Anthony B.

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Happy to be contacted

About me

Anthony B.
Music Technology Systems
United Kingdom

My employment

United Kingdom
Science and research
Large business (250+ employees)

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How I looked for work

Job sites online, recruiters, company websites, etc.

How I found out about the job

Personal contacts

The recruitment process

CV submission, Coding test, and Interview.

My career goals when I graduated

Audio DSP Engineer / Music Producer

My career history

Only 6 months in so far, so there's nothing really relevant before this.

What has helped my career to progress

Studying DSP in my spare time using online tools like MIT OpenCourseware, demonstrating an active interest in the field of Audio Engineering and Music Production.

Courses taken since graduation

None - only unofficial studying.

How my studies have helped my career

My studies have been invaluable. Everything at university has taught me something so it's all been valuable.

What surprised me about my career so far

How much freedom I have to explore my own ideas.

Where I hope to be in 5 years

On my way to becoming a senior DSP/Audio Software Engineer

My advice to students considering work

Take time to explore the field you're in and dedicate time to investigating whether or not you'd like to work in a particular area full time. Start projects, whether for university or not, and develop apps or write some scripts to develop fluency with the kind of tools you'll use daily. Use git for your dissertation and code projects during university to gain familiarity with it, as you will need this in a career in software. Spend time on each skill you want to develop and have a plan for how you want to improve in that area.

My advice about working in my industry

Get into the flow of developing small apps, using basic git commands to backup your projects, use GitHub to demonstrate a portfolio of your code, experiment with multiple languages, understand the core content of your field and recognise that nobody can be perfectly ready for any role. Just be committed and accumulate evidence that your are committed: then it is just a matter of time before you find the right role.

Other advice

My philosophy regarding education is that it is your responsibility to learn, not the lecturers to teach. I had views along those lines during my time as a student so I didn't make the most of my education and I regret it now. Find a topic you like, ask questions, find answers to those questions, ask more questions, and keep that cycle going. Over time, your understanding of any topic will improve slowly; so allow the time to learn and dedicate yourself to whatever it is you want to achieve. The main issue is actually time management so rather than focusing on the end result, make your goal about the *habit* of studying/coding/learning on a daily basis. That way you will inevitably reach your goal - but be patient, it does take time.

Contacting me

I am happy to mentor anyone wanting to get into Audio Engineering and Digital Signal Processing. I'm fascinated by DSP so I have gained quite a breadth of knowledge in my short time working professionally. I have focused on applications relating to audio signal processing as opposed to applications in digital image or radar systems for example. But the maths is all the same so I'm confident I can help shed some light on this topic. Good luck!

What I do

I work in the research team in Manchester, working on the next generation of Midas mixing consoles. This is all about audio/DSP and involves a lot of maths, algorithm development, and computer programming. I mainly use Python/Matlab for prototyping/verification and C++ for the final implementation.

Skills I use and how I developed them

Maths, Signal Processing, Audio Mixing/Critical Listening, Computer Programming (Python, Matlab, C++), Project Management, Agile... I've developed these skills throughout university and my career so far.

What I like most

Learning something new every day, gaining a deeper understanding of how systems work and appreciation of the maths that underpins signal processing.

What I like least

There really are no negatives so far. Not enough free fruit! (clutching at straws)

What surprised me most

The effectiveness of statistical analysis to signals.

Next steps...

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