Instrument: Sound Engineer | AMT Products Used: M40
“I use it for live sound, and especially for all the live recording that I do at Birdland and other venues. Everybody really notices it…and loves it. The sound is right there. The mobility of the gooseneck and clamps make it a breeze to deal with. And Ah… that little red light…lets you know that everything is going to be OK.” – David Ruffo
Dave’s Website: www.davidruffo.com
David Ruffo – Sound Engineer Birdland NYC from 1996-2003!
1970 Moved from Las Vegas to Hollywood, Calif.
Sold electronic parts and equipment to the entertainment industry of Hollywood.
1972 Mastering Engineer at DCT Recorders on Sunset blvd.
Cut records on projects that involved: Billy Joel, Elton John, Barry White, Little Richard, Seals and Crofts,
Iggy Pop, The Checkmates, etc…
Also did production sound on two movies, a couple of recording projects, wrote and published songs.
1974 Davlen Sound Studios, N. Hollywood.
Second Engineer: Fleetwood Mac “Rumors” (Grammy for “Album of the Year”),
Al Stewart “Year of the Cat” (Alan Parsons engineering) Billboard Hot 100,
KISS (Eddie Kramer engineering), Jennifer Warnes “Right Time of the Night” #1 Record Billboard Charts,
The Jackson’s “Blame it on the Boogie” Billboard Hot 100, War, Toto, Pure Prairie League, Andy Williams, Sammy Davis Jr., Gene Kelly, Steve and Eydie, Dionne Warwick, and many more.
Engineer: Eydie Gorme/ Danny Rivera “Mui Amigos” #1 Latin Charts, Grammy nomination “Best Latin Recording”1974, Aretha Franklin, Harry Nilsson, Seals and Crofts, Sarah Vaughan, Chris Hillman, Firefall, Ritchie Furay, Dan McCorison 2 singles Billboard Hot 100, etc…
1977 Staff Engineer at Producers Workshop, Hollywood.
Recorded and mixed many disco, rock, r&b, jazz, and country albums.
Dave also Engineered and Co-Produced Michael Gulezian’s album “Unspoken Intentions” on Tacoma Records.
1979 Freelance Engineer
Johnny Lee “Lookin’ for Love in all the Wrong Places” #1 Country Charts, #3 Pop Charts, Grammy Nomination for “Best Country Album” and went Gold, (Movie “Urban Cowboy” soundtrack).
Ann Murray “Save the last Dance for Me” Billboard Hot 100 (Movie “Urban Cowboy” soundtrack).
Jennifer Warnes “Could it be love” Billboard Hot 100, plus more……
1982 Moved to New York City
As Freelance Engineer, worked at The Ranch, The Record Plant, The Power Station, Right Track, Quad Recording and other studios in the NY area. Working for artists: Phoebe Snow, Cindy Lauper, Astrud Gilberto, Marianne Faithful, Jocylyn Brown, Sherry Winston, Gene Simmons, Calypso Artists: Arrow,
Mighty Sparrow, Baron, Winston Grennan, etc…
also in Stockholm, Sweden: Recorded, Mixed and Co-Produced “Totta’s Blues Band “.
1990 Freelance Engineer and Co-owner/ Producer, Outland Productions/Studios
Started a production company with partner McNeil Johnston, Co-Producing Radio Spots, Jingles and
Music for Film and Video.
1996 Sound Engineer and Studio Owner at Birdland Jazz Club
Designed, set up, and operated the club sound system. Built a control room designed for digital recording of the groups playing live on stage. See “Artists”- Live Sound & Live Recording. The studio was also a remote set up traveling to other venues and recording live music. Clubs like The Vanguard, The Blue Note, The Jazz Standard, Iridium, Sweet Basil, Macor, 3 International Association of Jazz Educators conventions.
Recorded and Mixed Billy Taylor “Live at IAJE”, Marion McPartland “Hickory House Trio”
Plus Grammy Nominated, Roy Haynes “Fountain of Youth” & Bobby Sanabria Big Band “Live in Clave”
Dave also Recorded, Mixed, Mastered, and Co-Produced, Barbara Carroll “Live at Birdland”.
2004 Freelance Engineer
Besides Engineering Jon Michele Pilc “Live at the Iridium, New York” coming out in Oct.2005, and in November going to Tokyo, Japan with the Cab Calloway Orchestra to do live sound and recording at the new “Cotton Club”, David has been operating audio in an A/V capacity for corporate and political conferences in all the major hotels, museums, and other venues. He calls it “Corporate Audio….I love it”. He now works with people like Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Mayor Giuliani, Mayor Bloomberg, Senators John McCain, John Kerry, George Stephanopoulos, Kofi Annan, William F. Buckley Jr, plus many many more.