Our staff

With several combined decades of experience in the music industry, and a wide portfolio of national and international clients, our recording and mastering engineers are no strangers to life in the studio.

Get in touch with our studio manager and we’ll point you in the direction of the best engineer for your music.

Carolina Brandao

Carolina Brandao

General Manager

Carolina pretty much runs everything at our place and takes care of all of us. She’s the drummer of the Sunflowers, a sick band that you should check out immediately. If you need anything, no matter how stupid or crazy it is, she will make it happen.

Joao Freitas

Joao Freitas

Studio Manager

Joao is our studio manager. He will give you a great rate for recording in one of our studios. He will make sure your session runs smoothly. He will brew a very fine coffee. He’s the master of cable prepping and overall tidiness. He’s great.

Carolina Bravo

Carolina Bravo

Assistant Manager/PR

Carolina is the assistant manager and she’s responsible for all the PR and marketing stuff. With a background in Communications and Music Business, she’s awesome at connecting people and developing very cool projects in-house.

Joao Brandao

Joao Brandao

Chief Recording Engineer

Joao is the founder of Arda Recorders. As a producer, recording and mixing engineer he has worked with an eclectic bunch of artists, from all kinds of musical genres. His passion for analog recording and willingness to try all sorts of crazy stuff in the studio while focusing on maintaining an organic but characterful approach to engineering make him one of the most charismatic engineers in Portugal.

Ze Nando Pimenta

Ze Nando Pimenta

Senior Recording Engineer

Ze Nando is a producer and engineer that graduated from Berklee College of Music, in Boston. His professional career began in 1998 in New York City, where he spent 2 years working at Kampo Studios with Arto Lindsay and Andres Levin. In 2001, he moved to Barcelona where he assembled a recording studio and founded the independent record label Meifumado. After returning to Portugal, he establishes himself as one of the most unique producers and engineers in the country. Perhaps because he is such a talented multi-instrumentalist or because he is comfortable with both electronic urban music and acoustic recordings, Zé Nando has a great focus on the production process. Having an impeccable taste for sonics, he handles every project with the utmost care and attention to detail.

Carlos Fuchs

Carlos Fuchs

Senior Recording Engineer

Born in Rio de Janeiro, Carlos has always had a passion for music. A brilliant pianist, he works as a sound engineer and a producer since 1999, when he founded his recording studio, Tenda da Raposa. Recently, some of his productions have been nominated or awarded with prizes, such as “Noel Rosa, Preto e Branco” from Valéria Lobão, nominated to the 2016 Latin Grammy and Independent Music Awards, “Só Alegria” from Eduardo Neves, Luis Barcelos, Rogério Caetano and Celso Silva, which won the 2015 Independent Music Award, and “Outras Coisas” from Anat Cohen and Marcello Gonçalves nominated to the 2018 Grammys. In 2018, he relocates to Porto to join our team and continue his career both as an artist and as a sound engineer and producer.

Claudio Tavares

Claudio Tavares

Recording Engineer

Claudio got his start at the extinct Estúdios Sá da Bandeira. As a multi-instrumentalist he feels at home suggesting new musical ideas for the records he works in, no matter the musical genre. As a musician, he has played hundreds of shows both in and outside of Portugal.

Luis Lopez

Luis Lopez

Senior Assistant Engineer

Luis is the head of assistant engineers and interns. He’s a ninja in the studio. He reads your mind and gets things done before you even think about asking. Luis was a chef in London for several years before he switched careers. He thought studio life wouldn’t be as tiring as working in a big kitchen (ha ha). He did most of the wiring of our new studios, thus becoming great with a soldering iron. If anything breaks during a session you better call Lopez.

Miguel Pinheiro Marques

Miguel Pinheiro Marques

Chief Mastering Engineer

Miguel is one of the most renowned Portuguese mastering engineers. He started his path in audio making records at Estúdios Sá da Bandeira, but soon found his passion in mastering which led him to pursue this craft as a career more than a decade ago. Since then he has worked with some of the biggest artists in Portugal and also with new emerging acts, mastering hundreds of releases for both major and independent labels, released nationally and internationally across all music genres.

Filipe Louro

Filipe Louro

Mastering Engineer

Filipe is our junior mastering engineer. Although he is a graduate of the engineering course at ESMAE, he spent the last decade being a professional musician before embracing the dark side of mastering music. With a golden ear and the goodwill that will undoubtedly disappear after too many hours in the studio, he will put his heart on whatever project that comes his way.