Who: Dave Lebolt
What: VP, general manager at Digidesign
Main responsibilities: Overall management of Digidesign division of Avid Technology, including strategy and operations.
- VP, product strategy, Digidesign
- director of product strategy, Digidesign
- Pro Tools product line manager, Digidesign
- Professional keyboardist/producer/arranger/composer.
1988-1994, worked in advertising music and a principal partner in a music production house
I really miss this from when I used to produce/arrange/compose…the notion of finishing a project with a small set of collaborators. In a company like Digidesign, the teams are larger, and the work is just “never done” when you have an evolving software “organism” called Pro Tools.
This one time, on tour…with Laurie Anderson in Caligiari, Italy, we had the bad luck to have a gig on the same date as the World Cup match. It was a 2,000-seat theater, and Italy was playing in the match. We played the gig to a rapt audience of three cleaning women who stared blank-faced at us after each selection. (Projectors, music, animation — it was all going on).
My favorite synth is…Old favorites: my MiniMoog and MemoryMoog. New favorites: Access Virus (plug-in and tabletop), also Native Instruments' Reaktor and Absynth.
The last great movie I saw was…Stayed up late watching Orson Welles' A Touch of Evil the other night on TV — the ultimate film noir classic.
Currently in my CD changer is…Gorillaz, Coldplay's Parachutes, Duke Ellington's 1958 Paris Concert, Norah Jones, Radiohead's Kid A, The Roots' Things Fall Apart, DJ Shadow's new release.
If I'm not in the office, you can usually catch me…Reading, working on music projects, hanging out with friends and family, and trying to catch some zzz's.