Jonathan started playing in local bands in central Massachusetts during his teens. After several unimpressive studio sessions, the journey to make recordings of the highest caliber began.
He decided not to pursue his automotive career after being accepted to college for Automotive Design and instead changed careers and got a degree in Recording Arts. During his final semester, in 2002, he began interning at a local studio in Boston, New Alliance Audio.
At the same time, Jonathan began freelancing in multiple facets of the sound industry: Live Sound, Corporate AV, Voice-Over Recording, and Location Recording were just a few of jobs he pursued. His location recording sessions soon turned into multitrack live recordings for video, the roots to his audio post career had begun.
In 2011, he took over the roll as Head Engineer at New Alliance Audio. He oversaw all the repairs, computer maintenance, gear purchases and updates to the studio over the next seven years. He and his team of engineers turned the studio from barely breaking even to making a profit.
In 2015 DGA Productions asked him to come on board as the Re-Recording Mixer for the season 8 TV Show “Cooks County.” That same year the indie film company, Larkin Pictures, was also in need of a Re-Recording Mixer for their film “Throuple.” His work as a Dialogue Editor, Sound Restorer and Re-Recording Mixer combined with his attention to detail, proved helpful in setting him apart from other engineers in the crowded industry.
However, not all things stay the same, in 2017, big business moved in and bought the building New Alliance was located in, and in a major blow to the arts community, New Alliance and all the rehearsal spaces in the building were forced to move. Though New Alliance did rebuild, Jonathan stepped away from his roll as Head Engineer and moved to Florida for his family.
Jonathan continues to freelance as an Audio Engineer for film and tv (Dialogue Editing, Sound Recording, and Re-Recording Mixing) as well as his career in music (Recording, Mixing, Producing and Mastering).
As a musician, Jonathan plays bass. He was a member of Boston-based bands “This Bliss” (2017 – 2019) and “Taiwan Typhoon” (2010 – 2017).
DGA Productions (Freelance)
2015 to Present
Larkin Pictures (Freelance)
2015 to 2019
New Alliance Audio
Staff Engineer, 2002-2011
Head Engineer, 2011-2018
Recording Studios (Freelance)
2002 to Present
Live Sound (Freelance)
Bergsten Music Inc
All Tech Sound
Voiceover Recording (Freelance)
Audio for Music
Audio for Video
Gear Maintenance and Repair
Mac OS operation, maintenance, software installation, and setup
Build, maintain, and manage content of jontaftaudio.com
Assist in studio design and construction
Working knowledge of lighting, visual projection, staging, and other aspects of event coordination
The New England Institute of Art
10 Brookline Place WestBrookline, MA 02445
Associates Degree Recording Arts, 2003
Childsplay (A fiddle ensemble)
Stage Monitors, 2007 – 2019
Orange Goblin, Front of House Engineer,
Tour Manager, 2004
Dangerous Audio DBox
Lynx Aurora 16 (2)
Daking Mic Pre IV
Great River MP-2
Alan Smart C1LA