[This just in from Byron Gaither, our very own consummate audio expert and Studio One know-it-all!]
Johnny A. is the torchbearer instrumental guitar rock needs in 2014. One doesn’t have to listen too far into his discography to hear echoes of Duane Eddy and Link Wray alongside his intimidating blues chops—some admittedly big shoes to fill. But with a Blues Artist of the Year Award (2010) and a namesake signature guitar available from some company called “Gibson,” it’s safe to say that Johnny A. is the right guy for the job.
His latest record, the appropriately-titled Driven, might just be the perfect soundtrack for a road trip through the American desert southwest. A solo album in the truest sense, Johnny played all the instruments himself, produced, and mixed! His gritty tones are suitably mixed front-and-center, of course, dialed in with just the right amount of gut and reverb to evoke both danger and beauty in equal measure. Throughout the record, his guitars are balanced with a tastefully diverse array of percussion and horns. And hell, a little pedal steel never hurt anybody.
Johnny’s got one of the slicker Nimbit store designs we’ve featured of late, opting for a more jukeboxy vertical layout instead of the more typical horizontal scroll, wrapped in a palette evocative of Driven‘s cover art. In it, you’ll find no less than five full-length recordings, a handful of singles (including some yuletide classics) T-shirts, autographed posters, and more.
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[This just in from Vince Walker, Music Teacher at Tasmania’s Deloraine High School!]
Last week Deloraine High School (Tasmania, Australia) held our 4th annual Battle of the Bands, and once again our PreSonus StudioLive didn’t miss a beat! We use our desk for live performances as well as recording our CD each year—thanks to you guys for supporting our school!
The desk was fully tricked out this year, running all six Aux channels (six foldbacks) and the two effects channels, all Fat Channels were being used on effects, auxes, busses, main outs and the normal channels. It is the best desk ever! We use iPad integration to assist tune the foldbacks, and use the Smaart Wizards to tune the whole PA system. Thanks, PreSonus, for building a great desk as well as great software.
We love using Studio One 2 Professional for recording and mastering our own music. The native plugins are very useful, the DAW is so easy to use, and we get a great sound from the software every time. My students have learned to use PreSonus gear and software, and they can take the knowledge they learn to other outboard gear or DAWs… but why would they change?
Deloraine High School
[This just in from Jason Andreasen, Executive Director of Baton Rouge Gallery!]
Hey PreSonus! I just wanted to say thank you for your support of Baton Rouge Gallery and its Movies & Music on the Lawn series. This past weekend we were, as you know, pleased to screen “The Man Who Laughs” with an original score from Matsy. The weather was perfect and we had an audience of over 400 on hand for the event!
We’ve gotten such wonderful feedback at the gallery about the event. I know we had a number of people use the free passes, so I’m assuming that a number of PreSonus staff/clients were able to come and enjoy the evening.
Again, on behalf of the artists, staff and Board of Directors at BRG, I would like to express our sincere gratitude to you and everyone at PreSonus for the generous support. I hope that you are as proud of the partnership as we are. I’ve attached some photos of the event.
Baton Rouge Gallery
What’s the surprise? Tune in Thursday, July 17, 2014 at http://www.presonus.com/videos/presonuslive to find out.
After all, you might be the lucky viewer who WINS the surprise.
To call Jen Foster a singer/songwriter and leave it at that would be doing one of Houston’s finest a gross disservice. A complete solo artist in the truest sense of the term, Jen writes and performs her own award-winning music, runs her own record label, provides music for film and TV, and somehow manages to tour to packed houses and festivals all over the country. So far, she’s shared the stage with Melissa Etheridge, Brandi Carlisle, Edwin McCain, and many more. Oh, and she’s also on the Board of Directors for the Nashville Songwriter’s Association International.
Jen’s also a proud believer in music as a force for change, and is the architect behind songwriter series The Writer’s Share, which brought together Richard Marx, Keb’ Mo, Mike Reid, and Chuck Cannon to benefit the TJ Martell Foundation for Cancer, Leukemia, and AIDS. She followed up with the Christmas Time is Here video collaboration project and She4Marriage Equality.
A model Nimbit user as well, Jen’s slinging no fewer than four full-length albums, 11 singles, and a veritable summer collection of fashionable Foster-branded wearables, including beanies, rings, tank tops, t-shirts, bracelets, and—in perhaps a Nimbit merch first—CUSTOM DOG TAGS!
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We’ve always tried to give Studio One users a lot to choose from when it comes to packs and loops and sounds and such. Studio One ships with tons of demos, instruments, drums, MusicLoops, and Impulse Responses. Recently, with version 2.6.2 of Studio One, we’ve added support for even more add-ons, and the first two off the line are Goldbaby Essentials and the Metal Pack for Ampire XT. Normally these packages are $29.99 each, but until August 30, 2014, we’re throwing them in for FREE when you get Studio One Professional, including upgrades and crossgrades!
To claim this offer, all you need to do is purchase Studio One Professional over on shop.presonus.com, and Goldbaby Essentials and Ampire XT Metal Pack will automagically populate in your my.presonus.com account and be available for download.
Goldbaby Essentials for Impact features a whopping 500 samples from beatboxes of yore, arranged into 32 Impact drum kit presets and 124 new MusicLoops. These samples have been meticulously, professionally sampled by a real pro, and processed with warm, saturated, real-analog-tape-saturated goodness. Add to that the money, space, and time you’re saving when compared to buying all those drum machines and sampling them yourself—and you can’t deny that Goldbaby Essentials is even better than the real thing(s).
