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WCA #353 with Matt Qualls

WCA #353 with Matt Qualls – Van Burnout, Doctors Office Recording, Working with Limitations, Sound Baths, and Memphis. 

My guest today is recording, mixing, and mastering engineer Matt Qualls who is based in Memphis, Tennessee.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Growing Up In Memphis
  • Early Recording
  • Van Burnout
  • Doctors Office Recording
  • Ardent Studios
  • Working with Limitations
  • Neve VR-60 and Toothpicks
  • Studio Maintenance
  • The Bay Area
  • Albuquerque
  • Feeling Retired
  • Gear Talk
  • Sound Bath
  • Moving Back to Memphis
  • Young Avenue Sound
  • Nashville vs. Memphis
  • Invasion
  • Sacrifices

Matt’s Rant: Over Committing

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Credits

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

WCA #352 with Sean O’Keefe

WCA #352 with Sean O’Keefe – Quitting School, Wednesday Warriors, Hacking the Intern Process, Managers, Royalties, and Soft Cities

My guest today is Grammy Nominated Mixer, Producer, Sean O’Keefe who has worked with Fall Out Boy, Hawthorne Heights, and The Plain White T’s, among many others.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Chicago
  • 4 Track Recording
  • Academic Father
  • Quitting School
  • Living in an Office
  • Wednesday Warriors
  • Lessons Learned from Gravity Studios
  • Hacking the Intern Process
  • Smart Studios
  • Fall Out Boy
  • Evanston
  • Soft City
  • Managers
  • Royalties
  • Economic Lessons
  • Gear Doesn’t Matter

Matt’s Rant: Random Thoughts

Links and Show Notes

Credits

  • Guest: Sean O’Keefe
  • Host: Matt Boudreau 
  • Engineer: Matt Boudreau
  • Producer: Matt Boudreau
  • Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau & Matt Boudreau
  • WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 
  • Announcer: Chuck Smith
  • Additional Music: The License Lab

WCA #351 with Travis Ference

WCA #351 with Travis Ference – Talent Shows, Capital Studios, Waiting for the Phone to Ring, and Doing Awful Things to Audio

My guest today is Grammy Nominated Mixer, Producer, and Recording Engineer Travis Ference. Travis has worked with Imagine Dragons, John Mayer, Ariana Grande, and Bush, to name a few.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • North Carolina
  • Blooming Late
  • Selling his Only Zeppelin CD!
  • Talent Shows
  • Sports
  • Berklee College of Music
  • Boston
  • LA
  • Capital Studios
  • Waiting for the Phone to Ring
  • Life As a Studio Runner
  • Disney Pop
  • Doing Awful Things to Audio
  • Independence
  • Personality Types in Audio

Matt’s Rant: Staying Organized

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Credits

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

WCA #350 with Leslie Brathwaite

WCA #350 with Leslie Brathwait – Island Culture, The Craft of Recording, Taking Pride in Work, Valuing Peace, and Salads for Whitney Houston

My guest today is recording and mixing engineer Leslie Brathwait, who has worked with Pharrell Williams, Outkast, Björk, TLC, Jay Z, Madonna, Ludacris, Young Jeezy, Akon, T.I., Monica, Michael Jackson, Cher, Mary J. Blige, 2Pac, Notorious B.I.G just to name a few.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Virgin Islands
  • Calypso Music
  • Birth of Hip Hop
  • Drum Machines
  • Island Culture
  • Making Dubs
  • Leaving The Island
  • Full Sail
  • The Craft of Recording
  • Dallas Austin
  • Salads for Whitney Houston
  • Apple IIE
  • Taking Pride in Work
  • Good and Efficient
  • Building Relationships
  • The Cup Test
  • Turning Work Down
  • Valuing Peace
  • Mixing in the Box
  • Money Talk
  • Mix Philosophy

Matt’s Rant: Revisiting Habits

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Credits

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

WCA #349 with Craig Alvin

WCA #349 with Craig Alvin – Muscle Shoals, Mentors, Survival, Bible College Neves, And A Brand New Studio  

