I have one lofty life goal that will take an insane amount of time and an extreme amount of money to fully complete, but its achievable because all of my minor goals help to achieve the greater goal. What is that great and lofty life goal? To hand-build and hand-wire, point to point... a 32 channel vacuum tube powered recording/mixing console with passive equalizers (the Arque Equalizer that is in the development stage) on every channel. It seems pretty wild, maybe even a bit insane considering I'm estimating its final value to be in the $200,000 price bracket. However, I'm very passionate about what I do and I never give up on a reachable goal until I cross the finish line.
I'm currently a good way into the design of this monster board. Trinity is a major element, which is kind of an understatement. Trinity is the channel strip for a smaller "first" console, but I will most likely use the preamp section of Trinity in the 32 channel giant, since I feel this preamp is among the best in the world. My goals right now are to build as many Trinity channel strips as possible, but really I would like to build 8. Each one is a dual channel strip, so 8 units would give me 16 channels. I'll then design and build a master summing section for the 16 channel mixer. The goal specifically is to build a 16 channel recording/mixing console based around the Trinity channel strip within two years of today. That's a pretty insane goal from a financial standpoint, but I will reach it no matter the sacrifice.
I have a 3 step phase to get me to the point of having 8 Trinity's. The first phase is to sell any used gear or prototypes that I feel I can live without. I started by adding a few new listings on ebay. You can see what I have up there so far at http://www.ebay.com/usr/lightningboyaudio. Its not a lot, but I have a few more things still to get up there. Phase 2 is to sell my prototypes on a page that I have yet to create on this website. This will probably happen before next week. Finally, Phase 3 is to launch Trinity as a product so I can start ordering parts in bulk... eventually amassing enough to build a few extra for myself.
I have found that one of my greatest tools for achieving goals is writing them down in a place where I will see them often. A constant self reminder is what I need to get things done in a timely manner. I decided to try posting my goals on this blog for the public to see, as a self experiment. I think if the public knows my goals and my time table, the pressure is on to complete these things accordingly. I like working under pressure. That's when my best work happens. Trinity has been an example of that and soon enough the world will hear my masterpiece.
About the Author
Mike Congilosi II, Owner/Designer/Electronics Engineer at Lightning Boy Audio and Owner/Audio Engineer/Music Producer at LBA Studios.