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