Casado Appointed as Director of Engineering Support
Daniel brings extensive audio and business experience to the role
Daniel Casado is one of those people who finds himself with the rare opportunity to combine all of his varied interests and work experiences as he steps up to fill the demanding position of Director of the Engineering Support Group for McCauley Sound, Inc. “In the past I’ve worked in just about every aspect of the Audio Industry. I enjoyed all of my previous positions, but each one of them only allowed me to do some of the things I was interested in. “I’m excited, because now I get to do it all.”
"I feel very fortunate. I have exactly the job I want. This is what I do, this is what I’m good at. Not everyone get to say that.
Casado has the wide breadth of experience that compliments his new position. Over the last 30 years, he’s worked in manufacturing, QC, and R&D. As a systems integrator and consultant, he’s been involved in the design and installation of systems into nearly every type of application; including corporate AV, education, houses of worship, shopping malls & retail stores, military, industrial, and entertainment venues ranging from night clubs to casinos and arenas.
He was a live sound & studio engineer for many years, and also mixed TV and radio broadcasts. He’s worked with a number of internationally know musicians.
Casado also brings years of valuable business experience to McCauley Sound. He previously managed a multi-million dollar a year company that included manufacturing, multiple retail stores, and mail order. He also worked in MI retail and was a manufacturer’s rep for many of the best know brands in the industry.
So just what are his responsibilities?
“My responsibilities are many and varied,” Casado
began. “The engineering Support Group (ESG) provides services to our dealers & end users, and we work with the manufacturing and engineering teams at the factory. We also assist the sales & marketing departments with their efforts and events.”
“I manage the creation, coordination and execution of the technical aspects of our sales presentations as well as our educational and promotional events. “The ESG provides tech support for owners and end users of our equipment by responding to their questions, and creating documentation like tech notes & manuals,” Casado explained. “We also support events, on-site installations and educational efforts.
“The Engineering Support Group is responsible for taking measurements in the field and using this data to help engineering improve products across the board,” he continued. “For example, we work with partner companies to see how they are using our product out in the field. We’ll take measurements and incorporating user input to refine our recommended DSP settings. This assures the best possible outcome across a wide range of supported processor platforms. “
I also head the effort to introduce our new contracting products. I help our regional managers build relationships with contractors and consultants and I direct our System Design Group (SDG). This group works with our partner contractors and consultants in developing EASE models and assists in the design process. McCauley Sound is set up to be a resource to the marketplace; we want to help.”
“In a nutshell,” Casado said, “our group is here to provide services and solve problems.”
Casado was born in the San Francisco Bay Area and knew at a young age that he’d work in the music/audio field. “When I was two, I knew I wanted to play bass guitar and work with music,” he remembered. “I was also drawn to engineering and electronics at an early age. When I was a little kid I tried to build my own electric guitar. I made the guitar out of a cigar box, and because I wanted an electric one I hooked up the controller of my electric train set to it. I couldn’t understand why no mater how much I turned up the speed control, the guitar didn’t get louder.”
A few years later I started studying electronics and building things. I bought a cheap guitar and put a pickup on it. I got into working with reel to reel tape recorders and building short wave radios. All my life I’ve been doing music & engineering, so it’s no surprise I would end up with a carrier that combines the two”
Casado is an active member of the Pacific Northwest Section of the Audio Engineering Society and currently serves on the PNW committee.
What are Casado’s final words about his new position as McCauley’s Director of the Engineering Support Group? “I feel very fortunate. I have exactly the job I want. This is what I do; this is what I’m good at. Not everyone get to say that.”