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It’s #PreSonusFAMFriday with Kyle Poehling!

“I legitimately LOVE these speakers,” said Kyle Poehling the Software Designer at PreSonus Audio!

It’s Kyle Poehling for #PreSonusFAMFriday!

 

How long have you worked for PreSonus? 
 Four years!
What’s your official job title? 
Software Designer

What’s your favorite thing about your job? Why did you choose to work here?

I love the balance of creativity and logic. Finding the best solution for any given task our software products offer and of course making it look good!
I came on when PreSonus acquired Notion. Having been a long time PreSonus user (bought my Digimax LT back in 2004), it was a no brainer when I was offered the opportunity to join the team. Not only do I get to continue to design for Notion but also have the chance to work on Studio One, UC Surface and all the other great software we make!
What was the first 8 track, cassette, CD or digital download you purchased? 
My first collection consisted of a few records I would rock out to on my Fisher-Price record player. K-Tel’s “Starburst” 78’, Chipmunk Punk (the Chipmunks doing “punk” songs), Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and Jim Croce’s “You don’t mess around with Jim.” I couldn’t say which was “first” but I still have a few of them.

Who’s your go to band or artist when you can’t decide on something to listen to?
Lately it’s been Lucius, Rubblebucket or Vulfpeck
What’s your go to Karaoke song? 

 

Everyone has a side gig, what’s yours? 

I’ve been an active musician playing/touring/recording for 20+ years, so I guess you could say that’s my side gig…but as we say here at PreSonus “Music is our life. PreSonus is our day job.” That couldn’t be more true for me…and I LOVE my day job!
Currently I lead the group Think Less, Hear More in New Orleans. We perform improvised soundtracks to movies. This is the third group that I’ve explored this concept with over the past 14 years and New Orleans has proven to be a wonderful place for it! So many amazing musicians that are steeped in the language of improvisation and crowds that are willing to take the journey.
What instruments do you play? 
I got my BA in music as a percussionist and focused on drum set/mallets/multiple percussion repertoire. I also dabble in keyboards (specifically vintage keys and synths) as well as bass and guitar.
What do you love about the AIR Loudspeakers?
Sound, Price, Weight, Look, Input selection and DSP… The list goes on.

 

Why did you choose this as your favorite? 

I currently use a drum machine/sampler pad with my setup and needed a powered speaker for gigs. I absolutely love the sound of the Air 12. The DSP settings allow me to customize the sound per gig. If I’m just using the drum machine/sampler pad I use the “DJ” setting that to give the bass drum samples a bit more “bump.”
With two inputs and gain staging the speaker is essentially a mixer/speaker all in one. If I’m doing a small gig where I just need a keyboard and a mic it’s all I have to bring and the combo jack inputs make it super flexible and easy to use.

 

Tell us about a successful event you worked with PreSonus products. InfoComm, NAMM, Install somewhere….

I haven’t worked any events since moving down here, but I use Studio One almost daily. Previous to working for PreSonus I was a full-on Protools guy (even have a certificate in mixing and mastering from Berklee in ProTools), but I’ve been a Studio One convert for over 3 years now and love it! This sounds crazy but Studio One sounds better. When I was initially interviewing with PreSonus I asked the question “Why should I use Studio One?” John Bastianelli told me “It sounds better.” I initially thought no way! It’s a DAW…how can it really sound that much better than any of the other DAWs? I immediately exported some stems from a few different albums I had recorded/mixed and did a 1:1 pan and faders mix against ProTools and there was no question the summing in Studio One was richer, fuller, and had better separation.
Got any tips for working with the AIR Loudspeakers
I’d say play with the DSP settings based on your usage. You’ll find that placement and EQ settings are REALLY useful and can provide you with a custom setting that can be catered to nearly any scenario.
What are you currently working on? What’s next for you? 
  • Work – Currently I’m working on some VERY exciting things for the StudioLive mixers/UC Surface/Studio One family.
  •  Music –  I’m working on a solo album and should be wrapping that up this spring and continue to gig with Think Less, Hear More in New Orleans.
  • Personally – enjoying the new house my wife and I recently purchased in New Orleans! The commute can be tough, but I love this job too much to let it bother me.
What’s the strangest talent you have?
I don’t know if it’s strange, but I have the recipe for the best mac and cheese in the world. Hands down.

