Jonathan Gautier

It’s no secret that the instructors at The Los Angeles Film School and The Los Angeles Recording School, a division of The L.A. Film School are industry-experienced professionals. Like many of you, our instructors are creative individuals who are passionate about storytelling in its many forms. We caught up with online music production instructor Jonathan Gautier who has used music to tell stories ever since he started playing the piano at 5 years old.

“Music is my identity. It’s the only way I know how to communicate.” – Jonathan Gautier

 As a father of two young girls, Jonathan runs his own recording studio, Sound House Studios, in Lakeland, Florida, and teaches music production online at The L.A. Recording School. An expert in all things music production and performance, Jonathan gives us the inside scoop on making a career out of doing what you love. Keep reading to find out what it’s like working on tracks for major artists, owning your own studio and teaching at The L.A. Recording School.

As Fate Would Have It

Opportunities often have a way of finding people who aren’t seeking them out, and that’s exactly what happened to Jonathan. Over our Zoom chat, Jonathan shared how he became a GRAMMY-winning producer in the most unexpected way. A mysterious project landed in his lap (or rather studio) during the height of the pandemic. Little did he realize this project would end up being his golden ticket to a GRAMMY. 

How did this opportunity unfold?

Violinist Bobby Hawk needed a studio to record strings for a track while he was quarantined in Florida. Unbeknownst to Jonathan, music super-producer Jack Antonoff had called around to studios in the area to find a spot for Bobby to record a track for an upcoming project. Antonoff called Sound House Studios late one night to inquire about using the space to record. As fate would have it, Jonathan picked up the phone after hours and booked the session. The project turned out to be for Taylor Swift’s GRAMMY-winning studio album, Folklore.

“I just picked up the phone and then all of this stuff happened,” said Jonathan. “Sometimes it’s an opportunity that you may not know what that opportunity is, but you’ve just got to step into it.”

As the sole owner and operator of Sound House Studios, Jonathan used his personal cell phone number as the main contact on his website and Google. This simple decision worked in Jonathan’s favor and kickstarted his success as a studio owner. “At the time, I couldn’t afford a separate landline, so I put my cell phone as the main number,” laughed Gautier. “And it’s never changed.” 

The Taylor Swift Connection

That initial connection with Jack Antonoff and Taylor Swift’s team eventually earned Jonathan an additional engineering credit and a GRAMMY win for his work on Folklore. The relationship between Sound House Studios and Jack Antonoff continued with the release of Evermore later that same year. Jonathan credits this opportunity to a simple phone call and made his studio available when needed. He’s worked with top artists including Lorde, Bleachers, Florence and the Machine, Diana Ross and Clairo throughout his career in the studio.

Jonathan Gautier

As an Online Music Production Instructor, Jonathan Gives A Key Piece of Advice to Students

Jonathan started teaching at The L.A. Recording School in October of 2021. As an online music production instructor, Jonathan teaches two entry-level sections in music production. He is the first instructor students see when they begin the online degree program. On average, he teaches about 50 students per term and introduces them to all things music production.

“I tell my students all the time to learn the art of being approachable.”

“Make as many connections as humanly possible. I write down a list of people I want to reach out to. At first, I go for the low-hanging fruit with people I haven’t touched base with in a while. It’s very different doing everything remotely, but starting a relationship is key. I also never talk about my prices or try to sell the studio to people. I’m basically trying to sell the idea of ‘hey, you have a story. I would love to hear more about it.’ and that’s it.”

Jonathan lives in Lakeland, Florida with his wife and two daughters. When he’s not teaching classes at The L.A. Recording School, you can find Jonathan at Sound House Studios recording music.

Sound is everywhere. What we hear—and what we don’t hear—impacts our mood, can prompt a physical response, and can make us want more of what hits our eardrums.

When it comes to audio engineering, understanding sound in all its volumes can make or break a listeners’ experience. Video games, podcasts, live concerts and studio albums all use audio technology to enhance what we hear.

