Rob Barone has been involved in music production for over 25 years. While attending The Institute Of Audio Research in 1983 he worked for Billy Joel famed Saxophonist Richie Cannata owner of Cove City Sound in Glen Cove, NY. The following year he left IAR to work fulltime at legendary Record Plant Studios New York as an Assistant Engineer. It was there where he learned his skills from some of the best engineers in the business including Roy Cicala, Tom Swift, Jay Messina and others.
After Record Plant closed its doors Rob continued working at other studios in New York including A & R, Unique and Giant Sound. He was also hired on by Otari Sound Workshop where he helped build recording consoles and automation systems for and before moving back to Connecticut with his wife Alice. In 1987 Rob started V.E.F Productions specializing in CD Mastering & Duplication. Rob also worked as a staff engineer for Horzon Music and Presence Studios here in Connecticut.
In addition to Music Production Rob has been a consultant and trainer for CompUSA, Apple Computer and currently Sam Ash Music in New Haven.
According to Rob he has had a rollercoaster of a career in the music industry. "There aren't a lot of real engineers left! Somewhere between Napster and Pro Tools this industry has taken on so many changes in this struggling economy, it's really difficult to maintain a level where you can thrive as a music professional. These days anybody and their brother can pick up a $300.00 Pro Tools box and call themselves an engineer. I'm still around because I love what I do and I've been blessed to work with so many tallented people, that's really what keeps me going"