As my flight lifts off from the Baton Rouge runway, a silvery trickle of sunlight glints along the plane’s wing (of which I have a perfect view) and suddenly splashes into my eyes with the blinding sting of organic hotel shampoo. Lying back, I think about the events from the last two days and wonder if I’ll ever be able to digest all of the info and experiences I feasted on like Thursday’s jambalaya…
Regular readers of this column know that in addition to the techniques and philosophies discussed here, we also cover a lot of different gear from a variety of manufacturers. Microphones to headphones, keyboards to plug-ins; if it helps you make better music and recordings we try to cover it. That said, there are a few companies whose products have been featured here numerous times. None more so than those from PreSonus (www.presonus.com).
Most recently, we looked at their StudioLive 16.0.2 mixer and StudioOne 2 digital audio workstation software. We highlighted these particular products for three specific reasons: the amount of power being placed into the hands of the “average” musician or recordist, the company’s very reasonable price points and the ingenuity and elegance with which their solutions are rendered.
When I heard they were hosting a two-day event called PreSonuSphere, an interactive conference where users would not only attend information-drenched presentations and receive hands-on training with PreSonus’ line of mixers and software solutions, but would actually be able to interact with the developers of these products as well, I knew I had to go.
[More after the jump. Read the complete article over at San Diego Troubadour.]
We’ve got an extra seat to fill here in the PreSonus office in Baton Rouge. Perhaps it’s a good fit for you!
PreSonus Audio Electronics, Inc., is a leading designer and manufacturer of audio-recording software, hardware, and related accessories. PreSonus’ software, microphone preamps, signal processors, digital audio interfaces, mixers, control surfaces, and other products are used worldwide for recording, sound reinforcement, broadcast, sound design, and Internet audio. The Web Content Coordinator does exactly that: Coordinates (and sometimes originates) content for www.presonus.com by working with all contributors including in-house writers and art directors, Social Media Manager and outside PR and Artist Relations firms. The Coordinator is in charge of making sure that all content on the site is correct and that new content is posted in a timely manner. The WCC will also constantly monitor the site for problems. Initially, the WCC will serve as Project Manager for the transfer of all current content from the old site to the upcoming new site.
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Join us LIVE from Oak Street Studios in New Orleans to watch Terence Higgins’ Swampgrease II album get mastered in Studio One!
“Since switching over to the PreSonus StudioLive 24.4.2 Scott Szeryk has never sounded better in the studio or on the stage… Szeryk’s latest release “Guitar Manifesto” is evidence of just how good the PreSonus Studio Live sounds!” Give it a listen!
Since the mid-90s, I had been using the Tascam M3500 as my main mixing desk for the home studio, but was becoming a bit weary of its compatibility with modern-day recording setups. When I heard how great the XMAX preamps sounded on a StudioLive, I was instantly sold. Not to mention the insane power and functionality of the board, especially for live FOH! Changing over to the StudioLive 24.4.2was an easy, practical decision…The StudioLive not only shines in the studio but also in live applications! We were able to do spot- on monitor checks, even before the band had arrived at the venue for sound check, by playing back program material from shows previously recorded in Capture. The integration of Universal Control also meant that the onstage players could also control their own monitor mix via iPad SL Remote. There were a few times when we were able to Mix FOH on the iPad when there was a less-than-ideal location for the board at the venue. We rely heavily on the PreSonus StudioLive for recording all of our shows. Check out the latest DVD “Scott Szeryk live at Aeolian Hall!”
Austin’s Matt Langel has been posting kick-ass vlogs of his experience with the PreSonus StudioLives. His most recent vid offers an exceptional fly-on-the-wall view of his sound check process at a noisy club. Any of you interested in checking out a real-world application of the StudioLive series mixers should take a close look at how quickly Matt is able to check a full rock band: applying compression, adding gates, EQing, and routing his subs like he’s sprinkling pixie dust. Matt, thanks for sharing!
Lynn Fuston, head honcho over at 3D Audio, posits a compelling question.
“Would it be possible to assemble a system that could record 16 inputs onto a multitrack for under $2000?”
The answer is… well, read for yourself. It’s a bit of a lengthy thread but well worth the time. SPOILER ALERT: His solution involves and iPad and the AudioBox 1818VSL.
Here’s a highlight:
"I ran a test last night. 16 tracks at 24/96. Recorded for a minute. Added another 16 in record for a minute while playing back the first 16. Then added 5 more stereo tracks. Hit record. Then added 6 more stereo tracks. Hit record. Several observations: 1) This is not real world because we don't record 1 minute songs. 2) CPU usage at its highest never exceeded 30%. There are CPU and Disk Space Usage meters right on the front of the mixer. 3) I got "Low Memory" messages at least four times, so I finally quit every other app BUT Auria. That seemed to eliminate the problem. 4) It only bailed on a recording one time, and that was when I had the buffer set to 128. I upped it to 256 and it seemed fine. By then I was playing back 42 tracks at 24/96 and recording 12 more. I considered doing a stress test and recording for a long duration but file management using iTunes, at least to someone accustomed to using a computer, seems like a real headache. I'm going to wait to do that test until after I finish my actual music recording. I don't want to fill up the drive with huge empty files. Like the guy at the Apple store told me, "the iPad is designed for GATHERING information." Fascinating. In the big picture, I think he's right. It's a content-vacuum. Videos, pictures, audio: it's designed to collect info. It's really easy to import stuff into an iPad. Exporting (apart from tossing it into iTunes), not so much. So far, it seems like the recording will be the easy part. At least to this seasoned pro who is accustomed to using multiple backup drives and backup utilities like SyncPro and drag and drop file management."
Read the entire thread over at 3D Audio! There’s some great mobile recording opportunities with this setup…
Good morning. Improvised performances are one thing, but how do you feel about improvised instruments?
I ask because I think they’re really funny. I lost it the balloon solo around 0:40.