Fredo attended IADT – Tampa graduating in ’09 with a BFA in Recording. He has since had a 6 month internship at Mercenary Audio, and in their studio, The Meth Lab, before moving across the country to San Diego and taking intern residence at Signature Sound. Fredo’s passion for Audio Recording is motivating and his knowledge and skills are impressive, which made him an easy pick to eventually be Studio Manager. He has taken heavy influence from engineers like Christian Cummings, Chris “Zuess” Harris, Andy Wallace, and Daniel Castleman, as well as anyone who has taught him a trick or two. Being a big advocate of the sound of outboard gear and the accuracy of digital, Fredo aims to be the best he can in the integration of the two. He strives to continuously better his abilities behind the recording console.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
What’s your favorite thing about working at Signature Sound?
- I get to work with great engineers, and high-end gear. I am definitely very happy to be in the presence of both. They also let me wash dishes and clean toilets, I mean, where else would I get to do that?
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
- Working as an engineer and perhaps developing artists as a producer, while studying under a good mastering engineer. Collecting microphones and gear to launch my own studio one day.
What appeals to you about working in a studio?
- There is something to be said about the people working behind the scenes in any production. I find it fascinating that so much goes into someone’s work that gets a credit but is not at all in the spotlight. I really love the ability to craft and shape the sound of an album while not being a full time member of the band. You in essence join the group while they are in the studio, helping them achieve their sound just as much as anyone else in the band.
If you could be a fly on the wall at any session in history, which session would you choose?
- It would have been amazing to be around for Rage Against the Machine’s Evil Empire. Everything is perfect on that album, no instrument steps on anothers toes, everything seems full and up front. It’s incredible crisp and accurate with an awesome lowend. It just seems like everything was executed flawlessly.
If you weren’t applying yourself to be a sound engineer, what would you be doing?
- I would probably be in a garage somewhere wrenching a motorcycle, wishing I was a recording engineer.