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Chester Thompson on the StudioLive 32 Series III Digital Mixer

World renowned session drummer with Frank Zappa, Weather Report, Genesis, Phil Collins and George Duke shares his thoughts on the new StudioLive 32 mixer and Studio One recording software from his home studio.

 

 

Exclusive New York StudioLive event Aug. 1—VERY limited seating…

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Studiolive owners in the New York area—this one’s for you! Come and join us at this exclusive, free event. Space is VERY limited (40 people tops) so get your ticket via the form below!

John Tendy will showcase the latest in PreSonus’ StudioLive Ecosystem, which includes the new Series III Mixers, StudioOne and the AIR and ULT Loudspeakers. John will demonstrate how each component works together to give musicians, engineers, and producers the ultimate live and studio recording experience. Urban folk & jazz artist KJ Denhert and her band will be the musical guests.

Guests include:

John Tendy—Sax:

John Tendy is the owner of TendyMedia, a production service that specializes in filming and multi-tracking of acoustic musical ensembles at live venues and in-house. In addition to producing, John has experience in film editing, musical composition, stage direction, comedy writing and voice-over work. As a television composer, he has written national spots for Disney, ATT, Mattel, White Castle, Sonic and more. John works nightly as a jazz and saxophonist, klezmer clarinetist, has performed on Broadway and can be seen regularly with his jazz trio at the historic Showmans Jazz in Harlem, NY.

KJ Denhert—Vocals:

KJ Denhert’s special blend of urban folk & jazz has earned her seven Independent Music Award nominations, was named as one of Jazz.com’s top female vocalists and in 2012 was the grand prize winner in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. KJ has been the artist in residence 11 times at Italy’s Umbria Jazz Festival. She has appeared at scores of festivals and has residencies at the ’55 Bar, Smoke in NYC, the Baz Bar in St. Barth’s, and the prestigious Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy. KJ’s talents have taken her all over the world, including St Barthelemy in the French West Indies, where she has had a winter residency at the popular Baz Bar for nearly a decade. Consistently praised for her pathos, originality and impeccable musicianship, KJ is a one-of-a-kind songwriter, guitarist and performer, not to be missed. She stays relevant to blues, jazz, singer songwriter and folk music, winning awards in all categories and I currently recording a new CD, due for release in fall of 2017.

Jesse MurphyBass:

NYC bassist Jesse Murphy is described by Bass Musician as a “classically trained bassist-turned-Fender-ninja”. Murphy played with John Scofield on his CD, “Uberjam” and enjoyed a stint with Me’Shell Ndgeocello. His work on the title track of the Brazilian Girls’ “Talk to the Bomb” is nothing short of astonishing and his unique style has been described as a combination of James Brown and avant-garde chamber music. Jesse is also a member of the “Love Trio”, a band that sprang directly out of the Nublu Club scene in NYC.

Aaron Johnston—Drums

Verve recording artist, percussionist and drummer Aaron Johnston is best-known for being the polyrhythmic heartbeat and producer of the Grammy-nominated band Brazilian Girls, A “remarkably fluid drummer,” as the New York Times has dubbed him, Aaron’s skills have as a writer, produce and engineer have made him one of Latin and American music’s most sought after collaborators. The Brazilian Girls have released three albums on Universal Verve Records, garnering a Grammy nomination for Best Electronic Dance Album, critical acclaim from Rolling Stone and SPIN, tour dates with Sting and festival slots from Bumbershoot to Bonarroo, Coachella and Lollapalooza. In addition to his percussion work, Johnston has contributed to a number of film scores, including Paramount’s OKA Amerikee, a film based on the music of the Bayaka tribe in Africa. Aaron was featured in the May 2017 issue of Modern Drummer.

It’s #PreSonusFAMFriday with Andy Bond!

If you don’t recognize this guy as a PreSonus face, it’s because we pay him to be on the other side of the camera. Andy Bond is PreSonus’ Maker of Cool Videos, and has been voted “Mr. Positivity” in our Annual Superlatives for five years running.

Husband, dad, business owner, full time employee–how does one do it all?

With PreSonus’ Eris E5 Studio Monitors. Duh. ANDYB

How long have you worked for PreSonus?
I’ve worked for PreSonus 5 years in January.

