Well, her name is Linzy Rae. Linzy and her band, The Anchor, are the masterminds behind the viral video YouTube series “Metal Kitchen.” With over 1.3 million views on their first video, and 35K followers on Facebook, they caught our eye–and ear.
Check out her first video “The Ghost Inside makes Shepherd’s Pie” from December 2015.
“The Ghost Inside makes Shepherd’s Pie” from December 2015.
Linzey is the lead vocalist for The Anchor, a Melodic Metalcore band based in Denver, CO. They’re also big fans of PreSonus so we figured we could trade them an interview for some Cajun recipes. They agreed and everyone wins!
The band started out with an Audiobox USB 2X2 with a free version of Studio One 2 Artist. We eventually upgraded to the producer version because we loved it so much. Now we have Studio One 3 Producer.
We have used Studio One Pro for our first two EPs in my band, The Anchor. We have used Studio one for our entire YouTube channel as well. It has worked great in our home studio.
We originally used it because we needed a USB interface. We were told the Presonus Audiobox 2X2 would be a great start! It came with Studio one Artist and we loved it because of its user friendliness. Also the all the tutorials have been extremely helpful.
We love it’s user friendliness, compatibility with vst’s and plugins. It also comes with great mixing tools as well as the Project Page is such help with some post mixing/mastering things.
The project page is particularly helpful in putting final touches on songs.
Go watch the tutorials and Studio One Experts! It is so helpful!
Studio One 3 is a great expansion to the already awesome Studio One 2 we had previously. We will never switch, and can’t wait to see what the future holds for PreSonus.
I started uploading some covers to YouTube about a year ago. Now we consistently upload covers on a weekly or biweekly basis. We have videos such as Metal Kitchen, Scream It Like A Girl, and Pop Goes Metal.
We were in the studio and someone was going to order Chinese food for dinner. While I was in the recording booth, they asked me what I wanted to eat and I screamed “crab cheese wantons,” which created a running joke. Afterwards, our friend made a joke saying that I could write a recipe into one of our songs and people wouldn’t know the difference (Since the common opinion of metal music is that you can’t understand what the vocalist is saying). Then the idea sort of grew from there.
The video completely caught us off guard it was amazing and also scary at the same time. We have never had so much attention on us all at once!
We just released a Metal Kitchen about making Black Bean Burgers featuring Miss May I’s song, IHE. For the next metal kitchen we are thinking about making Tacos to an All That Remains songs. Metal Kitchens format probably won’t change that much but we have a lot of other cool ideas that we can’t wait to try out!
Try out Studio One for free like these guys did HERE! Who knows, you may be the next YouTube sensation! Stranger things have happened…
Been considering Studio One? We’re up to version 3.2.2, and now’s a great time to get on board, as we’ve added some features since 3.0, including the very popular Console Shaper and a ton of workflow improvements. This is an instant price drop with no rebate forms.
Some other details you ought to know:
If you own a DAW from the qualifying list below, you’re entitled to the 25% off discount. All you need to do is provide a copy of the UPC code or original purchase receipt for the other DAW in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upon approval, you will be issued a coupon code, which you can then use to purchase Studio One for the limited-time discounted price. Kindly allow up to 24 hours for the coupon code to be issued Monday through Friday. If requested on a weekend, the request will be handled the following Monday.
Qualifying DAWs include:
This deal is available for digital downloads at the online PreSonus shop. But, if you’re feeling analog, we won’t get in the way. If a boxed copy is more your speed, then our ever-lovin’ dealers are participating as well.
Only in June 2016—we’re offering 30% off of any item in the entire line of eBass Add-ons for Studio One 3. These recordings of a real-deal 1970s P-bass have been recorded in immaculate detail. Make no mistake—this isn’t a one-sound-per-MIDI note sample pack like that SoundFont from 1998 that you found on some “Free samples” website. There is a LOT for you to work with here—the packs include many different right-hand dynamics, left hand positions, hammer-ons, slides, dead notes and harmonics. There’s also a bevy of scripting at hand here, including valuable presets for you keyboardists out there who want to emulate bass playing via MIDI. Last but not least, each pack includes Musicloops in a variety of styles, including MIDI note data and effects chains per Musicloop.
