Sony Pixel Power calrec Sony

LA Based Singer-Songwriter Talks Studio One: Luke Sital-Singh

11/03/2020

Luke Sital-Singh is a British singer-songwriter based in Los Angeles. He sings and writes songs of love, loss, longing, grieving, hope, and basically the whole gamut of the human experience. His voice is haunting and personal and his lyrics? Profound. With three studio albums, one live album, seven EPs, a ton of singles and a TED Talk in 2018, Luke's gift is exceptional and rare, and we're glad he's sharing it with us.

We connected with Luke on Instagram and immediately became huge fans. What's made this friendship better is that he's new to the Studio One family. We took some time to get to know him better and hear how his experience with Studio One has been so far.

Give us some background on yourself. How long have you been making music?

I'm an artist and songwriter from the UK currently based in LA. I released my first EP in 2012 and have been making and releasing music ever since. My latest album came out in 2019, and right now I'm currently working on writing my fourth album whilst trying my hand as a songwriter working with other artists and writers on their projects.

How has the music industry changed since your early days?

In so many ways but I think the most obvious to me day-to-day at the moment is the impact of social media and keeping your online persona updated every second of the day. It's a horror show and if I were starting out again today it would be enough to send me running for the hills.

Watch Luke's TED Talk

Describe the first time you wrote a song? Produced it?

Hmm, I don't remember details but I can imagine it was an easy, pure, uncomplicated. I most probably thought nothing of it. It was almost definitely a rip off of the Goo Goo Dolls (who were my favs at the time). I never had a lightbulb moment in where I knew I was gonna write songs. It was such a gradual process. I just wanted to give it a try, and I kept trying and trying and I'm still trying today.

Who has been a musical influence in your life?

I would say my eldest brother Matt was the first major musical influence in my life. He introduced me to some cool music when he was a teenager and it was his guitar I stole when I started learning. He was also a bit of a computer geek so he helped me record some early demos and covers in his bedroom. I still have some of those recordings. Truly awful songs! But it got the ball rolling.

Have you ever wanted to give up on music? What keeps you going?

Yes, many times. It's often overwhelming and ever-changing. So you once you feel like you get a handle on a way forward, the industry changes and you're left scrambling around again. Also the pressures of always being on. I always feel guilty when I'm not writing or gigging or posting on social media. It's hard to find downtime without feeling like you're losing time and opportunities. Unfortunately and fortunately it still pays all my bills and I've got no other life skills to fall back on. Also when it's good. It's really good.

So you're new to Studio One. When did you first hear about Studio One?

I was looking for a change from the DAW I was using. And I started to see a lot more people talking about Studio One online. I found myself watching loads of YouTube videos about the features and reasons why it's better than the other DAWs. It piqued my interest enough to try a demo and see what I thought of it myself.

What features are you most impressed with?

As a jobbing artist, the price was pretty compelling, for one thing. Perhaps that sounds a little unexciting, but it matters for people like me. I don't have tons of cash to drop on all this software whenever I want.

I'm still learning Studio One, but I'm finding it a lot faster than what I've used before. The drag and drop functionality is so great. In general, and incoming from another DAW, I'm just finding it more intuitive. Studio One is faster and compliments the workflow habits I've developed using other software. As I use it more I'm excited to see how my workflow develops around Studio One's unique functionally. As of now, I've only produced a handful of tracks using it and I'm loving it and I'm excited to keep learning.

I also find the chord track functionality brilliant for songwriting and trying out ideas I would never think of on the guitar.

How easy/difficult was Studio One to learn?

Very easy. I especially found that the ability to map the keyboard shortcuts to match other DAWs made it so much faster to get up and running. Now I'm slowly transitioning to the Studio One keyboard shortcuts.

Where do you go for support?

I haven't had to yet! Knocks on wood

Any other thoughts on Studio One or PreSonus gear?