What’s your official job title?
I’m the Senior Video Producer. So I lead the planning, filming, and editing of all of our videos (new products, training, marketing, sales, webcasts, events, and artist testimonials). 

What’s your favorite thing about your job?
It’s very diverse. I get to be in a little bit of everything. Sometimes we travel and meet artists like MuteMath, Nothing More, Def Leppard, and others who love PreSonus products. Other times we are producing the launch videos for new products or traveling to NAMM. I’ve even filmed a short documentary about the Studio One team in Germany—this job is pretty fun at times.

What was the first 8 track, cassette, CD, digital download you purchased?
The first CD I remember buying was probably Pinkerton by Weezer. I was 8 or 9 years old I think.


Who’s your go to band or artist when you can’t decide on something to listen to?
My wife and I are huge Thrice and Dustin Kensrue fans and that’s probably our go-to. 

 
Everyone has a side gig, what’s yours?
I own a growing video production company called Wildfire Cinematography (@WildfireCinema) with my partner Preston Jensen. We have been mostly focusing on weddings since we have weekends available and I like to think our work is really good. We also produce content for other small businesses within Louisiana.
What do you love about the Eris Studio Monitors?
Even though I’m not a musician, I use a lot of PreSonus gear. Eris studio monitors are excellent for video editing—you can calibrate to your space with tuning controls and they sound perfect. I use E8’s in my editing suite and E5’s when editing at home.

What other products do you have?
I pair my studio monitors with a Temblor T10 subwoofer. I also use a Central Station, FireStudio Project, and use Studio One when I need it.

Why did you choose this as your favorite?
I’m not really a musician—I can play acoustic guitar and sing, but like to be behind the camera more. So for me, PreSonus is best in the editing suite and the Eris speakers couldn’t be more perfect for my application.
Tell us the coolest thing you’ve done working at PreSonus. 

IMG_0847My favorite video is the launch video for the CS18AI. We rented a full warehouse and got to be really creative. Outside of that, the Studio One 3 launch went really great. We got to fly to Germany to interview the developers, and then Los Angeles to interview several prominent producers using Studio One 3, and launched it all in one big day during PreSonus LIVE.

What are you currently working on? What’s next for you?
I’m currently planning several shoots to show off individual features of our new StudioLive Series III Mixers and a new video all about Studio One 3 Mix Engine capabilities. Of course, we are always making new products too, but I can’t tell you about those yet.

Got any tips?
Subscribe to our YouTube channel and keep up with us and our videos on social media. We are consistently producing new content and it’s a great way to sharpen your skills, learn about new gear, and hear from artists.

Anything else you want to share?
I’ve heard some people say I look like the Janitor. I’m not sure what they are talking about though…

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It’s #PreSonusFAMFriday with Ryan Landry!

Ryan Landry is PreSonus’ Inside Sales Lead and Magisterial Overseer of Cookie Distribution. When not at the office, Ryan lives the life of a multi-talented drummer/poet; a renaissance man who lives on the razor’s edge between heartbeats and spreadsheets.

Ryan’s been with us for a few years now and we’re not quite sure what we would do without cookies.

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How long have you worked for PreSonus?
Three years to the date, today! Exactly!
What’s your official job title?
Inside Sales Lead
What’s your favorite thing about your job?

My co-workers. I work with some truly incredible people.

But who’s your favorite?

Everyone is my favorite equally. (Hope my boss sees this)

What was the first 8 track, cassette, CD, digital download you purchased?

Unfortunately, I never saw the light of day for 8 tracks or cassettes. The first CD that I can remember buying is “Broken Boy Soldies” by The Raconteurs.

 

Who’s your go to band or artist when you can’t decide on something to listen to?

This Will Destroy You. Specifically, their self-titled album.

Everyone has a side gig, what’s yours?
I’m a drummer (I’m sorry.) I play in a group called Spyglass and another group called The Vigil Project.

What do you love about the Studio 192?

The quality of sound, the remote preamps, and the mixer in UC Surface. Being a DIY bedroom drummer, it’s the perfect tool for me to get high-fidelity recordings at home. I keep my drums set up in one room and my computer is located in another room. From my iPad, I can set my preamp levels, create a monitor mix, and control Studio One 3 from the Studio One Remote App all without ever having to leave my drums. It’s the dream piece of gear for a lazy drummer like me.

