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It’s #PreSonusFAMFriday with Phil Knock!

Knock, knock!

Who’s there?

The one you’ve been waiting for…

The FaderPort 16!?!?!?!?!

Yes.

It’s #PreSonusFAMFriday with Phil Knock!

 

 

 

How long have you worked for PreSonus?
I’ve worked for PreSonus for nearly a year.

What’s your official job title?
Software Engineer.
What’s your favorite thing about your job? Why did you choose to work here?
My first introduction to audio engineering was using a FireStudio interface. We had a recording studio at my high school and I swear I practically lived there. So I’ve been a PreSonus fan since I was a tot basically!
I went to Belmont University in Nashville, TN and graduated with a double major in Audio Engineering and Computer Science in the Spring of 2016. I chose to work at PreSonus because it offers a perfect balance of these two pursuits. My favorite thing about this job is to be able to work on intellectually stimulating computer science problems, while at the same time being able to talk shop with the incredibly talented musicians and audio engineers around the office. Our company motto is “Music is our life. PreSonus is our day job,” but I believe these two are truly intertwined working here.
PreSonus gave me a chance when I was a recent grad and I didn’t know what my life was going to be like. For that I am immensely grateful.
 Choose a movie title for the story of your life.
“Debugging Code 7 Part 2: The Re-Debugging, Revisited”

What was the first 8 track, cassette, CD or digital download you purchased?
Do you guys remember Hit Clips? My first music purchase was an “All Star” by Smash Mouth Hit Clip.

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Who’s your go to band or artist when you can’t decide on something to listen to?
Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of Father John Misty, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Led Zeppelin.

What’s your go to Karaoke song?
“Don’t Let Me Down,” The Beatles.

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Everyone has a side gig, what’s yours?
I find the field of Digital Signal Processing utterly fascinating. To that end, I’ve had a ton of fun tinkering with audio plugins using the JUCE framework, Kontakt, and MaxForLive.

What instruments do you play?
I played cello in the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony when I was younger, and since then I’ve dabbled in guitar, bass, and drums.
What do you love about the FaderPort 16?
Who wants to mix large sessions with a mouse?

Why did you choose this as your favorite?
Mixing is one thing, but writing fader automation with a mouse is a fate worse than death. Being able to navigate and interact with large sessions in Studio One or any other major DAW makes this product incredibly useful.

Got any tips for working with the FaderPort 16?
This might sound crazy, but it can sometimes be helpful to balance levels without looking at the computer screen. Even turn your screen off if you have to; at least temporarily. I find that it helps you focus more closely on what you’re actually hearing rather than what you’re expecting to hear looking at waveforms and user interfaces.

What are you currently working on? What’s next for you? 
I work on the Studio Live Series III console/rack mixers extensively, and I’m really excited about upcoming updates for these products!
What’s the strangest talent you have?
I have webbed toes, does that count?
Anything else you want to share? 
Working at PreSonus is really incredible. The products you get to work on and the people you get to work with offer inspiration on a daily basis.

What’s your social media handles and is it ok to tag you?
For any aspiring engineers out there, you can feel free to add me on LinkedIn!

PreSonus LIVE Airs Oct. 26: Six in Sixty

It’s been a while since we’ve had an episode of PreSonus Live—we’ve been real busy; and have launched a ton of new products in record time. So, we’re having Rick host a new episode of PreSonus LIVE featuring all six of these new products in sixty minutes. He’ll be visited by many familiar Product Managers—plus a couple more that will be making their first appearance on the show.

On October 26 at 2pm CST, we’ll be talking about:

  • StudioLive Series III Rack Mixers
  • Quantum 2
  • StudioLive AR 22 Hybrid Mixer
  • SW5E Ethernet Switch
  • Eris 3.5
  • FaderPort 16

Of course, it wouldn’t be PreSonus LIVE without a giveaway or two, so we’ll be giving away a Quantum 2, a copy of Studio One 3 Professional, and a pair of Eris E44 monitors. To enter the giveaway, all you have to do is post to Facebook or Twitter with the #PreSonusLive hashtag and the link to the show. Posts in chat rooms are not an eligible form of entry.

