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It’s #PreSonusFAMFriday with THE Rick Naqvi and the StudioLive Series III Rack Mixer and StageBox!

It’s hard to write introductions for people who don’t really need them.

If you’ve visited us online or in person, you’ve probably seen VP of Sales Rick Naqvi; he’s been boosting the brand from its earliest years. Rick LIVES the PreSonus brand—he works hard, plays often, and is there for you when you need a hand.
How long have you worked for PreSonus? 
Next year will be my 23rd year! (Yikes!)
What’s your official job title? 
Vice President of Global Sales.
What’s your favorite thing about your job? Why did you choose to work here?
I’ve known Jim Odom since I was a teenager and was always impressed by his musicianship and vibe. When I heard he was starting a company back in 1995 and I was asked to be a part of it, I was totally in! PreSonus is a group of amazing people – literally like a family. Even though we have grown over the years and have offices all over the world, one thing that is constant is that the people that work here are passionate about music and audio products.
Choose a movie title for the story of your life.
This is Spinal Tap.

What was the first 8 track, cassette, CD or digital download you purchased?
My first record was the first self-titled Kiss album in 1976. A few years later I got the first Van Halen album. I was around 8 or 9 years old and my parents scheduled a family vacation where we drove from Baton Rouge to Niagara Falls. I had a Sony Walkman back then. The only tape I had with me was Van Halen 1, and I listened to it for 42 hours straight (2,628 miles.)

Who’s your go to band or artist when you can’t decide on something to listen to?
MUTEMATH!

What’s your go to Karaoke song?

Everyone has a side gig, what’s yours?
I play with a funk band called Phat Hat.

What instruments do you play? 
Electric Guitar
What do you love about the Rack Mixer/StageBox?
I love the fact that they are so compact and also how they integrate with the the Series III Console mixers. On small gigs I don’t even take the console out of the truck. My band plugs into the rack mixer and our soundguy mixes with the iPad. One a larger gig we run a 150′ ethernet cable and use it as a stagebox. It’s only 2U so it takes up a very small amount of space. Because it has 8 inputs and 16 outputs on the back, I can connect all of my wireless IEMs and Microphones to those and everything is patched nicely in the rack. Plus the sound of the new tube compressor and British EQ are killer.

Why did you choose this as your favorite? 
The Series III Consoles and Rack Mixers are the third generation of the StudioLive product that so many people have used on tons of gigs (including myself). Each generation of mixers gets better than the last and this one is a huge jump up from all of the others. I love the fact that our StudioOne Team in Hamburg has their fingerprints on these mixers. With State Space modeled plug ins running and really tight integration with StudioOne DAW, it really fulfills the word, “STUDIOLIVE.” And get ready –  DAW Mode will be out for the console mixers before the end of the year and that will truly be a ‘WHABAM” beyond belief.

Tell us about a successful event you worked with PreSonus products. InfoComm, NAMM, Install somewhere….
There’s a local church that I’m working with that recently upgraded their sound system to a total PreSonus solution: a StudioLive 32 Console with 32R Stagebox. All of the are musicians using QMix and HP2s to adjust IEMs, and their speakers are the PreSonus WorxAudio X5 with X118 Subwoofers. They already installed the speakers, and next Tuesday I’m going over to help them dial in the new mixer before their Wednesday rehearsal.

Got any tips for working with the Rack Mixer/StageBox?
Spend some money and get an awesome wireless router. They are not that much money for a great one and you will be happy. Here’s a link to the one I use with my band.

 

What are you currently working on? What’s next for you? 
My band Phat Hat is working on a new original song that was cowritten with John Bastianelli, our saxophonist and also PreSonus EVP of Product Management and another awesome local musician, Amos Singleton. We tracked the drums and bass tracks at the studio at PreSonus using the Series III StudioLive 32 console.

It’s #PreSonusFAMFriday with Cave Daughdrill!

If you don’t know him, you’re missing out. And if you do know him, I’m sorry.

Cave Daughdrill keeps PreSonus looking legit. He designs the boxes, takes lots of photos—lots of photos. He creates ads and has his hands on a lot of moving pieces—literally—and somehow manages to keep spreading the love with his congenial personality and jolly cheer. Here’s a little more about our office mascot and our DP88 for PreSonusFAMFriday!

