Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Justin Lassen at Two Bit Circus VR!


I’ve been here a few times because my friend Ben is one of the lead VR guys for them! He’s been wanting me to meet Nancy Bennett, the CCO of the company. We both travel a lot so It was great to finally sit down with her and talk about audio, VR, technology, recording, music and all kinds of things. I spent some quality time with the VR team there as well checking out all the cool stuff they’re working on. Can’t say anything but it’s going to be awesome!


Me and Nancy! Thank you for inviting me into the family, I love 2BC so much!


Thanks Ben for hooking it up. We go way back in VR several years. Together we’ve gotten to do a lot of different Virtual Reality projects. Ben is a super human when it comes to solving problems and things and stuff. He as a damn good project leader.


Cool shot of some GearVR phones I saw at the office.


Time to say goodbye but first my audio equipment must get scanned by security. :)


Goodbye LA, and looking forward to more adventures soon! Wish I could say more about this visit, but you’ll see… :) #patience #soonenough

Monday, October 3, 2016

Justin Lassen at NRG Recording Studios Party in LA!


Thanks to PreSonus I was invited to attend the AES 2016 NRG Studios party this year! I met a lot of awesome people and ran into a ton of old friends too!


Thanks Perry for inviting me to this party tonight! Respect to Steven and Wendy for looking out and making me feel welcome! Good to reconnect with so many people and meet many new people too! #presonus #slatedigital #nrgstudios #respect #love #bunnies


Historical halls filled with multi-platinum plaques of all these 90’s bands. Felt like a flashback! (everyone from Foo Fighters to Linkin Park to No Doubt and everything in between.)


I was just kind of roaming the halls exploring and enjoying the atmosphere.


Hanging out with CLA, Wendy and Winn (PRS).


Good catching up with Wendy Starland, whom I remixed her song many years ago. Thanks Wendy!


My Cakewalk bro Rob King, we see eachother at different audio events and was great to catch up with him a little bit and see where we’ve been the last few years.


Leave it to ME to find the one bunny rabbit in the whole place, from my dear inspiration and friend Mark Ryden!


Bunch of engineers through the window nerding out about preamps or something.


More engineers and audio geeks pointing at faders and stuff. cool.


Cool tracking room with an persian motif.


Drums, what’s up?


Blown out mixer shot, woohoo!


Okay and a clean one for you too!


Cool dancers and entertainment on the stage outside!


Hanging from ropes while people are served drinks.


Another white mixer where you can’t see the dials. Fun times.


The photography area for those red carpet shot things.


I guess I liked pointing at the sky a lot.


Hung out with Andy and Todd at their studio until 4am that night, showing and telling eachother different stories, projects and philosophies. I look forward to doing some great stuff with both of these cats.


Cool night, cool party, tons of cool people. Good memory!

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Justin Lassen DJ’s at EastWest Studios in LA for AES Party!


Firstly I was hired to DJ the party at EastWest Studios! I brought my trusty ReLoop/Algoriddim Djay2 software/hardware combo and setup in the ATC area where they were showing off speakers and stuff.


Sometimes the only iconic imagery you can get out of EastWest Studios is the green-lit hallways separating the studios and meeting rooms for artists.


Really cool to finally meet (in person) Todd Bergman! The brother of my long time friend Hal Bergman (bad ass photographer who shot my dark gothic photoshoots back in the day for my music projects.) This kid is unreal and I can’t wait to work with him!


A band performed in the big recording room at EastWest where I networked the hell out of that event and met SO MANY awesome new friends! I’m amazed at just how many bad ass creative people are out there everyday doing their part in shaping the world of music.


They had these cool performers and troupe in costumes entertaining the crowd with their burlesque/circus vibe!


Awesome hanging with Wolf from uJam again (makers of finely crafted audio software and instrument plugins!) Wolf and I met a few years ago and is one of the tallest people I know! (center) and on the left is Daniel a filmmaker and dreamer that showed me some of the coolest new DnB music. They are filming a series of videos showcasing great composers for film and projects. I am lucky that I get to be a part of that series. uJam is continuing to be one of the most creative audio teams in the world and I’m honored to know them!


This is Carl Beatty, AVP/Artist/MI Relations for Berklee College of Music. Awesome guy! This is my friend Samara’s favorite teacher there when she was there! It was an honor to meet and talk about education/music/tech ideas.


awww. cleanup time!




Thanks #ReLoop #Algoriddim #Intel #Samson


I hung out with my artist friend Ameria and worked on a couple tracks with her at her awesome apartment studio! She’s knee deep in some serious editing there.


It’s Chestnut, I mean Rainbow!


Larchmont Market, yummy cafe.


Thanks Sunset Grill for the lunches!

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Justin Lassen at AES 2016!


It was cool to visit yet another AES show! I feel like i’ve been to about 15 of these so far in my life. This was the 141st one! I think NAMM is to E3 as AES is to GDC, to put it into video game terms. It’s a more calm show, focused more on the science of editing and working with sound and audio, instead of just “new product” launches, which NAMM is famous for.


See, a much more casual show usually. These last 2 years especially have been fairly small.


I liked that there was a LOT of schools, education, online tutorial sites with tables advertising their services to teach audio, mixing, etc. I find it interesting that at Siggraph this year and AES, I saw American Express with a table. I don’t quite understand the correlation but hey, if they buy a table, more power to ‘em.


It never gets old to check out the MOOG booth and play these synths, I don’t know why. I think theres a bit of MOOG in all of our blood as musicians and creators.


