[International Sales Director of Mystery Mark Williams reports from the inner sanctum of La Gruta! Fortunately for us, his 6G geniusphone prototype was able to acquire adequate reception to get these photos out from deep within a quarter-mile of Mexican bedrock.]
“I had lunch today at La Gruta with one of our Mexican distributors. The restaurant is inside a volcanic cave that was used by the Mayans and also played a part in the Mexican Revolution. It was established in 1906. There’s nothing like an interesting lunch environment after a week of presentations, demos, clinics, foiled assassination attempts, and meetings.”
The hits (and laughs) keep on rolling with this team. Here are more of their StudioLive-produced acoustic (and one kinda-acoustic) videos from Leo Moracchioli and friends. Great stuff!
Acoustic cover of Alter Bridge – Blackbird:
Acoustic (kinda) cover of Black Sabbath – Paranoid:
Metal guitar sound test:
Baton Rouge residents: PreSonus is partnering with The Blood Center for a blood drive on Tuesday, May 21, from 9 a.m. to 1:20 p.m. There is currently a national shortage of blood, and sadly, deposits made to a blood bank do not accrue interest—so the Red Cross needs all the help they can get! Just a pint of blood can save up to three lives!
Please Click HERE to ensure you are eligible to donate. It is important to eat a good breakfast before donating blood and be sure to bring your photo ID!
The blood mobile will be located behind the Bon Carre buildling, near the PreSonus Audio Electronics entrance.
7257 Florida Blvd.
Baton Rouge, LA 70806
If you are interested, email firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm a time slot, and here’s some handy tips from the Red Cross for a successful donation.
Generous souls not suffering from trypanophobia will walk away with a bandage on their arm, a song in their heart, and a killer PreSonuSphere T-shirt!
[This just in from Anna Bevins, PreSonus Executive Assistant and Director of Good News]
PreSonus is proud to be sponsoring an event on May 17th @ The Texas Club beginning at 8 p.m. to support local veterans. Chris LeBlanc is one of the main artists performing, and we are supporting him for this event. There will be live music, auctions, food, drinks, and fun! See the flyer below for additional info.
We hope you’ll help PreSonus in supporting this great cause, and we hope to see all of you there!
Get advanced tickets from The Texas Club or Zeagler Music!
So, it turns out that the oldest known melody is really very pretty.
Here is Hurrian Hymn no.6 – c.1400 B.C.
Check out this incredible early footage of The Beach Boys that was just discovered. This early arrangement of “I Get Around” shows a few rough spots, but the genius of Brian Wilson’s songwriting was clearly there from the get-go. Happy Friday!
[This just in from Mauricio Yáñez Polloni, of our distributor partner, Croma Limitada.]
The guy at the StudioLives in these pictures is Mauricio Romero, my friend, who has lived for 10 years on Rapa Nui! He did all the audio production for the Tapati, an annual festival that lasts for 10 days! Tapati was first performed during the first ten days of February, 1975. The festival began as a one among islanders, but now is an instance to share culture with tourists visiting around that time of year.
Two linked StudioLive 16.4.2s were the heart of the sound of this important event, running the live sound and recording the bands simultaneously. The show was recorded in Capture and then edited, mixed, and mastered in Studio One 2.5.
Mauricio Romero is the founder of the most important sound company of the island, Matau Producciones. He also has produced many albums with ethnic music of Rapa Nui.
This year, Matau Producciones did all sound and lighting for Tapati as well. Saludos!
From CowProd over on YouTube. Rage Against the Machine playing Zed’s Records in 1992 before they made it huge…
[This just in from Steve E., winner of the 2012 Dream Rig for your Dream Gig Sweepstakes!]
I wanted to send you a picture of me and the gear and I wanted to thank all of the companies involved in hooking me up with all of this awesome equipment!