I just think PreSonus is great! For whatever reason, it's not the sexiest name in music gear but it should be. I feel like I wish I'd tried Studio One years ago. I find I go into sessions with other people these days and tell them I use Studio One and they turn their nose up. When I tell them the kind of functionality it offers, everyone is impressed and surprised. It's one of those unfortunate things about the music recording culture and I suppose just general culture when it comes to brands etc. People like the cool stuff even if it's actually no better or perhaps it's worse than lesser-known brands. I hope more people start to see how great Studio One is and PreSonus in general!

Recent projects? What's next for you?

I've got a new EP dropping in April, a few tracks are available online. Also, I'm going on tour in Europe and the UK in April/May and I'm hoping to play some more shows around the US later this year. Other than that I'm busy writing my next record and working with other artists as a songwriting collaborator.

Check out Luke's Tour
LINK: https://blog.presonus.com/index.php/2020/03/10/la-based-singer-songwri...
See more stories from presonus

More from PreSonus

15/01/2021

Great Bass Sound-In 15 Seconds!

Compression and bass go together like ham and eggs, red beans and rice, or peanut butter and jelly (or gin and tonic, if you prefer something a little stronger)...

13/01/2021

AudioBox Studio for $199.95 Instant Rebate

Now through the end of March 2021, enjoy an instant rebate on the AudioBox Studio! The AudioBox Studio has everything you need to get started in making music an...

12/01/2021

Buy an ioStation 24c and Earn Cash!

Now through the end of March 2021, save on the ioStation 24c! The ioStation 24c audio interface and production controller provides two pristine XMAX mic preamps...

08/01/2021

Create Ampire Cabs with Pro EQ2

IR-driven cabs are often the weak link with amp sims Fortunately, cab emulations have improved dramatically over the years. Yet like samples, they remain froze...

01/01/2021

Super-Simple Mono-to-Stereo Conversion

It may be a stereo world, but we still have a lot of mono signal sources. Although some people use delay to convert mono to stereo, this can be fraught if the s...

24/12/2020

Friday Tips in the Real World

[Editor's note, we're publishing this Friday Tip on a Wednesday, since we're closed for the holidays on Dec. 24 and 25; a Thursday and a Friday.] ...

22/12/2020

FADEOUT 2020! PreSonus Sale Blowout!

2020 has been a heck of a year, am I right? Fade Out 2020 and bring in 2021 with some joyful sounds by taking advantage of PreSonus' first-ever end-of-year ...

22/12/2020

Home For The Holidays: Steve Himelfarb On Using The StudioLive 32S With Studio One At NOCCA

Home For The Holidays is a free virtual concert featuring holiday music by some ...

19/12/2020

Extended Range Guitars With Ampire: Meet The Bunn, Nick Hill & Gary Hiebner

The Bunn The Bunn (a.k.a. Scott Sokoloski) is a stoked dude from Canada who makes low-tuned, heavy music despite wearing guitars incredibly high, with very shor...

18/12/2020

Vintage EQ FX Chain

While modern EQ can emulate pretty much any curve that a vintage EQ could produce, there's more to EQ than the curve itself. Vintage EQ, due analog techn...

15/12/2020

Studio One used on Taylor Swift's TWO Surprise Records, Folklore and Evermore

While binging some Taylor Swift videos a couple of weeks back, Peyton (our very ...

12/12/2020

Last Minute Gifts that Will Make People Say YES!

Holiday Shopping Pro Tip: If you wait until the last minute it only takes a minute! It's not too late to find the most perfect gift for the music lover in y...

11/12/2020

Get Better Vocals with Gain Envelopes

Several of the comments have mentioned wanting me to do some video tips, and this week's tip is well-suited to a video treatment-so here you go. Gain envel...

04/12/2020

Polyphonic Glide with Any Synth

Before getting into this week's tip, here's some news. First, thank you for your continued support of the Studio One eBooks. The goal was to make sure t...