A lot of the booths at AES are kind of like mini-show-rooms of mixing and audio processing equipment like this. They look like fancy star trek panels that could command a starship, but perhaps simply limit or EQ a sound. Honestly mixers look a lot more complicated than they actually are. That’s the beauty of mixing audio. There is infinite possibilities but you’ll catch on quicker than you think.


Of course my family iZotope were at AES this year representing their newest plugin creation, Neutron. I think its a brilliant plugin. I’ve been a preset designer for iZotope since the early days of the company and in 2016 I am so proud of these guys for continuing to take things further, always re-imagining better ways of doing things we take for granted. Neutron is the mothership of mixing plugins, they also had a free limited version called Neutrino, which is worth checking out for subtle but helpful mix decisions. Neutron’s UX and UI design is brilliant and makes mixing fun and actually better visually shows me what I need to see when i’m mixing. I LOVE the audio track assist/learning capability of this plugin and I see much potential and uses. As a strong Alloy user already, this brings it to the next generation in my opinion.


There’s my bro Evan showing off the new features and workflow of the plugin. One thing I loved about Neutrino was that when you stick an instance of it on every channel in a session, name each channel, and the plugins communicate with each other to help you do creative sound design, masked channel editing, side-chaining or interestingly a number of other co-mingling that I find inspiring in general. I haven’t used a plugin this involved before. Feels like having a mix engineer friend helping me in my sessions.


Bliss. I love hanging with my iZotope friends. Lexie is awesome and I can’t wait to visit Massachusetts.


Softube has been innovating and making lots and lots of plugins and software over the years, and they had this fantastic hardware/software combo that seems like it would be really fun to work with. It has a lot of console emulations (which they are already known for creating) built into their new product. ALSO they have this cool wicked new virtual modular software where you can build up a giant rack of modules and create an infinite amount of exploratory music. Get your Richard Devine on. :)


I didn’t get a chance to say hi to Greg Ondo, but he’s a marketing manager at Yamaha whom I was introduced through my friend Kevin Doucette. He was pretty much this busy throughout the show, so I atleast had to snap a picture of him! That Steinberg/Yamaha software controller device looked amazing.


Jayce Murphy the CEO from PCAudioLabs, one of my sponsors. I run into this guy at most of the shows I go to, so we’re audio family for sure.


Jim Mack who now works at TASCAM! We met when he was CEO of PreSonus so it was great seeing him again. We’re dreaming up some ideas.


Erik Larsen, director of marketing for TEAC/TASCAM, we actually go way back. I was sponsored by Creative Labs/E-MU/Sound Blaster back in the 90’s and I got an AWE64GOLD back in the day, which in those times was like one of the coolest audio cards in the world for young composers to grab to compose music. It launched with all these cool softwares and sequencers. Cakewalk, Vienna SoundFont2 editor, etc. It is the reason I became so enamored with sound design and figuring out audio in the first place, so I owe a lot of what I am today to that device. Many years later I had an E-MU 1616M, sadly there was never Windows 8, 8.1 or 10 drivers for it, so although it is still one of the BEST audio interfaces in the world, once a manufacturer stops making audio drivers for their devices, they become expensive paperweights.  Long story short, how cool to run into the guy who hooked up younger Justin Lassen back in the day! We have some brainstorming to do now.


Jimmy Landry, the one and only. He’s been the Artist Relations guy at Cakewalk for a very long time. Cakewalk is part of the Gibson Brands family, and I am lucky to still be working with Jimmy after all these years. Everyone at Cakewalk who is still there are still awesome people. A lot of them went on to many many other audio companies over the years. It’s been a trip to follow along on everyone's adventures through audio. This industry is quite incestuous. I’m excited to work with Jimmy on some new technology projects and work some some new products he’s representing.


Ran into my bro Raj at Intel! Over the last few years it’s been great getting to know him and introduce him into my circle to all my audio friends, companies and network around the world. From USA to Europe and beyond! Great guy (also a musician!), loves us audio guys and musicians and happy to keep helping him succeed! We’ve got to change the world together on many occasions, whether its SXSW or CES or NAMM, we’ve been teaming up on some of the coolest, most attractive and ground breaking audio projects (like StageLight with OpenLabs), in software and hardware. I look forward to many more years! (now if I could just look at the right camera lens)


Jessica Livingston is part of the AES SF wing, and first saw my talk at NAMM many years ago, when I launched my White Rabbit Asylum library through Sony, at the Roland/Cakewalk booth. She was giving tours to some of the coolest studios in LA during the show this year! That year she saw me I think was 2010 and was a cool year because, Cakewalk put a GIANT picture of my face on the side of the booth! What a fun time in my past. Jessica and I have been running into eachother at various audio events over the years and we finally got to chat about audio education, speaking projects, and listening parties. I’m curious to get involved. Thanks Jessica!


Listening to some ‘The Rasmus’ on my Samson Headphones when I travel. I love going to these kinds of events in general. This year I’ve done 24 conferences/events so far, which has made it so that I’ve barely been home, and I’ve lived in hotels mostly. I am grateful for this life and I love getting to meet so many new people. My favorite part of this is dreaming, brainstorming and thinking of ideas for the future with brilliant people. Finding inspired humans that just want to make the world a better place is a passion. I’ve become known to my friends as a master networker and guru of connecting cool people to other cool people that have a passion for dreaming, learning and exploring across multiple industries (audio, music, gaming, film/tv, government, etc.). Thank you for this life and thank you for believing in me!