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WCA #415 with David Kalmusky

WCA #415 with David Kalmusky – Acid Dropping Hippies, Drum Lessons with Levon Helm, Advocating For Yourself, Addiction Studios, and Swinging the Bat Everyday

My guest is Grammy Nominated producer, engineer, session guitarist, and mixer David Kalmusky who has worked with Shawn Mendes, Carrie Underwood, Mötley Crue, Keith Urban, and Journey. 

In this episode, we discuss

  • Stratford, Ontario
  • The Band
  • The Rebels/The Hawks
  • Acid Dropping Hippies
  • Drum Lessons with Levon Helm
  • Guitar Lessons with John Till
  • Family Friends
  • Addiction Studios
  • Career Growth in Canada
  • First Nashville Session
  • International Conduits
  • Swinging the Bat Everyday
  • Focus on the Body of Work
  • Overnetworking
  • Mistakes 
  • Experimenting on Your Own Time
  • Underground Echo Chamber
  • Building a Workshop
  • Advocating For Yourself
  • Social Media Restraint
  • Division in the Studio
  • Education 

Matt’s Rant: Rewriting Our Code From The Groundup

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Credits

  • Guest: David Kalmusky
  • Host: Matt Boudreau
  • Engineer: Matt Boudreau
  • Producer: Matt Boudreau
  • Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau 
  • WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 
  • Announcer: Chuck Smith

WCA #414 with Todd Burke

WCA #414 with Todd Burke – One-Stoplight Towns, Grandmaster Studios, Cocaine Trafficking, Sleeping on a Gobo, The Social Aspects of Recording, and All About Relationships

My guest is Grammy Nominated Recording Engineer Todd Burke, who has worked with Ben Harper, Jack Johnson, The Kooks, Belle and Sebastian, M83, and Fitz and the Tantrums.

In this episode, we discuss

  • One-Stoplight Towns
  • Colorado
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Conservatory of Arts and Sciences
  • Grandmaster Studios
  • Cocaine Trafficking
  • Sylvia Massey
  • Sleeping on a Gobo
  • Ben Harper
  • The Right Questions at The Right Time
  • The Social Aspect of Recording
  • Practicing on Downtime
  • Figuring Out Your Rate
  • All About Relationships
  • Record Better
  • Tony Hoffer
  • Affordable Tracking Needs
  • Enhanced Zoom Calls
  • Human Interaction

Matt’s Rant: Working Remotely

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Credits

  • Guest: Todd Burke
  • Host: Matt Boudreau
  • Engineer: Matt Boudreau
  • Producer: Matt Boudreau
  • Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau 
  • WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 
  • Announcer: Chuck Smith

WCA #413 with Katie Tavini and Stephen Kerrison

WCA #413 with Katie Tavini and Stephen Kerrison – Running a Virtual Mastering Facility, Sharing Knowledge, The Right Reasons, Social Media Preferences, and Imposter Syndrome. 

My guests today are mastering engineers Katie Tavini and Stephen Kerrison, 2/3rds of the virtual mastering facility/collective, Weird Jungle. 

In this episode, we discuss

  • Running a Virtual Mastering Facility
  • Social Media Preferences
  • Quitting Archiving Job
  • Imposter Syndrome
  • Handling Attended Sessions
  • Liverpool Music Scene
  • Juggling Calendars
  • Love of Music
  • Sharing Knowledge
  • The Right Reasons
  • Rates

Matt’s Rant: Enveloping

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Credits

  • Guest: Katie Tavini & Stephen Kerrison
  • Host: Matt Boudreau
  • Engineer: Matt Boudreau
  • Producer: Matt Boudreau
  • Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau 
  • WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 
  • Announcer: Chuck Smith

WCA #412 with Nathan Ruyle

WCA #412 with Nathan Ruyle – Growing Up on a Farm, The Wild West, Sound for Film, Bootstrapping and Staying Nimble

My guest today is a Sound Designer / Re-recording Mixer and founder of This Is Sound Design in Burbank, California. Nathan’s credits include Joyland – Cannes Jury Prize, Academy Awards, I Love My Dad – SXSW Jury & Audience Award, The Voyeurs – Amazon Studios United Skates – HBO, Academy Awards Short List Searching – Sony, Sundance.

