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Award_BestProduct_2014By now you should realize that we think the Sceptre High Definition CoActual Studio Monitors and the Monitor Station V2 Desktop Studio Control Center are a match made in heaven. And they are, but like all great couples, they are also amazing individuals in their own right… so amazing, in fact, that they each received back to back awards as part of glowing reviews of their character. I guess you could can start calling them our studio “power couple.”

Sceptre S8 Receives Everything Audio Network “Stellar Sound Award”

“The first audible attribute I noticed on casual play of 24/192 music, was how accurate the Sceptres are. The speakers have an audiophile­-class midrange and top­ end with a focused, tight bottom end in the 50­Hz to 100 Hz range. Most powered pro speakers that sound this good are well above the $1,000 per speaker. I am impressed… Consequently, we have awarded it our Everything Audio Network Stellar Sound Award.”

Read the full Sceptre S8 Review at the Everything Audio Network

Monitor Station V2 Receives AudioFanzine “Best Product 2014″ Award

“The Monitor Station is back with a new S/PDIF input and several improvements (speaker level controls on the rear), while preserving the features it’s known for. In practice, the Monitor Station revealed itself very pleasant to use.  If you are looking for a somewhat advanced monitor controller with a talkback circuit for $300, you should definitely consider the Monitor Station”

Read the full Monitor Station V2 Review at AudioFanzine.com

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Scott Bozack with Sceptre MonitorsThey Might Be Giants’ uniquely avant-nerd brand of pop/rock has seen a lot of evolution over the band’s career of 30+ years. While the band remained a plucky duo for the first phase of their career—John Linnell and John Flansburg—the release of John Henry found the band to take on… well, a band. While some critics might be inclined to leverage this transition to allege some sort of “maturation,” longtime fans know better. Short-time fans just need to throw “Doctor Worm” for a spin to see what I’m getting at.

Given TMBG’s somewhat surprising sonic evolution—a move that alienated what few boneheads existed among the ranks of their fans—it’s great to see (hear) First Album Live—a live full-band treatment of TMBG’s eponymous 1986 debut, informally/aka Pink. Hearing classic tracks updated with full-band arrangements (and the infectious hollerin’ of enthused concertgoers) brings us a tasty mix of the familiar and the new-ish—a real treat for longtime fans. And that band. Chops tapeworthy.

Or discworthy. Or Edison cylinder-worthy. Whatever. Point is the live arrangements of these songs as interpreted by said band deserved to be committed to history, and it’s happened—in part due to fan demand, and in part due to Sceptre monitors!

First Album Live was mixed by Scott Bozack, “Prez” of Big Gig Productions, who has been touring the world over with the ‘Giants since 2008 as their Tour Manager, Production Manager, and FOH engineer. He says, “I really love the CoActual horn design. It really creates an amazing image, and helps me visually place instruments in the music. Less EQing is required to to carve out space. Love them!”

John Flansburg, guitarist and vocalist of the band notes, “With the definition of the Sceptre S6 monitors, Scott Bozack was able to translate the power of They Might Be Giants’ live sound to a proper recorded mix.”

First Album Live is free, and can be downloaded by clicking here. Enjoy!

 

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Posted by Ryan Roullard



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ASCAP invited 18 top songwriters and producers to write the hits of tomorrow at its fourth annual songwriters retreat in France.

Held September 17-25 at the 14th-century Château Marouatte in the Dordogne region of France, the retreat was designed to produce hits and get cuts in a variety of genres. Each session placed a producer, a topliner and a recording artist together to write and record in a different room of the castle. By the end of the retreat, nearly all the participants had worked together. They left France with hard drives full of professional-grade demos, ready to pitch to artists and record labels.

Château Marouatte is owned by famed music industry executive Miles Copeland, founder of IRS Records. Copeland once brought music legends like Jeff Beck, Jon Bon Jovi, Belinda Carlisle and Desmond Child to high-level songwriting summits at the Château. In 2011, ASCAP convinced Copeland to revive the tradition, and has brought a new group of songwriters and producers to France every year since.

The 2014 participants hailed from around the world and across the genre spectrum. They were: Anjulie, Martin Brammer, Ashley Campbell, Mike Daly, Chris DeStefano, John Fortis, Elyar Fox, Dia Frampton, JT Harding, Brett James, Giovanni James, Brian Kennedy, Emmy Palmer, Autumn Rowe, Amir “Azeem” Salem, Sharon Vaughn, Peter Wade and Oren Yoel.

PreSonus provided the following for the event:

Recordings from the event can be heard on SoundCloud by clicking here.

