So, who are you?

I’m an electric guitar playing, groovy music making, sound software programming guy named Ruben Svensson. Born and raised in a home filled with music I’ve always had some kind of relationship with sound. In my early teens I developed an interest in computers from researching how to make video games. For a while I thought I wanted to do games and computer graphics but then one day I picked up a guitar. From there I went on to study music but when that didn’t go exactly as planned I ended up at KTH where I studied design and product realization. There my earlier programming interest proved useful and I figured out how to combine it with music to make all sorts of things.

How did you end up here at Elk?

While having a break year from KTH to study electric guitar I got in contact with Michele through a mutual friend. Michele asked me to try the sensus guitar and give my thoughts on it as a guitar player. Later when I was nearing graduation I knew I had to get in touch again and here I am now.

What is your role?

I am a software engineer working mostly in user space applications. I am part of building our plugin host Sushi, as well as some other utilities for connecting and controlling the plugins externally.

What is the most exciting part of your job?

Having a midi keyboard on my desk… And also that all problems we get to solve is directly related to enabling me and other musicians, producers and songwriters to write cooler music.

Best guitar solo ever?

Hard question but I think I have to go with Fearless by Pages. I don’t think there’s a note in that solo that Jay Graydon should have played differently.

Most desired piece of vintage gear?

Hmm. I guess that would probably be either an old synth like a Jupiter or Oberheim or maybe a Neve mixing console. But I’m not really the kind of person who dwells in the past.

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