02/12/2020

FREE Studio One Premium Add-On Bundle with Purchase of Select AudioBox!

There's no better deal than FREE! Starting now through the end of 2020, get the Studio One Premium Add-On bundle FREE with the purchase of one of the follow...

27/11/2020

The Ultimate TremPan

I never lost faith in the potential of tremolo, even after those opto-based amplitude processors in guitar amps had become quaint. X-Trem rewarded my faith-and ...

27/11/2020

Instant Rebate on PX-1 and PM-2 Mics!

Shop Microphones NOW! The deals keep coming Now through the end of 2020, get the PX-1 or a pair of PM-2 microphones-for less than $100 USD! This offer is av...

27/11/2020

FREE Studio One Premium Add-On Bundle with Purchase of ANY AudioBox!

There's no better deal than FREE! Starting now through the end of 2020, get the Studio One Premium Add-On bundle FREE with the purchase of one of the follow...

23/11/2020

BLACK FRIDAY DEALS - Studio One, Notion, PreSonus Sphere and MORE!

Black Friday starts NOW! Shop Studio One now! The deal you've been waiting for Studio One 5 and Notion are both 30% off this week! This offer excludes ED...

21/11/2020

StudioLive Interface Mode has Arrived!

Get the Interface mode Addendum! StudioLive Interface Mode is here-plus WDM support! Universal Control 3.4 has arrived, adding WDM support and Interface Mode ...

20/11/2020

Poly Aftertouch: Ready for Prime Time

One of the complaints about electronic music instruments and controllers is that they lack the expressiveness of acoustic instruments. Although future instrumen...

17/11/2020

25% Instant Rebate on PreSonus AIR Loudspeakers

The AIR Loudspeakers have been around for a little while but in case you need a reminder, here's the launch video we created back in 2017! Truly Amazing. O...

14/11/2020

River City Session episode 11 with Hitchhiker!

In celebration of our 25th anniversary, PreSonus announced the new River City Sessions performance series earlier this year. The online series features regional...

13/11/2020

Streaming: Limiter2 to the Rescue

The How to Make Spotify Happy blog post picked up a lot of interest, so let's take the concept a bit further. Even if you're not dealing with a streamin...

07/11/2020

From Oingo Boingo To The Resident: Bill Jackson Talks Faderports

Foreword by Perry Tee (PreSonus Artist Relations Manager): 2020 has been a year like none other that most of us can remember in our lifetimes. But, we managed ...

06/11/2020

Control Ableton as a ReWire Client with ATOM SQ

It's not surprising a lot of Studio One users also have Ableton Live, because they're quite different. I've always felt Studio One is a pro recordin...

31/10/2020

The Studio One Drumcoder

Vocoders are processors that use the audio from vocals (called the modulation source, or modulator) to modulate another sound, like a synthesizer pad (called th...

23/10/2020

Studio One 5's Tape Emulator

Although Studio One 5 doesn't have a tape emulator plug-in per se, it can emulate some of the most important characteristics that people associate with the...

23/10/2020

The Jambalaya King: Johnny McAndrew

We've all heard the saying, To know him is to love him. This sentiment could not be more true for PreSonus' very own Johnny McAndrew. From trade shows...

22/10/2020

SAVE 50% on ALL Spark Collection Products!

Click here to shop! GREAT NEWS! Already at a LOW price, the price for all Spark Collections is now even lower for the next SEVEN days only! We announced the S...

22/10/2020

One Week ONLY - Notion Acoustic Bundle 50% off!

Shop NOW! For ONE week only Save 50% on the Notion Acoustic Bundle! Recorded by Brad Newell, Neil Zaza, and David Doucet Includes sample variations for open...

22/10/2020

Select Image Sounds products up to 80% off for one week!

ACT FAST! Now through October 22, SAVE up to 80% on select Image Sounds products right out of the PreSonus Shop! That's over 50 loop bundles up for grabs at...

