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San Francisco - February 12, 2013

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An interview with engineer Fred Catero, looking back through his years at CBS/Columbia in New York recording Barbara Streisand, to his journey west into the heart of the San Fran sound recording greats such as Janis Joplin, Carlos Santana, Herbie Hancock, Phoebe Snow, Chicago, Blood, Sweat & Tears, the Pointer Sisters and Journey.

Chris provided moderation by breaking the interview into 3 sections.
The 1st section covered Fred's early years and how he got into being a recording engineer in New York at Columbia Records. Fred covered his humble beginnings, some of the artist he worked with (Barbara Streisand, Bob Dylan) and how he learned his craft.

Section 2 covered his move to San Francisco and his involvement in the San Fran sound of the late 60s and early 70s. His time at the famed Automatt studios and the many artist he worked with. (Santana, Janis Joplin, Chick Corea, etc)

Section 3 Fred was asked about his thoughts on how the industry has changed and what he thought had remained the same. He also talked a bit about technique and ones approach to working in a studio.

The evening ended with a Q&A from the audience.

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