We stream the show live to Facebook and YouTube, so you can check it out on the platform of your choice:

The Loop Loft is back with a TON of new stuff for Studio One

Our friends over at The Loop Loft have been busy lately, and have cranked out some new loops (with Impact kits!) for Studio One. These include “Everything But Sticks,” “Indie Rock,” and “Celso Alberti.” There are several volumes to each title, which are available individually—but they are also available in collected bundles. And when you buy a bundle, you save a bundle. All of these are ready to audition and buy over at shop.presonus.com.

All of these loop packs are include both .WAV and AudioLoop formats, and are sampled in high-quality 24-Bit 48 kHz audio. They’re 100% royalty-free—use them in your songs and sell them without any hassle.

Everything But Sticks Bundle:

With the Everything But Sticks Bundle, you’ll get instant access to both Vol. 1, Vol. 2 and Vol. 3 of this groundbreaking collection of loops and samples, while also saving 50%. If you’re seeking organic and unique grooves that layer seamlessly in your productions, this is the bundle for you!

About Everything But Sticks

Let’s be honest. 99% of the drum loops in existence use sticks. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but isn’t it time to do something different? This is why we set out to produce Everything But Sticks, a collection of loops and samples that take a new and fresh approach to grooves on the drum set.

By using a wide variety of brushes, mallets, bundles, kitchen utensils and even our bare hands, we were able to pull out an entire range of timbres and dynamics from the drum kit that sticks simply can’t produce. For fans of our Cinematic and Art of Brushes collections, Everything But Sticks will be a welcome addition to your arsenal of loops and samples. And if you’re not familiar with some of our non-stick offerings, Everything But Sticks is the perfect place to start.

Technical Specs:

  • Number of Loops: 791
  • Number of Samples: 233
  • Number of Impact Kits: 17
  • Tempo Range: 65-180 BPM
  • File Size: 1.05 GB

Indie Rock Bundle: 

We’ve bundled all three of our popular Indie Rock Drums collections, giving you instant access to our massive library of authentic indie drums, while also saving you 30%! With drum sounds and grooves inspired by the likes of Built to Spill, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, The Strokes, Fugazi, The Flaming Lips and a host of other bands.

Technical Steps:

  • Number of Loops: 758
  • Number of Samples: 214
  • Number of Impact Kits: 18
  • Tempo Range: 80-200 BPM
  • File Size: 964 MB

Celso Alberti Bundle: 

Brazilian native and master drummer Celso Alberti has pursued a percussive vision that spans a multitude of genres and cultures – whether playing the traditional rhythms of his homeland, jazz fusion, rock or “world fusion” styles. This versatility has won Celso international acclaim, as attested by the elite company he keeps on performances and recording projects, including Steve Winwood, Herbie Mann, and more. With the Celso Alberti’s Brazilian Drums and Percussion bundle, you’ll have instant access to the largest and most expansive collection of Brazilian grooves and samples ever produced (and save 30% at the same time!)

The Bundle includes both Volume 1 and 2 of the hugely popular Brazilian Drum series.

Technical Specs:

Vol 1:

  • Number of Loops: 323
  • Number of Samples: 61
  • Number of Impact Kits: 8
  • Tempo Range: 75-130 BPM
  • File Size: 378 MB

Vol 2:

  • Number of Loops: 375
  • Number of Samples: 34
  • Number of Impact Kits: 8
  • Tempo Range: 75-240 BPM
  • File Size: 485 MB

 

 

It’s #PreSonusFAMFriday with THE Rick Naqvi and the StudioLive Series III Rack Mixer and StageBox!

It’s hard to write introductions for people who don’t really need them.