 

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Learn more about the AIR Loudspeakers here! 

Keep up with Kyle on Instagram! 

 

It’s #PreSonusFAMFriday with John Bastianelli!

The one and only John Bastianelli combines talent, charisma, drive, fun, smarts and know-how perfectly here at PreSonus! Thankfully so–he’s one of the masterminds behind the Quantum 2 and he’s here to tell us all about it! It’s #PreSonusFAMFriday with John Bastianelli.

 
How long have you worked for PreSonus? 
7.5 years.
What’s your official job title? 
Executive Vice President of Product Management.

What’s your favorite thing about your job? Why did you choose to work here?

The 3 “Ps” & C, Products, People, Passion & Culture, being part of the PreSonus team and working with awesome, talented people to create ground breaking products – it doesn’t get any better than this as far as I’m concerned. I love my job and consider the folks I work with my friends, not to mention there are so many talented musicians in our company. I get to record and play music with them too.
Choose a movie title for the story of your life.
What was the first 8 track, cassette, CD or digital download you purchased?
It was a vinyl record actually: John Coltrane’s Blue Train.
Who’s your go to band or artist when you can’t decide on something to listen to?
Bill Evans, the jazz piano player.
What’s your go to Karaoke song?
“Every Breath You Take,” Police.  I always like to belt out the bridge as I sing like crap and totally annoy everyone straining to hit those high notes, that’s the purpose of Karaoke as far as I’m concerned, right? 😉

 

Everyone has a side gig, what’s yours?
Playing, producing and writing music.

What instruments do you play?
Saxophone, flute, clarinet… I’m a horrible keyboard player.
What do you love about the Quantum 2?
I’ve been involved in product development for many years and the Quantum is by far the best audio interface I’ve ever worked on/with and slept with at any price point! 😉 The sound quality, ease of use, and lack of latency has finally made working “inside the box” as easy as the old days of analog recording. It doesn’t get any better this. This one product has inspired me to get back into making music again, even when I get home after a 12 hour day at the office, it calls my name from afar!

Why did you choose this as your favorite?
Simply put, this product inspires me to be creative, makes me want to make music and sounds amazing—recording an alto saxophone can be difficult as there are a lot of high frequencies that are difficult to reproduce/capture unless you have high quality mic pres and converters, the Quantum and Quantum 2 capture my sound perfectly and makes me sound great. I practically like the Quantum 2 because of the size and portability and I don’t need more than 4 mic pres.

Got any tips for working with the Quantum 2

Plug it into your Thunderbolt port, open Studio One or your favorite app and hit record, then watch what happens!

What are you currently working on? What’s next for you?
A Thunderbolt Flux Capacitor… Super exciting!
What’s the strangest talent you have?
What’s strange to you might not be strange to me and visa versa…
Anything else you want to share? 
Fun times are ahead at PreSonus, can’t wait for the market to see what we have in store for you in 2018 and beyond!

 

Connect with John on LinkedIn here!

Learn more about the Quantum 2 here! 

It’s #PreSonusFAMFriday with Chris Hare!

When you think of IT guys, you don’t always think of the coolest guy in the office. WELL NOT AT PRESONUS! Let us introduce you one of the most talented, coolest, laid backest dudes on the block, Chris Hare.

It’s #PreSonusFAMFriday with Chris Hare!

How long have you worked for PreSonus? 
6 1/2 years.
What’s your official job title? 
IT Systems Manager (but I answer to “IT Guy”).