My guest today is Grammy-Winning Mix Engineer and Producer Craig Alvin. Craig’s recording credits include Hanson, Little Big Town, Amy Grant, Vanessa Carlton, Will Hoge, Andrew Belle, Brittany Howard, and a Grammy for his mix work on Kacey Musgraves’ Golden Hour album in 2019.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Vancouver, Washington
  • Bible College Neves
  • 5 O’Clock People
  • Joe Chicarelli
  • Always Be Listening
  • Oklahoma City
  • Advice on Nashville
  • Muscle Shoals
  • Mentors
  • Larry Crane
  • Aretha Franklin
  • Cost of Living
  • New Studio
  • Work/Life
  • Survival
  • Quality of Tracks

Matt’s Rant: Do We Always Need to Get Paid for Our Stuff?

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Credits

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

WCA #348 with Mike Blodgett

WCA #348 with Mike Blodgett – Reno to East Oakland, Starving Musician, Building a Studio, and Becoming an Electrician

Today, my guest is producer, engineer, composer, and electrician Mike Blodgett, the owner of Electric Sparky Land recording in East Oakland.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • East Oakland
  • Live/Work Space
  • Reno, Nevada
  • Viola
  • Field Recording
  • 4 Tracks
  • Starving Musician
  • Becoming an Electrician
  • Business Practices
  • Building a Studio
  • Creating A Record Label
  • Recording Bands Live
  • Choosing Gear
  • Talking Electricity
  • Hiring an Electrician

Matt’s Rant: Atmos Studio Update

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Credits

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

WCA #347 with Beckie Campbell

WCA #347 with Beckie Campbell – Controlling The Live Beast, Building A Resume, Planning for The Future, and Running Your Life On The Road

My guest today is Live Sound engineer Beckie Campbell. Beckie does FOH for major acts like the Indigo Girls and the Commodores. She’s also the owner of B4Media Production LLC, where she Produces corporate events, festivals, and live shows all over the US.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Live Sound
  • Union Work
  • The UP of Michigan
  • FullSail
  • Building A Resume
  • Worship Sound
  • Controlling The Live Beast
  • Building Troubleshooting Skills
  • Setting Rates
  • A1 AND A2 Distinctions
  • Working On Digital Consoles
  • Taking Deep Breaths
  • Recording Shows
  • Hearing Protection
  • Money Management
  • Planning for The Future
  • Health and Wellness
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Running Your Life On The Road
  • Health Insurance

Matt’s Rant: Making time for your imagination

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Credits

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

WCA #346 with Dante Fumo

WCA #346 with Dante Fumo – Post Production, Immersive Audio, Recording for 6 Packs, Finding Work, and The Sunk Cost Fallacy

Today’s guest today is sound designer, mixer, composer, and writer Dante Fumo. Dante started recording indie bands in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and has since branched out into sound design for film and games and relocating to Minnesota.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Copywriting
  • Prog Rock
  • Audio School
  • Recording for 6 Packs
  • Basement Studios
  • Day Jobs
  • Freelance Writing
  • Building a Studio
  • Working From Home
  • Post Production
  • Game Sound
  • Immersive Audio
  • Selling Gear
  • Lower Overhead
  • Studio Identity 
  • The Sunk Cost Fallacy
  • Finding Work
  • Volunteering
  • Local Work Opportunities
  • Slack Channels
  • Hobby vs. Profession
  • Finances

Matt’s Rant: Dolby Atmos Update

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Credits

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

WCA #345 with Chuck Zwicky

WCA #345 with Chuck Zwicky – Collaboration, Analogies, Deterministic Latency, Social Media, and Flowers Next To Your Name

Today’s guest is producer, engineer, mixer Chuck Zwicky, making a return appearance on WCA. Chuck has worked with Prince, Soul Asylum, The Rembrandts, Mandy Moore, and many others.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Collaboration
  • Social Media
  • COVID
  • Money
  • Survival
  • Analogies
  • Prince
  • Nostalgia
  • AI
  • Radio
  • Flowers Next To Your Name
  • 1000 Sheets of Paper
  • Deterministic Latency
  • Outboard Gear 

