Friday, August 18, 2017

Staff


Josh Woodhouse

Owner / Chief Engineer / Producer

Josh Woodhouse working on a microphone

Josh Woodhouse, owner of Droplink Studios, has been actively recording bands in Austin since 2002. His passion as a young musician acted as the stepping stone for his involvement in the Austin music scene. His journey began by organizing, promoting, and running sound for live music events as a freelance engineer in the Northwest, before choosing to return to his home state and making a permanent residence in Austin, TX.

Upon arriving in Austin, Josh refined his audio engineering skills by attending and graduating from the Audio Engineering and Advanced Music Production courses at The Austin Recording School. From the time his experience began and because of the nature of this ever-advancing business, his education hasn’t stopped since. Josh is continually updating himself with the most cutting edge equipment, while maintaining a strong respect for classic and vintage gear.

While completing his education, Josh worked as Assistant Store Manager over the Professional Audio division at Guitar Center. He specialized in Professional Recording Studio applications, which included on-site installations for professional studios, as well as helping new customers establish smaller home-based recording studios. His expertise in this area attracted fellow Austinite, Lee Jackson, who solicited his services to install and tech the first SSL AWS 900 analog console to hit American soil at his personal home studio.

During his time at Guitar Center, Josh continued as a freelance engineer, utilizing Stinson Studios and several others in town. After years of recording and improving his skill set, Josh went on to become house engineer at three of these studios.

Josh was not only at the top of his class upon his graduation from The Austin Recording School, but four years later, Droplink Productions was contracted to help establish the new face of the school, The Recording Conservatory of Austin. Josh became a core instructor of the school and assisted in writing the curriculum and testing strategies for TRCoA. He was also instrumental in developing their first marketing campaign. Josh stayed at TRCoA as the Beginning Audio Engineering and ProTools instructor for two years, but resigned from the post to pursue his ambition to build his own recording studio. He still is an active member of The Recording Conservatory of Austin’s school board.

Josh is now the full-time owner and operator of his own professional recording and music production studio in North Austin. Working as a freelance engineer all those years gave Josh the opportunity to be involved in either new construction or expansion of many studios, such as Stinson Studios, the new TRCoA facility, 5th Street Studios, & Fast Horse Studios. Taking this knowledge, he designed and built his own 1700sf recording facility in 2010. Since then, Droplink Studios and Productions has recorded, mixed, and mastered single song to full albums for well over 250 bands in Central Texas. Josh has produced over 10 hip-hop albums, multiple metal albums, Americana records, country albums, and recently a folk/Americana/blues fusion record. His engineering influence has reached across the world, having the privilege to work with musicians from as far away as Greece, New Zealand, and Trinidad.

Josh has also had many opportunities to step away from the control room and involve himself in a number of local events. He acted as stage manager at Maggie Mae’s during the 2007 SXSW festival with Bowling For Soup and The Presidents of the United States of America. He hosted and MC’d TRCoA’s Battle of the Bands at Antone’s two years in a row and also hosted a Battle of the Bands at The Parish. He acted as a guest judge for the King of the Blues Guitar Competition at Guitar Center two years running. Recently, Josh worked as the sound engineer recording the live performance of Muse at Stubbs during the 2010 SXSW music festival.

Josh is also no stranger to helping out those in need. He’s been fortunate to use his connections to organize many benefit concerts, the first being at age 20 to raise funds for a skate park in Tremonton, Utah. From there he can proudly say that he’s had his hand in many fundraising events, from forming a benefit show for an injured friend of his at The Parish in 2010, to putting on a full scale concert in Arcadia, LA w/Jason Boland and The Stragglers which helped raise money for a local girl diagnosed with cancer.

Josh is also a member of the Program Committee for Austin Music Foundation where he assists in their Artist Development Program. With the opening of his new studio, Josh hopes to continue working with great artists, releasing new albums, and contributing to the Austin music community with the knowledge and experience he’s acquired over the last 10 years.

Over his many years in the business, Josh has received very positive reviews from highly respected sources:

“In time, through his balance of great engineering and business skills Josh will inevitably become one of Austin’s best engineers.”

-John Stinson (from The Recording Conservatory of Austin newsletter June 2006)

“Working with Josh at Droplink Productions was an outstanding experience.  My project would not have been complete without working with Droplink Productions and the work ethic Josh exuded puts him at the top of his class.”

-Eduardo Garcia (Film Director and Producer -2009 from website posting on producers page)

Lacey Morgan

Artist Relations/Marketing

Lacey’s introduction to the music scene started at the age of 5 when her mother sat her down at an old Wurlitzer upright piano and began teaching her about scales, quarter notes, and rhythm. It was the beginning of a 13 year career of music studies and recitals that eventually led her to enroll in The Recording Connection’s Audio Engineering program.

At the time, Lacey was living in Utah and was lucky enough to have award-winning studio engineer, Tony Korologos of Fast Forward Recording in Sandy, UT, as an instructor. With Tony’s prowess in the business, it wasn’t hard for Lacey to gain the valuable knowledge needed to begin a career in the audio field.

After graduating a year later, Lacey moved north to Seattle, WA and began interning at the renowned Robert Lang Studios. This studio has been credited with completing albums for many high profile and local performing artists, namely Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Alice in Chains, Linkin Park, and Mastodon. Lacey called this studio her home for the following year to come, working as assistant engineer, setting up sounds, and aiding in recording local and well-known talents such as Dave Matthews Band, Paul Rogers (Bad Company), and Michael McCready (Pearl Jam). Her love for the music scene eventually led her to Austin, where she has planted solid roots networking in the music scene and working as a studio musician.

With a constant drive for knowledge, Lacey spent two years furthering her education in Commercial Music Management at a prominent Austin college and found yet another way to connect with local talent and industry professionals. She studied Marketing and the Adobe platforms at the University of Texas and uses those skills to keep our studio in the now when it comes to social media, web, and print presence.   Lacey also designs CD layouts for Droplink artists when needed.  With her networking web built over the years, refined marketing ability, and her long-time expertise in the music scene, Lacey has proven to be an asset to the Droplink Studios team.