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#NAMM2015 Artist: @NothingMoreRock

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Ubertight heavy prog-rockers Nothing More are currently on the Juggernaut Tour with Periphery, and are the first band to tour with a StudioLive RM16AI, subjecting to the rigors of the road and rock stardom. So far, it’s holding up great while providing critical backing tracks and effects to their bombastic, shirtless live show. Fortunately for you, their breakneck tour schedule includes a stop at our NAMM booth on Saturday at 3 p.m. With these guys performing, we will probably have to bribe the sound police to keep our spot in Hall B next year.

Click here for more on ALL the presentations at NAMM this year.

@TheBlueDevils and the StudioLive AI Solution: Interview with David Gibbs

David Gibbs is the Executive Director of The Blue Devils, the best drum and bugle corp in the world. They’ve come to rely on the StudioLive AI digital mixers as well as the StudioLive AI PA Loudspeakers.

Hear WorxAudio speakers in-person, FREE, at #NAMM2015

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We will be offering a FREE demo of WorxAudio’s new speakers in Anaheim during the NAMM show, and it’s so free that you don’t even need a NAMM badge. This event will be held in the Topaz Ballroom of the nearby Sheraton, a mere stone’s throw from the convention center. But hey, we understand that you’re going to be spending a lot of time on your feet at the show, so we’ve arranged lots of shuttles. They’ll be available to pick you and your tired feet up from the Convention Center Courtesy Vehicles boarding area, next to Hall D, and will run from 3-7 p.m. Click here to register and get more info.

Sheraton Garden Grove Anaheim South
Topaz Ballroom
12221 Harbor Blvd.
Garden Grove, CA

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Demos will be held from 4-6 p.m. all four days of the show. We’re bringing the V8, V8 Grid, TL218s, X2i, SuperSub, the V5 and X115. Come check ‘em out and get your ears cleaned.

 

 

What you need to know about PreSonus at #NAMM2015

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It’s that time of year again—the new time, which means we’re all scrambling after postholiday gluttony to get everything ready for The Loudest Tradeshow In The World. For those of you able to make it out to sunny California’s Anaheim Convention Center for the 2015 NAMM show. First, the basics:

Show dates: 

  • Thursday, Jan 22    10 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Friday, Jan 23        10 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Saturday, Jan 24    10 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Sunday, Jan 25      10 a.m.-5 p.m.

 

The PreSonus Krewe, as well as the PreSonus New Stuff (sorry, can’t tell you what that is yet) can be found at in Hall B, Booth 5700. The Krewe will be the smiling, informed-looking folks in handsome PreSonus-branded apparel. Come on by anytime to get insight to all things PreSonus.

If you want to see any of this stuff (and you do), pencil any of the following presentations into your schedule. We will be featuring spotlights on these artists in the coming days, right here on the blawg.

 

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

10:00 – 10:45

StudioLive RM32AI demo with Justin Garner and the All-stars – presented by Byron Gaither

 

StudioLive RM32AI demo with Justin Garner and the All-stars – presented by Byron Gaither

 

StudioLive RM32AI demo with Justin Garner and the All-stars – presented by Byron Gaither

 

StudioLive RM32AI demo with Justin Garner and the All-stars – presented by Byron Gaither

 

11:00 – 11:45

Studio One Production with KATFYR – presented by Byron Gaither

 

Studio One Production with KATFYR – presented by Byron Gaither

 

Studio One Production with KATFYR – presented by Byron Gaither

 

Studio One Production with KATFYR – presented by Byron Gaither

 

12:00 – 12:45

What’s new at PreSonus –  Ray Tantzen and Wesley Smith – Performance by Minos the Saint

 

What’s new at PreSonus –    Ray Tantzen and Wesley Smith – Performance by Minos the Saint

 

What’s new at PreSonus –  Ray Tantzen and Wesley Smith – Performance by Minos the Saint

 

What’s new at PreSonus –  Ray Tantzen and Wesley Smith – Performance by Minos the Saint

 

1:00 – 1:45

PreSonus in Music Education with John Mlynczak

 

PreSonus for Field Audio – Live performance by the Blue Devils

 

StudioLive RM16AI Demo – Live performance by Startisan

 

