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I thought you should know about a great seminar coming up at the EMErgence: Electronic Music Experience. The event is a joint effort by LEAF and the Bob Moog Foundation, and takes place on October 22-24 in Asheville, NC, and includes hands-on activities, workshops and lectures from local, professional electronic musicians and producers. James from STEREOSPREAD is collaborating with Caden of Banmier on a presentation called “Junkyard Beats: Creating Music with Found Sounds.” More info can be found at theleaf.org.
“The process of taking junkyard sounds and evolving them into synth sounds is a process I developed when I was in the 9th grade and have continued to develop,” Caden says. “Much of my music features sounds that began their life as breaking glass and banging pressure vessels, but you

would never know it because it just sounds like some kind or organic synth sound. When I first started experimenting in electronic music, I did not have the money or resources to purchase synthesizers, but I understood that the basics of most synthesis involved creating a waveform using oscillators and then modulating it. I set out going to junk yards and recording breaking or bashing things together for my “donor” waveforms. I spent a lot of time at the junk yard attracting a lot of attention and curious onlookers—people who mainly just wanted to know what the hell I was doing!”

“Using Sample One, I zoom in on an interesting looking section of my recording and loop it, creating a buzz. Then I tune the sample by tweaking the tune knob, measuring the results with a tuner. Once the sample is in tune, I add effects and adjust the ADSR to tailor the sound. The results can be quite surprising and wonderful. Best of all it’s a totally custom sound that is the result of a really fun creative process.”

James shares a bit about his workflow in Studio One as well:

“Working in Studio One has enabled me to create better than before, I can literally take a single word of Sara’s vocal track—and create a pad using Sample One from the same sound, or even create a bass! We’ve done this on so many of our songs it’s actually pretty funny; sometimes people are like ‘how did you get that low bass sub-it’s so clean!’  They never realize or even believe me when I say it’s based around Sara’s vocal. Same with some of our drums, I’ve literally taken the sound of our dogs barking. compressed them in pitch/tempo then thrown into Sample One and created hits which to use as kicks, snares, etc.”

If you want to get your hands a little rusty, and learn how to turn a radiator into a cello, then this seminar is for you!

James is a member of STEREOSPREAD and has produced and remixed for many projects including Haap,  Ask You in Gray, Ilima and The Sexbots, Ummagma, Thy Fearful Symmetry, Diffuzion, Venn Diagram, Jadugara, King George VIII, and Between the Now.

Banmier is the creative project of Waynesville, NC, where he currently lives and operates a home studio. Caden has played drum set, marching snare, hand drums and auxiliary percussion in many music settings including symphonic band, marching band, as well as several metal and funk groups. Caden’s venture into electronic music was brought about by the need to express musical thoughts that were more complex and melodic than drum beats.


You can hear some of Banmier and Stereospread’s sonic trickery in the collaboration embedded below!

 

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The “Why StudioLive” video contest was a smashing success. And that’s all because of you.

We received many qualified submissions—over eighty in total—and the process of viewing, judging, and choosing winners took a long time. You guys all did such a good job that the original idea of rewarding only two of the videos was not only impossible, but seemed a little unfair considering the quality of the material we received.
So, we are instead giving away four big prizes, adding a StudioLive 16.4.2AI or ADL 700, and Eris E8 monitors to the existing offering of a StudioLive 32.4.2AI and Sceptre S8 monitors.
These winners have already been e-mailed information regarding their winning status and instructions for claiming their prize. If you are listed below and didn’t get that e-mail, check your spam folder!
The winners are: 
 
GRAND PRIZE WINNER receives a StudioLive 32.4.2.AI:
Jerry W: “Why We Need This Mixer”

Second place winner receives his choice of a StudioLive 16.4.2AI  or  ADL 700:
Aaron S.: “Give me StudioLive or Give Me Death”

Third place winner receives a pair of Sceptre S8s:
Marco L.:  “Rule Your Gig”

Fourth place winner receives a pair of  Eris E8s:
Chris B.’s “Why StudioLive”

Congratulations to the above—but that’s not all!
 
We also have an additional twelve entrants, who will also be e-mailed soon, who will receive their choice from the following software:

Furthermore, everyone who entered gets a PreSonus T-shirt. 

Your hard work and support of PreSonus means a great deal to us. Check in with us again here at the blog and on Facebook for more coverage of the video contest in the coming week—as well as more info on future contests—and thanks again for making this one such a huge success.

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Updated versions of SL Remote, QMix, and AB1818VSL Remote, all compatible with iOS 7, are now available for free in the Apple App store. Have fun and happy mixing!

 

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Feeling inspired? Ready to take on a new project? Check out The Gear Addicts Show new “No Nevermind Remix Contest” with Sir Mix-a-Lot and Outtasite.

Click over to the Gear Addicts show for the full prize list—it’s a whopper that includes Eris E5 monitors and Studio One Professional 2.6!

Entering is easy: Download the stems, make something creative, upload it to SoundCloud, add it to the “No Nevermind Remix Contest” group,  and post it on the Gear Addicts Facebook Page. All submissions must be posted by midnight, Oct 31st, 2013 PST.

Follow The Gear Addicts Show on Twitter!

 

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Lucky Eddie! He is among the first to receive and install a brand-spankin’ new StudioLive 32.4.2AI at his venue. He created this great walk-through video walking us through his applications for That 80s Bar.  Thanks Eddie, and best to you and your mixer. :)

 

 

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Good news: We have submitted updated versions of StudioLive Remote and QMix to the App Store for Apple’s approval. We expect it to release in the next few days.

Please note that we have no control or influence over how long Apple may decide to take to give us the green light on this—thanks for your patience!

Click here for more info: http://bit.ly/18Buo7G

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Happy Halloween!

October 4,2013

Something is spooky in the state of Louisiana. Clearly, there are forces at work here beyond the comprehension of mere mortals. What could it be? What’s hiding from us?

I suppose we will know soon, because whatever IT is… it doesn’t seem to want to stay hidden for long.

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L’ANGELUS
“We actually make money with our music!” L’Angelus goes Riff to Release with Nimbit
Presenting in the Hartley/Vey Studio Theatre on Friday, October 25 at 8:00 a.m.

The session starts with popular Cajun band L’Angelus recording a live song. It ends with that very recording being posted on their Facebook store, ready for purchase. Follow the process from Riff to Release via Nimbit, directly from inside Studio One! Learn how Active Integration and Nimbit can help you connect with your audience, capture contact information—and make money in the bargain… or get donations for your church.

Click here to register for PreSonuSphere!

For more on L’angelus, click here. 

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PreSonus LIVE Airs Today! 2 p.m. CST / 3 p.m. EST / Noon PST / 20:00 UK / 21:00 EU

Join Justin Spence as he tours you around the booth here at the WFX show in Dallas! We’ll be showing Nimbit for house of worship, as well as the StudioLive AI loudspeakers, the StudioLive AI mixer line, and our new Sceptre and Eris monitors.

http://www.presonus.com/videos/presonuslive

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Here’s PreSonus Social Media Manager Ryan Roullard (yours truly) back in the day, when I really believed that:

  • Choker-tight aluminum chains and soul patches were the way to a woman’s heart
  • Ironic Poison T-shirts were hilarious

I still believe the latter to be true. My responsibilities at PreSonus include management and updating of all our social media platforms, writing this very blog, pinch-hitting graphic design, and general emergency response.

Nowadays I hoard gear I find on Craigslist so that you can’t have it. Musically I produce hardware-based electronic music, score short films, and play in a heavy nerd-rock band called Protogeist.

 

 

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