I was born in Erie, PA to a loving family that always filled our home with music. My grandmother was a piano teacher for one of the city’s most popular music stores and my parents played everything from Coleman Hawkins and Stan Getz to Korsakov’s Shahrazad.
On one side of my brain, I learned what good pitch tone and rhythm meant. On the other, my father inspired me with his mastery of all things electrical, building his own amplifiers and speakers.
Fast forward to my teen years and you’d find me on stage, playing acoustic guitar anywhere and everywhere. This led to me connecting with a progressive rock band and helping them build their own sound system, as well as mixing their live sound. These large and sophisticated PA’s led to my first business as a member of Raven Sound. I mixed shows for everything from rock shows to big bands and symphonies, learning microphone placement and problem solving skills that I still use today.
However, studio work was my real passion. I answered an ad in Mix Magazine and started an intensive twelve week program at the Center for Audio Studies in Red Hook, NJ. Studying under audio guru David Moulton, I took my self-taught audio skills and refined them
I tried to devote myself to further studies, but I’d been out in the real world as a roadie too long and had a vagabond soul — one that took me all the way to Pittsburgh, PA.
Starting at Pro Coms studio facility Audio Innovators as an audio engineer, I fell in love with both audio production and the Steel City. Working with old friends Mark Valenti and Pat Padovan from my days at Pro Com and Phil Popotnik from Raven Sound, I put together Suite Sounds, a full service audio production company primarily serving advertising and corporate communications clients. The company grew and soon joined forces with friends in the video business to form Post Modern (PMI).
I moved on to join Market Street Sound with a partner, cultivated a new market niche formed by the increasing popularity of films being shot in the ‘Burgh. ADR (automatic dialogue replacement) became a regular offering for the studio, giving me the chance to expand my filmography and work with some of the industry’s foremost actors and producers.
In January 2017, I decided to start a new challenge and formed Dan Ferraro Audio, located at 100 Ross Street Suite 310 in downtown Pittsburgh. This move has reinvigorated me, as well as allowed me to offer a high standard of audio quality and a level of service that I believe my clients and friends truly deserve.
Well, that’s my story. Here’s hoping that I can lend my experience and talents to become a part of yours!