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WCA #383 with Michael Cumming

WCA #383 with Michael Cumming – Trading London for Philly, Leaving School, Cooking, Building a Studio, and Rewarding the People You Inconvenience

My guest is London-born, Philly-based producer/engineer Michael Cumming who has worked with The Sun Ra ArkestraOrion SunOdean Pope, Tom Hamilton, Sophie CoranTrap Rabbit

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Moving from London to Philly
  • Falling in Love with the US
  • Brothers Influence
  • Leaving School
  • Cooking
  • Building a Studio
  • Business with Friends
  • Communication
  • Rewarding the People You Inconvenience
  • Get Up and Go Attitude
  • Gil Norton at Costco
  • Quality of Life
  • Trust in the Accent
  • Age Challenges
  • Harvesting Spaghetti
  • Philly Studio
  • Building Acoustic Treatments
  • Open Room Recording
  • Getting Financially Comfortable
  • Gear Issues

Matt’s Rant: ATMOS Update: Post ATMOS Tuning Update

Links and Show Notes

Credits

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

WCA #382 with Sara Carter

WCA #382 with Sara Carter – COVID Silver Linings, Learning By Teaching, Giving Away Secrets, Self Development Time, and Having Fun With It

My guest is the return of mixing engineer Sara Carter who has worked with Corinne Bailey Rae, KT Tunstall, Wistful Sleepers, and BPMoore. Sara has worked at the BBC, worked in the Motor Trade, and has a great YouTube channel called Simply Mixing.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • COVID Silver Linings
  • Simply Mixing on YouTube
  • Learning to Learn
  • Brewing Exams
  • Teaching Visually
  • Imposter Syndrome
  • Opportunities from YouTube
  • Warren Huart 
  • Produce Like a Pro
  • Video Challenges
  • Putting It All Out There
  • Learning from Content Creation
  • Mix with the Masters 
  • Overcoming Self-Doubt
  • Taking A Chance
  • Balancing Mixing and YouTube
  • Self Development Time
  • Advice for Aspiring Audio Teachers
  • Equipment for YouTube 
  • Lack of Trolls
  • Learning By Teaching
  • Audio Gigs from YouTube
  • One-to-One Mentorship 
  • Production Advice for YouTube
  • Get It Working, Then Improve
  • Giving Away Secrets
  • Having Fun With It

Matt’s Rant: ATMOS Update: It’s all working!

Links and Show Notes

Credits

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

WCA #381 with Ed Stasium

WCA #381 with Ed Stasium – Tape Recorders, Making Prank Calls, Living Colour, Vari Speeding JFK, Time Travel, and the Lockerbie Plane Crash

My guest is Producer/Engineer Ed Stasium who has worked with Skull Snaps, The Ramones, Talking Heads, Living Colour, the SMitherreens, and many more.

In this episode, we discuss:

Matt’s Rant: Inspiring Others

Links and Show Notes

  • edstasium.com
  • WCA on Instagram
  • Connect with Matt on Linkedin
  • Current sponsors & promos

Credits

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

WCA #380 with Nick Raskulinecz

WCA #380 with Nick Raskulinecz – Rock Star Dreams, From Runner to Grammy Winning Producer, The Foo Fighters Story, Connecting with People, and Living on Taco Bell

My guest is Grammy Winning producer, engineer, and mixer Nick Raskulinecz who has worked with Rush, Alice In Chains, Foo Fighters, Deftones, and many more. 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Growing up in Knoxville.
  • Rock Star Dreams. 
  • Falling in love with the guitar.
  • Instrument knowledge helps speak the language.
  • Drummers are a different breed.
  • College money bought an 8-track.
  • Switching gears – Dreams of Rock stardom to Recording Guru.
  • Brian Bell 
  • Opportunity at Sound City.
  • Living on Taco Bell and loving it.
  • From runner to assistant.
  • Leaving the nest – quitting the band.
  • The recording obsession.
  • Greg Fidleman 
  • Transitioning beyond assistant.
  • Odd jobs to engineer.
  • Danzig 
  • Duff McKagan 
  • Barely surviving but doing well.
  • The Foo Fighters Story.
  • Working on One By One 
  • Matt Hyde 
  • Connecting with people.
  • Logistics on getting paid.
  • Alice and Chains and the new singer.
  • Breaking the ice with a new group.
  • Working with Rush
  • What decisions made this career possible?
  • Work-life balance.
  • Moving back to Tennessee – Family matters.

