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“I’d always wanted to make beats first—I loved rap.” That’s why music producer, songwriter, and mixer Louis Bell got into making music. Starting out as a songwriter, then venturing into music production with Pro Tools in 2003, Bell has since gone on to work with a who’s who in music, including Post Malone, Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Kanye West, Halsey, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, Ozzy Osbourne, Jonas Brothers, 5 Seconds of Summer, and many more top artists.

How did he become one of music’s most prolific and sought-after producers and songwriters in the industry? Much of it has to do with how he works with artists in the studio. And a lot has to do with his talent for knowing how to make a hit record. It’s no wonder why his work dominates the music charts and has earned him 20 GRAMMY® nominations.

“When I hear a song, I’m thinking more about rhythm and more about an interesting way of delivering it rather than what’s the conventional way of doing it,” Bell explains about his process. “How you start kind of gives you your roots and kind of gives you your DNA of creativity and breaking the rules.”

And Pro Tools is his choice for helping inspire and harness his creativity. “Pro Tools is pretty much my foundation for everything—it’s homebase, it’s where I cut vocals, how I make beats, it’s how I come up with ideas… Everything lives within that environment and to me, it just makes so much sense how it works and makes my life so much easier.”

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