Jurij Ricotti is a Musician, Composer, Music Director, Sound Engineer, Sound Designer and Producer. He’s worked on multiplatinum albums alongside top artists and producers with Tony Renis and Humberto Gatica. He’s worked as a Musician and Sound Engineer in Europe, Asia, Middle East, USA, and Australia, and is a Studio One power user. He was happy to tell us why.
• What PreSonus products have you used and which do you currently use?
I Use Studio One Professional since version 3 because I was tired of crashes and old features in Cubase 7 and 8. My workflow is stressful for the DAW, and for the Mac too, with hundreds of MIDI tracks assigned to orchestral instruments, drums, audio guitars and percussion strictly focused on Cinematic purposes. As a composer and arranger, I love flexibility, speed and performance that does not distract my mind from the creativity process. And Studio One is the best DAW for this, in my humble opinion of course.
• For what applications are you using Studio One? (Example: for recording, composing, sound design, and so on; in a commercial studio, project studio, for live recording, etc.)
At the moment, SO3 is my main DAW at JGRSTUDIO. I’m finishing mastering on Barbara Todisco’s new album before starting Gianfranco Mauto’s next album. And all my collaborators are moved to Studio One and Notion. Recently I’ve finished some guitar tracks for three international movies in 2016. I’ve used Studio One for all Andrea Bocelli “Cinema” Radio edits and cuts, some edit for his TV video show in Italy with Rita Ora and many other great performers. I’ve also used Studio One for arranging the drums on Bocelli’s performance at the MTV Awards with Tory Kelly. The piano parts and mixing was performed by Pierpaolo Guerrini at PPGStudios. Another intensive use was during percussion programming on the Track “Maria” on Cinema Album. Vocal Recording was all done in PPGStudios (www.studiocentauro.it) by Humberto Gatica, Pierpaolo Guerrini for the English and Italian songs and with me in the Spanish version. The London Symphony Orchestra was recorded at Abbey Road. Final Mix was by Humberto Gatica at Lion Share Studios in LA. “Cinema” was a gigantic work with pro arrangers involved, four Sound Engineers, Abbey Road sessions, mixing in LA. Thanks to three of the best producers: Tony Renis, Humberto Gatica and David Foster. Studio One is a perfect platform for project studio and for pro studio, I didn’t use it for live yet, but I will cover this soon.
• What led you to choose Studio One? Was it the company’s reputation, audio quality, ease of use, specific features, price, other factors?
PreSonus have a great reputation in Europe, and the products are solid and used in a lot of home and project studios. As I mentioned before I was tired of other DAWs, I’ve used Cubase mainly for the last 10 years, I use Pro Tools because is a standard in the studio, and when 64-bit came around, the choice was only on Logic, Cubase 8, Bitwig, or Ableton. I’ve tried to work with those platforms, especially on Logic because of its score editor, and other features.
But there was always something missing. As any user knows, changing your DAW after 10 years is not easy for anyone. I downloaed the Studio One demo and started to feel confident immediately thanks to the option to use Cubase Key Commands. But I was completely blown away with the Melodyne Integration and parallel processing with the Splitter. At this point curiosity brought me on to the Studio One Expert website where I’ve studied all the other features. After the first month, I was faster than before doing vocal comps and converting MIDI to audio. With Melodyne studio I can also bring the orchestral click on the arrangement. I love the mixer: it’s innovative, full of controls and perfectly fits with my controllers and iPad.
• Having used Studio One, what do you like most about it?
Well, strange but not strange. Studio One is super solid—I get no crashes with my intensive sessions. Great compatibility with any controllers, Melodyne and now VocAlign integration, parallel processing, and great performance on my Mac Pro. There are also other features I love: no dongle, affordable price, mastering in the Project Page, and last but not least an amazing dithering process from 192khz or 96khz to 44khz—better then all the other DAWs.
• What Studio One features have proven particularly useful and why?
In modern music arrangement and mixing, the parallel processing and external audio hardware integration is a standard. Especially with external outboards like compressors, effects, or preamps. I’m using Studio One with an RME Fireface UFX and a lot of outboard gear. Many composers and sound engineers are now tracking in home studios, or project studios without physical mixers, they prefer to use Summing Mixers with outboards and different kinds of preamps. Even if you are involved in rap, pop, rock or classical. This reduces space, studio costs, and time. The most interesting feature for me is the automation. With Studio One you can automate everything, simply amazing.
• How does Studio One compare to other DAWs you have used? What’s better, what’s not as good, what does it give you that other DAWs don’t?
A comparison is obvious for a professional user, someone like me comes from intensive works on Pro Tools or Cubase or Logic. Studio One is new, and all the new features are impressive. The mixer has better performance and the audio dithering is better. The score editor with Notion 6 is great. Pro Tools does not have score editor at all. The real strength of Studio One is the continued relationship with their Forum users, they pay attentions what users ask and suggest, this never happened before with other DAWs. The compatibility with AU and VST let the users choose do not change the plugs, this is important for small budget studios.