In this episode, we discuss

  • Growing up on a Farm
  • Scouting
  • Theater
  • Singing in Bands
  • Technology Exposure
  • Sound Design for Theater
  • Saint Louis
  • Cal Arts
  • Survival
  • Walt Disney
  • The Wild West
  • Coming to California
  • Building Studios
  • Making Your Own Way
  • The Film Industry
  • Analog vs. Digital Production
  • Studio Consolidation
  • NPR and Marketplace
  • Mixing Efficiency
  • Bootstrapping
  • Leasing to Own Gear
  • Indie Film 
  • Staying Nimble
  • Financial Track Record

Matt’s Rant: Detours

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Credits

  • Guest: Nathan Ruyle
  • Host: Matt Boudreau
  • Engineer: Matt Boudreau
  • Producer: Matt Boudreau
  • Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau 
  • WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 
  • Announcer: Chuck Smith

WCA #411 with James “Fluff” Harley

WCA #411 with James “Fluff” Harley – The Origin of Fluff, Hockeytown USA, Fear of the Unknown, Operating at a Top Level, and Surviving the Prince Bootcamp

My guest today is Engineer/Mixer James “Fluff” Harley, who has worked with KoRn, Prince, and Yumi Matsutoya. 

In this episode, we discuss

  • The Origin of Fluff
  • Hockey Town USA
  • Car Accident
  • Recording School
  • Fear of the Unknown
  • Craving Knowledge
  • Crazy Synchronizing
  • Operating at a Top Level
  • Tough Skin
  • Being a Facilitator
  • Magic in The Booth
  • Taking a Year Off
  • Moving to LA
  • Audio Test Kitchen
  • Los Angeles
  • Surviving the Prince Bootcamp
  • Making a Living
  • The Stress of the Music Biz
  • Getting up at 5 AM
  • Figuring Out What to be Paid
  • Working with Korn

Matt’s Rant: Making Lists!

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Credits

  • Guest: James “Fluff” Harley
  • Host: Matt Boudreau
  • Engineer: Matt Boudreau
  • Producer: Matt Boudreau
  • Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau 
  • WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 
  • Announcer: Chuck Smith

WCA #410 Guest Impact

WCA #410 The Impact of WCA Guests – The Emotion of A Mix, Field Recording, Backing Up and Archiving, The Cup Test, and the Many Lessons Learned. 

Engineer, theatrical sound designer, and editor of WCA Anne-Marie Pleau joins Matt to discuss the impact that particular WCA guests have had on each of them.

In this episode, we discuss

  • Michael Brauer
  • Jessica Thompson
  • George Vlad
  • Field Recording
  • Backing Up and Archiving
  • The Emotion of A Mix
  • Brian Charles
  • Saving Masters from a Fire
  • Tchad Blake
  • Leslie Braithwaite 
  • Staying Steps Ahead
  • The Cup Test
  • Sara Carter 
  • Getting into audio as an adult
  • Bryan Matheson
  • Dan Johnson
  • Working Your Say Up The Ladder
  • Survival
  • Andrew Scheps 
  • Steve Albini
  • Piper Payne
  • Leslie Braithwaite 

Matt’s Rant: Dealing with Burnout

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Credits

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

WCA #409 with Roy Silverstein

WCA #409 with Roy Silverstein – Golden Handcuffs, Burning Out on the Corporate Life, Building a Studio, Taking a Paycut, and No Regrets

My guest is Engineer and studio owner Roy Silverstein who has worked with Stephen El Rey, The Verigolds, The Finches, Matelotage, and Blue Largo. Roy owns Rarefied Recording in San Diego.

In this episode, we discuss

  • Evanston, Illinois
  • The House Piano
  • Playing Guitar
  • University of Miami
  • Working for Qualcomm
  • Moonlighting as a Recording Engineer
  • Burning Out on the Corporate Life
  • Working with Wes Lachot
  • Building a Studio
  • Golden Handcuffs
  • Taking a Paycut
  • No Regrets
  • Looking Ahead
  • Neve Genesys
  • Marketing His Studio
  • Working with Interns

Matt’s Rant: Doing It Yourself

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Credits

  • Guest: Roy Silverstein
  • Host: Matt Boudreau
  • Engineer: Matt Boudreau
  • Producer: Matt Boudreau
  • Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau 
  • WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 
  • Announcer: Chuck Smith

WCA #408 with Justin Cortelyou

WCA #408 with Justin Cortelyou – Working with the Greats, Chuck Ainlay, Mike Shipley, Bob Ezrin, Soultrain Sound Studios, Family Time, and Meditation

My guest is Grammy Nominated Mixer/Engineer/Producer Justin Cortelyou, who has worked with Paul McCartney, Hollywood Vampires, Taylor Swift, Andrea Bocelli, Phish, The Darkness, Carrie Underwood, and Luke Bryan. 

