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ULT Loudspeakers Available in Select Stores in the USA Now!


ult_launch_600x600_2-26-15_nee01The brand-new ULT Loudspeakers are currently on the shelves of select dealers in the USA! American Musical Supply, Full Compass, ZZounds, and Sweetwater have received portions of the initial shipment. If you want to be among the first to own a set of ULTs, click the links below to get a hold of them!

ULT means Ultra-Long Throw—these loudspeakers boast a tremendously focused vertical dispertion that projects your sound to the back of the hall for maximum intelligibility throughout. Designed with our partners from WorxAudio, the ULTs feature the Pivot X110 horn, a rotatable driver that allows you to get the best out of the ULTs in both horizontal and vertical configurations. The ULTs strike a balance that champions versatility; they’re sturdy but not unreasonably heavy, so they’re ideal for either permenent installations or mobile rigs. Generous I/O and convenient DSP presets round out the offering.

Interested? Contact a dealer by clicking below!
AMS FullCompass Sweetwater Zzounds

Justin Bryant on Studio One 3.2

Justin Bryant of Big Picture Music has worked with the BBC, Audi, Fiat, the Discovery Channel and lots of other commercial music projects. Bryant shares about his switch from Pro Tools to Studio One 3 and some of his favorite features about the DAW.

For more on Studio One 3.2, click here:


SFGames Chooses Studio One Prime for VR Game Development, Maps Key Commands to Game Controller

[This just in from Scigor of SFGames. He has been using Studio One Prime in the development of a forthcoming game, and is doing some fascinating things with it!]

ScigorI’m Scigor, a Tokyo based Creative Visual Artist.

And I’m the (crazy) mastermind behind SFGames, an indie games development team made of creative waywards.

SFGames is a team of artists and professionals joined together to work on various projects, starting on our first game with the working title of “Operation Cerulean Dew”—an action survival/horror game with sci-fi elements. We are lucky enough to be part of OSVR (Open Source Virtual Reality) partnership, so in addition to our main game, we have the chance to make new projects exclusively for Virtual Reality. We grabbed a great opportunity to develop an educational project for the Centenary of the Great War. And we have another cinematic VR project in the pipeline, a fantastic journey about human imagination and the spark of creativeness.

Illustration and character design are my main activity but I’m also a 3D enthusiast, passionate about video games and animation, and interested in many others artistic fields like music and cinema; a kind of “factotum” artist. But I’m not a pro musician; my approach is very self-taught and by ear. So why do I take care of sound design by myself?

Because I’m fascinated by how any forms of art are inextricably linked—creative ways to express emotions and ideas. For any idea that I write, every illustration that I paint, or melody that I record, I cannot think of these as separated things. If you’re creative, you can develop anything with the right methods and skills—but you will also need the right tools!

All this led me to a new approach to sound design and scoring, since these projects represent VR experiences addressed to a much more cinematic style in a “real” 3D space. While Francesco (our musician) has been working with Pro Tools and Logic, I’ve always tried to get by with free software as GarageBand, Ardour, and Audacity—but non of them offered enough. A couple of years ago I came across Studio One, which I found amazing from the beginning, mostly due to its great sound engine, so I was immediately convinced to use it in my work. It’s one of the very few programs that I was able to use right away without reading the manual!

I must say that are many artists like me with the need for a friendly and intuitive interface like Studio One, and while some state that the user interface doesn’t matter when you make music, I believe otherwise. Complex and hard-to-use interfaces become boring over time, and we are forced to waste too much time to learn how to use it, rather than create.

g13-gaming-gameboard-imagesI’m working in a Windows multi-monitor environment, with a Wacom Cintiq tablet with touch screen as second monitor, and because this setup makes it hard use a standard keyboard (my tablet is huge), I mapped the most used key commands to a programmable Logitech G13 gameboard. Studio One works perfectly with my tablet, and it’s so responsive that I can “paint” music!

Even if Francesco is the one that works on the main soundtrack, I also have ideas that sometime I want use in our games. My workflow starts with a simple idea or direction to follow, a main theme using my simple template for scoring. So I basically rough out what the theme should sound like: add some instruments (a free orchestral library), some textures and colors, just to blend and fill the sound. And Studio One helps hugely on “sketching” quick ideas.  Once I’ve reached my technical limitations, I send everything to Francesco who provides a professional rework of my ideas.

When it comes to sound recording and editing, I start with recording foley and sound effects on my own, if I have the right gear available. When I cannot do this by myself, I send some samples (sometimes made with my own voice on a webcam, as a guide) to Francesco: I give him a sound assets list and he records all needed sounds with extra variations. I remix everything in Studio One, and once I’ve finalized the sounds, I export the stems as sound cues for Unreal Engine.

I like that Studio One Prime is almost a complete DAW per se, very important in the Indie world! I find it very user friendly and works smoothly on any platform; I can still use it on my five years old MacBook Pro, and I don’t notice a difference in performance.

Also, I cannot work without the visual workflow and tool palette that Studio One provides me. Intuitive, simple, direct. What I need and in the right place. And scratch pads! I never get tired to say how useful they are for someone like me who doesn’t have knowledge of reading or writing musical notation, but has a lot of ideas to remember! And last but not least, I have never had a crash. Scigor-desk_02

There are still many things I want to explore and experiment with Studio One, like the powerful macro system and the Mix Engine FX , very useful to give emphasis and personality to a set of sound effects all at once. As I said at the beginning, I’m not a professional musician, but Studio One fits my workflow naturally, and makes me feel as I’ve always use it. It simply sounds better!

I recommend Studio One 3 to indie developers and artists on a budget who want to start with a free yet powerful DAW, and later can move to more powerful versions for cheap.

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Jessie Kol and Perry Sorensen on the PreSonus Studio 192

Jessie Kol and Perry Sorensen recently had a great experience tracking their newest single on the Studio 192, and they sent us this great video about it!

Sounds great, you two—and that studio is gorgeous, BTW!

FOCUS… on the PreSonus Sceptre S8s

FOCUS… is a California-based record producer signed to Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment who has produced tracks for Dr. Dre, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, Lil Wayne, Jadakiss, Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Lopez, Beyoncé Knowles, 50 Cent, Busta Rhymes, and more. He recently got a pair of Sceptres—and here’s what he has to say about them.



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Yuki Hayashi on Studio One 3.2

Yuki Hayashi is a score composer for TV, anime, and film who relies on Studio One to create his best work. Here, he shares his impressions of Studio One’s sound quality and ease of use.

Learn more about Studio One 3.2 and try the free demo here.


OBEDIA Offering Monster 75% Discount on Studio One Training

Quick note to Studio One users: The kind folks over at OBEDIA are offering 75% off of Studio One cross-training! This subscription service lets you learn directly from the OBEDIA crew via phone and/or a remote desktop connection.



Subscription benefits include:

  • 20 Session Minutes Per Month Subscribed
  • Purchase Additional Minutes Needed @ 50% off
  • Exclusive Content
  • Special Offers & Promotions
  • Discount at PCAudioLabs
  • Client Control Panel
    • Monitor Minute Use
    • Review Sessions
    • Manage Profile
    • Activate & Purchase Minutes

Click here for more details on this promo and request your discount code!


Setting up and Understanding Networking on StudioLive AI and RM Mixers

Setting up StudioLive AI and RM Networking

In this video we’ll explain some of the basics you’ll need to know about networking for the StudioLive AI Console and StudioLive RM Rackmount mixing systems. You’ll hear about switches and routers while learning what a DHCP server does. We’ll also explain what an IP Address mode is and the differences between the modes supported by the StudioLive AI and RM mixers.

Understanding StudioLive AI and RM Networking

In this video we’ll explain some of the basics you’ll need to know about networking for the StudioLive AI and RM mixing systems. You’ll hear about switches and routers while learning what a DHCP server does. We’ll also explain what an IP Address mode is and the differences between the modes supported by the StudioLive AI and RM mixers.



PreSonus R Series Monitors and Eris MTMs have Arrived in Select Stores in the USA!

Sure, we can talk all day about how great the R-series monitors and Eris MTMs are. Heck, we can even link to reviews and let OTHER people tell you how great they are. And we do.R-Series-Avail-near-you

But the fact is, when you’re going to spend some money on some serious monitors, you really owe it to yourself—and especially to your clients—to hear the darn things first to believe them and know what you’re getting. That’s not something any YouTube review can do for you. You just gotta leave the house.

Fortunately, the R-series and Eris MTM monitors have begun to arrive in select dealers’ inventories, and you can head on over to any of the shops listed below and give them a listen.

If your neighborhood isn’t on the list, that’s OK. Contact us at and we will set up a demo near you.

R Series Availability:

Dealer State Address Phone Website
Eatmybeats AL 4755 Jug Factory Road TUSCALOOSA AL 35404 205-758-9119
Sutherland Sight & Sound AL 3906 Jackson Highway Sheffield AL 35660 256-381-1995
Aspire Music CA 912 S. Victory Blvd BURBANK CA 91506 818-435-4553
Bananas At Large CA 1504 4th Street San Rafael CA 94901 888-900-1959
Sam Ash 66 CA 3418 College Ave San Diego CA 92115 619-573-9669
Sam Ash 95 CA 7360 Sunset Blvd. Hollywood CA 90046 323-850-1050
Skip’s Music CA 2740 Auburn Blvd. Sacramento CA 95821 916-484-7575
Westlake Pro, Inc. CA 4101 Lankershim Blvd NORTH HOLLYWOOD CA 91602 323-845-1199
Robb’s Boulder Music CO 2691 30th St. Boulder, CO 80301 (303) 443-8448
Music Arts Enterprises FL 3301 Davie Blvd. Fort Lauderdale FL 33312 954-581-2203
Sam Ash 32 FL 5460 W. Sample Rd. Pompano Beach FL 33073 954-975-3390
Sam Ash 33 FL 5360 NW 167 Street Miami Lakes FL 33014 305-628-3510
Sam Ash 52 FL Dolphin Mall 11421 NW 12th St Miami FL 33172 786-331-9688
Sam Ash 54 FL 4644 E. Colonial Dr. Orlando FL 32803 407-896-5508
Sam Ash 63 GA 2999 Cobb Parkway Atlanta GA 30339 770-818-0042
Sweetwater IN 5501 US Highway 30 W Fort Wayne IN 46818 800-222-4700
Big Dudes Music MO 3817 Broadway Kansas City MO 64111 816-931-4638
Sam Ash 51 NC 5533 WestPark Dr. Charlotte NC 28217 704-522-9253
8th St. Music NJ 7815 Airport Highway PENNSAUKEN NJ 08109 215-923-5040
Grandma’s Music NM 9310 Coors NW Albuquerque NM 87114 800-444-5252
Boynton Pro Audio NY 5463 NYS Hwy. 12 NORWICH , NY 13815 (607) 337-2676
Sam Ash 07 NY 333 West 34th Street New York NY 10001 212-719-2299
N Stuff Music PA 468 Freeport Rd. Pittsburgh PA 15238 412-828-1003
Northern Sound & Light PA 11 Shingiss St. McKees Rocks PA 15136 412-331-1000
Corner Music TN 2705 12th Avenue South Nashville TN 37204 615-297-9559
Century Music TX 214 W. Rhapsody Dr. San Antonio TX 78216 210-496-2050
Sam Ash 59 TX 25 N.E. Loop 410 San Antonio TX 78216 210-530-9777
Performance Audio UT 2456 S. West Temple Salt Lake City UT 84115 800-771-8330
Rising Phoenix Music & Sound UT 4598 S. 700 W. OGDEN UT 94405 801-399-1418
Beacock Music WA 1420 SE 163rd Ave VANCOUVER WA 98683 360-694-7134
Truetone Audio WA 1915 Larrabee Ave BELLINGHAM WA 98225 360-734-2500!sales
Full Compass Systems WI 9770 Silicon Prairie Pkwy Verona WI 53593 800-356-5844
Kraft Music, Ltd. WI 4700 W. Ryan Road FRANKLIN WI 53132 414-858-4002
Pixel Pro Audio, LLC. WI 601 W College Ave APPLETON WI 54911 855-269-0474