We talked about the scientific study of sound and how harnessing the experiential power of sound has never been more exciting. With new technology and media, audio production is at the forefront of entertainment. At The Los Angeles Recording School, we take our audio production seriously.

Immersive Audio and AI Tech Trends

Today, it has never been easier to create an experience or stimulate a response with sound. Looking at audio technology alone, it’s easy to see that our capabilities now vastly outstrip those of the past.

Path-Traced Acoustics

360 degrees of sound. Immersive audio experiences are on the rise. Take a look at Sony’s new 360 Reality Audio, a headphone-virtualization software that can transport you from a park bench to the concert arena. For gamers, immersive tech is especially exciting. Nvidia is another audio and AI technology company that develops physically realistic simulations through sound such as VRWorks audio.

VRWorks Audio technology adds realism to video game audio and gives an immersive experience with path-traced acoustics. As you move through a virtual space in a video game, the audio adjusts interactively to reflect what you see on the screen. For instance, this VRWorks audio technology changes as you move from room to room in a virtual building, and once you leave the building, the sound gradually changes to reflect your location within the scene.

Analog Synthesizers

What’s old is new again. Analog synths are all the rage in the audio and recording industry. The birth of electronic audio technology came from the early 20th Century. It took off within the collegiate context in the mid-to-late fifties but didn’t become popular with musicians and recording studios until Wendy Carlos released her first studio album Switched-On-Bach in 1968. The album is a collection of Johann Sebastian Bach’s music performed by Carlos and Benjamin Folkman on a Moog synthesizer.

Over the years, synthesizer technology has become more advanced with the advent of the portable synthesizer. Now, companies like Korg, Roland and Moog are adding contemporary functionalities to electronic synthesizers, creating widespread popularity in the current recording industry.

Remote Recording

Bringing the recording studio into your home. Musicians no longer have to rely on expensive studio time to record and mix their music. Internet-based technology has made it easier to bring the recording studio inside your own home with remote recording and smaller workstations such as the SSL 2 and SSL 2+.

How to Create a Home Sound Studio

Whether you dream of starting a podcast or simply want to enhance the sound of your music, you can do this all from home. Setting up a personal recording studio has never been easier or more affordable. Check out these tips for getting the best sound quality in your own space:

Set up your room. Keep it simple. Avoid small spaces (you don’t want to be on top of each other when recording with someone), and keep it in a quieter part of the house. Clear out anything that won’t contribute to your recording, and then slowly add in only what you need. Your room can make or break your sound.

Add basic acoustic treatment. Your home wasn’t designed with sound recording in mind. Total shock, right? But seriously—find a few things to help with the acoustics to give you the best sound possible. Get the basics, and build your foundation. Once you’ve honed your skills with the basics, then you can start getting fancier equipment. In fact, you can do a great job with just nine items:

DAW/Audio Interface Combo
Studio Monitors
One or Two Microphones
One Mic Stand
A Pop Filter
Ear Training Software.

Audio engineering experts have more career possibilities than ever. Whether it’s sound design for gaming, streaming, or recording a focus on audio production can help enhance your talents. At The L.A. Recording School, we offer classes in sound design, live sound and advanced audio for media. Interested in learning how to enroll in our Audio Production Degree Program?

Trivia Facts in Honor of the 62nd Grammy Awards

The 62nd Grammy Nominations were announced today. For the recording industry’s biggest award ceremony, we’re sharing the history-making moments starting in 1959 where it all began. You can find a full list of Grammy Award nominations here.


The Beginning

The first annual Grammy Awards were on May 4, 1959, which were held at two locations—Beverly Hills Hotel in LA and the Park Sheraton Hotel in NYC. The big winners that night were Ella Fitzgerald and Ross Bagdasarian, professionally known as David Seville and credited for creating the cartoon band, Alvin and the Chipmunks. Back then only 28 categories were recognized. Today there are 84 categories.