There are four packs in the e-Bass collection: Vintage Finger, Vintage Pick, Classic Finger, and Classic Pick. They’re also available in an all-in-one combo pack.
For more details on the incredible depth of the eBass collection, click here—but here’s a taste:
“We used a Millenia TD-1 tube channel for the Vintage Bass instruments, and an Avalon DI preamp for the Classic Bass. We also recorded the bass via an Ampeg SVT top with 112 speaker, just as a sound reference. However, we ended up using only the DI signals for our eBass instruments. The DI signal provides great flexibility for additional processing with amp simulators and EQ, so the reference amp recording was a tremendous help when we designed the Instrument+FX presets—we could always compare them to the real thing. Strings were medium 045-105 round-wound for the classic and the same gauge flat-wound strings for the vintage. The pickup set was the original from 1975.”
The eBass collection is available for all editions of Studio One 3: Artist, Professional, and Prime, and can be purchased on shop.presonus.com or directly from inside Studio One.
Obviously, Willem Rebergen, or better known as DJ Headhunterz, is an incredibly talented EDM artist. A part of his genius is a result of his detailed understanding of the functionality of Studio One 3.2.2 and the ease he’s reached working with the DAW. After our initial conversation with Rebergen a couple months ago, we realized that he is a wealth of knowledge that we would love to hear more from—and we knew you would, too!
Here’s part 2 of tips and tricks for Studio One users from DJ Headhunterz!
“I’m not over exaggerating when I say that Studio One brought back the fun of making music for me,” Rebergen states. “I finally experienced what it feels like to ride the creative wave without constantly falling off it. Studio One motivates me to keep perfecting my workflow and I keep discovering new ways to do so every week.”
Rebergen starts off with tips that will ensure an easy, creative flow with Studio One. “If I were to give a tip it would be to make full use of the browser features and the MusicLoop feature. When I finish a song I completely undress it and save all sounds I made in the form of channel presets,MusicLoops and audio files. With every song I make my library expands and whenever I’m in the creative process I can recall any sound I am looking for without having to get into sound designing or endlessly searching through sample libraries. I make sure that every sound I save in MY library is on point. So they rarely need a lot of tweaking to fit into a song and I can just get on with concentrating on the creative part.”
“On the other hand I spend whole days making new sounds, collecting new drum samples, tweaking them etc. So that when I start a song, I’m loaded with content where I can just pick from very quickly.” Rebergen goes on to say, “Another thing I do is I keep an app open on the side called sticky notes where I type down all my newly made key commands (yes I constantly make new ones). I then force myself to use them all the time so they become a natural part of my workflow. Key commands make everything so much quicker and Studio One allows for using them for almost anything.”
- Another thing that I have learned over time, and often read but always somewhat ignored, is that it is absolutely crucial to work with the right sounds. So often, I have found myself trying to fit things in a mix that simply did not fit. It’s very useful to learn to be honest to yourself when making music. Even if you’ve spent hours on making something. Those couple of hours don’t mean anything when you listen to your song by the time it gets released months later. Try to be alert and not be afraid to throw stuff away. It can open up for new ideas when you clean up.
- Nowadays more and more I make sure I have my pallete of sounds ready when I start a song. So that I don’t stumble upon these issues so much. I make sure the sounds are right so that it really comes down to the idea of the song at this point.
- Some tips on making saw leads like I often do in my tracks. I love to use chords underneath but I also love using portamento. So to keep that intact, I just make 3 copies of my lead, nowadays mostly Spire or Serum and I play on each one a note of the chord. This way I can still play a chord while maintaining the glides that are a big part of how the melody is expressed.
- Set the portamento so that it’s only triggered when two notes overlap so that you have complete control over when and how much it glides. I find that using this function instead of pitch bend automation feels more natural because I assume it has a different curve to it.
- Also in the synth itself I often link an envelope to the pitch of the sound and give it a very short attack and set it to about 2 semitones down. So that each note has just a slight pitching up in the beginning. This also brings more expression into the lead sound and makes it less static.
