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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.

Blood Drive Here in Baton Rouge For The Local and Kindhearted

Baton Rouge residents: PreSonus is partnering with The Blood Center for a blood drive on Monday, December 17th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. If you are interested, email jobs@presonus.com to confirm a time slot!

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
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Siegfried Meier on PreSonus and Beach Road Studios

[This just in from Siegfried Meier at the stunning Beach Road Studios!]

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Hey PreSonus team!

At Beach Road, we use a few pieces of PreSonus gear that are in regular use each and every day. At the forefront of our monitoring rig, we use a Central Station that has a custom built PSU by none other than rad PreSonus audio dude Chad Kelly. The unit was awesome before, but has been made more awesome by this simple upgrade. We also make heavy use of a FaderPort during all of our tracking and mixing to have some hands-on control when setting up the sessions.
Furthermore, we’ve also got a mobile recording rig that is comprised in part by a pair of PreSonus Digimax LT units, which are used to capture anything from drums to guitars to vocals on our remote sessions. The mic pres in the LT’s are fantastic, (as are all of the PreSonus pres,) and pack quite a punch in such a small 1U space. A PreSonus HP4 handles all of the headphone duties, since the amps are so blisteringly loud, and the unit is über small and fits in well when trying to keep the load light on the road.
Studio One Professional 2  gets a lot of use as well. It’s used on our main rig for simple editing and mastering, as well as on our mobile rig for the same. We also keep it installed  on both our playback and recording rigs in our high-end mastering room for various tasks.

San Diego Troubadour on PreSonuSphere

[Sven-Erik Seaholm, Executive Wordsmith over at San Diego Troubadour, flew out to Baton Rouge for PreSonuSphere and created a nice writeup on his experience.]

As my flight lifts off from the Baton Rouge runway, a silvery trickle of sunlight glints along the plane’s wing (of which I have a perfect view) and suddenly splashes into my eyes with the blinding sting of organic hotel shampoo. Lying back, I think about the events from the last two days and wonder if I’ll ever be able to digest all of the info and experiences I feasted on like Thursday’s jambalaya…

Regular readers of this column know that in addition to the techniques and philosophies discussed here, we also cover a lot of different gear from a variety of manufacturers. Microphones to headphones, keyboards to plug-ins; if it helps you make better music and recordings we try to cover it. That said, there are a few companies whose products have been featured here numerous times. None more so than those from PreSonus (www.presonus.com).

Most recently, we looked at their StudioLive 16.0.2 mixer and StudioOne 2 digital audio workstation software. We highlighted these particular products for three specific reasons: the amount of power being placed into the hands of the “average” musician or recordist, the company’s very reasonable price points and the ingenuity and elegance with which their solutions are rendered.

When I heard they were hosting a two-day event called PreSonuSphere, an interactive conference where users would not only attend information-drenched presentations and receive hands-on training with PreSonus’ line of mixers and software solutions, but would actually be able to interact with the developers of these products as well, I knew I had to go.

[More after the jump. Read the complete article over at San Diego Troubadour.]

We’re Hiring a Web Content Coordinator.

We’ve got an extra seat to fill here in the PreSonus office in Baton Rouge. Perhaps it’s a good fit for you!

Web Content Coordinator

Job Description

PreSonus Audio Electronics, Inc., is a leading designer and manufacturer of audio-recording software, hardware, and related accessories. PreSonus’ software, microphone preamps, signal processors, digital audio interfaces, mixers, control surfaces, and other products are used worldwide for recording, sound reinforcement, broadcast, sound design, and Internet audio. The Web Content Coordinator does exactly that:  Coordinates (and sometimes originates) content for www.presonus.com by working with all contributors including in-house writers and art directors, Social Media Manager and outside PR and Artist Relations firms.  The Coordinator is in charge of making sure that all content on the site is correct and that new content is posted in a timely manner.  The WCC will also constantly monitor the site for problems.  Initially, the WCC will serve as Project Manager for the transfer of all current content from the old site to the upcoming new site.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Monitor the site for:
    • Broken links
    • Missing or out-of-date downloads
    • Typographical errors
    • Obsolete content
    • Loading problems, DOS attacks, hacking
  • Oversee the addition of content to the site including
    • New products and updated product copy for existing products
      • Work with Creative Director and Writer
    • Updated downloads
      • Work with Production Art Director and freelance Documentation Project Manager
      • Work with QA staff
    • Videos
      • Work with Video Designer and outside video sources
    • Artist Spotlights including basic image enhancement in Photoshop
      • Work with the Communications Manager and Artist Relations
    • Sales Promotions
      • Work with VP of Sales and International Sales Director
  • Monitoring and reporting
    • Monitor and report site traffic trends on a weekly basis
    • Monitor and report sight navigation patterns on a monthly basis
    • Evaluate e-blast responses
  • Banner coordination
    • Maintain database of paid site requirements
    • Work with Marketing Coordinator and Creative Director to implement banner campaigns start to finish
    • Evaluate click-through rates after each campaign or monthly

