Austin Woodward’s music career began at the age of four, when he attended the Blair School of Music. He focused on piano until age 12. One fateful Christmas, Woodward received a guitar, and he discovered his true musical gift. At 14, he enrolled in the Nashville School of the Arts, where he continued to study music, focusing on guitar. He also began taking private lessons from well-known instructor Shane Roberts.
Woodward now regularly records with top Nashville studio musicians, and videos from his sessions can be found all over YouTube. He's jammed with Vince Gill and shared the stage with such musicians as Chris Tompkins at Nashville’s Bluebird Café and Lenny Kravitz at the Ryman Auditorium.
When Woodward's not busy fingering a fretboard, he’s working at a music store in Nashville and developing an extensive knowledge of music gear. He has posted several demonstration videos on his YouTube page for gear that he uses and endorses.
Now 16, Austin’s career is really starting to take shape. He teamed up with manager and producer Ken Davis, who brought him to the attention of legendary photographer Robert M. Knight, who is known for his work with Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, SRV, Santana, Jeff Beck, and others. Knight asked Woodward to be involved with Brotherhood of the Guitar, a Fender Guitars and Guitar Center project in which Knight jets all over the world to find Earth's top new guitarists. Woodward was one of the first guitarists selected.
In addition to making high-profile appearances with Brotherhood of the Guitar, Woodward has a full-band project, and as of October 2012, he is writing and recording material for a new solo album. He’s recording it with PreSonus Studio One Professional 2, and he’s using some choice pieces of PreSonus hardware to boot.
“I currently use the Monitor Station, the AudioBox 1818VSL, and Studio One Professional 2,” Woodward explains. “I heard about Studio One through some of my friends and influences like Ola Englund and Keith Merrow. I use Studio One for recording all my songs, programming electronic layers and tracks, and just about any audio application I require. It's a very versatile program; I haven't found it to be lacking in the ability to do anything. My former DAW was Logic Pro 9. I find Studio One is more intuitive, and natural. It's easy to adapt to, and easy to understand how to do just about anything I want!
“I like the Studio One layout, and the drag-and-drop functionality,” Woodward extolls. “When I'm recording, I can focus on the song and not worry about all the little details of my DAW. I also love all the programmable instruments it comes with. And I've found the sound quality to be excellent! An improvement from Logic without a doubt.”
“Also,” Woodward continues, “The learning curve is considerably easier than any other DAW. I've used Logic and Pro Tools, both of which took me months to adjust to. Studio One took me only three or four projects to really be able to quickly get a project up and running without any thought process. I love the ability to drag plug-ins and instruments right onto the grid and have them ready to go. And the MIDI programming is far superior to other DAWs. Makes it easy to get my Superior Drummer 2.0 drum tracks finished!”
Of late, Woodward has been experimenting with Studio One's virtual instruments and integrated Melodyne pitch-correction tool. “I was lucky enough to watch some PreSonus experts demonstrate the Melodyne plug-in, and I was blown away!” he exclaims. “I've messed with harmonizing guitar parts and matching the audio recordings with MIDI instruments, and it's really incredible! I've used many other plug-ins, and I love them, but I've found that I'm not using many of my old downloaded plug-ins because the plug-ins that ship with Studio One are just better! They have great instrument plug-ins like Mojito.
“Studio One, overall, makes more sense than other DAWs,” Woodward continues. “It doesn't have weird quirks that you have to learn to work around; it flows the way a DAW should. It gives me the simplicity that I want, with the option to dive into more complex tricks. Believe it or not, Studio One alleviated my relentless anger towards programming MIDI tracks! It's so easy to change the grid and velocity, quantize, and quickly click in the notes I want.”
Woodward closes with some words of encouragement to new users of Studio One. “All I can say is, let go of preconceived notions you might have when entering a new DAW. Try and just relax and see where it takes you. It's pretty simple to get started on a song if you just open up a blank project and start messing around. I'm just happy to be recording with Studio One, and I can't wait to see what is in store with future updates!”