 

 

How long have you worked for PreSonus?
Almost 14 years. Wow. Feels weird saying that out loud!

What’s your official job title?
Creative Director/Lead Pixel Junkie. 

What’s your favorite thing about your job? Why did you choose to work here?
I’m surrounded by awesome people who have the same passions that I have! A great team, making a great product!

Choose a movie title for the story of your life.
Confessions: The Story of a Guitar Pedal Addict.

What was the first 8 track, cassette, CD or digital download you purchased?
Seriously, can not remember…

Who’s your go to band or artist when you can’t decide on something to listen to?
Really depends on my mood; I have way too many backups! Let’s just keep this happy for everyone and say Thin Lizzy.

What’s your go to Karaoke song?
I would never do this… Well maybe, Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories, “Stay.” 

Everyone has a side gig, what’s yours?
Marketing/Design Consultation/Creation. 

What instruments do you play?
Guitar, Bass, Drums. Been working on the drumming lately.

What do you love about the DP88?
Almost every interface these days has ADAT I/O, and the DP88 is a simple, easy way for everyone to expand their capabilities.

Tell us about a successful event you worked with PreSonus products. InfoComm, NAMM, Install somewhere….
NAMM is always a blast. I think my favorite times have been running around with smaller boutique builders, and crashing parties with em! We always had great times at the old TapeOp Con too! NAMM “initiations” are always fun for the new guys, too.

What are you currently working on? What’s next for you?
Oh, can’t share that with everyone quite yet! Can’t ruin a good surprise!

What’s the strangest talent you have?
I’m able to retain boring facts on old video games that no one cares about. So, making people bored sometimes?!

Anything else you want to share?
Our social media director is a swell guy!

Learn more about our DP88 HERE! 

It’s #PreSonusFAMFriday with Preston Jensen!

7585946512_IMG_4908 Today’s feature puts the “Pre” in PreSonus… and Precious. And Predictable. And Pretty… It’s Preston Jensen for #PreSonusFAMFriday!

How long have you worked for PreSonus?
Two years… The best two years of my life.
What’s your official job title?
Assistant Video Editor
What’s your favorite thing about your job? Why did you choose to work here? 
I love working at PreSonus because I get to be creative and show off products through video.
What was the first 8 track, cassette, CD or digital download you purchased? 
I think the first cassette I purchased was DC Talk’s Nu Thang.

 

Who’s your go to band or artist when you can’t decide on something to listen to?
I would say my go-to artist would be John Mayer… Or Disney. ANYTHING Disney!

Everyone has a side gig, what’s yours? 
I own and run a video company called Wildfire Cinema with a friend who also works at PreSonus. We work on weddings, corporate commercials, and non-profit organizations.
What instruments do you play? 
I play a little guitar and keys.
What’s your go to Karaoke song?
I can’t sing very well, but if I had to pick it would be “Defying Gravity” from the Wicked soundtrack… without a doubt.

What do you love about the Eris Monitors?
I love being able to edit with the monitors and really crank it up to hear the emotion in the music as I’m creating.

What are you currently working on? What’s next for you?
There’s always new products coming out and it’s fun to see what’s coming out next! Working on new videos for some exciting new products.

Keep up with Preston on Instagram here!

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It’s #PreSonusFAMFriday with Jon Taylor!

In case you were wondering what ULT stands for, it’s not Ultimate Lord Taylor as today’s #PreSonusFAMFriday guy would like to think. It actually stands for Ultra Long Throw and our Sales Technician for the PreSonus Commercial division, Jon Taylor, happens to be a huge fan. We caught up with him this week while he was in Baton Rouge!

6241671040_IMG_4525How long have you worked for PreSonus? 
I’ve been here since the day after I retired in May of 2015.
What’s your official job title?
Technical Sales, Commercial Division.

What’s your favorite thing about your job? Why did you choose to work here?
I love the PreSonus forum–that’s where I got my foot in the door as an admin for the forum. I love how we relate to our customers and that was the kind of group that I wanted to be a part of.

What was the first 8 track, cassette, CD or digital download you purchased?
Hooo, got me stepping into the Way-Back machine here. I honestly don’t remember, but it was probably Genesis, Invisible Touch on cassette tape.

