Julian ‘Jules’ Storer: Jules first created Tracktion in 2001, driven to creating a music production platform that was both easy and powerful. Inspired by code revolutionaries such as Larry Tesler (Chief Scientist Apple Computers), Jules approached the task from the perspective of elegant software design – rather than trying to digitize and recreate the typical recording studio workflows of the day (tape machines, mixing consoles and racks of outboard gear) – an approach taken by other popular platforms such as Cubase, Logic and Pro Tools. Pioneering the ‘single screen’ user interface and providing all the tools necessary to perform a task right where you need them, Tracktion became an instant cult classic. This did not go unnoticed and in 2003 the platform was acquired by the industry giant Mackie (now Loud Technologies Inc). Mackie went on to create 2 subsequent releases, the last being Tracktion 3 launched in 2007. After parting from Mackie, Jules took some of Tracktion’s underlying codebase and made it available as the open-source C++ framework JUCE, which now powers thousands of apps and audio plugins from hundreds of companies around the world. In the last decade, Tracktion’s devout following of ‘Tracktioneers’ has grown steadily, although the lack of recent developments by the team at Mackie had allowed the platform to fall from the public eye. This created the opportunity for Jules to take back the platform and once again continue to evolve the revolutionary groundwork he started over a decade earlier. Jules’s programming skills have evolved to guru level and his passion for music remains – the future is bright for the Tracktioneers.
James ‘Woody’ Woodburn: Woody’s musical adventures started back in the UK when he got his first set of record decks at age 17 (he still has them in use today!). While attending university in Scotland, he began DJ’ing in the local clubs, infamous house parties and raves. When the time came to leave Scotland, he made the jump back to London and headed straight into a comprehensive diploma course in sound engineering at Alchemea in Islington, where he went on to immerse himself in all things audio. Having achieved a pass with distinction, he took an entry level position at Matrix Recording Studios in Soho where he continued his sound engineer training (how to make a good cup of tea!). In the years that followed, Woody held various engineer positions in some of London’s premier studios and got to work with a diverse selection of artists. One assignment led to the opportunity to purchase the On-U Sound recording studio from maverick UK reggae and dub producer Adrian Sherwood. Along with a group of friends, he purchased the studio and completely refitted the space with a collection of professional tools – Otari tape machine, Amek console, Pro Tools/Logic and a selection of choice outboard. The studio became a favorite mixing location for a number of local producers with the UK Top Ten hit single ‘Shackles’ by artists ‘Mary Mary’ being mixed onsite. This project would also kick start Woody’s entrepreneurial enthusiasm, although it taught him some tough lessons! Woody was also becoming a rising name in the DJ ranks and he became regular/resident at numerous venues across London including The End, The Scala, 333 and Fabric. He formed a strong friendship with legendary London promotor Sean McClusky and was a regular at all of Sean’s weird and wonderful events such as Sonic Mook Experiment, and the pair went on to do various remixes and productions together. After a decade of shenanigans in the UK, Mackie decided it would be a good idea to extract Woody and move him to the United States to work at the company’s HQ in the product development department. It is during his time at Mackie that he would meet both Jules and Dave, and the trio have remained good friends ever since. He went on to work for Avid, managing the M-Audio brand of products and Pro Tools SE/M-Powered software platforms. When the time came for Jules to reclaim Tracktion, Woody was right there at his side.
Dave Christenson: Music composition, performance and recording have been at the center of Dave’s life since forming his first high school band in 1979. Originally called Prophecy, that band enjoyed local success in northwest Pennsylvania with a hit single on regional radio and a strong following of fans. Dave’s second band, Stabilizers, went on to sign record deals with both Columbia and MCA Records in the 80′s producing a Billboard top 100 single called “One Simple Thing.” While all of the early recording was done by Dave and the other half of the writing team, Rich Nevens, on a small TASCAM 244 Portastudio, the duo took full advantage of the major label recording budgets once signed, moved to LA and worked in many of that city’s top studios, with some of the world’s best musicians and engineers. Stabilizers toured, had MTV videos in heavy rotation and appeared on popular TV shows such as American Bandstand. After the band broke up, Dave and Rich owned and operated a recording / audio post production studio on Sunset Blvd called The Cheese Shop where they continued to develop their recording and mixing skills. Following the sale of the studio, Dave joined the fledgling Euphonix Inc to eventually run the international sales division for the large-format console manufacturer. Dave held similar positions at Sony’s Broadcast and Professional Company and Solid State Logic before joining Mackie Designs (later LOUD Technologies) in 2002 where he met Jules and worked closely with Woody for a number of years. Dave left LOUD Technologies to start his own sales and marketing firm called Audio Agent and then the company’s creative services subsidiary, 3dB Creative. He brings a wealth of marketing and creative talents to the Tracktion team while continuing to write and record music – often until the sun comes up.