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Buy a StudioLive AI Console and get a FREE Accessory Kit July 25-September 30, 2016!

sl_accessory_kit_600x600_7-25-16_nee01From July 25, 2016 until September 30, 2016 whenever you buy one of our StudioLive AI Consoles (16.4.2AI, 24.4.2AI, 32.4.2AI), you will receive the StudioLive Accessory Kit for FREE via mail-in rebate!

Let’s talk about the FREE stuff:

  • PreSonus’ high-definition HD7 headphones take advantage of a patented, semi-open sound chamber to deliver exceptionally deep low frequencies with a balanced and yet powerful bass punch. Accurate midrange and extended treble response let you pick out the fine details of a mix or track. They’re lightweight, adjustable, comfortable–whether you’re monitoring, tracking, mixing, or just listening for pleasure, you can expect impressive sonic performance from the HD7 headphones. Valued at $39.95.
  • The PRM1 Precision Reference Microphone is a special type of condenser microphone that provides an accurate reproduction of a room’s sound characteristics for use with audio-analysis tools such as real-time analyzers and spectrographs.The PRM1 employs a ¼” pre-polarized electret-condenser capsule and requires phantom power. It has an omnidirectional polar pattern, meaning it is equally sensitive in all directions. This allows the microphone to measure reflections, as well as direct signals, providing an accurate depiction of the room. Usually $79.95 but yours free with this deal!
  • IPS-1 iPad Stand keeps your iPad safe and visible so you can keep an eye on UC Surface and  your hands busy mixing. This is a $55.95 value.

That’s over $175.00 in equipment yours for FREE!

This offer is available in the US only with a mail in rebate.



RC500 Channel Strip for $399.95 from the PreSonus Shop!

rc500_deal_600x600_7-27-16_nee01If you’ve been looking to add a vintage vibe to your mix, PreSonus has got you covered. For the month of August, purchase a B-stock or refurbished RC500 for only $399.95 from shop.presonus.com!

We could go on and on about how much we love the RC500 but we may be a little biased. Check out what Performer Magazine had to say about it:

The RC500 is well worth it, considering the quality in construction, and of course the sound. This should be the first choice for anyone looking for a versatile preamp/single channel strip for any studio.

-Chris Devine, PERFORMER MAGAZINE

 

For more of an in-depth look at the RC500, check out the YouTube Video here:

 

This offer is available to customers in the USA, and only via our online store. Click here to shop!



Notion Add-on Discount: Saxophone Bundle 30% off in August 2016

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Click here to purchase!

 

Here’s a good one–how do you know when a saxophone player is at your door?

They don’t know which key to use or where to enter.

No joke: The Notion Saxophone Bundle is 30% off in August!

Now’s your chance to save 30% on the Classical Saxophone Bundle for Notion—down from the usual price of $29.99. This world-class bundle was recorded using London Symphony Orchestra section leaders and players at Abbey Road Studios, London. You get three instruments in the bundle, including:

  • Sopranino Sax
  • Soprano Sax
  • Contrabass Sax

This offer is available only on shop.presonus.com through the month of August–Click here to get the Saxophone bundle for less—while you still can.

One more thing, did you know you can demo Notion for FREE for 30 days? Learn more about it here.

 

Back To School Sale: Eris 4.5 Monitors and iTwo Studio–Save $25!

back2school_600x600_6-13-16_nee01It’s August which means the first day of school is right around the corner. Why not start the school year right with a complete recording solution that’s perfect for dorm rooms, bedrooms, and can even be taken on the go? You can also enhance your set up with studio quality sound that fits nicely in a student’s budget (and space).

Now, through September 30th we’re offering $25 savings on the AudioBox iTwo Studio and our Eris E4.5 studio monitors.

The Eris 4.5 Monitors may be the little brother of the award winning Eris family, but so was Michael Jackson. Check out the whole review of the Eris 4.5 from MusicTech Magazine but this is the gist:

“These are not expensive monitors but they punch well above their price point. We hadn’t expected that much from the Eris 4.5 but the sound quality was remarkable. 9 out of 10 stars!”

