318 episodes

Are you an audio professional or want to be one?
Do you want to know how other audio professionals got to where they are?
Do you love recording but want to know about more than just gear?
Learn how to survive and thrive as an audio professional. 
The Working Class Audio Podcast
Navigating the World of Recording with a Working Class Perspective. 

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Are you an audio professional or want to be one?
Do you want to know how other audio professionals got to where they are?
Do you love recording but want to know about more than just gear?
Learn how to survive and thrive as an audio professional. 
The Working Class Audio Podcast
Navigating the World of Recording with a Working Class Perspective. 

    WCA #318 with Andy D. Park - Idealism, Making Mistakes, Persistence, and TV Detectives

    WCA #318 with Andy D. Park - Idealism, Making Mistakes, Persistence, and TV Detectives

    My guest today is Seattle-based producer-engineer Andy D. Park. Andy has worked with Death Cab for Cutie, John Van Deusen. K Flay, The Deftones, Alice in Chains, Pearl jam, and Soundgarden. He talks to us from his freshly built studio at his home in Seattle.
    In this episode, we discuss:

    Idealism

    Recording Schools

    Making Mistakes

    Tucson to Seattle

    Persistence

    Learning Lessons

    The Beauty of Seattle

    Working at a Bookstore

    Eddie Vedder

    Freelancing

    Obama Care

    24 Hours with Chance the Rapper & Skrillex

    Building a Home Studio

    Full Circle with The Def Tones

    Making a Living As An Engineer

    TV Detectives

    Learning To Take a Break

    Planning Your Finances

    Emotion over Fidelity


    Matt's Rant: Spreading the Work
    Links and Show Notes


    Andy's Site: http://www.andyparkrecording.com/



    WCA on Instagram: @working_class_audio



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    Connect with Matt on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mattboudreau/



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    Working Class Audio Journal: https://amzn.to/2GN67TP



    Credits:


    Guest: Andy D. Park


    Host: Matt Boudreau 


    WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 


    Announcer: Chuck Smith


    Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau & Matt Boudreau


    Additional Music: The License Lab

    • 57 min
    WCA #317 with Ryan Gilligan - Quad Studios, Busta Rhymes, Duffle Bags of Hard Drives, Michael Brauer, and Mixing Based on Emotion

    WCA #317 with Ryan Gilligan - Quad Studios, Busta Rhymes, Duffle Bags of Hard Drives, Michael Brauer, and Mixing Based on Emotion

    My guest today is Grammy award-winning mixer engineer and producer Ryan Gilligan. Ryan got his start at Quad Studios in New York, where he started as an intern, then assistant before taking on a year-long engineering gig for Busta Rhymes. Following that, he returned to Quad and began a mentorship with Michael Brauer that would last for seven years. He worked alongside artists, such as Coldplay, John Mayer, Kanye West, Shakira, Grizzly Bear, and many others. Eventually, he moved to Los Angeles to work with producer John Hill on music for Adele, Gwen, Stefani, and Florence and the Machine. He ended up staying in Los Angeles and continues to work there to this day freelancing. 
    In this episode, we discuss:

    Playing Trumpet

    Interning

    Quad Studios

    Electric Lady

    Busta Rhymes

    Duffle Bags of Hard Drives

    Los Angeles

    New York

    Michael Brauer

    Health Challenges

    Mixing Based on Emotion

    Surviving on Mixing

    Strict Budgeting


    Matt's Rant: Banking! Yes, seriously.
    Links and Show Notes


    Ryan's Site: https://ryangilligan.com/



    Ryan on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gillygong/



    The Royalty site Ryan mentions: https://vydia.com/



    WCA on Instagram: @working_class_audio



    Go Ad-Free! https://glow.fm/workingclassaudio/



    Connect with Matt on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mattboudreau/



    Current sponsors & promos: https://bit.ly/2WmKbFw



    Working Class Audio Journal: https://amzn.to/2GN67TP



    Credits:


