Timo Preece

Timo Preece

Timo Preece (Certified Ableton Trainer, ProTools Expert) is an accomplished audio technologist, multi-media consultant, sound designer and electronic musician. He graduated with a degree in Ethnomusicology from UCLA and a Masters in Sound Design at the University of Edinburgh, UK. From conceptualizing and building cutting-edge setups for audio/visual performance to offering inventive solutions for composition, production and technology integration, Timo has worked with a wide variety of sound enthusiasts, companies and world renown artists. One of the world’s first certified Ableton Live trainers and longstanding AVID Protools Expert, Timo is a skilled and versatile educator who integrates real world experience and cutting-edge techniques to his approach. He has developed curricula for several renowned training centers and was director for sound art courses at Ex’pression College and Pyramind. Additionally, he conducts skills oriented workshops and master classes internationally and teaches online audio technology courses. Currently, Timo lives in Berlin and works as a freelance sound designer, audio consultant, producer and performer. He writes audio technology articles for Ask.Audio and develops sound design training videos for MacProVideo. Musically, Timo has several projects that revolve around Ableton Live and advanced controller configurations: GravityTerminal- Dark cinematic electronic creation/design/performance... Planetary Cymatic Resonance- Musical project based on tunings calculated from natural frequencies found in our universe like the movement of planets or the resonances of molecules... Sonic Sadhana- live electronics and acoustic instrumentation merged with nada yoga practices.

Articles by Timo Preece

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Review: Elektron Octatrack MKII, OS 1.30C

Elektron's Octatrack MKII brings hardware upgrades to one of the world's most serious sequencers. Timo Preece explores what's new, plus some unexpected goodies in the new software.

Interview: Dennis DeSantis On Ableton Loop 2017

Ableton's Loop event continues to go from strength to strength. We caught up with author and main man Dennis DeSantis to find out what they have in store for this year.

Review: Dadamachines Automat - Robotic Music Machines Toolkit

Using physical robots to play musical and experimental sequences is an innovative new direction for MIDI technology. Timo Preece put it to the test.

Designing Realtime 3D Sound Performance: Sound of MNTN, Ableton Live and Planetary Cymatic Resonance

3D sound is still a relatively new phenomenon and can be complex to work with. Timo Preece investigates how it works, and goes on a journey through space and time...

Review: Lofelt Basslet, Portable Bass Listening Solution

Anyone wanting major bass extension when mixing has traditionally needed a subwoofer to provide it. But can this new wearable device provide an alternative? Timo Preece finds out.

Review: Elektron Analog Heat and Overbridge 1.15.0

Elektron announcement of Analog Heat was met with rejoicing and some uncertainty. Timo Preece digs deep below the analog distortion and saturation for a clearer picture of what makes it so versatile.

Review: contortDistort Echoes in the Aether Creative Sound Library For Absynth

The aim behind Echoes in the Aether was to create fun, creative, interactive, rhythmic, and playable sounds for Absynth users. Timo Preece finds out if ContortDistort achieved their objective.

Ableton Loop Summit 2016 - Collaborate + Connect = Create

Ableton describe Loop as an exploration of what it is to make music today and what it could be tomorrow. With big performances, industry pro discussions, and workshops we found out what it's about.

What Went Down at Berlin Atonal Festival 2016?

Founded in 1982, the Berlin Atonal Festival arrived back in capital of Germany this year. Timo Preece braved the heat to explore what this visual and audio creator event had to offer.

Composing with Ableton Live: Asymmetry, Polyrhythms & the State of Nonalignment

In this tutorial Ableton Certified trainer, Timo Preece, explores ways to make your compositions in Ableton Live more interesting using asymmetry, polyrhythms and layering different meters.

Review: Roland JD-Xi Synthesizer

The more we dug into the Roland JD-Xi polyphonic synthesizer, the more trouble we had putting it down. This hybrid instrument is more powerful than its price tag suggests. Find out more here.

Review: Ploytec PL 2 Leukos USB Subtractive Synthesizer

So, you want a hardware synthesizer, preferably subtractive, but it needs to be extremely affordable and able to fit in even the smallest pocket? Ploytec's PL2 aims to please as Timo Preece discovers.

8 Helpful Settings to Improve Ableton Live’s Performance

As powerful as Ableton Live is both in the studio & on the stage, there are times you'll want to squeeze more performance out without running into any hiccups. Here's 8 settings to help do just that.

Review: Soulsby ODYTRON - a Transformer: More Than Meets the Eye

The Soulsby ODYTRON is a limited edition of the Atmegatron, an 8-bit hardware synthesizer built on the Arduino platform. It's versatile, lightweight, compact, sounds unique and is open source!

Review: Keith McMillen K-Mix Audio Interface, Digital Mixer & Control Surface

K-Mix from Keith McMillen Instruments is a high-quality audio interface, programmable mixer, and MIDI controller combining their best tech know-how in one portable package. Timo Preece gets hands on.