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Wesley’s a multi-instrumentalist producer by night, and busy mom all the time. When she somehow finds the time to focus on her songs, StudioLive is there.

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Vintage Reverbs from Convology Now Available for Studio One

Convology Vintage Reverb Bundle

Convology Vintage Reverb Bundle

Convology Vintage Reverbs for Studio One

We’re proud to introduce this triple-pack of incredible vintage reverbs from Convology. These Add-ons, available at shop.presonus.com, have been meticulously modeled from many hard-to-find plate reverbs, spring reverbs, and digital reverb processors from across the globe. We can’t really overstate what an undertaking this was. The Convology Vintage Reverbs are available in a bundle pack, as well as individually.

These impulse responses work with Studio One 3 Professional’s Open AIR convolution reverb. Just download and install, and you’ll have all of the benefits of real-deal vintage ‘verb vibe… with none of the disadvantages:

  • eBay expense
  • Shipping damage and courier insurance claims
  • Tape head re-lapping
  • Expensive replacement components
  • Use of valuable studio space
  • Broken tape loops
  • Scarce qualified repair personnel

 


Vintage Reverbs — Digital

Convology Vintage Digital Reverbs

Convology Vintage Digital Reverbs

This powerful collection of impulse responses brings back the sound of the early 80s reverb units. While many of today’s digital reverbs are renowned for their realistic quality, there’s an undeniable sonic mojo to some of the early digital efforts.

Full Listing of sampled reverb units
Digital Reverb 245 – (10 files) New York and Switzerland
Digital Reverb 246 – (20 files) Austria and Switzerland
Digital Reverb 248 – (16 files) Nashville, TN, and Denver, CO
Digital Reverb 250 – (26 files) Nashville, TN

Digital Reverb 245
The 245 was the 244 with the addition of pre-delay and a reflections settings. While the other German units incorporated some of these same reflection settings in algorithms, the 245 gave you the flexibility to really dial in those settings. When you look at these files, under the microscope, it’s interesting to see the early reflections (spikes) in the audio files. There was a great deal of audio engineering science that went into the reflections, how far or close together they would be, to emulate different rooms, halls, etc. The 245’s longest reverb time is around 5 seconds.

Digital Reverb 246
uses the algorithms from the 250 as does the 248, with a great deal of user control and flexibility. It also encompasses a slot for expanded memory similar to the 248. It has 6 program modes with a programmable low pass filter, reflections, and decay.

Digital Reverb 248
The 248 was the last unit made in this series and is treasured by many as being solid and quite nice sounding. The 248 was loaded with all kinds of presets and adjustable algorithms including, Baroque Church, Cathedral, Romanesque Church with numerous size rooms, halls and even stairwells, bathrooms and a preset called “Tiny Room.” The 248 is a very able processor and is used even today, like so many of these vintage units, by major recording artists around the world. One of our units was used by leading country artists such as Reba, Carrie Underwood, and Luke Bryan.

Digital Reverb 250 REV 250
The first true DSP manufactured. The 250 uses 12-bit, 24k converters, low passed around 11Khz. This unit has large levers on top, weighs around 100 lbs and looks like it is from outer space – nicknamed the “R2D2.” No doubt, this is one of the finest DSPs from the era, with the few who own one of these remaining pieces of vintage outboard gear, still using them frequently and unabashedly. There is a 251 and 252 unit that are offshoots of this model. There were only around 250 of the original units made and then were adapted to the newer 251 interface and 252 upgrades with the 252 being a rack mounted version.

 


Vintage Reverbs — Plate

No two plate reverbs sound exactly alike. Even when made by the same company! Years of use, storage, re-conditioning,  re-tuning, driver condition, pickups, and upgrades made to a plate unit each impart a sonic consequence. There’s a reason that some studios still reserve the space for a massive, heavy, expensive plate reverb—they tend to age like fine wines.

