The performances by Irma Thomas, John Boutte, and Kermit Ruffins were recently tracked live at the New Orleans Center For Creative Arts (NOCCA) by professional recording engineer and faculty member, Steve Himelfarb using the PreSonus StudioLive 32S digital mixer and Studio One DAW software.
Let’s get to know him a bit better and hear what he has to say about integrating Studio One and StudioLive for use in live recordings!
Steve began working in recording studios around Los Angeles when he was about 18, doing the midnight til 9:00 a.m. cleanup shift at Cherokee Studios. As a result, he had priceless experiences including meeting Mötley Crüe (still one of the loudest he has ever heard to this day) when Roy Thomas Baker was mixing their debut record. Another fond memory was that of Ray Manzarek producing X’s Wild Gift during the heyday of the 80s music scene.
“Cherokee was super rock & roll, yet they were very strict with what they wanted from their cleanup people. I was taught how to conduct myself as a young would-be recording engineer,” Steve fondly recalls.
At 19, Steve began working for Capitol Records in the famed Capitol Studios building putting in a solid five years of work. Some of his album credits include Sheila E’s first album, Crowded House’s Crowded House, Bob Seager’s Like a Rock, Dwight Yoakum’s GTRs Cadillacs and Tori Amos’ Y Kant Tori Read. (Fun Fact: Tori and Steve have been friends since high school.)
Steve moved to New Orleans at the age of 25, and the first record he engineered in town was Buckwheat Zydeco’s On A Night Like This, which was produced by Chris Blackwell and nominated for a Grammy. He subsequently bought the studio that he worked at in the late 80s and rebuilt it with a Neve console and Studer tape machine. In 1993, Steve sold that studio and took a couple years off, sort of. To date, he has worked on 15 gold and platinum records and has five Grammy-nominated record credits to his name.
Teaching himself to bake, Steve decided to open a small restaurant in the French Quarter of New Orleans called Cake Café, and became affectionately known as “The Cake Man” in the Marigny district. After 13 years of business (fast-forwarding past Hurricane Katrina to about four months ago), he sold the restaurant and wrote a cookbook.
Incidentally, around three years ago (after encouragement from Tori Amos) he started getting back into recording again and dove headfirst into the world of digital recording using Studio One.
Here are some thoughts by Steve, in his own words:
I really like the workflow of Studio One. It feels like I am working on a console and not a computer. The drag-and-drop integration is such a great feature. The plug-ins are very musical. Lately, my go-to has been the VT-1 on the stereo bus.
Using the StudioLive 32S in a live recording situation is wonderful. In all honesty, this type of setup used to be such an involved task with a mobile recording truck and countless hours of set up. The StudioLive 32S, along with the NSB digital stage box, is such a game-changer. Total set-up time takes about an hour. The sound is clean. I like the Fat Channel limiters. They are kinda my safety net against clipping in dynamic situations. I have used the StudioLive 32S on about eight projects over the past year, and it is truly a sturdy piece of equipment for such demanding situations. In live recording situations, you just need to count on your equipment and the StudioLive has always performed excellently.
I really like how the company has developed the workflow of the recording studio in the current digital age. I could see how, about six years ago, PreSonus was ahead of the pack in their development of studio ecosystems. Now everyone is building small-format consoles and integrated systems.
Developing young artists has always been a large part of the work I have done. Teaching at New Orleans Creative Center For The Arts (NOCCA) is a natural extension of the work I love.
PreSonus is supporting schools and students in many ways, and now is the perfect time to check out our music education solutions at musiced.presonus.com.
Any student who plays an instrument, from beginner to college, can benefit from listening to recordings of their own performances. In fact, any professional musician will tell you that this is the best way to improve! We’ve put together a tutorial series called “Step up Your Practice” to demonstrate the benefits of recorded practice using our AudioBox Studio or Music Creation Suite. Check it out at musiced.presonus.com/stepup.
