Oakley Sound Systems
- Anne Beetem Acker
British analogue synthesizer design and repair firm, established by Tony Allgood (b London, 1967) in 1996. Allgood started a synthesizer and sound equipment repair business, Sound Systems, in 1984, while he was still studying electrical engineering. He worked for Marconi and then Soundcraft for a time, then returned to university to train as a teacher, meanwhile continuing to design and repair synthesizers. He taught physics for five years before forming Oakley Sound Systems, based in his home in Cumbria. From 1999 to 2005 the business sold synthesizer modules and printed circuit boards (PCBs) of Allgood’s designs. In 2007, he handed merchandizing to a partner firm, Krisp1, run by Paul Darlow. Krisp1 supplies ready-made Oakley-designed modules in various formats including MOTM, Frac, and Euro. Oakley began to sell PCBs again in September 2010, allowing Darlow to concentrate on the ready-made modules. Allgood sells bare circuit boards to customers, supplying project designs on special web pages. He offers designs and boards for a wide range of oscillators, filters, amplifiers, effects, utility modules, envelope generators, and power suppliers, as well as two larger stand-alone projects, the TM3030 (a MIDI-controlled bassline unit) and the Filtrex II (an analogue filter rack). Allgood also composes and records synthesizer music under the name Takla Makan....