Christopher “AudioCzar” Smith is no joke. The man’s been cranking out track after track for a long time, now, and in the last year he’s settled on Studio One Professional for all of his sonic endeavors. Fortunately for us (and you) I was able to get him to answer some questions about his production habits, and why he’s chosen PreSonus.
When he’s not producing music, he’s also producing excellent videos full of Studio One tips; at the time of this writing he’s up to 20 and counting. Click here to see all of the Czar’s vids.
Who are you, where are you, and what do you do?
I’m Christopher “Czar” Smith, originally from Memphis, but I live in Nashville, TN. I am an audio engineer specializing in recording and mixing.
How were you introduced to PreSonus?
I bought Studio One Artist during a NAMM sale few years ago, for about $20. It was an impulse buy I’m glad I made. Actually, I remember my first recording setup back in 2000—I had a PreSonus TubePRE for vocals.
What PreSonus software/
Every mix I’ve done since 2013 has been done in Studio One Professional, and every song or album I’ve mastered since upgrading to Professional was also done in Studio One. When I work out of Groove Box studios here in Nashville I use the DigiMax FS for tracking drum or hardware inserts for my analog gear I bring with me. I also have a FaderPort that I use when mixing.
What’s so great about PreSonus, anyhow?
PreSonus is great because unlike a lot of other companies, you can tell they are really passionate about their products, and they listen to the consumer. They also have excellent customer interaction. If you tweet them, they will tweet back. Everyone I’ve met from the PreSonus staff at NAMM or Gearfest have all been friendly and helpful. And all the products are well thought-out and designed. PreSonus is one of the few companies I look forward to seeing new products from every year.
What’s the last big project that you worked on using PreSonus gear?
The last big project I did was a mix for Diane Betts, a very talented singer/songwriter here in Nashville. Her song was mixed and mastered using Studio One Profefssional.
What are you working on now—or next?
Right now I’m finishing up mixing and mastering The Equalizers debut album, “After Hours.” Next up, I’ll be mixing an album for a rap group from Nashville, and I’m doing some production for a rap artist from Nebraska. I also just got hired to do some mixing and mastering for an artist in France. It’s the first time I doing work for someone overseas, so I’m excited about it!
Where can folks find out more information about you and your work online?
Just when we thought Joe Gilder of Home Studio Corner couldn’t GET any cooler; the guy goes and drops a SEVENTEEN-VIDEO BOMB on the Internet. But don’t duck and cover; instead you should click and learn.
This incredible playlist covers all manner of Studio One topics, including but not limited to:
Also covered are some great 101-level tips for first-time users.
If you’re interested in Studio One, get the FREE 30-day demo of Studio One Professional by clicking here.
Donovan Blake knows what he’s doing. He’s charged with running front of house for heavy rock stalwarts King’s X, and has chosen the StudioLive 32.4.2AI as the right tool for the job—and his other job. Blake’s also got a trusty StudioLive 32.4.2AI set up for running live sound at Austin’s Dirty Dog on—where else—6th street.
Here’s why, straight from the man himself.
For more on the StudioLive 32.4.2AI, click here.
Are you 17 or younger and think you have what it takes to become music’s next superstar? If so, this is your chance to demonstrate your musical chops in Camp Jam’s SuperJam music contest. This FREE, interactive online music contest gives you the opportunity to showcase your talent and compete online via YouTube to be heard by friends and family. Receive feedback on your performance from some of the music industry’s top rock legends, songwriters, producers. and DJs. Winners will be determined by talent and fan support.
SuperJam allows entrants to submit to the contest in one of three categories; instrumentalist (guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, vocals), singer/songwriter (sing or play your original song) or DJ/production (original or remix) The contest is open to all contemporary styles: rock, metal, acoustic, EDM, pop, country rock, alternative, and more.
Winners will receive Studio One download codes, as well as music gear from other Camp Jam sponsors, plus credits toward Camp Jam’s summer camps. The competition is open to young musicians 9 to 17 years of age, any experience level. Ages 9 -12 must have parent approval.
To get more information and to enter the contest visit http://www.campjam.com/superjam-music-contest
Hurry, you must submit your video between March 3rd – March 21st!
Seattle’s Brandon Scott has been saying nice things about us for a couple years now. Beneath his infinitely approachable demeanor, the guy is completely PreSonuCore. His home studio is almost completely draped in familiar silver and blue; a rack-mount roll-call finds the AudioBox 1818VSL, FireStudio Mobile, Studio One, and now the FaderPort all present and accounted for. The FaderPort is Scott’s latest acquisition, and he’s already singing the praises of portable power placed in the ‘Port’s petite profile—check out the cool video he made on the matter, below.
Hey Brandon – now that you’ve had some time to learn to love the FaderPort, try taking it away for a week and see what it does to your workflow. I DARE YOU!
Brandon’s been staying busy in true Scott form:
“Of late, I’m still writing some newer songs, recording some cover songs, doing a lot of video, and of course being a new daddy to a 7-month old has been challenging, but also amazing all at the same time. That’s probably my best job ever over anything else.”
“I’ve been doing a lot of mixing projects for people, of course using the amazingly beautiful Studio One. I’ve also gotten into video lately, I use Studio One to render any needed audio effects, and then bounce it back out to Final Cut or Adobe Premiere—and it lines up perfectly!”
“I want to thank you all for what you do for someone small like me. I appreciate you all at PreSonus and love you and Rick. Next time you all are out in Seattle let me know so we can hook up!”
Kevin Madigan, front of house mix engineer for a li’l band you may have heard of called Crosby, Stills, and Nash (!) speaks with Phil Garfinkel about his use of PreSonus interfaces and SMAART technologies at NAMM 2014!
Alright! The very first hot-off-the-hard drive review of the Eris 4.5 just got a kickin’ video review from Fred Caplongo at HomeTracks. Fred’s review is also a full-on unboxing, so you can see all the cool manuals, stickers, and foam inserts that ship with the Eris 4.5; standard. Don’t say we never gave you nuthin’!
Fred says, “PreSonus has really thought of everything… You get every bit of that 70Hz in these speakers. I don’t know how they do it, because they’re pretty small… If your budget for monitors is $200, you’ve got a good choice in these speakers. ”
If you are interested in the Eris 4.5, click one of the following links to find a dealer:
The Frontliner recently scored an interview with PreSonus Quality Assurance Tester and all-around Studio One Answer Man Dominic Bazile. In their thorough Q&A session, Dominic’s brains are picked about not only how he got involved with PreSonus, but also about some of the inner workings that make Studio One tick. If you want an inside look at Studio One from a man who knows better than most, look no further!
Check it out! KATFYR, who was so kind to present for us at NAMM 2014, just wrapped up this excellent demo of the sounds of Goldbaby Essentials, an incredible add-on pack for Studio One that includes meticulously sampled old-skool drum machines, lovingly sampled to cozy, warm, analog tape. Grab yourself a copy of Goldbaby Essentials by clicking here, and save a lot of money (and desk space) over buying all those hard-to-maintain and harder-to-afford analog beatboxes of yore. Hear the sounds of GoldBaby Essentials below!