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What’s your favorite thing about your job? Why did you choose to work here?
Getting to work with all different departments throughout the company.  I love working for a company that I can be legitimately excited about what we do.
Choose a movie title for the story of your life.
Joe vs. The Volcano.

What was the first 8 track, cassette, CD or digital download you purchased?
The Bee Gees Greatest Hits on cassette.  I have fond memories of riding in the back of my parents station wagon in the late 70’s listening to all sorts of disco music.  You could say it’s my “happy place”.

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

What’s your go to Karaoke song?
I’m a sucker for a melody so anything by Burt Bacharach & Hal David.

Everyone has a side gig, what’s yours?
Playing guitar for whoever I can trick into listening to me.

What instruments do you play? 
Any kind of guitar, but primarily jazz and classical guitar (and classic 80’s metal when nobody’s watching).
What do you love about the StudioLive Series III 16R?
I’m blown away by the plugins that come right out of the box with the new Series III mixers. Once I saw we were doing a single rackspace 16 channel model, I realized that I can use it for my acoustic/nylon string guitars as well as my guitar synth.  I’m able to replace a solid state preamp/channel strip, stand alone noise gate, vintage hardware reverb, and a line mixer with just a 1u SL III 16r.

Why did you choose this as your favorite? 
If anybody knows anything about me, it’s that I’m a HUUUUGGGGE Pat Metheny fan and have been really drawn to his style of playing and his use of timbre and effects.  As such, the reverb sound is crucial to getting a great amplified nylon string tone and the plugins on the new Series III mixers really nail it perfectly.  Add in the other vintage modeling of plugins for the compressor and EQ and you’ve got a sound that you used to need a big studio desk and special hardware effects to achieve.

Tell us about a successful event you worked with PreSonus products. InfoComm, NAMM, Install somewhere….
My favorite events have been the PreSonusphere events, where we would have users come to Baton Rouge for a few days of intensive workshops and master classes.  It was great experience and always interesting to meet the end users and hear about how they used PreSonus products and get their feedback and suggestions first hand.

Got any tips for working with the StudioLive Series III 16R?
As I’m using in a more unconventional fashion as really a processor for my acoustic guitars, I would say try to find unique ways that you can incorporate it into your rig or setup.  It’s a very flexible product and I’m sure there are musicians who are going to find things to do with it that we never thought of.

What are you currently working on? What’s next for you?
Just trying to continue to grow as a musician and play with other musicians who inspire me whenever I can.  I keep saying I’m going to use our glorious studio here at the PreSonus Mothership to record a jazz trio record sometime and maybe this will be the year.
What’s the strangest talent you have?
As the company “computer guy” I can magically make PreSonus employee’s computer issues go away when I stand within 3 feet of their desk.  I don’t know how I do it but it’s truly amazing to behold.

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!

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.

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! 

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.

It’s #PreSonusFAMFriday with Connor Guiberteau!

When it comes to Quality and Assurance, here’s your guy. And when it comes to the Quantum, he considers it his own child!  It’s Connor Guiberteau for PreSonus FAM Friday!

How long have you worked for PreSonus? 
I will make 2 years this October.
What’s your official job title? 
QA Tester.
What’s your favorite thing about your job? Why did you choose to work here? 
I get to play with all of the new gear before anyone else. I specialize with interfaces.  
Why did you choose to work here?
PreSonus products helped me greatly in paving the way to being an audio engineer. It was pretty much a no brainer.

What was the first 8 track, cassette, CD or digital download you purchased?
Blink 182- Enema of the State. The way Jerry Finn mixed changed how I heard music. 

Who’s your go to band or artist when you can’t decide on something to listen to?
It really depends on the day. I jump genres a lot so at any time I could be jamming anything from Pepper, PEARS, or Wu Tang. 

Everyone has a side gig, what’s yours?
I play in a band called Odie–It’s fast punk music with Beach Boy harmonies.