Matt’s Rant: My Favorite Hobby

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Credits

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

WCA #344 with Tim Palmer

WCA #344 with Tim Palmer – Treating People Well, Remote Clients, Comfort Zones, and Prodixing (Production + Mixing)

Today’s guest is producer, engineer, mixer, Tim Palmer known for his work with Pearl Jam, U2, Cutting Crew, Tears for Fears, and many more. This is Tim’s second appearance on the show.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Key to Repeat Clients
  • Treating People Well
  • Humanizing Revisions
  • “Prodixing” (Producing + Mixing)
  • Remote Clients
  • Past vs. Present
  • State of Songwriting 
  • Mutt Lang
  • Handling Compromise
  • Studio Building
  • Hearing Safety
  • Rethinking Gear 
  • Music Cares
  • Black Fret
  • Pricing
  • U2
  • Comfort zones 

Matt’s Rant: Thinking and Working Globally

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Credits

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

WCA #343 with Tanner Campbell

WCA #343 with Tanner Campbell – Holding Court, Pound Puppies, Quality of Character, Imposter Syndrome, and Audio Dramas

My guest today is podcast engineer, content producer, and thought leader Tanner Campbell.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Pound Puppies
  • Holding Court
  • IT Influence
  • Podcasts
  • Marijuana Legalization 
  • Colorado
  • Podcast Audio Quality
  • Imposter Syndrome 
  • Portland, Maine
  • ATM Studio
  • Joanne Fabrics
  • Podcast Studio
  • Corporate Clients
  • Joan London
  • Marketing Locally
  • Quality of Character
  • Surviving COVID
  • Bankruptcy Discussions
  • Binaural Audio
  • Spotify
  • Q-code
  • Audio Dramas

Matt’s Rant: Random Thoughts

Links and Show Notes

Credits

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

WCA #342 with Steve Sykes

WCA #342 with Steve Sykes – Jazz in Philadelphia, The Guys in the White Coats, The Other Side of The Glass, Miami Vice, and The Deli Accident

My guest today is producer/engineer/mixer, Steve Sykes. Steve has worked with Stanley Clark, Al Jarreau, Smokey Robinson, Enrique Iglesias, and many more. He talks to us from his studio in Los Angeles. 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Jazz in Philadelphia
  • 10th-Grade Education
  • Lunch in Denver
  • Homelessness 
  • The Guys in the White Coats
  • The Deli Accident
  • Payphone Gig Offer
  • Learning Drums
  • Day Labor Jobs
  • Recording
  • Mike Chapman
  • Al Schmitt
  • Bill Smith
  • Steve Genewick
  • Pete Doell
  • Miami Vice
  • Syncing
  • Always Be in Record
  • Musician Engineers 
  • Work-Life Balance

Matts’ Rant: Reclaimed Wood Walls

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Credits

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

WCA #341 with Cynthia Daniels

WCA #341 with Cynthia Daniels – Paying Dues, Proper Training, East Hampton, and The Downton Abbey Effect

My guest today is Grammy and Emmy award-winning producer/engineer Cynthia Daniels. Cynthia has worked with an incredible amount of talented ed people from the worlds of music, Broadway, television, radio, and film. 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Stamford, Connecticut 
  • Early Influence of Audio Equipment
  • Not The Chick on The Couch
  • Al Grundy
  • Institute of Audio Research
  • Paying Dues
  • Boot Camp of Audio
  • Weeding People Out
  • Proper Training
  • Phil Ramone
  • Inspiring Talent
  • Headphone Mixes
  • Talking With Other Engineers
  • Timing
  • Know Your Worth
  • Downton Abbey
  • Psychedelic Spinning Wheel of Doom
  • Hamptons Studio
  • John Storyk
  • Covid Protocols
  • Lockouts
  • Alec Baldwin

