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WCA #242 with Brian David Hood

WCA #242 with Brian David Hood – Creating A Six Figure Home Studio

Brian David Hood is a producer/engineer, studio owner, and entrepreneur. Brian takes us through his journey, from playing drums on tour, opening a studio in his parent’s basement, hitting a major low point that spurred him on to better opportunities, creating a video course and a podcast and his entrepreneurial ventures.

In this episode, you’ll discover:

  • Brian’s podcast that addresses the business concerns of audio pros. 
  • A new way to post mixes and masters for your clients and get paid.
  • A video course to give your audio business a kick in the ass. 
  • The benefits of keeping your overhead low. 
  • Tools to get over social anxiety. 
  • Delegating and automating audio tasks.  
  • The benefits of checklists.

Links and Show Notes:

Credits:

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

WCA #241 with Dan Shike

WCA #241 with Dan Shike – Mastering in Nashville plus a Summer NAMM wrap up.

Dan Shike started college at the University of Evansville and considered a major in physics with intention of a career in acoustics and speaker design – that is, until he heard of the Recording Industry program at Middle Tennessee State University.  Within a week of learning of this “recording industry” and that he could go to school to be in it, Dan applied to MTSU and planned the big move to the south.  

At MTSU Dan spent every waking moment (and a few not so awake) in the studios of the Recording Industry program.  He worked in the recording studio maintenance lab and was a lab assistant for many of his instructors, helping teach lessons in studio recording, SSL operation, and critical listening.  It was there that the thought of moving into mastering emerged.  Dan didn’t do so well in history class but he rocked those engineering classes.

Post-college, Dan worked as an assistant engineer at the MCA Music Publishing studio, held a staff assistant engineer job at Sound Stage Studios, and hung out in what free time he had with a couple of very busy engineers in Nashville.  After about a year and a half at Sound Stage, he went the independent assistant route to work steadily with F. Reid Shippen, mixer of many awesome records, for about 4 years and did some assisting and engineering on the side when he wasn’t busy, which was nearly never.  The desire for mastering grew all the while.

While splitting time between studio work and mastering work, in 2002, Dan did his first major-label mastering project for DC Talk.  Why start with an unknown?  Things went well from there, and in the spring of 2003 the mastering work and the assisting work couldn’t coexist any longer, and Tone and Volume Mastering went full time and all out.

About this interview:

Dan joins me to talk about building his mastering studio in Nashville, avoiding headaches, assisting Reid Shippen, being the only one accountable to his clients, learning to be socially active, getting out of debt and staying healthy.  -Matt

Links and Show Notes:

Credits:

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

WCA #240 with Sebastian Visconti

Working Class Audio #240 with Sebastian Visconti!!!

Sebastian Visconti boarded a plane In 1989 in his hometown of Philadelphia to attend his sister’s
wedding in Los Angeles, and he never returned. He was a young drummer with rock and roll
dreams. He spent his early years playing and touring with local bands while supporting himself
waiting tables at Ed Debevic’s in Beverly Hills and opening the famous House of Blues on
Sunset Blvd. When he bought his first home, he converted his garage into a recording studio
(which now serves as a post-sound studio). He began producing and recording local artists as
well as serving as the drummer for most of the artists he produced. As the music industry
shifted he found himself at a crossroads. At the urging of a close friend who was an
established sound effects editor, Sebastian jumped into the world of post sound.
In 2017 Sebastian won two Golden Reels and was later nominated for an Emmy for his work
Westworld.

Sebastian is currently a Supervising Sound Editor at Warner Bros. Studios working on shows like
Baskets, Documentary Now!, American Vandal and Brockmire. He has also worked with Atomic
Sound and 424 Post on shows such as The Flash, Westworld, and The Muppets.
He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Mara and their two dogs Desi and Monte.

About this interview:

Sebastian joins me to talk about moving from Philadelphia to LA, recordings bands, working at Trader Joes, reinventing himself and breaking into the film audio world at 40. Enjoy! -Matt

Links and Show Notes:

Credits:

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

WCA #239 with Damien Rasmussen

Working Class Audio #239 with Damien Rasmussen!!!

