Best part of the work? Making his own schedule, and working with his wife and dog.

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Graig Markel

What do you do? I run Recovery Effects and Devices, a small Seattle company that manufactures effects pedals, synth modules and pro audio devices. I also own and operate the Recovery Room, a recording studio in the Greenwood area.

How did you get started in that field? I’m primarily a musician of DIY psychology. I’ve always enjoyed sharing what I do with other people, and making it a living became the next logical step.

What’s a typical day like? In the shop with soldering iron and radio on by 7 a.m. Breakfast with my wife, dog and cats at 9:30. Building done by noon. UPS, FedEx, talking to stores, working out new designs, etc., happens in the afternoon. In the evening, I try to work on music — either my own or a project I’m producing or mixing. I’m usually producing two or three projects at a time.

What surprises people about what you do? Outside of audio engineering, I’m basically self-taught. In the early days, I would read books on schematics and buy parts at the local Radio Shack to build my own projects. It grew into an obsession that led to me building my own circuits and learning design software. I kind of enjoy technical reading for relaxation.

What’s the best part of the work? The ability to make my own schedule, and work with my wife and my dog. I’m incredibly lucky to be able to do it, and pinch myself each month I pay mortgage.

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