Matt’s Rant: Perseverance

Links and Show Notes

Credits

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

WCA#379 with Margaret Luthar

WCA #379 with Margaret Luthar – BANFF, NPR, Moving to Big Bad LA, The Studio Bubble, and Fancy Cocktails

My guest is Broadcast Recording tech and Grammy Winning Mastering engineer Margaret Luthar. 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Moving to LA From Nashville
  • NPR
  • Welcome to 1979 
  • Chicago Mastering Service 
  • What Works and What Doesn’t 
  • Finding the Right Software for Each Client
  • The Value of CRM 
  • Living in Norway
  • BANFF 
  • Canadian Immigration Drama
  • Pennsylvania Origins
  • Why NPR After Cutting Vinyl?
  • Acknowledging the Studio Bubble
  • Work-Life Balance & Freelance
  • Benefits of a Corporate Environment
  • Moving to Big Bad LA
  • Mary Mazurek on WCA
  • The Importance of Always Learning 
  • Running For a Clear Mind
  • Staying Mobile
  • Fancy Cocktails 
  • Acclimating To a New Place

Matt’s Rant: Dolby Atmos Update

Links and Show Notes

Credits

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

WCA #378 with Ryan Ulyate

WCA #378 with Ryan Ulyate – Self-Taught Skills, Making a Living, Vibe Patrol, Dolby Atmos, Tom Petty, and Whatever It Takes

My guest is Grammy Nominated producer/engineer Ryan Ulyate who has worked with Tom Petty, George Harrison, Traveling Wilburys, Mick Fleetwood & Friends, and ELO.

In this episode, we discuss:

Matt’s Rant: Just Doing It!

Links and Show Notes

Credits

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

WCA #377 with Rob Folson Jr.

WCA #377 with Rob Folson Jr – DMV, Go Go Music, Working for the Church, 9 to 5 Audio, and The Drag that is Commuting

My guest is a producer, engineer, mixer, Rob Folson Jr., who has worked with Rare Essence, The Chuck Brown Band, Ceelo Green, Citizen Cope, Blackbyrds, The Huck-a-Bucks, Tracey Lee, Black Alley, Greg Rice, Leonard Taylor-Arron Burroughs.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The DMV
  • Quitting College
  • Go Go Music
  • Discovery of Recording
  • Sequencers
  • Playing The Kennedy Center
  • Church Mixing
  • Working for the Church
  • Charles Harris
  • A/V for the NIH (National Institute of Health)
  • Benefits and 401K
  • The Drag that is Commuting
  • Home Studio
  • Studio One
  • Dealing with Burnout

Matt’s Rant: Helping Ukraine

Links and Show Notes

Credits

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

WCA #376 with Brian Charles

WCA #376 with Brian Charles- Zippah Recording Studio Fire, Community Support, Band Directors, Studio Insurance, and The Jimi Hendrix Pep Rally

My guest is Brian Charles, producer, engineer, mixer, writer, educator, guitarist, and plug-in designer. Brian has worked with The Sheila Divine, Dispatch, Weakened Friends, Marina and the Diamonds, The Gigolo Aunts, and Mike Slap. Brian is the owner of Zippah recording which suffered fire damage in December of 2021.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Moving Around As a KId
  • Boston
  • Grade School Rock Band
  • Early Recording Discoveries
  • Jimi Hendrix Pep Rally 
  • Band Directors
  • Being a Tape Op
  • Writing and Producing
  • Zippah Recording Studio Fire
  • Making Improvements
  • Studio Finances
  • Water and Smoke
  • The Smell of a Campfire
  • Community Support
  • Studio Insurance
  • Manufacturer Support
  • Transatlantic Reverb

Matt’s Rant: Dolby Atmos Update

Show Notes

Rant Notes

Credits

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

WCA #375 with Hillary Johnson

WCA #375 with Hillary Johnson – Home Ownership, Pandemic Records, Experiencing The Symphony, Home R&D, and The Love of Recording Bands

My guest is  New York-based recording engineer and producer Hillary Johnson Hillary has worked with Bootblacks, Bell Hollow, The Prids, and Second Still. This is Hillary’s second appearance on the show. Her first appearance was on WCA #003.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Home Ownership
  • Moving To the Exurbs
  • Future Home Studio
  • Livestreaming DJ
  • Home R&D
  • AV Design
  • Learning Logic
  • Home Studio Plans
  • House Buying Process
  • Experiencing The Symphony
  • Having Your Own Space
  • Having a Day Job
  • New York Recording Ecosystem
  • Studio Closings
  • Pandemic Records
  • The Love of Recording Bands

