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WCA #284 with Dallas Taylor

WCA #284 with Dallas Taylor – Twenty Thousand Hertz Podcast, Crafting stories with Sound, Positioning, Ben Burtt, Challenging Convention, and Burnout Prevention

Dallas Taylor is the host and creator of Twenty Thousand Hertz, a lovingly crafted podcast revealing the stories behind the world’s most recognizable and interesting sounds. Dallas is also the Creative Director of Defacto Sound, where he has led thousands of high-profile projects ranging from blockbuster trailers and advertising campaigns to Sundance award-winning films and major television series. Dallas is a sought-after speaker at conferences, a regular contributor to major publications, and a respected thought leader on the narrative power of sound.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The five senses
  • 250-hour podcasts
  • Twenty Thousand Hertz Podcast
  • Thinking about sound
  • Growing up in Arkansas
  • Conducting
  • Pushing the status quo
  • Echo Chambers
  • Sound Design
  • Crafting stories with sound
  • Running a sound business
  • Positioning
  • Ben Burtt and Star Wars
  • Pushing through obstacles
  • Recharging
  • Burnout prevention
  • Challenging convention

Links and Show Notes:

Credits:

  • Guest: Dallas Taylor
  • Photographer: Stephen Voss
  • Host: Matt Boudreau 
  • WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 
  • Announcer: Chuck Smith
  • Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau & Matt Boudreau
  • Additional Music: The License Lab

WCA #283 with Jermaine Hamilton

WCA #283 with Jermaine Hamilton – Music Annex, Tickle Me Elmo, Green Day, Zen Mindset, Financial Buffers, and Coffee

Jermaine Hamilton is a Lead Audio Engineer and managing partner at Studio Circle Recordings located in San Mateo, California.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Music Annex
  • Studio Circle Recordings
  • Tickle Me Elmo
  • Green Day
  • Zen Mindset
  • Coronavirus
  • Financial Buffers
  • Corporate Audio
  • Diversification

Links and Show Notes:

Credits:

  • Guest: Jermaine Hamilton
  • Host: Matt Boudreau 
  • WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 
  • Announcer: Chuck Smith
  • Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau & Matt Boudreau
  • Additional Music: The License Lab

WCA #282 with Björgvin Benediktsson

WCA #282 with Björgvin Benediktsson – Alternative Studio Income Strategies, Book Recommendations, Creating Online Content, and Audio Issues

Björgvin Benediktsson is audio engineer, musician author, and entrepreneur. Björgvin helps home studio musicians learn how to make a bigger impact with their music by teaching them how to produce themselves.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Audio Schools
  • Audio Issues
  • 4 hour Work Week
  • Helping
  • Teaching
  • Learning
  • Alternative Studio Income Strategies
  • Creating online content
  • Book Recommendations
  • Content Creation Audio Hub

Links and Show Notes:

Credits:

  • Guest: Björgvin Benediktsson
  • Host: Matt Boudreau 
  • WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 
  • Announcer: Chuck Smith
  • Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau & Matt Boudreau
  • Additional Music: The License Lab

WCA #281 with Baba Prasad

WCA #281 with Baba Prasad – Knowledge from the Trash, IT in Singapore, Self Education, Childhood Inspiration, and 20 years of Studio Ownership in Chennai, India.

Baba Prasad is the owner and chief engineer at Digisound Studios in Chennai, India. Baba is a classically trained percussionist (Mrudhangam artiste). His experience in the industry ranges from engineering for almost every genre. He has been using Pro Tools since 1999 and has completed the Avid Certification for Pro Tools 101 and 110. He is an official WAVES Certified instructor by Waves Inc USA, also an AVID express DV certified editor. He is been training many students for Sound Engineering for the past 6 years in the industry.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Working IT in Singapore
  • The Spirit Guide to Mixing
  • Knowledge from the trash
  • Pro Audio Shops in Singapore
  • His First Mixer
  • Spending time in Record Stores
  • Self Education
  • Childhood Inspiration
  • Hometown Studio
  • Mentors
  • Being Open to All Music
  • Competition

