Eric Boulanger: Musical Mastering, Professional Violin, and How to Monitor - Progressions: Success in the Music Industry

Episode 43

Published on:

28th Jul 2021

Eric Boulanger: Musical Mastering, Professional Violin, and How to Monitor

This week's guest is mastering engineer and violinist, Eric Boulanger. Eric started his career at the legendary Mastering Lab working under Doug Sax before starting his own facility, The Bakery, in 2015. In addition to a mastering credit list that includes artists such as Diana Krall, Green Day, Weezer, and Andrea Bocelli, he also worked with Apple to develop the "Mastered for iTunes" protocol. Outside the world of mastering, Eric still finds time to play violin on sessions for various film and television scores. We have a great chat about listening, setting up a room, and knowing when you're ready to jump into your own business.

In this episode, we'll dig in on...

  • Approaching mastering as musician, not a robot
  • Building a mastering studio in an old screening room
  • Calling everyday until you get the gig
  • Attended mastering sessions
  • The importance of listening and monitoring
  • Playing violin from age 3
  • Working at the Mastering Lab
  • Building a lathe before ever buying a vinyl record
  • Playing violin for film scores
  • Lossless audio
  • The most important part of a mastering room
  • Starting your own business and learning as you go

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Progressions: Success in the Music Industry
Interviews highlighting successful careers in music and breaking down the steps it took to achieve their goals.
I do not believe the people who have thriving careers and fulfilling lives in music can look back and attribute it all to “luck”. At some point in their career they committed themselves to a goal and took steps to achieve that goal. That's what Progressions is here to highlight. We will set you up for success by bringing you an array of interviews with guests from all parts of the industry. By focusing on identifying significant steps and turning points in their careers we hope to inspire you to set big goals for yourself and by doing so design the music career that you've always dreamed of.
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Travis Ference

Travis Ference is a Grammy nominated mixer, producer, and recording engineer based out of Los Angeles, CA. With over a decade of experience in the music business he has worked on multiple #1 albums, several top 10's, numerous RIAA platinum and gold certified records, as well as hit TV shows and blockbuster films. His work can be heard on more than 15 million albums sold and billions streams worldwide.

The inspiration for his podcast came from his journey over the last 5 years to redefine what success is for him, to take control of his time, and to ultimately live the life he wants while making the records he loves.