What other products do you have?

A pair of Eris E8’s, a pair of Eris E4.5’s, a pair of Ceres 4.5’s, a Monitor Station, an AudioBox iTwo, an HP2, an HP4, and Studio One 3.

Tell us about the coolest thing you’ve done with PreSonus.

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Meeting Mutemath! I’ve been a big fan of them for a couple of years now and I was excited to learn when they started using our mixers on their Vitals tour. They had an off day on tour and came by the office to pick up some more gear; I got a chance to meet the guys and hang out for a bit.

 What are you currently working on? What’s next for you?

Outside of work? My band, Spyglass, is working on finishing our debut album that’s going to be released this summer.

Got any tips for working with the interface?

Use it with Studio One 3 for the best experience, hands down. The Z-Mix feature will allow you to do zero-latency monitoring within Studio One 3.

Anything else you want to share?
You know “All Of The Lights (Interlude)” off of Kanye West’s album, “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy”? That’s Elton John playing the piano. That’s usually my go-to “fun fact.”

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30% off Notion Expansion Pack ALL in July 2017

You read that correctly, Notion Expansion Pack ALL is 30% off in July 2017! Get each and every Notion Add-on for a single, lower price—every string, horn, drum, guitar, and flugelhorn we offer.

Click here to get it on shop.presonus.com.

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Here’s what you get. Ready?

Violin Section, Viola Section, Cello Section, Bass Section, Sopranino Sax, Soprano Sax, Contrabass Sax, Drums, Cymbals, Percussion, Pitched Percussion, Effects, Banjo, Mandolin, Ukulele, Acoustic Guitar (Finger-style), Classical Guitar, Flute Section, Flute Duo, Clarinet Section, Clarinet Duo, Oboe Duo, Bassoon Duo, Horn Section, Trumpet Section, Trombone Section, Alto Flute, Bass Flute, Contrabass Clarinet, Basset Horn, Oboe d’amore, Bass Oboe, Piccolo Trumpet, Bass Trumpet, Soprano Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Cornet, Wagner Tuba, Alto Trombone, and the Jazz Bundle.

And that’s in addition to the huge library that already comes with Notion featuring samples by the London Symphony Orchestra, Victor Wooten, Roy “Futureman” Wooten, Neil Zaza, and more….

Hurry, this offer is only good for July of 2017! 

 

Acoustic Drum Loops Pack for 30% Off in July 2017!

30off_drumloops_600x600_01_neeSo you wanna get your groove back… Let us help you with 30% off the Acoustic Drum Loops Pack now available for the month of July right out of the PreSonus shop!

The Complete Acoustic Drum Loops Bundle features multitrack and stereo mixes of professional live drum performances, recorded in a state-of-the-art studio with world-class microphones. are ready to use in stereo and multitrack format. Each style is an entire library of matching loops that can be arranged to fit any song form, just as a real drummer would play them, and includes individual loops for verses, bridges, choruses, fills, and variations. The multitrack loops contain separate tracks for kick, snare, hi-hat, toms, overhead mics, room mics, and ambient mics so you can mix and edit to taste. Styles include:

  • Acoustic/Earthy (five styles)
  • Blues/Reggae (three styles)
  • Country (three styles)
  • Jazz (five styles)
  • Metal (four styles)
  • R&B/Funk (nine styles)
  • Rock/Pop (eight styles)

This offer is available worldwide for the month of July only!

Click here to head to the PreSonus Shop!

Save 24% on the Temblor T8 Subwoofer

Get 100% more boom in your room for 76% of the price from now until 8/31/17.

temblort_600x600_01_neeWhy get a sub? The real question is “Why not?!” Much of today’s pop, hip-hop, and EDM puts a heavy emphasis on bass elements, and folks often listen on bass-heavy systems. With that in mind, it would be a disservice to your clients if you didn’t have a sub to know how well your mixes will translate to these listening environments.

Both Temblor models (The T10 and T8) offer balanced and unbalanced connectivity and are fully featured with controls for Input Gain, adjustable Low Pass Filter, and phase inversion. The T10 even comes with a footswitch that allows you to engage the subwoofer momentarily for quick bass-checks. Nice!

