Tremaine “Six7” Williams
Tremaine Williams has had a musical focus since his earliest days. While in grade school, the Raleigh, North Carolina, native focused on classical vocal training in the Raleigh Boychoir, while pursuing piano and drums on the side and performing in his local church. After getting bitten by the R&B bug, Williams pursued music production in high school, culminating with his enrollment to Full Sail University. He graduated in 2004 with an Associate of Science degree in Recording Arts.
Thoroughly schooled, Williams was awarded an internship at Hidden Beach Recordings shortly after his graduation, prompting relocation to Los Angeles. There, he started Six7 Music, which he continues to operate to this day.
Engineering Rhianna’s performance at the 50th annual Grammy Awards firmly established Williams as a world-class engineer. In fact, it seems that everything’s coming up Grammy for Williams, with one award (2011 Best Contemporary R&B Album for Usher’s Raymond v. Raymond), four nominations, and a client roster that includes Chaka Khan, El Debarge, Usher, Janet Jackson, 50 Cent, Jill Scott, Ledisi, Keyshia Cole, and Ruben Studdard. He also engineered for legendary production team Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. Recently, Williams was elected to the Recording Academy’s Los Angeles chapter board. Not a bad climb for a man with eight years in the business!
Williams has entrusted Studio One® Professional 2 and the PreSonus® Monitor Station with his productions, and feels that his work is stronger for it. “I did a good amount of research before investing in the Monitor Station,” Williams recalls. “I needed something for my home studio setup that could handle multiple sets of monitors and various inputs, like my iPod. The Monitor Station is perfect! It has all the features I need, plus it just looks sexy compared to its competition. As gear junkies, we of course go for sound over looks—but if the specs are almost identical, the look will win things out every time!”
It would be a shame for a sexy Monitor Station to get lonely. It wasn’t long before Williams found the perfect match for it in Studio One. “My friend Sean Bryson had been a dedicated Studio One junkie for well over a year and was constantly telling me about it,” Williams recalls. “He took me by the PreSonus booth at NAMM this year, and I watched it in action. I was sold immediately and ended up bringing friends over to see it. I’ve used Studio One for composing, mixing, and production ever since.”
Studio One appeals to Williams due to its unique blend of the new and the familiar—but let’s not forget about speed! “I tell my friends that if Pro Tools and Logic had a baby, it would be Studio One,” Williams states. “It’s the best of both worlds. It offers ultimate control over MIDI but is also a solid audio editor. Being able to apply familiar keyboard shortcuts from other popular DAWs cuts the learning curve in half. I never waste time looking through menus and trying to figure out different terminology for an everyday task. At the end of the day, it’s easy to use, it sounds great, and it doesn’t hurt that all my go-to UAD plug-ins work amazingly well with it!
“The Melodyne integration is what I love the most,” Williams continues. “I generally have a ton of vocals in my sessions, and to be able to quickly open them in Melodyne and pitch-correct them—instead of going through a typical transfer process—makes my life so much easier. Cuts down on a lot of wasted time.”
Pairing Studio One with the Monitor Station has brought William’s workflow to new heights of efficiency. As such, Williams has found himself with an unusual commodity—a bit of free time! Naturally, he’s spending that free time the right way—by spreading the word about PreSonus to his production community.
“Honestly I’m still finding new features every day. PreSonus is really stepping their game up,” praises Williams. “I’ve told all my friends about Studio One. Every single person I’ve told about it has downloaded the demo—and they all love it! I can’t wait to see what’s next from PreSonus!