487 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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    • 4.8 • 194 Ratings

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 #487 with Steve Chadie - Sharing Knowledge, Leaving the Nest, Gig Snagging, Low Maintenance Living, and The Loudness Button

    WCA #487 with Steve Chadie - Sharing Knowledge, Leaving the Nest, Gig Snagging, Low Maintenance Living, and The Loudness Button

    My guest today is the return of Grammy-winning engineer and Mixer Steve Chadie. Steve has worked on projects for Willie Nelson, Los Lonely Boys, Particle Kid, and Supersuckers. 

    In this episode, we discuss

    The Shroom Room

    Rupert Neve Design

    The Well-Behaved Self

    Potty Mouth

    Too Much Truck Time

    Denton, Texas

    Titty Bingo

    Expanding Client Base

    Management

    Painfully Introverted

    Networking

    Willie Nelson

    Leaving the Nest

    College Ball

    Leaving Texas

    Making it Work

    Being Challenged

    Time to Make The Doughnuts

    The Inner A*****e

    Staying Invisible

    Wendel Junior

    Missle Command

    Low Maintenance Living

    Ikigai

    Free Work

    Gig Snagging

    Legal Pads

    Mold Sickness

    Recalls

    Thinking About Quitting

    The Loudness Button

    Commitment

    Willing to Learn

    Nighttime Calm

    Financial Advice

    Sharing Knowledge



    Matt's Rant: Tune Out
    Links and Show Notes

    Steve's Site

    Steve's first episode

    Titty Bingo


    Credits

    Guest: Steve Chadie

    Host: Matt Boudreau

    Engineer: Matt Boudreau

    Producer: Matt Boudreau

    Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau 

    WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 

    Announcer: Chuck Smith

    • 1 hr 26 min
    WCA #486 with Ryan Ordway - Music Learned Via Camping, The Rembrandts, Fallback Plans, Client Trends, and the Portland Music Scene

    WCA #486 with Ryan Ordway - Music Learned Via Camping, The Rembrandts, Fallback Plans, Client Trends, and the Portland Music Scene

    My guest today is Producer/Engineer/Songwriter, Ryan Ordway. Ryan runs The Studio Portland and has worked with 98.9 WCLZ Studio Z Series, The Heavy Heavy, Gregory Alan Isa Kov, Nature Valley, and actor Xander Berkeley.

    In this episode, we discuss

    Central New Hampshire

    Music Learned Via Camping

    Being Connected Technologically

    The Rembrandts

    Fallback Plan

    LA Kicking his Ass

    Not Going to Berklee School of Music

    Starting on Tape

    Home Studio Struggles

    Moving to Portland

    Clear Lines Between Home and Work

    Studio Portland

    Facelift for an Old Studio

    Portland Music Scene

    Speaker Choice 

    Ready to Record

    Client Trends

    Mark Rubel

    Focusing on the Client

    Songwriter Perspective


    Matt's Rant: Food for Thought

    Links and Show Notes

    The Studio Portland


    Pete Morse on WCA


    Todd Hutchison on WCA


    Jason Phelps on WCA


    Mark Rubel on WCA


    Kevin Becka on WCA


    Credits

    Guest: Ryan Ordway

    Host: Matt Boudreau

    Engineer: Matt Boudreau

    Producer: Matt Boudreau

    Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau 

    WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 

    Announcer: Chuck Smith

         

    • 58 min
    WCA #485 with Andy Nelson - Recording Friends, Financial Realities, Wedding Invitations, Getting Serious About Audio, and Postal Jobs

    WCA #485 with Andy Nelson - Recording Friends, Financial Realities, Wedding Invitations, Getting Serious About Audio, and Postal Jobs

    My guest today is Producer/Engineer/Mixer Andy Nelson. Andy has worked on projects for Pain of Truth, 200 Stab Wounds, Fireworks, Primitive Man, Never Ending Game, Full of Hell, Dead in the Dirt, Gridiron, Harms Way, Weekend Nachos, and Inclination. 
    Andy is also the guitarist of Weekend Nachos, Singer/Guitarist of Dust Muscle, and bassist of Like Rats, a self-described art education dropout and a former synthesizer tech.

