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Kevin Unger

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Re: OT: Where are ya from and what else do ya do?
« Reply #70 on: July 15, 2017, 03:29:30 am »

I'm just north of San Francisco.

I own and operate a small CNC machine shop.
I do production machining, product development and invent stuff.
I'm in the process of going legit (but small) with my sound business.

I have always loved music, but didn't get into this until my 40s.
I pretend to play bass for fun.

We're almost the same!


Detroit here.


Day job is shift supervisor at a machine shop, doing production in custom plastic mold bases. 15 years between manual machining and CNC. Love making chips.

....and playing some bass, and Dj'ing.


Weekend warrior with my own rather small sound company, DJ on occasion. Just formed an LLC in the past month or so. It's been a blast!
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Nitin Thakur

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Re: OT: Where are ya from and what else do ya do?
« Reply #71 on: July 15, 2017, 07:59:46 am »

1. India from a city Chandigarh

2. Oh yeah full time. I wish to learn more of this industry and also spread the knowledge around.

3. This is a family business and I am the second generation so started early as a DJ while graduating. Did my post grad in audio school. Entered business and fell in love with it. Currently working on ideas like audio workshops in India for live applications by different manufacturers so more brand awareness is created. Incite the ideology of audio ethics in the industry with a motto that If I am giving my life to this industry I need to do right by it. Not to follow the popular choices blindly but first try to understand the vision and engineering behind the products.
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Re: OT: Where are ya from and what else do ya do?
« Reply #72 on: March 18, 2018, 12:42:24 am »

1. Newport Oregon.

2. I am a total cliche'. Bartender 4 nights a week and part time cover band rock star part time. "sound guy" when there'should not a gig to play

3. Severe G.A.S. with my band. Before ya knew it I had enough gear to do a small "festival". Then my friend who runs the County Fair asked me if I wanted the sound gignore when his provider "outgrew" our small county fair. Invested the first years money into some more gear and now I am mostly a weekend warrior on the sound stuff.  Built my fair rig so I could break it down onto smaller sized rigs for corporate or small band stuff as well. Pretty bare bones and ground based, but people seem to like what I get out of what I have to work with. Debating whether to take it next level. Glad I found this site. Have learned a ton. Best PSW moment .... my first Dave Rat video link.
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Marc Sibilia

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Re: OT: Where are ya from and what else do ya do?
« Reply #73 on: March 18, 2018, 08:44:43 pm »

Old thread, but some new faces and voices:

1) I live and work in Princeton, NJ.

2) I have been a mechanical engineer for 30 years and still love it.  Currently, I work on developing nuclear fusion as a future energy source working for the Department of Energy and Princeton University.  Over the years, I have worked on all kinds of things.  I worked on developing natural gas engines for transportation use.  I designed the propulsion system for an unmanned atmospheric research drone to fly to 90,000 feet over Antarctica to sample the ozone layer.  I helped develop an alternative air conditioning system that cools the air by over-drying it.  I have done CNC machining, welding, performance plastics processing, microcontroller programming, CAD and finite element modeling and worked in nuclear power plants.

3) But audio is my passion.  I built my first speaker and amplifier in seventh grade.  I DJed dances at my church during high school.  When I was at college, I built a 4 way, analog active crossover and speakers.  I was the technical director of our mime company and built speakers that we dragged around when we went on tour.  I built more speakers for the music at my wedding.  I took a bit of a hiatus while we raised our children, but they are out of the house now.

I began the slippery slope of "hobby out-of-control" PA gear accumulation when my buddy volunteered to play some music at our rowing club holiday party.  He didn't have enough "rig for the gig", so I added to his home speakers.  I used a found Bose 801 and a double 12" sub loaded with old Speakerlab woofers and a bit of DSP magic the first year.  The next year I added one 18" and a couple of CBT like arc segment speakers.  The following year, I had 4 18" DIY subs and had reconfigured the 8 x 5" tops to two way and added a Driverack PA.

I decided that having all that gear sitting in my basement 363 days a year was a bit of a waste, so I contacted a youth circus run by a friend of mine.  They use a big old factory in Trenton to run a program for the kids in the city and really needed a better PA.  I loaned it to them except for the two days a year I need it and they love having it.  I have since donated it, since they need it and I don't anymore.

