353 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 #353 with Matt Qualls - Van Burnout, Doctors Office Recording, Working with Limitations, Sound Baths, and Memphis

    WCA #353 with Matt Qualls - Van Burnout, Doctors Office Recording, Working with Limitations, Sound Baths, and Memphis

    My guest today is recording, mixing, and mastering engineer Matt Qualls who is based in Memphis, Tennessee. 

    In this episode, we discuss:

    Growing Up In Memphis

    Early Recording

    Van Burnout

    Doctors Office Recording

    Ardent Studios

    Working with Limitations

    Neve VR-60 and Toothpicks

    Studio Maintenance

    The Bay Area

    Albuquerque

    Feeling Retired

    Gear Talk

    Sound Bath

    Moving Back to Memphis

    Young Avenue Sound

    Nashville vs. Memphis

    Invasion

    Sacrifices


    Matt's Rant: Over Committing
    Links and Show Notes

    Matt Qualls on Instagram

    WCA on Instagram

    Connect with Matt on Linkedin

    Current sponsors & promos


    Credits

    Guest: Matt Qualls


    Host: Matt Boudreau 


    Engineer: Matt Boudreau


    Producer: Matt Boudreau


    Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau 


    WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 


    Announcer: Chuck Smith


    Additional Music: The License Lab

    • 1 hr 2 min
    WCA #352 with Sean O'Keefe - Quitting School, Wednesday Warriors, Hacking the Intern Process, Managers, Royalties, and Soft Cities

    WCA #352 with Sean O'Keefe - Quitting School, Wednesday Warriors, Hacking the Intern Process, Managers, Royalties, and Soft Cities

    My guest today is Grammy Nominated Mixer, Producer, Sean O'Keefe who has worked with Fall Out Boy, Hawthorne Heights, and The Plain White T's, among many others. 

    In this episode, we discuss:

    Chicago

    4 Track Recording

    Academic Father

    Quitting School

    Living in an Office

    Wednesday Warriors

    Lessons Learned from Gravity Studios

    Hacking the Intern Process

    Smart Studios

    Fall Out Boy

    Evanston

    Soft City

    Managers

    Royalties

    Economic Lessons

    Gear Doesn't Matter


    Matt's Rant: Random Thoughts
    Links and Show Notes

    Sean's Site

    Sean on Instagram

    Doug McBride 

    Justin Perkins 

    Ken Sluiter

    Brad Wood

    Butch Vig

    WCA on Instagram

    Connect with Matt on Linkedin

    Current sponsors & promos


    Credits

    Guest: Sean O'Keefe


    Host: Matt Boudreau 


    Engineer: Matt Boudreau


    Producer: Matt Boudreau


    Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau


    WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 


    Announcer: Chuck Smith


    Additional Music: The License Lab

    • 1 hr 8 min
    WCA #351 with Travis Ference - Talent Shows, Capital Studios, Waiting for the Phone to Ring, and Doing Awful Things to Audio

    WCA #351 with Travis Ference - Talent Shows, Capital Studios, Waiting for the Phone to Ring, and Doing Awful Things to Audio

    My guest today is Grammy Nominated Mixer, Producer, and Recording Engineer Travis Ference. Travis has worked with Imagine Dragons, John Mayer, Ariana Grande, and Bush, to name a few. 

    In this episode, we discuss:

    North Carolina

    Blooming Late

    Selling his only Zeppelin CD!

    Talent Shows

    Sports

    Berklee College of Music

    Boston

    LA

    Capital Studios

    Waiting for the Phone to Ring

    Life As a Studio Runner

    Disney Pop

    Doing Awful Things to Audio

    Independence

    Personality Types in Audio


    Matt's Rant: Staying Organized
    Links and Show Notes

    Travis's Site

    ProGressions Podcast

    Travis on Instagram

    WCA on Instagram

    Connect with Matt on Linkedin

    Current sponsors & promos


    Credits

    Guest: Travis Ference


    Host: Matt Boudreau 


    Engineer: Matt Boudreau


    Producer: Matt Boudreau


    Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau & Matt Boudreau


    WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 


    Announcer: Chuck Smith


    Additional Music: The License Lab

    • 1 hr 5 min
    WCA #350 with Leslie Brathwaite - Island Culture, The Craft of Recording, Taking Pride in Work, Valuing Peace, and Salads for Whitney Houston

    WCA #350 with Leslie Brathwaite - Island Culture, The Craft of Recording, Taking Pride in Work, Valuing Peace, and Salads for Whitney Houston

    My guest today is recording and mixing engineer Leslie Brathwaite, who has worked with Pharrell Williams, Outkast, Björk, TLC, Jay Z, Madonna, Ludacris, Young Jeezy, Akon, T.I., Monica, Michael Jackson, Cher, Mary J. Blige, 2Pac, Notorious B.I.G just to name a few. 

