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It’s #PreSonusFAMFriday with John Bastianelli!

The one and only John Bastianelli combines talent, charisma, drive, fun, smarts and know-how perfectly here at PreSonus! Thankfully so–he’s one of the masterminds behind the Quantum 2 and he’s here to tell us all about it! It’s #PreSonusFAMFriday with John Bastianelli.

 
How long have you worked for PreSonus? 
7.5 years.
What’s your official job title? 
Executive Vice President of Product Management.

What’s your favorite thing about your job? Why did you choose to work here?

The 3 “Ps” & C, Products, People, Passion & Culture, being part of the PreSonus team and working with awesome, talented people to create ground breaking products – it doesn’t get any better than this as far as I’m concerned. I love my job and consider the folks I work with my friends, not to mention there are so many talented musicians in our company. I get to record and play music with them too.
Choose a movie title for the story of your life.
What was the first 8 track, cassette, CD or digital download you purchased?
It was a vinyl record actually: John Coltrane’s Blue Train.
Who’s your go to band or artist when you can’t decide on something to listen to?
Bill Evans, the jazz piano player.
What’s your go to Karaoke song?
“Every Breath You Take,” Police.  I always like to belt out the bridge as I sing like crap and totally annoy everyone straining to hit those high notes, that’s the purpose of Karaoke as far as I’m concerned, right? 😉

 

Everyone has a side gig, what’s yours?
Playing, producing and writing music.

What instruments do you play?
Saxophone, flute, clarinet… I’m a horrible keyboard player.
What do you love about the Quantum 2?
I’ve been involved in product development for many years and the Quantum is by far the best audio interface I’ve ever worked on/with and slept with at any price point! 😉 The sound quality, ease of use, and lack of latency has finally made working “inside the box” as easy as the old days of analog recording. It doesn’t get any better this. This one product has inspired me to get back into making music again, even when I get home after a 12 hour day at the office, it calls my name from afar!

Why did you choose this as your favorite?
Simply put, this product inspires me to be creative, makes me want to make music and sounds amazing—recording an alto saxophone can be difficult as there are a lot of high frequencies that are difficult to reproduce/capture unless you have high quality mic pres and converters, the Quantum and Quantum 2 capture my sound perfectly and makes me sound great. I practically like the Quantum 2 because of the size and portability and I don’t need more than 4 mic pres.

Got any tips for working with the Quantum 2

Plug it into your Thunderbolt port, open Studio One or your favorite app and hit record, then watch what happens!

What are you currently working on? What’s next for you?
A Thunderbolt Flux Capacitor… Super exciting!
What’s the strangest talent you have?
What’s strange to you might not be strange to me and visa versa…
Anything else you want to share? 
Fun times are ahead at PreSonus, can’t wait for the market to see what we have in store for you in 2018 and beyond!

 

Connect with John on LinkedIn here!

Learn more about the Quantum 2 here! 

It’s #PreSonusFAMFriday with Chris Hare!

When you think of IT guys, you don’t always think of the coolest guy in the office. WELL NOT AT PRESONUS! Let us introduce you one of the most talented, coolest, laid backest dudes on the block, Chris Hare.

It’s #PreSonusFAMFriday with Chris Hare!

How long have you worked for PreSonus? 
6 1/2 years.
What’s your official job title? 
IT Systems Manager (but I answer to “IT Guy”).

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What’s your favorite thing about your job? Why did you choose to work here?
Getting to work with all different departments throughout the company.  I love working for a company that I can be legitimately excited about what we do.
Choose a movie title for the story of your life.
Joe vs. The Volcano.

What was the first 8 track, cassette, CD or digital download you purchased?
The Bee Gees Greatest Hits on cassette.  I have fond memories of riding in the back of my parents station wagon in the late 70’s listening to all sorts of disco music.  You could say it’s my “happy place”.

Who’s your go to band or artist when you can’t decide on something to listen to?
Pat Metheny.

What’s your go to Karaoke song?
I’m a sucker for a melody so anything by Burt Bacharach & Hal David.