Damien Rasmussen is a producer, engineer, and mixer located in San Francisco. He got his start in audio in 1983 as a college radio DJ on KDVS at UC Davis. He was schooled in the ways of the studio from John Barsotti at San Francisco State University and really cut his teeth at Dave Bryson’s (Counting Crows) Dancing Dog Studio in Emeryville, California. Since then he’s done live sound, corporate AV gigs, and made a ton of records with a large group of artists including Cibo Mato, Merman, Helen Keller Paid,  Al Jardine (Beach Boys) and many more. 

About this interview:

Damien joins me to talk about working as a college radio DJ, interacting with bands, being an enabler, getting in trouble with N’Sync’s management, and the business practices of an audio pro. Enjoy! -Matt

Links and Show Notes:

Damien’s Site: http://damienrasmussen.com/
Working Class Audio Journal:
https://amzn.to/2GN67TP

Current sponsors & promos: https://bit.ly/2WmKbFw

Credits:

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

WCA #238 with Clint Bennett

Working Class Audio #238 with Clint Bennett!!!

Clint Bennett lives in Los Angeles, CA and works in the film & television industry as a music editor.  He’s recently worked on such films as Blade Runner 2049, Arrival, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Kong: Skull Island, Widows, Bad Times at the El Royale, New Girl & The Cabin In The Woods.  He began his professional career in the 90’s San Francisco music scene playing in bands and working as a freelance recording engineer.  The transition to the film industry began with his move to Los Angeles in 2000.  

About this interview:

Clint chats with me about 90’s San Francisco, moving to LA, proving himself, persevering, union benefits, and not taking his opportunity’s for granted. Enjoy! -Matt

Links and Show Notes:

P&E Wing Technical Guidelines: https://www.grammy.com/technical-guidelines
Clint on IMDB
IMDB
Clint on Allmusic:https://bit.ly/30markS
Working Class Audio Journal: https://amzn.to/2GN67TP

Current sponsors & promos: https://bit.ly/2WmKbFw

Credits:

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

WCA #237 with Kieron Menzies

Working Class Audio #237 with Kieron Menzies!!!

Kieron Menzies is a mixer, producer, and engineer based in Los Angeles.  He was born in Toronto to a Trinidadian-Canadian family who eventually relocated to California.  This is where Kieron became engulfed in music and began to pursue a career in recording and production.  Over the years, Kieron has been a resident at 4th Street Recording in Santa Monica, Stiles Music in Portland, Sarm West Studios in London, Hen House Studios in Venice and The Green Building in Santa Monica.  He has also been the main engineer, mixer and in-house producer for famed songwriter/producer Rick Nowels for many years.  Some of Kieron’s notable credits include FKA Twigs, Nelly Furtado, Willie Nelson, Lykke Li, Ra Ra Riot, Alessia Cara, John Legend, Marina And The Diamonds, Miguel, Yusuf aka Cat Stevens, Dua Lipa, Kesha, and Lana Del Rey.  He currently works out of his own mixing studio and continues to do production/recording gigs wherever the music takes him.

About this interview:

Kieron chats with me about working at a pumpkin patch, help from his godmother, working with Rick Nowles, meetings with music industry suits, playing scratchers and saving money. Enjoy! -Matt

Links and Show Notes:

Kieron’s Site: http://www.kieronmenzies.com/
Working Class Audio Journal: https://amzn.to/2GN67TP

Current sponsors & promos: https://bit.ly/2WmKbFw

Credits:

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

WCA #236 with Cameron Webb

Working Class Audio #236 with Cameron Webb!!!

Cameron Webb is a producer, engineer, and mixer who has worked with many artists most notably Motörhead, Sum 41, NOFX, Megadeth & Limp Bizkit. In 2004, he won a Grammy for his work on Kelly Clarkson’s album “Breakaway”. Cameron has been Motörhead’s producer and mixing engineer for over 12 years, since producing Motörhead’s album “Inferno”.

