When you think of IT guys, you don’t always think of the coolest guy in the office. WELL NOT AT PRESONUS! Let us introduce you one of the most talented, coolest, laid backest dudes on the block, Chris Hare.
It’s #PreSonusFAMFriday with Chris Hare!
How long have you worked for PreSonus?
6 1/2 years.
What’s your official job title?
IT Systems Manager (but I answer to “IT Guy”).
What’s your favorite thing about your job? Why did you choose to work here?
Getting to work with all different departments throughout the company. I love working for a company that I can be legitimately excited about what we do.
Choose a movie title for the story of your life.
Joe vs. The Volcano.
What was the first 8 track, cassette, CD or digital download you purchased?
The Bee Gees Greatest Hits on cassette. I have fond memories of riding in the back of my parents station wagon in the late 70’s listening to all sorts of disco music. You could say it’s my “happy place”.
Who’s your go to band or artist when you can’t decide on something to listen to?
What’s your go to Karaoke song?
I’m a sucker for a melody so anything by Burt Bacharach & Hal David.
Everyone has a side gig, what’s yours?
Playing guitar for whoever I can trick into listening to me.
What instruments do you play?
Any kind of guitar, but primarily jazz and classical guitar (and classic 80’s metal when nobody’s watching).
What do you love about the StudioLive Series III 16R?
I’m blown away by the plugins that come right out of the box with the new Series III mixers. Once I saw we were doing a single rackspace 16 channel model, I realized that I can use it for my acoustic/nylon string guitars as well as my guitar synth. I’m able to replace a solid state preamp/channel strip, stand alone noise gate, vintage hardware reverb, and a line mixer with just a 1u SL III 16r.
Why did you choose this as your favorite?
If anybody knows anything about me, it’s that I’m a HUUUUGGGGE Pat Metheny fan and have been really drawn to his style of playing and his use of timbre and effects. As such, the reverb sound is crucial to getting a great amplified nylon string tone and the plugins on the new Series III mixers really nail it perfectly. Add in the other vintage modeling of plugins for the compressor and EQ and you’ve got a sound that you used to need a big studio desk and special hardware effects to achieve.
Tell us about a successful event you worked with PreSonus products. InfoComm, NAMM, Install somewhere….
My favorite events have been the PreSonusphere events, where we would have users come to Baton Rouge for a few days of intensive workshops and master classes. It was great experience and always interesting to meet the end users and hear about how they used PreSonus products and get their feedback and suggestions first hand.
Got any tips for working with the StudioLive Series III 16R?
As I’m using in a more unconventional fashion as really a processor for my acoustic guitars, I would say try to find unique ways that you can incorporate it into your rig or setup. It’s a very flexible product and I’m sure there are musicians who are going to find things to do with it that we never thought of.
What are you currently working on? What’s next for you?
Just trying to continue to grow as a musician and play with other musicians who inspire me whenever I can. I keep saying I’m going to use our glorious studio here at the PreSonus Mothership to record a jazz trio record sometime and maybe this will be the year.
What’s the strangest talent you have?
As the company “computer guy” I can magically make PreSonus employee’s computer issues go away when I stand within 3 feet of their desk. I don’t know how I do it but it’s truly amazing to behold.