making tools for
your sonic obsessions.
At Valhalla, we believe in following our creative muse (or Valkyrie, as the case may be). The muse over here is completely obsessed with making audio tools. We have an endless fascination with sound, a deep respect for the creative process, and a strong drive to give you powerful tools that are easy to use.
It's become clear to us over the last 20 years that making Valhalla plugins is the work we're supposed to be doing, and we're grateful to support the work you're supposed to be doing. We hope our plugins inspire you.
Sean CostelloCofounder + Sound
Sean is Valhalla’s core algorithm engineer and product designer. He has a lifelong obsession with making music and sound, and 20+ years of experience in the audio signal processing field. His pro journey began after talking his way into some graduate computer music classes and landing a job as an algorithm designer for Staccato Systems. Sean ended up working for Analog Devices, creating audio algorithms and toolsets for SHARC and Blackfin and lots of car sounds for video games. During the 2008 recession, he lost his job, taught himself JUCE, created the Valhalla code library from scratch on the kitchen table, and here we are. You can find Sean’s manifesto from the early days of Valhalla here and his music here: https://soundcloud.com/seancostello.
Don GunnSound + Support
Don is Valhalla’s resident pro audio expert. Don is a recording/mixing engineer, producer, and musician and has worked with hundreds of artists over the years – including Death Cab for Cutie, Peter Frampton, Soundgarden, The Lonely Forest, King Crimson, The Humans, and Fences – from his studio, The Office, as well as many fine rooms elsewhere. He works closely with Sean on Valhalla product design, algorithm tuning and overall product usefulness from the pro perspective. He also makes demo videos, drives the customer service and has a fleet of squirrel and crow friends. You can find Don here: http://dongunn.com
Kristin Farr CostelloCofounder + Vision
Kristin focuses on visual design, philosophy and making things happen for Valhalla. She cofounded Valhalla with Sean back in the day, and has 20+ years of digital marketing experience. She has worked in strategy, branding, marketing, graphic design and project management for brands, and product design, operations and analytics for startups. Kristin is also a painter and will be joining the Gage Academy Atelier in Fall 2020 to get serious about it. You can find Kristin here: https://kristincostello.com/
Who we are
Here at Valhalla, we are driven by our mission. We are here to make inspiring and accessible world-class audio effects you can count on for years to come. These best practices guide us every day.
For us, standards are the guidelines and goals and commitments we think about every day. It's being in service to the creative process, both yours and ours. It's striving to take the best of what came before and learning from it to make the future. And it's working as hard as we can to create inspiring, accessible and excellent tools.
For you, our standards means you’re going to get a quality plugin—at a quality price—every time. It’s knowing we will give you an easy-to-use tool you can count on for years to come, with a dedicated support team standing by. It's being able to do the work you're meant to do. Our goal is to be your standard too.