Interview: Sean Tyas Excited by Bitwig Studio
If you’re not into your Trance music you may not of heard of Sean Tyas – one of the biggest names in Trance circles at this current time.
“New York native, Switzerland based DJ/Producer Sean Tyas is something of a leading light in European trance. Currently ranked #46 in DJ Magazine”s Top 100 DJ Poll 2009, he was also earmarked by BBC Radio 1″s Pete Tong as a “buzzword in trance circles” head of his debut Essential Mix for the station back in February 2009 and hooked by industry power house Beatport has a “One to watch in 2009”, leaving little surprise that 2009 went down as undoubtedly his biggest period to date.
The distinctive Sean Tyas sound has captured the imagination of the trance community with the highest echelons of the trance elite such as Armin van Buuren, Paul van Dyk, Judge Jules, Ferry Corsten, Sander van Doorn and Above & Beyond amongst the heavyweight playlist support.
In the UK and Ireland Sean Tyas has built up a solid fan base at major events such as Godskitchen, Gatecrasher, Ministry Of Sound, The Gallery and Inside Out, while elsewhere in Europe he’s also made his mark on many famous stages, ranging from the Trance Energy, Dance Valley and Mystery Land festivals in Holland, the Monday Bar cruises in Sweden, Judgement Sundays at Eden in Ibiza, east European shows at the Gaudi Arena in Moscow and Beach Party in Poland. In 2008 Sean Tyas has also performed as international resident on all the Godskitchen Global Gathering events worldwide in the main trance arena, and his DJ schedule is further impressive in every continent, with tours of Australia, South America and USA & Canada.“
Sean has thankfully agreed to a quickfire interview on what could possibly be his next purchase for his studio (after his new Macbook Pro of course) and hopefully become the central point to all his future productions.
1. You’re a popular trance producer with a lot of big releases under your belt & signed to a lot of top labels – which DAW is your current choice for your productions & why?
For years I am still with my tried & true Logic Studio. I have been eyeing Ableton Live for some time, but it’s just been one of those things where I feel like I am restricted and get stuck quite early on with any project. With Logic I have my established “workflow”, and have not been able to untangle from that. Things like a standard “toolbox”, or more specifically a “mute part” and “solo part” tool are things I really use non stop, and they don’t really exist in Ableton. Ableton is amazing, there is no doubt, there are just that handful of issues that I have with it that prevent me from that switch.
2. Now that Bitwig Studio has been announced, what attracted your interest to it?
I want to see if it is truly the “best of both worlds” somewhere in between Logic and Ableton: Linear and Nonlinear sequencing and production. I know the gist of the history behind Bitwig, that it was a few guys from the original Ableton Live design team or so. This sounds amazing on paper and in theory, now I cannot wait to see how it is all executed. Features like dual display support, though a bit “expected” and standard these days of almost any DAW, Ableton never sported it, and it was annoying to have to constantly Tab back & forth between Arrange & Session views.
3. If Bitwig Studio meets your expectations, would you be prepared to learn how to use this new DAW and make the switch?
Bigtime. My real attraction is the new need to be able to work while I travel. I need a sequencer that is a monster but also that is FUN to use on a laptop, which to me, Logic really isn’t. Logic is a “studio environment sequencer”. I want to see things like just a couple extra tools like I had mentioned above and CERTAINLY a “Bounce in Place” shortcut, because Ableton’s way of doing that isn’t really the best and most well thought out.
4. Does the future version 2 release which would include Peer 2 Peer networking and internet collaboration excite you, and would you use it?
That is definitely exciting, though I have never had much issues with collaborating with anyone over the internet, even using difference sequencers. With the internet service speeds so ridiculously fast over fiber, I can actually have an upload of 40-60 tracks of 24 bit audio uploaded to my own server in about an hour, so I’d be more curious about how it integrates doing so in realtime. So you don’t have to wait until the next day to find out the other guy didn’t like what you had done and spent a lot of wasted time on.
5. Would you ever consider doing a live performance using only Bitwig Studio?
I still have yet to do live PA, but like anything else, if the sound quality is good, and its STABLE, I’m totally down to try.
6. Do you use midi controllers with your software, and if so which one would you want to work flawlessly with Bitwig Studio?
I had bought an APC40 to get into learning Ableton a while back, and that was cool but I never did make that switch. It would be nice for this to work well in Bitwig too, if the architecture is resembling Ableton then I guess it wouldn’t be too much of a stretch.
7. If you had one big feature request to offer to the Bitwig team, what would that be?
To have a “Bounce in Place” shortcut instead of “Resampling” or “Freeze / Flatten” methods. That feature changed my daily life in Logic Studio, and I’m sure it would anywhere else.
8. What are your future plans for you as a producer and DJ?
My plans are to simply be more productive when not home. I did a lot of travelling this summer already, and I just have not had much fun trying to do proper production work on my laptop. Granted, I think the McDonald’s CocaCola I spilled all over my Macbook last year hasn’t helped the CPU much, as I get random spikes all the time which cripple this machine. But as I write this now, I’m ordering the new hotness Macbook pro that just came out, so I’m sure any speed issues are already well out the window and the next machine can smoke anything I throw at it. I need to know I can get things done everywhere.
Many thanks to Sean for this interview taking up his very spare time. You can get his latest release ‘Sean Tyas feat Lo-Fi Sugar – The World’ here @ Beatport. Or find him in Ibiza on the 7th August @ Colors – Es Paradis among other worldwide gigs.
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