The Ampire XT Metal Pack features six new bröötal amp models for Ampire, 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.
We acknowledge that Nimbit wouldn’t be the hot stuff that it is today if there weren’t any artists around looking to sell music and merchandise—without them we are absolutely nothing. So, we decided to kick off an “Artist of the Week” series here on the blog to not only say thanks, but also to showcase the users who are making the most of the platform. I’ve cobbled together about a month’s worth of “weekly” artists into this li’l wrap-up, and among tem are a Grammy nominee, a 3-million-plus selling band, and an ARIA winner—but who is which?
Much has been written about what it takes to be a musical success. Tour hard. The real money’s in the merch. Engage your fans. You’ve heard all that a million times. Austin’s Alpha Rev is 13 years and four albums into their career with no sign of slowing down, and have proven what many music bloggers seem to have overlooked; despite myriad flavor-of-the-week “best practices” for being a sonic success, ultimately the song is the thing.
And upon listening to Alpha Rev, the elephant in the room becomes so very obvious. Alpha Rev’s foundation lay in a folky/rootsy acoustic aesthetic; familiar territory for seasoned songsmiths. Bolster said traditional Americana instrumentation with a killer rhythm section and a bevy of pedal steel and mandolin, and you’re a step closer to arriving at the Alpha Rev gestalt. Add lofty, layered vocal melodies, elegant application of dynamics, and patiently-building crescendos that border on cinematic, and one could begin to imagine their sound.
Or, heck, one could just bloody well listen to it, because a ton of their stuff is available on the Alpha Rev Nimbit Store, including their three full-length albums and a B-side compilation. Strongly recommended. Good stuff. Check out New Morning.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania’s Rusted Root are all about the sonic melting pot, and their status as mainstays of the sweaty outdoor music festival scene probably helps with the “melting” part. Start with a hearty spoonful of jam band folk and fold in a 1/2 cup of vocal harmony. Season liberally with Latin American and African percussion spices. Add genius and let simmer for 45 minutes. Serves 3 Million.
Check out their music by getting a free track here. and when you’re done with that, check out their Nimbit store, which is absolutely stocked. There’s a diverse array of tees (long-sleeve, short-sleeve, no-sleeve) and other apparel, as well as cool merch, including Rusted Root-branded earplugs. In true jam band tradition, there is also a bevy of live tracks to be found. Many—if not all—of their studio albums are available as well, dating all the way back to 1992, so you can root through Root’s roots.
Interested in Nimbit? Sign up for free here. Rusted Root has sold 3 Million records. And if Nimbit’s good enough for them… just sayin’.
Get a free track from Rusted Root below. Note that if and when you sign up for Nimbit, you’ll be able to create your own promo widgets just like this one. Although, it would probably be best for them to give away your music, and not Rusted Roots’.
Melbourne, Australia’s Mia Dyson is five records and countless shows into an undeniable winning streak. So far, she’s been found touring with Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, Joe Cocker, and Stevie Nicks, leaving a trail of won-over fans and ARIA nominations in her wake. Oh, and one win, for Best Blues and Roots Album. Her songs are clearly those of an artist who prioritizes balance—we hear fresh sounds juxtaposed with the traditional, all wrapped up in toasty blanket of heart and earnest. The result is a experience that is simultaneously warm, familiar, and refreshing, and highly deserving of repeat listenings.
“Idyllwild” is Mia’s new full-length, and it just came out on June 3. Click here to learn more about Mia and hear/buy “Idyllwild” on Nimbit! And heck, grab a shirt while you’re there, or maybe a copy of one of her earlier works. The Moment, in particular, has piqued some ears and fostered critical praise:
“The Moment puts Dyson in the same league as the great Melissa Etheridge and Bonnie Raitt. It goes down smooth, and pleasantly lingers in hearts and minds long after the record’s over. ”
Oklahoma’s John Fullbright is a songwriter’s songwriter, the kind of guy that writes lyrics that make other songwriters cry “Why didn’t I think of that?” John delivers his road-weathered ballads from a strong heart—one that’s got a more than a few miles on it, and more than a few left. The man’s a straight shooter; case-in-point, the new record, available now on Nimbit, is appropriately titled Songs.
Despite being a Grammy-nominated songwriter, killer vocalist, guitarist, pianist, and harmonica player, he is only kind of good at dominoes.
‘Songs’ is a warm, winning and plainspoken Americana album that builds on the authority and charm of ‘From the Ground Up’ not by musical-muscle flexing, but by its clarity and simmering intensity.”
— Jim Fusilli, The Wall Street Journal
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What can I say about the AudioBox USB that hasn’t already been said? It’s the little interface that could—and has. I wish we had a way of logging just how many singer/songwriter records have been churned out on these li’l devils But I do know that since its introduction in 2008, we have sold over 100,000 AudioBox USBs to date.
And for good reason. These are great-sounding, hard-working interfaces that get the job done without taking up a lot of space. They need a good home—so how about yours? After all those years of hard work, it’s time to give the little guy a break, so we’re dropping the price down to $99 USD from the existing price of $149.99.
Oh, and they’re sturdy.