As CodeBass readers know, the purpose of this project is to bring music lovers together from all over the Adobe community. However, it became fairly obvious to me early on that it would also serve to expose people to platforms with which they don’t typically interact. The CodeBass team itself represents a good mix. Sure, I hack at Photoshop and the like, but I really didn’t pop my head up out of the ColdFusion community, to any meaningful degree, to see what was going on in communities elsewhere until fairly recently. I sure wish I had sooner. I’ve had the opportunity to try out cool apps like Audition, and more importantly, I’ve met some of the best people.
Jason Levine is one such person. You might remember him from this Adobe Audition article we ran back in June. If you are a #CodeBassRadio regular or have given the sidebar player a spin, you’re certainly familiar with Jason’s music. Jason’s proper title is Sr. Worldwide Evangelist, Creative Solutions. Basically, this covers all Creative Suite concerns. If you’ve seen what the CS5 Master Collection consists of, then you already have an inkling about the technical knowledge that must fill Jason’s brain. However, his talent for all things audio and visual goes far beyond.
Jason is a top notch Audio Mastering Engineer who does the everything from recording to producing and mixing, in addition to other post-production work, for his own material and that of others. He also sits in as a session musician, performing mostly with a piano and an acoustic or electric bass. Jason demonstrates equal prowess as lead singer and is an all-around accomplished musician. He plays guitar and just about any other instrument you can name.
session and mastering work
Jason working alongside Blues guy, Fuzzy Island.
[audio:http://codebass.net/audio/fiveXfootXTwo.mp3|titles=Five Foot Two Eyes of Blue|artists=Fuzzy Island and Jason Levine]
Jason covers a favorite Doors tune for an album he created under the name Line of Vinyl.[audio:http://codebass.net/audio/XYesXTheXRiverXKnows.mp3|titles=Yes The River Knows|artists=Jason Levine]
A promotional spot Jason produced for Adobe Audition when it was known as Cool Edit Pro which shows his ability to play a variety of characters.[audio:http://codebass.net/audio/AdobeXCoolXEditXPro.mp3|titles=Cool Edit Pro Promotion|artists=Jason Levine]
Heard the Adobe Audition theme tune? That’s Jason![audio:http://codebass.net/audio/AdobeXAuditionXTheme.mp3|titles=Adobe Audition Theme|artists=Jason Levine]
promotional video and tutorials
Jason produces and directs much of the promotional and instructional material you find on places like Adobe TV. Just google the guy, and you can find an infinite number of tutorials on a wide variety of topics. His own blog has many posts on the topic of Digital Single-lens Reflex (DSLR) video editing for photographers. You can find even more video tutorials on topics such as removing noise from sound bites using Adobe Audition by looking for Jason on Vimeo.
Lately, you can find Jason messing about with a Canon 7D camera. He does this for both business and pleasure. You can see some of his beautiful everyday photos by keeping an eye on his Twitpic photo stream. Jason enjoys taking photos of the cities he visits so that he can insert more local flavor into his already highly customize presentations.
Recently, I had the opportunity to speak to Jason while he was back in the states on short break between South Africa and the next leg of the Adobe Evangelist Master Class Tour which takes him on an 11 week sojourn throughout Europe, the Middle East, and of course to Adobe MAX. He told me a little bit about what he and his colleagues, Terry White and Greg Rewis do along their route. This dynamic team of Senior Adobe Evangelists gives a comprehensive all-day presentation demonstrating the CS5 workflow. They pass raw project material back and forth to demonstrate its incorporation into everything from ePublication to Blu-ray and discuss technologies such as DSLR and transcoding.
If you have the opportunity to catch Jason in action during the coming weeks, I highly recommend you do so. You can keep up with his schedule at his blog. If you are unable to catch Jason along one of his stops, there is no shortage of him online!