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As you may or may not know, we recently had a big hook-writing contest called #GetYourHooksIn, which put up the offer of an incredible recording package in exchange for a good hook. Diego entered said contest and placed third.

That said, Diego—more than any of the 300+ entrants—deserves an honorable mention. He chose to not only write and record his hook to enter the contest, but also to document every step of his process, and make the whole thing available on YouTube, for free, for the betterment of producers the world over. He covers several important topics that stand apart from the run-of-the-mill YouTube world of mixing, EQing, compression, etc. Instead, Diego focuses on topics like lyric writing picking the right singer for the song, and the importance of the first listen.

Check out the playlist below, as there’s clearly been a lot of time put into this and there are some wonderful tips in here. English speakers can turn on subtitles by clicking the CC button near the bottom right of the video player.

Here’s is Diego’s final entry:

If you’d like to hear the winning entries of #GetYourHooksIn, click the following links:

 

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#GetYourHooksIn was a smashing success, and we owe all entrants a tremendous thanks for their time and effort. We received hundreds of submissions, and narrowing down the winners among the top contenders was a very difficult decision.

Second place winners—these entries receive a PreSonus Music Creation Suite:

Second place winner #1: Q’AILA, with “You are.”

Second place winner #2: Yahsha, with “Fallen Love.”


Third place winners—these entrants receive a copy of Studio One Professional:

 

BrandisX with “Love is on Your Way”

FTMG with “Lose Yourself”

Glenn What with “Grant My Wishes”

Andrei Ionescu & Cosmin Arsene with “Give2Get”

DHCosta with “All This Time”

Ray Man with “Get Ready”

Stanford with “Shining Star

Dominic with “GIVE 2 GET (NEW MIX)”

The following entrants have their tracks set to disable embedding, but you can click over to their SoundCloud accounts to listen:

Andrea Alborghetti with “Give2Get

Jared James with “Stay Close to Me

 

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Congratulations to Netta Nimrodi and Arie Burshtein, lead singers of the Israeli Rock band LION TREE! Their winning track is playable below. For their outstanding efforts, they will be taking home the incredible grand prize package of a PreSonus ADL 700 channel strip, a pair of Sceptre S8 monitors, an AudioBox 1818VSL interface, a copy of Studio One Professional, and 50% of the songwriting royalties when the song is released!

We will be announcing more runner-up winners soon! Tremendous thanks to all who participated.

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This just in from the globetrotting portion of our crew that spent some quality time at Musikmesse in Frankfurt, Germany, last week. We saw a lot of old friends, shook the hands of new friends, and shot some admittedly shakey-cam videos. But hey, that’s “from the trenches,” right? it’s just like being there!

Featured in this trifecta of Cinéma vérité are the Monitor Station V2, the Music Creation Suite, the Sceptre monitors, and—perhaps most important—our incredible #GetYourHooksIn contest. Click around the video below to get all the details.

We apologize in advance for the poor audio quality.

David “5aint” Gledhill on the #GetYourHooksIn contest:

PreSonus StudioLive 32.4.2AI Wins MIPA 2014

Music Creation Suite:

Introducing The Monitor Station V2:

Dave Bryce on the Sceptre Monitors:

5aint and Luke Mourinet talk Studio One at Musikmesse 2014:

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Are you 17 or younger and think you have what it takes to become music’s next superstar? If so, this is your chance to demonstrate your musical chops in Camp Jam’s SuperJam music contest. This FREE, interactive online music contest gives you the opportunity to showcase your talent and compete online via YouTube to be heard by friends and family. Receive feedback on your performance from some of the music industry’s top rock legends, songwriters, producers. and DJs. Winners will be determined by talent and fan support.

SuperJam allows entrants to submit to the contest in one of three categories; instrumentalist (guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, vocals), singer/songwriter (sing or play your original song) or DJ/production (original or remix) The contest is open to all contemporary styles: rock, metal, acoustic, EDM, pop, country rock, alternative, and more.

