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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

Links and Show Notes


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