Westlake Village, CA (August 25, 2010)--When it came time for Trevor "TrevBeats" Lawrence Jr. to build his own studio, he turned to Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro).
GC Pro provided Lawrence Jr. with an array of equipment, including an Avid Pro Tools HD 3 system and C24 digital console; the Antelope OCX master clock; Blue Bottle microphone and capsule kit; an API Lunchbox loaded with API and Brent Averill mic pres; a Dangerous 2-BUS LT summing mixer; monitoring by JBL, Focal and Yamaha; an Apple Mac PRO with eight cores of processing; a Universal Audio LA-2A compressor/limiter; Waves Diamond TDM and SSL TDM plug-in bundles; and a Manley 16-channel M162M mic-pre and mixer systems, custom-engraved by Manley for Lawrence Jr.
Both on tour and in the studio, Lawrence Jr. has drummed with Mariah Carey, Lionel Richie, Dizzy Gillespie, Ashanti, Jennifer Lopez, Taj Mahal, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Macy Gray, The Temptations and more. His father, Trevor Lawrence Sr., is regarded as one of music's most renowned songwriters, tenor saxophone players and horn arrangers; his mother sang with the Supremes; and his grandfather was a member of The Dixie Hummingbirds.
"Having a studio is a family tradition for us," Lawrence Jr. says with a gentle laugh. "We all grew up around studios, including my father's, so it was important to do it right." Starting last summer, Trevor began working with GC Pro account manager James Good, based at GC Pro's Sherman Oaks location.
The end result, Los Angeles-based Vision Studios, designed with Fred Z of Z Product Guy, opened in mid-June and has already done a large part of the overdubbing for Patti Austin's next album, with Lawrence Jr. playing drums and percussion, as well as recording work and production for artists including Snoop Dogg associate Terrace Martin, 7 Aurelius and Alicia & Cheran, working with Trevor's engineer of 10 years, Rich Niles.
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