We’d also like you to consider Studio One and Notion for any of your recording or composition courses. Both offer highly intuitive ease-of-use that doesn’t get in the way of the most important thing—learning. Furthermore, we offer educational discounts and/or multi-seat licensing, and plenty of tutorials. For full music labs, the Music Creation Suite provides everything you need for recording, including software, recording interface, microphone, MIDI controller keyboard, and cables—and to top it off, we offer a complete school curriculum to help you get started.
Coming off the world record-setting win of the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps, our marching band audio system is now stronger than ever. We partnered with our friends at Audio-Technica to provide a turnkey solution to support field audio—read all about it at musiced.presonus.com/fieldaudio.
PreSonus is the leader in music education technology presentations. As such we are excited to participate in top national and state music conferences. Check out of list of upcoming conferences and come say hello!
If you’re interested in either school or student discounts on PreSonus gear, please contact one of our education retailers at musiced.presonus.com/buy.
John Mlynczak, PreSonus Education Market Manager, is is the kind of guy who leads by example. He recently produced this incredible nine-part video series focusing on using the AudioBox Studio, AudioBox Stereo, or AudioBox Music Creation Suite with a pair of Eris studio monitors to make practicing at home more efficient. Consider these tips “best practices” for your practices. Feel free to share your success or any new ideas!
While John’s videos were designed for music educators, fact is these tips are applicable to darn near anyone who wants to get some music made. If you’re a kid just starting out, or a home-recording vet just looking to dust off the rudiments, chances are you’ll find something of value here.
For more in PreSonus in music education, visit http://musiced.presonus.com
PreSonus Education Market Manager John Mlynczak spoke at PreSonuSphere 2013, detailing the best ways to leverage PreSonus technologies in the classroom.
For more on PreSonus’ involvement in music education, click here: http://musiced.presonus.com/
Update 9/6/13: This workshop has almost sold out! Due to popular demand, Joe has added two days to his LA seminars, September 28 and 29. Click here to register!
Just added: Music Supervisor Panel with seven of Hollywood’s top music supervisors who’s work includes Pulp Fiction, West Wing, Shameless, Paramount, HBO, Coldplay, Seal, and many current films and TV shows. There’s also VIP packages available that include dinner with these Music Supervisors—only 9 slots left!
Presonus customers who sign up by 9/21/13 get a 15% discount, too! Use Discount Code PRESONUS15
Two days. Get your road map to success in the music business.
PreSonus enthusiast and world-class producer/songwriter/engineer Joe Solo has another workshop coming up, this time in Los Angeles on August 10 and 11, 2013. This is a great opportunity to sit down with a man with some truly valuable industry experience. Joe’s clients and collaborators include Macy Gray, Fergie, Michael Jackson, Rick Rubin, Quincy Jones, and American Idol. No joke!
Joe’s Music Success Workshop is about the farthest possible thing from a boring old lecture. Bring your tracks, and Joe will give them a listen and critique them for you live during his presentation. In addition, expect Joe to cover myriad topics on success in music, including but not limited to songwriting, production, and getting your music placed in film and games.
Here’s a full list of topics covered, from Joe’s website:
Special Guest Panel of Music Supervisors & Publishers, and other Industry Players
Joe leads a panel of film & TV music supervisors, music publishers and many other key members of the music industry. They’ll be on hand to answer your questions and give you insights on how to win valuable placements.
Producer for Coldplay, Seal, Ray Charles
CEO and Publisher of PEN Music Group
Christina Aguilera, Selena Gomez, Shrek, Homeland, New Girl
Music Supervisor – The Lying Game, Shameless, ER, West Wing,
Quintin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown
Music Supervisor & KCRW Radio Host
Sr. Director of Film & Television Music at ASCAP
VP Film & TV Music Paramount’s Famous Music Publishing
Talent Coordinator for The Voice
Music Supervisor for Keeping Up With The Kardashians, ABC, HBO, NBC, The Real World, many others.
