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Sep 20, 2011

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Truth be told, when I started CSL in 2003, it wasn’t because I was one of those MIT-entrepreneur-types who wanted to start a business just for the sake of running a company. I simply wanted to do interesting work in the field of acoustics and (hopefully) make a living doing it. Starting my own business seemed, at the time, to be the best way to accomplish that.

In the intervening years I’ve had ups and downs but certainly in the last 18 to 20 months business has been very successful: with the help of the folks over at Home Theater Shack my calibrated microphone business has taken off, and consulting work has also seen a serious uptick. I have been so busy that, quite frankly, I’ve had a real problem trying to keep up with the workload. I’ve been thinking for some about hiring on some help but I’ve never been able to bring myself to pull the trigger.

That changed last month. I formed Cross-Spectrum Acoustics LLC with Lance Meister, a friend and colleague with whom I’ve worked before. Lance brings 16-years of transportation noise consulting, project management, and marketing experience. As a co-author of FTA’s Transit Noise & Vibration Impact Assessment guidance manual, he is one of the foremost experts in addressing rail noise and vibration issues. Combined with my own acoustical engineering and measurement experience we have a skill-set that can address the acoustical consulting needs of any number of markets. And hopefully have fun doing it.

Right now, Cross-Spectrum Acoustics LLC is a separate company from Cross-Spectrum Labs, but both entities will be around to focus on different types of projects. The websites for both companies will start evolve over the coming weeks to reflect the new direction.

So what’s going to change? For existing clients, not much. I will still work on existing projects under the Cross-Spectrum Labs banner and will honor existing Cross-Spectrum Labs contractual requirements. I intend for future sound & vibration consulting work to be performed under Cross-Spectrum Acoustics. The biggest changes for consulting work is that a) future clients will receive business cards with a green logo rather than a blue logo, and b) there will be other folks to help pick up the slack when I’m overwhelmed.

Calibrated microphone and sound level meter sales will continue under Cross-Spectrum Labs for the foreseeable future. Microphone calibrations for OEMs and for users with their own DIY/other microphones will continue to be handled by me personally. At some point in the future I will hire someone to perform the calibration work to address demand, but only when I am sure I can find someone who will work to the standards I have set for those products.

New clients, please feel free to contact me (or us) through Cross-Spectrum Labs or via and we will route you to the right place. Existing and past clients/customers, I thank you for giving me to opportunity to serve you and I hope to work with you in the future.

Make no mistake - although this is a moment of transition, we are most definitely open and eager for your business.

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