We had the good fortune of connecting with Allen Baca and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Allen, other than deciding to work for yourself, what else do you think played a pivotal role in your story?
The decision to move to Los Angles in the mid 80’s changed the course of my career in the professional audio industry.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My career started after leaving the military in the mid 70’s with an electrical background. I worked with local bands and began the live engineering part of my journey. I also repaired equipment while also working in the construction industry at the same time. That experience taught me techniques in studio construction which I use today in designing, building and installing both professional and home recording studios. I love being involved in building studios from the ground up, all the way from wiring the equipment to acoustic design. It is super satisfying to me. My professional audio experience started when digital was making it’s way into dominating the audio industry. Analog was still main stream so I was able to see the transformation through the years which gave me huge insight into both worlds. As a result I am able to offer my customers, from every walk of life, famous and just regular Joe’s/Jane’s, a diverse set of repair/service skills for professional audio equipment. I am able to repair and service everything from reel to reel tape machines, vintage outboard gear, consoles and digital equipment. As more professional audio repair and service businesses go out of business I am proud of the fact I have the expertise to keep it going strong and offer a service that seems to be harder and harder to find! KEEPING MUSIC DREAMS ALIVE!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Well most if not all my friends are musicians or engineers so if one came to visit the first stop of course would be Red Rocks! Although anyone who visits Colorado, regardless of their background, would be doing themselves a disservice by not checking Red Rocks out! Hopefully going to a concert there and have to check out some live venues around the area. I would take them to see the mountains here in Colorado. I came back here to start my own business repairing/servicing professional audio gear, acoustic design/installation and studio design/installation but it is really the beauty of this state including the mountains that ultimately made the decision to open the business here. Lastly, I would give them some tours of the Recording studios I have been associated with over the years. This may be a little cliché but have to end or begin that day with a big bowl of green chili!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My shoutout goes to my wife Cathy who supported me in the move to LA, which was not an easy decision. That move got me where I am today. Additionally I owe a huge debt of gratitude to Gary Ladinsky, owner of Design FX, who saw potential in me . While I was already in audio he gave me my first job inside the professional audio industry. He was instrumental in helping me navigate the audio industry in LA. He allowed me to continue electronics classes full time while also working full time. And last but not least Biff Dawes, head engineer at Westwood One, with whom I served as 2nd audio engineer for countless live recordings and 7 super bowls which really helped me to hone my craft.
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