Everyone has a side gig, what’s yours?
Playing guitar for whoever I can trick into listening to me.

What instruments do you play? 
Any kind of guitar, but primarily jazz and classical guitar (and classic 80’s metal when nobody’s watching).
What do you love about the StudioLive Series III 16R?
I’m blown away by the plugins that come right out of the box with the new Series III mixers. Once I saw we were doing a single rackspace 16 channel model, I realized that I can use it for my acoustic/nylon string guitars as well as my guitar synth.  I’m able to replace a solid state preamp/channel strip, stand alone noise gate, vintage hardware reverb, and a line mixer with just a 1u SL III 16r.

Why did you choose this as your favorite? 
If anybody knows anything about me, it’s that I’m a HUUUUGGGGE Pat Metheny fan and have been really drawn to his style of playing and his use of timbre and effects.  As such, the reverb sound is crucial to getting a great amplified nylon string tone and the plugins on the new Series III mixers really nail it perfectly.  Add in the other vintage modeling of plugins for the compressor and EQ and you’ve got a sound that you used to need a big studio desk and special hardware effects to achieve.

Tell us about a successful event you worked with PreSonus products. InfoComm, NAMM, Install somewhere….
My favorite events have been the PreSonusphere events, where we would have users come to Baton Rouge for a few days of intensive workshops and master classes.  It was great experience and always interesting to meet the end users and hear about how they used PreSonus products and get their feedback and suggestions first hand.

Got any tips for working with the StudioLive Series III 16R?
As I’m using in a more unconventional fashion as really a processor for my acoustic guitars, I would say try to find unique ways that you can incorporate it into your rig or setup.  It’s a very flexible product and I’m sure there are musicians who are going to find things to do with it that we never thought of.

What are you currently working on? What’s next for you?
Just trying to continue to grow as a musician and play with other musicians who inspire me whenever I can.  I keep saying I’m going to use our glorious studio here at the PreSonus Mothership to record a jazz trio record sometime and maybe this will be the year.
What’s the strangest talent you have?
As the company “computer guy” I can magically make PreSonus employee’s computer issues go away when I stand within 3 feet of their desk.  I don’t know how I do it but it’s truly amazing to behold.

It’s PreSonusFAMFriday with Stevie Meranta!

It’s Friday and it’s time to party… It’s PreSonusFAMFriday with Stevie Meranta!
 
How long have you worked for PreSonus? 

2 years.

What’s your official job title? 
Inside Sales Coordinator for the Commercial Division.
What’s your favorite thing about your job? Why did you choose to work here?
I work with amazing people in an exciting industry. Our team at PreSonus truly is a family.  I really enjoy traveling and meeting new people at trade shows and having endless conversations about gear and music.
Choose a movie title for the story of your life.
Superbad.

What was the first 8 track, cassette, CD or digital download you purchased? 

The Black Parade, My Chemical Romance.

Who’s your go to band or artist when you can’t decide on something to listen to?

August Burns Red

What’s your go to Karaoke song? 

Anything by Journey or Queen.

Everyone has a side gig, what’s yours? 

I’m the head audio engineer for my church, Abundant Life Church in Denham Springs.
What instruments do you play? 
Mainly guitar and bass but I can also play piano and drums.
 

What do you love about the WorxAudio XL1?

The clarity of the box is amazing. I also love the 160 degree coverage pattern of the horn so it covers such a large area. The DSP is very simple to use for tuning.

Why did you choose this as your favorite? 

They are wonderful to mix onand so feature and performance packed. Its hard not to love them!

What all PreSonus products do you use? 

Well my home studio is packed with a Series III 24 mixer, R80 and E5 monitors, a Studio 192, FaderPort 8 and a monitor station.  I mix every Sunday on a CS18 and RML32 at my church and all of the products are rock solid and makes creating and engineering a lot more fun.

Got any tips for working with the XL1 ? 

Don’t be afraid to turn it up!
What’s the strangest talent you have?
I can eat a lot of ketchup…

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Anything else you want to share? 
Rock and Roll, that is all.