About this interview:

Cameron joins me to talk about being the best runner, honesty, hanging up on studio managers, letting flaws shine through, synchronization nightmares, Yo Gabba Gabba, and listening to artists.  Enjoy! -Matt

Links and Show Notes:

Maple Sound Studios: https://bit.ly/2RCde6J
Cameron on FB:
https://bit.ly/2N1lr5r
Yo Gabba Gabba!
https://www.yogabbagabba.tv/

Good WIll Auctions: https://www.shopgoodwill.com/
Working Class Audio Journal: https://amzn.to/2GN67TP

Current sponsors & promos: https://bit.ly/2WmKbFw

Credits:

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

WCA #235 with Dave Nelson

Working Class Audio #235 with Dave Nelson!!!

Dave Nelson’s career spans over twenty years in the film, sound and recording industry. As a composer, sound designer and re-recording mixer, his work has involved an interesting mix of documentaries, features, shorts as well as albums, some of which have been nominated for Academy, Emmy and Grammy Awards.

About this interview:

Dave joins me to chat about Michigan, President Ford’s doorbell, seeing Jimi Hendrix, harmonica lessons with Taj Mahal, staying on the bleeding edge of audio & video technology, losing his studio, agreements, and Dolby certification.  Enjoy! -Matt

Links and Show Notes:

Outpost: https://outpostfilm.com
Dave’s IMDb page: https://imdb.to/31BAN3P
Working Class Audio Journal: https://amzn.to/2GN67TP

Current sponsors & promos: https://bit.ly/2WmKbFw

Credits:

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

WCA #234 with Eric Kuehnl

Working Class Audio #234 with Eric Kuehnl

Eric Kuehnl is a composer, sound designer, and educator. He is the Co-Director of the Music Technology Program at Foothill College, the Director of Partner Programs for Next Point Training, and also teaches at Pyramind in San Francisco.  Previously, Eric was an Audio Training Strategist in the Avid Education Department, and a Senior House Engineer for Sony Computer Entertainment America. He holds a Master’s degree from the California Institute of the Arts, a Bachelor’s degree from Oberlin Conservatory, and studied composition at the Centre Iannis Xenakis in Paris.

About this interview:

Eric joins me to talk about college, the death of his father, the Burbank airport, when Masters Degrees come in handy, and 90’s Digidesign. Enjoy! -Matt

Links and Show Notes:

Foothill College Music Technology Program:https://bit.ly/2WXqo36
Working Class Audio Journal: https://amzn.to/2GN67TP
Matt Donner:
https://bit.ly/2IxfTKz
Brendan Duffy:
https://bit.ly/2VQEIuG

Current sponsors & promos: https://bit.ly/2WmKbFw

Credits:

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

WCA #233 with Beau Sorenson

Working Class Audio #233 with Beau Sorenson

Beau Sorenson is a freelance audio professional (producer/mixer/ engineer) based in California. He also writes, records, and remixes music as Beaunoise.

As producer/engineer, He’s worked on multiple albums for Death Cab for Cutie, Bob Mould, and Superchunk, as well as albums for Tune-yards, Thao and the Get Down Stay Down, Mac McCaughan, Mike Krol, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, The Dodos, Sparklehorse, Field Report, Jars of Clay, Yellow Ostrich, Camera Obscura, and many more. I’ve engineered sessions for Chris Walla, Merrill Garbus, Tucker Martine, Butch Vig, John Vanderslice, Dangermouse, Ryan Hewitt, and Al Weatherhead.

While studio recording is Beau’s primary focus, He’s also composed and recorded soundtracks for films and podcasts mastered music for release, worked as a studio tech, taught audio engineering, and consulted on studio construction and design.

Beau spent six years as a staff engineer at Smart Studios in Madison, WI before leaving to work freelance. He is currently a staff engineer at John Vanderslice’s Tiny Telephone studios but he also works at other studios as well. 