Matt’s Rant: Collectors and Users

Credits

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

WCA #374 with Kolton Lee

WCA #374 with Kolton Lee – Target Karaoke Machine, Dumpster Diving, Working with Jacquire King, Finding Your Role, and the Green Beret’s of Audio

My guest is mixer, engineer, producer Kolton Lee. Kolton worked with producer Jacquire King for several years and has worked with artists such as Daughtry and Shania Twain. He currently resides in Scottsdale, Arizona. 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Cave Creek, AZ
  • Target Karaoke Machine
  • Garageband
  • Dumpster Diving
  • Craig Schumacher
  • Cave Creek Studio
  • The Need to Grow
  • Moving to Nashville
  • Working with Jacquire King
  • Session Documentation
  • Green Beret’s of Audio
  • Finding Your Role
  • Working Multiple Jobs
  • Financial Advice
  • Moving Back to Arizona
  • Working with High Profile Artists
  • Getting Reestablished
  • Luna and Apollo’s

Matt’s Rant: Audio and Fame

Credits

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

WCA #373 with Mark Abrams

WCA #373 with Mark Abrams – Puremix, Supportive Family, Automation, Intention, and Skipping the Bar for the SSL

My guest is Columbus, Ohio-based Producer/Mixing Engineer Mark Abrams. Mark has worked with Angel Lopez (Kanye West, Coldplay, Sam Smith), Kara Dioguardi, Spencer Sutherland, Buggie, Effee, Mark Stepro (Drummer for Butch Walker, The Wallflowers, Aaron Lee Tasjan), Ryan Brown (Drummer for Dweezil Zappa), Kid Runner, and Lydia Loveless. Mark is also the content manager for Puremix.

In this episode, we discuss:

Matt’s Rant: Staying on Top of Your Money

Credits

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

WCA #372 with Glenn Schick

WCA #372 with Glenn Schick – Mastering Without Speakers, Customer Service, Audio Travel Tips, Streaming Levels, and Working Remote

My guest is Grammy-Winning mastering engineer Glenn Schick. Glenn abandoned his old mastering rooms in Atlanta and masters all of his records on the go, on headphones, and travels the world doing so.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Queens Upbringing
  • Discovering Recording
  • Transitioning To Mastering
  • Moving to Atlanta
  • Atlanta Hip-Hop
  • Customer Service
  • Downsizing
  • Working in The Box
  • Mastering Without Speakers
  • Retraining the Brain
  • Room Simulation Software
  • Audio Travel Tips
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Streaming Levels
  • Vinyl Mastering
  • New Communities
  • Working Remote

Matt’s Rant: Our Passion

Credits

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

WCA #371 with Pete Morse

WCA #371 with Pete Morse – Mixing for Video, Sketchy Contractors, Working From Home, Camaraderie, and Frozen Dance Partys

My guest is Pete Morse, who runs Red Vault Audio in Portland, Maine.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Portland Studios
  • Red Vault Audio
  • WWF
  • Working From Home
  • Building a Studio at Home
  • Studio Build Details
  • Sketchy Contractors
  • Camaraderie
  • Mixing for Video
  • Stock Music Creation
  • Perfectionism
  • MTV Influence
  • Pink Floyd
  • 0% Financing
  • Streamdeck
  • Worklife Balance
  • Frozen Dance Partys
  • SBA Counseling
  • Family Communication

Matt’s Rant: More Backup Talk!

Links and Show Notes

Credits

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

WCA #370 with Nikki McGuinness

WCA #370 with Nikki McGuinness – Farm Life, Studio Building, Thinking on Your Feet, Pygmy Goats, and Falling Off Ladders

My guest is Songwriter / Engineer / Producer Nikki McGuinness, who runs Creation X Recording based on a farm in Berkshire, England.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Farm Life
  • Building a Studio
  • Contractors
  • Open Recording Spaces
  • Learning to Record
  • The Corporate World
  • Low-Grade Depression
  • Health Issues
  • Thinking on Your Feet
  • Pygmy Goats
  • Loving Life
  • Ladders
  • Creative ventures
  • Choosing Gear
  • Sylvia Massey

Matt’s Rant: Capturing Stories

Links and Show Notes

Credits

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

WCA #369 with Heidi Trefethen & Ben Bernstein

WCA #369 with Ben Bernstein and Heidi Trefethen – Dolby Atmos, Gear Purchases, Audio Janitors, and Breaking Into Matts’ House

My guests today are former WCA guests Heidi Trefethen and Ben Bernstein. Heidi is a French Hornist, multi-instrumentalist, educator, and sought-after sound engineer. Ben is a producer, engineer, and mixer based in Oakland, California.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Dolby Atmos
  • Studios Vs. Covid
  • Future Sessions
  • Skywalker Sound
  • Gear Purchases
  • Studio Ownership
  • Breaking Into Matt’s House
  • Gear Lending Library
  • Broken Guitars
  • Mountain Music
  • Great Musicians
  • Getting Along
  • Audio Janitors

Matt’s Rant: Mixing it Up!