StudioLive RM16AI Demo – Live performance by Startisan

 

2:00 – 2:45

Studio One Secrets with Chaka Blackmon and Byron Gaither

 

Studio One Secrets with Chaka Blackmon and Byron Gaither

 

Studio One Secrets with Chaka Blackmon and Byron Gaither

 

Studio One Secrets with Chaka Blackmon and Byron Gaither

 

3:00 – 3:45

AudioBox i-Series and Capture Mobile demo with Katelyn Benton

 

AudioBox i-Series and Capture Mobile demo with Katelyn Benton

 

NOTHING MORE rock out with the StudioLive RM32AI

 

School of Rock live performance

 

4:00 – 4:45

StudioLive AI Cascading with Ace Baker and Byron Gaither

 

StudioLive AI Cascading with Ace Baker and Byron Gaither

 

StudioLive AI Cascading with Ace Baker and Byron Gaither

 

StudioLive AI Cascading with Ace Baker and Byron Gaither

 

5:00 – 5:45

Studio One Production with KATFYR – presented by Byron Gaither

 

Studio One Production with KATFYR – presented by Byron Gaither

 

StudioLive RM16AI Demo – Live performance by Startisan

 

StudioLive RM16AI Demo – Live performance by Startisan

 

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Furthermore, we will be offering a FREE demo of WorxAudio’s new speakers. It’s so free that you don’t even need a NAMM badge. This event will be held in the Topaz Ballroom of the nearby Sheraton, a mere stone’s throw from the convention center. But hey, we understand that you’re going to be spending a lot of time on your feet at the show, so we’ve arranged lots of shuttles. They’ll be available to pick you and your tired feet up from the Convention Center Courtesy Vehicles boarding area, next to Hall D, and will run from 3-7 p.m. Click here to register and get more info.

Sheraton Garden Grove Anaheim South
1221 Harbor Blvd.
Topaz Ballroom

Demos will be held from 4-6 p.m. all four days of the show. We’re bringing the V8, V8 Grid, TL218s, X2i, SuperSub, the V5 and X115. Come check ‘em out and get your ears cleaned.

 

 

Nimbit Artist of the Week: Jim Weider

2290158Telecaster elite Jim Weider has been in the game for a lifetime. He’s one of those incredible guitarists that has somehow flown under the radar of many—but I’ll put it to ya this way: When The Band reformed in 1985, Jim was the go-to first-call six-stringer to replace Robbie Robertson.

You don’t get that gig without knowing your way around a fretboard. Jim didn’t just get the gig, but kept it for 15 years.

The Weider collaborator name-drop roll call reads more or less like a who’s who of Woodstock-era wunderkinds: The Band, Dylan, Taj Mahal, Paul Butterfield, and more. Further luminary collaborators include other folks you may have heard of—including a guy who calls himself “Keith Richards,” and someone else called “Mavis Staples.”

Oh, and Jim was born in Woodstock, New York. Just sayin’.

Jim’s Nimbit store is largely focused on his most recent effort, PRoJECT PERCoLAToR, a notable diversion from his rootsy roots. PRoJECT PERCoLAToR is a little more on the experimental side of things, instead focusing on multi-layered guitar parts and looped drums and percussion. The result is a series of groove-driven efforts that offer a fresh direction for Jim—one  that listeners familiar with Jim’s pedigree may be surprised by. Studio and live albums are both available.

Something we don’t see every day in the merch section of Nimbit stores is instructional resources. Jim’s got a bevy of guitar instructional DVDs covering blues, country blues, and rockabilly—all of which are available autographed! Also available is the exhaustively researched Get That Classic Fender Sound DVD, an exploration of vintage Fender guitars and amps from the 50s and 60s that gear geeks will flip a chrome tailpiece for.

Nimbit Artist of the Week: Lori Diamond & Fred Abatelli

2357100One listen to Lori’s voice and you’ll understand why she’s an award-winner; she was recognized in 2010’s Great American Songwriting Contest, and received Pulse Magazine’s Best Female Vocalist award in 2011 and 2012. Evocative of renowned songbirds like Sarah McLachlan and Joni Mitchell, Lori’s warm, emotive, and pitch-perfect voice conveys vulnerability and confidence in simultaneous and equal measure.