So far, I have tracked my dad and I on mandolin and acoustic guitar respectively just using the Kiwi into the ADL 700 with excellent results. Hopefully soon, I will have an heirloom double album of my dad and I playing traditional old time music on one disc and a re-mastered version of my dad and grandfather paying the same exact tunes back in 1967 from a reel to reel tape. This equipment couldn’t have come at a better time! I I also have recorded my daughter Isabella singing into the same combo and I am totally blown away with the details you can bring out with the onboard compressor and EQ settings. By the way, all of the awesome artwork behind me on the walls is hers, too.
The possibilities are endless! When I combine the ADL 700 with the Kiwi and its 9 polar patterns it is just mind boggling! In addition to this, the ability to switch the EQ in before the compressor is a really awesome feature, along with being able to bypass either one or both at the flick of a switch. This truly is a match made in heaven…
I have also ran the new Monoprice guitar into the ADL 700 instrument input and achieved an excellent funky single-coil blues sound along with pumping the gain up a bit and getting some smooth crunch and creamy sustain. I can’t wait to track some bass through it!
My next major project is to record a full-length album with my friend Keith for our band Letchwurth (this is the dream band I selected when I entered the contest.) This equipment will take our recordings to an entirely new level—just as long as I can bring my recording and mixing skills up to the same level, ha! We cannot wait to start tracking with the new equipment. This setup blows away everything we had before! Also with the new Pro SoundCloud account we will be able to post everything up for everyone to hear. Look out for Letchwurth “Ringworm Eraser” in the future…
Before I won the contest, I had a few cheaper dynamic mics and one condenser along with the Focusrite liquid Saffire 56 preamp/firewire interface you see on the bottom of the ADL. In addition to this, I only had headphones to mix and monitor with, so with the KRK VXT4’s and 12S sub have been able to mix and monitor the right way. This speaker combo is absolutely perfect for my small home-office and I am totally amazed at the detailed sound-field that these speakers deliver. I am now able to hear details that I never even knew were there, even with headphones! Of course, I couldn’t have hooked it all up without all of the cables and accessories from Monoprice. My setup is now complete! What else could I need?
Thanks again to everyone involved with putting this equipment into my lap and allowing me to step beyond the next level with my recording capabilities!
I am truly thankful and view it as a sign to capture high quality recordings with my friends and family for many years to come.
[This just in from Sheldon Currington, titanium luthier extraordinaire. Cave and I got to interview these guys at NAMM 2013 and we just got this kind follow-up from them. We’re thankful to to have these guys on our buddy list.]
This is just a quick email to reconnect after our NAMM 2013 show experience.
We have just landed back here in New Zealand after what can only be described as a whirlwind tour of the USA and so this is the first chance I have had to make contact with you regarding our time talking at NAMM 2013.
I want to thank you for taking some time to show us around while we visited Baton Rouge and PreSonus after NAMM. We had a truly amazing time at NAMM for a first year, and learned an awful lot about what we can do for the years to come. And it was a great thing that you did for us to show us around the PreSonus facility on our way across the country. We had a total blast and were really well treated by everyone that we visited, it makes these trips so much more worth it when you can shake hands with the people that you connect with on a regular basis. I am sure my father would agree! Thank you so much for sharing your time with us! Also, please thank the others that spent time with us playing at PreSonus HQ. The amp sounded awesome and I think he is onto a great thing there, with the personalized features he combines into such great sounding units! Very cool!
Please also pass on my thanks to both Cave and Ryan for coming down to see us at the booth and shooting the interview. Those guys were great, funny and easy to get along with… which made my nervous interview just a little easier! Please let them know I am very grateful to them both!
Now that I’m back in New Zealand I will be running Bad Seed full steam ahead to build new and innovative custom guitars, I cant wait to get into it! We had such an amazing response to the guitars that we bought over to NAMM and it’s inspired me to put the creative hat back on and set off on some new projects.
Keep in touch and let me know if you have any thoughts or ideas, or if there is ever anything that I can do for you.
Bad Seed Limited