Greetings all, just wanted to send a quick update. I recently played drums on smooth jazz artist Steve Oliver’s new CD World Citizen, which just peaked at number 11 on Amazon’s Smooth Jazz charts. On the hit track “Watching the World,” I recorded my parts at my home studio using the StudioLive 16.4.2 into Capture and edited it in PreSonus Studio One.
Back on the road with Craig Chaquico this week, first up is Walnut Creek CA then we fly out to Kona, Hawaii!
[Thanks Randal! Excited to see the track climb! Onward and upward…]
John Taylor is a new-ish PreSonus Artist and is the Guinness-recognized Fastest Guitar Player in The World.
He wanted to let the PreSonus community know that he’s got a new e-book out. it’s called “Be the Fastest Guitar Player in the World,” and you can view a preview and (ideally) purchase the book at DrHotLicks.Com on the “online lessons” page.
Taylor’s shrednum opus weighs in at a hefty 101 pages, is rife with high-quality up-close photos of fleet fingers, and is backed up by a solid fifty megs of performance MP3s!
It’s a serious endeavor that the man has been focusing on for a while now… shredders take note!
PreSonus Artist Dr. Scardo just wrapped the video for their new single, “END OF THE WORLD!” This track was recorded, mixed, and mastered entirely in Studio One. We hope it’s not really The End of The World, despite Mayan prophecy, because we’d like to see and hear more Studio One productions. And also because apocalypses are a total bummer.
PreSonus artist Avery Watts recently unleashed “The Takeover,” a dynamic, strikingly produced record that serves as a sort of rally cry to all things Watts. High-volume rock and shouted vocals are all tempered by lush arrangements, staggering track counts, and orchestral (!) elements that place the record a standing broad jump forward from its Rapcore origins. Further cementing the hardworking DIY mindset of its creator, “The Takeover” is also a solo record in the truest sense—Avery played nearly every instrument represented here!
It’s hard to imagine anything that could sound simply bigger than this amalgam of stadium rock grandiosity and lion-hearted hip-hop bombast, but on first listen one realizes: here it is. If the intended effect is to make the listener feel a little closer to Watt’s stature, (6″5′ of hard-working, resistance-training, clean-living alpha male rock stardom) than The Takeover’s mission is accomplished.
Regarding Avery’s choice of PreSonus gear in the studio, he says:
“In studio, I’ve found the Studio Channel, BlueTube DP, TubePre and HP4 to all be invaluable tools. The simplicity and warmth of the tube preamps makes for an excellent source signal that is compact, easy to use and won’t break the bank – not to mention they’re as reliable and constant as any device could possibly be. I end up using them for vocals, tracking guitars and even mic’ing auxiliary percussion. I tend to use the Studio Channel primarily as a DI for strings such as the Violin, Viola and Electric Cello. I even keep a TubePre and an HP4 with me wherever I go for recording on the run; you never know when inspiration is going to hit!”
We recently had the great fortune of sitting down with Jonathan Moffett. (AKA Micheal Jackson’s drummer!) It was a wonderful opportunity to sit down with one of the best of the best and discuss drum tuning, his current projects, and his tips and tricks regarding the PreSonus StudioLive 24.4.2 Jonathan, thanks much for sharing your time and wisdom!