The Temblor subs have been booming since their debut. But don’t take our word for it: Check out this bit from a magazine you might have heard of called “Tape Op.”

“With three sets of budget-friendly nearfield monitors on hand, I felt that the inclusion of the Temblor T8 to my system bumped those monitors into a higher class! Great work, PreSonus. Not a big-risk decision here. Highly recommended.

This offer is available worldwide.

BONUS: Interested in the best way to set up your monitors and subwoofers? Click here for the latest edition of our Brief Tutorial on Studio Monitors.

 

 

HOT Savings on PreSonus iSeries Interfaces until 9/30/2017

Instant rebates are the best kind of rebates. No paperwork, no forms to fill out, etc. These interfaces are versatile, but particularly appealing to guitarists. Pack it into your guitar case or cable bag, take it with you wherever you go, and record your inspirations in sterling 96 kHz quality directly to your iPad. You can then wirelessly transmit your recordings to the included Studio One 3 Artist on your main computer for mixing and editing.

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More than just audio interfaces, the AudioBox iOne and iTwo are the heart of a creative workflow aimed at taking your inspirations and turning them into finished songs. Thanks to the included Studio One, Capture Duo, and Studio Magic Plug-in Bundle. You’ll have hundreds of dollars worth of pro-level recording software at your command.

This offer is available in the USA, Canada, and Asia.

It’s Ray Tantzen for #PreSonusFAMFriday

Every Friday we introduce you all to a PreSonus employee that’s not just here for the paycheck, but also here because they love and use PreSonus products outside of the office. Today’s feature currently holds the title of “Greatest Beard of All Time.” He knows everything there is to know about growing, grooming and maintaining a beard–it’s a lifestyle, not a choice for him. He also knows basically everything about the StudioLive Series III because he helped engineer them. Here’s Ray Tantzen!IMG_2849
How long have you worked for PreSonus?

Four years and six months.

What’s your official job title?
Senior Product Manager
What’s your favorite thing about your job?

Knowing products that I’ve worked on help wonderful artists create and perform.

What was the first 8 track, cassette, CD, digital download you purchased?

8 track was the Village People.
Cassette was Beastie Boys, Licensed to Ill.
CD was Micheal Jackson, Bad.
Digital Download was Pearl Jam, Man of the Hour.

Who’s your go to band or artist when you can’t decide on something to listen to?
Anything Chris Thile.

Everyone has a side gig, what’s yours?

Dad, Husband, Church sound mixer, Beard mastering.

What do you love about the StudioLive Series III?
What’s NOT to love 😉 The workflow is awesome. It’s super easy to just jump on and use. I also love having the different EQ and compressor models available. It adds a whole new layer to the sound. And of course there’s the multitrack SD Card recording! There’s no need to mess with a computer to record. They’re all available now and shipping worldwide!

What other products do you have?

I also have an RML 16AI, CS18AI, Studio One, Notion, AudioBox iOne, ADL600, HP4, and just got a Quantum Thunderbolt interface. I’m hoping to get some Sceptre monitors and ULT PA speakers soon.IMG_1931


Why did you choose the Series III as your favorite?

I love having a mixer as the centerpiece of my home studio and the StudioLive 24 is a perfect fit. It has a smaller footprint than the 32 but still has the split-layer fader workflow and is still a full 32-channels under the hood. I have it connected to my Mac Mini via AVB to also use as an interface for recording. Plus is sounds incredible and I can take it out for live gigs when needed. I’m also really looking forward to the stage boxes and DAW control coming later. That will be the cherry on top!

AND it’s shipping as of this week!

Tell us about the coolest thing you’ve done with PreSonus.

The most exciting event I’ve been involved with hands down has to be Deadmau5. He had a StudioLive 32.4.2AI for his touring system and on the most recent tour with the Cube 2.1 he had so much bass on stage that the FireWire cable in the computer would start to shake loose. When he found out the new Series III mixers had AVB he wanted to upgrade immediately. Since the Series III had just started shipping and he was in the middle of the tour we wanted to make sure things transitions to the new mixer smoothly. So I got on a plane and meet up with his crew in Seattle to help set up the new mixer and show him how to use it. The first night I sat behind the Cube so I was nearby in case something went wrong. The show went great and there were comments about the sound being even better with the Series III. The second night I got to enjoy the show from the audience and it was amazing! He has put together a great show and the sound and live mixing/performing he does was top notch.

