Doug, when and how did you arrived in the music business?
I have had an interest in electronics ever since I was a kid growing up in the 1950s and 1960s. I built a crystal radio receiver when I was 8 and my first audio amplifier (tubes, of course) when I was 10. I passed the test for an amateur radio license when I was 12 and that experience of communicating using Morse code was excellent training for learning to hear. I built a lot of my own radio equipment, and experimented with my own designs.
The high school I attended had an FM broadcast station. Most of the sports and musical events were broadcast, and I learned about recording orchestras, marching bands, choirs, and plays. Friends asked me to record their bands, which was my first experience working with non-classical music.
Another major factor was that my father was a French horn player in the Philadelphia Orchestra. As a kid, I would attend concerts, rehearsals, and sometimes recording sessions and broadcasts. I learned a lot about acoustics by walking around the Academy of Music in Philadelphia during rehearsals.
It would seem logical that my musical exposure and my interest in electronics would combine to make the career in pro audio I have had for over 40 years now.
I was a studio owner for many years before starting the D.W. Fearn manufacturing business, which started in 1993. [Read more…]