Who’s your go to band or artist when you can’t decide on something to listen to?
Mark Knopfler or Dire Straits—it always sounds good.
What’s your go to Karaoke song? 
“Proud Mary,” The Ike and Tina version; no key changes.

Everyone has a side gig, what’s yours? 

I run a small, sound company in New Jersey and cater to several of the NJ/NY/DE/PA bar and party bands.  I’ve got many years behind a live console.
What instruments do you play? 
I’m a sound guy, I play a band. I have other musical instruments and know how to make them work but I wouldn’t say they’re for anything other than noodling around.
What do you love about the ULT family?
This thing is like Yoda – not a good idea to judge it by its size. It has so many uses! Straight PA for a really good-sized room, monitor for one or many, talking head gig, flyable for install.
What other PreSonus products do you have? 
I’ve been here a while, it’d be a shorter list to say what I don’t have. I have a full AI rig with chained RM mixers and a CS18AI, StudioLive 16 (Series III), StudioLive 24.4.2AI, Classic 16.02, Eris 4.5, FaderPort, Studio One Professional,  AudioBox 44VSL, AudioBox 1818VSL, Studio 192, DP88, DigiMax FS, AudioBox iTwo…I’m sure there’s plenty more but that’s a good list.
Why did you choose this as your favorite? 
I like the entire ULT series lineup. There are so many ways you can use them. They’re just a brilliant design!

Tell us about a successful event you worked with PreSonus products.
Every year Joint Base MDL, NJ has a parade of wreaths on Memorial day. I’ve been the audio contractor for that for years. I always have a solid system that I can use for the entire event that is out of the way but still audibly beautiful. I thank My RM series mixers, AI series speakers, and iPad control for that.

What are you currently working on? What’s next for you? 
Building more relationships with contractors and integrators. That’s our bread and butter. We do everything we can make sure they can trust us to help them succeed. The future has a very early step that I can’t really talk about right now so just hang on for the ride, folks!

Got any tips for working with the ULT Loud Speakers? 
Keep it simple. The pattern on these doesn’t play well with creating clusters. One box in the right spot really is incredible.

Anything else you want to share? 
I’m just happy to be part of such an incredible group of people. They’re like old friends to me and I never feel like I’m going to work everyday.

It’s #PreSonusFAMFriday with Connor Guiberteau!

When it comes to Quality and Assurance, here’s your guy. And when it comes to the Quantum, he considers it his own child!  It’s Connor Guiberteau for PreSonus FAM Friday!

How long have you worked for PreSonus? 
I will make 2 years this October.
What’s your official job title? 
QA Tester.
What’s your favorite thing about your job? Why did you choose to work here? 
I get to play with all of the new gear before anyone else. I specialize with interfaces.  
Why did you choose to work here?
PreSonus products helped me greatly in paving the way to being an audio engineer. It was pretty much a no brainer.

What was the first 8 track, cassette, CD or digital download you purchased?
Blink 182- Enema of the State. The way Jerry Finn mixed changed how I heard music. 

Who’s your go to band or artist when you can’t decide on something to listen to?
It really depends on the day. I jump genres a lot so at any time I could be jamming anything from Pepper, PEARS, or Wu Tang. 

Everyone has a side gig, what’s yours?
I play in a band called Odie–It’s fast punk music with Beach Boy harmonies.

What instruments do you play? 
Mainly a drummer but I also enjoy playing bass and guitar.
What’s your go to Karaoke song? 
Africa by Toto!

What do you love about the Quantum?
Quantum is super simple and straight to the point. It works so well that you can get lost in your mix and forget you’re even using it. Plus it’s so easily expandable. 

Why did you choose the Quantum as your favorite?
I was heavily involved with the QA process for this device. It’s like a child to me. 

What other PreSonus products do you have?
I have a Studiolive 16.4.2,  Studio Channel and a Monitor station v2.

Tell us about a successful event you worked with PreSonus.
Well, I don’t really do live mixing anymore, but I did do a 13-hour local festival called MitchFest. The bar’s previous sound guy couldn’t make it, and they knew I had a 16.4.2, so I got called up to fill in. It was actually the first time I ever ran sound, it was also the first time I ran sound and played in three of the bands at the same time. Ultimately, the experience there is what brought me here.

