The word “brilliant” is often—perhaps too often—applied to musicians, but it fits keyboard ace Freddie Ravel in multiple ways. There’s no question that Ravel is a monster player, of course. Blending jazz, rock, Latin, and other influences, his music is compelling, exciting, tasteful, and creative, and he has worked with a host of A-list artists. Like a lot of great musicians, Ravel started young, around age 5. At age 23, he started touring worldwide with the legendary Sergio Mendes. His career took off from there, including three highly successful solo albums: Midnight Passion, Sol to Soul, and Freddie Ravel. The latter album included a Billboard #1 hit single: “Sunny Side Up.”
Over the years, Ravel has performed and recorded extensively with Earth, Wind & Fire and Al Jarreau, as well as working with such luminaries as Quincy Jones, Prince, Taylor Dane, J Lo, Marc Anthony, Herbie Hancock, and Carlos Santana. In 2008, Ravel produced and co-wrote "Givin' it Up" for the Al Jarreau and George Benson double-Grammy-winning album of the same name. In 2009, Freddie joined Carlos Santana’s legendary band, with whom he is currently touring. A fourth solo album and a DVD and book are scheduled for release this fall.
Ravel is also brilliant in that he shines as a human being. Dedicated to bettering the lives of others, he is a spokesperson for AngelCare, a non-profit charity for underprivileged children. He also is the founder of Tune Up to Success®, a program that uses the elements of music to show how people can become master communicators and listeners, bringing dramatic improvement to their personal and professional lives. In Los Angeles, he is known as the “motivational maestro,” and in March 2009, the city gave him the "Los Angeles Award of Recognition" for his contributions. Any company would be honored to be associated with him. PreSonus certainly is!
A lot of great music comes out of Ravel’s studio, and at the heart of it all is his PreSonus Central Station. “I had heard of PreSonus’ excellent reputation,” he says, “and I liked the Central Station’s monitor switching, big UV meters, blue LEDs, solid construction, and most of all, the sound!” With his new Central Station installed, he found that it was all he had hoped and more. “The audio quality is so clean,” he enthuses. “This means that I can keep the volume low—no hum, no hiss—yes!”
Ravel found that his new monitor-control system enabled him to rethink other parts of his setup. “The Central Station was a master cleanup machine here at Ravelation Productions,” he explains. “It allowed my engineer, Myron Chandler, to get rid of my mixer and all that spaghetti cabling. Now, my Central Station is the center of my studio universe. It feeds multiple monitor systems and headphone mixes and is transparent, clean, and punchy. I love my PreSonus Central Station!”