Countryman Associates Appoint Eric Carmichel as Chief Engineer

Eric CarmichelEric Carmichel

Countryman Associates, manufacturer of direct boxes and ultra-miniature microphones, has announced the appointment of Eric Carmichel to the position of chief engineer. With a comprehensive background that spans physics, audio electronics, hearing science, and more in areas as diverse as consumer electronics, medical (cochlear implants, hearing aids), and electronic hearing protection devices, Carmichel brings a rich skillset to his new position with Countryman. He commenced service with the company in January 2018 and is based at company headquarters in Menlo Park, CA.

In his new capacity with Countryman Associates, Carmichel will be active in numerous aspects of the company’s technical operations. Among his various responsibilities, Carmichel will be involved in defining feature sets for new products, working with the mechanical design team to tune the acoustic properties of new microphones, testing prototype PCBs, assisting others on the engineering staff with design considerations, and occasionally addressing second tier technical support inquiries.

Most recently, Carmichel served as principle engineer for acoustics and Audiologics engineer for Doppler Labs, creators of the Here One wireless earbuds. Prior to this, he was a field application engineer at Knowles Corporation, where he assisted customers with integrating audio transducers in mobile communication and wearable products. He was also the founder/engineering consultant for Cochlear Concepts, LLC. In this position, he was integral to the design phases of unique audiology, communication, and sound-control devices for use in clinical and research applications.

“Countryman Associates offers a unique opportunity and work environment. Because their manufacturing is in-house, they have the requisite tools and specialized equipment for rapidly prototyping novel audio products,” says Carmichel. “I look forward to adding expertise to the R&D environment as well as Countryman’s acoustical measurements laboratory. I enjoy the theory, math, and electronics, but a hands-on, ‘build it and test it’ approach to product development is definitely a catalyst for innovation.”

Chris Countryman, president of Countryman Associates, adds, “Eric’s skills and experience couldn’t be better suited to the types of products we develop,” he said. “His strength in acoustical and electronic design, product testing, invention and prototyping, as well as electronic and mechanical integration made him a terrific choice for our company. All of us at Countryman are pleased to have Eric onboard with us. I’m confident he will do well.”

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Michael Raine is the Editor-in-Chief at Canadian Musician, Canadian Music Trade, Professional Sound, and Professional Lighting & Production magazines. He also hosts the Canadian Musician Podcast.
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