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Making Babies by Paul D. Bauman

Manufacturing – a dirty job, but someone’s gotta do it. Somebody has to make all of those fun toys for audio engineers to play with and for people to be entertained by.

But coming out with a new product can be difficult and challenging process, much akin to giving birth – the spark of an idea or identification of a need (inspiration?); a gestation period (design); labour (struggling with a prototype and shaking out the bugs – perspiration); nurturing (going into acutal production); then raising the child to maturity (dealing with production, component supply and quality control).

You might get the idea that there’s a busy bunch of seriously pregnant engineers out there! I’m proud to be a part of the process here at Adamson, where at the moment we’re in various stages of nurturing, raising, and proud parenthood. And as a distracted new product papa, I offer my apologies as this is normally a tips and advice column. To be honest, I don’t have any advice right now – I’ve been too busy with the kids to be able to tell you what to do with them! One important thing, though. Never under any uncertain terms, lend your car keys to a 1000 watt loudspeaker on a Saturday night.

Paul D. Bauman – Chief Engineer, Adamson Acoustic Design Corporation, Pickering, ON.

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