If you’ve visited us online or in person, you’ve probably seen VP of Sales Rick Naqvi; he’s been boosting the brand from its earliest years. Rick LIVES the PreSonus brand—he works hard, plays often, and is there for you when you need a hand.
How long have you worked for PreSonus? 
Next year will be my 23rd year! (Yikes!)
What’s your official job title? 
Vice President of Global Sales.
What’s your favorite thing about your job? Why did you choose to work here?
I’ve known Jim Odom since I was a teenager and was always impressed by his musicianship and vibe. When I heard he was starting a company back in 1995 and I was asked to be a part of it, I was totally in! PreSonus is a group of amazing people – literally like a family. Even though we have grown over the years and have offices all over the world, one thing that is constant is that the people that work here are passionate about music and audio products.
Choose a movie title for the story of your life.
This is Spinal Tap.

What was the first 8 track, cassette, CD or digital download you purchased?
My first record was the first self-titled Kiss album in 1976. A few years later I got the first Van Halen album. I was around 8 or 9 years old and my parents scheduled a family vacation where we drove from Baton Rouge to Niagara Falls. I had a Sony Walkman back then. The only tape I had with me was Van Halen 1, and I listened to it for 42 hours straight (2,628 miles.)

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

What’s your go to Karaoke song?

Everyone has a side gig, what’s yours?
I play with a funk band called Phat Hat.

What instruments do you play? 
Electric Guitar
What do you love about the Rack Mixer/StageBox?
I love the fact that they are so compact and also how they integrate with the the Series III Console mixers. On small gigs I don’t even take the console out of the truck. My band plugs into the rack mixer and our soundguy mixes with the iPad. One a larger gig we run a 150′ ethernet cable and use it as a stagebox. It’s only 2U so it takes up a very small amount of space. Because it has 8 inputs and 16 outputs on the back, I can connect all of my wireless IEMs and Microphones to those and everything is patched nicely in the rack. Plus the sound of the new tube compressor and British EQ are killer.

Why did you choose this as your favorite? 
The Series III Consoles and Rack Mixers are the third generation of the StudioLive product that so many people have used on tons of gigs (including myself). Each generation of mixers gets better than the last and this one is a huge jump up from all of the others. I love the fact that our StudioOne Team in Hamburg has their fingerprints on these mixers. With State Space modeled plug ins running and really tight integration with StudioOne DAW, it really fulfills the word, “STUDIOLIVE.” And get ready –  DAW Mode will be out for the console mixers before the end of the year and that will truly be a ‘WHABAM” beyond belief.

Tell us about a successful event you worked with PreSonus products. InfoComm, NAMM, Install somewhere….
There’s a local church that I’m working with that recently upgraded their sound system to a total PreSonus solution: a StudioLive 32 Console with 32R Stagebox. All of the are musicians using QMix and HP2s to adjust IEMs, and their speakers are the PreSonus WorxAudio X5 with X118 Subwoofers. They already installed the speakers, and next Tuesday I’m going over to help them dial in the new mixer before their Wednesday rehearsal.

Got any tips for working with the Rack Mixer/StageBox?
Spend some money and get an awesome wireless router. They are not that much money for a great one and you will be happy. Here’s a link to the one I use with my band.

 

What are you currently working on? What’s next for you? 
My band Phat Hat is working on a new original song that was cowritten with John Bastianelli, our saxophonist and also PreSonus EVP of Product Management and another awesome local musician, Amos Singleton. We tracked the drums and bass tracks at the studio at PreSonus using the Series III StudioLive 32 console.

New Loops from MVP at shop.presonus.com

MVP Loops have somehow been able to maintain an astonishing level of quality product when one considers how prolific they are. It seems like every time I get back to my desk with a fresh cup of coffee there are new loops from MVP available on shop.presonus.com.