Links and Show Notes:

Credits:

  • Guest: Baba Prasad
  • Host: Matt Boudreau 
  • WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 
  • Announcer: Chuck Smith
  • Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau & Matt Boudreau
  • Additional Music: The License Lab

WCA #280 with Brad Wood

WCA #280 with Brad Wood – Virus Talk, Blacksmiths, New Habits, Pandemic Albums, Instagram and the return of Andy Kaufman

Brad Wood is a producer, engineer and mixer located in Los Angeles, California. Brad is known for his work with Liz Phair, Veruca Salt, Skating Poly and many others. ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brad_Wood) Brad joins me for a Instagram Live session where we take questions and discuss all things music/recording and Coronavirus. This is Brad’s second appearance on WCA please listen to WCA #095 to get his full story. https://www.workingclassaudio.com/wca-095-with-brad-wood/

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Virus Talk
  • Blacksmiths
  • New Habits
  • Pandemic Albums
  • The Return of Andy Kaufman
  • The Breaking of Audio Pros.
  • Instagram
  • Band Podcasts

Links and Show Notes:

Credits:

  • Guest: Brad Wood
  • Host: Matt Boudreau 
  • WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 
  • Announcer: Chuck Smith
  • Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau & Matt Boudreau
  • Additional Music: The License Lab

WCA #279 with Kevin Ward

WCA #279 with Kevin Ward – Teaching, Learning, Seizing Opportunity, Migrating to California, Team Building, and Faith

Kevin Ward is a producer, engineer, mixer, teacher who has worked with Vince GillWillie NelsonJudy CollinsDolly PartonBoots RandolphJerry SpringerVassar ClementsSam BushThe Prague Philharmonic OrchestraRhonda Vincent and Richie McDonald of Lonestar. Kevin is also behind MixCoach.com where he teaches people to mix in different styles and genres from rock and Jazz to full orchestra and pop-country. Kevin is currently the Technical Director at Crosspointe Church in Anaheim, California.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Teaching
  • Learning
  • Seizing Opportunity
  • Moving to California
  • Religion in Pro Audio
  • Worship Sound
  • Team Building
  • Pareto’s Principle
  • Parkinson’s Law

Links and Show Notes:

Credits:

  • Guest: Kevin Ward
  • Host: Matt Boudreau 
  • WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 
  • Announcer: Chuck Smith
  • Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau & Matt Boudreau
  • Additional Music: The License Lab

WCA #278 with The Work From Home Panel

WCA #278 with the Work From Home Panel – Sara Carter, Jaimeson Durr, and Fela Davis join me to talk about all things audio, business and survival in the time of Coronavirus.

Former WCA guests Sara Carter, Jaimeson Durr and Fela Davis join me to talk about all things audio, business and survival in the time of Coronavirus. 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Grants
  • Change in business practice
  • Resources
  • Loss of Income
  • Virtual engineering
  • Working from home
  • Podcast production
  • Technology
  • Working with family at home
  • Alternative income streams
  • Internet Speed
  • Post virus predictions

Links and Show Notes:

Credits:

  • Guests: Sara Carter, Jaimeson Durr and Fela Davis
  • Host: Matt Boudreau 
  • WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 
  • Announcer: Chuck Smith
  • Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau & Matt Boudreau
  • Additional Music: The License Lab

WCA #277 with Rafa Sardina

WCA #277 with Rafa Sardina – Coming to America, Leaving Medical School, Empathy, People Skills, Educating Clients and No Plan B.

