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Baton Rouge, Louisiana, September 2012

PreSonus™ has announced the winners of its Pads ‘n’ ‘Pods Giveaway Contest.

Chosen from thousands of online entries, the winners – one in the U.S. and one in Europe – were awarded a complete StudioLive™ 16.0.2 / Apple® Remote Control Kit, including four iPod® touches and a 16 GB iPad® 3.

The winner of the European Pads ‘n’ Pods giveaway is Andreas Rösch of Nürnberg, Germany. Andreas mixes his band Segard using a StudioLive 24.4.2 console.

padspods EU Winner
Andreas Roesch 
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“Winning this prize gives us the freedom to use iPods® to mix our monitors on stage and enables us to rapidly achieve the best in-ear sound,” says Rösch. “What’s more, our sound engineer is no longer bound to the FOH location. He can now operate the console via iPad from anywhere in the venue. We’re about to embark on a tour across Germany and will be able to exploit the full potential of the StudioLive technology. Thank you, PreSonus!”

In the U.S., the lucky prize winner is Sean Menza of Lakewood, Washington. Sean uses a StudioLive 16.0.2 to mix and record his band Unified Culture. “The StudioLive console gives us everything we need to mix our band, from great-sounding preamps to onboard effects,” says Menza. “We’ve always loved the fact that it gives us more than enough aux buses to give everyone a monitor mix. With our new Pads ‘n’ ‘Pods prizes, we can use QMix™ to control our mixes up on stage. And I can use the iPad® to mix the band live from anywhere in the room. It doesn’t get any cooler than that.”

Sean Menza 
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StudioLive Remote software, available free from the Apple App Store, provides direct wireless control over PreSonus Virtual StudioLive software for Mac®and Windows®, allowing you to remote-control any StudioLive mixer. QMix software (also available free from the App Store) enables each musician to control their own individual monitor mix using an iPhone® or iPod touch®.

For more information on StudioLive Remote go to www.presonus.com/products/StudioLive-Remote

For more information on QMix, go to www.presonus.com/products/QMix

For more information on Andreas Rösch’s band Segard,

go to www.segard.de, or www.facebook.com/segardrock

For more info on Sean Menza’s band Unified Culture, go to www.facebook.com/unifiedculture

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Geaux TEC Awards!

Wow. Double wow. We are humbled and honored to have received nominations in Mix Online’s 28th Annual TEC Awards. That’s nominations, plural. In fact, four products of ours were nominated across four categories. They include:

 

Audio Apps Technology for Smartphones & Tablets 
PreSonus QMix 

Computer Audio Hardware 
PreSonus AudioBox 1818VSL 

Workstation Technology 
PreSonus Studio One Professional V2 

Small Format Console Technology
PreSonus StudioLive 16.0.2 

From Mix Online’s announcement:

“The TEC Foundation for Excellence in Audio announces the Technical Achievement nominees for the 28th Annual Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards, to be held Friday, January 25, 2013, in Anaheim, Calif. Presented by the TEC Foundation, the TEC Awards is the pro audio industry’s most prestigious awards show honoring outstanding achievement in product innovation and sound production.

Online voting will begin in November among members of various professional audio organizations, and qualified professionals subscribing to audio and music products trade publications.”

Big big thanks to Mix Online for their continued support of PreSonus.  November can’t come soon enough, and who knows, maybe this time we’ll actually freakin’ win, which would make this all eligible for the ultra-rare Quadruple Wow.

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just the essentials

We regret to announce that the PreSonus offices will be closed in the interest of our employees’ safety during hurricane Isaac. Storms like these pose a very real threat to our community and we are taking this quite seriously.
Hazards include but are not limited to flooding, downed power lines, and airborne nutria—who are known to bite when confused, frightened, and/or airborne.
In order to keep the cuts, shocks, bites, and bruises to a minimum so we can look good at PreSonuSphere, we’ve decided it’s best for our crew to stay home rather than risk injury.
At the time of this writing we are anticipating being closed during the following times. Note that this is a best-guess, as hurricanes can change like the weather.

 

  • Tuesday Aug. 28: closed beginning at 2 p.m. CST
  • Wednesday Aug 29: closed all day
  • Thursday Aug 30: closed in the morning until around 10 a.m. CST, or whenever the power is back and it’s determined that it’s safe for employees to return to the office. This is tentative, of course.

Please note that this closure will affect all departments, including tech support. Thanks for your patience and understanding.

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana, August 2012… On August 22, 2012, PreSonus Audio Electronics, Inc., hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for its new high-tech headquarters and research facility. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal led the list of guests of honor, attending in recognition of PreSonus’ contributions to the state and local economy.

A leading manufacturer of digital and analog hardware and integrated software systems for the professional audio market, PreSonus has expanded from 49 employees in 2009 to more than 130 employees worldwide, including the 80 full-time employees who are overflowing its current offices on Florida Boulevard.  According to PreSonus CEO Jim Mack, PreSonus has grown its revenues by more than 50% last year and is slated to enter new product categories to continue its growth.