What are you currently working on? What’s next for you?
Odie put out a 3 song EP and I also just finished a 12 song LP with Heavy Mantle. Looking to get back in the studio with Odie in about a month or two.

Got any tips for working with the Quantum?
Don’t overthink it, have fun, and maybe grab a slice of pizza. 

Anything else you want to share?
Check out the new Odie – Wet Sounds EP on BandCamp or Spotify.  We put all our music out for free. 

 

It’s #PreSonusFAMFriday with Houston Dragna!

Here’s some things you need to know:

  • The 90s were awesome.
  • Not as awesome as the R-Series Monitors
  • Houston is super rad.
  • It’s #PreSonusFAMFriday!

 

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How long have you worked for PreSonus?
Just over 2 years!
What’s your official job title? 
Direct Sales Associate
What’s your favorite thing about your job? Why did you choose to work here?
Music and audio engineering are two of my greatest passions. Getting to do a job that incorporates those things is a dream come true!

What was the first 8 track, cassette, CD or digital download you purchased?
Good question… I think I it may have been Human Clay by Creed  or the *NSYNC self-titled album. I’m a 90s kid. Sue me.

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Who’s your go to band or artist when you can’t decide on something to listen to?
Coheed and Cambria

Everyone has a side gig, what’s yours? 
I have two! I am a worship leader and I play in a band called Oh!Kelly.
What instruments do you play? 
Guitar, Bass, Drums, Trumpet, Tuba, Euphonium, and I sing.
What’s your go to Karaoke song?
I know it’s cliché, but it’s gotta be Don’t Stop Believin’.

What do you love about the R Series Monitors?
I love how well these monitors translate for pretty much any environment or listening device or situation. The unique AMT design on the high-frequency drivers provides such a smooth and natural response that doesn’t lie to you or fatigue you. 

What other PreSonus products do you have?
I have an AudioBox 22VSL at home as well as some Eris E4.5 monitors. But I regularly use a 24AI at church and my band uses a StudioLive RML32 as well as HP2 headphone amps!

Why did you choose them as your favorite?
They are something I use almost every day, whether I am mixing, playing video games, or just listening to music. They work perfectly for all of my audio monitoring needs!

Got any tips for working with these guys?
Make use of the adjustment parameters on the back to fine-tune them to your mixing room and needs!  

Tell us about a successful event you worked with PreSonus products. InfoComm, NAMM, Install somewhere….
I got to go to my first official event earlier this year. Sweetwater Gearfest 2017! It was a cool opportunity to meet many of our fans and users and hear their personal experience with our products and how they use them in all sorts of ways that I haven’t even thought of! 

IMG_01092017_143633_0What are you currently working on? What’s next for you? 
Oh!Kelly is always busy with gigs and such, but we are currently working on a new single that should be out soon!
Anything else you want to share? 
In addition to PreSonus gear, I am a huge guitar pedal/gear junkie. Some of my favorite brands are Matchless, Fender, Suhr, JHS, Strymon and Earthquaker Devices!

Keep up with Houston on Instagram here!

 

 

 

It’s #PreSonusFAMFriday with Eric Welch!

We’re going to keep this fast–Quantum fast. It’s #PreSonusFAMFriday with our Product and Studio Manager Eric Welch.
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How long have you worked for PreSonus?
3.5 years, I worked for Notion music for 10 years before we joined up with PreSonus.

What’s your official job title?
Product Manager and Studio Manager.

What’s your favorite thing about your job? Why did you choose to work here?
Getting to be around musicians, music and music technology every day. I choose to work here for the reputation of the company, and the work culture of being around great musicians and engineers.

What was the first cassette, CD or digital download you purchased?
It was a cassette. Def Leppard. Pyromania. 1983.

Who’s your go to band or artist when you can’t decide on something to listen to?
The Clash!

Everyone has a side gig, what’s yours?
I am the FOH engineer for Phat Hat.

What instruments do you play? 
Bass and trombone.
What’s your go to Karaoke song?
“Sabotage” by the Beastie Boys!