Links and Show Notes

Credits

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

WCA #368 with Wavy Wayne

WCA #368 with Wavy Wayne – Thinking Bigger Picture, One Bad Night, Audio Education, Social Media Advice, and 7 AM Algebra

My guest is mixing engineer and audio educator Wavy Wayne, who has worked with Jim Jones, Future, Ashanti, Yo Gotti, Dave East, and many more.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • St. Louis
  • Discovering Music
  • Being a Kid Rapper
  • Positive Studio Exposure
  • Stage Fright
  • Sony Acid
  • Education
  • 7 AM Algebra
  • One Bad Night
  • Getting Kicked Out of Full Sail
  • Surviving in New York
  • Audio Education
  • School Debt
  • Thinking Bigger Picture
  • Teaching in St. Louis
  • Social Media Advice

Matt’s Rant: Clear the Clutter!

Links and Show Notes

Credits

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

WCA #367 with Brad Dollar

WCA #367 with Brad Dollar – Moving to Nashville, Getting Work, Classic Money Mistakes, Survival, and Time Travel Retrospective

My guest is producer, engineer, and coach Brad Dollar who has worked with Bob Weir, Journey, G-Eazy, and Parmalee. 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Moving to Nashville
  • Coaching
  • Transition of Culture
  • Music Business
  • Competition
  • Buying a House
  • Getting Work
  • Bay Area vs. Nashville
  • Recording School
  • Mentors
  • Grammy U
  • Survival
  • Classic Money Mistakes
  • Managing Money Tip
  • Time Travel Retrospective
  • Just Ask
  • Advice For Newbies

Matt’s Rant: Do We Really Need A Website?

Links and Show Notes

Credits

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

WCA #366 with Perry Leenhouts

WCA #366 with Perry Leenhouts – Anything is Possible, US & Europe Comparison, Punk Rock Lessons Learned, and Living in an Abandon School.

My guest is Perry Leenhouts, producer, engineer, and owner of Point Break Sound Studio in Stockholm, Sweden. Perry is also a member of the band, The Travoltas. 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Point Break Sound
  • Welfare State
  • US & Europe Comparison
  • The Travoltas
  • Punk Rock Lessons Learned
  • Working with Others
  • Being in The Van
  • From Drummer to Engineer
  • Living in an Abandon School
  • Public Radio Internship
  • Anything is Possible
  • Stockholm
  • Shared Space
  • Marketing
  • Finances
  • Taxes

Matt’s Rant: Another Dolby Atmos Update

Links and Show Notes

Credits

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

WCA #365 with Alex Allinson

WCA #365 with Alex Allinson – Cooking, Parallels, Presentation, Running a Studio, and Taking the Crooked Path

My guest is Alex Allinson, producer/engineer, and co-owner of The Bridge Sound and Stage in the greater Boston area.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Interning
  • Being Driven
  • Taking the Crooked Path
  • Cooking
  • Parallels
  • Not Coasting
  • Avoiding Growing Stale
  • Moving On
  • Diverse Clients
  • Presentation
  • Running a Studio
  • Saving For the Future
  • Financial Mentors

Matt’s Rant: End of The Year Downtime

Links and Show Notes

Credits

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

WCA #364 with Chris Collier

WCA #364 with Chris Collier – Fathers Influence, Controlling Your Destiny, Getting Involved, Client Tree Branches, and Realizing Your Worth

My guest is producer, engineer, mixer, and multi-instrumentalist Chris Collier, who has worked with Lynch Mob, Mick Mars, Korn, Whitesnake, and many more. 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Fathers Influence
  • Home Studios
  • Getting Your Name Out There
  • Identity Crisis
  • Being a Homebody
  • The Drive of Recording
  • Just Doing It
  • Discovering Pro Tools
  • Getting Involved
  • Controlling Your Destiny
  • Recording Dave Grohl Style
  • Moving to Vegas
  • Mick Mars
  • Client Tree Branches
  • Realizing Your Worth

Matt’s Rant: Remembering the Bigger Picture

Links and Show Notes

Credits

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