Today is no different, except this time there are FIVE new packs from MVP available. I want to ask them how they’re able to keep doing this, but I have a feeling that’s something of a trade secret. Fact is, MVP Loops have been and remain some of our all-time best-selling Add-ons. Anyhow, here’s the latest offerings from MVP:


Back again with a best-selling series, BANG BANG Vol. 2 is another hit!  A collaboration of 392 custom chops, riffs, hits, one-shots, loops, and samples that are as unique as it gets. It includes the type of sounds and hits you would to try and sample including incredible vocal hits with music, drum chops, melodic hits, and more. Ten MASSIVE kits in Impact format, played, produced, and developed by Grammy nominated and winning musicians which can work for all urban and dance genres and inspire immediately!


MVP Loops is proud to present KRACKLE, a new, modern, and gritty product containing loops, riffs, one shots, and construction kits. Boasting 526 total audioloops that have all been processed through hi-end outboard gear and the best converters on the market to give you an incredibly warm and punchy sound that will cut through your mix and make your productions pop! KRACKLE represents the new gritty, lo-fi style hitting the underground as well as mainstream radio from artists such as Chance The Rapper, Travis Scott, Kendrick Lamar and many others. The sounds and loops in this product was designed to sound like they were sampled directly from a record, maintaining all of the grit, noise, and warmth that makes this sound special, but without the hassle of getting a sample cleared.


Dark Swangg represents the newest sub-genre of trap! It includes over 500 loops, drums, and samples in the style of Rae Sremmurd, Migos, Kodak Black, Gucci Mane and more. All sounds have been processed through the best quality outboard gear and digital converters, and sound simply amazing.  From haunting synth pads, to unique keyboard melodies to drums that pop Dark Swangg is an incredible product that you must have in your collection.


The Modern Melodix series has turned out to be one of our most popular series, and our newest offering Modern Melodix: Trap Melodies Edition continues the tradition of amazing melodic loops, riffs, samples, and one-shots!  Plus we’ve included drum one-shots!  Modern Melodix: Trap Melodies Edition contains 672 loops, riffs, one-shots, and samples from radio-ready trap style pads, to new soulful trap style keys, to screaming synths, bass synths, bells, and crazy new arps.  These sounds were all created and developed from our new Aries virtual instrument and sound absolutely amazing! We run all our sounds through incredible outboard gear tweaked and summed so they cut through your mix.


Modern Melodix Vol. 2: Over 500 incredible loops, riffs, and instrument samples. This is the follow up to the smash hit Modern Melodix series, and this time we’ve included customized and tweaked drums! With a combination of pure modern melodic sounds and radio-ready drums how could you go wrong? Modern Melodix Vol. 2 is ready for various music genres including hip hop, RnB, trap, soul, and more!

 

It’s #PreSonusFAMFriday with Cave Daughdrill!

If you don’t know him, you’re missing out. And if you do know him, I’m sorry.

Cave Daughdrill keeps PreSonus looking legit. He designs the boxes, takes lots of photos—lots of photos. He creates ads and has his hands on a lot of moving pieces—literally—and somehow manages to keep spreading the love with his congenial personality and jolly cheer. Here’s a little more about our office mascot and our DP88 for PreSonusFAMFriday!

 

 

How long have you worked for PreSonus?
Almost 14 years. Wow. Feels weird saying that out loud!

What’s your official job title?
Creative Director/Lead Pixel Junkie. 

What’s your favorite thing about your job? Why did you choose to work here?
I’m surrounded by awesome people who have the same passions that I have! A great team, making a great product!

Choose a movie title for the story of your life.
Confessions: The Story of a Guitar Pedal Addict.

What was the first 8 track, cassette, CD or digital download you purchased?
Seriously, can not remember…

Who’s your go to band or artist when you can’t decide on something to listen to?
Really depends on my mood; I have way too many backups! Let’s just keep this happy for everyone and say Thin Lizzy.

What’s your go to Karaoke song?
I would never do this… Well maybe, Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories, “Stay.” 

Everyone has a side gig, what’s yours?
Marketing/Design Consultation/Creation. 

What instruments do you play?
Guitar, Bass, Drums. Been working on the drumming lately.

What do you love about the DP88?
Almost every interface these days has ADAT I/O, and the DP88 is a simple, easy way for everyone to expand their capabilities.