In this episode, we discuss

  • Greensburg, PA
  • Playing Trombone
  • Youth Orchestra
  • Ibanez Guitars
  • Shred Metal
  • MTSU
  • How to Be a Good Assistant
  • Mr. Miyagi
  • Chuck Ainlay
  • Radar
  • Soundstage
  • Mike Shipley
  • Moving to LA
  • The Mutt Lang Editing Style
  • Surviving 2007
  • The Wall
  • Bob Ezrin
  • Quitting Bob
  • Soultrain Sound Studios
  • Family Time
  • Meditation

Matt’s Rant: Using a Financial Advisor

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Credits

  • Guest: Justin Cortelyou
  • Host: Matt Boudreau
  • Engineer: Matt Boudreau
  • Producer: Matt Boudreau
  • Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau 
  • WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 
  • Announcer: Chuck Smith

WCA #407 with Maryam Qudus

WCA #407 with Maryam Qudus – Pursuing Music, Transitioning to Recording, Spacemoth, The Role of Recording in Marriage, and So Much Coffee

My guest is Producer / Engineer / Mixer Maryam Qudus who has worked with Spellling, Toro y Moi, Sad13, Tune-Yards, and Zelma Stone. Maryam also writes, records, and produces music for her solo project Spacemoth and composes music for film on top of all that! 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Growing up in the Bay Area
  • Parents from Afghanistan 
  • Days in the Family Restaurant
  • The Role of Language
  • Pursuing Music
  • Stacking The Cheese
  • Singing on The Countertop
  • Recording at Tiny Telephone
  • Teaching
  • Transitioning to Recording
  • So Much Coffee
  • Women’s Audio Mission
  • Surviving
  • The Joy of Recording
  • The Role of Recording in Marriage
  • Spacemoth

Matt’s Rant: The Complexities of Selling Gear

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Credits

  • Guest: Maryam Qudus
  • Host: Matt Boudreau
  • Engineer: Matt Boudreau
  • Producer: Matt Boudreau
  • Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau 
  • WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 
  • Announcer: Chuck Smith

WCA #406 with Joe Carrell

WCA #406 with Joe Carrell – Owen & Bobby Bradley, Being Allowed to Fail, In The Hot Seat, Being on the Cusp of Change, and Helping People Have a Good Time

My guest is Grammy Nominated mixer, engineer, and producer Joe Carrellwho who has worked with Walt Disney, Chase Goehring, Jane Monheit, Birdland Jazz Club, Linda Lavin, and George Jones. Joe has had 11 Grammy Nominations and mixed/recorded 33 number ones in multiple genres. 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Branson, Missouri
  • Treasure Ilse Studios
  • Southern Illinois
  • Early Music Lessons
  • Cheap Trick 
  • School Band
  • Pursuing Studio Drumming
  • Jeff Porcaro
  • Recording Drums
  • The Other Side of The Glass
  • Owen & Bobby Bradly
  • Being Allowed to Fail
  • In The Hot Seat
  • Leaving the Nest
  • Moving to Nashville
  • Family of Four
  • Being on the Cusp of Change
  • Wayne Hahn
  • Relationships
  • Never Discuss Questionable Things
  • Being Professional & Neutral
  • Keeping Your Mouth Shut
  • Being Team Player
  • Being The Bright Spot
  • Attention to Detail
  • Helping People Have a Good Time
  • Financial Strategy
  • Saying No To Work

Matt’s Rant: One Mic Recording

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Credits

  • Guest: Joe Carrell
  • Host: Matt Boudreau
  • Engineer: Matt Boudreau
  • Producer: Matt Boudreau
  • Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau 
  • WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 
  • Announcer: Chuck Smith

WCA #405 with Dan Johnson

WCA #405 with Dan Johnson – Solving Archiving Puzzles, Burning Out, Rogue Tape Machines, Going Independent, and Not Cutting Corners

