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Central Station reviewed at BoKsis!

The nice folks over at BoKsis just posted this flattering review of the Central Station PLUS, awarding it 4.3/5 stars! Thanks, guys! We, in turn, would like to award you 5/5 stars. Readers can, and should, read the full Central Station review, and many other reviews of cool stuff from BoKsis, by clicking here. While you’re waiting for that page to load in another tab, here’s a taste of what’s to come:

“The feature count is high, the sound quality is very good and it is a thoroughly well designed and built unit.”

 

 

 

AudioSavings video coverage of StudioLive AI, Eris, Sceptre, and SL Room Control from the PreSonus booth at NAMM 2014 (Video)

Kind press folks the world over swung by our booth at NAMM 2014, cameras in tow on tiring shoulders. Here’s some clips from AudioSavings exploring the StudioLive AI mixers, SL Room Control, and the Sceptre and Eris monitors. More videos from other sources to come!

StudioLive AI Mixers:

SL Room Control app:

Sceptre and Eris monitor speakers:

Crossfader Reviews the Eris E8s

Thanks to the kind folks at Crossfadr for this review of the Eris E8s, which are currently enjoying some great momentum due in no small part to support from teams like theirs. A quick highlight:

“Ultimately, someone looking to setup a home studio or who needs portable monitors ought to go with the PreSonus Eris E8. The quality’s professional level, the functions are versatile, and the design is fairly portable – so how much more could you want?”

Read their full review by clicking here.

Northern Sound and Light’s Sceptre Studio Monitor Overview

The hits don’t stop with Northern Sound and Light. This time around, they’re taking a close look at the Sceptre Studio Monitors, including a nice overview of the rear panel controls. Thanks, guys!

Eris E8 Shines in Resolution Magazine Bench Test

The kind folks at Resoution Magazine recently put the Eris E8 studio Montiors through one of their signature, exhaustive bench tests. We’re pleased to report that Keith Holland from Resolution liked not only what he heard, but also what he measured.  Here’s a snip.

“Overall the PreSonus Eris E8 is an excellent performer, especially at low frequencies. The designers have managed to combine a protected, extended low-frequency response and low distortion with an accurate low-frequency transient response. The other aspects of the performance do not disappoint either, with good time and frequency domain responses and controlled off-axis behaviour.”

You can read the entire bench test in Resolution’s October issue, available in digital form here. 

 

Worship Leader Names Eris, QMix, and StudioLive in Editor’s Picks and Reader’s Choice Awards

Big thanks to Worship Leader, who recently had their annual Editor’s Picks and Reader’s Choice Awards. PreSonus products recognized in the winner’s list included the Eris E8 monitors and the StudioLive 16.0.2!
2013 Editor’s Picks:Eris E8 
“For the Engineer: Balanced and loud, the Eris E8 has tons of inputs and EQ options to simulate speakers in any situation, perfect for monitor engineers and musicians alike.”
StudioLive 16.0.2 Digital Mixing System
“Church Use: Compact digital mixers are the craze in FOH audio mixing, and the StudioLive 16.0.2 brings the compact power to the studio.  With a footprint of less than two feet, the 16.0.2 takes up a tiny space on the desk , but is loaded with features of much bigger consoles. “
In their 2013 Readers’ Choice category, PreSonus StudioLive mixers were selected for Mixing Board Brands, and QMix was chosen for Mixing Software Apps.
Worship Leader also called the Eris E8 “…the best pair of monitors under $500 that we’ve heard.” Click here to read the review in full!
Pick up the October issue of Worship Leader to read the article in full!
 

Sceptre Monitor First Impressions from Seth Waters / Interpose Productions

[This just in from Seth Waters of Interpose Productions!]
Hey PreSonus! I just got the speakers. Here is a pic of them in the control room, as well as my review.
So, I just got my PreSonus Sceptre S8‘s today and I think my brains leaked out all over my desk.

