394 episodes

Peel back the glamour of the professional recording world. Guests from the world of audio for music, film, games, restoration, and more share their insights on how they made their journey, how they survive, their advice on the real things including wins, losses, working with other people, money, and career advice. 
Hosted by audio engineer Matt Boudreau.
The Working Class Audio Podcast - Navigating the World of Recording with a working class perspective.

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Peel back the glamour of the professional recording world. Guests from the world of audio for music, film, games, restoration, and more share their insights on how they made their journey, how they survive, their advice on the real things including wins, losses, working with other people, money, and career advice. 
Hosted by audio engineer Matt Boudreau.
The Working Class Audio Podcast - Navigating the World of Recording with a working class perspective.

    WCA #394 with Mike Tucci - Playing in Bands, Seeing the Value In Recording Studios, Working at Masterdisk, The Slow Magic Of LA, and Focusing on Results, Not Gear

    WCA #394 with Mike Tucci - Playing in Bands, Seeing the Value In Recording Studios, Working at Masterdisk, The Slow Magic Of LA, and Focusing on Results, Not Gear

    My guest is Grammy-Nominated Mastering Engineer Mike Tucci, who has worked with Cory Henry, Living Colour, Doja Cat, Chris Brown, Young Thug, and Unstoppable Death Machines. 

    In this episode, we discuss:

    Queens

    NYC

    Music in Heard Growing Up

    Playing in Bands

    Seeing the Value In Recording Studios

    Going to College

    Understanding Recording

    Masterdisk

    Howie Weinberg

    Moving o LA

    Moving Into The Box

    Not Depending on Other People's Gear

    Slow Magic Of LA

    Keeping a Simple Setup

    Working From Home

    Results Are The Only Thing That Matters


    Matt's Rant: Who is Professional?
    Links and Show Notes

    Mike on IG

    Mike on Soundbetter

    WCA on Instagram

    Matt on Instagram 

    Connect with Matt on Linkedin

    Current sponsors & promos


    Credits

    Guest: Mike Tucci

    Host: Matt Boudreau

    Engineer: Matt Boudreau

    Producer: Matt Boudreau

    Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau 

    WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 

    Announcer: Chuck Smith

    • 59 min
    WCA #393 with Leff Lefferts - The World of Film Sound, Working with Randy Thom, Telling Stories, Planning Your Life, Financial Security, and ATMOS

    WCA #393 with Leff Lefferts - The World of Film Sound, Working with Randy Thom, Telling Stories, Planning Your Life, Financial Security, and ATMOS

    My guest is Leff Lefferts making a return to WCA after his first appearance on WCA #101. Leff comes from a music recording background but has worked in film sound for the last 16 years at Skywalker Sound. He's worked as a Sound Effects Editor, Sound Editor, Supervising Sound Editor, Sound Designer, and Re-Recording Mixer on various movies, including, The Croods: A New Age, The Revenant, The Peanuts Movie, How to Train Your Dragon 2, and many more. 

    In this episode, we discuss:

    Randy Thom

    Skywalker Sound

    ATMOS

    Telling Stories

    Roles in Film Sound

    Technology Changes 

    Content on Streaming Services

    Planning Your Life

    Music Industry vs Film Industry

    Watching the Credits

    Making Records for Enjoyment

    Financial Security

    UA Plugins

    Early Days of Pro Tools

    Bay Area Pro Audio Lore


    Matt's Rant: Being Proactive
    Links and Show Notes

    Leff on WCA #101

    Leff's Email

    Leff on IMDB

    WCA on Instagram

    Matt on Instagram 

    Connect with Matt on Linkedin

    Current sponsors & promos


    Credits

    Guest: Leff Lefferts

    Host: Matt Boudreau

    Engineer: Matt Boudreau

    Producer: Matt Boudreau

    Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau 

    WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 

    Announcer: Chuck Smith

    • 1 hr 1 min
    WCA #392 with Rachael Moore - Meeting Your Heroes, Community of Success, Thinking Outside the Box, T Bone Burnett, and The Value of Being a Good Human Being

    WCA #392 with Rachael Moore - Meeting Your Heroes, Community of Success, Thinking Outside the Box, T Bone Burnett, and The Value of Being a Good Human Being

    My guest is Grammy-Nominated engineer/mixer Rachael Moore. Rachael primarily works with T Bone Burnett and, as a result, has worked with Robert Plant, Alison Krauss, Elvis Costello, and Jessica Chastain. Rachael also has a hectic freelance schedule working around Nashville, where she is currently based. 

