Champion Sound Baton Rouge is a producer battle and artist showcase that happens on the last Thursdays of every month at Club Culture (450 Oklahoma St., Baton Rouge LA 70803). The first competition was held on August 30th, 2012. The beat battle and showcase will run through November 2012 before taking a two-month hiatus that aligns with the local schedules of Louisiana State University and Southern University.
The creators of Champion Sound are Amahl Abdul-Khaliq (AF THE NAYSAYER) and Jason Barefield (Field / Kladni Figures). This pairing brings a unique perspective, as it combines AF’s producer battle-tested minset with Field’s 15+ years’ experience in arranging, performing, and promoting shows.
With the exception of the first event, which was marred by Hurricane Isaac, the available contestant slots have been filled to the maximum! Producers are coming from far and wide, including Dallas, Houston, Shreveport, New Orleans, and Chicago. Word has begun to spread about not only the level of the competition, but the quality of the event. High-level sponsorship from PreSonushas helped Champion Sound garner serious attention and attract producers from several different genres of electronic music and experience levels.
The event also brings in local talent from surrounding areas to perform original material. Some of the past performers include rappers Ronny My, Randy Savage, A.R., James Jackson, Marz the Superior, and Luke St. John. October guest artists includes Truth Universal and Marcel P. Black.
Champion Sound uses a three-judge format, two of them being staples, and one guest judge per month. The steady judges are Baton Rouge’s own G.O. DJ Automatik and Rules of Culture’s in-house producer/engineer Scooter Jackson. Guest judges coming up include DJ Matt Bruce (October) and November will showcase the talents and ideas of legendary lyricist/MC Akil of Jurassic 5!
Past guest judges have included:
Below are photos from the September event so you can get an idea of what you might be in store for should you choose to attend the next time around! Come one, come all!
Remember Fred, who did the TubePre V2 unboxing and comparison vids from a while back? He’s back, and so is his video camera, and so are his mad talents for making videos that are compelling and educational. He’s put together a great video illustrating iPad DAW control via WiF, using the xDisplay remote monitor app.
Two birds, one stone: He also regaled us with his story of how he came to find Studio One… and why he stuck with it!
I was using an entry-level set up of Mixcraft as a DAW with a Lexicon Alpha USB Interface. I wanted to move to an interface that could provide phantom power and better audio quality. PreSonus had just announced the VSL series of interfaces. Reviews of the previous interfaces were positive so I bought a AudioBox 22VSL—wish I had bought a 44VLS for extra inputs. I liked the VSL software concept that allowed virtual mix control over inputs signals. It included Studio One Artist but at the time I thought Mixcraft was giving me what I needed. I started working with the 22VSL and immediately noticed the difference. With the old interface I was constantly power cycling, reboot, etc to keep things running. The 22VSL was rock solid, turn it on and it worked the entire session.
I started having major problems with Mixcraft experiencing CPU crackles/pops and also critical file corruption issues which caused the loss of audio tracks and even entire projects. I decided to try the free copy of Studio One Artist that came with the 22VSL. It was quickly evident that I had made a light year jump in DAWs. No more crackles, pops or corrupt files. More importantly, the features and sonic gains on recordings were incredible and the integration with 22VSL was seamless. As I learned more about Studio One I realized I was now using a world class DAW. Wanting more features, I upgraded to Producer and haven’t looked back.
When I compare the new tracks we’re producing with the AudioBox 22VSL/Studio One to what was produced with the old set up, I want to go back in time and re-do everything using 22VSL and Studio One. The next phase for my home studio will be to add a StudioLive 16.0.2 using FireWire. There is no question in my mind that Studio One will be the core of that set up as well.
Art Padilla, Hero’s Last Mission
Chickenfoot hasn’t been together all that long, but they saw fit to re-issue their debut self-titled LP with a handful of live tracks.
If you’ve been to PreSonuSphere or checked out our blog, you may well know that these tracks would have been (and were) recorded by Ace Baker via a PreSonus StudioLive 24.4.2… and… let’s just say it sounds like a studio recording. It sounds like it was recorded in a studio, but it was recorded live.