Winners will receive Studio One download codes, as well as music gear from other Camp Jam sponsors, plus credits toward Camp Jam’s summer camps. The competition is open to young musicians 9 to 17 years of age, any experience level. Ages 9 -12 must have parent approval.

To get more information and to enter the contest visit http://www.campjam.com/superjam-music-contest

Hurry, you must submit your video between March 3rd – March 21st!

 

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Residents of Christmas Island and Australia: enter your best song in the Crabbest Song 2014 Competition before Jan. 31, 2013, and you could win an incredible $2000 prize package that includes Studio One Professional! This competition is sponsored by Muso City and the CI 100 Club, a non-profit organization looking to create a thriving music industry on Christmas Island via scholarships, concerts, and general good-natured-ness. They will be accepting songs in many categories:

  • Alternative
  • Blues
  • Comedy
  • Dance/Electronica
  • Folk/ singer songwriter
  • R&B/Hip Hop
  • Pop

More details can be found by clicking the image the the right, and you can check out the CI 100 Club on Facebook when you’re done with that. E-mail your submissions to CI100Club@Patmac.net.au by Dec. 6 to enter!

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Here’s a look at some of the “Why StudioLive” submissions that left us scratching our heads a bit. Laudable efforts all around made memorable with just a dash of mystery.

The David Lynch Palme d’Or Awards:

Scott P.’s “Digital Reflections” Explores an everyman’s StudioLive experience as viewed through the populist lens of stillwater kayaking.

Eric P’s “Agent Tiny e” Originally titled “The Blair Mixer Project,” this submission left our viewers both shaken and stirred.

Entrant unknown’s “Aw shucks,” makes us happy and confused in equal measure; it’s entries like this that make us feel OK about the fact that sometimes people don’t read the rules.

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It stands to reasons that musicians would make music videos, right? Some of these turned out to be incredibly funny.

Best Comedies and Musicals:

Dave E’s “Give it to Me” was one of the earliest submissions, and we were amazed the he cranked out such an incredible production in such short time, and deserves special recognition for that alone. I wound up with this song stuck in my head while trying to fall asleep many times in the past several weeks.

Leslie C.’s smooth, contemplative exploration of the subject at hand left some of us bewildered, but most of us chuckling in “Ain’t no Dummy”

StudioLive Preacher’s “Why StudioLive” video was an early favorite of mine, but Carl thought it was “Too weird.” I think the real issue here is that Carl isn’t weird enough.

Dan C.’s “Why Anyone Should have a StudioLive” asks—and answers—many of the most pressing questions of our day.

Jeff N.’s “Digital World” brings us something we’ve needed for a long time: a PreSonus theme song!

Matt F’s “Presonus Rhyme” is the feel-good hit of the fall. Watch out, Jay-Z.

 

Andrew R’s video boldy mixes the dispariging influences of 2NU and Rod Serling to great affect in “My Town PreSonus.”


Stay tuned for a future post in our next category: The David Lynch Palme d’Or Awards!

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I’ve said it before and I will say it again: you guys did some incredible work. We had so many astonishing submissions to the Why StudioLive video contest that we had to up the ante on our prizes significantly. We had planned to give away two prizes, and expanded this to four big prizes, a dozen copies of Studio One Professional, and a sizeable order of T-shirts that caused a cotton shortage in Kentucky.

Included below are some of our favorites that may not have made the final cut, but certainly cut out a little place in our hearts.

David B’s “Why PreSonus StudioLive at LocalMotive Studios” was a close, close contender.

 

“Why Not Presonus StudioLive?” from T-Bone pitches the StudioLive as exactly what it is: an all-in-one solution. “It’s so advanced, but also so simple.” This guy really gets it!

 

Chris’ “Get Connected with PreSonus” offers great cinematography, music, and detailed feature walk-through, while also extrapolating upon the mixer’s namesake: applications in both Studio and Live use.

Stay tuned for a future post in our next category: Best Comedies and Musicals!

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Check out this incredible prize package from our friends at Audix! You could win a StudioLive 16.4.2AI, a MONSTER drum set from Pacific and Sabian, and an 8-Piece Custom Mic package. It’s worth nearly ten grand! Click the image below to enter, and make sure you do so before November 31, 2013.

Here’s all the news on the giveaway, straight from Audix themselves:

OVER THE TOP GIVEAWAY!

Audix 8-Piece Custom Mic Package, May Internal Mounting System, Pacific Drums, DW Hardware, Presonus Digital Mixer, & Sabian Cymbals. Total value $9878!

  1. Audix mics—MSRP $3875
  2. Sabian Cymbals—MSRP $1295
  3. Pacific Drum Set—MSRP $2209
  4. PreSonus StudioLive 16.4.2AI Mixer—MSRP $2499,
  5. Audix Customized 8-piece Microphone Package includes:
  • One D6 Silver kick drum mic with internal May Monorail mounting system
  • One i5 Silver dynamic mic for snare
  • Three D4  dynamic mics for floor and rack toms with internal May mounting system
  • One ADX51 pre-polarized condenser mic for high hat
  • Two SCX25A large diaphragm condensers for overheads

Total Value—$9878

StudioLive™ 16.4.2AI
16x4x2 Active Integration Digital Mixer

Features:

  • Dual Fat Channel signal processing on all 16 input channels and all buses, with 4-band semi-parametric EQ, compressor, gate, limiter, and more—all with A/B comparison
  • Tightly integrated software library includes PreSonus Studio One® Artist 2.6 DAW with StudioLive scene compatibility, Capture™2.1 live-recording software with Virtual Soundcheck mode, and Virtual StudioLive™-AI mixer-control software with Smaart Measurement Technology™, plus free StudioLive Remote-AI iPad® app and QMix™-AI iPhone®/iPod touch® aux mix app for wireless remote control.
  • 16 dedicated mix buses for easy configuration: 4 subgroups, 6 analog auxiliary buses, 4 internal FX buses, and stereo main mix with mono sum
  • 32-in/18-out FireWire s800 recording interface (24-bit, 44.1 and 48 kHz)
  • Dedicated Ethernet port and USB 2.0 port for included Wi-Fi LAN adapter for direct networking – no computer required!

PDP Concept Series™ CB5 5-piece All-Birch Drumset
with DW 3000 Series Hardware and Pedals:

•   9×12” rack tom, 12×14” floor tom, 5.5×14” matching snare drum, 16×20” bass drum

Features:

  • All Birch Shell
  • STM (Suspension Tom Mount)
  • Cherry to Black Fade Lacquer Finish
  • True-Pitch™ Tuning System
  • MAG Throw-Off
  • F.A.S.T. (Fundamentally-Accurate-Sized Toms)
  • Graduated Counter Hoops
  • Remo Heads

 DW 3000 Series Hardware Pack includes:

  • 3000 Single Pedal
  • 3500 Hi-Hat Stand
  • 3700 Straight/Boom Cymbal Stand (3)
  • 3300 Snare Stand
  • 3100 Throne

Sabian AAX Series pack includes: 

  • 14” AAX Stage Hats
  • 16” AAX Stage Crash
  • 20” AAX Stage Ride

The AAX Series from Sabian is a game changer! AAX are the first B20 Bronze cymbals designed and manufactured using completely modern lathing and hammering techniques. The result? Increased brightness, cut and musicality – for the widest dynamic range ever achieved. And suddenly, the bright, explosive tone of AA cymbals are present even at low volume.

Rules: Giveaway is open world-wide. The winner must reside in a country where the participating companies have distribution. Contest ends November 30, 2013 at midnight PST. Winner will be notified by email and have 48 hours to claim their prize, otherwise another name will be chosen. Valid ID required.

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