About this interview:

Beau joins me for coffee to discuss hardware stores, being kind, respect for studio owners, having patience, and getting out of town to record. Enjoy! -Matt

Links and Show Notes

Beau’s Site: www.beaunoise.com

https://www.workingclassaudio.com/wca-119-with-tucker-martine/

https://www.workingclassaudio.com/wca-220-with-butch-vig/
https://www.workingclassaudio.com/wca-047-with-john-vanderslice/
https://www.workingclassaudio.com/wca-156-with-justin-perkins/

Current sponsors & promos: https://bit.ly/2WmKbFw
Working Class Audio Journal:
https://amzn.to/2GN67TP

Credits:

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

WCA #232 with Buddy Lee Dobberteen

Working Class Audio #232 with Buddy Lee Dobberteen

Buddy Lee Dobberteen grew up in a small town in Michigan. He got into playing guitar at a young age and was always fascinated with music but never really pursued it because he was too busy playing sports. He did an electrical internship all through school and after graduation began doing side gigs wiring houses but had always dreamed of something more. In early September of 2001, Buddy joined the Marine Corps and went in as an infantryman. In 2002 he was deployed to the Middle East and soon after participated in the Iraq war.  Three tours later, Buddy got out of the Marines and was labeled 100% disabled. After a series of events, he started the nonprofit Pathfinders Outdoors: His Little Studio & Mentoring. His goal was to help fellow vets via mentoring, learning audio and music as well as hunting and fishing together.  Buddy and his team have had over 300 Mentoring Sessions since January 2019 and continue to grow and help fellow vets who require help. 

About this interview:

Buddy joins me to talk about music and audio. Being a Marine, his three tours of duty in Iraq, coming home wounded, forming his non-profit for vets, thinking about suicide, teaching audio skills and mentoring. Enjoy! -Matt

Links and Show Notes

Pathfinders Outdoors /His Little Studio and Mentoring. https://bit.ly/3196UHQ

Current sponsors & promos: https://bit.ly/2WmKbFw
Working Class Audio Journal:
https://amzn.to/2GN67TP

Credits:

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

WCA #231 with Brendan Duffey

Working Class Audio #231 with Brendan Duffey

Brendan Duffey is a 3x Grammy nominated producer/engineer who lives in Davis, California. He has engineered, mixed, mastered and produced some of the largest names in music in Brazil, working with such artist such as Daniela Mercury, Caetano Veloso, Lulu Santos, Kiko Loureiro Angra,50 Cent, The Mission, and many others. Brendan owned  Norcal Studios in São Paulo, Brazil for a decade and now has a mixing and mastering facility in called Brendan Duffey Audio in Davis, CA.

About this interview:

Brendan joins me to chat about growing up in Davis, California, the impact of Sylvia Massy, the Banff Center, running a studio in Brazil, working with his wife, corruption, bureaucracy, violence, kidnapping, success, troubles with shipping & friends in the FBI.  Enjoy! -Matt

Links and Show Notes

Working Class Audio Journal: https://amzn.to/2GN67TP
Brendan’s site:
brendanduffeyaudio.com
Current sponsors & promos : https://bit.ly/2WmKbFw

Credits:

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

WCA #230 with Chris Shaw

Working Class Audio with Chris Shaw

Working Class Audio #230 with Chris Shaw!!!

Chris Shaw is a four time Grammy Award winning American producer, engineer, mixer, and musician. Beginning his career at Greene Street Recording, he quickly worked his way from his start as an NYU intern, to assistant engineer, to a position as a staff engineer working with influential hip-hop artists such as Public Enemy, A Tribe Called Quest, Run-DMC, and LL Cool J. In 1991 he played bass with LL Cool J on his famous performance on MTV Unplugged (along with De La Soul, MC Lyte, and A Tribe Called Quest). He went independent shortly after and has since made records with Weezer, Wilco, Bob Dylan, Ween, Jeff Buckley, Soul Asylum, Sheryl Crow, Super Furry Animals, Death Cab For Cutie, Lou Reed, Bad Brains, Ric Ocasek, Cheap Trick, Neon Neon, Elvis Perkins, Guillemots, Joss Stone, The Meat Puppets, Nada Surf, Dashboard Confessional, and The Derek Trucks Band. He has worked on six of Rolling Stone’s “500 greatest Records of All Time“.

