Wirebender Audio Systems started off in the mid-70s as a business that was intended to front my off-beat ideas about audio equipment for both professional use and a weird offshoot of audiophiles. I designed and manufactured a “Musicians Preamp” that incorporated a low noise, tweakable phone preamplifier, a pair of high gain, low noise microphone preamps (sadly, without a phantom power option), and five switchable line inputs. I sold about 100 of those, got a couple of design awards, and . . . not much else. There were a few other even more poorly selling products and I ended up starting a recording studio, live sound company, and permanent installs business with a friend, Dan Tonjes. After a few years, we wandered off in different directions and I ended up working as a design and manufacturing engineer for a trio of audio equipment companies while keeping my fingers in both live sound and music recording.
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