What do you love about the Quantum?
Speed, aggregation, and sound quality.

Why did you choose this as your favorite?
I choose the Quantum because of the low-latency over Thunderbolt, Ease of integration with Studio One, and audio performance. I’m also the Product Manager for it which is pretty great.

Got any tips for working with the Quantum?
Don’t forget to take advantage of the DC Coupled outputs!

What other PreSonus products do you have?
I have a lot. Sceptre S6s, ADL 700, 16.4.2, Eris E66s, FaderPort, Central Station, Studio One Professional.

What are you currently working on? What’s next for you?
Some exciting new interface products that I can’t discuss at this time. 🙂

 

It’s #PreSonusFAMFriday with Camille O’Kelley!

Camille O’Kelly is our newest newbie here at the headquarters and we’re excited she’s a part of the PreSonus FAM! She brings with her positive energy and good vibes and candy… lots and lots of candy. Everyone that passes by her cube is welcomed to an assortment of treats, and she keeps it fully stocked with the good stuff. I didn’t even know that Hershey candy corn white chocolate was a thing until Camille showed up. And we’re all the better for it.

Besides being a candy connoisseur, she’s also a fan of PreSonus gear! Her husband’s band, Oh!Kelly are PreSonus artists who have been featured in some of our videos. Learn more about Camille and her favorite product, the Eris 4.5 Monitors, below.
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How long have you worked for PreSonus?
I’m a newbie! Started six weeks ago.
What’s your official job title?
Inside Sales Coordinator.

What’s your favorite thing about your job? Why did you choose to work here?
My coworkers are my most favorite thing… They make it feel like I’ve known them for a long time even though I just started here. The relaxed and welcoming atmosphere at PreSonus play a big role in my decision to start working here.

What was the first 8 track, cassette, CD or digital download you purchased? 
My first music purchase was a cassette when I was maybe nine years old. It had some old party songs from artists like Leslie Gore, Claudine Clark, The Ronnettes and other Motown songstresses.
Who’s your go to band or artist when you can’t decide on something to listen to?
Oh!Kelly

Everyone has a side gig, what’s yours? 
Ehh, nothing in the music world. I’m a big gamer though.
What instruments do you play? 
The flute, but I am VERY out of practice.
What’s your go to Karaoke song?
I Will Survive!

 

What do you love about the Eris 4.5? Why did you choose this as your favorite?
I have a pair at my desk. They’re the perfect size–there’s no competition for desk space between the tasks I need to get done and the speakers that make doing that work more enjoyable. They give a full, rich sound without dominating my desk or disturbing my coworkers!

What other PreSonus products do you have?
I also have an AudioBox USB 96… Well my husband’s band, OH!Kelly, they have a lot! They have an RML 32, HP2, a StudioLive 16.4.2 and they work with Studio One 3.5 Professional.

Got any tips for working with the Eris 4.5?
The Acoustic Space function helps me tune the speakers perfectly for my cube. Also, gotta love the headphone jack and Aux In inputs are on the front–SUPER convenient!

Learn more about the Eris Monitors Fam here:

 

It’s #PreSonusFAMFriday with Tony Flammia!

 Today’s #PreSonusFAMFriday is the one and only Tony Flammia.

Tony is the Director of PreSonus’ Commercial Audio Division and an all around cool guy who loves his family and Waffle House equally. Tony spends much of his time on the road, training our commercial installation customers on the latest and greatest from PreSonus. We caught up with him on a recent trip to our HQ and quizzed him about his favorite piece of gear: the StudioLive Series III Family!
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How long have you worked for PreSonus?
Three years.
What’s your official job title? 
Director, Commercial Audio Division.
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What’s your favorite thing about your job? Why did you choose to work here? 

I get to travel the world working with a bunch of great people. I used to be a PreSonus and WorxAudio dealer. When PreSonus purchased WorxAudio I was offered a job to help create a commercial division which has been a blast!

What was the first 8 track, cassette, CD or digital download you purchased? 

8 Track was Aldo Nova (Aldo Nova), cassette was Alice Cooper’s “Poison” single. CD: Skid Row.

Who’s your go-to band or artist when you can’t decide on something to listen to?

Anything from Crosby, Stills and Nash to My Chemical Romance… depends on my mood.