    In this episode, we discuss:

    Virgin Islands

    Calypso Music

    Birth of Hip Hop

    Drum Machines

    Island Culture

    Making Dubs

    Leaving The Island

    Full Sail

    The Craft of Recording

    Dallas Austin

    Salads for Whitney Houston

    Apple IIE

    Taking Pride in Work

    Good and Efficient

    Building Relationships

    The Cup Test

    Turning Work Down

    Valuing Peace

    Mixing in the Box

    Money Talk

    Mix Philosophy


    Matt's Rant: Revisiting Habits

    Links and Show Notes

    Leslie on Instagram

    Leslie on Twitch

    Atomic Habits

    WCA on Instagram

    Connect with Matt on Linkedin

    Current sponsors & promos


    Credits

    Guest: Leslie Brathwaite


    Host: Matt Boudreau 


    Engineer: Matt Boudreau


    Producer: Matt Boudreau


    Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau & Matt Boudreau


    WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 


    Announcer: Chuck Smith


    Additional Music: The License Lab

    • 1 hr 25 min
    WCA #349 with Craig Alvin - Muscle Shoals, Mentors, Survival, Bible College Neves, And A Brand New Studio

    WCA #349 with Craig Alvin - Muscle Shoals, Mentors, Survival, Bible College Neves, And A Brand New Studio

    My guest today is Grammy-Winning Mix Engineer and Producer Craig Alvin. Craig's recording credits include Hanson, Little Big Town, Amy Grant, Vanessa Carlton, Will Hoge, Andrew Belle, Brittany Howard, and a Grammy for his mix work on Kacey Musgraves' Golden Hour album in 2019.
    In this episode, we discuss:

    Vancouver, Washington

    Bible College Neves

    5 O'Clock People

    Joe Chicarelli

    Always Be Listening

    Oklahoma City

    Advice on Nashville

    Muscle Shoals

    Mentors

    Larry Crane

    Aretha Franklin

    Cost of Living

    New Studio

    Work/Life

    Survival

    Quality of Tracks


    Matt's Rant: Do We Always Need to Get Paid for Our Stuff?Links and Show Notes

    Craig's Site

    Craig On Instagram


    WCA on Instagram: @working_class_audio


    Connect with Matt on Linkedin

    Current sponsors & promos


    Credits

    Guest: Craig Alvin


    Host: Matt Boudreau 


    Engineer: Matt Boudreau


    Producer: Matt Boudreau


    Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau & Matt Boudreau


    WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 


    Announcer: Chuck Smith


    Additional Music: The License Lab

    • 58 min
    WCA #348 with Mike Blodgett - Reno to East Oakland, Starving Musician, Building a Studio, and Becoming an Electrician.

    WCA #348 with Mike Blodgett - Reno to East Oakland, Starving Musician, Building a Studio, and Becoming an Electrician.

    Today, my guest is producer, engineer, composer, and electrician Mike Blodgett, the owner of Electric Sparky Land recording in East Oakland. 
    In this episode, we discuss:

    East Oakland

    Live/Work Space

    Reno, Nevada

    Viola

    Field Recording

    4 Tracks

    Starving Musician

    Becoming an Electrician

    Business Practices

    Building a Studio

    Creating A Record Label

    Recording Bands Live

    Choosing Gear

    Talking Electricity

    Hiring an Electrician


    Matt's Rant: Atmos Studio UpdateLinks and Show Notes

    Mike's Studio


    WCA on Instagram: @working_class_audio


    Connect with Matt on Linkedin

    Current sponsors & promos


    Credits

    Guest: Mike Blodgett


    Host: Matt Boudreau 


    Engineer: Matt Boudreau


    Producer: Matt Boudreau


    Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau & Matt Boudreau


    WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 


    Announcer: Chuck Smith


    Additional Music: The License Lab

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
160 Ratings

160 Ratings

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.

thecrushingdays ,

An invaluable resource

I discovered these a couple years back, and as a noob to the audio roundtable, these episodes have been an invaluable resource for information and inspiration.

oddiomixer ,

Binge-Worthy

Not only is the WCA podcast the start of my week, but I've found myself binge listening through the archives on weekends. Whether from Matt, or one of his guests, or both-----I get something out of every episode!

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