-MusicTech.net

The AudioBox iTwo Studio is convenient, portable, bus-powered USB 2.0 and iPad® audio and MIDI interface that offers two combo mic and switchable line and instrument inputs allowing you to record in your dorm room or anywhere on campus with a Mac®, PC, or iPad. Also included Studio One Artist, Capture and a Nimbit account! Check out this overview video from Guitar Center below.

 

 

If you think back-to-school deals are just for parents and students, you may be missing out some awesome deals! We’d love to fully stock up your dorm room, class room and studio with this deal!

This offer is available only in the US–Click here to find your local dealer!



PRM1 Microphone for Only $69 from the PreSonus Shop!!

prm1_mic_600x600_7-29-16_nee01For the month of August purchase the PRM1 Microphone for only $69! That’s down 30% from its usual price of $100!

The PRM1 Precision Reference Microphone is a special type of condenser microphone that provides an accurate reproduction of a room’s sound characteristics for use with audio-analysis tools such as real-time analyzers and spectrographs. The PRM1 employs a ¼” pre-polarized electret-condenser capsule and requires phantom power. It has an omnidirectional polar pattern, meaning it is equally sensitive in all directions. This allows the microphone to measure reflections, as well as direct signals, providing an accurate depiction of the room. Use the PRM-1 in conjunction with UC-Surface’s Smaart integration and your StudioLive Mixer’s parametric EQs to optimize your sound to the room.



Christmas in July: 50% off ALL Add-Ons for Studio One and Notion weekend of July 30!

50_off_add_ons_600x600_6-24-16_nee01There’s 148 more days until Christmas day and that’s too long to wait. So we decided to offer ALL Add-Ons for Studio One and Notion for 50% Off! This Weekend Only–July 30 – 31, 2016!

The discounted Studio One Add-Ons include the Presence XT Editor, Channel Strip Collection, and the recently released Convology Vintage Reverb Library. Our friends at Studio One Expert recently posted their review of the Convology Vintage Reverb Library which you can read HERE. Long story short, it’s awesome.

The discounted Notion expansion libraries, or bundles, include Guitar, Saxophone, Strings , Percussion, Woodwinds and more, all preformed by talented musicians from all over the globe!

This offer is available only on shop.presonus.com from July 30 till July 31! Check it out while you still can.

The discount will show up during checkout.

So Merry Christmas to you and yours…

#IAmStudioLive: Eric

Eric’s the tour manager/live sound engineer/roadie for a regional touring act. StudioLive has been there for every broken-down van, every 8×10 bass cab hauled up a flight of stairs, and every sold-out, screaming crowd.

Eric is StudioLive. Are you?

Tell us your story HERE!

 

#IAmStudioLive: Wesley

Wesley’s a multi-instrumentalist producer by night, and busy mom all the time. When she somehow finds the time to focus on her songs, StudioLive is there.

Wesley is StudioLive. Are you?

Tell your story at www.presonus.com/iamstudiolive

Vintage Reverbs from Convology Now Available for Studio One

Convology Vintage Reverb Bundle

Convology Vintage Reverb Bundle

Convology Vintage Reverbs for Studio One

We’re proud to introduce this triple-pack of incredible vintage reverbs from Convology. These Add-ons, available at shop.presonus.com, have been meticulously modeled from many hard-to-find plate reverbs, spring reverbs, and digital reverb processors from across the globe. We can’t really overstate what an undertaking this was. The Convology Vintage Reverbs are available in a bundle pack, as well as individually.

These impulse responses work with Studio One 3 Professional’s Open AIR convolution reverb. Just download and install, and you’ll have all of the benefits of real-deal vintage ‘verb vibe… with none of the disadvantages:

  • eBay expense
  • Shipping damage and courier insurance claims
  • Expensive replacement components
  • Use of valuable studio space
  • Scarce qualified repair personnel

 


Vintage Reverbs — Digital

Convology Vintage Digital Reverbs

Convology Vintage Digital Reverbs

This powerful collection of impulse responses brings back the sound of the early 80s reverb units. While many of today’s digital reverbs are renowned for their realistic quality, there’s an undeniable sonic mojo to some of the early digital efforts.

