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The StudioLive Debuts in Fiji at this Year’s “Tunes in the Tropics Tour!”

[This just in from Peter Scott, Production Manager of the “Tunes in the Tropics Tour” coming up in Fiji!]

Hey PreSonus! I wanted to let you know that we’ll be taking a StudioLive mixer with us on the “Tunes in the Tropics Tour” in Fiji!  This will be our third trip to this venue. The Hideaway Resort is near Sigatoka on the Coral Coast of Vita Levu the main island of the Fiji Island group.
The Tunes in the Tropics Tours were initiated by Chris Watson, a young entrepreneur who lives in Tamworth, which is Australia’s country music capitol. Chris has been a keen traveler, and has developed his own travel firm, Chris Watson Travel Partners, with his wife Gemma. They both love country music, and are well known in International Travel Line Dancing circles.
Chris’ idea was to take Australian country music to other parts of the world, and so five years ago the first Tour of Australian Country Artists headed to Fiji. There are usually six or seven A-list artists and a backing band who each perform their own music on one night of the tour. The last night of the tour features a showcase of every Artist. Chris invited 100 country music lovers to join him on the first tour, and this year he has completely sold out the Resort with 220 fans and nine acts for a week of great music and fun!
The Fijian people are very friendly, and local live production is usually undertaken by companies such as Sharma Music who have a network of music stores around the Fiji islands. The Fiji dollar is fairly weak in international terms, so purchase of equipment is an expensive exercise so much of the local equipment we hire from them is older analogue gear.
As I started gear shopping for this third tour, it became obvious we needed to run at least four sends of in-ear monitors plus up to four powered wedges. This prompted us to look at the available consoles. The best we could find locally was an analogue board with digital effects. It required a lot of outboard processing to make this work, adding pressure to our budget.

As I have been a PreSonus user for over two years, I knew PreSonus embraced good ideas. I sent off an email to Baton Rouge HQ to see if they could help. At the time, PreSonus didn’t have a local distributor in Fiji, so I approached Amit Sharma, the owner of Sharma Music, to see will he may be interested in the idea of becoming a new distributor. He was very keen to see PreSonus’ offering, and we explained the StudioLive advantage—it would streamline his production workflow while adding the ability to record performances. For me this a no-brainer, as the end user experience for me has been far better than all the other audio manufacturers I have dealt with to date.
With assistance from Nigel at Oceania Audio Sales, the PreSonus Distributer in New Zealand, we will have a Presonus Studiolive in the Fiji Islands for the very first time! As a sweetener we are going to do some training sessions for the local production people to show them the extensive features of the StudioLive range, including QMix, and record some live performances with Capture and Studio One.
There will be a Q and A session at the end of each session. Should anyone
want to join us, they can contact me via Facebook.
Bula Vanaka to all at team PreSonus!
Peter Scott
Production Manager
“Tunes in the Tropics Tour” to Fiji 2014
Australia

30 Day Worship Sound Tools #16: Mutes

Doug Gould of WorshipMD talks about how and when to use the Mute buttons on your mixer. Quiet on the set!

 

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 #13: Semi-parametric EQ

Doug Gould of WorshipMD talks about the advantage of a semi-parametric EQ over a fixed EQ.

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 #12: Sound Check vs. Rehearsal

Doug Gould of WorshipMD talks about how to make the best use of your sound check time and the band’s rehearsal. Prioritize accordingly and don’t lose sight of the big picture—dial in the entire band one at a time, but don’t spend too much time on little details—do that during their rehearsal.

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 #11: Sub Groups

Doug Gould of WorshipMD discusses the use of subgroups on the StudioLive mixer, and how and why you would want to learn to use them. For example, routing all of your drum mics to a single fader makes the drum mix a LOT easier to control. Oh, and he’ll also show you how to assign your subgroups. It’s easy.

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 #10: Subtractive and Additive EQ

Doug Gould of WorshipMD discusses when to boost, when to cut, and when to leave things just the way they are when dialing in EQ during your band’s sound check. In short: think subtractively.

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 #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.