    Guest: Ryan Gilligan


    Host: Matt Boudreau 


    WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 


    Announcer: Chuck Smith


    Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau & Matt Boudreau


    Additional Music: The License Lab

    • 41 min
    WCA #316 with Jenny Ortiz aka mixedbyJNY - Behind The Scenes Videos, Using Social Media, Networking, Having Patience and Plan B

    WCA #316 with Jenny Ortiz aka mixedbyJNY - Behind The Scenes Videos, Using Social Media, Networking, Having Patience and Plan B

    My guest today is Jenny Ortiz, also known as mixedbyJNY. Jenny has worked with K.A.A.N., JLA, Contraband, and Thurs. She talks to us from her home and home studio in Southern California, where we have a great conversation. 
    In this episode, we discuss:

    Behind The Scenes Videos

    College Audio

    Wrapping Cables

    Shantih Hasst of Studio 770

    Interning

    Aligning Tape Machines

    Being a Dispatcher

    Spreading Her Wings

    Networking

    Using Social Media

    Being a Runner

    Not Depending on Others

    Marketing Herself

    Having Patience

    Mixing Durning Covid

    Home Studio Facility

    Plan B


    Matt's Rant: Home Studio Income Ideas
    Links and Show Notes


    Jenny on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mixedbyjny/



    Jenny on Twitter: https://twitter.com/mixedbyjny



    WCA Instagram: @working_class_audio



    Go Ad-Free! https://glow.fm/workingclassaudio/



    Connect with Matt on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mattboudreau/



    Current sponsors & promos: https://bit.ly/2WmKbFw



    Working Class Audio Journal: https://amzn.to/2GN67TP



    Credits:


    Guest: Jenny Ortiz aka mixedbyJNY


    Host: Matt Boudreau 


    WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 


    Announcer: Chuck Smith


    Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau & Matt Boudreau


    Additional Music: The License Lab

    • 49 min
    WCA #315 with Paul Fig - Punk Rock Ethics, Handling Crashes, Mailbox Money, Managers, and Getting Out of the Chair

    WCA #315 with Paul Fig - Punk Rock Ethics, Handling Crashes, Mailbox Money, Managers, and Getting Out of the Chair

    My guest today is engineer, musician Paul Fig. Paul has worked with Alice In Chains, Slipknot, Bush, the Def Tones, Rush, Stone Sour, The Mars Volta, and Johnny Cash. Paul's also worked alongside Joe Barresi, Matt Hyde, Don Smith, Matt Wallace, David Bianco, George Drakoulias, and Greg Fidelman. He's a former member of the band Amen. And when he's not working on other people's records, he's working on music for television and film, including the HBO documentary series Sonic Highways, Fox Sports, and MTV. Great guy. We hit it off immediately, and he comes to us via Joe Barresi. Once again. Thank you, Joe, for the referral.
    In this episode, we discuss:

    Eddie Van Halen

    Dantes Jazz Club

    Punk Rock Ethics

    Assisting

    Falling Budgets

    Acquiring Gear

    Video People

    Mailbox Money

    Handling Crashes

    Getting Gigs

    Low Overhead

    Managers

    Getting Out of the Chair


    Matt's Rant: Gear Chat
    Links and Show Notes


    Paul's Site: https://paulfigmusic.com/



    Paul on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/paulfigmusic/



    Paul on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PaulFigMusic/



    WCA Instagram: @working_class_audio



    Go Ad-Free! https://glow.fm/workingclassaudio/



    Connect with Matt on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mattboudreau/



    Current sponsors & promos: https://bit.ly/2WmKbFw



    Working Class Audio Journal: https://amzn.to/2GN67TP



    Credits:


    Guest: Paul Fig


    Host: Matt Boudreau 


    WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 


    Announcer: Chuck Smith


    Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau & Matt Boudreau


    Additional Music: The License Lab

    • 53 min
    WCA #314 with Shuta Shinoda - Tokyo to London, Sacrificing, Visa Challenges, Surviving, and Listening to Your Instincts

    WCA #314 with Shuta Shinoda - Tokyo to London, Sacrificing, Visa Challenges, Surviving, and Listening to Your Instincts