Desired skills

  • Assist freelance Documentation Project Manager and outside translators in preparing a plan and budget for site localization in ES, DE and FR
  • Work with outside translators and Web Designer/Programmer to execute localization plan

Qualifications

  • Microsoft Office:  Word, some Excel experience
  • Must be willing to learn advanced PowerPoint skills
  • E-mail systems
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Basic HTML experience a must.  Does not need to be proficient but needs to be a good problem solver.
  • Must work well with others
  • Must have a strong sense of organization and the ability to achieve deadlines
  • Knowledge of recording and musical instruments

Job Location: Baton Rouge, LA

 Please send resume to resumes@presonus.com, ATTN: Job Opportunities or fax to (225) 216-9621 (Attn: Job Opportunities).

Check Out This Sweet Gig Log

Austin’s Matt Langel has been posting kick-ass vlogs of his experience with the PreSonus StudioLives. His most recent vid offers an exceptional fly-on-the-wall view of his sound check process at a noisy club. Any of you interested in checking out a real-world application of the StudioLive series mixers should take a close look at how quickly Matt is able to check a full rock band: applying compression, adding gates, EQing, and routing his subs like he’s sprinkling pixie dust. Matt, thanks for sharing!

Lynn Fuston Presents: The iPad Chronicles

Lynn Fuston, head honcho over at 3D Audio, posits a compelling question.

 “Would it be possible to assemble a system that could record 16 inputs onto a multitrack for under $2000?”

The answer is… well, read for yourself. It’s a bit of a lengthy thread but well worth the time. SPOILER ALERT: His solution involves and iPad and the AudioBox 1818VSL.

 

Here’s a highlight:

"I ran a test last night. 16 tracks at 24/96. Recorded for a minute. Added another 16 in record for a minute while playing back the first 16. Then added 5 more stereo tracks. Hit record. Then added 6 more stereo tracks. Hit record. 

Several observations:

1) This is not real world because we don't record 1 minute songs.
2) CPU usage at its highest never exceeded 30%. There are CPU and Disk Space Usage meters right on the front of the mixer.
3) I got "Low Memory" messages at least four times, so I finally quit every other app BUT Auria. That seemed to eliminate the problem.
4) It only bailed on a recording one time, and that was when I had the buffer set to 128. I upped it to 256 and it seemed fine. By then I was playing back 42 tracks at 24/96 and recording 12 more.

I considered doing a stress test and recording for a long duration but file management using iTunes, at least to someone accustomed to using a computer, seems like a real headache. I'm going to wait to do that test until after I finish my actual music recording. I don't want to fill up the drive with huge empty files.

Like the guy at the Apple store told me, "the iPad is designed for GATHERING information." Fascinating. In the big picture, I think he's right. It's a content-vacuum. Videos, pictures, audio: it's designed to collect info. It's really easy to import stuff into an iPad. Exporting (apart from tossing it into iTunes), not so much. So far, it seems like the recording will be the easy part. At least to this seasoned pro who is accustomed to using multiple backup drives and backup utilities like SyncPro and drag and drop file management."

Read the entire thread over at 3D Audio! There’s some great mobile recording opportunities with this setup…

 

New YouTube Playlist: PreSonus 101

There’s no two ways around it: for the novice, audio is tricky business. Sometimes you just gotta get your file converted to MP3, or activate your DAW to even get rolling in the first place. I mean, you gotta crawl before you can deliberately manipulate phase cancellation to achieve psychoacoustically pseudo-surround sound on a 2.1 setup, after all.

With that in mind, we present the first set of  bite-sized, barely-a-minute, just-the-facts-ma’am set of seven videos in a growing series: PreSonus 101. Learn how to activate Studio One offline, route your headphone mix from the AudioBox 1818VSL, or export a stereo mixdown of your proto-hit from Studio One Artist.

 

Shanghai Music China Expo a Success for PreSonus!

[The following comes to us from Cindy at Central Music Co., our distributor in China!]

Hello PreSonus! The 2012 Shanghai Music China Expo is finished. Last week, Central Music’s booth E6A32 attracted plenty of visitors. We’re please to show PreSonus products on our booth!

 

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Mark Williams is Cooler Than You

So, Mark Williams was traveling, as he is known to do. Being an international man of action is exhausting work, and someone snapped a shot of the guy as he just up and fell asleep—in a full suit—on the beach in Lisbon, Portugal. It’s tough work, but someone has to do it.

Anyhow, in true Mark Williams style, not only did he not break a sweat in the hot sun in a full suit, but when he got up to walk back to his car, there was no sand on his suit. Not a grain. Lone Ranger style.

I don’t know how he does it, but he better patent it ASAP. He could put the entire dry cleaning industry out of business.