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Save $200 When You Buy a Pair of AIR12’s!

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Here’s a list of things that are better in pairs:

  • Shoes
  • Gloves
  • Turtle Doves
  • Simon and Garfunkel
  • Twins
  • Anything wrapped in bacon

and finally…

A pair of AIR12 Loudspeakers!

Now through March 31, 2017 save $200 when you buy a pair of AIR12 Loudspeakers–that’s about $999 for the pair!

The AIR12 Loudspeakers are a part of a family of compact and lightweight active loudspeakers aimed at mobile and install applications. They’re easily portable and feature 1,200 watts of Class D/Class AB power with digital tuning functions.

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

James F. Reynolds on Studio One

[This just in from James F. Reynolds, pop and dance music’s “secret weapon.” He has mixed and produced a wide range of acts including Ellie Goulding, Emeli Sande, Years and Years, Tinie Tempah, and The Saturdays. Last year he made the switch to Studio One and was kind enough to share his insights with us.] 

• For what applications are you using Studio One Pro? (Example: for recording, composing, sound design, and so on; in a commercial studio, project studio, for live recording, etc.)
I use Studio One 3 Professional for mixing, production, and recording.

James F. Reynolds

James F. Reynolds

• What led you to choose Studio One? Was it the company’s reputation, audio quality, ease of use, specific features, price, other factors?
I spent many years using a combination of Logic, Pro Tools, and Ableton Live, as they all have strengths in different areas. I had been searching for a while for a DAW that has the best of all these platforms, for example:

  1. The creative speed of Ableton
  2. The accuracy and mixing ability of Pro Tools
  3. The lay out and ease of use of Logic.

Last year I had quite a few producers in my studio talking about Studio One and decided to investigate further. After taking some time to get to know the program, it became apparent that this was a program that has been thought out really well and ticks the box of being a one stop shop for mixing/production and writing.

• Having used Studio One, what do you like most about it?
I have used it consistently for 5 months now and it has sped up my mixing and overall workflow. One of the best features is being able to set up a series of commands using Macros. It’s also very stable.

• What Studio One features have proven particularly useful and why?
The arranger track is very handy, as often when I am mixing a song, the label wants extended versions. The Arranger and also to try out different structures within the arrangement. This is very easy to do using the arranger as it can copy any section with all the automation related to it.

• Any user tips or tricks or interesting stories based on your experience with Studio One?
My tip is this: if you are trying Studio One out, stick with it. It’s always very difficult switching from a platform that you use day in day out for many years as everything is second nature. It takes a while to get back to this speed on a new platform but if you persevere it pays off !

• Please give me some basic background info on your career and current projects, credits, and so on.
I am mainly known as a mixer. I am currently mixing Emeli Sande and before that was mixing Ellie Goulding “Still falling for you” (U.S.A radio mix) and Kelly Clarkson. I also mix for a K Pop band called B.T.S who’s album last year broke records. I co wrote “Drinking from the bottle” with Mark Knight and Calvin Harris and Tinie Tempah. For more info, check out www.jamesfreynoldsmixing.com

• Any final comments about PreSonus and Studio One?
I am really excited about the future of Studio One and have been really encouraged by a development team that actually take on board feedback from mixers and producers and often implement ideas if they are good. This was a big frustration with other DAWs, as feedback was not listened to or acted on.

New Studio Series Interfaces

These new interfaces from PreSonus offer 192 kHz recording, MIDI I/O, Studio One Artist, and the sturdy build quality PreSonus customers have come to expect.

Learn more about them here.

 

Introducing the StudioLive 16

The latest addition to the StudioLive Series III Family: Meet StudioLive 16.

 

StudioLive AI Instant Rebates in the USA

ai_instant_rebates_600x600_01_neeLooking for an all-in-one solution for studio and stage? We’ve never had the StudioLive AI mixers available at a lower price than this for customers in the USA. Check it out:

  • StudioLive 32.4.2 AI: $1,999 (down from $2,299)
  • StudioLive 24.4.2 AI: $ 1,699 (down from $1,899)
  • StudioLive 16.4.2 AI $1,399 (down from $1,599)

The above pricing 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 AI 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. 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:

Save on the DP88 – Expand your I/O!

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Need some more inputs in your studio? Check out the DP88, which is currently enjoying a reduced price. The exact amount will vary by location, but customers in the US will receive $100 off at the register.

The DigiMax DP88 is the latest innovation in the DigiMax line, offering digitally controlled analog preamps, unparalleled connectivity, flexibility, and professional sound quality to make it a perfect fit in any studio environment.

