Ryan Ferris

Musicians are always on their quest to find the right piece of gear. That one thing, that improves the daily work – either by improving the workflow or just by – well, by being cool.

FrontEndAudioWB.jpgRyan Ferris is one of these musicians. Besides his daily work for “Front End Audio”, a professional distributor in the US, he also is a musician.

 

Combining work and passion it was only a question of time for him to discover Samplitude.

But let’s start from the very beginning. Ryan took the time to tell us a little bit about his whereabouts:

Ryan

I began my journey into audio engineering when I was 15, starting out with a 4 track cassette recorder.

 

A few years later, I graduated to an 8 track cassette recorder. I still have both of them, and regularly listen to the nearly 50 tapes I have. If you have never recorded on a 4 track cassette recorder, you are missing out – it really forces you to be creative. In 2000 I got my first computer set up (which was mainly used for transferring my multi-track tapes to make CDs), and a friend introduced me to the world of midi. I remember thinking – “I can have a 16 piece orchestra behind me!?” That was an exciting experience. 2002 came along and I was fresh out of the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences, and had the great opportunity to further my education at a local studio in my home town. In the months spent at the studio, Bob taught me a lot, and those lessons are employed all the time. Though I have worked with production companies, and done some live sound recording for bands, my home studio is where I love to be the most. Whether working on my own projects, or with friends and others, having the control over the environment to really explore the approach to each session, and try new things, is great. Needless to say, my studio has evolved a good bit over the past 10 years, and if I’m not at work or asleep, that is where you’ll find me. Even if all I am doing is spending the day testing different mics, and mic placement on a snare drum, it is a day well spent. Thanks to that aspect, coupled with working at Front End Audio, I have had the opportunity to be exposed to a lot of gear and knowledge. It may not always be the thing people want to hear, but you do really get what you pay for, and good gear matters. That journey has led me to Magix, and I am proud to use Samplitude. The Sonic Superiority makes it more than worth the investment. You can’t paint a masterpiece if you don’t know how to use a brush, and what brush to use. It’s now time to start painting.

When it comes to Samplitude, Ryan also has something to say:

What do you think is the strength of Samplitude?

reamping1_intI think the two major strengths of Samplitude (that really sold me on it), is first and foremost – the sonic quality.

 

I have engineered on eight other DAWs, over the past 12 years, and Samplitude simply sounds better. The imaging (left to right, and front to back) is wider and deeper, it properly captures and reproduces the details of the instruments and performances, it maintains the dynamics, and is a natural, real, sound to it. It is nice to have a DAW that is mindful of audio, without injecting character or smears.

Secondly, it has a pro level workflow. When I look at the mixer window, I might as well be sitting in front of a real console. The layout is exactly like the large format consoles I cut my teeth on. What I initially thought was a “learning curve”, was simply the DAW tapping me on the shoulder and saying, “go back to your schooling, and think like an engineer”. Once I approached it from an engineers mindset, it made sense. I really appreciate knowing that there are people out there developing a DAW with engineers in mind. 

Also, I really love the fact that the stock plug-ins are 100% usable. They function, and sound as great as Samplitude does. That will save you a bunch of money!

How did you come to Samplitude?

vandal_fullI am always looking to find that right piece of gear. That piece I can add to my studio, and it not only inspires, but improves my work.

There is so much pro audio software available, the possibilities are endless.

 

But all the plugs and virtual instruments in the world doesn’t matter, if you are constantly trying to compensate for some aspect of your DAW. I have searched and searched for the DAW that provides the right workflow, and best sound quality. It was that search that ended with Samplitude. 

Since which version are you using Samplitude?

grafik-460-videodummy-intI am new to Samplitude, first getting into it at Pro X. While I know I have a lot to learn, and have only begun to scratch the surface of this DAW; the basics took no time to get comfortable with. I honestly don’t due to much with a DAW anyway.

I really just want it to be my tape machine and mixing console, and Samplitude does that beautifully. I am really excited about diving deeper, and making music – the way it is meant to be.

Matching to Halloween 2012, Ryan made his first song completely with Samplitude (under usage of some external plug-ins). The bass guitar, for example, is actually a mic’ed bass with an added Vandal.

For all of you who want to check it out, here is the link (please note that the page contains explicit images): http://factoryofghouls.bandcamp.com/track/gracing-dismemberment

Further Links:
Front End Audio

About Falk

Product Manager Samplitude / Music Studio / Cleaning Lab / Plug-ins Guitarist / Songwriter / Musician 28 years, Berlin

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