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Mixer aficionados the world over could always stand to learn a new trick or two, and at the rate that technology changes, sometimes we all find ourselves with a little catching up to do. Good thing, then, that Alfred Music has recently released the StudioLive Mixer handbook, which has a little something for everyone. If you’re using one of the classic StudioLive mixers or the new AI mixers, you will find something of value as the book covers both! Furthermore, it’s broken down into a simple three-tier arrangement: a general overview, live sound, and studio recording—including a nice bonus chapter on mic placement.

You’ll also find info on getting the most out of using your StudioLive with external devices like your laptop and iPhone, feedback elimination, remote iPad control, and recording your shows.

Here’s a couple freebies to get ya hooked:

With the publication of this tome, renowned engineer/producer Bobby Owsinski has cemented his stature as a dyed-in-the-wires StudioLive expert. After all, he wrote the book on it, right?

Click on over to Alfred Music’s site to grab a copy today.

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Posted by Ryan Roullard



A lot of holiday marketing hoo-haw talks about “stocking stuffers.” This sort of hype is intended to resonate with that segment of the Pinterest crowd that believes “good things come in small packages.” That’s cool and all, but I know for a fact that we musicians like nothing more than unwrapping a great big box full of pro audio gear and promptly getting it up and running. Preferably before the goose is served, and grandma falls asleep in the recliner, wine glass in hand. And besides, you already have a couple of stocking stuffers. They’re called “feet.”

Here’s a look at some opportunities to save some hay-pennies on our already reasonably-priced studio stuffers.

Free Gig Bag with Purchase of StudioLive 16.0.2 Digital Mixer 

Buy a StudioLive 16.0.2, get a sweet, steely-grey carrying case. Even the most abominable of snowmen need to leave the cave now and again, and we feel the StudioLive should go with them. This fashionable, admittedly box-like gig bag will keep your StudioLive 16.0.2 warm and toasty through the most boreal of polar tundras.  Save your receipt! This promo ends Dec. 31, 2013.

Click here to get the Rebate Form for your free StudioLive 16.0.2 gig bag!

 


 

Buy Any AudioBox VSL Interface, Get Upgrade to Studio One Producer for Free, $99 Value

Usually the AudioBox VSL interfaces ship with Studio One Artist, but for a limited time you can get bumped up to Studio One Producer, which includes VST support, and the ability to import/export .MP3s.  This offer ends Dec. 31, 2013. Your upgrade activation key will be provided via email.

Click here to get the rebate form for your $99 upgrade to Studio one Producer 2.

 


 

Buy an AudioBox 1818VSL before January 31, 2014, get an HP4 Headphone Amplifier FREE

These two products make a great team. The AudioBox 1818VSL offers eight XLR inputs. And if you need eight inputs, you probably have more than one musician in the room, which would imply that you need a few different headphone mixes for monitoring.

Unless, of course, you’re recording an octopus playing eight single-note melodies on eight different monophonic synthesizers. If that’s the case, please invite me to your Christmas party.

The AudioBox 1818VSL allows for monitoring your recording with effects but without latency, and when combined with the HP4 headphone amplifier, this game-changing experience can be shared with three of your friends.

This offer ends January 31, 2014.

Click here to get the rebate form for your free HP4 headphone amplifier.


 

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

If you’re going to get a pair of reasonably-priced, incredible-sounding speakers, it would do them (and you) a disservice to use less than a reasonably-priced, incredible-sounding DAW. For a limited time, if you purchase Eris E5 or E8 monitors, we’ll throw in Studio One Artist, FREE!

No rebate forms required on this one. All you need to do is purchase 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.

This offer ends Dec. 31, 2013.


If you live in the USA, click here to find a list of dealers in your area to take advantage of these deals. Customers outside the US can click here.

 

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Posted by Ryan Roullard



PreSonus was proud to be a part of the 2013 ASCAP Songwriters Retreat, held September 25th to October 4th at the 14th-century Château Marouatte in the Dordogne region of France—an inspiring place for the lyrically inclined.

And that’s the point. ASCAP has designed this retreat to bring out the best in talented writers. This year’s 30+ participants were divided into different groups, every day, to write and record, keeping collaborative spirits fresh and healthy. At the end of the session, attendees return home with renewed artistic vigor, their hearts and hard drives full of song.

In fact, a dozen of the songs written at the camp this year are already on hold for major label artists, including The Temper Trap, Kelly Clarkson, Melanie Fiona, Nylo, Jessie Malakouti, and Jon Bellion.

PreSonus was happy to provide a metric heap of equipment to foster the creative process, including:

Photos from the event follow, as well as a kind thank-you video from the songwriters themselves. You’re welcome, folks, and we hope you wrote enough hits to fill a 14th-century dining hall. Read more about it here.


 

 

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Check out this talk with the drummer/producer of TOOMS, who leverage the the StudioLive 16.0.2 for integrating Ableton Live into their concerts.

