If you haven’t heard of Todd Robinson yet, you soon will. The up-and-coming, 24-year-old rocker has been spreading his sizzling guitar riffs all over Australia and is poised for a breakthrough in the U.S., as well.
Robinson has been playing guitar since age 12, absorbing such classic influences as Neal Schon, Steve Lukather, Joe Satriani, and Steve Morse and studying guitar with well-known Australian fusion guitarist Jim Kelly. In 2004, he started Tentative, a hard-rocking outfit. In 2007, Tentative released one six-song EP, Just Quietly, produced and mixed by Forrester Savell and Matt Bartlem. Just Quietly did well in the U.S. but before the EP could be released in Australia, the band broke up.
Robinson then started working on Ambivalence, a solo album that also features hard-rocking Australian guitarist Sam Vincent. Ambivalence was released in March 2009 on MGM.
PreSonus products are key to Robinson’s work. “I first heard PreSonus gear when my local music store got a FireStudio interface,” he begins. “I was blown away by the price and even more blown away by the sound quality. I was instantly sold, and I’ve used the FireStudio as my DAW interface ever since.”
In short order, Robinson acquired two Eureka channel strips, a FaderPort controller, and an ADL 600 mic preamp. Robinson uses his two Eurekas “on practically everything I do: soaring solos, clean rhythms, underlays, bass, and vocals. With a little knowledge of compression and a good set of ears, the Eureka is capable of massive sounds.” He describes the ADL 600 in one word: “amazing!”
In Robinson’s view, PreSonus provides a complete solution. “All PreSonus gear is of professional quality, made to last, and second to none for the price,” he says. “And the customer service from the PreSonus team is great. They are always willing to lend a hand in getting your studio set up and giving you the information you need to make your best recordings.”
When Robinson travels, PreSonus goes with him. “My PreSonus gear is primarily used in the studio for tracking electric guitars, bass, and drums,” Robinson says. “But I also set up a mobile PreSonus rig, so I am able to record my live shows direct from the side of the stage and capture live ideas and jams in rehearsals. The portable rig also lets me take my sound to major professional recording studios, where it easily interfaces with the studio’s workstations, so I can use my favorite PreSonus settings while taking advantage of the studio’s outboard gear.”
As of this writing, Robinson is working on a followup album, due in 2010, and PreSonus gear will be all over it. “PreSonus makes the gear you wish you had but thought you never could afford,” he explains. “It’s easy to use and delivers professional quality recordings every time. It’s reliable, portable, and useful in many applications—and it’s brought to you all by a company run by musicians who know what other musicians want from their gear.”