Links and Show Notes

Credits

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

WCA #340 with Collin Dupuis

WCA #340 with Collin Dupuis – Mid-West Work Ethic, Growing up In Michigan, The Learning Process, and Moving to Nashville

Today’s guest is Grammy-winning producer, engineer, and mixer Collin Dupuis who has worked with many artists, including Lana Del Ray, Cage The Elephant, and the Black Keys. 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Growing up In Michigan
  • Norman Druce
  • Glenn Brown Productions
  • Impedance
  • The Learning Process
  • Detroit, MI
  • Nashville, TN
  • Al Sutton
  • Wiring and Tech Work
  • Working Late Hours
  • Vintage King
  • Working in Italy
  • Cost of Living in Michigan
  • Mid-West Work Ethic
  • Motown
  • Dan Auerbach
  • Moving to Nashville
  • Getting Replaced
  • Loyalty
  • Engineer Roles

Links and Show Notes

Credits

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

WCA #339 with Sean McLaughlin

WCA #339 with Sean Mclaughlin – Studio Marriages, Pushing the Envelope, Nashville vs. Boston, and Mini Split AC Units

Today’s guest is producer, engineer, mixer, and assistant professor at Berklee school of music, Sean McLaughlin. Sean has worked with notable producers Andy Johns, Jimbo Barton, Carmen Rizzo, and artists Rush, Elliott Smith, Marilyn Manson, Death Row Records, and many others. This is Sean’s second appearance on the show, with his first being on WCA #037.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Zoom Teaching
  • Renting Studio Space
  • Mini Split AC Units
  • Studio Marriages
  • Great Landlords
  • Thought Leaders
  • Template Mixing
  • Billy Decker
  • Taking the Clients Temperature
  • Nashville vs. Boston
  • Audio Student Observations
  • Berklee Staff
  • Kaizen 
  • The Myth of Sisyphus
  • Perfection
  • Pushing the Envelope
  • Screwing Up Star Wars 

Links and Show Notes

Credits

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

WCA #338 with Jessica Thompson

WCA #338 with Jessica Thompson – Backup Strategies, File Management, Spending Money To Make Money, and Silver Linings

My guest today is GRAMMY-nominated mastering and restoration engineer, audio preservationist, and educator Jessica Thompson. Jessica originally appeared on WCA in episode #080, and I’m thrilled to have her back on the show to talk about backup strategies for audio, restoration, some gear talk, and changes in her new studio she is planning at her house. 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Admin Work
  • Archiving
  • Formats
  • File Management
  • Backup Strategies
  • Working From Home
  • Data Tape Restore
  • DAT Tapes 
  • Modular Digital Multitracks
  • COVID Work Challenges
  • Silver Linings
  • Building A Home Studio
  • The John Cuniberti ATR
  • Spending Money To Make Money
  • Gear
  • Backup Buddies
  • Zynaptic 
  • Bettermaker EQ
  • Weiss Mastering
  • Turntables
  • Audeze Headphones
  • Future Formats

Links and Show Notes

Credits

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

WCA #337 with Peter Claes

WCA #337 with Peter Claes – Live Sound, YouTube, Sharing Knowledge, and The Family Music Shop

My guest today is live sound mixer, audio coach, and noise abatement consultant Peter Claes, who lives in Hasselt, Belgium.

Peter has a great Youtube channel that I watch called Masterclaes (spelled with his last name in mind ) Master Claes, and I enjoy his approach to teaching and sharing knowledge. After connecting on Linkedin, we made arrangements to join me to share his experience working in live sound with bands such as Simple Monds, The Human League, and Arsenal. 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Hasselt, Belgium
  • Family Music Shop
  • Music School
  • Live Sound
  • Reading Music
  • Using Studio Gear Live
  • Playing In Bands
  • Mentors
  • Climbing The Live Sound Ladder
  • Working With Others
  • Making A Living
  • Business Outlook
  • Challenges
  • Striving For Perfection
  • Working With Musicians
  • Coaching
  • Sharing Knowledge
  • Masterclaes 
  • The Critics
  • Ambition vs. Work/Life
  • Post COVID Work