- Find the sweet spot with detuning. LFOs can also help for nice detuning without making it sound too false.
One last reminder from Headhunterz before we wrap. “Keep a beginner’s mind and acknowledge that the learning process is endless. I still feel like a noob sometimes. But I’m very passionately curious, I always want to keep discovering new ways.”
Keep an eye out for more from Headhunterz with part 3 of this series coming soon.
Following on from the huge success of the first event, this is the second PreSonus Studio One 3 Pro Producers event at Red Bull Studios, London. This just in: Arnd Kaiser, The General Manager at PreSonus Software will be joining us at this event and be able to take questions on Studio One and listen to your ideas about future development!
Join Russ Hughes, Paul Drew, Lee Boylan, Arnd Kaiser, and other professionals and specialists to find out more about all the new professional features now in Studio One 3 including;
The evening will include both hands-on tips and tricks and an extended Q&A session for those using or those thinking about switching to Studio One 3. It is also a chance to network with other producers and engineers.
MVP Loops from Los Angeles has released a steady stream of killer hip hop, EDM, and instrumental loop content for producers since 2009, and we’re ecstatic to have partnered with them to make their great stuff available right from shop.presonus.com. These loops are compatible with any edition of Studio One 3 (Prime, Artist, or Professional), are 100% royalty-free, and include 44.1/24 bit .WAV files and MIDI loops. Most importantly, individual tracks can be mixed and matched to create truly original musical ideas and arrangements.
There’s lots more on the way from MVP, of course, but let’s take a look at the latest additions:
187 – L.A. Edition: West coast hip hop loops from guys who actually live on the west coast. Big mid-tempo drums and about 40oz of strings, keys, and synths, evocative of the work of your favorite hip hop heroes.
Our friend David Vignola, owner of Home Recording Made Easy, has an incredible new video tutorial series on that ever-mysterious topic: Drum recording! Recording Drums Made Easy is now available for free to anyone who upgrades to or registers a new copy of Studio One 3 Professional during the month of May! BONUS: if you’re already a registered customer, you can save 33% on the series!
Already got Studio One 3 Professional? Cool, thanks. As a bonus to you, you can get 33% off David’s series. 🙂
Pete “Boxsta” Martin with Boxsta Music is an award winning, multi-talented producer/songwriter and one of the most sought after mix engineer in the world. He has worked with a variety of top selling artists such as Arrow Benjamin, Jessie J, Sugababes, Alexandra Burke, and Missy Elliot. Here he discusses leaving Pro Tools for Studio One 3.2 and the ease of the transition.
“Studio One is an incredible platform because it’s the best of every DAW out there. It’s totally new and fresh; it encompasses everything you need.” – Pete Martin.
For more on Studio One 3.2, click HERE.
For a limited time, we’ll give you a copy of Studio One Artist—a $99 value—with purchase of the PreSonus Ceres 3.5BT or 4.5BT speakers! This is an ideal combo if you or someone you know is interested in getting started in music production. Good speakers are a must for audio work, and Studio One 3 Artist offers one of the most intuitive music production experiences available.
The Ceres are versatile, powerful speakers for their size, and are ideal for working at the computer or as desktop speakers in the living room, bedroom or den. They offer a wide variety of physical audio inputs in addition to a wireless Bluetooth connection, allowing you to amplify nearly any audio signal you can imagine in true PreSonus quality.
Interested but not sure if Studio One is right for you? Click here to learn more about why Studio One is the fastest-growing Digital Audio Workstation on the planet. All you need to do is register your Ceres at my.presonus.com and Studio One Artist will appear in your account.
Limited-time offer in May 2016: We’re offering 30% off of loops from Sample Magic over at shop.presonus.com! Meticulously sampled from vintage equipment of yesteryear like the TB-303 and classic modular synths and drum machines, Sample Magic has a pack for you regardless of what style of electronic music you’re into producing.
Check out the audio demos below, and click here to shop and save! Note that you’ll need to be running Studio One 3 Artist, Prime, or Professional to take advantage of these loops.