Rafa Sardina is a Los Angeles based Grammy-winning producer/engineer and mixer who has worked with D’Angelo & The Vanguard, Elvis Costello And The Roots, Stevie Wonder, John Legend, Placido Domingo, Camila Cabello, Miguel, Lady Gaga, Clare Fischer Big Band, Alejandro Sanz, Calle 13, Natalia Lafourcade, Harry Connick Jr., Michael Bublé, Arturo O’Farrill with The Afrocuban Jazz Big Band Orchestra & Chucho Valdes, Tim McGraw

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Coming to America
  • Life In Spain
  • Leaving Medical School
  • Empathy
  • People Skills
  • Educating Clients
  • Leaping Forward from Mistakes
  • Business Skills

Links and Show Notes:

Credits:

  • Guest: Rafa Sardina
  • Host: Matt Boudreau 
  • WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 
  • Announcer: Chuck Smith
  • Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau & Matt Boudreau
  • Additional Music: The License Lab

WCA #276 with Matthew Boudreau

WCA #276 with Matthew Boudreau – Soul-Sucking Jobs, Audio Drama, Field Recording, Spiderman vs Draco The Dragon, and the Language of Audio

No, I’m not interviewing myself! As it turns out, there are two Boudreau’s in the world of audio named Matt (Me) and Matthew (my guest). 

Matthew Boudreau is a field recordist, podcast producer, consultant and editor, and sound designer living in Buffalo, NY. 

Matthew has been working in podcasting since 2008 and has over 20 years of experience as an audio professional, working in computer multimedia, theatre sound, studio recording, film, and sound effects field recording. He is the founder of the 11th Hour Audio Challenge, an annual podcast event that challenges audio drama producers to collaborate in creating works of horror in the month of October.

Matthew’s audio post-production company, Uberduo, sells immersive sound effect bundles dedicated to the exploration and reproduction of locations and props for film and audio fiction. His sound effect bundles can be found on http://www.asoundeffect.com and individual sound effects can be found at soundsnap.com.

Matthew was the dialogue editor for the Audible productions, Locke and Key and X-Files: Cold Cases. He has spoken at CONvergence in Bloomington, Minnesota, and SXSW in Austin Texas on topics including voice acting, sound design, and making the jump from film to podcast fiction. His audio fiction pieces 1918, Intensive Care and A Prophets Guide have won Mark Time and Ogle Awards. In addition to the annual 11th Hour Challenge, his current podcast projects include sound design for The Once and Future Nerd and editing for The Activist Files for the Center for Constitutional Rights. 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The Language of Audio
  • Spiderman vs Draco The Dragon
  • Joining the military
  • Soul-Sucking Jobs
  • Audio Drama
  • Field Recording
  • Podcasts
  • Stealth Recording
  • The Buffalo Border Patrol

Links and Show Notes:

Credits:

  • Guest: Matthew Boudreau
  • Host: Matt Boudreau 
  • WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 
  • Announcer: Chuck Smith
  • Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau & Matt Boudreau
  • Additional Music: The License Lab

WCA #275 with Carlos Novais

WCA #275 with Carlos Novais – Life on the road, Brazil, Organization, Multi-Tasking and the loss of gigs due to Coronavirus.

Carlos Novais is a sound engineer, tour manager, and production manager. He was born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil and came to the United States in 1999.

He has worked with Candlebox, The Plain White T’s, Vonda Shepard, Survivor, Amos Lee, Andrew Bird, Sugarland, Keb’ Mo’, Thin Lizzy, The Answer, Ace Frehley, Airto Moreira & Flora Purim, among others.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Growing up in Brazil
  • Moving to America
  • Life on the road
  • Working long hours
  • Multitasking
  • Finances
  • Relationships
  • Being Organized
  • Corona’s virus and the loss of gigs.

Links and Show Notes:

Credits:

  • Guest: Carlos Novais
  • Host: Matt Boudreau 
  • WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 
  • Announcer: Chuck Smith
  • Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau & Matt Boudreau
  • Additional Music: The License Lab

WCA #274 with Katie McMurran

WCA #274 with Katie McMurran – NPR, KQED, Podcasts, Interviewing for Audio Gigs, Codecs, and Staying Calm Under Pressure.

