American record producer and musician Norbert Putnam grew up near Florence, Alabama, and was one of the Muscle Shoals musicians brought to Nashville to play for Elvis Presley in 1965. Putnam worked in Nashville as a bassist on recording sessions with Presley, Roy Orbison, Al Hirt, Henry Mancini, Linda Ronstadt, J. J. Cale, Tony Joe White, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Michael Card, Ian & Sylvia, and Bobby Goldsboro.
As a producer, Putnam was responsible for copious work on Nashville’s non-country-music output from the late 1960s to the early 1980s. His credits include major works that established the popularity of performers such as Jimmy Buffett, Joan Baez, Dan Fogelberg, Brewer & Shipley, Pousette-Dart Band, Donovan, John Hiatt, J.J. Cale, the Flying Burrito Brothers, and the New Riders of the Purple Sage.
Putnam recently tried Studio One Artist after receiving it with a PreSonus FireStudio Lightpipe interface he purchased for his project studio. He imported some large Dan Fogelberg sessions to play around and was immediately impressed: “The sound was so clear and smooth, I knew right then and there I had to switch to Studio One for all of my productions,” he explains. The “ease of use and uncluttered interface” also make Studio One a winner in situations where Putnam interacts with the artists he produces over great distances. “I can teach Studio One to anyone in an hour,” says Putnam, “and then they can easily track overdubs and throw them in my iDisk anytime they want.”