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New PreSonus HQ is Coming Along…

So, we’re growing. Like, bursting-at-the-seams-growing, and have become a little too big for our britches. Sure, all the jambalaya and Mountain Dew consumption around the Baton Rouge office is clearly a factor, but the real issue is that we’ve simply hired a lot of people to do a lot of work, and now there’s too many people to fit into our current facility. It’s like a pro-audio clown car up in here. We’re gonna need a bigger boat.

In my role as the Social Media Manager for PreSonus, I work from my home in the passive-aggressive capitol of the world, Seattle. Fact is, the only reason I haven’t moved to Baton Rouge yet is because Ron says “We’d love to have you here, but there simply isn’t anywhere for you to sit.” So, I’m glad to see they’re workin’ on it, because I’m overdue for some Crawdad and Three-Cheese Baked Macaroni and kindness from strangers.

While this might appear to look like some concrete in a muddy field, this is a big step toward arriving in our new home. Look at it as the architectural equivalent of having gotten our drums tracks committed to tape, and we just called our first-call bassist to come do his job.

We’re hiring for more positions to come, by the way.

You’ve Got it Covered

 

We'd prefer a photo of the mixer, not the box, but if your photo is this awesome it just may qualify.

We’d prefer a photo of the mixer, not the box, but if your photo is this awesome it just may qualify.

Over on our Facebook page, one of our most popular albums is our ever-growing collection of PreSonus User Studios. There’s some great comment threads there in addition to some cool photos, obviously.

So, in the spirit of all things social, we’d like to share your photos of your handsome face and your StudioLive mixer with our Facebook community. If you’re glad to be a StudioLive owner and feel like representing accordingly, now’s your chance!

We want to see some photos of smiling StudioLive owners. If you kind folks are feeling shutterbuggy, we will pick a user-submitted photo for our Facebook cover graphic—once every couple of weeks or so. If we pick yours, we’ll get in touch—and we just might send you a highly fashionable PreSonus T-shirt.

It’s easy to be a contender. Here’s all we ask:

  • Post a photo of you and your StudioLive mixer to your Facebook Wall. It’s important that you are in the photo, too.
  • Tag Yourself in the photo.
  • Share the photo to our Wall.
  • A comment or description indicating that you’d like the photo set as our cover graphic would help.

Keep in mind that in order to qualify for the cover photo treatment, the image must be at least 850px wide by 315px tall.

Photos that are really interesting, funny, or astonishing will of course be given preference.

Have fun!

All-Robot Band Covers Motorhead’s “Ace of Spades”

I type too much, and there’s nothing I can say about this video that it doesn’t already say for itself. So here ya go.

 

PreSonus Holiday Laugh 2012—Rick’s DIY Approach to Yuletide Cheer

Rick Naqvi is anything but lazy. I mean, why go pay $90 for a half-dead tree sold by the local Cub Scout pack when you can venture into the great outdoors and get a tree yourself?

I’m not sure how he found an evergreen in Baton Rouge. And we almost NEVER see this much snow, but whatever.

Sage Advice from Victor Wooten

Here’s some incredible insights on music, language, and education from 4-string guru Victor Wooten, which is served alongside his bold, harmonic-heavy rendition of  “Amazing Grace.”

Powerful stuff. When I found this I immediately watched it twice in a row.  Hope you like it as much as I do.

Do you agree with Victor’s thoughts on music education? Please post your thoughts in the comments section.

 

 

Bonus! If that’s not enough Victor for one day, here’s a video of him on the PreSonus stage at NAMM last year alongside Steve Baily and David “Fingers” Haynes at our 2011 NAMM show.

Improvised Instruments FTW

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.

Korean Markets Hungry for StudioLive 16.0.2, Jambalaya

Winner winner gochujang dinner!

Dear PreSonus team,

I would like to let you know that we had a successful StudioLive 16.0.2 launching and Studio One seminar. Thank you so much for all of your support!

All marketing materials and gift packs were very helpful, especially the jambalaya mix!  Following your request, we cooked and served jambalaya to the attendees. We were going to cook from the scratch at first before you sent us the mix. It saved tons of time and efforts. People just liked the taste of it.

The launching show was presented in two parts. In the first, we showed how to live mix and record multi-track audio using StudioLive Remote with an acapella group, The Maytree. They are our new endorsement artist of the StudioLive 16.0.2!  Serin, who is our Studio One specialist, was in charge of the second part, demonstrating useful features of Studio One Professional 2 with Melodyne.

I have attached some pictures for you!

Thank you again.  We couldn’t do this alone without your support.

Regards,
Hojo

MissSmiles4u is a Cute Name And All, but…

 

Just… wow.

For Those About to Watch… We Salute You!

AC/DC: Beyond the Thunder, a documentary film by Kurt Squiers of SQUiERS, LLC and Gregg Ferguson of Current Motion, is about the tremendous influence rock band AC/DC has had on our culture around the globe. The two producer/directors dropped their careers in order to make this film, which pays homage to one of the greatest bands of all time in such a way that has less to do with the band members themselves, and more to do with the common bond that ties fans together around the globe.

Killer! In this clip, the filmmakers take a look at the thought processes behind music licencing for advertising, and how AC/DC’s music always seems to work… almost.

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Champion Sound Rocks Baton Rouge… Monthly!

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:

  • Producer/composer DJ Ribbz (Kryptic Formations)
  • New Orleans powerhouse DJ, DMC (Disco Club Mix) Organizer
  • Tony 5kratchere (Red Bull Music Academy representative)

 

October’s winners include:
  • 1st: B. Brooks: Baton Rouge, LA
  • 2nd: A.D.D. Beats: Gonzales, LA
  • 3rd: Eduk8: Baton Rouge, LA

 

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!