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WCA #313 with John Baffa – Cal Arts, Stable Shows, Forecasting, Creating a Reverb Chamber, and The Hardest Thing About Teaching Audio

My guest today is Grammy award-winning recording engineer John Baffa. He’s worked with a wide array of people, including Mike Patton, Henry Rollins, the Melvins, as well as the Los Angeles percussion quartet. He joins us from his home in Southern California, and we talk about many things, including his work at Cal Arts as an instructor. John Baffa, coming up here on the working class audio podcast.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • John’s Diverse Upbringing
  • Live Sound
  • Touring
  • The Troubadour
  • FOH
  • Paying Attention
  • Introduction to Recording
  • Late Nights 
  • The Hardest Thing About Teaching Audio
  • John’s House Studio
  • Going Solar
  • Socially Distanced Sessions
  • Remote audio instruction
  • Creating a Reverb Chamber
  • Ghosts in the Building
  • Diversification
  • Stable Shows
  • Forecasting

Matt’s Monologue: DIversification, again!

Links and Show Notes


  • Guest: John Baffa
  • Host: Matt Boudreau 
  • WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 
  • Announcer: Chuck Smith
  • Editing: Matt Boudreau
  • Additional Music: The License Lab