Katie McMurran is a sound engineer with over 10 years of experience recording, editing, mixing and mastering audio for public radio and podcasts. She has also provided sound design and original music for theater, film, corporate conferences, and art installations. 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • NPR
  • KQED
  • Podcasts
  • Interviewing for radio gigs
  • CODECS
  • Staying Calm Under Pressure
  • Rates

Links and Show Notes:

Credits:

  • Guest: Katie McMurran
  • Host: Matt Boudreau 
  • WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 
  • Announcer: Chuck Smith
  • Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau & Matt Boudreau
  • Additional Music: The License Lab

WCA #273 with Maya Finlay

WCA #273 with Maya Finlay – Mentors, Rosanne Cash, Meditation, Finances Being an Introvert and taking City Cabs

Maya Finlay is an audio engineer, producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist based in San Francisco, CA.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • SFJAZZ
  • Mentors
  • VO Work
  • Live Sound
  • Dolby Labs
  • Rosanne Cash
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Being an Introvert
  • Meditation
  • Finances
  • City Cabs
  • Passion for Music
  • Client Diplomacy

Links and Show Notes:

Credits:

  • Guest: Maya Finlay
  • Host: Matt Boudreau 
  • WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 
  • Announcer: Chuck Smith
  • Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau & Matt Boudreau
  • Additional Music: The License Lab

WCA #272 with Alberto Hernandez

WCA #272 with Alberto Hernandez – Fantasy Studios, Planning for Sessions, Health Insurance, Multi-Lingual advantage, and Serving the Clients.

Alberto Hernandez is a San Francisco Bay Area-based audio engineer, music mixer, and music producer. 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Fantasy Studios
  • Languages
  • Health Insurance
  • Planning for Sessions
  • Budget Rejection
  • Serving the Clients
  • Mistakes
  • Business advice
  • Worth to your Work
  • Retirement

Links and Show Notes:

Credits:

  • Guest: Alberto Hernandez
  • Host: Matt Boudreau 
  • WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 
  • Announcer: Chuck Smith
  • Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau & Matt Boudreau
  • Additional Music: The License Lab

WCA #271 with Dusty Wakeman

WCA #271 with Dusty Wakeman – Texas Roots, Mad Dog Studios, Hard Drives & Hammers, David Royer, and Mojave Audio

Dusty Wakeman is a bass player, producer, engineer and currently the President of Mojave Audio.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Mad Dog Studios
  • Texas Roots
  • Playing bass
  • Running a studio
  • Hard Drives and Hammers
  • Mojave Audio
  • David Royer
  • Viral Meningitis
  • Coronavirus
  • Hot Yoga
  • Dwight Yokam

Links and Show Notes:

Credits:

  • Guest: Dusty Wakeman
  • Host: Matt Boudreau 
  • WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 
  • Announcer: Chuck Smith
  • Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau & Matt Boudreau
  • Additional Music: The License Lab

WCA #270 with Dereck Blackburn

WCA #270 with Dereck Blackburn – Studio Building, Dual Electrical Systems, Mini Splits, Community Participation, Mastermind Groups, and Meditation.

Dereck Blackburn is a consultant, recording engineer/producer, and multi-instrumentalist in Bedford, Massachusetts. You can read more about Dereck at http://quiethouserecording.com/ .

In this episode, we discuss:

  • MIT
  • Audio Builders Workshop
  • Building Quiethouse Recording
  • Not working too many hours
  • Productivity Tools
  • Dual Electrical Systems
  • Energy Bills
  • Mini Splits
  • Community Participation
  • Mastermind Groups
  • Meditation

Links and Show Notes:

Credits:

  • Guest: Dereck Blackburn
  • Host: Matt Boudreau 
  • WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 
  • Announcer: Chuck Smith
  • Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau & Matt Boudreau
  • Additional Music: The License Lab

WCA #269 with Lij Shaw

WCA #269 with Lij Shaw – Saving Home Studios, Podcasts, Creating Paid Content, Nashville Growth and, The Hay Bale Studio.