My guest is Audio Archivist Dan Johnson, who owns and runs Audio Archiving Services. Dan has worked with several well-known artists, including KISS, Jackson Browne, Jimi Hendrix Estate, WAR, TOOL, Duff McKagan, Aimee Man, Tommy Boy Records, Trust Records, Ansonia Records, Now-Again Records, Light In The Attic Records, ORG Records, Warner Bros, Universal, and Sony. 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Rural Upbringing
  • Foreigner’s “Hot Blooded”
  • Recording the Radio
  • Playing in Bands
  • Medical Records Work
  • Failed A&M Internship
  • Poor Brad
  • Working at Ocean Way
  • Friends with the Tech Staff
  • Surviving as a Runner
  • Thomas Maps and Pagers
  • No Guns at Capital 
  • Burning Out
  • Cleaning Rat Traps
  • Working for Ikea
  • Living in a Closet
  • The Benefits of Capital
  • Going Independent
  • Audio Archiving
  • It’s All About Friendships
  • Tape Triage
  • 70 Hours a Week
  • Tape Machine Scarcity
  • Noahs Ark of Tape Machines
  • United Archiving
  • Not Cutting Corners
  • Solving Archiving Puzzles
  • Rogue Tape Machines
  • Rod Stewart Farting
  • Knocking Michael Jackson Down

Matt’s Rant: Appreciating Our Tools

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Credits

  • Guest: Dan Johnson
  • Host: Matt Boudreau
  • Engineer: Matt Boudreau
  • Producer: Matt Boudreau
  • Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau 
  • WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 
  • Announcer: Chuck Smith

WCA #404 with Chris Clark

WCA #404 with Chris Clark – Playing Trombone, The Draw of Classical Music, The President’s Own Marine Band, Classical Recording, Planning for Second Career, and the Perfect Guilt Trip. 

My guest is Recording Engineer, Producer, and Trombonist, Chris Clark. Chris works with artists such as Jack Sutte, Thomas Circle Singers, Jonathan Bisesi, and The Lantana Trio on the recording side of things, but he also plays Trombone in The President’s Own Marine Band. 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Growing Up in Commerce, Texas
  • Playing Trombone
  • Listening to Dad’s Vinyl Collection
  • Family Listening to Orchestral Music
  • Hiring an Outside Teacher
  • The Draw of Classical Music
  • Dad’s Return to Music
  • The Perfect Guilt Trip
  • Curtis Institute of Music
  • Blind Auditions
  • Active Duty Marine 
  • The President’s Own Marine Band
  • Jumping Into Recording
  • Creating a Production Company
  • Classical Recording
  • Gear Used on Remotes
  • Planning for Second Career
  • Accepting Video 
  • Working With Great Musicians
  • Source to Destination Editing
  • Insurance
  • Time Management

Matt’s Rant: Whatever Works

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Credits

  • Guest: Chris Clark
  • Host: Matt Boudreau
  • Engineer: Matt Boudreau
  • Producer: Matt Boudreau
  • Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau 
  • WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 
  • Announcer: Chuck Smith

WCA #403 with Catherine Vericolli

WCA #403 with Catherine Vericolli- Changing Audio Careers, Shifting Mindset, Learning on The Fly, 90’s Digital Formats, and Archivists Anonymous

My guest is Catherine Vericolli, the Chief Transfer Engineer & Archive manager for Infrasonic Mastering. Catherine works on projects for Third Man, ORG Music, Oh Boy! Records, and Sun Records. This is Catherine’s second appearance on the show. She originally appeared on WCA #035 in 2015.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Changing Audio Careers
  • Moving to Nashville
  • Moving Two Studios
  • Selling Her House
  • Getting Into Archiving
  • The Economics of Archiving
  • Nashville Recording Practices
  • Academia 
  • Shifting Mindset
  • Getting Settled
  • Learning on The Fly
  • Comparing Stress in Audio Jobs
  • Play and Pray
  • 90’s Digital Formats
  • World War 2 and Tape
  • Archivists Anonymous
  • Prosumer Audio
  • ATMOS
  • MONO
  • Will The Transfer Work Runout?
  • The Dixie Cups

Matt’s Rant: Let’s Read a Letter 

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Credits

  • Guest: Catherine Vericolli
  • Host: Matt Boudreau
  • Engineer: Matt Boudreau
  • Producer: Matt Boudreau
  • Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau 
  • WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 
  • Announcer: Chuck Smith

WCA #402 with Arne Frager

WCA #402 with Arne Frager – The Plant Studios, Finding a Path to Recording, Studio on the Beach, Lessons for Aspiring Studio Owners, and the Best Gig He Never Did