 

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Get a FREE BlueTube DP v2 When You Buy a Studio 192 Mobile!

free_btv2_600x600_01_neeFor the next two months score a FREE BlueTube DP V2 when you buy a Studio 192 Mobile!

Everyone is talking about the Studio 192 Mobile! Including our every own Product and Documentation Manager Wesley Smith:

“I use the Studio 192 Mobile in my home studio because it’s small enough to fit on my desk but still has 16 channels of ADAT (I have a rack full of preamps that I hate patching, now all my gear is connected all the time). It’s also easy enough for my husband to use on his own, so I don’t have to do tech support on the weekends. Win. Win.”

The BlueTube DP V2 has been around for awhile, and it’s still an all time customer favorite. It offers two independent channels, each with an XMAX Class A solid-state preamp, followed in the signal path by a 12AX7 vacuum-tube stage. A BlueTube will usually set you back around $230 USD, but with this deal you get the following for FREE:

  • Class A XMAX microphone preamps give you phenomenally clean sound and tons of gain
  • Dual 12AX7 tube gain circuits let you dial in rich tube saturation
  • Not just great for mics—this preamp’s a killer tone box for your guitar or bass

Also included, the Studio Magic Bundle! That’s seven popular plug-ins in VST, AU and AAX formats all free! All you need to do is register your device and the plug-ins will show up in your my.PreSonus account.

Interested?  Find a dealer in your area and take home the Studio 192 Mobile AND a BlueTube DP v2. You won’t be disappointed.

Click here to download the required rebate form.

This offer is available in the US only!

To find a dealer in the USA, click here: http://bit.ly/QgUIJL

It’s #PreSonusFAMFriday with Broadus Maximus McAndrew aka Broadie!

We have a special treat for today’s #PreSonusFAMFriday…. It’s Man’s Best Friend and the PreSonus office mascot Broadus Maximus McAndrew! This guy is a talker and has a lot to say about his favorite piece of gear, the StudioLive 24!

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Who’s been a good boy?
Bark, bark bark bark barrrrrk bark.
How long have you worked for PreSonus?

Bark, bark bark bark barrrrrk bark.

What’s your official job title? 
Bark Bark Bark.

What’s your favorite thing about your job? Why did you choose to work here? 

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bark bark rrrrrr bark.

What was the first 8 track, cassette, CD or digital download you purchased? 

Everyone has a side gig, what’s yours? 

Bark bark bark barrrk. Bark bark bark bark bark bark.
What instruments do you play? 
Ruff.
What’s your go to Karaoke song? 
What do you love about the StudioLive 24?
Ruff arf arf ruff. Bark bark bark barrrk. Bark bark bark bark bark bark.
Why did you choose this as your favorite? 

Bark bark bark bark bark…. Bark! Raaahhhh Bark.

Tell us about a successful event you worked with PreSonus products. InfoComm, NAMM, Install somewhere….

WOOOOOFFFF!

What are you currently working on? What’s next for you?

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Woof woof… Hoooooowwwwwwl.

Got any tips for working with the StudioLive 24?

Woof woof woof.

Great answer! Anything else you want to share? 

BAAARK Woof bark. ARFA ARF????

 

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Learn more about the StudioLive Series III family here!

It’s #PreSonusFAMFriday with Daniel Patterson!

Daniel “D-Pat” Patterson is PreSonus’ Web Application Developer. He is the architect of PreSonus.com as well as its chief maintenance engineer and bugsquasher. He’s also responsible for some of the behind-the-scenes work on shop.presonus.com.

In short, he is responsible for getting all of our zeros and ones in all the right places.

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How long have you worked for PreSonus?
I’ve been here for a little over three years now, and what a three years it’s been!
What’s your official job title? 
Web Applications Developer.

What’s your favorite thing about your job? Why did you choose to work here?
Getting to work with great people doing the things that I love. Johnny (McAndrew) had been a friend of mine for a while and mentioned that there was a need for a web developer, and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to combine my two biggest passions in music and web development.