What instruments do you play? 
Mainly a drummer but I also enjoy playing bass and guitar.
What’s your go to Karaoke song? 
Africa by Toto!

What do you love about the Quantum?
Quantum is super simple and straight to the point. It works so well that you can get lost in your mix and forget you’re even using it. Plus it’s so easily expandable. 

Why did you choose the Quantum as your favorite?
I was heavily involved with the QA process for this device. It’s like a child to me. 

What other PreSonus products do you have?
I have a Studiolive 16.4.2,  Studio Channel and a Monitor station v2.

Tell us about a successful event you worked with PreSonus.
Well, I don’t really do live mixing anymore, but I did do a 13-hour local festival called MitchFest. The bar’s previous sound guy couldn’t make it, and they knew I had a 16.4.2, so I got called up to fill in. It was actually the first time I ever ran sound, it was also the first time I ran sound and played in three of the bands at the same time. Ultimately, the experience there is what brought me here.

What are you currently working on? What’s next for you?
Odie put out a 3 song EP and I also just finished a 12 song LP with Heavy Mantle. Looking to get back in the studio with Odie in about a month or two.

Got any tips for working with the Quantum?
Don’t overthink it, have fun, and maybe grab a slice of pizza. 

Anything else you want to share?
Check out the new Odie – Wet Sounds EP on BandCamp or Spotify.  We put all our music out for free. 

 

It’s #PreSonusFAMFriday with Houston Dragna!

Here’s some things you need to know:

  • The 90s were awesome.
  • Not as awesome as the R-Series Monitors
  • Houston is super rad.
  • It’s #PreSonusFAMFriday!

 

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How long have you worked for PreSonus?
Just over 2 years!
What’s your official job title? 
Direct Sales Associate
What’s your favorite thing about your job? Why did you choose to work here?
Music and audio engineering are two of my greatest passions. Getting to do a job that incorporates those things is a dream come true!

What was the first 8 track, cassette, CD or digital download you purchased?
Good question… I think I it may have been Human Clay by Creed  or the *NSYNC self-titled album. I’m a 90s kid. Sue me.

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

Everyone has a side gig, what’s yours? 
I have two! I am a worship leader and I play in a band called Oh!Kelly.
What instruments do you play? 
Guitar, Bass, Drums, Trumpet, Tuba, Euphonium, and I sing.
What’s your go to Karaoke song?
I know it’s cliché, but it’s gotta be Don’t Stop Believin’.

What do you love about the R Series Monitors?
I love how well these monitors translate for pretty much any environment or listening device or situation. The unique AMT design on the high-frequency drivers provides such a smooth and natural response that doesn’t lie to you or fatigue you. 

What other PreSonus products do you have?
I have an AudioBox 22VSL at home as well as some Eris E4.5 monitors. But I regularly use a 24AI at church and my band uses a StudioLive RML32 as well as HP2 headphone amps!

Why did you choose them as your favorite?
They are something I use almost every day, whether I am mixing, playing video games, or just listening to music. They work perfectly for all of my audio monitoring needs!

Got any tips for working with these guys?
Make use of the adjustment parameters on the back to fine-tune them to your mixing room and needs!  

Tell us about a successful event you worked with PreSonus products. InfoComm, NAMM, Install somewhere….
I got to go to my first official event earlier this year. Sweetwater Gearfest 2017! It was a cool opportunity to meet many of our fans and users and hear their personal experience with our products and how they use them in all sorts of ways that I haven’t even thought of! 

IMG_01092017_143633_0What are you currently working on? What’s next for you? 
Oh!Kelly is always busy with gigs and such, but we are currently working on a new single that should be out soon!
Anything else you want to share? 
In addition to PreSonus gear, I am a huge guitar pedal/gear junkie. Some of my favorite brands are Matchless, Fender, Suhr, JHS, Strymon and Earthquaker Devices!

Keep up with Houston on Instagram here!