Arranging and mixing is faster, plug-ins copy and paste, customizable colors, Melodyne works better than other DAWs, and native plug-inslike the Pro EQ, and Reverbs are pro-quality. Macros are genius, and users can share them through PreSonus Exchange. The loops management is functional and logical, the resident instruments are good. All DAWs have many shared features like VCAs, Analog emulations, etc.. but Studio One is on another level.
• Any user tips or tricks or interesting stories based on your experience with Studio One?
I’ve created my YouTube channel JGRStudios, where I show how to use Studio One professionally in Italian for our audience. The best tips are related to speed up all the production process. I’ve suggested Studio One to my other collaborators, showed how to translate audio to MIDI, use of Melodyne, programming the orchestra and how to use parallel mixing. Now we all use Studio One. I think the best way to understand the real potential is simply to try it! Download the demo and use it, you will be impressed.
• Please give me some basic background info on your career and current projects, credits, and so on. (You can point me to Web sites and/or email me information.)
My music career was started in 1990 as a guitar player in a death metal band called Desecration. My idea of music was always based on “create, not emulate.” In these years my music was released for Warner, Sony and Universal. A big change was in the middle of 90s with Yngwie Malmsteen’s Italian Tour. Thanks to him I started to work with other guitar heroes and guitar magazines until a I began session work in early 2000. I’ve traveled a lot, and worked with Kevin Costner, Kacey Musgraves, MIMS, Malmsteen, Steve Vai, Desecration, Corona, Fernando Osorio, Tony Macalpine, Ana Belen, Armando Manzanero, Queen, Britney Spears, Bireli Lagrane, Richard Galliano, Marcello Giordani, Andrea Bocelli, IL VOLO, Ennio Morricone, Vinnie Colaiuta, Nathan East, Michael Thompson, Michael Landau, Nguyen Le, John McLauglin, David Silvian, Steven Mercurio, and many more.
Aas a Sound Designer my job was awarded with Effie 2016, Dubai Lynx 2015, and nominee for Golden Lions at Cannes for Chrysler Commercial “The Performer” with Qsai and Publicist Middle East.
I’ve worked for 5 years with IL VOLO as arranger, Music Director, Guitarist and Sound Engineer thanks toTony Renis and Humberto Gatica on their first three albums and a PBS special. After this experience I was aired to be a Music Direcor for Pope Francesco events with Hope Music in Vatican and Brazil Youth Day, the absolutely most incredible experience of my life.
Actually I’m still working with Tony Renis (A. Bocelli’s Producer) always together with Humberto Gatica. With Pierpaolo Guerrini we started a very good collaboration in his wonderful studio PPG in Tuscany.
• Any final comments about PreSonus and Studio One?
I think Studio One is the DAW of the future. Great potential, great team, smart approaches to user needs.
But if we had the option, doing what we love at the beach is high on our wish list. Somehow that’s just what Cory Davis, with 30A company based in Santa Rosa Beach, FL, has figured out how to do in his work at 30A Radio.
30A is a highway along Florida’s gulf coast offering visitors more than just a beach vacation. Fine dining, prefect sandy beaches, weekend farmers markets, bike trails… you’re not going to want to leave. It’s also where the Truman Show was filmed. You may have seen a bright blue bumper sticker when driving around town–it looks like this:
Davis is the Director of Sales for The 30A Company advertising department, and programs and manages 30A Radio. Davis recently got his hands on one of our AR12 Mixers and we wanted to hear how it was treating him and improving his workflow.
Learn more about our StudioLive AR Hybrid Mixers here!
This is a screamin’ deal!
Mix and monitor with your bandmates without bothering the neighbors. This limited-time bundle (November 2016) is available to customers in the USA only from shop.presonus.com.
You get the whole bundle for a mere $199, which is less than the cost of the four sets of headphones without the HP4 amp on any other month out of the year.
The headphones are comfortable for long mix sessions and sound great, and the HP4 allows for stereo or mono listening, with individual volume levels available for each set of headphones connected. The HP4 gets PLENTY loud, too (be careful!) so it’s also a great choice for drummers who need to hear the mix over the clang of their Lars Ulrich Signature Series Diamond Plate Steel Snare Drum.
Let’s talk about chocolate–it’s delicious. But it gets better. Your favorite DAW, Studio One, and chocolate combined to make the Chocolate Audio Piano series!
AND for the month of November, purchase the Chocolate Audio Piano series for Studio One for 30% Off directly out of the PreSonus Shop! Offer available worldwide.
Here’s what you need to know about the collection–it’s compatible with Studio One 3.2 Prime, Artist and Professional and it’s specially designed for Presence XT within Studio One 3.2. Three different pianos are available, each recorded with high-quality mics and expensive preamps. If you can’t pick just one, get the combo pack of all three! We recently blogged about the whole collection–read more here.
It also contains all three Chocolate Audio pianos:
These three are also available for individual purchase for 30% off for the month of November.
We released Studio One 3.3 earlier this year–read all about it here.
“Where can I find help with Studio One?” is one of the most FAQs we receive on social media week to week. That and, “Can I get a StudioLive for free?”
The answer to the latter is no (most of the time).
But we have lots of available responses with help for Studio One. One of those is referring the customer to our friends at Groove 3. Groove 3 offers over 1200 hours of video tutorials of popular DAWs like Studio One, Plug-ins, instruments and more with new content every week and 100% satisfaction guarantee.
Take advantage of this deal before it’s too late!
The Section Winds give your arrangements and orchestrations new depth and control and there’s a ton in this bundle.
All of which were performed and recorded by principal and second players from the London Symphony Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios in London.
This bundle is compatible with Notion 4 or later! We released Notion 6 earlier this year–Click here to read the latest on Notion!
November 2016 only: Crossgrade to Studio One 3 Professional for less!
What’s a Crossgrade, you ask? Just show us proof of ownership of a qualifying DAW and we’ll cut a big chunk of the price off of Studio One 3 Professional. If you own a DAW from the qualifying list below, you’re entitled to the discount.
All you need to do is find a local dealer, online dealer, or contact PreSonus with 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 Professional for the limited-time Crossgrade price of $199 USD—down $100 from the typical $299 price, and even $50 cheaper than the last time we ran a crossgrade discount. 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:
What are you waiting for? Christmas? By then this will all be over!
Of course, I can’t forget this bonus: for those of you considering making the switch from Pro Tools, here’s a set of ELEVEN videos from Russ Hughes at Studio One Expert covering the best ways to make the transition from Pro Tools to Studio One.
We love the Eris monitors around here, and if the reviews are any indication, the rest of the world does, too. We’re pretty excited by the fact that this line—our entry into the studio monitor arena—remains such a favorite. Some things are done right the first time. (The trick, by the way, is lots and lots of planning.) And this month only, customers in the USA can get them for 25% off! That’s like getting the second one half price when you pay full price for the first.
Normally this is the part of the blog post where I say a bunch of great things about the thing I’m trying to sell you. But I’m going to let the reviews do that this time:
“Of course, there plenty of comparably priced speakers, but PreSonus has differentiated the Eris line in some key ways, principally the extensive tone control options (these can really make a different in rooms that don’t have ideal acoustics), analog power amplifiers instead of digital, and the easy accommodation of consumer as well as professional gear. PreSonus has a reputation of making great products “for the rest of us,” and the Eris speakers follow that philosophy.”
—Jon Chappell at Harmony Central.
“I found both of these monitor models very useful tools for the imperfect art of home-studio mixing… if you were to put them up in a very controlled environment, next to speakers you paid a bunch of money for, you would probably find things here and there about them you didn’t like – although you may be surprised. Setting them up in my humble (yet effective) home studio for a few months helped me hear things I wasn’t hearing previously and helped me to provide better mixes for my clients. At the end of the day, that matters much more than the price tag of the speaker or the label on the front. Job well done, PreSonus.”
—Eli Crews at Tape Op.
“For their first attempt in the monitor speaker market, PreSonus start with an already technically mature product. The Eris E8 offers high-quality construction, comprehensive input connections and extensive setting possibilities (low-cut filter plus low, mid and high filters) at an affordable price ($250 for a single monitor). During our listening sessions, the speaker seduced us because it reveals no real weakness. The frequency response is very smooth, even smoother than the Mackie we liked so much two years ago, all frequencies are reproduced effortless. This also applies to the dynamic range and the stereo imaging. This E8 monitor speaker is the autumn hot deal in the lower mid-class market segment.”
—Red Led at AudioFanZine.
While studio monitors are the de facto standard for listening to your work while you work on it, not all of us have a living situation that allows us to fire off our Sceptre S8 and Temblor T10 combo at full volume all the time. Ever live in an apartment with paper-thin walls? Ever have a roommate with one of those crazy work schedules, like 9 a.m.-5 p.m? We know what it’s like, and for scenarios like that there’s nothing wrong with mixing on headphones.
Beyond that, let’s not forget that it’s important to reference your mixes on headphones to make sure they translate well to the format. After all, we’re fifteen years into the post-iPod world, and more and more listeners are growing up conditioned to listening to music on personal devices with headphones and/or earbuds. Making sure your mixes sound good on these devices is more important than ever!
For November 2016 only, customers in the USA can take 50% off of the already low price of our great-sounding HD7 headphones. They’re warm and clear, and also comfy—you can wear them for long mix sessions without getting that “octopus on my brain” headache that other, more snug headphones sometimes impart. Get some!
What are you waiting for! Half price studio-grade headphones—get some!
Baton Rouge-based Thou—winners of Pitchfork’s Metal Record of the Year in 2014—recently took a Studio 192 on the road to record rehearsal sessions and demos for a forthcoming full-length.
Opportunities for collaborative songwriting had become more difficult for the band, as their members have scattered across the country. They typically only get together for tours and shows, making songwriting and recording opportunities somewhat scarce.
Not anymore. Recording straight into Studio One via the Studio 192 allowed the band to write and record in whatever impromptu spaces their tour found them in. Josh Nee (Drums) took recordings home to edit and mix demos for the record after returning from their most recent tour. The full-length, Magus, is on its way.