Tell us about a successful event you worked with PreSonus products. InfoComm, NAMM, Install somewhere….
NAMM is always a blast. I think my favorite times have been running around with smaller boutique builders, and crashing parties with em! We always had great times at the old TapeOp Con too! NAMM “initiations” are always fun for the new guys, too.

What are you currently working on? What’s next for you?
Oh, can’t share that with everyone quite yet! Can’t ruin a good surprise!

What’s the strangest talent you have?
I’m able to retain boring facts on old video games that no one cares about. So, making people bored sometimes?!

Anything else you want to share?
Our social media director is a swell guy!

Learn more about our DP88 HERE! 

Free 30 day Learning to Mix Trial for Studio One!

Learning To Mix is premium training for the recording musician and aspiring audio engineer, and as a user of Studio One we are delighted to be able to offer you a FREE 30 day Learning To Mix trial. All you need to do is sign up with the link below, no code needed, it’s that simple!

Click here to get your FREE 30 day LTM Trial!

Once you sign up you will receive an email from Learning To Mix telling you how to log into your account. At the end of 30 days you will be charged the regular monthly membership price of $22.00 per month unless you cancel. If you have any questions, you can contact LTM via their website.

Shop.PreSonus.Com discounts for October 2017—get 30% off

Save 30% on any of the following at shop.presonus.com in October 2017!

CTC-1 Pro Console Shaper for Studio One—30% off!30off_ctc1_300x300_01_nee

The CTC-1 Pro Console Shaper is the second plug-in developed for the Mix Engine FX interface in Studio One and the next evolution of plug-ins from the included Console Shaper. CTC-1 brings analog console modeling to Studio One with three great-sounding console models and several major enhancements to the Mix Engine FX environment. Add crosstalk, tube warmth, and even noise to emulate consoles of yesteryear!

Utilizing state-of-the-art State Space Modeling technology, CTC-1 captures the character and personality of legendary analog consoles that are otherwise out of reach for most musicians, producers and engineers. Going far beyond virtual channel strips and mastering plug-ins, CTC-1 is capable of changing the way how people mix inside a DAW.

Mix Engine FX are capable of processing every channel of the mixer separately with just a single plug-in instance. When added to a bus channel or the main output channel, every signal routed into that channel is processed independently at the source, allowing the plug-in to transform the sound of an entire mix while still maintaining the nuances and dynamics of every individual channel. Although being suited for many different applications, Mix Engine FX are tailored for analog console emulation. The original Console Shaper and this new CTC-1 both belong in this category.

Click here to get CTC-1


Jazz Bundle for Notion30off_jazzbundle_300x300_01_nee

Give your instrument library a kick with the Jazz Bundle for Notion. For a whopping 30% off, you get:

  • Woodwinds: Soprano, Tenor, Alto, Baritone Saxophones and B-flat Clarinet.
  • Brass Mutes: Straight, Harmon, Cup, Bucket, Solo-Tone, and Plunger.
  • Brass: Trumpet 1, Trumpet 2, Tenor Trombone, and Bass Trombone.

All of the above were performed by top jazz musicians from all across the globe and include jazz articulations such as falls, shakes and scoops.

Click here to get Jazz Bundle


 

 

 

It’s #PreSonusFAMFriday with Preston Jensen!

7585946512_IMG_4908 Today’s feature puts the “Pre” in PreSonus… and Precious. And Predictable. And Pretty… It’s Preston Jensen for #PreSonusFAMFriday!

How long have you worked for PreSonus?
Two years… The best two years of my life.
What’s your official job title?
Assistant Video Editor
What’s your favorite thing about your job? Why did you choose to work here? 
I love working at PreSonus because I get to be creative and show off products through video.
What was the first 8 track, cassette, CD or digital download you purchased? 
I think the first cassette I purchased was DC Talk’s Nu Thang.

 

Who’s your go to band or artist when you can’t decide on something to listen to?
I would say my go-to artist would be John Mayer… Or Disney. ANYTHING Disney!