WARNING: heavy heavy sounds ahead…

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Take a look at VSL Remote and QMix. Then, add to that that we’re nestled waaaay down down here in Baton Rouge. If you detect a pattern, it is likely remoteness. Getting a StudioLive installed in your venue or house of worship is a day to celebrate for certain, but once in a while you’ve got to pull up stakes, notify your emergency contacts, lace up your boots, and leave town. In an ideal world, your StudioLive should go with you.

It can, because free bag. While we laud Bob Tudor’s effort spent trying to figure out a way to add cross-platform compatible satcheling technologies to the StudioLives via firmware update, we had to cut him off when his dev time hit the three month mark. So, while we acknowledge that this is something of a compromise… hey, free bag.

From October 1, 2013, through December 31, 2013, purchasers of the StudioLive 16.0.2 should save their receipts and then fill out this quick’n’easy form:

Click here to get the Rebate Form!

… and then we will send you your handsome, steely-grey StudioLive carrying backpack for FREE, which is cross-compatible with blankets, cables, ziplocked bags of freeze-dried gumbo, or whatever else you can fit in it. Please give us a few weeks to process and ship your backpack.

Oh, and tell your friends. If a bunch of you get together with your newfound cases, you can have yourselves a FreeBagger Party and then use that ticket to run for public office in November.

If you live in the USA, click here to find a list of dealers in your area. International buyers can click here.

 

We have a couple other great promos going on right now that might interest you as well: 

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The StudioLive mixers are an ideal choice for running audio for your theate productions!

StudioLive mixers are ideal for the theatre because they are easy to use, allow you to save and recall production scenes, and the integrated software tools allow anyone to run sound. This video demonstrates how school and community theatres can benefit from using a StudioLive to enhance their production and rehearsals.

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[This just in from Bill Sage—Sales & Design Engineer for Pro Media Ultrasound.]

Hey PreSonus – 

I used to be a touring and recording engineer. I now design and sell AV systems. I’m a busy guy, with a full-time sales job and a marriage.  I mostly do sound for friends’ bands or benefits for charities.

Here are some reasons I am liking Studio One and the StudioLive 16.0.2. I had the opportunity to use one for a benefit a few months ago.

Running Universal Control on my Apple Powerbook, I was able to quickly get set up and my mix together in a matter of minutes. I didn’t even read the manual, and it worked flawlessly—and more importantly, it sounded great!

After the gig, I read the manual… and I had no idea that the StudioLive 16.0.2 even had iPad control, which got me even more curious. I took the plunge and bought the 16.0.2.

I also put the band back together. I am playing bass and singing, the other guys are not engineers so  I am keeping busy!  I use the 16.0.2 and Capture to record basic tracks or rehearsals. Capture is great because I only have to press Record and Stop. Capture lets me concentrate on playing, instead of engineering.

Once home from rehearsal, I import the files into Studio One. Again, it is really simple to get good-sounding tracks. The software is really intuitive, so once again I didn’t read the manual much, but I did find the videos on the internet really helpful.

I have had the “big three” recording softwares at one time or another. This by far is the simplest, most intuitive mixer and software that I have ever used.

I would highly recommend the 16.0.2 and the Studio One Software to anyone.

Cheers!
Bill Sage
Sales & Design Engineer
Pro Media Ultrasound

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[This just in from Ramon Castillo of Bleep Blop Ensemble. Bleep Blop is an electro-acoustic experimental music ensemble that is collaborating with Grammy-nominated performer/composer Sandeep Das—and a StudioLive 16.0.2! They are looking to create a record and performance series with Sandeep, and could really use your help!]

Hey PreSonus!

I wanted to let you and the PreSonus community know that my ensemble Bleep Blop has launched a funding campaign with the great tabla player, Sandeep Das.  We’ll be doing our normal thing, hooking him up to lots of gadgets via the StudioLive 16.0.2 mixer, and creating some cool new sounds!
Performer/composer Sandeep Das, twice nominated for Grammy Awards, performs regularly with the Silk Road Ensemble and Yo-Yo Ma as well as several internationally renowned artists. Sandeep’s very extensive bio can be read here.

One of Bleep Blop’s primary missions is to make music technology accessible to a wide variety of performers, composers and other artists. We are committed to the music of young and emerging composers, and we have premiered 13 works and performed countless others over the last 3 years.

Sandeep Das and Bleep Blop will write lots of new music, record and perform these new works, and release lots of media.

Click through to Bleep Blop’s IndieGoGo campaign here to learn more—and contribute!

 

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FREE LIVE WEBCAST!

PreSonus LIVE Airs Today! 2 p.m. CST / 3 p.m. EST / Noon PST / 19:00 GMT

http://www.presonus.com/videos/presonuslive

Join PreSonus Technology Evangelist Justin Spence as he takes you on a guided tour of the StudioLive 16.0.2!

The 16.0.2 packs a lot of mixing power into a very portable package. Tune in to learn some of its innermost secrets.

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The StudioLive family of digital mixers have become a sonic solution for houses of worship around the globe. We recently compiled this great series of testimonials from live sound engineers who rely on the StudioLive for their events. Thanks much to everyone who had a hand in this!

For more on the StudioLive solution, click here.

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