Matt’s Rant: Exploration

Links and Show Notes

Credits:

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

WCA #336 with Val Garay

WCA #336 with Val Garay – Making Hits, Teaching Others, Coaching Assistants, and The Stanford School of Medicine

My guest today is producer, engineer, mixer Val Garay. Val has had an incredible career working with Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor, Kenny Rogers, Ringo Starr, Bonnie Raitt, Neil Diamond, Dolly Parton, Pablo Cruise, Queensrÿche, Santana, and many others. Val has garnered 5 Grammy wins, over 100 gold and platinum records, an Emmy nomination, and over 125 million worldwide record sales. In 1982, he shared a Grammy Award for Record of the Year with Kim Carnes for the iconic song, “Bette Davis Eyes.” We catch up with Val at his home in Los Angeles. 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Vals Dad
  • Frank Fillipetti
  • Stanford School of Medicine
  • Songwriting
  • Lou Adler
  • Dave Hassinger
  • Studio Work
  • Bill Schnee
  • Dissecting Mixes
  • Making Hits
  • Teaching Others
  • Niko Bolas
  • Royalties
  • Business
  • Choosing Representation 
  • Working with Avid
  • Coaching Assistants
  • Do-overs
  • Work-Life Balance

Matt’s Rant: Getting Back Out in Person!

Links and Show Notes

Credits:

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

WCA #335 with Dan Alexander

WCA #335 with Dan Alexander – Vintage Recording Gear, Guitars, Radical Parents, Bill Putnam, and The Drain of The Studio Business

My guest today is engineer, former studio owner, author, and vintage gear dealer, Dan Alexander.

Dan was a fixture of the Bay Area recording scene in San Francisco for many years. He ran the same studio space I did, the former Coast Recorders building on Mission Street in San Francisco as well as Coast on Harrison. He’s spent many years of his life buying and selling vintage guitars and vintage recording equipment which we will talk about. He’s got a new book out called “Dan Alexander Audio: A Vintage Odyssey” He talk s to us from his home in Los Angeles.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Radical Parents
  • House UnAmerican Activities Committee 
  • The Rockets
  • Eddie Money
  • Bay Area Music
  • Selling Guitars
  • Grocery Store Studio
  • Vintage Recording Gear
  • Wheeling and Dealing
  • Hyde Street Studios
  • Coast Recorders
  • Coast on Harrison
  • Bill Putnam
  • The Drain of The Studio Business
  • Getting Evicted
  • Divorce
  • Rising Gear Prices
  • Gear Clones

Matt’s Rant: Getting out of the Chair!

Links and Show Notes

Credits:

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

WCA #334 with Jack Rubinacci

WCA #334 with Jack Rubinacci – Dealing with Tinnitus, Working with Tchad Blake, iPad Production, and Sleeping By The Hotel Piano

My guest today is musician, songwriter, author, and producer, Jack Rubinacci. Born in Rome, raised in the UK, and now residing in Norway. 

Jack has been through the music industry on both sides of the glass including recorded his debut release with Tchad Blake Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios, he’s sold produced and mixed his own releases, he’s opened for Joe Cocker, Lionel Richie, and Arcade Fire to name a few. Like many in the industry, Jack suffers from Tinnitus. He’s written two books on the topic and it is the focus of our conversation in today’s episode. Jack came as a referral from our good friend and studio rat James Ivey. I felt it was important to have Jack on to discuss this topic of tinnitus since many people don’t. 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Tinnitus
  • Monitoring low
  • Earplugs
  • Meeting Dad at 10
  • Sleeping By The Hotel Piano
  • Tchad Blake
  • Sympathetic Producers
  • IPad Production
  • Dealing with Tinnitus
  • Getting inside the Song
  • Ear Nose and Throat
  • Prepping Your Ears for Sonic Assault
  • Tools to Counteract Tinnitus
  • Sound Therapy

Matt’s Rant: The Great Al Schmitt

Links and Show Notes

Credits:

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