About this interview:

Chris joins me to talk about keeping your mouth shut, staying humble, always be learning, making mistakes and Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Enjoy! -Matt

Links and Show Notes

Working Class Audio Journal: https://amzn.to/2GN67TP
Chris Shaw’s Site:
https://www.chrisshawmix.com
Current sponsors & promos : https://bit.ly/2WmKbFw

Credits:

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

WCA #229 with Ed Brooks

Working Class Audio #229 with Ed Brooks!!!

Ed Brooks has been making records since the dawn of time, well almost. Ed started his career producing amd engineering records in basement studios, working his way up into major studios during Seattle’s music explosion of the early 90s. He started full time as a mastering engineer 18 years ago. Artists Ed has mastered projects for include, REM, Pearl Jam, Fleet Foxes, Death Cab For Cutie, Courtney Marie Andrews, The Head and The Heart, Chris Robinson, and Noah Gundersen. He also plays pedal steel guitar in several bands based in the Seattle area.

About this interview:

Ed joins me to talk about working at Tapco, transitioning from tech to recording to mastering, staying cool in intense studio situations and 90’s Seattle. Enjoy! -Matt

Links and Show Notes:

Patreon: https://bit.ly/2PLs2Pa
Working Class Audio Journal:
https://amzn.to/2GN67TP
Resonant Mastering:
http://www.resonantmastering.com/
Current sponsors & promos : https://bit.ly/2WmKbFw

Credits:

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

WCA #228 with Shani Gandhi

Working Class Audio #228 with Shani Gandhi!!!

Shani Gandhi is a producer, engineer and mixer residing in Nashville, TN. She has engineered for such artists as Dierks Bentley, Kelsea Ballerini, Alison Krauss, The Mountain Goats, Parker Millsap, and Sierra Hull. In 2017, she received a GRAMMY Award as an engineer for Sarah Jarosz’s folk album, Undercurrent, and was also nominated for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical.

About this interview:

Shani joins me to talk about her journey from Australia to the US, earning trust, not over mixing, immigration, the dynamics of Nashville and making time for yourself.  Enjoy! -Matt

Links and Show Notes:

Shani’s site: https://www.shanigandhi.com/
David Miles Huber’s YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/2IOU7Vn
Current sponsors & promos 

Credits:

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

WCA #227 with Wesley Slover

WCA #227 with Wesley Slover

Wesley Slover founded Sono Sanctus in 2011 as a means to freelance in music and sound design. He creates sound design and music for films, ads, apps, games, installations, and hardware with an emphasis on the intersection of sound and music. Some of his client list includes: Dolby, Spotify, Casper, Google, Facebook, the Atlanta Falcons, and Airbnb.

About this interview:

Wesley joins me to talk about the art & craft of sound design, scheduling, family time, the cassette tape guy, making stuff and church sound. Enjoy! -Matt

Links and Show Notes:

Wesley’s company: http://www.sonosanctus.com/
Designing with Sound book
Current sponsors & promos 

Credits:

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

WCA #226 with Rachel Field

Working Class Audio #226 with Rachel Field!!!

Rachel Field moved to Seattle from California in 2009 and quickly became heavily involved in the PNW recording scene. She has worked in several areas of audio production, and found her passion to be mastering. As Mastering Engineer she works on all genres, and with a wide variety of  local and international artists such as Whitney Mongé, Fauna Shade, Old Coast, Jericho Hill, Ryme, The Fucking Eagles, The Baggios, Mouths of Babes, and Anomie Belle.  Rachel also does freelance recording in several studios in the Seattle area.

