David "D1" Grant


Hailing from Deland, Florida, and currently living in Orlando, California, David “D1” Grant started playing keyboards at his father's church. That inspired him to attend Full Sail University to focus on recording. Upon graduating from Full Sail, Grant started mixing and doing session work for various artists, including 4-time Grammy Award winner Trae Pierce. In addition to playing keyboards with Pierce, David became a mix engineer for Pierce's productions.

From there, Grant found himself performing alongside the legendary Sugarfoot's Ohio Players and the five-time Grammy-winning Blind Boys of Alabama, as well as playing keyboards for such R&B acts as Jon B., Vivian Green, Carl Thomas, and Howard Hewett. Grant also performed on the Disney's Epcot show A Gospel Celebration of the Season, with D’Vine Voices.

Grant is a PreSonus enthusiast through and through, keeping both PreSonus software and hardware close at hand. “I currently use Studio One Professional 2 and the PreSonus FireStudio [interface] with my desktop Mac and MacBook Pro. My main applications are for pre-production and recording,” he explains. He also keeps a BlueTube DP preamp handy, as you can see in the photo.

“I love the many quality sounds that come with Studio One,” Grant continues. “When I first tried it, I knew it was going to be a great program but I had no idea that it would be so easy to learn and navigate! Creation with Studio One is a breeze—I can create so easily. My former DAW was Pro Tools—no more! Studio One is awesome; the workflow is easier, and the color scheme makes it easy to see.”

Ease-of-use also tops Grant's list of favorite features. “I also like dragging-and-dropping instruments to a track. It allows my workflow to stay creative, and not get technical before I get to lay an idea down. Studio One also has Melodyne built-in! Melodyne is my go-to for editing vocals. LOVE IT!"

Like most seasoned musical professionals, Grant is all about the networking. “I like that I can download and upload sounds, presets, and more from the PreSonus Exchange server. Please check this feature out—I will have my synth settings available soon! As far as I'm concerned, Studio One Professional 2 is the future but it has arrived here, now, in the present!”

Grant can already cite an instance where his enthusiasm for Studio One has spread to his collaborators. “When I recorded Trae Pierce, Trae said, 'I never thought it was possible to use anything else to record; this is amazing. I need it ASAP!" I guess he'll be getting Studio One to replace his current DAW.”

Even after all these reasons to choose Studio One as his main workhorse, it's that most critical component of all that makes the choice clear. “Do you want to know what my favorite feature is?” posits David playfully. “It's the sound quality.”

Sound Samples

  • Amsterdam

  • Victory by Angie Stone-produced by David Grant