That's when I found ProSoundWeb and began lurking and learning.  I started thinking about extending my DJing to include mixing for bands, but I really needed a bit more capable system if I wanted to do that properly.  I designed and built eight 15" subs (very similar to Chris Grimshaw's) that are easier to carry up and down stairs and louder and lower than my four budget 18's in big boxes, and some lightweight horn loaded B&C 12" + Eminence and RCF 1.4" tops (loosely inspired by Peter Morris' DIY 90) that should do fine for any bar around and for smaller festival type events.  I haven't done my first live sound event yet.  I need to build some stage monitors and buy some mic stands.  I can stuff the whole rig including a Honda generator in my SUV.

Other thing I need to get before I do this for real is some liability insurance (I have definitely learned some things on PSW).

I have some friends in bands that might help me get my feet wet.  More than likely, I will be doing benefit type events for organizations I support in the beginning.

I am also hoping to find someone not too far away with a passing interest in DIY that might spend an afternoon listening to and comparing my system to a commercial equivalent.

Marc
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Scott Holtzman

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Re: OT: Where are ya from and what else do ya do?
« Reply #74 on: March 18, 2018, 09:18:06 pm »

Old thread, but some new faces and voices:

1) I live and work in Princeton, NJ.

2) I have been a mechanical engineer for 30 years and still love it.  Currently, I work on developing nuclear fusion as a future energy source working for the Department of Energy and Princeton University.  Over the years, I have worked on all kinds of things.  I worked on developing natural gas engines for transportation use.  I designed the propulsion system for an unmanned atmospheric research drone to fly to 90,000 feet over Antarctica to sample the ozone layer.  I helped develop an alternative air conditioning system that cools the air by over-drying it.  I have done CNC machining, welding, performance plastics processing, microcontroller programming, CAD and finite element modeling and worked in nuclear power plants.

3) But audio is my passion.  I built my first speaker and amplifier in seventh grade.  I DJed dances at my church during high school.  When I was at college, I built a 4 way, analog active crossover and speakers.  I was the technical director of our mime company and built speakers that we dragged around when we went on tour.  I built more speakers for the music at my wedding.  I took a bit of a hiatus while we raised our children, but they are out of the house now.

I began the slippery slope of "hobby out-of-control" PA gear accumulation when my buddy volunteered to play some music at our rowing club holiday party.  He didn't have enough "rig for the gig", so I added to his home speakers.  I used a found Bose 801 and a double 12" sub loaded with old Speakerlab woofers and a bit of DSP magic the first year.  The next year I added one 18" and a couple of CBT like arc segment speakers.  The following year, I had 4 18" DIY subs and had reconfigured the 8 x 5" tops to two way and added a Driverack PA.

I decided that having all that gear sitting in my basement 363 days a year was a bit of a waste, so I contacted a youth circus run by a friend of mine.  They use a big old factory in Trenton to run a program for the kids in the city and really needed a better PA.  I loaned it to them except for the two days a year I need it and they love having it.  I have since donated it, since they need it and I don't anymore.

That's when I found ProSoundWeb and began lurking and learning.  I started thinking about extending my DJing to include mixing for bands, but I really needed a bit more capable system if I wanted to do that properly.  I designed and built eight 15" subs (very similar to Chris Grimshaw's) that are easier to carry up and down stairs and louder and lower than my four budget 18's in big boxes, and some lightweight horn loaded B&C 12" + Eminence and RCF 1.4" tops (loosely inspired by Peter Morris' DIY 90) that should do fine for any bar around and for smaller festival type events.  I haven't done my first live sound event yet.  I need to build some stage monitors and buy some mic stands.  I can stuff the whole rig including a Honda generator in my SUV.

Other thing I need to get before I do this for real is some liability insurance (I have definitely learned some things on PSW).

I have some friends in bands that might help me get my feet wet.  More than likely, I will be doing benefit type events for organizations I support in the beginning.

I am also hoping to find someone not too far away with a passing interest in DIY that might spend an afternoon listening to and comparing my system to a commercial equivalent.

Marc
I will be back in Parsippany in 2 weeks glad to get together.

I am also an engineer/entrepreneur spent my mife in Telecom/cellular and always had some hand in production. 

My first gig was running the bogen 5 input amp our church used at 13 yrs old. 

I am headed into semi-retirement and my little production company stays pretty busy with 5-6 gigs a week and a dry rental business that is growing like crazy.

Let me know, may not get a rental but can Uber.  Will be at the Marriott in Morris Plains I think is the name of the town.



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