Add capable multi-instrumentalist Fred Abatelli to the mix and you’ve got something of a quiet powerhouse on your hands. The instrumentation on the four CDs available on their Nimbit store is largely piano and acoustic guitar driven, making for a collection of songs that are absolutely perfect for unwinding after a hard days’ work.

Their recordings reward repeat listenings through judicious use of vocal harmony and divergent instrumentation—but never too much of either. Lori’s voice and lyrics are the real stars of the show, here, and the arrangements sensibly give them both plenty of space. Given the duo’s thematic focus on empathy, it seems just that a portion of all of their CD sales go to support NEADS—a nonprofit organization that provides independence to people who are deaf or have a disability through the use of canine assistance

Of particular note, Lori is maximizing the potential of Nimbit’s Calendar feature. Her show listings include not only the critical information of where and when, but even screen caps of the venue’s location on Google Maps to help attendees get their bearings.

A smart move. Also included is venue contact info, links to ticket purchases, and Lori’s own thoughts about the venues and festivals she’ll be performing in, which is a nice personal touch, likely appreciated by venue owners—a little goodwill can go a long way toward repeat bookings. Lori has clearly created some demand for her shows and is planning ahead, as her calendar has bookings well into October of 2015!

FREE StudioLive AI Training coming up at SAE near you! Chance to win Free Studio One Professional Upgrade for attending or a StudioLive RM16AI!

Our free StudioLive training series has been such a smash that it’s been extended due to popular demand—and this time around, we’re upping the stakes. One attendee at each of these training seminars will receive a free upgrade to Studio One Professional—and a single lucky winner who attends an SAE training in January, February or March of 2015 will be entered to win a StudioLive RM16AI digital mixer! You must be present to win.

SAE Institute branches in New York, Atlanta, Miami, Los Angeles, Nashville, San Francisco, and Chicago have free classes coming up on the following dates:

  • 02/14/15
  • 03/14/15

 

Click here to visit presonus.com/SAE to register for this event and make all your friends jealous.

 

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They Might be Giants’ New Live Album Mixed on Sceptres by Scott Bozack

Scott Bozack with Sceptre MonitorsThey Might Be Giants’ uniquely avant-nerd brand of pop/rock has seen a lot of evolution over the band’s career of 30+ years. While the band remained a plucky duo for the first phase of their career—John Linnell and John Flansburg—the release of John Henry found the band to take on… well, a band. While some critics might be inclined to leverage this transition to allege some sort of “maturation,” longtime fans know better. Short-time fans just need to throw “Doctor Worm” for a spin to see what I’m getting at.

Given TMBG’s somewhat surprising sonic evolution—a move that alienated what few boneheads existed among the ranks of their fans—it’s great to see (hear) First Album Live—a live full-band treatment of TMBG’s eponymous 1986 debut, informally/aka Pink. Hearing classic tracks updated with full-band arrangements (and the infectious hollerin’ of enthused concertgoers) brings us a tasty mix of the familiar and the new-ish—a real treat for longtime fans. And that band. Chops tapeworthy.

Or discworthy. Or Edison cylinder-worthy. Whatever. Point is the live arrangements of these songs as interpreted by said band deserved to be committed to history, and it’s happened—in part due to fan demand, and in part due to Sceptre monitors!

First Album Live was mixed by Scott Bozack, “Prez” of Big Gig Productions, who has been touring the world over with the ‘Giants since 2008 as their Tour Manager, Production Manager, and FOH engineer. He says, “I really love the CoActual horn design. It really creates an amazing image, and helps me visually place instruments in the music. Less EQing is required to to carve out space. Love them!”

John Flansburg, guitarist and vocalist of the band notes, “With the definition of the Sceptre S6 monitors, Scott Bozack was able to translate the power of They Might Be Giants’ live sound to a proper recorded mix.”

First Album Live is free, and can be downloaded by clicking here. Enjoy!

 

Nimbit Artist of the Week: Roomful of Blues!

1016625_10151419613811105_2031672143_nCards, meet table: Roomful of Blues formed in 1967, and are currently celebrating their 45year anniversary. Think about that for a second—how many bands can you name that have been around for 45 years and are still kicking?