Album of the Year:
Henry Mancini, The Music From Peter Gunn


Best on Record

Throughout the ’60s, the show filmed annual specials called “The Best on Record.” The last Best on Record series aired on NBC in 1969 before the first live telecast aired on ABC in 1971. That year Joni Mitchell won a Grammy for Best Folk Performance for Clouds.

Album of the Year:
Blood, Sweat & Tears for Blood, Sweat & Tears


You Don’t Bring Me Flowers

Kenny Rogers hosted the 22nd Grammys. Michael Jackson won his first Grammy for Best R&B Performance, Male, for Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough. Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand sang You Don’t Bring Me Flowers for the first time together on stage. The song later became an unlikely smash hit.

Album of the Year:
Billy Joel for 52nd Street


The Year of Firsts

Singer Bonnie Raitt won her first-ever Grammy award this year. By the end of the night, Raitt racked up a total of four Grammy wins. The 32nd annual awards show featured the first-ever televised rap award, which had been introduced a year prior. The award for Best Rap Performance went to Young MC for Bust A Move.

Album of the Year:
Bonnie Raitt for Nick of Time


21st Century Grammys

This was the year of Carlos Santana as well as JLo’s now-infamous green Versace gown. Santana won eight awards that night including Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.

Album of the Year:
Carlos Santana for Supernatural


The Big Six

Beyoncé became the first female artist to take home six Grammy awards in one night. The Beyhive has been going strong ever since.

Album of the Year:
Taylor Swift for Fearless


Tell us your Grammy predictions, which air January 26, 2020.

A Few Fun Facts:

Snoop Dogg and Brian McKnight have been nominated 16 times for Grammys but have never won.

Quincy Jones has the most nominations (79 total)

Three U.S. Presidents have won Grammy Awards…Can you guess who?

Featured photo via The Recording Academy.

Recording Session at The L.A. Recording School with Rising Star, Alena

Making a name for yourself in the entertainment industry is hard work. It’s easy to instantly share music on popular streaming platforms like SoundCloud and YouTube, but gaining recognition takes time and good management. That’s why having a talent manager to guide an artist through the day-to-day business dealings of their professional career is vital to an artist’s success.

We talked with recording arts alumnus and talent manager Renato Lopez at a recent studio session at the Recording School. Renato has worked as a producer, engineer, and mixer with artists like, Priscila Renea and Sevyn Streeter. One of his newest clients is 13-year-old up-and-coming singer Alena aka AlenaOneMusic. Alena and her team collaborated in our SSL Duality Studio on a her new five-track EP. Renato brought Alena into the SSL Duality Studio to experience The L.A. Recording School’s large-format analog mixing console and live-performance room to help diversify her music.

How to make it in the music industry

According to Renato, some artists can reach the same amount of downloads and followers, which is hard to do, but rarely get much further without the help of connections in the music industry. That’s where Renato steps in and helps elevate lesser-known talent in the music industry. He has a knack for finding and developing undiscovered talent.

Since January 2019, Renato has been traveling to Las Vegas to coach and develop Alena for live performances around the city. He has also been coaching her, pairing her with the right writers and producers, and getting her ready for packaging to label executives. “This week is super important to the team because it is the first time Alena and her family have been to L.A. for the reasons of getting in front of record labels,” says Renato. “We will be meeting with The Black Eyed Peas this week along with some folks over at Disney.”

Even at a young age, Alena is a self-starter with an impressive vocal range. Her musical style is a fun mix of soul and pop, which has garnered her 7.3 million streams on SoundCloud. Alena also has a growing Instagram (@alenaonemusic) following with almost 20K followers.

The L.A. Recording School Connection

Renato works with The Los Angeles Recording School to help create a collaborative community within the larger recording industry. “Staying in touch with LARS program directors, new students, old students, and upcoming talent both within and outside of the school has helped shape me into who I am today. I enjoy connecting all the dots and hope to give back to those who have given so much to me in my career,” said Renato.

Interested in learning more about our many talented alumni from The Los Angeles Recording School? Click here.

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Alena has 7.3 million streams on Soundcloud and almost 20K followers on her Instagram account.