Testing Testing 1,2,3... - Is this thing on??

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  1. AnalogBeforeDigital

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    Hello All,

    so I just wanted to start off on the right foot... and other than the mic check was curious about posting norms regarding
    1. advice on a speaker build (driver measurement and how cabinets affect impedance and as a result crossovers)
    2. moving this from a hobby to a career
    3. got vinyl -help with rebuilding analog setup

    thanks and looking forward to discussions here - hopefully i can make sure it's not a one way street..
     
  2. Tony V.

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  3. Matthew J Poes

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    As for a career, you can ask questions. We just prefer people don’t use this for free advertising. If you are selling something, be careful how you promote it here. I would even make your affiliation clear. We have lots of industry insiders here and love their participation.

    Welcome to the forums.
     
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    Welcome to the forum, AnalogBeforeDigital!

    I, too, have also wondered how individuals move from hobbyist to professional in the audio industry. I guess it really depends on where you want to end up...editorial, fabrication, DSP engineer...etc...
     
  5. Matthew J Poes

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    Just don’t go into manufacturing speakers. Seems to be a sure fire way to be poor and miserable.
     
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    I have an uncle that used to be in this line of work at a VERY respectable speaker company in the Bay Area. He literally wound voice coils for 8-hours a day... and wasn't allowed to do anything else. Now he's in the testing dept. which he enjoys much more : )
     
  7. AnalogBeforeDigital

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    ha - love hearing a moderator chime in on this - thanks...

    I have finally come to a point where I have realized everything I enjoy deals with audio in some way - yet it's not the focus of anything as a career.

    I think i finally got to the point of saying I need to start doing what makes you happy - my hope is i get to the point that I can have a meaningful impact while doing what I enjoy - and that's simply anything audio

    Thanks Matt - now crossing off all things making me poor and miserable...

    :)
     
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    This hobby keeps us all poor :spend:
     
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    This is true. Sadly so true.

    I just did my taxes and put all but $200 of what I made in my acoustics business back into the business in necessary expenses. That won’t be true every year, but the truth is I didn’t spend that much, I just also didn’t make that much.
     
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    Writing and acoustics isn’t my day job. Do what makes you happy. That’s important. If you can find a way to make a comfortable living in audio, you absolutely should.

    I find lots of things bring me joy. I love audio and this recent opportunity to write and contribute to the industry has been great. My acoustics business went from one tiny job a year to a couple with an occasional big job. It’s quickly stretched my bandwidth to do this and I’m fine with that. I don’t do any of this for the money. What I know is that my family needs a certain amount of money to survive the way we live now and I can’t make that much and get all the benefits I have if I gave up my day job and focused solely on this field. Which doesn’t mean other people don’t or haven’t found a way to make good money doing this. I’m also not interested in manufacturing products.
     
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    Thanks - I appreciate the feedback, and look forward to a positive experience here...
     
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    Welcome to the forums!
     

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