Electronic Musical Instrument Products
In the early part of my career, I worked for International Music Company in Fort Worth, TX. I started there as an electronic technician, but quickly moved into product development. In the beginning my main job was helping to build and troubleshoot electronics, but I then became part of the overall development team.
There I learned how to design circuit boards, and from there moved on to full product design. We used AutoCAD extensively to mockup product panels, add, remove, and position controls. We created panels, chassis, graphics and built functional prototypes to review with customers. Later I learned Adobe Illustrator and other creative tools for designing all graphics, layouts, and even packaging.
Additionally, once the product was finalized I had the responsibility to take our protypes overseas and work with manufacturing to mass produce them. At some point in all of this International Music became Akai Musical Instrument Corp. While that was our main brand, I worked across all product lines we had including Ross Systems, Hill Audio, Jackson and Charvel electronics, as well as Akai products. I often think of this time in my life as a university education. I learned so much there, and eventually left to start a .com with a few of my coworkers. Below are just a very few examples of the many products I worked on.
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