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Posted by Ryan Roullard



Stephen FortnPreSonus_S6_MAINer, Senior Editorial Ivory Tickler for Keyboard Magazine had some very kind things to say about the Sceptre S6 monitors and the Temblor T10 in their most-recent issue.

Click here to read the Keyboard Magazine Sceptre review in its entiretybut here’s the gist:

“Coaxial design done right. Wide sweet spot for stereo imaging. Accuracy and sound quality on par with monitors costing much more… at the end of the day, what we have here is a $1,400-ish (less) pair of speakers that acts like it’s a $3,000-ish pair.”

And speaking of monitors, I thought this tweet from @AveneMusic regarding the Eris family was quite nice:

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steveDaveHeads up! Dave Pensado and Stephen Marsh will be joining us will be in the PreSonus booth (#1533) at AES 137, October 10 and 11!

Dave Pensado is a Grammy-winning mix engineer and the host of pensadosplace.tv. His extensive list of credits include Beyonce, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, Mariah Carey, Elton John, Michael Jackson, and way more. We’re flattered to know that Dave has been using the Sceptre S6s on his productions of late, and will join us to talk about them on Friday.

Stephen Marsh (Chief Mastering Engineer at Marsh Mastering) has been fortunate enough to count Grammy winners, multiple gold and platinum albums, and numerous chart successes among the thousands of releases to his credit. His Audiophile Remastering credits include Bob Dylan, James Taylor, The Byrds, Nat King Cole, Neil Diamond, and many other legendary artists. Of late, he has had some very kind things to say about the Sceptre monitors, and he will be happy to discuss them in further detail with you at AES on Saturday.

  • Dave Pensado: noon until 1:00 p.m. on Friday, October 10
  • Stephen Marsh: 2 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 11

If you’re going to be in the area, come on down. Today is your LAST CHANCE FOR FREE TICKETS, click here to get yours.

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Posted by Ryan Roullard



Here’s producer/songwriter Joe Solo hanging out with Matt Conrad, PreSonus Quality Test Lead, at the PreSonus booth back at NAMM. Joe was kind enough to spend some time sharing his thoughts on the Temblor T10 subwoofer and Sceptre S8 monitors. This isn’t so much a review as much as an enlightened conversation that offers a wonderfully complimentary set of perspectives; that of of a seasoned producer and a quality control expert. Check it out!

When not talking shop at our NAMM booth, Joe offers a ton of valuable insight for making it in the music business. To sign up for Joe’s FREE Music Success Video Nuggets and weekly tips email, go to www.joesolo.com. You can also get more info via the Music Success Workshop on Facebook.

 

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If you get a Sceptre S6 studio monitor before June 30, we’ll throw in a second one for half price! We figured the chances are that if you’re interested in a Sceptre, chances are you’re really going to want another one. They’re like socks, which is where the comparisons to footwear end.

But why would you want ‘em?

This offer is available world-wide. If you’re in the US, click here to find a dealer. Folks outside the US can find a dealer by clicking here.

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Sceptre reviews are starting to roll in more commonly these days, but we were really flattered by this kind review from MusicTech.Net, which gave the Sceptre S8s a 9/10 and the S6 an 8/10. Tremendous thanks to MusicTech, we owe you guys.

From the review:

“First impressions are of tremendous clarity and a wide-open stereo picture. With acoustic recordings, the degree of air around the instruments is quite remarkable. Frequency response seems very even as well, with no discernible anomalies present in the midrange, and there is no appreciable change in timbre as you move around the listening position.”

Click here to read the full review,

For more on the Sceptre monitors, click here.

Interested in hearing them for yourself? We recommend you do. If you’re in the US, click here to find a dealer. Folks outside the US can find a dealer by clicking here.

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Posted by Ryan Roullard



Stephen Marsh is the sort of guy that defines “first call.” In a natch over 20 years in the mastering game, his client roster has seen the likes of   Los Lobos, Boyz II Men, Ben Harper, Kenny Loggins, Megadeth, The Donnas, Ozomatli, Pharcyde, Incubus, Ginuwine, Keb’ Mo’, and Jars Of Clay.

Furthermore, he’s provided audiophile remastering services for guys you might have heard of called Bob Dylan, Neil Diamond, Janis Joplin, and James Taylor. Oh, and The Byrds.

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As if that’s not enough, he’s also mastered Oscar and Golden Globe-winning film scores. In other words, Stephen’s listening ability is unparalleled, so when he speaks about speakers, you should probably listen to him. He recently had a chance to install the Sceptre S8 Monitors in his studio and put them through their paces. Here, he shares his reaction. Thanks, Stephen, for taking the time to share your experience with us. Enjoy!

For more on the Sceptre monitors, click here. 

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