Studio. Live. Get it? Oh, just listen:
Video via some magazine called Rolling Stone.
This just in from Bobby Duthu, PreSonus enthusiast, recordist, pro drummer, and all around great guy! He had posted some photos to our Facebook album of user studios of his home studio that piqued my interest… so I checked in with him and found him very open to sharing some of the methods to his madness.
Thanks for the kind words and also for the compliment of posting me on your site and blog. My rig is simple really. My interface consists of two FireStudio Projects daisy-chained together, resulting in 16 available mic inputs for ease of drum set miking. For software, I use Studio One Artist on a MacBook Pro.
My drum set recording techniques are also fairly simple, actually. My studio room is 30×20, very live-sounding, and features a 6-piece Sonor Designer Series drum set and Paiste 2002 cymbals.
I start by making a determination of how the drums should sound based on the particular song being tracked. I like to begin this process by attempting to achieve the desired sound acoustically, and slowly add effects if necessary. If effects are needed, I take full advantage of any number of plug-ins and/or sends included in Studio One Artist, like reverb and compression for example, but the emphasis remains on the acoustic sound of the drums.
Have a great weekend!
Imogen Heap is staggeringly talented. Her new HeapSong is check-out-able over YouTube. HeapSongs are created by Imogen in an impromptu manner by compiling fan-submitted “sound seeds,” AKA audio samples. Beautiful!
Oh, and notice the PreSonus StudioLive 16.0.2 front and center!
Members of White Zombie, HEAD, and Cirque du Soliel to release Black Sunshine cover on Halloween—Mastered in Studio One Professional 2!
Los Angeles, CA, 9-14-12— In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the release of White Zombie’s ground breaking album La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Volume I, original White Zombie drummer Ivan de Prume along with Scott “SVH” Von Heldt (former guitarist/vocalist for Brian “Head” Welch ex-Korn, Love and Death), and Cirque du Soliel violinist Martin St. Pierre are slated to release a cover of the White Zombie classic Black Sunshine under the moniker of HEALER.
The song was recorded during sessions for an intended EP that was to be the groups followup to their highly acclaimed debut album Awakening, which showcased a unique blend of Metal and World music. “We started covering Thunderkiss ‘65 and Black Sunshine in our live set and the vibe was very fresh and original because of the violin and world elements we had as a band” stated Von Heldt. “When it came time to work on new material we recorded Black Sunshine just to get a feel for blending that raw Zombie element with our own original twist and in the end I think we ended up with a pretty kick ass version of an already classic metal track!”
Healer was formed in 2005 and toured briefly from 2005-2007 which included a stint on the Van’s Warped tour. They disbanded in 2008 with St.Pierre returning to Cirque du Soliel full-time and Von Heldt soon after joining Head (the solo band of the nicknamed former Korn Guitarist). In 2011 de Prume and Von Heldt reunited and have been working on material for a new Healer release which they hope will see the light of day by early 2013!
Black Sunshine will be available October 31st via iTunes, Spotify, and other online retailers! For now, you can stream it here:
The delightfully goofball StudioLive and Studio One enthusiasts over at Frog Leap Studios have released another of their trademark acoustic-rock version of a familiar classic. Last time they checked in with us, we got the Frog Leap treatment of the Jackson 5ive hit, “Blame it on the Boogie.” and “Hey Ya,” before that.
Given this rich history, I was expecting a folky rendition of “Drop It Like It’s Hot,” or “All The Single Ladies,” but instead we get the following. Thanks guys!
This just in from Andew Oye, who just got done kickin’ butt by using Studio One to score elements of a little programme called Monday Night Football. No big thang.
Hey guys! I recently scored a new reality travel series called Sky’s The Limit!’
Once again all the music is done in PreSonus Studio One. Early on in pre-production before I switched to Studio One, I did one episode using the industry standard DAW… it was wayyyy to slow for me, especially when it came to rendering.
Since switching, my director is just thrilled with how everything sounds, and how quickly I can get the stuff done.
Thanks again, guys!”