What instruments do you play? 
Drums, some guitar, even less keyboards.
What’s your go to Karaoke song? 

The one with no lyrics… So anything Yo-Yo Ma.

What’s your favorite piece of PreSonus gear and what do you love about it?

It’s a tie between the Studio 192 & StudioLive Series III Mixers. I love the Studio 192 because it allows me to take multiple high resolution transfer function measurements at the same time. The StudioLive Series III is a great sounding mixer that incorporates some forward thinking technology. I spend most of my time with the StudioLive Mixers so I’ll go with that as my favorite.

What other PreSonus products do you have? 

AudioBox iTwo, 328AI speakers, AIR15s subs, HP4 headphones, Studio One and Notion.

Tell us about a successful event you worked with PreSonus products.

I just optimized a High School Theater system in Lehigh Acres Florida. The contractor changed the entire ecosystem from a competitor to PreSonus. After tuning the system the school said they never heard the system sound that good before. That’s a win in my book.
What are you currently working on? What’s next for you? 

Right now I working on putting training modules together for our commercial dealers. Our main focus with the commercial division is to help our dealers be the best they can be.

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Got any tips for working with the mixer?

My favorite feature on StudioLive Mixers… press and hold the TAP button to zero out parameters.

Anything else you want to share? 

I have the most supportive wife (seriously, I’m on the road a lot) and six amazing kids ranging from three to nineteen years old! They are why I do what I do.
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Learn more about the StudioLive Series III Family here!

It’s #PreSonusFAMFriday with Dominic Bazile!

Dominic “Tic Toc” Bazile has been with us for the better part of a decade, most of that time in the role of Quality Assurance Tester. That’s a fancy way of saying that not much gets past him; Dom finds bugs so you don’t have to. A man with the eyes of an eagle.

It turns out that his ears are pretty good, too. Dom’s a producer/multi-instrumentalist who creates music for TV and film, and plays saxophone, flute, piano, bass, and guitar. This arguably puts him at the top of the list of the most diversely talented and in-demand musicians that call PreSonus home. Let’s get to know him better!
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How long have you worked for PreSonus? 
6 years!

What’s your official job title? 
Quality Assurance Tester
What’s your favorite thing about your job? Why did you choose to work here? 

Testing new products and having the ability to make them better for our customers! It’s not every day you realize a music manufacturer as big as Presonus is headquartered in your town. I wanted to be a part of the bigger picture in helping other’s fulfill their music ambitions.

What was the first 8 track, cassette, CD or digital download you purchased? 
First cassette was probably Incognito’s Positivity.

Who’s your go to band or artist when you can’t decide on something to listen to?
Currently it’s Robert Glasper Experiment, they blend different genre’s such as Jazz, R&B, Funk, and Hip Hop. 

Everyone has a side gig, what’s yours? 
I produce music for various artists, tv/film, as well as mix live bands on the weekends.
What instruments do you play? IMG_6993
First love is saxophone, but I also play flute, piano, bass, and guitar.
What’s your go to Karaoke song? 

Chicken Fried by Zac Brown Band, lol!

What do you love about the FaderPort 8?
I love the FaderPort 8 because of what it is, but also because of it’s unique integration with Studio One.

What other PreSonus products do you have? 

I love my PreSonus R80 monitors, Studio 192, and of course Studio One 3! I use them along with the FaderPort 8 on a daily basis in my studio.

Why did you choose this as your favorite? 

The FaderPort 8 is THE piece of gear that keeps my whole workflow moving forward. Without it, I’m stuck mousing around which slows up the process of recording.

Tell us about a successful event you worked with PreSonus products.
I use StudioLive mixer in church and it has never failed me! I mix all the sound live while recording every input into Capture for release after the church service. It’s a great workflow.

What are you currently working on? What’s next for you? 

Working on some Neo Soul/Jazz projects at the moment that I’m excited about.

Got any tips for working with the mixer? 

Gain stage properly and everything else will fall into place.FaderPort-8-8

Anything else you want to share? 
It’s been a pleasure working for a company like PreSonus the people are great and I love meeting our customers out in the field.

 Where can we find you on social media?

You can follow me @tic2datoc on Instagram and Twitter.