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Notes for Notes is a non-profit organization which builds, equips, and staffs after-school recording studios (inside Boys & Girls Clubs) packed with guitars, drums, keys/synths, DJ gear, digital music stations and full recording studios offering youth completely FREE access to explore, create, and record music. They currently manage studios at Boys & Girls Clubs in Santa Barbara, Nashville, and Los Angeles—with more coming soon to Brooklyn, San Francisco, Detroit, Austin, and Atlanta thanks to the CMA Foundation. Notes for Notes has a policy of letting young artist own their art—they don’t censor lyrics or promote themselves as an anti-gang/drug program… it’s all about music and the positive bonds that form as a result. Notes for Notes’ curriculum extends beyond music creation and into education on the multitude of careers around the industry.

Here’s a quick video on what Notes for Notes is all about.

Notes for Notes is currently employing the following PreSonus gear in their studios:

If you’re interested in learning more and/or getting yourself or some young ones involved, contact Notes for Notes at their website by clicking here.

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[This just in from Matt Chubb, who is using his StudioLive to contribute to theWinter Wonderland CD, a disc of all-orIMG_0321iginal Christmas music. 100% of the proceeds from the album will be donated to children’s rights nonprofit UNICEF.]
 
Hey PreSonus! We used the Presonus StudioLive 16.0.2 mixer recently to record our contribution to Winter Wonderland.  We recorded vocals and guitars using the StudioLive. While the vocals were miked, we ran the guitars via the DI from the amp. We set up the mixer as FireWire interface, and routed the FireWire returns to our studio monitors for mixing and mastering. Having used the StudioLive extensively in the past both live and in-studio, it has become an integral tool in my recording process!
The WinterWonderland project is a charity album in aid of UNICEF, put together by local guitar teacher James Martin, his pupils, friends, and plenty of other local talent.
Check out our page for more information and to make a pre-order. As you’ll see from the page, we are doing this all for free, and 100% of proceeds will be going to UNICEF.  We’ve got a massive variety of music, from children as young as 7 years old, to seasoned vets, including ex-Iron Maiden frontman Blaze Bayley!

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Oh, what the heck. Our Black Friday deal on Studio One was such a hit that we decided to just keep on rolling with it until the end of the year. So from now until someone cracks the bubbly, you can save 30% on new copies of Studio One, as well as upgrades. This offer is available globally.

We all have different priorities, and as such our New Year’s resolutions come in all shapes and sizes. What might be surprising to you is that no matter what you’ve resolved to change, Studio One can be there every step of the way. Let’s take a look at common resolutions and how Studio One can come into play. The following list of most common resolutions was compiled by the University of Scranton’s Journal of Clinical Psychology on the first day of 2014.

Most common New Year’s Resolutions, and how Studio One can help with all of them:

  1. Losing weight: Studio One is bloat-free!
  2. Getting Organized: Studio One couldn’t be easier to navigate, and Folder Tracks help keep everything tidy.
  3. Spend Less, Save More: Studio One is 30% off its already-low price until the end of 2014.
  4. Enjoy Life to the Fullest: Hey, what’s more fun than music production?
  5. Stay Fit and Healthy: Studio One lets you do more work in less time, so you’ll be able to spend less time on the computer and more at the gym.
  6. Learn Something Exciting: Studio One has a number of wonderfully supportive online communities, including but not limited to our Forum and Facebook group.
  7. Quit Smoking: Studio One’s efficient workflow reduces stress, thereby lessening the likelihood of nic-fits.
  8. Help Others in Their Dreams: Collaborate online with other Studio One users via PreSonus Exchange.
  9. Fall in Love: Being musically inclined is quite charming, duh. Use Studio One to prove your talent to your crush.
  10. Spend More Time with Family: See #6. Seriously, the online Studio One crowd is tops.

 

 

 

 

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If you Buy (or upgrade to) Notion 5 before 12/31/14, you’ll have the option to get ALL of the available Notion 5 expansion sounds for an additional $149 (a $299 value!) The Notion add-on bundles include all the old standbys like trumpets, trombones, percussion, cellos, and violins—but also you’ll ALSO get of the more recently-introduced add-ons, which boast lesser-known, elusive instruments like the basset horn, bass flute, and wagner tuba—and many more. Add to that the incredibly rich Classical Guitar add-on, and you’ve got a heck of a deal on your hard drive.

You can get this offer direct from PreSonus as convenient Notion bundles or buy or upgrade to Notion 5 at a retail outlet and then buy the Complete Expansion Sounds Bundle direct from PreSonus for $149 using coupon code OCEAN. This deal ends 12/31/14.

 

 

 

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ASCAP invited 18 top songwriters and producers to write the hits of tomorrow at its fourth annual songwriters retreat in France.

Held September 17-25 at the 14th-century Château Marouatte in the Dordogne region of France, the retreat was designed to produce hits and get cuts in a variety of genres. Each session placed a producer, a topliner and a recording artist together to write and record in a different room of the castle. By the end of the retreat, nearly all the participants had worked together. They left France with hard drives full of professional-grade demos, ready to pitch to artists and record labels.