The DigiMax DP88 is equipped with audiophile-grade, Burr-Brown processors to deliver top-quality digital conversion up to 96 kHz. These converters provide 118 dB of dynamic range and are backed by a boast-worthy clock with sub-50 picosecond jitter to capture complex musical harmonics smoothly and naturally. You’ll hear every breath, transient, and detail of a performance in your recordings.

 

 

 

End 2016 on a high note with special holiday discounts!

2016, we hardly knew ye. Say hello to the new year with some new gear, and save a buck while you’re at it. Note that all of the below deals end when 2016 does—get them before Dec. 31 2016—after that, they’ll be gone!

25% off Notion and all Notion Add-ons

Never a better time to buy Notion—along with an entire symphony of add-ons! Everything from sopranino saxophones to cowbells is available from the Notion Add-on library, every single one of them is 25% off. And Notion itself is 25% off, as well. Start building your personal orchestra for cheap! Hurry, ends Dec. 31, 2016! 

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Get an AudioBox iTwo Studio for $199

Customers in the USA can get the AudioBox iTwo Studio for a significant discount, down to $199 from QQQ. Get everything you need to get started in recording, including an audio interface, Studio One Artist, the M7 Microphone, HD7 headphones, and… ALL REQUIRED CABLING! That’s like including batteries—it just never happens!

*Batteries are not included, because this product does not use batteries
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 30% off Convology Reverb series

Add some vintage mojo to your workflow with this incredible reverb series from Convology for Studio One. They painstakingly modeled tons of old reverbs from old reverb devices both analog and digital. All members of the family are available for 30% off, including Vintage Plate Reverb, Vintage Digital Reverbs, and Vintage Spring Reverbs. Get ’em all and you’ve got every reverb you’ll ever need and then some.

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Notion 6.1 Released

Notion has been updated to version 6.1! Check out the full changelog below.notion-6_800 This is a free update to all Notion 6 owners. To get it, just launch Notion. It will check for updates and download automatically.

Notion 6.1 Changes:

 

New

  • New keyboard workflows
  • Enter notes and chords with QWERTY keyboard in Step time (Using a,b,c,d,e,f,g)
  • Create and extend range selections with keyboard shortcuts
  • Navigate around measures, staves and systems with keyboard shortcuts
    Selected items (e.g. articulations, dynamics) can be nudged with cursor keys
  • Echo note entry and selection
  • Echo note entry and echo note selection now sounds notes on all methods of note entry and any time a note is highlighted. To change, go to Preferences>General and uncheck. (Use the A key to Audition any time)

 

Fixes

Interop fixes

  • If Notion is a ReWire slave, show courtesy icon in toolbar
  • ReWire and Network discovery removed as are now no longer exclusive in Preferences
  • Allow audio render, even if Notion is a ReWire slave
  • Note data import from Studio One improved
  • Presence Grand Piano name variants now import into Notion as grand staff

 

Video fixes

  • Smoother start of video playback and improved sync (Mac)
  • Fix crash on macOS 10.12 when playing video
  • Fix video not refreshing when resizing / re-positioning (Win)
  • Fix closing video window resizing main score window (Win)
  • Fix video window focus after clicking video volume change (Win)
  • Fix video window not being able to be reopened after closing (Mac)
  • Fix video audio continuing if video window is closed during playback (Mac)
  • Stop button on video window now shows as expected on macOS 10.12
  • Video window volume now works as expected when using Windows Default sound

 

Handwriting fixes

  • If you tie a note across a bar line you can now enter any notation using the handwriting tool in the following measure.
  • If there is a tie or rest in one voice, it is now ignored if writing in a different voice
  • Rests are now better aligned vertically when using more than one voice in a measure
  • If writing ledger lines, or adding any other items that fall outside the normal staff boundaries, then Notion will add them to the correct staff – either by way of attachment (e.g. stems) or following previously entered items.
  • Fix handwriting occasionally freezing in specific measures

 

