It’s been a good couple years for Boston’s Adam Ezra Group. They’ve successfully engineered a brand of country rock that is simultaneously rootsy and forward-thinking. The formula is paying off, as the band were the worthy recipients of the 2013 New England Music Awards “Band of the year,” and also earned “Album of the Year” and “Song of the Year” from the same committee in 2012.
Ezra and his six-piece Group are the kind of guys who are more than just pro musicians. They’re the sort of rare-blood all-or-nothing types who truly believe in music as a force for change. That’s well in-line with what we’re about here at PreSonus and Nimbit—so, hats off, guys. When not touring and recording, all of the guys are activists and community leaders, whose efforts include volunteering for relief effort in Kosovo and practicing environmental geography in South Africa.
While they’ve demonstrated a reliable and consistent recording output—ten full-length albums since 2000—at the end of the day, Adam Ezra Group is all about the live experience. Their impassioned performances have drawn deserved comparison to guys like Bruce Springsteen, and have found them touring in quite good company: Rusted Root, Jason Mraz, Goo Goo Dolls, Blues Traveler, Los Lobos, and Dwight Yoakam, to name a handful.
AEG is currently touring with a StudioLive 24.4.2 and recording their live shows for release, so when you see them live be sure to scream real loud so that you can hear yourself when the recordings are released!
From a marketing perspective, Adam Ezra Group’s Nimbit store is full of good stuff—their offering includes four full-length releases and a couple singles. But they really shine in the merch department, including nearly a full wardrobe of Ramble-themed apparel. One notable non-wearable offering: custom purple beer coozies! In terms of non-Ramble Adam Ezra merch, there are no fewer than nine custom t-shirt choices available, stickers, and my personal favorite—AEG temporary tattoos! Furthermore, they’ve got their concert calendar kept completely up-to-date, so give it a gander and see when you can catch Adam Ezra Group when they roll through your town—looks like they’ve got a handful of east coast shows booked at the time of this writing.
Introducing Ceres: rich, high fidelity with recording-studio sound.
PreSonus studio tools are used worldwide by recording engineers who need to hear every audio detail. Now you can, too. Ceres active monitor speakers give your home or office the sound of a studio listening environment and provide flexible connection options, professional controls, and the convenience of wireless streaming audio from any Bluetooth source.
Based on the technology found in our widely used studio monitors, but with the ease of use and convenience of Bluetooth, PreSonus Ceres speakers let you hear audio with the same accuracy and detail of the original performance right in your own home.
For more info and to find a dealer, visit http://hear.presonus.com
Here’s producer/songwriter Joe Solo hanging out with Matt Conrad, PreSonus Quality Test Lead, at the PreSonus booth back at NAMM. Joe was kind enough to spend some time sharing his thoughts on the Temblor T10 subwoofer and Sceptre S8 monitors. This isn’t so much a review as much as an enlightened conversation that offers a wonderfully complimentary set of perspectives; that of of a seasoned producer and a quality control expert. Check it out!
When not talking shop at our NAMM booth, Joe offers a ton of valuable insight for making it in the music business. To sign up for Joe’s FREE Music Success Video Nuggets and weekly tips email, go to www.joesolo.com. You can also get more info via the Music Success Workshop on Facebook.
Join Mark Williams—PreSonus’ Director of International Sales, and Martin Atkins—Music Business Department chair, entrepreneur, label owner, and producer, for an in-depth clinic at SAE Chicago on how to record, mix, master, digitally release, market and sell your music with Studio One recording software, PreSonus StudioLive mixers and recording interfaces, and Nimbit direct-to-fan online marketing and sales tools.
We’ll record Blake Novia‘s stunning vocals LIVE, mix them, and have them available online for sale by the end of the presentation. Attendees will leave with a copy of Studio One Artist and a three-month subscription to Nimbit Premium—you’ll be able to repeat the process and have your own music for sale online, direct-to-fan!
Not only that, but attendees will also be entered to win a pair of Eris E5 studio monitors!
Sept 26, 2014
10:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m.
820 North Orleans Street, Suite 125/135, Chicago, IL
The StudioLive RM32AI and RM16AI created the most significant online buzz in our history of product releases. We were up to a whopping 16,000 views of our release videos for these products in mere days, and responding to the Facebook and YouTube comment threads on the matter have seen Ray Tantzen, our Sr. Product Manager, seriously distracted from bringing his next stroke of genius to store shelves, venues, and studios. Don’t worry, he’ll catch up—and thanks for all your great questions. With the cat out of the proverbial bag, we’ve done our best to keep up with customer interest. Fact is, if you really want to get to know one of these things, the best thing you can do is get one of these things. But where? When? Who?
Click any of the icons above to get the ball rolling on a preorder!
If you’ve heard the RM-series mixer buzz but don’t yet understand what all the fuss is about, take a look at the videos in the playlist below to learn a bit more.
Here’s a couple videos regarding the RMAI line from Sweetwater and Full Compass.
A few months ago a dear friend of mine sent me a text that read ‘I have a crazy idea I want to discuss with you’. I’ve known Jeff Brown for over 15 years, and we’ve shared many stages together, traveled halfway around the world to play music, and he was the best man at my wedding. So when a text like that comes in from Jeff, I’m anxious to hear what he has to say. With me, the crazier the better.
Jeff explained his idea to me. He wanted to have musicians come over and jam. Just jam, with no prewritten tunes, no egos, and no boundaries. He wanted the players to inspire each other and stretch out past their usual gigs and comfort zones. Nashville is a hotbed of activity right now with musicians migrating to town from LA and New York, and from all genres of music. Jeff thought it would be cool to have all these different cats come in and play, record the whole thing, and edit the video into webisodes.
The logistics of everything together was a slight challenge. The biggest obstacle was scheduling of the players, since all have busy touring and recording schedules. The easy part was the selection of the recording platform: Studio One Professional. I use Studio One in my setup exclusively, as does Jeff. For Players Din, we connected using two FireStudio Project units. The pres sound fantastic, and Studio One makes life simple with easy setup and editing. And for those wondering, no, there is no musical editing. When you watch and listen to the show, you get wrong notes and all. In the future there may be discussions of getting jams on Nimbit that didn’t make the web shows, to give you more material from some eclectic players.
In the pilot episode, there is some huge talent joining Jeff. Tyson Rogers, Travis Vance (Thomas Rhett), and Reeves Gabrels (David Bowie, The Cure) jump in for some pretty interesting stuff. Future episodes are already being conceived, and if you want to learn more, have suggestions of musicians you’d like to see, or even jump in the mix, reach out to Jeff via his website.
We’re pretty excited about this new project, and happy that the PreSonus team is with us from the beginning. Thanks to all of you for checking out Players Din, and we hope that it not only inspires you to jam and record with friends, but to remember that crazy ideas can become reality.
Get ready to get heavy! Here’s Conquering Dystopia throwing down some serious synchronized/harmonized guitar chops while recording into Studio One. Note the handy Monitor Station in the background, as well as what appears to be a guitar library on the left side of the room.
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We’re proud to be sponsoring the Cold Waves Music Festival in Chicago September 26 and 27! Come on out and get your ears cleaned by some of the true legends of industrial.
We’re donating some great gear to a silent auction, and will be recording the show on a StudioLive RM32AI. Shortly after the show, some tracks will be made available on Nimbit, with proceeds going to Hope for the Day, a non-profit movement committed to utilizing music and the arts as a defense mechanism to suicide. Great bands for a great cause—what more could you ask for?
Here’s a list of the PreSonus gear that’s up for auction:
Get tickets at the following links: