where the Grammy Award winner engineers and produces projects in a wide variety of musical genres. But every year, when the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival rolls around, Shaw and his team decamp for Manchester, home of the festival. There, behind the main stage, they soundproof their double-wide mobile recording trailer with 500 hay bales.
In this once-a-year Hay Bale Studio at Brigadoon—er, Bonnaroo—Shaw and his team record dozens of bands that will appear at the festival. The performances are fed to more than 40 radio markets around the USA.
For the 2017 Bonnaroo, Hay Bale Studio offered more capabilities than ever before, as Shaw mixed on the new PreSonus StudioLive 32 Series III digital console/recorder, while his team captured the tracks and main mix in PreSonus’ popular Studio One 3 Professional DAW.
“The StudioLive 32 allowed us to bring in all 24 inputs from the recording floor, so we could record a full band. We’re recording in multitrack to Studio One using the console’s AVB audio interface, which can send and return up to 55 streams over one CAT5 Ethernet cable,” says Shaw.
Shaw mixes live while the band is performing, a job made much easier by the StudioLive 32 Fat Channel signal-processing section’s customizable user interface. “I’ve got compressors and EQ on every channel,” Shaw specifies, “and the customizable Fat Channel lets me create my own layout so I can quickly access the processing I want when mixing. I can bring in four onboard effects processors for reverb and delay, and I also patch in my outboard spring reverb. I use Tap Tempo on the mixer to ensure the timing of the delay effects works with what the band is playing.”
PreSonus’ FlexMix feature also has proven useful. “I choose a FlexMix, and the entire mixer configuration changes and shows me what’s going on with that FlexMix,” instructs Shaw. Using the StudioLive 32’s aux sends, Shaw and team send four custom headphone cue mixes. “We send the cue mixes to the PreSonus HP4, which is a great, simple 4-channel headphone box that is really loud,” he avers. “We have two people with iPads running UC Surface software to control the monitor mixes.”
Main engineer Michael Hardesty also is equipped with UC Surface but he’s running it on a laptop. “Anything Lij can do on the mixer, I can do just as well in the software. My main goal is to set preamps and compressors and do the gain staging so I can get the multitrack feeds recorded properly in Studio One. I am also taking a print of the mix but generally I’m working with individual tracks. I also help with headphone mixes,” Hardesty observes.
With UC Surface, it’s possible to control the mixer from multiple devices at the same time. “That means you can give people different responsibilities,” Hardesty explains. “You also can lock out functions on particular devices; the iPad guys on the recording floor can only control the aux sends for the headphone mixes, while my laptop has complete control of the StudioLive 32.”
The live stereo mix goes straight to mastering engineer Joe Hutchinson. “Joe makes the radio mix sound fantastic,” enthuses Shaw. “He also uses Studio One to capture the performance in stereo. So we’re capturing bands through the StudioLive 32, mixing and mastering, and putting it out to more than 40 radio markets—all within an hour of each performance, with two or three songs for each band every hour.”
Thanks to the feature-packed, versatile StudioLive 32 and the power and speed of Studio One, Hay Bale Studio had entirely new capabilities at the 2017 Bonnaroo. “The customizable mixing surface, plenty of processing, wireless remote control, recording features, and ease of use let us do things we could never do at a dozen previous Bonnaroos,” confirms Shaw, “and it all sounded great. “We loved using the StudioLive 32, and we’re very happy with Studio One. Bonnaroo is a highlight of our year, and PreSonus helped make it extra special this year. We hope you’ll visit our site and check out some of the recordings!”
Watch Lij demo and show off their StudioLive 32 here:
For more information about Hay Bale Studio, please visit www.thetoyboxstudio.com/haybalestudio
For more information about PreSonus, the StudioLive 32 console/recorder, Studio One 3 DAW, and the HD4 headphone amplifier, please visit www.presonus.com.
The StudioLive RML Mixers have a discount offer going on currently—no rebate form or paperwork required, just less cash at the register!
Equally at home in houses of worship, schools, broadcast facilities, live venues, touring rigs, and recording studios, the PreSonus StudioLive RML rackmount digital mixers are a versatile and flexible solution for live sound and recording. Expandable up to 64 channels and flawlessly integrated with state-of-the-art software, they boast an integrated multitrack recording interface, advanced AVB or Dante networking, and multiple control options. Yet they’re easy to use, with a workflow that will let you focus on mixing, without being distracted by the technology.