    In this episode, we discuss

    Early Days

    Middle-Class Western Household

    School band 

    Columbia College

    Getting Serious About Audio

    Recording Friends

    Pricing 

    Music Industry's Challenges

    Financial Realities 

    Postal Workers

    Imposter Syndrome

    Partnership with Pete Grossman

    Chasing Other Sounds

    Wedding Invitations

    Navigating Financial Waters

    Future Plans 

    Financial Tips


    Matt's Rant: Pricing
    Links and Show Notes

    Bricktop Recording

    Weekend Nachos


    Credits

    Guest: Andy Nelson

    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 #484 with Fernando Reyes - Leaving Peru, Challenging Cultural Norms, Life in a Different Language, Working with Michael Brauer, and Flying Solo

    WCA #484 with Fernando Reyes - Leaving Peru, Challenging Cultural Norms, Life in a Different Language, Working with Michael Brauer, and Flying Solo

    My guest today is Mix Engineer Fernando Reyes. Fernando has worked on projects for The Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi, Bob Dylan, Aerosmith, Fabio Capri, ARIZONA, and Idina Menzel. He has also spent the last 7.5 years as Michael Brauers' assistant. 

    In this episode, we discuss

    Lima, Peru

    Exposure to Computer Recording

    Early Recording

    Leaving Lima

    Challenging Cultural Norms

    PowerPoint

    Planning Ahead

    Therapy

    Full Sail

    Flying Solo

    Adulting

    Life in a Different Language

    Grandparents Spoiling

    Friends

    Alternaitves to School

    Electric Lady Studios

    General Assistant 

    Michael Brauer

    Longevity

    Raising Questions

    Thrown Into the Deep End

    Doing His Own Thing

    Lessons Learned

    ATMOS

    New York to Miami

    Watering The Seeds

    Having Family Close

    Taking Meetings

    Building Community

    Management


    Matt's Rant: The Gear We Choose

    Links and Show Notes

    Fernando's Site

    Michael Brauer on WCA

    Credits

    Guest: Fernando Reyes

    Host: Matt Boudreau

    Engineer: Matt Boudreau

    Producer: Matt Boudreau

    Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau 

    WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 

    Announcer: Chuck Smith

         

    • 1 hr 9 min
    WCA #483 with Lars Deutsch - Impact Mixing, Composition, Classical Music, Heavy Metal, Soccer, and Brute Force Networking

    WCA #483 with Lars Deutsch - Impact Mixing, Composition, Classical Music, Heavy Metal, Soccer, and Brute Force Networking

    My guest today is composer, producer, and engineer Lars Deutsch.

    Lars has worked with 88 Rising Accura Adidas Amazon Anthony Anderson (Transformers) Blacklist (Trailer) Brett Gelman (Stranger Things) Budweiser California Energy Upgrade CBS Conde Nast (featuring BTS, Dua Lipa, Lizzo, Rihanna, Black Pink, Alicia Keys, ASAP Rocky and Dolly Parton, Chris Hemsworth, David Schwimmer, Jessica Chastain, Malin Akerman, Idris Alba, Hillary Duff, Scotty Pippen, Dwayne Haskins, Danielle Brooks, Kendrick Sampson and Billy Eichner) Epson FOX Flying Theater Mexico City Generali Ghostface Killah (Wu-Tang Clan) Intel IRKO Higher Brothers Honda Hyundai Ian McKellen (Lord Of The Rings) James Earl Jones (Darth Vader) Joji Kate Micucci (Scrubs, Big Bang Theory) Joseph Fiennes (The Handmaid's Tale) Katie Melua Keith Ape Keke Palmer (Hustlers) Lewis Hamilton Magic Wands MBL Mercedes Neckermann Niki Nowness (Louis Vuitton) Oreos Palm Springs Film Festival Patrick Williams Paul Alexander Juutilainen Philip Rivers (NFL quarterback) Philips Rachel Shelley (Deep State) Red Bull Rich Brian Ruinart Stephen King's The Passenger Tencent The Martian (trailer) The Masked Singer Toyota Voices for Children VW Wink Martindale (Tic-Tac-Dough)

