Sunrise, QSC, Sunset…
In mid 1993, QSC Audio Products of Costa Mesa, California offered me an interesting opportunity in product development. It was hacking my way through an inch of ice to get into my car at 3:00AM in Toronto airport’s long-term parking on the night I came back from NAMM `94 in California that finally convinced me to accept QSC’s offer.
Some products I developed while at QSC...
- This patented audio power amplifier circuit design was my baby. Eventually displaced by class-D amps, it was for about 10 years used in the most powerful analog audio amplifiers in the world. Pictured at left is the 9000 watt Powerlite 9.0
- The signal processing units were a massive team effort – complex and advanced networked audio systems capable of distributing and processing all the audio in huge installations such as theme parks.
- At QSC, I started out by developing a new analog amp technology I eventually patented for QSC. QSC promoted me to Director of R&D. In that role I grew the company’s technical capabilities beyond power amplifiers into digital audio distribution, signal processing and loudspeakers. QSC more than doubled its sales and size and grew in industry prominence.
California turned out to be a beautiful adventure.
There was security, a great house, a cool company car, an expense account, all the traditional things everyone supposedly wants. But no matter how busy the job was, my creative thinking kept returning to the guitar. By the year 2004 it was really bothering me that I hadn’t given my most creative ideas a good try. In that year I decided to do it!