Check out this user review of the RML32AI we found over at Sweetwater:
“I have used this mixer over 50 times and it has been rock solid at every performance. I love getting in the audience and mixing on my iPad, I feel like an artist with a pallet. But the smaart system on this thing is what is really amazing. To be able to visually see my feedback on each individual speaker and monitor and notch it out immediately before the performance has changed my world. Can switch out bands and different setups in 15 minutes and never have to worry about anything feeding back. The compressors are awesome and easy to use as well as the eq, mixing has never been so fun. It’s pure audio freedom.”
But if we had the option, doing what we love at the beach is high on our wish list. Somehow that’s just what Cory Davis, with 30A company based in Santa Rosa Beach, FL, has figured out how to do in his work at 30A Radio.
30A is a highway along Florida’s gulf coast offering visitors more than just a beach vacation. Fine dining, prefect sandy beaches, weekend farmers markets, bike trails… you’re not going to want to leave. It’s also where the Truman Show was filmed. You may have seen a bright blue bumper sticker when driving around town–it looks like this:
Davis is the Director of Sales for The 30A Company advertising department, and programs and manages 30A Radio. Davis recently got his hands on one of our AR12 Mixers and we wanted to hear how it was treating him and improving his workflow.
Learn more about our StudioLive AR Hybrid Mixers here!
Daniel’s an acoustic singer/songwriter well on his way to owning the local coffeehouse circuit. Thanks to his StudioLive AR mixer, he’s able to record every show without a computer and makes each and every one of his performances available online for his fans.
Daniel is StudioLive. Are you?
Tell your story at www.presonus.com/iamstudiolive
Universal Control 1.8 also is recommended for PreSonus Studio 192 and 192 Mobile interfaces and StudioLive AI and StudioLive RM mixers. It adds:
Owners of StudioLive Classic mixers and FireStudio-series interfaces should use Universal Control 1.74. Universal Control 1.74 and 1.8 may be co-installed to use products supported by each.
Eric’s the tour manager/live sound engineer/roadie for a regional touring act. StudioLive has been there for every broken-down van, every 8×10 bass cab hauled up a flight of stairs, and every sold-out, screaming crowd.
Eric is StudioLive. Are you?
Tell us your story HERE!
Last season’s StudioLive AI mixer and StudioLive 16.0.2 mixer rebate offer was so popular that we decided to stop making it a limited-time thing, and just lower the price down on these StudioLive Mixers once and for all. Here’s the latest pricing:
This price drop is effective in the USA only. Pricing outside the US will vary by dealer and region.
If you’ve been considering a digital mixer but haven’t checked in on StudioLive for a while, it’s worth mentioning that the entire StudioLive line won the Musical Merchandise Review (MMR) Dealer Choice Award for Recording Equipment Line of the Year for 2015. Furthermore, recent firmware updates now allow the StudioLive AI Console Mixers to connect to StudioLive RM- and RML-series rack mixers in Stage Box Mode. And of course, StudioLive AI still offers the always-improving remote iPad control options that helped make them such a hit. All StudioLive mixers also include Studio One 3 Artist, our award-winning digital audio workstation.
But hey, don’t take it from us. Here’s what some StudioLive AI reviewers had to say:
The StudioLive AI Console Mixers have garnered a lot of praise in the time they’ve been around. Click any of the quotes below to read the full review.
We’re stoked to have won the Best in Show award for our StudioLive AR USB series–grateful to even be considered! Thanks to everyone involved in helping us celebrate one of our newest products! Here’s Mark Stone, our National Sales Director, proudly showing off the award!
To learn more about the StudioLive AR USB series, click here!
To learn more about #IAMStudioLive, click here.
Equally at home in houses of worship, schools, broadcast facilities, live venues, touring rigs, and recording studios, the PreSonus® StudioLive® RML32AI 32-channel, 25-bus, rack-mount Active Integration™ digital mixer is a versatile and flexible solution for live sound and recording. StudioLive RML32AI mixers offer 24 mic inputs and 8 combo mic/line inputs and are expandable up to 64 channels. Flawlessly integrated with state-of-the-art software, they boast an integrated multitrack recording interface, advanced AVB or Dante networking, and multiple control options. Yet they’re easy to use, with a workflow that will let you focus on mixing, without being distracted by the technology.
Compact, lightweight, and road-ready, StudioLive AR USB-series mixers provide an all-in-one solution for mixing and recording. Create multitrack recordings and fly in backing tracks with a 24-bit, 96 kHz, USB 2.0 digital audio interface; record and play back in stereo with the integrated SD digital recorder; and stream program music wirelessly, using onboard Bluetooth. Whether you’re at a gig, in the classroom, in rehearsal, or in the studio, StudioLive AR USB-series mixers make mixing and recording easy.
Find the StudioLive AR that’s right for you at presonus.com/products/studiolive-ar-hybrid-mixers