Full Listing of sampled reverb units
Digital Reverb 245 – (10 files) New York and Switzerland
Digital Reverb 246 – (20 files) Austria and Switzerland
Digital Reverb 248 – (16 files) Nashville, TN, and Denver, CO
Digital Reverb 250 – (26 files) Nashville, TN

Digital Reverb 245
The 245 was the 244 with the addition of pre-delay and a reflections settings. While the other German units incorporated some of these same reflection settings in algorithms, the 245 gave you the flexibility to really dial in those settings. When you look at these files, under the microscope, it’s interesting to see the early reflections (spikes) in the audio files. There was a great deal of audio engineering science that went into the reflections, how far or close together they would be, to emulate different rooms, halls, etc. The 245’s longest reverb time is around 5 seconds.

Digital Reverb 246
uses the algorithms from the 250 as does the 248, with a great deal of user control and flexibility. It also encompasses a slot for expanded memory similar to the 248. It has 6 program modes with a programmable low pass filter, reflections, and decay.

Digital Reverb 248
The 248 was the last unit made in this series and is treasured by many as being solid and quite nice sounding. The 248 was loaded with all kinds of presets and adjustable algorithms including, Baroque Church, Cathedral, Romanesque Church with numerous size rooms, halls and even stairwells, bathrooms and a preset called “Tiny Room.” The 248 is a very able processor and is used even today, like so many of these vintage units, by major recording artists around the world. One of our units was used by leading country artists such as Reba, Carrie Underwood, and Luke Bryan.

Digital Reverb 250 REV 250
The first true DSP manufactured. The 250 uses 12-bit, 24k converters, low passed around 11Khz. This unit has large levers on top, weighs around 100 lbs and looks like it is from outer space – nicknamed the “R2D2.” No doubt, this is one of the finest DSPs from the era, with the few who own one of these remaining pieces of vintage outboard gear, still using them frequently and unabashedly. There is a 251 and 252 unit that are offshoots of this model. There were only around 250 of the original units made and then were adapted to the newer 251 interface and 252 upgrades with the 252 being a rack mounted version.

 


Vintage Reverbs — Plate

No two plate reverbs sound exactly alike. Even when made by the same company! Years of use, storage, re-conditioning,  re-tuning, driver condition, pickups, and upgrades made to a plate unit each impart a sonic consequence. There’s a reason that some studios still reserve the space for a massive, heavy, expensive plate reverb—they tend to age like fine wines.

Vintage Plate Reverbs

Convology Vintage Plate Reverbs

Full Listing of sampled reverb units
Plate Reverb Eco II (8 files) – Appleton, WI
Plate Reverb Eco III (13 files) – Sweden
Plate Reverb 140 Tube (16 files) – Nashville, TN
Plate Reverb 140 (19 files) – Finland
Plate Reverb 240 (15 files) – Los Angeles, CA
Plate Reverb Lawson (13 files) – Nashville, TN

Plate Reverb 140EMT 140 Plate Reverb
For many, the 140s are viewed as king of the hill for a number of reasons. They were the first and came to market in the late 1950s. They tend to be a little warmer, tend to replicate, as they were originally designed, the sound of a concert hall and with limited EQing can for the most part, more readily replicate a dark, bright or a warm sounding room, etc. There are beautiful sounding files in every 140 model sampled—try them all along with very cool hybrid impulses that really are a solid addition to anyone’s convolution library!

Plate Reverb ECO
Tend to be brighter and a little more metallic sounding. Useful to bringing certain production elements out in the mix when you need it to cut through. These units were a little smaller than the Plate Reverb 140.

