Unleash Your Stories – Alexandra Amaral


Alexandra is currently on an exchange programme in New Zealand, originally from Massachusetts, USA. He was always searching for ways to combine his love for music as well as physics to make something creative. He first started to become interested in creating circuitry after taking a course in electronics, which eventually became a hobby; this lead him to create his very own guitar pedal.

He decided to come to Unleash Space to kick start his project as it provided him with the equipment and components to create his first prototype and continue building. It gave him the opportunity to continue working and building on his guitar pedal project without having to personally purchase all the individual components, which would have taken a considerable amount of time to gather and assemble.

Alexandra also found that the equipment training sessions greatly benefited him and he was able to apply the skills that he had learned to his own project. Since the cases for his pedals were relatively expensive, and a fair portion of making it would involve a lot of drilling and careful attention to dimensions, using the laser cutter machine to make his own custom case proved extremely beneficial.

With the help of the Create and Maker Space at Unleash, Alexandra has now completed the circuit and the case, and is working on troubleshooting and iterating his design to make it fully functional. He plans to use the pedal for creating a distortion effect for a guitar or base whenever he is playing.

If you want to use Unleash Space for your own innovative projects, you can sign up to our newsletter, come and gain access to the Create and Maker Space, or book an equipment training session for our equipment if you have already gained access to the Create and Maker Space.