Eris MTM  Availability:  Eris-MTM-Near-You

Name State Address Phone Website
Eatmybeats AL 4755 Jug Factory Road, TUSCALOOSA 205-758-9119
Sutherland Sight & Sound AL 3906 Jackson Highway, Sheffield 256-381-1995
The Midi Store AZ 40 W. Cortez Drive Suite 3, SEDONA 928-284-1619
Bananas At Large CA 1504 4th Street, San Rafael 415-457-7600 CA 2818 W. Main Street, ALHAMBRA 626-282-7001
Aspire Music CA 912 S. Victory Blvd, BURBANK 818-435-4553
PSSL CA 10743 Walker St, Cypress 714-891-3990!zHU2ep7IELoG7PH5KyqZIQ!/
Westlake Pro, Inc. CA 1711 W. Burbank Blvd. Suite 101, BURBANK 323-845-1145
Robb’s Boulder Music CO 2691 30th St. Boulder, CO 80301 (303) 443-8448
Eternal Light & Sound LLC CO 3262 Sea Gull Ct, LOVELAND 970-222-8313
B & B Educ. Music DE 3443 S. Dupont Highway, Camden Wyoming 302-697-2410
Discount Music FL 3301 Gardenia Ave., ORLANDO 407-423-4171
Music Arts Enterprises FL 3301 Davie Blvd., Fort Lauderdale 954-581-2203
Music Masters FL 1114 N. Monroe St., Tallahassee 850-224-6158
Scitscat Music FL 12302 SW 117th Court, MIAMI 305-595-3002
Total Entertainment DJ Inc. FL 501 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach 386-254-8727
Sam Ash 44 FL 7726 Cheri Ct., Tampa (813) 888-7876
Dirt Cheep Music GA 2415 South Cobb Dr., SMYRNA 770-433-0196
Portman’s Music GA 7650 Abercorn St, SAVANNAH 912-354-1500
UpTempo Music IA 2114 Beaver Ave, DES MOINES 515-277-0145
West Music IA 1212 5th St., Coralville 319-351-2000
FTS Studios (Sound) IL 201 W. Jefferson, Suite 4, EFFINGHAM 217-343-0906
Sweetwater IN 5501 US Highway 30 W, Fort Wayne 800-222-4700
C&M Music Center LA 2515 Williams Blvd. KENNER 504-468-8688
Matt’s Music LA 3235 Breard St., Monroe 318-387-3628
Chuck Levin’s Washington Music Center MD 11151 Veirs Mill Road, Wheaton 301-946-2300
Big Dudes Music MO 3817 Broadway, Kansas City 816-931-4638
Fazio’s Frets & Friends MO 3100 S. Freemont Ave, SPRINGFIELD 417-881-1373
Morgan Music MO 689 N Washington Ave, LEBANON 417-588-1970
P.C. Sound Inc. NC 1826 W. 5th St., Washington 252-946-6100
Sam Ash 51 NC 5533 WestPark Dr., Charlotte (704) 522-9253
Dietze Music House NE 13015 W Center Rd Suite A-1B, OMAHA 402-333-1535
8th St. Music NJ 7815 Airport Highway, PENNSAUKEN 215-923-5040
Prymaxe Vintage, LLC. NJ 56 North Avenue, GARWOOD 908-232-7122
Grandma’s Music NM 9310 Coors NW, Albuquerque 800-444-5252
Imperial Guitar & Sound NY 2A Cherry Hill Rd., NEW PALTZ 845-567-0111
Boynton Pro Audio NY 5463 NYS Hwy. 12 NORWICH , NY 13815 (607) 337-2676
Corner Music TN 2705 12th Avenue South, Nashville 615-297-9559
Rik’s Music and Sound, Inc. TN 1505 Downtown West Blvd., KNOXVILLE 865-691-9590
Hermes Trading Co., Inc TX 409 S Broadway, MCALLEN 956-686-8742
Hermes Trading Co., Inc TX 9941 NORTH FWY, HOUSTON 281-820-0011
Mundt Music TX 2312 Judson Rd, LONGVIEW 903-758-8872
Rock & Roll Rentals TX 1420 W Oltorf, Austin 512-447-5305
Sound Productions TX 6631 N. Beltline Rd.Suite 100, IRVING 972-550-0001
Strait Music Co TX 2428 W. Ben White Rd, AUSTIN 512-476-6927
Performance Audio UT 2456 S. West Temple, Salt Lake City 800-771-8330
Rising Phoenix Music & Sound UT 4598 S. 700 W., OGDEN 801-399-1418
Audio Light and Music VA 6029 E VIRGINIA BEACH BLVD, NORFOLK 757-853-2424
Bellevue American Music WA 14340 NE 20th Street, Bellevue 425-641-5005
BSW WA 2237 South 19th Street, Tacoma 253-565-8114
Essential Audio Group WA 6700 NE Silver Springs Lane, POULSBO 206-335-6192
Focus Worship WA 6007 Thynewood Loop, WEST RICHLAND 425-422-5904
MUSIC 6000 WA 3738 Pacific Ave SE, Olympia 360-786-6000
Cascio Music WI 13819 W. National Ave., New Berlin 262-789-7600
Full Compass Systems WI 9770 Silicon Prairie Pkwy, Verona 800-356-5844
Kraft Music, Ltd. WI 4700 W. Ryan Road, FRANKLIN 414-858-4002
Pixel Pro Audio, LLC. WI 601 W College Ave, APPLETON 855-269-0474
Route 60 Music WV 60 Peyton St., BARBOURSVILLE 304-736-7466

Vahagn Sepanyan’s Bass Skills on Display in “ConFusion”

Check out this great video from Vahagn Stepanyan—tracked using an AudioBox USB and Eris E5s!

Vahagn says: “I am bass player, composer and arranger, and for my work I had to choose good audio equipment with high quality. I tried many studio electronics, before I found my favorite with great quality—PreSonus! Compared with other electronics, PreSonus is inexpensive and available to any user, and the most important fact is that it’s not inferior to others. It sounds great and has a true sound production.”

Thanks Vahagn!