Francis Preve

Sound designer. Producer. Professor. Journalist. Author.

 

BIO

With a career that includes designing sounds for Ableton, Korg, Roland, and Xfer, plus serving as Technology Editor for Beatportal.com, Francis Prève has carved a niche as one of the tech industry's most in-demand sound designers. His work as a college professor in Austin, Texas, provides additional insight into how musicians of all skill levels interface with synthesizers, while his career as a technology journalist gives him a deeper appreciation of great product design and realisation.

Over the years, Prève's music output has included high-profile remixes for Dragonette, Orbital, Sander Kleinenberg, Dave Seaman, and Gabriel & Dresden. His original compositions include collaborations like "Yin/Yang" with Wolfgang Gartner and "Get Down" with John Acquaviva & Olivier Giacomotto. In 2011, Prève created his own imprint, Academik Records.

In 2016, Preve founded Symplesound, a soundware company focused on creating intuitive instruments and presets for Ableton Live.

 

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Sound design

Synthesizers and software that currently integrate Francis Preve's designs include Ableton Live, Xfer Serum, Korg Gadget, and Dave Smith Instruments REV2. In addition to these clients, previous projects include Roland, Avid, Propellerhead, and iZotope.  In 2016, Preve launched Symplesound to create easy-to-use and extremely flexible instrument libraries for Ableton Live.

 
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journalism

Francis Preve's 20-year writing career includes hundreds of reviews and tutorials for magazines including Keyboard, Computer Music (UK), Future Music, EQ, and Music & Computers – as well as serving as Technology Editor for Beatport's music blog, Beatportal.com

He is currently an Editor-At-Large for Electronic Musician.

 
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Production

Having produced and/or remixed electronic music for over 20 years, Francis Preve's discography spans numerous genres. The most familiar work for many dance music fans would be "Yin" and "Yang", which he co-wrote and co-produced with Wolfgang Gartner back in 2009. Other collaborators include John Acquaviva & Olivier Giacomotto, Matt Lange, Cloudchord, Jan van Lier, and Gabriel & Dresden. His solo catalogue is equally extensive and includes work in television and film.