I've now talked to a few members here and very briefly with Mike. It appears that Mike and I may have had a misunderstanding. I hope to talk with Mike, who I consider a friend, to clear the air. I absolutely have no malintent with my actions, all of this is nothing more than a misunderstanding. At the time that I offered to do the talk, I had noted that I wanted to post the videos on my own companies youtube channel. I am not charging Mike or any of you for these talks and provide them freely, but wanted to post through my website to help build its brand and support the very small side-income I am able to get from this hobby. At the moment I am making nothing on this and I won't ever make anything on these videos, but my hope was that it might increase our followers which allows monetization and later sponsorship of the videos themselves. That helps defer the costs of doing them and makes it worth our while to do them. I want to do more and I think people would find them helpful, but right now it isn't feasable.
I want to take a moment to explain what has transpired over the last two years so people understand why I am doing this. After finishing some additional education in the area of acoustics I began getting a lot of requests for my time concerning audio. I was asked to write for a new website, eventually, more requests and even sponsorship offers came in. At this point the demands on my time for what is ultimately a hobby has increased so much that I need to be selective. What many may not realize is that just days before Mike's event I was in Chicago giving different talks but for pay. Most people I know in the industry have encouraged me to give up the free work I do and time I spend on forums or emailing with people given the ability to spend all of that time on paying gigs. However, I like doing this and I consider Mike a friend. What I saw this opportunity to be was an ability to help grow my brand while providing Mike with free talks that I normally am paid to give.
Anyone can provide free youtube talks. What I'm doing is taking advantage of my relationships and connections to provide informational talks on topics we are interested in that are vetted by experts like John Mulcahy and Earl Geddes (among others). Now that doesn't mean I don't occasionally mix myself up and say something wrong, but the vast majority of information you hear is accurate, and my sincere hope, helpful.
I'll even own up to a mistake I noted in one of the videos that I missed when initially giving the talk. I can only blame it on hunger. In trying to point out that a speaker and the room operate in minimum phase, and that the steady-state response tells you the same information as something like a waterfall at low frequencies, I accidentally said Steady-state over and over again instead of saying the room response at LF's is minimum phase and the steady-state... My hope would be that most who catch the mistake (all of you will now) see it as a minor mistake that doesn't meaningfully take away from my message. I know when I shared the mistake with a few experts to get their take on how to fix it, they told me not to bother (as did Ryan, who graciously offered to help me do these videos).