    In this episode, we discuss:

    Early Years in Texas

    Getting Your Feet Wet at Full Sail

    Internship with Jacquire King


    Meeting Your Heroes

    Community of Success

    Dealing with Challenges

    Sound Emporium 

    Financially Making it Work

    Learning to Tune Pianos

    Thinking Outside the Box

    Working with T-Bone

    T-Bone Burnett 

    How You Make People Feel In a Session

    Do’s and Don’ts with T-Bone

    Freelancing 

    Home Studio 

    The Traveling Rig

    Dealing with Recalls

    Advice for the Up and Comers

    Financial Lessons As You Grow

    Think of income as a triangle

    The Value of Being a Good Human Being


    Matt's Rant: Sonic Space
    Links and Show Notes


    Rachel Moore Instagram 

    WCA on Instagram

    Matt on Instagram 

    Connect with Matt on Linkedin

    Current sponsors & promos


    Credits

    Guest: Rachael Moore

    Host: Matt Boudreau

    Engineer: Matt Boudreau

    Producer: Matt Boudreau

    Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau 

    WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 

    Announcer: Chuck Smith

    • 43 min
    WCA #391 with Steve Rosenthal Part 2 - Magic Shop History, NDA's, 9/11, Importance of Good Staff, and The Business of Restoration

    WCA #391 with Steve Rosenthal Part 2 - Magic Shop History, NDA's, 9/11, Importance of Good Staff, and The Business of Restoration

    My guest is Grammy-Winning producer, studio owner, and archivist Steve Rosenthal. The man behind the Magic Shop in New York. Steve has worked on projects for Woody Guthrie, Les Paul, Blondie, David Bowie, Foo Fighters, and Erroll Garner projects. Part two of a two-part interview. 

    In this episode, we discuss:

    Growing a Client Base

    Magic Shop History

    Roger Moutenot

    Ed Stasium

    The World Before Nirvana

    Studio Ownership

    Lessons Learned Running a Studio

    Sonic Highways

    Importance of Good Staff

    Ownership Style

    Getting Coffee for Rick Rubin

    NDA's

    The Dissolution of the Magic Shop

    The Impact of 9/11

    Shifting to Restoration

    Ted Young

    Working with Blondie

    Lou Reed

    Reinventing yourself

    Nora Guthrie 

    DA-88s and ADATS

    MARS

    The Business of Restoration 


    Matt's Rant: Billing
    Links and Show Notes

    Steve's website.

    Reto Peter on WCA

    Jessica Thompson on WCA

    Simple Invoices

    WCA on Instagram

    Matt on Instagram 

    Connect with Matt on Linkedin

    Current sponsors & promos


    Credits

    Guest: Steve Rosenthal

    Host: Matt Boudreau

    Engineer: Matt Boudreau

    Producer: Matt Boudreau

    Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau 

    WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 

    Announcer: Chuck Smith

    • 57 min
    WCA #390 with Steve Rosenthal Part 1 - Driving Cabs, Punching 16th Notes, Bathrobe Sessions, Living in Dreamland, and The Search for the Perfect Console

    WCA #390 with Steve Rosenthal Part 1 - Driving Cabs, Punching 16th Notes, Bathrobe Sessions, Living in Dreamland, and The Search for the Perfect Console

    My guest is Grammy-Winning producer, studio owner, and archivist Steve Rosenthal. The man behind the Magic Shop in New York. Steve has worked on projects for Woody Guthrie, Les Paul, Blondie, David Bowie, Foo Fighters, and Erroll Garner projects. Part one of a two-part interview. 

