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WCA #402 with Arne Frager – The Plant Studios, Finding a Path to Recording, Studio on the Beach, Lessons for Aspiring Studio Owners, and the Best Gig He Never Did

My guest is Grammy-Winning producer and engineer Arne Frager. Arne is known for his run as owner/operator of The Plant Studios in Sausalito and his work with Paul McCartney, Prince, Beyonce, Michael Jackson, Santana, Dolly Parton, and Clare Fischer. 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Growing up in Cleveland
  • Lifetime musician
  • Selling computer systems
  • Finding a path to recording
  • Recording in the 70s
  • Spectrum on the beach
  • Having no fallback, so you have to succeed
  • Ray Brown 
  • Sony Digital 2 Track
  • George Winston 
  • Eric Prestidge 
  • Learning to survive 
  • Mars Studios
  • Almost arrested for picking up gear
  • The best gig I never did
  • Al Schmitt 
  • The story of The Plant
  • The Plant in the 90s
  • The dark times
  • Seeing mistakes from the past
  • Lawsuits against home studios
  • Lessons for aspiring studio owners

Matt’s Rant: Book Recommendations

Links and Show Notes


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