Lij Shaw is the host of the podcast Recording Studio Rockstars, producer/engineer and the force behind Save Home Studios.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Saving Home Studios
  • Podcasts
  • Creating Paid Content
  • Nashville Growth
  • The Hay Bale Studio. 

Links and Show Notes:

Important dates regarding the Save Home Studios campaign.

February 23, 6-11 pm – Save Home Studios Songs That Wouldn’t Exist Without Home Studios public awareness show at Dee’s Country Cocktail Lounge with Grammy-winning artist Mike Farris, Tommy Womack, and others.

February 27, 4 pm – Metro Planning Commission meeting and public hearing regarding the new bill. The commission will hear from the public about their thoughts.

March 5, 6:30 pm – Metro Council Meeting and public hearing for the second reading of the new bill. This is the time for people to get up and speak or simply show up in support. So they will need to know about the issue and important dates well in advance.

Credits:

  • Guest: Lij Shaw
  • Host: Matt Boudreau 
  • WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 
  • Announcer: Chuck Smith
  • Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau & Matt Boudreau
  • Additional Music: The License Lab

WCA #268 with Frank Joly

WCA #268 with Frank Joly – Live Sound, Simple Plan, Family Grocery, Learning English and Government Funded Recording.

Frank Joly is a live and studio engineer from Canada.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Touring
  • Live Sound
  • Simple Plan
  • Songs
  • Government Funded Recording
  • Learning English
  • Selling Gear to Retire
  • Bob Rock
  • Family Grocery Store

Links and Show Notes:

Credits:

  • Guest: Frank Joly
  • Host: Matt Boudreau 
  • WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 
  • Announcer: Chuck Smith
  • Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau & Matt Boudreau
  • Additional Music: The License Lab

WCA #267 with Stephen Marsh

WCA #267 with Stephen Marsh – Goat piss to gasoline, Curveballs, Framing, Fuzzy math, Communication, and 911.

Stephen Marsh is a Los Angeles based mastering engineer who has been active for 25 years. 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Stephen’s journey as a mastering engineer
  • Home studios
  • Knowing your value
  • Financial philosophy
  • Providing maximum value
  • Discussing money with clients

Links and Show Notes:

Credits:

  • Guest: Stephen Marsh
  • Host: Matt Boudreau 
  • WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 
  • Announcer: Chuck Smith
  • Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau & Matt Boudreau
  • Additional Music: The License Lab

WCA #266 with NAMM 2020

WCA #266 with NAMM 2020 – Loads of gear, tired feet, great friends, Emily Dolan Davies, Kim Rosen, and Pete Lyman.

NAMM 2020 took place over January 16th-19th. The show was well attended and I had loads of fun. In this episode, I’m joined by mastering engineer Kim Rosen of Knack Mastering, drummer Emily Dolan Davies of emilydrums.com as well as mastering engineer Pete Lyman of Infrasonic Sound. Short interviews talking about NAMM and a NAMM wrap up by me! Enjoy, Matt.

In this episode, we discuss:

All things NAMM 2020!

Links and Show Notes:

Credits:

  • Guest: Kim Rosen, Emily Dolan Davies and Pete Lyman
  • Host: Matt Boudreau 
  • WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 
  • Announcer: Chuck Smith
  • Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau & Matt Boudreau
  • Additional Music: The License Lab

WCA #265 with Alex Oana

WCA #265 with Alex Oana – Science Experiments, Imposter Syndrome, Spinach, Exercise, Motivation, Failure, and Audio Test Kitchen.

Alex Oana, is the creator and co-founder of Audio Test Kitchen. Alex started out as a musician, became a recording engineer and producer, got into pro audio sales and marketing, and designs and develops products.  

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Imposter Syndrome
  • Science Experiments
  • Spinach
  • Exercise
  • Motivation
  • Failure
  • Audio Test Kitchen

Links and Show Notes:

Credits:

  • Guest: Alex Oana
  • Host: Matt Boudreau 
  • WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 
  • Announcer: Chuck Smith
  • Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau & Matt Boudreau
  • Additional Music: The License Lab