My guest is Grammy-Winning producer and engineer Arne Frager. Arne is known for his run as owner/operator of The Plant Studios in Sausalito and his work with Paul McCartney, Prince, Beyonce, Michael Jackson, Santana, Dolly Parton, and Clare Fischer. 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Growing up in Cleveland
  • Lifetime musician
  • Selling computer systems
  • Finding a path to recording
  • Recording in the 70s
  • Spectrum on the beach
  • Having no fallback, so you have to succeed
  • Ray Brown 
  • Sony Digital 2 Track
  • George Winston 
  • Eric Prestidge 
  • Learning to survive 
  • Mars Studios
  • Almost arrested for picking up gear
  • The best gig I never did
  • Al Schmitt 
  • The story of The Plant
  • The Plant in the 90s
  • The dark times
  • Seeing mistakes from the past
  • Lawsuits against home studios
  • Lessons for aspiring studio owners

Matt’s Rant: Book Recommendations

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Credits

  • Guest: Arne Frager
  • Host: Matt Boudreau
  • Engineer: Matt Boudreau
  • Producer: Matt Boudreau
  • Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau 
  • WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 
  • Announcer: Chuck Smith

WCA #401 with Matt Wallace

WCA #401 with Matt Wallace – Staying Visible in the Business, Crushing it with ATMOS, Keeping a Low Overhead, and the Importance of Alternative Income

My guest is Grammy-Winning producer, engineer, and mixer Matt Wallace. This is Matt’s second appearance on the show, originally appearing on WCA #046. He has worked with Faith No More, Maroon 5, O.A.R., Dio, Tank and The Bangas, Replacements, Eric Gales, 3 Doors Down, Andy Grammer, Blackberry Smoke, Ludo, Train, Blues Traveler, Satchel, Mushroomhead, and I Prevail.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Status since the last episode
  • Difficulties in the industry
  • Challenges with ATMOS Legacy Mix
  • ATMOS and Apple, WTF?
  • Crushing it with ATMOS
  • Smart Speakers
  • Moving Towards the Future
  • What kept you in the business?
  • If you build it, they will come
  • Keeping low overhead
  • Musician first, construction second
  • Importance of Alternative Income
  • Staying Visible in the business
  • “Prodixing”
  • Band performance quality
  • ProTools – No need for those pesky chops
  • Studio Deluxe 
  • Vibe is more important than gear
  • Studio space influences performance
  • Leaving the Bay Area
  • LA is the best place to make a record

Matt’s Rant: Managing Your Money

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Credits

  • Guest: Matt Wallace
  • Host: Matt Boudreau
  • Engineer: Matt Boudreau
  • Producer: Matt Boudreau
  • Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau 
  • WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 
  • Announcer: Chuck Smith

WCA #400 with David Hewitt

WCA #400 with David Hewitt – Car Racing, Recording Trucks, Dallas Summer Heat, and Recording the Stars in a Golden Era of Live Music

My guest is Grammy-Winning Remote Recording Engineer David Hewitt. David has worked with many artists, including, The Rolling Stones, Frank Zappa, U2, Bruce Springsteen, Miles Davis, Neil Young, The Who, Pavarotti, Simon and Garfunkel, Live Aid, Allman Brothers, Newport Jazz Festival, Aretha Franklin, Hall & Oates Bob Seger, Jackson Browne, and George Benson.

David is also the father of former WCA guest and friend of the show, Ryann Hewitt. 

In this episode, we discuss:

Matt’s Rant: Reflecting on 400 Episodes

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Credits

  • Guest: David Hewitt
  • Host: Matt Boudreau
  • Engineer: Matt Boudreau
  • Producer: Matt Boudreau
  • Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau 
  • WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 
  • Announcer: Chuck Smith

WCA #399 with Dave Schiffman Part 2

WCA #399 with Dave Schiffman Part 2 – Mix Note Etiquette, The Journey of Creating a Studio, Deciding on ATMOS, Communication with Bands, and Evolving the Craft

Part 2 of my interview with Grammy Winning Producer/mixer and Engineer who has worked on projects for System of a Down, Audioslave, The Mars Volta, PUP, Johnny Cash, Tom Petty, Adele, Vampire Weekend, Cass Mccombs, Thrice, and Haim. 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Parting Ways with Rick Rubin
  • Stellastarr 
  • Role with Rick vs. Engineers
  • Dry vs. Wet
  • Mix Shootouts
  • Importance of Artist Feedback
  • Evolving the Craft
  • Keeping a Good Vibe
  • Dealing with Varying Personalities
  • Communication with Bands 
  • Mix Note Etiquette
  • Mix Adjectives
  • The Journey of Creating a Studio
  • Deciding on ATMOS
  • Doing ATMOS That Makes Sense
  • Money and Engineering
  • Gear Should Be used, Not Just Displayed
  • Work-Life Balance
  • Only as Good as Your Last Credit