Plate Reverb 240
The 240 is darker sounding. Weighing 148 lbs, with dimensions of 1’ X 2’ X 2’.  Some say better on shorter settings and for sound sources like drums. Originally designed as a way to make the original 140 (4’ X 8’) in a smaller and lighter box.  It really was a technological feat for its time. They use a gold foil plate and are a hybrid between the original large 140 plate and early analog to digital rack mount and smaller floor units, although the 240 is totally analog.

Lawson
Tends to be brighter, iwth a bump in the lower mids tends to warm them up. This unit was designed and built by Gene Lawson who continues to make microphones today at his shop in Nashville, TN.  His microphones are well regarded and his tenure in the business is remarkable.


Vintage Reverbs — SpringConvology Vintage Spring Reverbs

This impressive collection of impulse responses brings back the famous sound of no fewer than 26 spring reverb units, sampled in 6 different countries including Britain, Canada, Netherlands, New Zealand, Scotland, and the USA.

Many pieces of gear included in this Add-on have been used by major recording artists, like tube springs that have been used by The Rascals, Van Morrison, and in James Brown’s famous “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World.” (K-100 Spring)

General Overview
For many who grew up in the era of plates and springs, most were drawn to plates for very good reasons. After careful consideration and reaching out to studios around the globe for the most interesting vintage springs that could be found and acoustically captured, some of these springs are just absolutely gorgeous with the spring and electronics of the units, really creating some fantastic sounding reverbs–the 3D audio quality that many engineers aim to find.

If you’Vintage Spring Reverbve always fancied yourself a plate reverb individual, this library will definitely change your mind. There are springs of all kinds, and yes, there are some boingy ones—gotta have a few for that vintage guitar, lead vocal, and organ sound, right? There’s also mono and stereo versions, along with a variety of lush and warm-sounding springs that nearly sound like a plate—they deliver the “reflections from nearby walls” as only a spring can—when light tremor and flutter of the spring occurs.

This spring reverb collection is complete with a wide range of springs, useful for a variety of applications. There are a good number of impulse response files in this library that you wouldn’t hesitate to apply to the lead vocal–they’re that good, and would absolutely compete with some of your favorite – digital or plate reverb presets. A number of leading engineers and producers use springs on a regular basis and some as their main “go-to” for reverb in general.

Click here to buy Vintage Reverb Collection at shop.presonus.com

New Low Prices on Select StudioLive Mixers

New Low Prices on StudioLive Mixers: AI Console Mixers and StudioLive 16.0.2 in the USAStudioLive Mixers Lowest Price

Last season’s StudioLive AI mixer and StudioLive 16.0.2 mixer rebate offer was so popular that we decided to stop making it a limited-time thing, and just lower the price down on these StudioLive Mixers once and for all. Here’s the latest pricing:

  • StudioLive 32.4.2 AI: $2299
  • StudioLive 24.4.2 AI: $1899
  • StudioLive 16.4.2 AI $1599
  • StudioLive 16.0.2: $899

This price drop is effective in the USA only. Pricing outside the US will vary by dealer and region.

If you’ve been considering a digital mixer but haven’t checked in on StudioLive for a while, it’s worth mentioning that the entire StudioLive line won the Musical Merchandise Review (MMR) Dealer Choice Award for Recording Equipment Line of the Year for 2015. Furthermore, recent firmware updates now allow the StudioLive AI Console Mixers to connect to StudioLive RM- and RML-series rack mixers in Stage Box Mode. And of course, StudioLive AI still offers the always-improving remote iPad control options that helped make them such a hit. All StudioLive mixers also include Studio One 3 Artist, our award-winning digital audio workstation.

But hey, don’t take it from us. Here’s what some StudioLive AI reviewers had to say:

The StudioLive AI Console Mixers have garnered a lot of praise in the time they’ve been around. Click any of the quotes below to read the full review.

Interested in having an award-winning mixer suitable for stage or studio?
Interested in saving money?

If so, click these links to find a dealer in the US: