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StudioLive and House of Worship Audio Education Resources from Pro Audio DVDs

[This just in from Pro Audio DVDs! They are offering some great resources for learning the ins and outs of the StudioLive consoles, as well as live sound in general These tips come from David Wills, voice of experience and all-around awesome guy. He’s offering BOTH a free online curriculum as well as a three-DVD package. Details follow]

FREE Church Sound Training!

Our friends over at ProAudioDVDs.com have a brand new FREE training series targeted for Church Sound Teams.  If your sound team needs some help in running and troubleshooting how to run live sound, this free video course is a must.

Hosted by David Wills (Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Phil Collins) this course heavily uses our StudioLive consoles so it’s a perfect way to master Live Sound.

Click here for more info: https://qi970.infusionsoft.com/go/free-ulss/presonus/

 

Ultimate Live Sound School 3 DVD set

Hosted by David Wills (Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Phil Collins)

The most comprehensive Live Sound training on the planet featuring our StudioLive series.  Over 6 hours of hands on training going into every aspect of Live Sound from designing and running your own system to advanced troubleshooting.  Perfect for training Church Sound teams or anyone interested in nailing down Live Sound forever.

 

PreSonus LIVE airs twice today! 2 p.m. CST and 7 p.m. CST LIVE FROM BEN FOLDS STUDIO in Nashville!

PreSonus LIVE airs twice today! 2 p.m. CST and 7 p.m. CST LIVE FROM BEN FOLDS STUDIO in Nashville!

Click this link to watch the show:
http://www.presonus.com/videos/presonuslive

2:00 p.m. CST: Join steadyb while he hangs out at Ben’s Studio (as in Ben Folds) In Nashville! Ben’s Studio was formerly RCA Records Studio, where Chet Atkins, Dolly Parton, and even Elvis Presley have recorded. steadyb will interview house engineer Leslie Richter.

7:00 p.m. CST: Watch steadyb record Briana Tyson LIVE!

Tracks available on Nimbit after the show!

 

 

#TeamPreSonus Spotlight: Steve Savanyu! Hedgehogs, Presidents, and Popes… Oh, my.

[We decided it best to give some recognition to our more vocal advocates—and what better way than via a blog series.]

Who are you, where are you, and what do you do?

Steve Savanyu. Hudson Ohio,  I am the educational services director at Audio-Technica and teach at Kent State University. I teach microphone and wireless workshops at universities around the country and have taught at all of the PreSounSphere events… In my spare time I operate Buford T. Hedgehog Productions, a local production company that does live sound, studio recording , live remote recording, video production and lights just for giggles. I also participate in really big events such as Presidential Debates, Papal visits, and Inaugurations….

How were you introduced to PreSonus?

Through a friendship with Rick Naqvi, at a church sound seminar where I was teaching a microphone class. I assisted with a live recording at the event where we used 3 FirePods aggregated together on my Mac laptop. It was a fun experience and we learned a lot. Ask Rick about hot patching into a non-transformer isolated 48-channel stage snake splitter. It made a big noise on a really expensive NEXO line array…. Oops.

What PreSonus software/hardware do you use and for what purpose?

Where shall I begin? I currently own 5 StudioLive 16.4.2’s, one StudioLive 24.4.2, and 1 StudioLive 16.0.2 which I use primarily for live gigs. I also have been known to carry the 16.0.2 out as the front end for remote tracking sessions using Capture. (I have recorded the orchestral score for two Kent State Student films this way). My original location rig is a FireStudio with 2 Digimax Pres to give me 24 inputs. (I multitracked a basketball game with it for an Audio Technica project. We were showing how different mics and positions affected game sound for broadcast.) In the studio I have a Central Station with remote for speaker management, and a FaderPort  which I use as a controller for the audio part of my video edit rig. I picked up an AudioBox 44VSL for location video work (tied into a MacBook Pro laptop). I run a legacy Pro Tools rig in the studio with a DIGI-003 interface (back when ProTools required Digi hardware) with DigiMax D8 mic pre. The band I work with uses two of the 16.4.2s and performs about four nights a week on average (in different locations). The ease of operation on the StudioLive console and the ability to save scenes makes it a snap for the band to use.