Everyone has a side gig, what’s yours? 
I own and run a video company called Wildfire Cinema with a friend who also works at PreSonus. We work on weddings, corporate commercials, and non-profit organizations.
What instruments do you play? 
I play a little guitar and keys.
What’s your go to Karaoke song?
I can’t sing very well, but if I had to pick it would be “Defying Gravity” from the Wicked soundtrack… without a doubt.

What do you love about the Eris Monitors?
I love being able to edit with the monitors and really crank it up to hear the emotion in the music as I’m creating.

What are you currently working on? What’s next for you?
There’s always new products coming out and it’s fun to see what’s coming out next! Working on new videos for some exciting new products.

Keep up with Preston on Instagram here!

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It’s #PreSonusFAMFriday with Jon Taylor!

In case you were wondering what ULT stands for, it’s not Ultimate Lord Taylor as today’s #PreSonusFAMFriday guy would like to think. It actually stands for Ultra Long Throw and our Sales Technician for the PreSonus Commercial division, Jon Taylor, happens to be a huge fan. We caught up with him this week while he was in Baton Rouge!

6241671040_IMG_4525How long have you worked for PreSonus? 
I’ve been here since the day after I retired in May of 2015.
What’s your official job title?
Technical Sales, Commercial Division.

What’s your favorite thing about your job? Why did you choose to work here?
I love the PreSonus forum–that’s where I got my foot in the door as an admin for the forum. I love how we relate to our customers and that was the kind of group that I wanted to be a part of.

What was the first 8 track, cassette, CD or digital download you purchased?
Hooo, got me stepping into the Way-Back machine here. I honestly don’t remember, but it was probably Genesis, Invisible Touch on cassette tape.

Who’s your go to band or artist when you can’t decide on something to listen to?
Mark Knopfler or Dire Straits—it always sounds good.
What’s your go to Karaoke song? 
“Proud Mary,” The Ike and Tina version; no key changes.

Everyone has a side gig, what’s yours? 

I run a small, sound company in New Jersey and cater to several of the NJ/NY/DE/PA bar and party bands.  I’ve got many years behind a live console.
What instruments do you play? 
I’m a sound guy, I play a band. I have other musical instruments and know how to make them work but I wouldn’t say they’re for anything other than noodling around.
What do you love about the ULT family?
This thing is like Yoda – not a good idea to judge it by its size. It has so many uses! Straight PA for a really good-sized room, monitor for one or many, talking head gig, flyable for install.
What other PreSonus products do you have? 
I’ve been here a while, it’d be a shorter list to say what I don’t have. I have a full AI rig with chained RM mixers and a CS18AI, StudioLive 16 (Series III), StudioLive 24.4.2AI, Classic 16.02, Eris 4.5, FaderPort, Studio One Professional,  AudioBox 44VSL, AudioBox 1818VSL, Studio 192, DP88, DigiMax FS, AudioBox iTwo…I’m sure there’s plenty more but that’s a good list.
Why did you choose this as your favorite? 
I like the entire ULT series lineup. There are so many ways you can use them. They’re just a brilliant design!

Tell us about a successful event you worked with PreSonus products.
Every year Joint Base MDL, NJ has a parade of wreaths on Memorial day. I’ve been the audio contractor for that for years. I always have a solid system that I can use for the entire event that is out of the way but still audibly beautiful. I thank My RM series mixers, AI series speakers, and iPad control for that.

What are you currently working on? What’s next for you? 
Building more relationships with contractors and integrators. That’s our bread and butter. We do everything we can make sure they can trust us to help them succeed. The future has a very early step that I can’t really talk about right now so just hang on for the ride, folks!

Got any tips for working with the ULT Loud Speakers? 
Keep it simple. The pattern on these doesn’t play well with creating clusters. One box in the right spot really is incredible.

Anything else you want to share? 
I’m just happy to be part of such an incredible group of people. They’re like old friends to me and I never feel like I’m going to work everyday.