Simon Scardanelli of Dr. Scardo has been a DAW enthusiast since the clunky days of the Commodore 64. He recently changed horses mid-stream, dumping his Logic session and bringing all the tracks into Studio One Professional 2, which he has taken on as his main DAW. Here he discusses the resultant improvements to his workflow and productivity.
Flattering that a man of such long-running DAW experience would settle on PreSonus Studio One Professional 2. Give him a listen!
PreSonus Artist Shea Michaels has a new record coming out… Now! He sent us a little sneak preview and talked a bit about PreSonus’ role in the production of adventures of CALICO JACK, described by Michaels as “A breezy blend of country and tropical flavored southern rock,” which sounds to me like the sonic equivalent of a Mai Tai alongside a shot of JD.
Hey PreSonus! Here are some of the details regarding the production of my upcoming album.
Presonus gear used:
-5 sets of PreSonus BlueTube DPs—We use these specifically as pre-amps for the drum microphones. We do not utilize the tube drive for any of the drum mics, except for the kick drum. We engage the 80Hz roll-off functions on all the others.
-PreSonus Eureka—used for direct inputs such as bass guitar and occasionally electric guitars when we feel the need to use software amp models for a certain sound a song may need. Also used as a pre-amp for drum/room mics.
PreSonus FaderPort—self explanatory!
PreSonus AudioBox USB/Presonus HD7 headphones—I used these two on song ten, on the album, which is an acoustic song titled “Didn’t Take Long.” This song was recorded at my writing station, in my home, using the AudioBox USB, PreSonus HD7 Headphones, Audix CX212B condenser mic, an iMac, and PreSsonus Studio One Professional 2. This is the only song on the album recorded in Studio One 2, quite frankly because the project was under way well before I downloaded a copy of the latest version. Now that I’ve attended PreSonsSphere (which was absolutely par excellent) I have a better understanding of this DAW. I intend on recording my next project entirely in PreSonus Studio One Professional 2.5.
The beauty of being a PreSonus user is getting access to more than one license of the software. This allows me to install Studio One 2 on my writing station and in my studio. While supplying the tools for the trade is a bonus, the heart of PreSonus literally has a strong rhythm. What else could an artist ask for than to be a part of a company that has a crew of world class musicians running the business end of it all.? This thing is groundbreaking, and about to form a few mountains. Honored to be a part of it.
Added Bonus: Shea was kind enough to share his drum microphone selection and placements!
-Kick (Beta 52) – Sound hole; off-center facing beater head
-Snare Top (SM57) – A couple of inches up angled toward center of snare
-Snare Bottom (SM81) – A couple of inches away from center toward snares; invert phase
-Hi Hat (SE Electronics SE1A) – angled about 45-degrees toward opening but not directly on opening to reduce air from closing hats
-Tom 1 (Sennheiser MD 421) – angled toward mid-center
-Tom 2 (Sennheiser MD 421) – angled toward mid-center
-Overheads – Stereo Pair in XY Configuration (Oktava MK 012 cardioid capsules) – almost directly center of drums approximately 2’ or so above kit to capture more of a stereo image of drums
-Room Mic (Neumann U87) – As far from kit as possible, while allowing a couple of inches from the wall to avoid phasing issues. Trying to create a big room sound with software reverb.
Sounds good to us… but hear for yourself!
Remember Fred, who did the TubePre V2 unboxing and comparison vids from a while back? He’s back, and so is his video camera, and so are his mad talents for making videos that are compelling and educational. He’s put together a great video illustrating iPad DAW control via WiF, using the xDisplay remote monitor app.
Two birds, one stone: He also regaled us with his story of how he came to find Studio One… and why he stuck with it!
I was using an entry-level set up of Mixcraft as a DAW with a Lexicon Alpha USB Interface. I wanted to move to an interface that could provide phantom power and better audio quality. PreSonus had just announced the VSL series of interfaces. Reviews of the previous interfaces were positive so I bought a AudioBox 22VSL—wish I had bought a 44VLS for extra inputs. I liked the VSL software concept that allowed virtual mix control over inputs signals. It included Studio One Artist but at the time I thought Mixcraft was giving me what I needed. I started working with the 22VSL and immediately noticed the difference. With the old interface I was constantly power cycling, reboot, etc to keep things running. The 22VSL was rock solid, turn it on and it worked the entire session.