Matt’s Rant: Inspiration from Outside the Audio World

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Credits

  • Guest: Dave Schiffman
  • Host: Matt Boudreau
  • Engineer: Matt Boudreau
  • Producer: Matt Boudreau
  • Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau 
  • WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 
  • Announcer: Chuck Smith

WCA #398 with Dave Schiffman Part 1

WCA #398 with Dave Schiffman Part 1 – Tape Copies, Chicken and Egg Issues, Lessons from Rick Rubin, The Land of Yes, and Not Being Tall Enough To Record

My guest is Grammy Winning Producer/mixer and Engineer who has worked on projects for System of a Down, Audioslave, The Mars Volta, PUP Johnny Cash, Tom Petty, Adele, Vampire Weekend, Cass Mccombs, Thrice, and Haim.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Giving Up Piano
  • Dad’s Love of Big Band/Yacht Rock
  • Playing Trumpet
  • Marching Band
  • Not Being Tall Enough To Record
  • Following Credits on Albums
  • Making Tape Copies
  • Chicken and Egg Issues
  • Moving Up the Studio Ladder
  • Surviving on Tuna Fish Sandwiches
  • “Smoking Section” of Planes
  • Working at Ocean Way
  • Moving to LA from NY
  • Working with Rick Rubin
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Lessons from Rick Rubin
  • East Coast Honesty
  • The Land of Yes

Matt’s Rant: Who are We Spending Time With?

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Credits

  • Guest: Dave Schiffman
  • Host: Matt Boudreau
  • Engineer: Matt Boudreau
  • Producer: Matt Boudreau
  • Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau 
  • WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 
  • Announcer: Chuck Smith

WCA#397 with Bryan Cook

WCA #397 with Bryan Cook – Recording as An Exit Strategy, Chillin with Tom Dowd, Landing at A&M Studios, and Doing Non-Music Things

My guest is Grammy Nominated Mixing engineer Bryan Cook who has worked with U2, One Republic, Jeff Goldblum, and Switchfoot. 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Early life in Philly
  • Studios – A thing that people did
  • Love for Jazz 
  • Saxophone
  • Recording as an exit strategy
  • Bluejay Internship
  • Chillin with Tom Dowd
  • Ryan Hewitt 
  • Deciding on a move to LA
  • Landing at A&M Studios
  • Moving up in the industry
  • Professionalism – Egos working together
  • Moving up the engineering ladder
  • Sensing upcoming burnout
  • Michael Andrews 
  • Nobody likes the bad vibe guy
  • Walk Hard 
  • Transitioning to flying solo
  • One Republic
  • How artists find an engineer
  • U2 project
  • Push them into the pool
  • Mixing from home
  • How to do pricing?
  • Handling disappointment
  • Ease with setup
  • Bounce Factory 
  • Doing non-music things

Matt’s Rant: Audio File Management

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Credits

  • Guest: Bryan Cook
  • Host: Matt Boudreau
  • Engineer: Matt Boudreau
  • Producer: Matt Boudreau
  • Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau 
  • WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 
  • Announcer: Chuck Smith

WCA #396 with Nick Townsend

WCA #396 with Nick Townsend – Punk Rock, Community College, Fishing, Mastering and Cutting Lacquers

My guest is Los Angeles-based mastering engineer Nick Townsend. Nick loves cutting Lacquers and has worked on releases by Cheap Trick, Weezer, Iron Maiden, Bad Religion, Garbage, Dr. Dre, 2Pac, Grimes, and more. Nick works at Infrasonic Sound.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Musical Household
  • Stoner Rock Uncle
  • Drums at Grandmas House
  • Punk Rock Bands
  • Catching the Recording Bug
  • Community College Recording Program
  • Pete Lyman
  • Mechanical Side of the Brain
  • Fishing
  • Clay Shooting
  • Outdoors Activities
  • Interning
  • Cutting Lacquers
  • Cutter Heads
  • Freelance Mastering
  • Infrasonic
  • Apollo Lacquers Fire

Matt’s Rant: Audio Degrees

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Credits

  • Guest: Nick Townsend
  • Host: Matt Boudreau
  • Engineer: Matt Boudreau
  • Producer: Matt Boudreau
  • Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau 
  • WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 
  • Announcer: Chuck Smith