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Drummer Thomas Holmen Uses PreSonus Products On the Road

Thomas Holmen

Photo: Trine Niebuhr

Drummer Thomas Holmen (pictured) of Danish pop-rock band Infernal uses the PreSonus Studio One and AudioBox 44VSL as a portable audio solution when he travels with the band, performs at drum clinics, or teaches private drum lessons. When he isn’t touring with Infernal, he keeps busy with other projects; last summer he performed with Denmark’s DJ Kato and recorded tracks with Snoop Dogg, now known as Snoop Lion.

“Infernal is a very popular live act because of the energy and the performance, and the mix between acoustic and electronic sounds,” says Holmen. “We play almost every festival in Denmark during the summer months, as well as gigs in Germany, Poland, UK, and other parts of Scandinavia. We do some club gigs in Italy and France, and we’re shooting videos in Paris, New York, and Miami.

“I use Studio One and the AudioBox 44VSL for recording the stuff I use in my clinics, and for my private students,” Holmen explains. “I love showing the students my setup; they are always so amazed at how simple it is, and what kind of power and great sound I get from something so small.”

Holmen’s work integrates both live drums and percussion and loops. “Before I do a track for a clinic, I always record my drums in my practice studio and do a mix, so I can get a good idea of how it will work and sound when I perform. It’s amazing how quickly and easily I can turn an acoustic drum set, recorded with only three microphones, into a powerful, great sounding track.

“The sounds in Studio One are fantastic, and the effects are very powerful. I can easily mix in loops from Studio One’s Soundsets, and I use a lot of the bass and keyboard loops for my clinic tracks.”

In his travels as a musician and as an educator, Holmen says, “I love showing people my setup, and seeing their reaction. It’s always great to see the reactions when people see what I can accomplish with just Studio One and my AudioBox 44VSL.”

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