What are you currently working on? What’s next for you?

I could tell you, but then I’d have to kill you 😉 What I can talk about is the upcoming stage box solutions and DAW control for the Series III mixers. After that, you’ll just have to wait and see!

Got any tips for working with the mixer?
Spend a little extra time before your show to setup custom layouts on the fader User layer and Fat Channel User layer. This will really help to put what you care about most right where you ant them for faster and easier mixing.

Anything else you want to share?
The beard is real, I’ve had it for 10 years, there are actually some competing beards here at the office.beard3

Connect with Ray on Social here:

Snapchat and Instagram: @stingray_1122
Twitter and Facebook: @stingray1122


It’s Micah Blouin for #PreSonusFAMFriday

Hopefully today’s #PreSonusFAMFriday feature will teach you a little something…

It’s our Education Market Manager, Micah Blouin. You may have met him at a trade show, workshop, or most recently at InfoComm 2017, where you may have had a good laugh and then walked away a little smarter. He knows a lot about a lot of things and today we learn a little about him and his favorite PreSonus product, Notion.

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How long have you worked for PreSonus?
Five years. I started off in Product Management and then moved into Marketing Dept and then Sales and then Education…. Next thing you know, they’ll be asking me to mop the floors.

What’s your official job title?
Currently, Education Market Manager.
What’s your favorite thing about your job?
Teaching teachers about music technology. Training workshops, direct one on one and through our Music Education site.
What do you love about Notion?
I love a lot of things about Notion. First, I love how great it sounds… It’s quick to learn and use. Notion is flexible, meaning I can work with it on my computer, iPad or iPhone, and share over iCloud. It’s really easy to integrate into my workflow.

What was the first 8 track, cassette, CD, digital download you purchased?

The first thing I remember purchasing was MC Hammer’s Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em on cassette.

What’s your side hustle?
I play drums in a band called Minos the Saint. Maybe you have heard of us…  I also am the orchestra director at Istrouma Baptist Church, where I do some drumming, conducting, and arranging (using Notion). I also do a lot of work with soloists and groups in the area, whether it be side-man drumming, engineering, mixing, or producing.

What other products do you have?

All of them…. haha. I use ADL700, ADL600, Studio One, RML32, Studio One remote, Central Station Plus, Temblor 10, Eris 5, Eris 8, Sceptre 8, FaderPort, Air 12.

Why did you choose Notion as your favorite?

As an educator, Notion is the easiest and most fun product to teach others. You can do so much with it and it helps your workflow—more on that later. I like sharing that with others.

Tell us about a successful event you worked.

I attend education conferences year-round and work one-on-one with teachers to find the best solution for their instructional, rehearsal and performance spaces.

What are you currently working on–What’s next for you?

In the summer, music educators and students are involved in many music camps, marching band activities, and Drum & Bugle Corps tours. PreSonus provides the on-the-field reinforcement for The Blue Devils, The Phantom Regiment, Spirit of Atlanta, and many other successful competitive programs. Marching groups these days have significantly more audio technology requirements, whether it be scenes, routing, or remote control. I’m working with them to ensure groups have an easy-to-use, powerful, and flexible solution that fits their needs.

Got some tips?

The power of Notion is in the simplicity of the workflow and the flexibility to use it across multiple devices. The graphic display appears very sleek, but it’s a very powerful notation program, with some surprisingly quick engraving tools. My first tip is to learn the keyboard shortcuts on a computer, which are super intuitive (q=quarter note, d=dot, <=crescendo, #=sharp). On a computer/laptop or iPad, I suggest the handwriting feature, which enables you to write directly on the score with a mouse, finger, stylus or the Apple Pencil.

Anything else you want to share?

Notion is tightly integrated with Studio One. Sometimes, the classical musician in me wants to compose in Notion, then send the score to Studio One (I simply click “Send to Studio One”), where I can then use Studio One to produce tracks around my score. Other times, I’d prefer to write a song on guitar and vocals, and then “Send to Notion” so I can write scoring around my song.

Notion is available at a discounted price for Studio One owners: $49 for Studio One Professional users and $99 for Studio One Artist users.Micah Blouin

Click here for more info and to purchase Notion!