Music Supervisor for E! Network
Music Supervisor / Music Editor for 2 Broke Girls, Seinfeld, Will & Grace, many new pilots.
Joe is offering a special 15% discount on registration to PreSonus customers, using the discount code PRESONUS15. Be sure to use it before July 21 to take advantage of this offer, and get access to a private networking dinner party hosted by Joe on the Friday before the workshop.
There’s also VIP packages available that include an exclusive dinner with Joe and his panelists, and an in-studio session musician experience is available, too!
Click here to register for this exciting event: www.JoeSoloWorkshop.com/
To sign up for Joe’s FREE Music Success Video Nuggets and weekly tips email, go to www.joesolo.com.
A handful of them are free, but the rest will cost ya. Totally worth it. Here’s the freebies:
The full list of course topics available follows:
Preparing a Song for Mixing
Setting Up Markers
The Mix Console
Dynamics with Compression
Reverb for Depth
Delay and Modulation FX
Getting Deeper with Automation
Bus and Folder Automation
Bus Compression on Bus Folders
Exporting the Mixdown
Setting Up a Mastering Project
Editing Songs in the Project
Adjusting Volumes of Tracks
Adding Inserts for the Pre, Master and Post
Mastering Chain Order
Using ‘Detect Loudness’
The Spectral and Output Meters
Using Multiband Compression
Limiting Your Tracks
Burning a CD
Images and DDP Explained
There’s nothing short of a wealth of resources online for learning about Studio One. John Mlynczak recently compiled this great list of online educational resources from Lynda.Com, Groove3, Berklee School of Music, and more. It’s also available on MusicEd.PreSonus.Com, but we thought the whole PreSonus community should be aware of ’em as well.
There’s some great info here that is available in many platforms, including books, videos, and entire online courses. These include options for every user, regardless of your level of experience with Studio One. Maybe you’re a seasoned producer who’s looking to dig deep? Perhaps you recently upgraded Studio One and want to learn more about the new features you’ve gotten access to? Maybe you’re just starting out? No matter your level of experience with Studio One, there’s valuable information in here for you!
Up and Running with Studio One® (lynda.com)
Studio One Version 2 Explained (Groove3.com)
Studio One Version 2 Advanced (Groove3.com)
Studio One 101: Songwriters and Musicians Toolbox(macProVideo.com)
Studio One 102: Producers and Engineers Toolbox (macProVideo.com)
Studio One 103: Advanced MIDI Toolbox (macProVideo.com)
Studio One 104: Mixing and Mastering Toolbox (macProVideo.com)
Recording and Producing in the Home Studio (Berklee Online)
These guys have teamed up to create an exhaustive video series illustrating the differences and similarities between mixing with Studio One‘s native plugins as compared to mixing via third-party plug-ins. Many users have asked questions about which approach is superior, including “Is it even necessary to purchase third-party plug-ins, given the quality of native plugins available?”
To answer this question, these guys took two different approaches to mixing the same exact song, (Jordy Searcy‘s “Fences”) both using Studio One. David is using third-party plug-ins, and Johnny is using Studio One’s native plugins. David’s series is a synopsis of his approach after the actual mixing was completed, while Johnny’s series shows us a step-by-step walk-through of his entire mixing process. You will see and hear their different styles, methods and approach to this song. Enjoy and share your thoughts in the comments!
David’s videos: Mixing using third-party plug-ins only:
Johnny’s videos: Mixing using native Studio One plug-ins only:
Audio production doesn’t have to be complicated. That’s the notion behind both the AudioBox Studio package and this forthcoming webcast. Spend some quality one-on-one time with Justin Spence as he takes the mystery and frustration out of getting your first song recorded and mixed!
We’re hosting this show through a partnership with Guitar Center, so please note that you will need to click this link (or the image below) to register for this event, as it will not be broadcast from the typical PreSonus LIVE page.
Come one, come all, come learn!
June 27, 2013—1 p.m. CST / 2 p.m. EST / 11 a.m. PST / 18:00 GMT