    My guest today is engineer Shuta Shinoda. Based in London, originally from Tokyo. We talk all about Shuta's journey from Japan to the UK and everything in between. 
    In this episode, we discuss:

    Learning Audio

    Visa Challenges

    Working in Japan

    Working in England

    Cleaning windows

    English classes

    Sacrificing

    Peak time Train Battles

    Moving to London

    Connecting with Local Bands

    Surviving During Covid

    Future Outlook

    Listening to your Instincts


    Matt's Rant: A Little Business and a Little Inspiration
    Links and Show Notes


    Shuta's Site: https://www.shutashinoda.co.uk/



    Shuta on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shutashinoda/



    Radio Garden on IOS: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/radio-garden-live/id1339670993



    Radio Garden on Android: https://tinyurl.com/ycambhd3



    WCA Instagram: @working_class_audio



    Go Ad-Free! https://glow.fm/workingclassaudio/



    Connect with Matt on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mattboudreau/



    Current sponsors & promos: https://bit.ly/2WmKbFw



    Working Class Audio Journal: https://amzn.to/2GN67TP



    Credits:


    Guest: Shuta Shinoda


    Host: Matt Boudreau 


    WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 


    Announcer: Chuck Smith


    Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau


    Additional Music: The License Lab

    • 46 min
    WCA #313 with John Baffa - Cal Arts, Stable Shows, Forecasting, Creating a Reverb Chamber, and The Hardest Thing About Teaching Audio

    WCA #313 with John Baffa - Cal Arts, Stable Shows, Forecasting, Creating a Reverb Chamber, and The Hardest Thing About Teaching Audio

    My guest today is Grammy award-winning recording engineer John Baffa. He's worked with a wide array of people, including Mike Patton, Henry Rollins, the Melvins, as well as the Los Angeles percussion quartet. He joins us from his home in Southern California, and we talk about many things, including his work at Cal Arts as an instructor. John Baffa, coming up here on the working class audio podcast.
    In this episode, we discuss:

    John's Diverse Upbringing

    Live Sound

    Touring

    The Troubadour

    FOH

    Paying Attention

    Introduction to Recording

    CAL ARTS

    Late Nights 

    The Hardest Thing About Teaching Audio

    John's House Studio

    Going Solar

    Socially Distanced Sessions

    Remote audio instruction

    Creating a Reverb Chamber

    Ghosts in the Building

    Diversification

    Stable Shows

    Forecasting


    Matt's Monologue: DIversification, again!
    Links and Show Notes


    Cal Arts: https://calarts.edu/



    John's Studio: https://tvtrayrecording.com/



    WCA Instagram: @working_class_audio



    Go Ad-Free! https://glow.fm/workingclassaudio/



    Connect with Matt on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mattboudreau/



    Current sponsors & promos: https://bit.ly/2WmKbFw



    Working Class Audio Journal: https://amzn.to/2GN67TP



    Credits:


    Guest: John Baffa


    Host: Matt Boudreau 


    WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 


    Announcer: Chuck Smith


    Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau


    Additional Music: The License Lab

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
144 Ratings

144 Ratings

dkirkmetal ,

Education and Experience

Working Class Audio has become my new go to Podcast. Its becoming addicting i'm learning so much from professions with real indepth experience. I have a Recording and Enginerring Diploma and one class away from receieving my Associates Degree in Mass Communication. Somewhere along the way from the years that have gone by I have lost touch with myself and my dreams. Tired of working at a job a hate that has nothing to do with my education. This podcast along with others i listen to is motivating me to re-educate myself in what i learned in school. Working Class Audio is full of gems from information about everything that has to do with audio. I recommend this podcast to anyone recording, producing, mixing, enginerring music live sound, game and movie audio, commercials etc...

cswahlbrink ,

Amazing

This podcast is a treat. Matt has a way of discovering the practical aspects at work with successful audio professionals. Absolutely love this pod.

JazzGuit ,

Great Podcast

This is a really well done podcast. Interesting guests and a well-informed host. I like that the focus is on big picture things rather than gear.

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