What was the first 8 track, cassette, CD or digital download you purchased? 
I think the first CD that I actually purchased with my own money was 311’s Transistor. My dad listened to cool stuff when I was growing up so I was usually “borrowing” his before that.


Who’s your go-to band or artist when you can’t decide on something to listen to?
This changes a lot. Right now it would be Purity Ring’s Another Eternity, but the Strokes, Built to Spill, and Band of Skulls are some of my consistent go-tos.

Everyone has a side gig, what’s yours? 
Surprise surprise, I am a musician on the side. Until recently I had been hosting a local open mic for over eight years, and I play in a band called Handsome Machines.
 
What instruments do you play? 
I am a singer and also play bass and (mostly acoustic) guitar.

What’s your go-to Karaoke song? 
It’s been a while but The Beatles’ “Come Together” is usually a crowd pleaser.

What do you love about the Monitor Station V2?
The Monitor Station V2 adds some great flexibility to my small home studio.

What other PreSonus products do you have?
I also have a pair of Eris E8’s and a StudioLive 16.0.2 Classic!

Why did you choose the Monitor Station as your favorite?
We’ve been doing a lot of tracking for Handsome Machines at my house for demos, so being able to use the Monitor Station V2 so the three of us can hear ourselves nicely in headphones and not annoy the neighbors too much is really great. I have it hooked up to my Eris monitors and another set of speakers running through a small PA, so we can quickly listen back to what we recorded in a few different ways.

 

Tell us about a successful event you worked with PreSonus products. InfoComm, NAMM, Install somewhere….
I used to bring my 16.0.2 out to the open mic every once in a while, and it was really great to be able to use Capture to easily record everyone and offer them a recording of their performance. It’s not something you usually get for an open mic so it was a cool thing to be able to offer people. 

What are you currently working on? What’s next for you?
As far as PreSonus web development goes we have some exciting stuff coming up for this fall. Handsome Machines is working on recording our next EP and my wife and I are working on moving to Oregon—but don’t worry, I’ll still be with PreSonus!

 

Got any tips for working with the Monitor Station? 
Double check your sources! With all the options it’s easy to have the wrong button pressed.

Anything else you want to share? 
I like turtles.

 

 Check out Daniel and Handsome Machines here!

 

Learn more about the Monitor Station V2 HERE!

Notion iOS Update (2.0.183) Available NOW!

Notion iOS Update (2.0.183), June 2017.

AANotion11What’s New:

  • Slur control points – now when a slur is selected, you can drag its control points to adjust the start and end points, its placement, and even the curve itself.

Fixes:

  • Fix not being able to import files from email or other apps
  • Fix issue introduced by iOS10.3 that meant the cursor would occasionally jump on note entry
  • Fix an issue that was occasionally resulting in notes not sounding during note entry until pressing play
  • Update remaining old font selection dialogs
  • Fix not being able to edit score text on double tap
  • Fix occasional crash when selecting/resizing text boxes
  • Fix not being able to drag text boxes


To get this free update, go to ‘Updates’ in the App Store on your device and look for Notion.

Notion Update v.6.2 Available NOW!

Notion62Release Date–Tuesday, May 23, 2017.

New Features:

Top 3 features

  1. Now merge audio and note data into existing Studio One and Notion documents, not just create new ones.
    • Got a Studio One project and want to edit in notation? Now you can send notes to Notion, make some changes, and then send back the notes, updating the original Studio One document.
    • You can even also send a mixdown to Notion, as well as the note data – and if it changes in Studio One, then just send the mixdown to Notion again.
    • Sending stems from Notion to Studio One, and need to make some changes in the original? Keep your Studio One mix and effects exactly as is, and just update the stems from Notion.
  2. Tempo track now sends when transferring between Notion and Studio One.
    • Send all tempi and time signatures, whether you’re sending audio or note data.
    • Clean up a performance in Studio One, maybe using Melodyne’s tempo detection, then send to Notion for the notation.
    • Notion will show all tempi – and if there are many changes, will show them as ‘abbreviated’ tempo (which can then be hidden).
  3. Slur Control – now when a slur is selected, you can drag its control points to adjust the start and end points, its placement, and even the curve itself.

