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Music Production

Focusrite Is Key to Dyer’s Keys

With a career going in a variety of directions, Dyer ties disparate duties together with select dedicated equipment, including Focusrite.

Los Angeles, CA (August 3, 2018)—Arranger, musician, producer and composer Peter Dyer has been integrating the Focusrite Red 16Line 64-in/64-out Thunderbolt 3 and Pro Tools | HD-compatible audio interface into his workflow in an effort to boost his creativity and productivity.

Dyer is usually found surrounded by keyboards. His work has paired him with artists including Mariah Carey, Adam Lambert, Aloe Blacc and St. Vincent; placed him as a member of the house band on the new season of ABC’s American Idol; and earned him national spots for BMW, Apple, Chevrolet and WWE.

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Dyer has very specific signal-path requirements among the dozens of synths he uses in his L.A. studio. “I have a lot of keyboards, both new and vintage, and I like to keep a lot of them ready to record,” he says, noting that he has several keyboards permanently normalled to the first six channels of the Red 16Line.

“The largest interface I’ve used before was eight channels, but the Red 16Line doubles that. I can walk in with an idea and just start playing, and not have to repatch when I want to change keyboards. That’s the way it’s always supposed to be: You’re only supposed to be thinking about the music.”

Dyer says the Red 16Line also gives him cleaner signal path, directly from the instrument to Pro Tools, without having to pass through other electronics stages that can add color to the sound. “What I hear from the instrument is what I hear coming back through the speakers,” he says.

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“The commercial projects in particular have very tight deadlines; it’s not unusual to have as little as two to three days to go from concept to delivery. The Red 16Line has really helped keep that process moving. Also, I don’t have a big studio here—it’s more like a typical L.A. apartment studio, so I need a way to minimize cabling and streamline all the connections. That’s another way the Red 16Line helps me. It’s really provided some big benefits in a small, one-rack-space unit. I love it.”

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