Khaliq Glover (at left) with Teddy Riley
Grammy Award-winning engineer and producer Khaliq Glover (aka Khaliq-O-Vision) collaborated with producer Teddy Riley on the first of seven posthumous Michael Jackson albums from Sony Music Entertainment using PreSonus Studio One Pro software.
"Teddy is actually the person who turned me on to Studio One," Glover explains. "I had always been a Pro Tools guy but we were doing the production in both platforms, and that presented a unique opportunity to compare the two. Over the course of many months, Teddy and I listened to the same things back-to-back in Pro Tools and then in Studio One. The PreSonus software always sounded so much better. From them on, I was convinced.
"Most of the stuff I get comes in Pro Tools," he explains, "but I rely almost exclusively on Studio One for processing individual parts and making the final mix sound good. I move back and forth a lot.
"I really like the mastering set up in Studio One," Glover continues, "so if I need to process something to make it sound better, that's where I go. I recently did a project for Evelyn Champagne King. She brought me Pro Tools tracks from a few recent live gigs that simply didn't compete sonically. I transferred the tracks into Studio One and used the mastering tools to bump them up. The difference was absolutely night and day. She was really happy."
Glover also cites an intuitive workflow and ease of use as favorite qualities that assist his creative process and contribute to a more polished result. "Studio One is such a powerful program and at the same time so easy," he says. "In fact, I've never even used the manual. You can really just figure a lot of stuff out on the fly. Every time I use it I learn something new, and that's pretty exciting."
Khaliq Glover pictured at an SSL SL8000G+ console
Glover's discography includes Michael Jackson, Herbie Hancock, and Marcus Miller, and nearly three decades ago, Glover was selected to assist the all-star production team behind "We Are The World."
"Watching Michael Jackson and Lionel Ritchie take apart the lyrics, and seeing how Quincy Jones instructed and guided the process, was simply amazing," Glover recalls. "The opportunity to watch all of this creativity come together at a top-notch facility like Lion's Share Studios was for sure one of the major highlights of my career."
Find information about PreSonus Studio One Version 2 at studioone.presonus.com.