I upgraded from Yamaha HS8OMs. I can’t say that there is ANY coloration. The Sceptres revealed details in my old mixes that I used to wonder about. Since listening to them through these s8’s I was instantly able to pinpoint areas I could have made better.
I tried to find a spot in my control room where I couldn’t hear the stereo image and I couldn’t find one. I might never buy another studio monitor.  Thanks to PreSonus, I’ll be cleaning brain matter off my desk now.

Seth Waters

Interpose Productions
Iron River, MI

Eris E8s Reviewed by AudioFanzine, Win “Best Value” Award

In their incredibly thorough review, AudioFanZine put the Eris E8 through its paces and it would seem as though the monitor didn’t even break a sweat. I won’t waste any of your time getting all meta- and reviewing their review—suffice it to say that we’re flattered. Instead, a snippit:

“For their first attempt in the monitor speaker market, PreSonus start with an already technically mature product. The Eris E8 offers high-quality construction, comprehensive input connections and extensive setting possibilities (low-cut filter plus low, mid and high filters) at an affordable price ($250 for a single monitor). During our listening sessions, the speaker seduced us because it reveals no real weakness. The frequency response is very smooth, even smoother than the Mackie we liked so much two years ago, all frequencies are reproduced effortless. This also applies to the dynamic range and the stereo imaging. This E8 monitor speaker is the autumn hot deal in the lower mid-class market segment.”

Read the full review here.

5aint Hears Sceptre S8 for the First Time, Gets Mind 3lown

This video was recently uploaded to YouTube by 5aint, A-list producer for The Spice Girls, Pet Shop boys, and many, many others. He recorded this video with his cell phone to document his reaction to hearing the new Sceptre S8 monitors as compared to the Event 2030s and a pair of Yamaha NS-10s.

While the audio quality here is clearly a product of his cell phone’s mic, audio quality is not what this video is about. Well, it is about audio quality… but you get my drift. The standout here is 5aint’s reaction upon hearing the Sceptres, which starts at around the 8:16 mark. The video below is embedded to begin at that point, but feel free to skip back a bit if you want to see his thoughts on the other speakers.

Suffice it to say; the man’s got ears, and they like what they hears. The golden moment includes notable sub-moments like:

  • “Let’s try the PreSonus. Wait, that can’t be right. No, it is!”
  • “What has David done to this design?”
  • “It sounds like there’s a sub on there!”
  • “Sorry, guys, game over, that’s a different world. Feels like it’s kicking you.”

This is the sort of historical document that simply can’t be scripted. It’s like baby’s first steps, V-J Day in Times Square, and the squirrel photobomb all rolled into one.

Thanks, 5aint!

 

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Buy Eris E5 or E8 monitors, get Studio One Artist Free!

The reviews for our new Eris monitors are pouring in, and, well. We’re happy. Currently the Eris speakers are enjoying a five-out-of-five AVERAGE user scores at Guitar Center AND Sweetwater, and we just can’t help but feel like celebrating. History has shown that the best way to share that celebratory spirit is to give away free kick-ass stuff. In this case, it’s Studio One Artist. Don’t forget to grab the free 2.6 update when you install it!

From a couple of days ago until March 31st, you’ll get Studio One Artist FREE if you purchase a Eris E5 or E8 monitors. This offer is available worldwide.

All you need to do is get your monitor(s), and visit the brand-new my.presonus.com and register them. The download link for Studio One Artist will appear in your account. Note that you will only receive a single copy of Studio One per pair of monitors purchased.

Some readers prefer user reviews, others want to know what the pros have to say. Well, here’s a bit of that:

  • PreSonus has a reputation of making great products “for the rest of us,” and the Eris speakers follow that philosophy.” Jon Chappell, Harmony Central
  • Setting them up in my humble (yet effective) home studio for a few months helped me hear things I wasn’t hearing previously and helped me to provide better mixes for my clients.Eli Crews, Tape Op
  • “The PreSonus Eris E5 and E8 are quality made, well­ equipped and good-­natured active speakers for near field… Five Stars” Felix Klostermann, Bonedo.De