Anthony “Tone” Torsiello
While many of us would be inclined to create separate lists when prompted to describe our professional and creative backgrounds, photographer/producer Anthony “Tone” Torsiello has no such inclination. He has paid the bills by leveraging myriad creative leanings, including photography, digital audio production, and Internet radio.
Honing his audio production skills as the owner of a 48-track hard-disk recording studio from the mid 1980s through the early ‘90s, Torsiello was also responsible for launching Mic-Check.com, an Internet hip-hop station specializing in underground MP3s of tracks converted from rare vinyl. After a brief stint as a systems administrator for a New York ad firm, Torsiello founded Live at the Loft in Hoboken, New Jersey, which he continues to manage in between globetrotting photographic exploits.
Live at the Loft is an ongoing music video production series cleverly disguised as a music venue. While the Loft’s performance footage may trick an unsuspecting viewer into believing it was shot at an open party, the fact is that Live at the Loft’s BYOB events are by-invitation-only. They are also free, recorded using a PreSonus® StudioLive™ 24.4.2 digital mixer, and filmed with high-definition cameras. Add a dot-com registration and a Vimeo account into the mix, and you get a Web site rife with pro-caliber live performance videos from about a zillion bands—and if you look closely, you'll spot the aforementioned StudioLive mixer in many of them.
When viewed within the context of his diverse background, it’s obvious that Live at the Loft is the right endeavor for Torsiello. It’s a sort of melting pot for his passions: video, audio, music, and good times. And at the heart of it all is the StudioLive 24.4.2.
“I am using the Studio Live 24.4.2 along with Capture,” Torsiello says. “It’s my first PreSonus product! I rely on my StudioLive for all aspects of live performance: front of house, monitors, live theater, and broadcast.
“For Live at the Loft, we use the StudioLive and Capture to record multitrack audio from the live performances. We shoot from six DSLR cameras and then sync up the audio to video to make music videos, which we post to the Web site. When I was originally designing Live at the Loft, I knew I needed a mixer that would allow me to control the house mix separately from what was being printing to disk. The StudioLive was the best option on the market that fit into a super slim budget and didn't compromise quality at all.
“I was first introduced to the StudioLive by a sales rep at Guitar Center,” Torsiello recalls. “As he was demoing it for me, it just made total sense immediately. Its control layout is really logical and well thought-out, and anyone with even a rudimentary understanding of mixers should have virtually no problem figuring it out.”
Torsiello shares some insights into his specific applications for the mixer. “The Fat Channel is simply amazing,” he says. “The ability to enable any or all of the Fat Channel processors to any or all of the 24 channels without performance loss is awesome. I didn't need to buy outboard gear, which was a lifesaver considering the budget I was working with! The StudioLive is super easy to use, as well as to train other people to use. Furthermore, neither the StudioLive nor Capture have ever once crashed on me.”
Ever the futurist, Torsiello closes with some optimistic flattery for the PreSonus team. “There is a movement at PreSonus. From my perspective, it’s obvious the PreSonus crew really loves what they are doing, which in turn empowers their users to do more. PreSonus listens to user feedback. Everything they are dropping right now is super-innovative and spot-on trendsetting, which leaves me feeling excited about the kind of efficiency and quality I can integrate into my current and future productions.”