Château Marouatte is owned by famed music industry executive Miles Copeland, founder of IRS Records. Copeland once brought music legends like Jeff Beck, Jon Bon Jovi, Belinda Carlisle and Desmond Child to high-level songwriting summits at the Château. In 2011, ASCAP convinced Copeland to revive the tradition, and has brought a new group of songwriters and producers to France every year since.

The 2014 participants hailed from around the world and across the genre spectrum. They were: Anjulie, Martin Brammer, Ashley Campbell, Mike Daly, Chris DeStefano, John Fortis, Elyar Fox, Dia Frampton, JT Harding, Brett James, Giovanni James, Brian Kennedy, Emmy Palmer, Autumn Rowe, Amir “Azeem” Salem, Sharon Vaughn, Peter Wade and Oren Yoel.

PreSonus provided the following for the event:

Recordings from the event can be heard on SoundCloud by clicking here.

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Software-stackSURPRISE! Black Friday is on a Monday! We have some real steals going on for both Studio One and Notion.

The Studio One offer is available from 11/24/14 to 12/1/14. The Notion deal is available until 12/31/14.

  • Get 50% off of the Studio One edition of your choice, including Studio One ArtistProducer, and Professional! This is applicable to both download and retail versions, and includes upgrades! This offer does not apply to crossgrades or educational site licenses. Ends 12/1/14.

 

  • Buy or upgrade to Notion 5, get ALL of the available Notion 5 expansion sounds, for an additional $149 (a $299 value!) This includes all of the more recently-introduced woodwind and brass instruments, which includes lesser-known instruments like the basset horn, bass flute, and wagner tuba—and many more. You can get this offer direct from PreSonus as convenient Notion bundles or buy or upgrade to Notion 5 at a retail outlet and then buy the Complete Expansion Sounds Bundle direct from PreSonus for $149 using coupon code OCEAN. This deal ends 12/31/14.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Screen Shot 2014-11-20 at 2.40.43 PMSanta Barbara, California’s Glen Phillips is probably best known for his work with 90s alt-rockers Toad The Wet Sprocket, whom he formed when he was a mere 15 years old. After a six-album career with TTWS—peppered with mainstream radio hits—the band called it a day in 1998. Since then, Glen has been a prolific solo artist, with no fewer than five records and two Eps to his name available on his Nimbit profile. He’s also collaborated on three other projects: the Mutual Admiration Society, Works Progress Administration, and RemoteTreeChildren.

Toad has enjoyed sporadic reunions and tours since 2006, and Glen has concurrently managed to maintain creative output for both the band and his solo material—atop the aforementioned collaborations. The man stays busy!

Sonically, Phillips’ solo work is quite diverse, including the folky/spacy terraforming concept album Secrets of the New Explorers, the spooky stomp and rootsy snarl of Unlucky 7. Toad fans will find a lot to like here while exploring some new sonic territory—but will have Glen’s familiar voice to guide them along. Dig in, and get a t-shirt while you’re at it. There’s six to choose from.

 

 

 

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WesPreSonus Product Manager and Queen of All Things Technical Wesley Smith was recently featured in AVNetwork’s Chicks Rule; Honoring Women in AV article. Congrats to Wesley for being selected! Wesley has been kicking butt at PreSonus for eight years; recognition well-earned. Obligatory pull-quote follows:

“Men tend to question how women in audio learned their skills or became interested in the industry, as if it must be a very different experience from their own. This is still one of the biggest differences I find in my experience versus those of my friends in other industries.” 

Click here to read the article in its entirety, replete with more Wesley-wisdom and additional interviews with other righteous gals. On a related note, click here to check out our Women in Pro Audio blog series from a while ago.

 

 

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[This just in from the Press Office of MIDIMusic ProAudio, our distributor in Italy!]

Today, Midi Music has hosted an important event for the Italian key dealers featuring the two main new products recently introduced by PreSonus: The new generation of StudioLive RM Series Rackmount mixers, and the new range of StudioLive AI PA Loudspeakers. About 50 retailers and operators, as well as journalists from Italian commercial audio magazines attended the event.

Francesco Galarà, Midi Music’s new product advisor for the Pro Audio division, described the philosophy and technical characteristics of the RM series, focusing on the unique features and intuitive ease-of-use offered by UC Surface. He also addressed the versatility that makes StudioLive RM16AI and RM32AI suitable for applications in different fields: live sound, studio recording, radio and TV Broadcast, and system integration.

After going deep into the specific details of CoActual and Temporal Equalization technologies, it then has been the turn of the set of StudioLive AI PA speakers.

We conducted a listening test, covering various genres of music from pop to rock, from the classics to jazz and then—the icing on the cake—Tchaikovsky’s famous “Waltz of the Flowers,” which was very suitable for highlighting the magnitude of the StudioLive AI Loudspeakers’ dynamic response, linearity and definition playback—all without compromise at any listening level. The clarity and definition immediately captured the attention and curiosity of the audience, who remained long after the demo with many questions and insights about the features and capabilities of both products.

The event was followed by a nice dinner party, with typical Italian seafood and a fine Piedmont Hills wine selection, offering the participants another opportunity to continue to deepen the discussion about technical and commercial aspects of PreSonus products.

Midi Music ProAudio
Press Office

 

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