Small update

I started working out less(a maximum of 3 times per week) to focus more on studying and next month is my 25th birthday. I don’t really know how my life will turn out to be, but as the quote says “A bad decision is better than no decision at all.”. I’d been thinking of quitting my job and move to Austin and try and make something work instead of going to Spain. I want to focus 100% on making audio apps and making money by solving other people’s problems. Its very hard to leave my comfortable 9-5 and go risk to run out of money, but what’s the worse that it can happen? go back to a 9-5?.

Maybe its my gut telling me to go for adventure… In the meantime i will save money and complete my audio DSP course.

The Pomodoro technique

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I started using this technique a couple weeks ago to make it a habit to study or work for 25 minutes and a small break of 5 minutes for long hours. This is the best system that works for me to be productive and to focus when trying to learn something difficult. The app costs $3 bucks from the app store and is available in IOS and OSX, I highly recommend it!

Today, I feel tired but I’m writing a convolver C++ application from the book “Designing audio effects in C++” by Will Pirkle. It’s not an easy, but I’m in page 277 which I feel very proud of myself.

45 minutes of reading

Today I finished reading chapter 1 at my lunch hour from this great book “DSP a practical guide for engineers and scientists” and I hope to make it a habit. I started reading 30-45 minutes at my lunch break and it’s very easy to understand, because this books doesn’t get into the ugly maths and it uses pictures to explain the concepts. I wish I read this book before any signals class or even calculus class….sigh.

NOTE: you can read this book for free online.

The Fourier Transform

MAAAAN, this thing called “The Fourier Transform” just doesn’t make sense to me, even though I took continuous and discrete signals courses in college (I don’t know how I passed).

I’m going to dedicate some time taking the DSP course on coursera(it’s free) and relearning what does that equation even mean.

Here’s a nice blog that explains well DFT

An Interactive Guide To The Fourier Transform

I’m going into an adventure

Three weeks ago I made the decision to commit to learn Audio programming by Reading books, coding, courses and hopefully save money to get a graduate degree in Spain. I’m 24 soon to be 25 and I developed good habits to study after my 9-5.

My background:

BS in Electrical Engineering (didn’t pay too much atention in class so i’m learning everything again)

DJ and music producer from age 15-20(Really didn’t know much music theory and what I was doing)

So here’s the first course I commit myself to finish from coursera:

Audio Signal Processing for Music Applications

Another course that will start in October from cousera as well.

Digital Signal Processing

Note: English is my second language and I’m doing my best to improve it everyday, so bare with me. I hope this blog inspires others and follow me into this new realm.