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Ampco Takes Aim at the Future

Ampco Flashlight Group headquarters in Utrecht, Netherlands

It was a pleasure to visit the Ampco Flashlight Group headquarters in Utrecht, Netherlands, for my latest article, published in PSNEurope

Over the last two years, Ampco Flashlight and its network of companies concentrated their activities mainly on the key territory of Benelux. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, came the sale of a Synco Longbow by Martin Audio system to Serbia’s Audio Konstruktor (PSNEurope, February 2014). Time, then, to head to the Netherlands and find out more.

The rest of it is here. Enjoy!

And I’m free…freelancing!

After two wonderful years at PSNEurope, I’ve abandoned the comfort of a regular paycheque in favour of the world of freelancing.

I’m excited, I’m terrified… and as of this very minute, I’m officially available for hire.

 

PSNEurope editorial: audio education

It’s not easy writing editorials I tell ya, but here’s my latest in this week’s PSNEurope newsletter (you’re getting them, right? If not, sign-up here). I was inspired by a recent discussion over at Pro Tools Expert on whether a formal qualification is essential for getting hired. To date, 26% of poll respondents working in audio have no formal training whatsoever, while 35% have either some kind of college or university-related training. So training is better for getting a job, right?

Well, no, that’s not really what those numbers say. Perhaps what those numbers are saying is that by getting some training, you also get access to industry contacts. That was absolutely the case for me when I studied at Alchemea (and I have no complaints about my education whatsoever), and it’s been an enormous help to my own career.

There are also a greater number of training opportunities available to students who want to pursue audio as a career and, arguably, a lot more opportunities in audio than what there used to be. So maybe training is necessary in order to stick out from a very competitive field, which is why more and more working engineers have gone that route.

But, if you’re training isn’t very good (and I’ve heard horror stories), then was it really worth it?  Let the debate continue…

 

Editorial in PSNEurope on audio education