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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

Links and Show Notes


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