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Other enhancements

  • New Brass Band (UK style) template.
  • Step Time pencil icon added to Drumpad.
  • Enter key now repeats previously entered chord in step time, when using drumpad and keyboard (as per fretboard).

Enhancements to Studio One Interop

  • Export to Studio One in score order
  • Can now update audio and note data into existing and open files, in either direction
  • Studio One now does not add MIDI Out track when importing Notion note data
  • If transfer successful don’t show extraneous Transfer Success dialog in Notion
  • Time signature and tempo changes now sending in both directions
  • If many tempo changes are sent from Studio One, Notion will show an abbreviated tempo change in the score (which can be selected with right click, and then hidden if required)

Fixes:

Handwriting Fixes

  • When handwriting where part contains existing tab notes, for any notes that are not changing, preserve the existing tab strings.
  • When handwriting into a part that is linked to tablature, us the same tab logic as for standard note entry.
  • Fix for when handwriting into a measure that already has an existing dotted chord, the dotted chord would become double-dotted.
  • Fix for when adding a note with handwriting to a measure that contained a chord with multiple ledger lines, the chord would change.
  • Fix for handwriting over more than one measure at a time in the handwriting window.
  • Fix for when handwriting over more than one system.

General Fixes

  • Fix for occasional crash when selecting Recent Items or Templates from the Home Screen (Mac only)
  • Fix for crash if Notion home screen is Full screen on Mac, and a file is opened (Mac only)
  • Export MIDI files in score order
  • Rework of mixer window controls under the hood
  • Gliss/port/slides: now go in the correct direction between two close notes; start on the correct side of the note; now do not collide with augmentation dots or accidentals; now centre on notehead rather than attachments.
  • First and second time endings now not hidden, if top staff is hidden with Hide Empty Staves
  • View settings for virtual instruments saved on exiting file
  • Reset tab numbers now only resets selection, rather than whole measure
  • Can now type lyrics into the left hand of a grand staff
  • Sibelius/Finale keypad articulations and ties now work in Step Entry.
  • Enharmonic tool with mouse now fixed (Windows)
  • Tie in Step Entry now works when International Shortcuts are selected.
  • MIDI Export now retaining repeats
  • Fix for not setting some instrument transpositions when importing MusicXML
  • Fix for adding an extraneous double barline, when an existing double barline is followed by a cut (and linked fix, for a crash when layout handles are shown on the extra double barline)
  • Right-click selection now does not audition notes (Windows)
  • Right-click selection now does not start an object drag (Windows)
  • Left and right cursor now moves dynamic, when dynamic is selected
  • Chord symbols now respace measures again
  • Finale keypad 9 now creates a triplet as expected, instead of a duplet
  • Edit Velocity keyboard shortcuts now work again, providing Sequencer overlay is selected or if the staff is a sequencer staff.
  • Fix for hairpins jumping if the start point is dragged past the end point (and vice versa)
  • Fix for an adjusted hairpin width sometimes being ignored
  • Change Instrument text is now not removed, when converting a Sequencer staff to standard notation
  • Drumpads now stay lit, if in chord mode
  • Drumpads now light up when in step entry

PreSonus LIVE: Breaking Barriers airs May 23, 2017.

BB_Insta_1We’re gearing up for our next PreSonus LIVE!

We’re going LIVE on Facebook and YouTube May 23 at 10 am CST! Get your questions ready for us! VP of Sales, Rick Naqvi and QA Head Honcho Dominic Bazile, will be hosting and taking your questions. This broadcast is all about speed–smashing latency into the ground and leaving it in the dust.

And we have a Studio One secret to share–don’t worry, Tuesday is only a few days away.

Of course there will be prizes. RAD PRIZES. Don’t miss out.

Follow us on Facebook and YouTube and turn on your notifications so you won’t miss the show!

