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We’re happy to report that PreSonus Artist KATFYR’s track “Lose Control” is currently sitting at the #2 spot on Beatport’s Dubstep chart, notably above some guy called “Skrillex.” We’re equally happy to also report that the track was made in none other than Studio One!

If you’ve ever wanted to see what makes a track like this tick, you need look no farther than to KATFYR’s demonstration of Studio One at NAMM 2014, where you can see how “Lose Control” was built from the ground up.

Sincere congrats to a good friend doing good work. If you’re so inclined, why not help him out a bit, and get a copy of the track and bump him up to #1?

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This is one of the better episodes of PreSonus LIVE that we’ve done for a while—no bandwidth problems! Amazing! In it, PreSonus tech support guru Dominic “TicToc” Bazile takes us on a tour of the new Temblor T10 Subwoofer and Eris 4.5 studio monitors. This combination is an ideal way to bring some real rumble to a modest home studio—if you want it. The Temblor’s foot-switchable bypass can tone things down when the neighbors start complaining.

For more on these products, watch the video—duh. But for even more more, click the following links:

 

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When Tiny Frog Media is involved, the hits can’t/won’t stop. Here, Greg takes a close look at the entire line of StudioLive AI PA Loudspeakers. His talk-through is pretty handy if you’re trying to decide exactly which StudioLive AI PA speaker is right for you and your applications. While he addresses high-tech matters such as power, DSP, and software integration, he also addresses some of the equally-enthralling low-tech features offered by these speakers, including threaded pole-mount adapters, dollies, and dust jackets. Give a look-see.

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Mixer aficionados the world over could always stand to learn a new trick or two, and at the rate that technology changes, sometimes we all find ourselves with a little catching up to do. Good thing, then, that Alfred Music has recently released the StudioLive Mixer handbook, which has a little something for everyone. If you’re using one of the classic StudioLive mixers or the new AI mixers, you will find something of value as the book covers both! Furthermore, it’s broken down into a simple three-tier arrangement: a general overview, live sound, and studio recording—including a nice bonus chapter on mic placement.

You’ll also find info on getting the most out of using your StudioLive with external devices like your laptop and iPhone, feedback elimination, remote iPad control, and recording your shows.

Here’s a couple freebies to get ya hooked:

With the publication of this tome, renowned engineer/producer Bobby Owsinski has cemented his stature as a dyed-in-the-wires StudioLive expert. After all, he wrote the book on it, right?

Click on over to Alfred Music’s site to grab a copy today.

Category StudioLive 32.4.2AI | 1 Comment »
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The kind folks at Tiny Frog Media posted this not-tiny overview of the StudioLive 32.4.2AI! This is a pretty thorough overview, right down to the coverage of our new fader dust guards. Thanks much for doing this guys—keep it up!

Cheggitout!

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The new Eris studio monitors are showing no signs of slowing down. In fact, they were recently recognized with AudioFanZine’s “Best Value” award, and here’s just a sampling of the praise that they’ve earned so far from others:

  • PreSonus has a reputation of making great products “for the rest of us,” and the Eris speakers follow that philosophy.” - Jon Chappell, Harmony Central
  • “Setting them up in my humble (yet effective) home studio for a few months helped me hear things I wasn’t hearing previously and helped me to provide better mixes for my clients.” – Eli Crews, Tape Op
  • “The PreSonus Eris E5 and E8 are quality made, well­ equipped and good-­natured active speakers for near field… Five Stars” Felix Klostermann, Bonedo.De

It just so happens that in April 2014, we’re cutting the price back a bit on these guys. The Eris E5s are available for $50 off per pair, down to $250, (USD) and the E8s are available for $100 off per pair, down to $400!

You are NOT going to find better sonic bang for your buck no matter where you look. Furthermore, there’s no rebate forms to mess with and no waiting times, just quick ‘n’ easy $avings.

This offer is available in the US and select markets outside the US. Click here to find a US dealer or check with your local distributor for availability in your region.

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If you’ve had your eyes (and ears) on the StudioLive AI digital mixers, now’s a great time to buy, as you’ll get the PRM1 measurement microphone along with it—a $100 value! Saving money is great and all—but what’s so special about the PRM1?

Glad you asked.

The PRM1 is a special type of condenser microphone that provides an accurate reproduction of a room’s sound characteristics. As such, it is ideal for use with audio-analysis tools such as the Smaart real-time analyzers (RTAs) and spectrographs, included with the mixer’s Virtual StudioLive-AI software. This allows you to shoot the room for troublesome acoustic headaches that are specific to the venue, dial in the right EQ to compensate, and get a head-start on your high-quality mix. You can then save the scene to VSL-AI, so the next time you visit the venue, you don’t have to start from square one all over again.

The PRM1 more than pays for itself in saved time—but that’s really not an issue here, since it’s free and all. Click here to get the required form. Don’t forget to save your receipt!

This offer is available world-wide. If you’re in the US, click here to find a dealer. Folks outside the US can find a dealer by clicking here.

