[This just in from James F. Reynolds, pop and dance music’s “secret weapon.” He has mixed and produced a wide range of acts including Ellie Goulding, Emeli Sande, Years and Years, Tinie Tempah, and The Saturdays. Last year he made the switch to Studio One and was kind enough to share his insights with us.]
• For what applications are you using Studio One Pro? (Example: for recording, composing, sound design, and so on; in a commercial studio, project studio, for live recording, etc.)
I use Studio One 3 Professional for mixing, production, and recording.
• What led you to choose Studio One? Was it the company’s reputation, audio quality, ease of use, specific features, price, other factors?
I spent many years using a combination of Logic, Pro Tools, and Ableton Live, as they all have strengths in different areas. I had been searching for a while for a DAW that has the best of all these platforms, for example:
Last year I had quite a few producers in my studio talking about Studio One and decided to investigate further. After taking some time to get to know the program, it became apparent that this was a program that has been thought out really well and ticks the box of being a one stop shop for mixing/production and writing.
• Having used Studio One, what do you like most about it?
I have used it consistently for 5 months now and it has sped up my mixing and overall workflow. One of the best features is being able to set up a series of commands using Macros. It’s also very stable.
• What Studio One features have proven particularly useful and why?
The arranger track is very handy, as often when I am mixing a song, the label wants extended versions. The Arranger and also to try out different structures within the arrangement. This is very easy to do using the arranger as it can copy any section with all the automation related to it.
• Any user tips or tricks or interesting stories based on your experience with Studio One?
My tip is this: if you are trying Studio One out, stick with it. It’s always very difficult switching from a platform that you use day in day out for many years as everything is second nature. It takes a while to get back to this speed on a new platform but if you persevere it pays off !
• Please give me some basic background info on your career and current projects, credits, and so on.
I am mainly known as a mixer. I am currently mixing Emeli Sande and before that was mixing Ellie Goulding “Still falling for you” (U.S.A radio mix) and Kelly Clarkson. I also mix for a K Pop band called B.T.S who’s album last year broke records. I co wrote “Drinking from the bottle” with Mark Knight and Calvin Harris and Tinie Tempah. For more info, check out www.jamesfreynoldsmixing.com
• Any final comments about PreSonus and Studio One?
I am really excited about the future of Studio One and have been really encouraged by a development team that actually take on board feedback from mixers and producers and often implement ideas if they are good. This was a big frustration with other DAWs, as feedback was not listened to or acted on.
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[Ryan Louder is a multi-platinum music producer and songwriter. Having studied at the Royal College of Music as a composer, Ryan went on score films and produce music, working with a multitude of artists including Troye Sivan, Pixie Lott, Claudia Kane Katherine Jenkins, Alexandra Burke and Dido.]
• What PreSonus products have you used and which do you currently use?
I have two studios with identical setups: 2 Studio 192s and Studio One 3 in both. I also have a Studio 192 Mobile and laptop when out of the studio which works great.
Recording, songwriting, production, mixing—everything I need to write and produce high-end productions for high level artists is in Studio One. I’m blown away by Studio One, and it has served me well in very high-pressure situations.
Word of mouth. A lot of people in the industry are talking about studio one being the DAW of the future…
• Having used Studio One, what do you like most about it?
The usability and reliability! The people deciding what goes where know what they’re doing, where other DAWs seem to have no clue of a producer’s needs. For example, one DAW manufacturer keeps going on about “The Cloud,” which no one wants or needs… and they keep going on as if it’s something significant while there rubbish software crashes several times a day. Studio One is the polar opposite and the reliability is incredible.
I can drag and drop preset instruments—so quick!
My biggest tip is “Do not believe anything other than your ears.” Do blind tests on comparing quality—for example, I chose the Studio 192 converters clocked to my Black Lion audio clock over audio gear that cost five times as much. I chose the Studio 192 six times out eight of blind tests. Do blind tests on everything from plug-ins to hardware. You’ll save yourself money big time.
With 8 touch-sensitive, motorized, 100 mm faders and 57 buttons covering 78 different functions, you can quickly zoom in on audio files for editing, adjust your click-track tempo with a simple tap, modify plug-in parameters, manage aux mixes—and, of course, control track levels with the touch of a finger. With the FaderPort 8, you’ll enjoy the fastest, most efficient workflow you’ve ever experienced.