Drummer, instructor, clinician, engineer, producer, bandleader—Anthony Michelli can't complain that he isn't busy. The Hamilton, Ontario, native, now based in Toronto, has been recording and touring worldwide for more than 20 years with an assortment of bands, and running his own Anthony Michelli Bass-less Project, collective bands The Secret Quartet and the Shape Shifting Group, and an assortment of other jazz, pop, and other acts.
An alumnus of, and long-time instructor at, Mohawk College in Hamilton, Michelli received the school's 2004 Alumni of Distinction Award and 2008 "Incredible 40 at 40" award for outstanding leadership and contributions to the community. He also studied at the University of Toronto, Banff Center for the Arts, Lake Placid Center for the Arts, and York University (doctoral candidate), and he has been an instructor at York University (in Toronto) for almost a decade, teaching private lessons, small group ensembles, and Cuban music. He also designed and directed York University's third-year Rhythmic Studies course. An active clinician, Michelli has performed and taught in Japan, Australia, China, Hong Kong, the United States, Mexico, Colombia, Bahamas, Barbados, Trinidad, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, and Luxembourg.
Like many musicians, Michelli started young. He played accordion and alto and tenor saxophone but his true love has always been drums. He even built his own drum set when young. Since then, bands he has played in have been nominated for an assortment of awards, ranging from several JUNO nominations to two recent 2010 Toronto Independent Music Awards nominations for Best Jazz (Steve Koven Trio) and Best Live (Paisley Jura) bands. He currently owns and operates Salem House Studio in Toronto, where he tracks, mixes, and edits for a long list of clients and also works in larger studios, depending on the project.
PreSonus gear is at the heart of Michelli's studio. "Initially, I wanted to expand my portable Pro Tools recording setup, so I started to use the DigiMax FS," he begins. "Then I added the FireStudio, which allowed me to replace all of my old preamps. The Digimax FS and the FireStudio have great preamps and are very simple and efficient to use. Both are very portable and easy to use on location recordings."
His appetite whetted, Michelli bought an ADL 600, "a great preamp that allows me to color the sound and control it so much more than any standard preamp," he explains. "I also have a FaderPort, which allows me to have the versatility of a desk in a portable form."
Long a Pro Tools user, Michelli is now using Studio One Pro, which he calls "an excellent, user-friendly, and cutting-edge software for recording and mastering. Studio One Pro has such a great layout and a quick learning curve, and you can do so much with it. You can record, mix, master, and release, all in one platform, at an excellent resolution."
Michelli also praises PreSonus' online information and training videos, as well as the customer support. He also likes the famous PreSonus jambalaya recipe! "They have a fantastic family of people at PreSonus who stand behind the products," he concludes. "They are all musicians and understand the importance of each specific product being designed for all types of applications."
For more information about Anthony Michelli and his latest projects, visit his Web site at www.anthonymichelli.com.