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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.

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Nimbit Artist of the Week: Jen Foster!

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!

Click here to visit Jen Foster’s Nimbit profile and get her latest EP, You Stayed. Or dog tags.

Interested in Nimbit? Sign up for free here.

Nimbit Artist of the Week: dUg Pinnick!

While dUg Pinnick is probably best known for his long-running (fifteen-album) streak with legendary American hard rock/progressive metal band King’s X, he’s also knocked out four solo records and numerous side projects during his sonic career. Equally accomplished as both a bassist and vocalist, dUg’s unmistakeable style explores the arresting contrast of his “gospel-like” voice soaring over the heaviest bass tones around. The result is an incredibly satisfying contradiction, at least somewhat comparable to salted caramel. Sounds kinda weird on first mention, but then you had some kettle corn one day, and there’s really no going back, is there?Confectionary metaphor aside, what I’m getting at here is that words don’t really do justice to the man or his art. It’s better to just click the link below and give the Pinnick sound a taste for yourself.dUg’s latest solo effort, Naked, is available on his Nimbit store alongside some of his more recent singles.  Click here to visit dUg Pinnick’s Nimbit profile.And when you’re done with that, check out how King’s X has been taking advantage of the StudioLive mixers in this blog post right over here.

Interested in Nimbit? Sign up for free here.

Nimbit Artists of the Month!

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?

Read on…

Alpha Rev:

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. 

 

Rusted Root:

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’.

 

Mia Dyson:

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. ” 

-Performer Magazine

 

John Fullbright:

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

Click here to learn more about John, hear/buy his new album, Songs, and become a fan.

 

 

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Buy a StudioLive AI Mixer, get upgrade to Studio One Producer and Groove3 Hardware Explained Video (TOTAL $130 value)

The StudioLive AI Mixers, like many of our products great and small, ship with Studio One Artist. For a limited time, you’ll be able to upgrade the included copy from Studio One Artist to Studio One Producer for free. 

Update 7/17/14: In related news, SAE Institute just announced free StudioLive AI training in select cities. Click here to find out when they’re rolling through your town.

Both Studio One Artist and the upgrade to Studio One Producer are worth $99, so, that’s like getting $200 of free software. Studio One Producer includes significant feature upgrades from Artist, including MP3 import/export, virtual instrument support, and a whopping 16 gigs of bonus content.

I’m not sure how we greased this, but somehow we smooth-talked the sharp dudes at Groove3 to include their “StudioLive AI Hardware Explained” video series, a monster 47-part series that would ordinarily set you back fifty bucks. While that alone is a steal at around a dollar per video, we like to think that “free” is an even better deal.

This package will put you leaps and bounds ahead of the guy who buys a vanilla StudioLive AI mixer. With Studio One Producer and an exceptional training video series ready-to-go as soon as you open the box, you’ll be hitting the ground sprinting instead of running.

Interested? Click here to get the required rebate form, and then…

Oh, and if you’re still on the fence about getting a StudioLive AI or not, this video might clear up some of your hesitations.

SoundPure Studios on the PreSonus ADL 700 Tube-Driven Channel Strip [VIDEO]

Check out this great video from SoundPure Studios, they’ve produced an incredible overview and demonstration of the ADL 700. And as if that wasn’t enough, the video features an amazing performance. Win-win!

Nimbit Artist of the Week: Alpha Rev!

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, hell, 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.

Interested in Nimbit? Sign up for free here.

Diego #GotHisHooksIn in the best way possible

As you may or may not know, we recently had a big hook-writing contest called #GetYourHooksIn, which put up the offer of an incredible recording package in exchange for a good hook. Diego entered said contest and placed third.

That said, Diego—more than any of the 300+ entrants—deserves an honorable mention. He chose to not only write and record his hook to enter the contest, but also to document every step of his process, and make the whole thing available on YouTube, for free, for the betterment of producers the world over. He covers several important topics that stand apart from the run-of-the-mill YouTube world of mixing, EQing, compression, etc. Instead, Diego focuses on topics like lyric writing picking the right singer for the song, and the importance of the first listen.

Check out the playlist below, as there’s clearly been a lot of time put into this and there are some wonderful tips in here. English speakers can turn on subtitles by clicking the CC button near the bottom right of the video player.