    In this episode, we discuss:

    Growing up in NY

    Getting Started on a Development Deal

    The Recording Institute of America

    Bad Cab Driver Turned Engineer

    Early Days at Atlantic

    Learning the "Atlantic Recording Way"

    Punching 16th Notes

    Skully 12 track

    Learning Business and Engineering

    Mentorship 

    Bathrobe Sessions

    Buying the Fixtures

    Otis Blackwell 

    Working in the Basement at A&R Records

    Buying a Studio in Manhattan 

    Living in Dreamland

    New Wave and Punk in the 80s

    Technology Informing Art

    Sonic Fashion Trends


    Alan Lomax 

    Sonic Cues

    The Plangent Process 

    The Magic Shop

    Building a Studio for Making Rock Records

    The Search for the Perfect Console


    Matt's Rant: Billing
    Links and Show Notes

    Steve's website.

    Reto Peter on WCA

    Jessica Thompson on WCA

    Simple Invoices

    WCA on Instagram

    Matt on Instagram 

    Connect with Matt on Linkedin

    Current sponsors & promos


    Credits

    Guest: Steve Rosenthal

    Host: Matt Boudreau

    Engineer: Matt Boudreau

    Producer: Matt Boudreau

    Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau 

    WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 

    Announcer: Chuck Smith

    • 1 hr
    WCA #389 with Carlos Castro - Falling in Love with Recording, Dealing with Hypocrisy, Bruce Swedien, Bilingual Opportunities, and The Bigger Picture

    WCA #389 with Carlos Castro - Falling in Love with Recording, Dealing with Hypocrisy, Bruce Swedien, Bilingual Opportunities, and The Bigger Picture

    My guest is a Grammy-Nominated Mixer, Engineer, and Producer, Carlos Castro. Carlos has worked with Shawn Colvin, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Luis Miguel, Shaila Durcal, and many others. 

    In this episode, we discuss:

    Raised in Mexico City

    Family History in Music

    Falling in Love with Recording at 16

    Full Sail Center 

    Dealing with Hypocrisy

    Bruce Swedien

    The Bigger Picture

    Learning from Bruce

    Understanding Sonic Personality

    Avoiding Paralysis from Analysis 

    Terry Howard 

    Experience at Ocean Way 

    Learning on the Night Shift

    Ocean Studios & Mama Joes

    Jerry Finn 

    Checking Polarity with Galaxy Audio

    Neve 5224 Compressors

    Building WaterSound Studios

    Built From the Ground Up

    Maintaining Relevance in the Market

    Bilingual Opportunities - Both language and cultural

    Advice for Up and Comers


    Matt's Rant: Well-built tools.
    Links and Show Notes

    Carlos Castro website

    Voyager 1 Documentary

    WCA on Instagram

    Matt on Instagram 

    Connect with Matt on Linkedin

    Current sponsors & promos


    Credits

    Guest: Carlos Castro

    Host: Matt Boudreau

    Engineer: Matt Boudreau

    Producer: Matt Boudreau

    Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau 

    WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 

    Announcer: Chuck Smith

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
170 Ratings

170 Ratings

Bradford Swanson ,

An incredible collection of interviews

This podcast has collected so many great interviews across the industry and connects with the human side of all these people instead of just talking about gear or work. Really inspiring to hear stories from so many people who’s recordings and work I’ve admired for years, and understand where they've come from, how they balance their work with their lives, and realize all the challenges they've overcome to get where they are.

noisefarm9 ,

Worth your time

Matt keeps the interviews moving in the right direction, while allowing the guests to tell their stories. If you are trying to learn about audio, listening to these shows is definitely worth your time. I found this show about a year ago and I am working my way through the old shows. They are enjoyable and informative. Thanks Matt!

Guthtaigh ,

Honestly the best.

Love the relaxed feel of this show. It’s like a fireside chat. Matt is a great host, the guests are always interesting. A great listen for those of us who make our livings on the other side of the glass.

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