Designed by local architects Ritter Maher, LLC, and developed by Moniotte Investments, the new 44,000-square-foot building—located at 19151 Highland Road—will cost approximately $8.3 million including land and development.  Completion is expected in the late summer of 2013. It will easily accommodate at least 125 employees—crucial because PreSonus is continuing to grow and hire—and offers many amenities that are not available in the company’s current space.

Among the unique features of this building will be a specialized high-tech recording studio/R&D space that is being custom-designed for PreSonus’ engineering and testing teams by the award-winning Walters-Storyk Design Group of Highland, New York. The 2,500-square-foot, state-of-the-art studio will feature a control room, a 500-square-foot live-sound room, two isolation rooms, a video-production suite, five test labs as well as a separate 1,500-square-foot live-sound room.

PreSonus’ rapid growth, local hiring, and emphasis on digital engineering qualified it for LED Digital Interactive Media and Software Development tax-credits. This program supports the creation of quality digital-engineering jobs that stay in the Baton Rouge community. Historically, companies like PreSonus have usually located on the East or West Coast. However, the tax-credit program has helped make it possible for PreSonus to grow and prosper in its home city, investing these funds in new engineering staff and in research and development. Many of the new hires are highly skilled digital-hardware and software engineers residing in the Baton Rouge area.

Much of the engineering team graduated from the LSU Engineering Department, and the company was recently named to the LSU 100 Fastest Growing Tiger Businesses. PreSonus also is working with LSU in an effort to develop local design talent through the university’s outstanding engineering programs and internships.

August 22 marks the beginning of the next stage of PreSonus’ growth and its continuing contributions to high-tech employment in Baton Rouge. Look for much more to come from this vibrant company.

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana, July 2012...

PreSonus is proud to announce the ADL 700 channel strip, which combines a high-end Class A tube preamplifier with a fully variable, FET-based compressor and a four-band semi-parametric equalizer. The new channel strip provides separate balanced XLR mic, balanced XLR line, and ¼” TS instrument inputs and a single balanced XLR output.

PreSonus Audio Electronics ADL 700

The ADL 700 incorporates a single-channel version of the award-winning PreSonus ADL 600 two-channel tube preamplifier, which was designed by famed tube-circuit designer Anthony DeMaria. PreSonus and DeMaria teamed up to create a distinctive Class A, discrete design.  It incorporates one 12AT7 and two 6922 vacuum tubes per channel, operating with ±300V power rails for maximum headroom and superb tone. The dual-transformer design ensures low-noise operation, with maximum common-mode rejection. This results in an ultra-low-noise tube preamp with a big, warm, smooth, clear, distinctive sound.

Among the hallmark features of ADL-series preamps is an Input Source Select switch with variable mic-input impedance. This switch enables you to choose among signal sources and patches the selected input through the signal chain, completely bypassing the other two inputs. It also provides a choice of four mic-input impedances: 1500Ω, 900Ω, 300Ω, and 150Ω. Lowering or raising the ADL 700 mic-input impedance can create subtle coloring and filtering effects, enabling you to get a wider variety of tonalities without using the EQ.

The ADL 700’s FET-based compressor and semi-parametric EQ were custom-designed by Robert Creel, the mastermind behind many of PreSonus’ most beloved analog circuits, including the XMAX™ preamp.FET (Field-Effect Transistor) compressors use transistors to emulate a triode-tube sound. This type of compressor generally provides a faster attack time and better repeatability than the optical compressors that are more commonly found in channel strips in this price class.

The ADL 700 compressor features include fully variable attack, release, threshold, ratio, makeup gain, and bypass. When Threshold is turned fully counterclockwise to the ST position, the onboard compressor controls are bypassed, and compression is controlled externally via a Stereo Link connection to a second ADL 700.

Of course, the preamp offers 48V phantom power, polarity reverse, and a -20 dB pad. In addition, it provides variable mic-input gain, employing an 8-position rotary switch that provides 35 dB of gain in 5 dB increments. A Trim potentiometer (±30 dB) allows you to make fine adjustments to the final preamp stage of the ADL 700 input.

You also get a -12 dB/octave high-pass filter whose frequency threshold can be set at 20 Hz, 40 Hz, 80 Hz, or 200 Hz, or it can be turned off completely.

The 4-band semi-parametric EQ was designed with musicality in mind, combining isolated filters and optimized, per-band Q to provide subtler signal shaping without harsh artifacts. All bands have Gain (±16 dB) and Frequency controls, with overlapping frequency ranges and fixed Q (0.6). The low and high bands are switchable between shelving and peak.

Dual-mode analog VU metering enables monitoring of output and gain-reduction levels. A -6 dB switch offsets the meter for use with hot source signals. A master level control adjusts the overall output from -80 to +6 dB.

With its extensive feature set, ultra-low noise (-100 dB S/N ratio), >73 dB gain, extended frequency response of 10 Hz to 45 kHz, and top-of-the-line sound, the ADL 700 is a superb creative tool for serious recording engineers and musicians. It is expected to ship in the fourth quarter of 2012 with an expected MAP/street price of $1,999.

 

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