Here’s is Diego’s final entry:

If you’d like to hear the winning entries of #GetYourHooksIn, click the following links:

 

Randal Walker Chooses StudioLive for David Ellefson (Megadeth) AudioBook

[This just in from Randal Walker of 22 Media Productions, who recently used his StudioLive to record David Ellefson, bassist of Megadeth, for the audiobook narration of his autobiography, “My Life With Deth.“]
This is our third book project. The first was David’s book Unsung, then we did the audio version of his book Making Music Your Business. We also did a movie called Battlefield of the Mind that David narrated.
All three of these projects were tracked using a Studiolive 16.4.2 AI.
Being a PreSonus user, I was excited to put the new AI board to use, and David’s latest project was the perfect chance to do so.
We recorded straight into StudioOne Professional 2 ,and the final project was mastered in Studio One as well.
My reason for using the StudioLive AI? Ease of use, and it s sounds great. Very clean-sounding.
The audiobook version of My life with Deth should be coming out by end of June.

Jean Madani’s Studio One Solution in Beirut, Lebanon

[This just in from Jean Madani, producer and recordist in Beirut! Jean has been an audio professional for his entire adult life, and PreSonus has been a part of his process for nearly as long. Lately, he has begun using Studio One (and a few other pieces of PreSonus gear) for all of his digital audio needs. But enough from me—let’s hear about it from the man himself!]

MY STUDIO ONE STORY

I have been recording, mixing, performing, and producing for and with different artists and different types of music for more than thirteen years, in genres ranging from traditional Arabic music, to pop, rock, hip hop, and jazz.

I have probably used every major DAW available, but Studio One has been my DAW of choice ever since I came across it in a studio session two years ago. Khalil Chahine, an excellent engineer and friend of mine from Germany recommended it to me. I had been complaining during a tracking session about how slowly the session was going with the DAW we were using at the time. I found it to be so needlessly time-consuming and clunky. So, we promptly switched to Studio One mid-session, and I never looked back. In all honesty, it’s the single best decision I have made in my career as an audio engineer. 

The wealth of good things I have to say about Studio One could fill a whole book, but for the sake of brevity, I’ll try to summarize what I like best here. My very first impression was that of pleasant surprise at how fast the software started up. I have tons of plug-ins, so launching any DAW used to be a painfully long wait. Studio One got up and running for me in less than fifteen seconds, and in a matter of two hours I was running Studio One like a pro. It was just simply that intuitive.

The drag and drop features really speed up my workflow, and I’m not exaggerating when I say that they were like a gift from audio heaven. Tasks that took me hours to complete in other DAWs take up mere minutes now. Also, the ease in which audio quantizing is handled in Studio One beats any other DAW out there in my opinion, and the native plug-ins like Pro EQ are simply amazing, and very transparent.

I often record traditional Middle Eastern instruments such as the oud, buzuk, and riq. I’ve found that applying algorithmic EQ can be destructive to the unique character of these instruments’ sound. EQing these instruments while faithfully retaining their desirable frequencies used to be very tricky, but with the “Pro EQ”, this previously critical and sensitive process has become like second nature to me. I almost never use any other EQ in my sessions at all anymore.

I also really like the thorough one-click integration Studio One has with Melodyne; with just one click, audio becomes MIDI. Another favorite feature of mine is the bank scenes. It’s extremely helpful when wrestling with intimidatingly large sessions. At the moment, I’m mixing an Arabic Fusion album, in which smallest session weighs in at about seventy tracks, minimum. Suffice to say, the ability to save and re-load specific channel selections is helping to immensely un-clutter both my workflow and my monitor screen.

To sum up, Studio One has made my workflow faster and my mixes translate much better than ever before. I don’t think I will be using any other DAW again in the foreseeable future, and I feel that it deserves to be the new industry standard.

In addition to Studio One, I also use a PreSonus Studio Channel and the BlueTube DP preamps. The quality of results I get from both products is consistently outstanding. I get a clear,  warm sound when I use the BlueTube’s solid state option, and when I want those extra harmonics, the tube option does the job and then some. I ran a comparison test with so-called “high-end” preamps, and got results that stand toe-to-toe with the supposed best out there. Also, I recently tried adding tube saturation to the signal chain while recording an oud in an acoustic session with the Studio Channel, and it yielded very pleasant results.

Finally, I use a FaderPort in conjunction with Studio One, making its already fast workflow even faster and easier. I like the smooth fader and response so much, that I wish PreSonus would make a larger DAW controller with even more faders!

I choose PreSonus for the simple reason of that they really deliver what they claim to offer, with quality that far exceeds the price point.

Here are some shots of Jean teaching a Studio One / StudioLive workshop at LAU! 

Jean Madani’s current projects: 

  • Rayan el  Haber: album to be released this year (Arabic fusion )
  • Jad Nasr: album to be released this year (acoustic folk)
  • Fer2et 3a Nota: to be released this month (Arabic fusion)
  • Oumaima el Khalil: starts recording this July, to be released early 2015 (acappella)