 

 

 

 

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Check it out—here’s Dave Bryce, showing you the best way to set up your Temblor T10 Subwoofer in your studio. While a lot of subwoofer marketing verbiage talks about “room-shaking” bass, the fact is that’s not all hype. Subwoofers REALLY DO shake the room, and can resonate the environment at specific frequencies, creating sounds that aren’t actually coming from your speakers. This makes mixing critical low-end frequencies impossible, as you aren’t hearing an accurate representation of what you’ve recorded.

The solution is to systematically test your sub in YOUR environment, and work out the kinks to get the most accurate-sounding configuration possible. The Temblor T10 makes this very easy, and Dave is here to help. Take a look!

For more on the Temblor T10 subwoofer, click here.

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[This just in from Shane Simpson of Express AV / Steele Creek Studios! These guys are using just about every product we make. I, for one, am impressed!]

In my opinion, PreSonus is the most forward-thinking company in the industry! They care not only about functionality, but also about workflow, ease of use, and cost! If you run a live production company or a recording studio, PreSonus offers many cost-effective solutions to our every-day needs. When it comes to signal flow, pre-amps, user-friendly layout, EQs, versatility, and price, the StudioLive mixers are some of the best desks on the planet.

The StudioLive package stands out for me for many reasons:

  1. They ship with a complete (free) software package for recording, mixing, and controlling the mixer! You won’t see other companies doing that!
  2. They include a version of Smaart in their Universal Control software! Smaart is one of the best Real Time Analyzers (RTAs) in the business. Smaart software is usually very expensive by itself, but comes free as part of Universal Control Software with every StudioLive desk! Allowing you to visually monitor your house and monitor mixes! Smaart also comes with a great setup tool that allows you to calibrate your speakers.
  3. The Studio One Digital Audio Workstation software (a version of which is also included free with every StudioLive desk) is fast becoming the industry standard DAW! Other DAWs are dropping like flies while engineers are discovering the great sound and workflow features of Studio One. Studio One is lightweight (meaning it uses less computer hardware resources) and it’s very fast! That would make it worth switching for me, but Studio One just sounds better. Clean, clear, and awesome! I now prefer it over the other majors.
  4. The Capture software is the easiest multi-track recording software you will ever use! Enable the tracks you want to record and press the record button, it’s that simple.
  5. One of the things that really floored me was that the new AI-series Studiolive mixers have an “A/B” button on every channel on the desk! That means two separate Fat Channel settings for every channel on the board! Let’s say you are mixing a live show and one band member plays acoustic guitar and mandolin. You can have two seperate EQ and compression settings for the guitar and the mandolin, by just A/B switching between the two.

We received a pair of PreSonus Sceptre studio monitors a few weeks ago—Wow! I never thought a co-axial monitor would even work, let-alone be some of the best sounding I have ever heard! They sound like monitors several times their cost, clean and powerful! That is not to discount the Eris series monitors, as they are awesome as well. Our local PreSonus rep demoed a set of Eris for us, and although we wound up with the Sceptres, the Eris blew us away for sounding so good at that price.

We have also been using the PreSonus Monitor Station; man is this thing cool! It makes switching between adjustable audio sources and monitor sets a breeze—we have our subs on one of the outputs, so we can bring them in or out with the touch of a button. The built-in talk-back mic is awesome, and the adjustable Dim feature is really cool as well.

Using the Presonus HP60 headphone amp has been very helpful to us as well. We were using a diffferent brand before we got the HP60, and we were not very happy with it. The HP60 is very clean with lots of headroom.

We also use the AudioBox 22vsl, which has been a great portable interface. We look forward to acquiring an ADL-series preamp (or two), some new A.I. series mixers, a set of Eris near-field monitors, a Temblor T10 Subwoofer, PreSonus StudioLive speaker cabs for our live production, and all the other goodies PreSonus has to offer. PreSonus is a great company that cares about its customers. Our PreSonus rep came to our shop and spent two days with us educating us on PreSonus products and getting to know our needs and our business so he could better serve us and help us grow. He offered invaluable information and insight and showed us how PreSonus products can help us succeed as a business.

Thanks, PreSonus. We appreciate a company that cares enough to spend time with a small company like us—keep on doing what you are doing: Providing us with useful, innovative products, and the help and know-how to implement them.

Dave Williams
Senior Audio Engineer
Steele Creek Studios / Express AV 

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PreSonus Artists Royal Teeth brought their signature sounds to the big time last week, appearing on none other than American Idol, performing their hit, “Wild.” We can’t begin to express how proud we are of these good friends from just over in Layfayette.

Good work team, you’ve earned this.

Here’s Royal Teeth’s Idol appearance…

…and here’s the band delivering the details of their experience of taking the entire PreSonus solution on the road, including the StudioLive mixer, Nimbit, and more:


Click here for more on Royal Teeth.

Category StudioLive 32.4.2AI | 1 Comment »
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