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Revoice Pro 3.3 Now Available for Studio One

Get Revoice Pro 3.3 – Vocal Tuning, Time Correction and ADR With Advanced Studio One Integration.
“Super-Natural Vocal Production” With Advanced Studio One Integration

Click here to buy!

 

If you need to improve the pitch or tightness of your vocal or instrument tracks in Studio One, Revoice Pro will save you heaps of time. Revoice Pro is the ONLY software that offers manual and automatic pitch and time modification with unbeatable, natural quality. Its unique tools include alignment, double track creation, and simple, artifact-free manual warping.

You can adjust the tuning, timing, and sibilants of a lead vocal, tighten or create backing vocals, rap or instrument doubles, and high-quality harmonies. What’s more, Revoice Pro 3.3 now supports advanced Studio One 3.3.4 integration and includes a Quick APT, Doubler and Warp workflow.

Time-saving vocal tuning, time correction, and ADR.

Revoice Pro is used worldwide by top audio professionals for the fastest, easiest and best-sounding adjustment and alignment of vocals, instruments, and ADR as well as double track generation. Revoice Pro 3 adds a powerful set of easy to use tools and workflow enhancements for Studio One. Major new features include a simple yet powerful toolset for manually adjusting audio timing and pitch. What’s more, users say that Revoice Pro 3 provides the most natural and transparent-sounding processing available.

At the heart of Revoice Pro is the unique Audio Performance Transfer (APT) process, that can gives the user the ability to take the timing, pitch, vibrato and level features of one audio track and use it on another, giving you the chance to match or correct timing and tuning, plus our highly-praised realistic Doubler process sounds great and is easy to use.

You can choose to work fast with automatic workflows or use the unique manual Warp process for pitch and timing. Now you have a one-stop, time-saving, high-quality solution for creative and corrective audio manipulation tasks.

 

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What the Pros are Saying

“Revoice Pro let me tune a wildly out demo lead vocal (with a great vibe) and then match an equally out of tune double to this fixed lead instantly. It then was very simple to repeat and adapt this process with more background vocals AND also generate additional doubles! UNREAL!!! Worked great!!”

Emre Ramazanoglu – Producer, Engineer and Mixer (Shakira, Afrika Bambaata, Prodigy, Sia, Mark Ronson, Pulp, Jack Savoretti and Warpaint)

 

“We use Revoice Pro to align all the doubles and background vocals to a lead vocal which we’ve already spent quite a bit of time comping and tuning. But not only does Revoice Pro align doubles to a guide track, it also matches the pitch.”

John Hill – Producer, Songwriter, Remixer and Musician: Eminem, Florence and The Machine, Rhianna, SIA, Banks, Tune-Yards, MIA and Charli XCX

“Revoice Pro 3 saves an obscene amount of time. I find it an incredibly musical plug-in because it allows me to make stuff tight and in tune with the guide audio, but still have variance. So I end up with backing and lead vocals that I can really push forward in a mix. Killer to my ears.”

Francesco Cameli – Engineer: Queen, Genesis, Eric Clapton, Mariah Carey, Muse and Adele

 

“I like the speed of use with the APT AudioSuite feature. It allows me to quickly tune and time vocal stacks so that I can focus more on the music and mix instead of getting caught up with tedious tuning and timing processes. Revoice Pro 3 has become an essential tool in my digital toolbox. I highly recommend it!”

Ryan Nasci– Producer/Engineer: Tony Maserati, Jon Castelli, Isa “Machine” Summers (Florence And The Machine, Judith Hill and LP) and Tyler Johnson (Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Mikky Ekko and Cam)

 

“Revoice Pro will save you high levels of frustration and even more man-hours when working on a project. Its workflow is much faster, and more accurate than anything before, allowing you to choose precisely how tight you align audio with very impressive sonic results. It has saved countless sessions since I’ve started using it.” 

Dylan “3-D” Dresdow – Mix engineer (Black Eyed Peas, Michael Jackson, Usher)