    In this episode, we discuss

    Heavy Metal and Soccer

    Classical Music

    Excited About Guitar

    Studying in London

    Composition

    Audio Branding

    Impact Mixing

    Berlin

    German Stereotypes

    Love of Los Angeles

    Brute Force Network

    Working with Irko

    Mixing on His Own

    Prodixing

    Development

    Cash Flow

    Always Working

    Flagship Projects

    Pricing

    Voice Doubles

    Credits

    Revisions


    Matt's Rant: Always Be Learning
    Links and Show Notes
    Lar's Site
    Credits

    Guest: Lars Deutsch

    Host: Matt Boudreau

    Engineer: Matt Boudreau

    Producer: Matt Boudreau

    Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau 

    WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 

    Announcer: Chuck Smith

         

    • 1 hr 8 min
    WCA #482 with Ken Lewis - Working from Ohio, Cancelling Vacations, Go Getter Attitude, Producing Remotely, and Mixing Night

    WCA #482 with Ken Lewis - Working from Ohio, Cancelling Vacations, Go Getter Attitude, Producing Remotely, and Mixing Night

    My guest today is Grammy-winning producer/mixer/finisher Ken Lewis. Ken has worked on projects for BTS, The Old Kanye, Taylor Swift, and David Byrne.

    In this episode, we discuss

    Working from Ohio

    Playing Guitar at 10

    Basement Records at 16

    Berklee College of Music

    Parents Support

    Go Getter Attitude

    Talent is the Entry

    Moving to New York

    Getting Mugged

    Soundtrack Studios

    Interning Etiquette

    Specializing

    Cancelling Vacations

    Working From Home

    Leaving New York

    Producing Remotely

    Being Perceived as Too Expensive

    ATMOS

    Running A Little Factory

    Having Open Heart Surgery

    Getting More Rest

    Make More Money Than You Spend

    Money Press

    Mixing Night


    Matt's Rant: Reflecting on Mark Rubel

    Links and Show Notes

    Mark Rubel WCA #034

    Ken's Site

    Mixing Night


    Credits

    Guest: Ken Lewis

    Host: Matt Boudreau

    Engineer: Matt Boudreau

    Producer: Matt Boudreau

    Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau 

    WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 

    Announcer: Chuck Smith  

    • 1 hr 6 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
194 Ratings

194 Ratings

Theo in SD ,

A Unique View of the Audio World

This is my favorite podcast related to audio production because it’s not talking about gear incessantly. It’s digging into the unique backgrounds of so many different producers and engineers and the obstacles they’ve overcome to achieve success in a tough profession without a defined framework at times. As someone working in a non related profession by day and pouring tons of time into my music at nights and on weekends, it’s inspirational to hear from many known and unknown people in the audio world with different paths to success. Matt is a great interviewer, he doesn’t talk over his guests, keeps the focus on track and from becoming too tangential while allowing the guests space to dig into their stories. I look forward to every Monday when a new episode drops!

Mystic Fig ,

Great audio engineering podcast for everyone else

Really great insights into the real world of audio engineering. Matt brings a refreshingly grounded take on the recording business, and unlike some other audio engineering podcasters, he asks questions and gets out of the way to let his guests answer.

JRG_666 ,

I’m so stoked to have this.

Hey just wanted to say that this is my new fav podcast. Going through most of the back logs. WOW. So much great info.
Thanks Matt and the WCA team for sharing what you do!

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