Los Angeles (January 13, 2010)–Studio owner, engineer, producer and noted audio industry figure Fred Jones passed away on December 4, 2009 after suffering a stroke. Longtime husband to Laurel Cash-Jones, Fred began his career in broadcasting 1971 as an on-air radio personality and program director for freeform rock station KNAC—where he was known as “General Bird Dog”—and started working as a recording engineer in 1974.
As a staff recording engineer, Fred worked at various top studios in L.A., including Sound Services Inc. and Wally Heider Recording (among others), before building his own studio. Fred Jones Recording Services opened as one-room studio in 1981, and grew to become a huge state-of-the-art multi-room facility offering production services for video projects, radio commercials and albums.
Fred sold the business in 1990, and he and Laurel founded CJ Technology, a rep firm that promoted DIC Digital, a line of pro DAT tapes, CD-Rs and data products for the audio and computer industries. In 1991, Fred and Laurel were victims of a violent home invasion crime, where both were shot multiple times, requiring years of painful therapy and reconstructive surgeries.
Springing back, Fred worked at Panasonic’s Pro Audio Division, where he was instrumental in promoting the company’s digital audio recorders and the DA7, a low-cost digital console that was popular with smaller studios and film/video production houses.
Returning to his engineering/production roots, Fred took the responsibility as chief audio engineer for leading game developer Electronic Arts, from 2003 through 2006. Fred then semi-retired to Las Vegas, where he continued his audio consultancy practice.
Fred Jones was a member of SAG, AFTRA and a voting member of NARAS. During his career he received two Grammy Award nominations and won countless prestigious advertising awards, including 11 CLIOs, IBAs, Beldings, Addys, BPMEs and numerous others. Among the artists Fred worked with were Loggins & Messina, Manhattan Transfer, Rita Coolidge, The Chambers Bros., James Earl Jones, Roy Rogers, Don Dorsey, Robin Williams, Joan Rivers, Stan Freberg, Steve Allen, Ray Bradbury and Gary Owens. But besides the many industry friends he leaves behind, Fred’s lasting legacy is the many classic albums he engineered/produced with The Firesign Theatre. He will be missed.