On the software side, I use Capture to record almost every live event we do. The low overhead of capture allows me to use some pretty basic computers to record up to 32 tracks via two linked StudioLive 16.4.2s. In the studio, I have been using Studio One Professional 2.5 as my main edit software. I like it, as it’s intuitive and has low computer processing overhead so it runs great on a laptop. As an experiment, I mixed a seven-song EP of a band I work with on a flight from LA to New York! I was burning out the CD as the flight attendant was saying power down your electronic devices for landing. Of course my Audio-Technica ATH-M50 headphones made accurate monitoring possible in the plane’s less-than-fancy mixdown environment.

I have dabbled with iPad control on my larger rig, but not implemented it completely due to the expense of buying seven iPads, computers and routers. I am looking forward to the StudioLive 32.4.2AI with its built-in networking. I can beta test… 🙂

 

What’s so great about PreSonus, anyhow?

First and foremost is the people! I have called Justin and Rick on weekends and evenings with questions and they always get back to me promptly. I have participated in both PreSonuSphere events and like the camaraderie of the entire PreSonus Family.

Second, is the products just work and sound good. They are intuitive to learn making it easy for me to train a band’s engineer on using a digital board. We like the fact the processing is built-in to the StudioLive consoles. The presets sound great, and make it easy to get a mix up even if you have never done sound for the band before. True story: Early on we did a gig for a band who was unfamiliar with the power of a digital console. It was an outdoor event so I had the 16.4.2 out front with the snake and a power cable for FOH stuff.  Their diva lead singer, who knew everything about sound and told me so, was being a pain in the butt.  He walked out to FOH, looked at the “smallish” console and said “dude where is your effects/EQ rack?” I hesitated for a moment and looked him in the eye and said: “Dang, I knew we forgot something…” The look on his face was priceless…

And third of course,  is the jambalaya…

Where can our readers learn more about you online? 

First and foremost, check out the Audio-Technica.com website. A-T makes great studio and live mics that pair up well with PreSonus hardware. Our new AT5040 with its revolutionary capsule design and “pure, simple signal path” would pair up well with the ADL 700 Channel Strip (hint hint, I have the mic…) Our Artist Series and Artist Elite live sound mics are second to none.

As for me, check out my website www.bufordthedgehog.com and visit me on Facebook. I try to post a FOH picture of every gig I do either on my page or the PreSonus user group page. I am on LinkedIn but don’t do the Twitter thing.

You can see some of my video work on the A-T YouTube channel as well as other audio companies’ YouTube channels. I have several published articles about doing audio for video and I am the audio expert on the FilmSkills online training series produced by Jason Tomuric.

I attend all of the major trade shows: NAMM, INFOCOMM, NAB, etc. and do microphone and sound workshops at universities, church conferences (with my good friend Doug Gould) and trade shows. You can’t miss my distinctive look…. just ask for the blonde guy!

 

Baton Rouge: Open your hearts and veins for a great cause tomorrow, get a PreSonuSphere T-Shirt!

Baton Rouge residents: PreSonus is partnering with The Blood Center for a blood drive on Tuesday, May 21, from 9 a.m. to 1:20 p.m. There is currently a national shortage of blood, and sadly, deposits made to a blood bank do not accrue interest—so the Red Cross needs all the help they can get! Just a pint of blood can save up to three lives!

Please Click HERE to ensure you are eligible to donate. It is important to eat a good breakfast before donating blood and be sure to bring your photo ID!

The blood mobile will be located behind the Bon Carre buildling, near the PreSonus Audio Electronics entrance.
7257 Florida Blvd.
Baton Rouge, LA 70806

If you are interested, email jobs@presonus.com to confirm a time slot, and here’s some handy tips from the Red Cross for a successful donation.

Generous souls not suffering from trypanophobia will walk away with a bandage on their arm, a song in their heart, and a killer PreSonuSphere T-shirt!

 

 

Joe Solo has a lot going on!

[Here’s the latest from Joe Solo!]

Hey PreSonus!  Wanted to let you know I’ll be speaking and answering questions at the ASCAP Expo in Hollywood, April 18 – April 20. You don’t have to be an ASCAP member to attend. Other speakers there will be Katy Perry, Steven Tyler, Akon, RJD2, Jill Scott, Lionel Ritchie, and Josef Gordon-Levitt! 
Also, the next Music Success Workshops are being planned for Charlotte, NC in June, and Los Angeles in July. Exact dates and locations will be announced soon. People can sign up here to get the details once they are in place.

I also have some new Music Success Nuggets with great information on career advancement for FREE—people can sign up at JoeSolo.com.

Don’t Miss Bleep Blop, Steaming Live!

