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.”
Rebergen goes on to share general production tips that have worked for him over the last decade.
- 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.
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.
Paul Drew is the D of DWB Music Ltd/ DWB MIXING. The DWB Music team have sold in excess of 50 million records and have worked with a plethora of artists from around the globe. Here Paul discusses the ease of transition from Pro Tools to Studio One 3.2 and the speed of the workflow with the DAW.
Paul is also a member of the Studio One Expert team where he shares his tips and tricks with thousands of users. Paul states, “As a long term Pro Tools user I’m finding this DAW really inspiring to work on. With Studio One my workflow has been refined, I’m excited and inspired every morning I travel in to the studio.”
If you’ve been holding off on crossing over to the most quickly-growing DAW on the planet, there’s never been a better time than now! Save $50 to crossgrade until April 30! –See more here!
Earth Moments is a team of producers, musicians, and engineers based in Chennai, South India. They offer world-class high-quality sample collections of instruments that you just can’t find from anyone else. We’re proud to partner with them, and equally proud to announce that there are five new Earth Moments sample packs available for Studio One! If you’re getting a little tired of bass, guitar, and drums then you will definitely want to check these out. Check out the descriptions below—and further below, we’ve got a couple videos on the making of the Laya Project, as well as audio demos!
EarthMoments Hamsa – Arabic Percussion: 300+ samples of traditional and nontraditional ethnic and Oriental grooves and beats from various countries such as Morocco, Egypt, Turkey, Jordan, Yemen, Israel and Greece. The samples are divided by instrument AND performance style, and includes percussion instruments like the Darbuka, Doholla, and Rick, performed in no less than seven styles.
EarthMoments Laya Project – Producer Collection: An exceptionally high-quality bundle of rare recordings from the award-winning production Laya Project, a journey of music and visual discovery through six countries affected by the 2004 tsunami. Contains authentic and organic folk instruments and vocals, recorded in the remote villages of Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar, India, Sri Lanka and Maldives using warm Neve and SSL preamps.
EarthMoments Oriental Orchestra – Producer Bundle: An unmatched, top-end quality bundle of live strings recordings recorded in world-class studios around the world using warm Neve and SSL preamps and Neumann vintage tube mics. Recorded on metronome clicks, the live strings – without any keyboards or digital inputs—link to the rules of western music, allowing music producers coming from any style or genre to easily use these complex orchestral lines in their music. Oriental Orchestra Bundle contains 3 types of string sections: Quartet, Octet and Ensemble.
EarthMoments Tribal Vocals FX: An amazing pack of tribal vocals FX from the Indian Ocean countries such as: India, Indonesia, Reunion, Madagascar, Mauritius, Balkan and the middle east. This unique package presents a mix of west and east, acoustic and digital, and organic and synthetic—pasted and processed to fit perfectly in electro, tech, dubstep, trap, drum and bass, house, or any production that needs that extra spice.
EarthMoments World String Series – Celtic Harp Bundle: The Celtic Harp, also known as folk harp, is an ancient instrument that dates back over 4000 years. While the Celtic Harp brings to mind the Celtic green isles that have influenced Celtic culture and music through the centuries, the harp developed in many variations in Africa, Europe, North and South America and Asia. Traditionally a popular instrument with medieval bards and troubadours, classical music composers through the ages have been inspired to create music that does true justice to the harp’s spectacular range of sound and tones.
Click below to hear audio demos of these samples:
Check out these videos on the making of the Laya Project:
Grammy-winning music producer, engineer and songwriter Pete Stewart with Fourth Wall Music Production has over a decade of experience in the industry and a trophy case of awards. Here Pete shares about his frustrations with Pro Tools and why he chose to try Studio One for free for 30 days. After the trial he was hooked and his workflow has never been the same. Now with 3.2, it keeps getting better.
If you’ve been holding off on crossing over to the most quickly-growing DAW on the planet, there’s never been a better time than now! Save $50 to crossgrade until April 30! – See more HERE!
Looking to get up to speed on the latest tips ‘n’ tricks in Studio One? If you live in Los Angeles, New York, Toronto, or Chicago, come on by IMSTA FESTA and learn from the best! You’ll have the chance to learn from longtime PreSonus regulars like: KATFYR, Johnny Geib, Marcus Huyskens, and David Vignola. Click here to register.
KATFYR: All-around bad-to-the-bone EDM producer, DJ, songwriter, and longtime Studio One advocate. KATFYR has done some NAMM demos for us over the years and has had some hits over on BeatPort that he produced in Studio One.
Johnny Geib: Anyone who has even skimmed our forum at one point or another over the past decade has probably learned something from Johnny Geib. Johnny is one of our longest-running and most vocal advocates, and a good friend. When not doling out seasoned answers to forum newcomers (and vets), Johnny runs HomeStudioTrainer.com, where he doles out even MORE answers.
Marcus Huyskens: An editor at Studio One Expert and Producer/Mixer/Engineer at Bad Cat Media Group, Marcus is a freelance Sound Recordist & Mixer for music, television, films, and web. Marcus also has an extensive knowledge of Pro Tools for those using both or making the switch to Studio One, and has created amazing training videos for Studio One Expert and specializes in advanced audio editing techniques for Studio One.
David Vignola: The Main Man behind Vision Recording Studios, where he has been a professional audio mixing and mastering engineer for over 15 years. He specializes in an “in-the-box” workflow that yields warm, analog-like results. Don’t believe it? Listen for yourself here. He’s also responsible for Home Recording Made Easy, where he has tons of great training videos for Studio One.
Click here to visit www.imsta.org, where you can learn more info and sign up! Hurry, space is limited—be sure to get your seat ahead of time.