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30 Day Worship Sound Tools #9: The Talk Back Mic

Doug Gould of WorshipMD talks about the important of the talkback mic in communicating with your band during setup. Why scream your head off and ruin the band’s mood right before their performance?

For info on the StudioLive AI digital mixers, click here.

For more from Doug Gould and Worship MD, click here.

John Fullbright Jams in the Van at Willie Nelson’s Ranch at #SXSW 2014, Album Drops on #Nimbit May 27

In between playing six other shows and engaging the PreSonus team in more than a few rounds of dominoes at Willie Nelson’s Ranch in Luck, TX during SXSW, John Fullbright managed to set up in the Jam in the Van van and knock out a couple of his hits for their cameras and recording gear. The results can be found below, and they’re really worth a look/listen.

We hadn’t had the opportunity to check in with Jam in the Van in a while, and while their video series has always been great, of late it has gotten really great—also evidenced below. Jam in the Van have been using StudioLive mixers for a while now, and recently upgraded to a StudioLive 24.4.2AI, and it’s a mainstay of their workflow. It’s literally always on the road, and looks and sounds to be holding up right fine.

Much of the same could be said of John. Be sure to get a listen to his new album, Songs, as the buzz around it is building rapidly—catching the attention of the Wall Street Journal, no less. It’s due to be released on Nimbit, and available nationwide in the U.S. on May 27, and in the U.K. on June 3.

For more on John Fullbright, click here.

For more on Jam in the Van, click here.

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30 Day Worship Sound Tools #8: Arrangements

Doug Gould of WorshipMD discusses how to get the best out of your band by using thoughtful arrangements—teach your band the value of restraint, and give each instrument a little bit of breathing room. Your congregation will appreciate it!

For info on the StudioLive AI digital mixers, click here.

For more from Doug Gould and Worship MD, click here.

30 Day Worship Sound Tools #7: Auxes

Doug Gould of WorshipMD demystifies your mixer’s Auxes, or Auxiliary outputs, and why you would want to take advantage of them. These are commonly used for monitors, effects, recording, and more. Here’s Auxiliary 101.

Doug Gould of WorshipMD demystifies your mixer’s Auxes, or Auxiliary outputs, and why you would want to take advantage of them. These are commonly used for monitors, effects, recording, and more. Here’s Auxiliary 101.

For info on the StudioLive AI digital mixers, click here.

For more from Doug Gould and Worship MD, click here.

30 Day Worship Sound Tools #6: Delaying Your Speakers

Delay is about more than just echo effects. It’s also used to delay a signal from one speaker to another in large venues, ensuring that the sound from multiple speakers arrives at the listeners’ ears at the same time. Doug Gould of WorshipMD discusses how to set up your multiple speakers using speaker delay for the best possible audio quality.

For info on the StudioLive AI digital mixers, click here.

For more from Doug Gould and Worship MD, click here.

Major Firmware Update Now Available for StudioLive AI Digital Mixers

Hey StudioLive AI owners, thanks much for all of your feedback on the AI family of mixers. Your input is critical to the improvement of the gear you’ve come to rely on. We’ve heard you, and have been working hard to alleviate the issues some of you have been experiencing in the field. Effective immediately, you can download version 1.0.5124 of the new AI firmware, a maintenance release for AI-series mixer firmware to resolve known issues.

We highly recommend that StudioLive AI owners install this update.

To get the new firmware, please visit My.PreSonus.com and log in with your PreSonus username and password. Once logged in, choose your StudioLive AI mixer in the “My Hardware” section. From the subsequent page, choose “Firmware.” You will then be presented with an option to download the latest firmware, and you should do so. It pays to stay current!

For more detailed instructions in getting your firmware installed, kindly click here for a knowledgebase article on the subject, or check out the videos at the end of this post. Click here to download the full release notes in a .PDF.

Primary issues addressed:

  • Returning Feature: POST EQ&DYN button for post-dsp recording of channels
  • 2277: DSP overrun distortion at 48kHz
  • 2789: Low frequency harmonic noise on GEQ
  • 2798: Corrupt Aux Mix data prevents remote app connection
  • 2825: Mute Group store corruption’

 

Additional bug fixes:

  • 2650: Linked Auxes with Even as master have incorrect permissions pairs
  • 2733: Stereo GEQ only applied to left side until toggled (only after firmware update)
  • 2759: Solo mode setting not saved on reboot
  • 2770: Mute Group ALL OFF turns on Talkback

 

Mac OSX AI firmware update instructions: 

 

Windows AI firmware update instructions:

30 Day Worship Sound Tools #4: The Gain Knob

Doug Gould of WorshipMD discusses how best to take advantage of the gain knob on your mixer during your services, and why it’s such a critical setting.