22/10/2020

Sonarworks Reference 4 Headphone Edition 30% Off for Seven Days!

Click here to shop! Sonarworks Reference 4 Headphone Edition is 30% Off starting Friday, October 16 through Thursday, October 22! Finally, you can mix with co...

22/10/2020

How to Make Spotify Happy

With physical audio media in its twilight, streaming has become the primary way to distribute music. A wonderful side effect has been the end of the loudness wa...

22/10/2020

Notion 6.8 Now Available

Notion 6.8 Maintenance Release Notion 6.8.0 Build 18060 is now available, adding compatibility with the updated Score Editor of Studio One 5.1, Portuguese as a...

22/10/2020

What's New in Studio One 5.1

Studio One 5.1 has arrived! This update is free to PreSonus Sphere members, or anyone else who owns Studio One 5-Artist or Professional editions. Fire up Studio...

13/10/2020

Notion iOS 2.5.5 Release Notes

Notion iOS 2.5.5 Maintenance Release A maintenance update is now available for Notion iOS, the best-selling notation app on iOS. This is a free update for Noti...

09/10/2020

My Craziest Mastering Salvage Job (So Far)

My mastering specialty is salvage jobs, which has become easier to do with Studio One. But this gig was something else. Martha Davis's last solo album (I H...

07/10/2020

Pigface: Everywhere All At Once

Saturday, October 10th (click) Pigface will go live online HERE at 6PM (CST) (click) (Concert photography by: Bobby Talamine) Martin Atkins has been a longs...

06/10/2020

We Don't Ride Llamas yes. WDRL!

Afropunk. Counterculture. Art. Rock Music. Weird things. Generation Z. These 4 siblings hail from Austin, TX and have been a band for 6 years now. Around the...

02/10/2020

The Vocal Repair Kit

Although it's always better to fix issues at the source, here's a tip to help repair recorded vocals during the mixing phase. The technique (which is fe...

01/10/2020

Eris HD10BT for LESS!

Learn more about the Eris HD10BT headphones here Starting October 1, 2020, SAVE over 20% on the PreSonus Eris HD10BT Headphones! Now for LESS than $100 you g...

01/10/2020

Buy 4 EarMix 16M, Get a Free SW5E

New month, NEW PROMOS! Social distancing with the band has never been easier or more affordable with this offer! Now through the end of the year, buy four EarM...

26/09/2020

The Studio One Cover-Up

Studio One 5 has many little features that might fly under the radar, but are surprisingly useful. Like being able to change what happens when one Event overlap...

22/09/2020

World-Renowned Drummer Kirkee B Talks PreSonus Sphere

If you know him well, you know him as Kirkee B. To the rest of us, Curt Bisquera is a world-renowned professional studio and live drummer. Having played with ...

19/09/2020

The Vocal QuickStrip

This tip is excerpted from the updated/revised 2nd Edition of How to Record and Mix Great Vocals in Studio One. The new edition includes the latest Studio One 5...

11/09/2020

Sweet Multiband Chorus

Full disclosure: I'm not a big fan of chorusing. In general, I think it's best relegated to wherever snares with gated reverbs, orchestral hits, DX7 bas...

04/09/2020

The Limiter2 Deep Dive

At first, the changes to the effects in Version 5 seem mostly cosmetic. But dig deeper, and you'll find there's more to the story-so let's find out ...

02/09/2020

50% off All String-Related Notion add-ons for 7 Days!

SHOP NOW For the first week of September, get ALL string related Notion add-ons for 50% off! These bundles enhances your composition and playback options for a...

02/09/2020

Ampire and Fat Channel XT VSTs - 50% Off One Week ONLY! (9/1-9/7)

SHOP NOW For the next 7 days, SAVE 50% on Ampire and Fat Channel XT VSts right out of the PreSonus Shop! Ampire is a guitar rig simulator that leverages State ...