I started having major problems with Mixcraft experiencing CPU crackles/pops and also critical file corruption issues which caused the loss of audio tracks and even entire projects. I decided to try the free copy of Studio One Artist that came with the 22VSL. It was quickly evident that I had made a light year jump in DAWs. No more crackles, pops or corrupt files. More importantly, the features and sonic gains on recordings were incredible and the integration with 22VSL was seamless. As I learned more about Studio One I realized I was now using a world class DAW. Wanting more features, I upgraded to Producer and haven’t looked back.
When I compare the new tracks we’re producing with the AudioBox 22VSL/Studio One to what was produced with the old set up, I want to go back in time and re-do everything using 22VSL and Studio One. The next phase for my home studio will be to add a StudioLive 16.0.2 using FireWire. There is no question in my mind that Studio One will be the core of that set up as well.
It’s a user poll, not one of those “Critic’s choice” things… so, you know what to do here… right? Make your voice heard, and we thank you for your support!
This just in from Andew Oye, who just got done kickin’ butt by using Studio One to score elements of a little programme called Monday Night Football. No big thang.
Hey guys! I recently scored a new reality travel series called Sky’s The Limit!’
Once again all the music is done in PreSonus Studio One. Early on in pre-production before I switched to Studio One, I did one episode using the industry standard DAW… it was wayyyy to slow for me, especially when it came to rendering.
Since switching, my director is just thrilled with how everything sounds, and how quickly I can get the stuff done.
Thanks again, guys!”
Native Instruments can seemingly do no wrong when it comes to compelling and original VSTs. One of their more recent endeavors is THE MOUTH, and enterprising YouTube accountholder void101a has posted a video detailing how to get THE MOUTH to talk the talk in Studio One 2.
Well, I say “detailing,” but at two minutes there’s technically not a lot of time detail… which is good. When it comes to workflow, we try to keep it simple. This isn’t the case so much with our attitude toward convolution reverbs, but I digress.
Here’s how to use your mouth.
This just in From Jean-Jaque in Aalen, Germany! He runs Asskan Studios, where many PreSonus products have found a caring home. He sent some photos for me to put on our Facebook album of user studio photos, and I instead found them completely blogworthy. Jean-Jaque shares a few words:
Asskan started as a little home recording project. But perfectionism led to a complete little studio, with all the stuff I need. The studio was finished just about 6 months ago.
I searched for a recording solution with a analog-like usage that’s covering a wide range of requirements. I wanted to record mobile, for example in good sounding rooms, I wanted to record bands live, and most of the time, use it in my studio. The solution was the StudioLive 16.4.2. It gives me many channels of recording, great neutral preamps, and the opportunity of mixing my monitors, all in just one device. The HP60 was the perfect extension—now I can give all members of the band what they need in live recording situations.
I also use several pieces of outboard gear, and I’m a total microphone freak. The studio is equipped with a full drum set, guitar amps and many instruments. The combination especially of vintage gear and modern recording gear is what I like. I’m a singer and guitarist myself and so I understand the wish of recording a real 412 guitar-cabinet and not via VST…. although I’m using VST instruments as well. 🙂
With Studio One I’ve found a classic, but easy-to-use DAW with many time-saving features. And the FaderPort adds ease to my fader adjustments. I do not like to do fine adjustments via the mouse, but also I searched for a controller with just one single control.
What I’d like to have? The Studio Channel could be a good follower for my actual outboard preamps. Maybe the ADL600?!
Photos by Andy Nowakowski
Here’s Brian BotKiller, lead trainer at OBEDIA, who are among the strongest Studio One advocates around.
Here he is running his MIDI kit into Studio One, where’s he’s activating samples in SampleOne. He says:
“I’m running the MIDI out of a Roland TD8 drum brain and into Studio One, then in Studio One I run a combination of Superior Drummer, and samples are triggered in of Sample One using a limiter trick I teach to some of my students to trigger drum samples and do drum replacement.”
If you wanna know the secret limiter trick for yourself… you better sign up over at OBEDIA!