For info on the StudioLive AI digital mixers, click here.

For more from Doug Gould and Worship MD, click here.

30 Day Worship Sound Tools #1: Keep it Simple!

Check it out! The incomparable Doug Gould came by the PreSonus office and knocked out an incredible THIRY VIDEO SERIES on quick tips for the worship audio crowd. In this inaugural episode, he discusses the value of simplicity and consistency in your House of Worship productions. Stay tuned to the blog here for the entire 30-video series—one per day in May!

For info on the StudioLive AI digital mixers, click here.

For more from Doug Gould and Worship MD, click here.

Kirk Farmer of Dirty Rumors on the PreSonus Solution

[This just in from Kirk Farmer of the Dirty Rumors, who are living the PreSonus life to the fullest!]

Thanks for the invitation to be included in your blog. We are called Dirty Rumors. We’re a quasi rock band / jam band from Roanoke, VA comprised of Kirk Farmer, (Me) on lead vocal and guitar, Tim (Caesar) O’Sullivan on lead guitar, Scott Sutton on bass, Ben Hite on keys, and Thomas Wilson on drums. We’re more of a jam band than anything. Our live performances are heavy on the long instrumental jams with variety of influxes including rock, funk, blues and county. We actually have a large collection of live tracks that can be streamed from our website. Most of which were also recorded using the same equipment and software we used to record the EP. The EP is called Unity Gain and was released online through TuneCore.com in January.

I was originally introduced to PreSonus when I worked as a recording engineer in Raleigh, NC. I saw a demo of the StudioLive 16.4.2 at a show put on by one of your distributors in Greensboro. I was particularly impressed with it’s ease of use and by the transparency of the preamps.

I few years later, I relocated to Roanoke,VA and brought on a business partner named Nate Potter in order to expand my mastering studio, K-14 Studios service offerings to include mobile, multi-track recording. Nate was also a big fan of the Presonus gear and owned a 16.4.2, and also introduced me to Studio One.

Tim and I formed Dirty Rumors in September of 2012. When we made the decision to record our EP, it was only logical that Nate and I produce and engineer the project using the PreSonus gear that we had been using to record our clients with.

As mentioned before, we primarily use the 16.4.2 for tracking. One of the great things about this setup is its mobility. All we need is the board, the laptop, the snake and some mics and we’re in business—literally! We use Capture to track everything, including overdubs. Once we get the tracks back to the studio, we use a FirePod as a speaker/headphone interface, and mix the sessions on Studio One. We also use Studio One’s project page for mastering.

The things we like most about the PreSonus hardware are the quick setup time and the preamp quality. With other digital mixers, we can potentially spend a significant amount of time just getting the board settings where we want them. Using any outboard gear  just adds to the process. With the 16.4.2, we can be powered up and signal and level checked in less than 10 minutes.

As far as the preamps are concerned, the transparency and gain insures a good recording the first time, every time. This is paramount when recording a live show where we might not get a second take. They also allow for a great deal of flexibility during the mixdown process. We can make a lot more creative decisions about the overall sound of the project when we don’t have to contend with preamp coloration introduced by your hardware.

On the software side, Studio One is undoubtedly the most flexible and user-friendly DAW I’ve ever used. It’s intuitive, powerful, and very easy on my CPU. In the past, I’ve primarily used Pro Tools and Audition, both for their different strengths: Pro Tools for tracking and Audition for mastering. Studio One combines the best of both worlds in one very dynamic suite.

Nate and I are currently working on a video project for a band from Lynchburg, VA. Again, we used the PreSonus gear for the tracking, and continue to use Studio One for the post- production processing. Our last major project was the Unity Gain EP, which we created ourselves from start to finish. Dirty Rumors is rumored to be recording a concert video in May at the new amphitheater in downtown Roanoke. We plan to use the 16.4.2, tied in to the FOH board through a splitter snake to record the audio from the show.  We’re also talking about recording a full length album this summer, and PreSonus is along for the ride every step of the way!

Incredible New StudioLive AI series from Groove3!

Check out this incredibly comprehensive series of videos from the geniuses at Groove3. These guys have broken down the StudioLive AI workflow into easily-digestible bite-size pieces. First-time-buyers will find everything they need to get connected and running on the StudioLive AI, while seasoned audio vets can skip straight to the chapter on ringing out monitors.

The incredibly thorough Groove3 has left no stone unturned here, and have also taken on VSL, remote mixing, Smaart wizards, and the AI family’s integration with Studio One.

Click here to check out the StudioLive AI series from Groove3 with some free videos. Enjoy!