General fixes

  • Now easier to select an articulation within the score
  • Notehead shortcut (x) now doesn’t default duration to quarter note in step time
  • Notion icon on non-Retina Mac, and non-High DPI Windows updated
  • Korean translation fixes
  • Notion will now not crash when sending multiple CC data
  • MIDI Export now follows repeats, endings, and DS/DC flow
  • MIDI Export now includes all time signatures and key signatures
  • Clear Special now fixed and clearing articulations, accidentals, or intensities
  • Tenor voice now defaults to Treble 8vb clef
  • Score view now persistent, and saved with file
  • Slurs now working in voice 2
  • The range of Treble and Bass clef instruments is now centred, so that the onscreen keyboard doesn’t default to low C
  • Clicking the metronome button in the toolbar now brings up a menu letting the user choose to turn on or off the metronome in either playback or record.
  • Velocity Overdub now working in Windows
  • Notion will now not crash if you paste voice 4 into the bass clef of a grand staff
  • MusicXML export fixes (up/down bow, fingerings)
  • MusicXML now exporting beaming as expected on Windows
  • Tooltip for metronome added
  • Global tuning slider now showing whole number when typing into the tuning text box
  • Jazz text now showing correctly (Win)
  • Jazz fonts now appearing in font selection dropdown (Win)
  • MIDI note entry echo now not interrupted by changing the metronome preference
  • Print all Parts to pdf now available (Win)
  • Ties now not removed when changing notes enharmonically
  • Ties now not removed when pasting a section of music that contains a time signature change
  • Now when dragging systems, all following systems are updated during the drag
  • Now when dragging staves, all following systems below are updated during the drag
  • Layout handles only now only affect the part being edited, rather than all parts
  • Now when pasting in to a different voice, slurs go into the correct voice
  • When hiding stems, flags also hide
  • User Guide updated

Rules

  • Add a rules test for no techniques present (normale/arco/senza sord)
  • Con sord / with mute rule now working as expected
  • Hairpin CC data now follows channel changes (as was only working in channel 1 before)

 

 

Ryan Louder on Studio One 3… and Five Studio 192s.

[Ryan Louder is a multi-platinum music producer and songwriter. Having studied at the Royal College of Music as a composer, Ryan went on score films and produce music, working with a multitude of artists including Troye Sivan, Pixie Lott, Claudia Kane Katherine Jenkins, Alexandra Burke and Dido.]

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• What PreSonus products have you used and which do you currently use?

I have two studios with identical setups: 2 Studio 192s and Studio One 3 in both. I also have a Studio 192 Mobile and laptop when out of the studio which works great.

 

 • For what applications are you using Studio One?

Recording, songwriting, production, mixing—everything I need to write and produce high-end productions for high level artists is in Studio One. I’m blown away by Studio One, and it has served me well in very high-pressure situations.

 

• What led you to choose Studio One? Was it the company’s reputation, audio quality, ease of use, specific features, price, other factors?

Word of mouth. A lot of people in the industry are talking about studio one being the DAW of the future…

 

• Having used Studio One, what do you like most about it?

The usability and reliability! The people deciding what goes where know what they’re doing, where other DAWs seem to have no clue of a producer’s needs. For example, one DAW manufacturer keeps going on about “The Cloud,” which no one wants or needs… and they keep going on as if it’s something significant while there rubbish software crashes several times a day. Studio One is the polar opposite and the reliability is incredible.

• What Studio One features have proven particularly useful and why?

I can drag and drop preset instruments—so quick!

• How does Studio One compare to other DAWs you have used?
No comparison. They’re a 100 years behind Studio One.
• Any user tips or tricks or interesting stories based on your experience with Studio One?

My biggest tip is “Do not believe anything other than your ears.” Do blind tests on comparing quality—for example, I chose the Studio 192 converters clocked to my Black Lion audio clock over audio gear that cost five times as much. I chose the Studio 192 six times out eight of blind tests. Do blind tests on everything from plug-ins to hardware. You’ll save yourself money big time.

 •  Any final comments about PreSonus and Studio One?
F***ing awesome!

Ryan Louder on Clash Music’s Track of the Day

 

Notion iOS update 2.0.163 now available

New:

  • Organ and chorus sounds

General fixes:

  • Now when all sounds are downloading, it continues past any sounds that may fail
  • Download All sounds, now retrieves purchased sounds, as well as bundle sounds
  • Score is not reloaded after each sound is downloaded, so the app does not slow down now
  • Fix trying to show iPad palette on iPhone 6S Plus in landscape mode (caused an issue where users could not access rests)
  • Now when viewing a part, and switching view (continuous, screen, or print view), it doesn’t jump to the top part by default
  • MIDI Import/Export enhancements
  • New user guides in Italian and Korean
  • Spanish user guide now opening as expected
  • Korean language fixes
    MusicXML import/export fixes (up/down bow, fingerings)

Handwriting

  • If you tie a note across a bar line you can now enter any notation using the handwriting tool in the following measure.
  • If there is a tie or rest in one voice, it is now ignored if writing in a different voice
  • Rests are now better aligned vertically when using more than one voice in a measure
  • If writing ledger lines, or adding any other items that fall outside the normal staff boundaries, then Notion will add them to the correct staff – either by way of attachment (e.g. stems) or following previously entered items.
  • Fix handwriting occasionally freezing in specific measures