch of the MOD Duo at the NAMM Show
  • DEC 2016
    First MODx, a community-based meetup, happens in Berlin
  • SEP 2016
    Sponsor of the Waves Vienna Music Hackday
  • JUNE 2016
    Attends the Summer NAMM in Nashville, USA
  • MAY 2016
    MOD is a sponsor of the 24-hour Hack Camp at the Berlin edition of Music Tech Fest
  • APR 2016
    MOD Devices takes part in the Frankfurt Musikmesse and opens orders for a second production run
  • FEB 2016
    Shipping commences on the first units of the Kickstarter Pioneers batch
  • SEPT 2015
    MOD headquarters move to Schleicher Electronics Berlin, the company tasked with the assembly of MOD products
  • JUNE 2015
    MOD Devices is selected as a finalist at the Sonár+D Start-Up challenge
  • JAN 2015
    The MOD team moves to Berlin, Germany, in order to produce the MOD Duo
  • OCT 2014
    The Kickstarter campaign for the MOD Duo is funded, reaching 127% of its initial goal
  • SEPT 2013
    The MOD Quadra is launched as a product at the Expomusic SP in São Paulo, Brazil
  • MAY 2013
    A prototype of the MOD Quadra is presented at the Linux Audio Conference in Graz, Austria
  • APR 2012
    Hacklab, a Brazilian open-source IT company specialized in cultural endeavours, joins the project
  • DEC 2011
    A year and a half later, a second prototype, the MF-625, sees the light of day
  • JUNE 2010
    The first prototype of an open-source multi-effects pedal comes into this world