Hmm, let’s see. Motorhead? Nope, formed in ’75. Cock Sparrer? Close at 1972. The Rolling Stones? Well, they formed in 1962, so they check out OK… but that means when it comes to finding a contemporary for Roomful of Blues, The Stones are the only fair comparison?

Seriously. The Stones? The Stones? Yep. Wow.

While lineup changes are to be expected in an outfit of this vintage, Roomful of Blues is currently a horn-heavy octet fronted by powerhouse vocalist Phil Pemberton. They’ve been known to draw from blues of all shades, and as a result have developed a sound that incorporates swing, soul, and some New Orleans flavor that keeps even blues aficionados guessing as to what the band will do next. Critics have taken note as well, and to date the band has earned five Grammy Award nominations, seven Blues Music Awards noms—including a win.

45 Live was just released on July 30, 2013, in celebration of the aforementioned anniversary. The band packed a three-day party at Mantunuck, Rhode Islands’ The Ocean Mist, and played their hearts out evey night, recording every note. The best performances from the anniversary show make up the 45 Live disc—which sounds a lot better than most live records, BTW.

I understand that some might argue that it’s not about the years, it’s about the mileage—and if so, RoB is the blues’ equivalent of an unstoppable Mack truck that has steadily, reliably been shipping music lovers up and down Highway 95 for a lifetime. The Roomful of Blues Nimbit store boasts a handful of T-shirts, but the real star here is the discography—SEVENTEEN full-length albums available via CD or HD download! In the time I’ve been writing these Nimbit Artist of the Week Posts, that’s the most I’ve seen a band offer. It sets the record for number of records.

 

Buy an i-Series Interface, Get the Metal Pack and Drum Loops, Free

FiSeries_Ampire_Bundle_300x300_12-12-14rom now until March 31, 2015, smart customers who buy the AudioBox iOne, iTwo, or iTwo Studio will get some great bonuses: The Ampire XT Metal Pack and the Complete Acoustic Drum Loops bundle, both for Studio One. These are valued at $29.99 and $59.99, respectively, so that’s nearly $100 in free software.

Oh, and Studio One Artist is included with the interface purchase anyhow, BTW, even when we don’t have a promo rolling—and that’s another $100 in free software. Just sayin’, that brings the total value of this deal to around $200 in free software.

In case you don’t already know, the iOne and iTwo interfaces allow you to record audio in sterling 96kHz quality. Beyond that, you can record mobile-style to your iPad into the included Capture Duo software, and then wirelessly z-z-z-zap your recorded tracks over to your main workstation for mixdown in the also-included-and-aforementioned Studio One Artist.

The Ampire XT Metal Pack features six new bröötal amp models for Ampire, Studio One’s included amp and cabinet simulator—as well as six new cabinet emulations. Furthermore, we’ve recognized that metal drums (and metal drummers) have rightfully begun to infringe on the guitar’s monopolization of the metal spotlight. As such, we’ve included a brand-new metal drum kit for Impact, rife with clicky kick drums, anvil snares, and… well, metallic cymbals. All told, this package is heavier than depleted uranium, and probably about as dangerous.

The Complete Acoustic Drum Loops Bundle features multitrack and stereo mixes of professional live drum performances, recorded in a state-of-the-art studio with world-class microphones. are ready to use in stereo and multitrack format. Each style is an entire library of matching loops that can be arranged to fit any song form, just as a real drummer would play them, and includes individual loops for verses, bridges, choruses, fills, and variations. The multitrack loops contain separate tracks for kick, snare, hi-hat, toms, overhead mics, room mics, and ambient mics so you can mix and edit to taste. Styles include:

  • Acoustic/Earthy (five styles)
  • Blues/Reggae (three styles)
  • Country (three styles)
  • Jazz (five styles)
  • Metal (four styles)
  • R&B/Funk (nine styles)
  • Rock/Pop (eight styles)

How do you take advantage of this deal? Easy. Just buy yourself an AudioBox iOne, iTwo, or iTwo Studio and register it to your account at my.presonus.com. The software download links will appear in your account upon successful registration.