 

Do you like your music a little bit electronic? And a lot experimental? If so, this may be an event for you, and in case you can’t make it to MIT, you can check out the steam on April 13 at 8pm EST.


Ramon Castillo, who leads the event, says:

“We’re using the StudioLive 16.0.2 as a super flexible interface. We’ve got a chain of moogerfoogers, piano, violin, iPad, Dave Smith Tetra, Mbira and more all hooked into the mixer. Some processing is done using a Mac running Ableton Live, and the rest is done with the MoogerFoogers and the iPad.”

“The routing varies greatly between each piece do we take heavy advantage of scene programming. Sound checks couldn’t be done without SL remote on the iPad.”

“I may try to get some good video of our setup on our concert on the 20th. I haven’t begun to promote that show yet, but the 1602 will be used in much the same way.”

More:

Bleep Blop Electroacoustic Ensemble led by Ramon Castillo presents music by Ramon Castillo, PoChun Wang, Deepak Gopinath and Ryan Meyer

April 13th, 2013 at 8PM EST

Killian Hall, MIT
Building 14 on Memorial Drive – next to Hayden Library
Watch online at: stream.bleepblop.com

Facebook Invitation

The concert will feature works for electronically manipulated piano, analog synthesis, the Kronos Quartet Drum Machine, dynamically looped mbira, live video and more. Our performances successfully merge the art of acoustic music with the mystique of audio technology.

This event on April 13 promises to deliver the same mix of ambitious musical forces.

Selection of works to include:

  • Six Six for solo piano and dynamic loopers
  • Two Eight for soloist performing 8 simultaneous film scores.
  • Bounce and Wonderland for synthesizer and the Kronos Quartet Drum Machine
  • Artifice for solo piano and iPad controlled effects

 

 

Monster April Savings Opportunities

We have a LOT of promos going on this month. Even we’re having a hard time keeping track of them all. That’s all Rick’s fault, really. But it’s because he likes you all so much! Here’s the gist of it:

Buy a StudioLive 24.4.2, get a free PRM1 reference mic!  Here’s the Free PRM1 Form. You can get more details here. Offer ends May 31.

 We’ve dropped the prices on two of our StudioLive mixers! Get the 16.4.2 for $1,799 and the 24.4.2 for $2,999. No rebates, no buy-two-get-one-free, just a lower price. Wow!

Studio One Professional 2.5, $100 off through April! Get with the best for a low low price! This is an instant rebate that will be available through your local PreSonus dealer or StudioOne.PreSonus.Com.

 

Save $30 bucks on a TubePre V2. This is an instant rebate available at your local PreSonus dealer. Easy money.

Save a whopping $50 on the PreSonus Studio Channel. This is another easy instant rebate available at your local PreSonus dealer.
Last, but certainly not least, if you upgrade from any other version of Studio One to Studio One Professional 2.5, you are entitled to the Simon Phillips Session Tracks drum loop library for FREE! Click here for the rebate form so you can grab your copy—ASAP!

 

John Tulley on Recording the Twin Killers with the StudioLive 24.4.2 and Studio One 2.5

[This just in from John Tulley, recording engineer for Twin Killers!]

The StudioLive 24.4.2 and Studio One 2.5 work so great together. Twin Killers music has a very eclectic sound palette and during the recording process the creative flow is quickly shifting through ideas and sonic spaces. The mixer/DAW combo allows me to get sounds dialed in quickly, without a rack full of gear, print awesome sounds and keep the creative process flowing. The layout always makes sense and is very clean. You’d be hard pressed to get so much power out of any other two tools while always remaining to stay in such a musical headspace!”

The song was recorded by John Tulley in Andrew Martin’s home studio. Greg Saunier of Deerhoof mixed/mastered the track. Paul Charbonnet directed/recorded the video, and Andrew Drazek edited it.
Thank you so much!

PreSonus LIVE airs Thurs. Feb 28: Unsung Heroes of Studio One 2.5 | 2 p.m. CST / 3 p.m. EST / Noon PST / -6 GMT

Unsung-Heroes

PreSous LIVE: John Mills and the Smaart Wizards

Join veteran live sound guru John Mills on a journey to discover precious Smaart Wizard technologies…now available for FREE in the StudioLive 16.4.2 and StudioLive 24.4.2 digital mixers. He will be taking your questions LIVE! Click here to go to the Livestream page or receive an e-mail reminder before the show.