About this interview:

Rachel joins me to talk about food service, customer service, reading people, riding motorcycles, getting sunshine and mastering. Enjoy! -Matt

Links and Show Notes:

Resonant Mastering: http://www.resonantmastering.com/
The Rolling Stones Documentary: https://www.netflix.com/title/80148239
John Coltrane Documentary:  https://www.netflix.com/title/80147403
Current sponsors & promos 

Credits:

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

WCA #225 with Joe Finocchio

Working Class Audio #225 with Joe Finocchio!!!

Joe Finocchio is a musician and recording engineer (The Soft White Sixties, American Killers, Double Duchess, davOmakesbeats, The Family Crest) based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has spent the last 11 years making records in studios all over Northern California. Currently he resides at Santo Recording in Oakland and works out of his mix room in his Mission District apartment. Joe also works as a Production Manager for a Bay Area corporate AV provider called On Point Audio Visual. 

About this interview:

Joe joins me to talk about his early struggles, the trust of mentors, skipping the intern process, working in corporate AV and not drinking with the band. Enjoy! -Matt

Links and Show Notes:

Atomic Habits by James Clear: https://amzn.to/2U3J8gV
Joe’s Site: www.gainandvolume.com
Current sponsors & promos 

Credits:

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

WCA #224 with Frank Marchand

Working Class Audio #224 with Frank Marchand!!!

Frank Marchand is a recording engineer, mixer, producer, live sound engineer, broadcast mixer and Maryland native since 1976. He learned to play bass in his high school band in the late 70’s and was bitten by the audio bug when his band went into the studio for the first time to record some original material. He then attended a four year liberal arts college that had only one course in acoustics and four track studio that the director would not let any one use. After graduation he found work in a D.C. based mom and pop Hi-fi chain that specialized in selling blank recording media such as cassettes and blank video tape. Working up from the sales floor to the advertising end of the business he then landed a Front of House or House sound job at the now vanished Bayou in D.C. where he cut his teeth as a live sound engineer. After the stint at the Bayou, he then landed a job at Washington Professional Systems where he was the assistant to sound guru Greg Lukens and owner Robert Levin. It was while working at WPS that he came into contact with the Northern VA, D.C., and Baltimore studio community and started to freelance at many studios around the region recording bands on the weekends while being exposed to the latest in recording gear at WPS during the week. He decided to go freelance full time in 1990 and has recorded over 600 records and toured all over the world doing live audio work as well. He has owned or been a part of 4 different studio spaces through the years and still maintains a healthy touring schedule. Mr Marchand has worked on Grammy nominated projects, and Billboard Number #1 records during his career. He has worked with such artists as: punk luminary Bob Mould, Toured with Calexico and Texas Rockers The Toadies, recorded projects for New Orleans rockers Cowboy Mouth, Annapolis natives Jimmies Chicken Shack, Doom Metal founders The Obsessed, Blue Grassers Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen, Gospel visionaries The Reminders and Celtic creators of Celt grass, We Banjo 3. He is comfortable with all styles of music and has worked with many artists you have never heard of.

About this interview:

Frank joins me to talk about freelancing, live sound, recording in rehearsal spaces, adapting to acoustic environments, being a soccer coach, client repeat rates, and working on projects he likes.

Links and Show Notes:

Watford Digital: https://www.waterforddigital.com/
Atomic Habits by James Clear: https://amzn.to/2U3J8gV
Current sponsors & promos

Credits:

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

WCA #223 with Doug McBride

Working Class Audio #223 with Doug McBride!!!

Doug McBride is a man with many titles including studio owner, engineer, mastering engineer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, dad and husband. Doug founded and has run Chicago based Gravity Studios for over 20 years. He has worked with Izzy Stradlin, Veruca Salt, Smashing Pumpkins, Fall Out Boy, and many more. Doug lived in a treehouse in the Panamanian jungle for 3 months in summer of 1985 and he owns a beagle named Banjo. 

About this interview:

Doug joins me to talk about running Gravity Studios, assisting for Steve Albini, 911, word of mouth, dealing with landlords and unexpected guests. Enjoy! -Matt

Links and Show Notes:

Gravity Studios: http://www.gravitystudios.com/
Current sponsors & promos 

Credits:

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