Vintage Plate Reverbs

Convology Vintage Plate Reverbs

Full Listing of sampled reverb units
Plate Reverb Eco II (8 files) – Appleton, WI
Plate Reverb Eco III (13 files) – Sweden
Plate Reverb 140 Tube (16 files) – Nashville, TN
Plate Reverb 140 (19 files) – Finland
Plate Reverb 240 (15 files) – Los Angeles, CA
Plate Reverb Lawson (13 files) – Nashville, TN

Plate Reverb 140EMT 140 Plate Reverb
For many, the 140s are viewed as king of the hill for a number of reasons. They were the first and came to market in the late 1950s. They tend to be a little warmer, tend to replicate, as they were originally designed, the sound of a concert hall and with limited EQing can for the most part, more readily replicate a dark, bright or a warm sounding room, etc. There are beautiful sounding files in every 140 model sampled—try them all along with very cool hybrid impulses that really are a solid addition to anyone’s convolution library!

Plate Reverb ECO
Tend to be brighter and a little more metallic sounding. Useful to bringing certain production elements out in the mix when you need it to cut through. These units were a little smaller than the Plate Reverb 140.

Plate Reverb 240
The 240 is darker sounding. Weighing 148 lbs, with dimensions of 1’ X 2’ X 2’.  Some say better on shorter settings and for sound sources like drums. Originally designed as a way to make the original 140 (4’ X 8’) in a smaller and lighter box.  It really was a technological feat for its time. They use a gold foil plate and are a hybrid between the original large 140 plate and early analog to digital rack mount and smaller floor units, although the 240 is totally analog.

Lawson
Tends to be brighter, iwth a bump in the lower mids tends to warm them up. This unit was designed and built by Gene Lawson who continues to make microphones today at his shop in Nashville, TN.  His microphones are well regarded and his tenure in the business is remarkable.


Vintage Reverbs — SpringConvology Vintage Spring Reverbs

This impressive collection of impulse responses brings back the famous sound of no fewer than 26 spring reverb units, sampled in 6 different countries including Britain, Canada, Netherlands, New Zealand, Scotland, and the USA.

Many pieces of gear included in this Add-on have been used by major recording artists, like tube springs that have been used by The Rascals, Van Morrison, and in James Brown’s famous “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World.” (K-100 Spring)

General Overview
For many who grew up in the era of plates and springs, most were drawn to plates for very good reasons. After careful consideration and reaching out to studios around the globe for the most interesting vintage springs that could be found and acoustically captured, some of these springs are just absolutely gorgeous with the spring and electronics of the units, really creating some fantastic sounding reverbs–the 3D audio quality that many engineers aim to find.

If you’Vintage Spring Reverbve always fancied yourself a plate reverb individual, this library will definitely change your mind. There are springs of all kinds, and yes, there are some boingy ones—gotta have a few for that vintage guitar, lead vocal, and organ sound, right? There’s also mono and stereo versions, along with a variety of lush and warm-sounding springs that nearly sound like a plate—they deliver the “reflections from nearby walls” as only a spring can—when light tremor and flutter of the spring occurs.

This spring reverb collection is complete with a wide range of springs, useful for a variety of applications. There are a good number of impulse response files in this library that you wouldn’t hesitate to apply to the lead vocal–they’re that good, and would absolutely compete with some of your favorite – digital or plate reverb presets. A number of leading engineers and producers use springs on a regular basis and some as their main “go-to” for reverb in general.

Click here to buy Vintage Reverb Collection at shop.presonus.com

New Low Prices on Select StudioLive Mixers

New Low Prices on StudioLive Mixers: AI Console Mixers and StudioLive 16.0.2 in the USAStudioLive Mixers Lowest Price

Last season’s StudioLive AI mixer and StudioLive 16.0.2 mixer rebate offer was so popular that we decided to stop making it a limited-time thing, and just lower the price down on these StudioLive Mixers once and for all. Here’s the latest pricing:

  • StudioLive 32.4.2 AI: $2299
  • StudioLive 24.4.2 AI: $1899
  • StudioLive 16.4.2 AI $1599
  • StudioLive 16.0.2: $899

This price drop is effective in the USA only. Pricing outside the US will vary by dealer and region.

If you’ve been considering a digital mixer but haven’t checked in on StudioLive for a while, it’s worth mentioning that the entire StudioLive line won the Musical Merchandise Review (MMR) Dealer Choice Award for Recording Equipment Line of the Year for 2015. Furthermore, recent firmware updates now allow the StudioLive AI Console Mixers to connect to StudioLive RM- and RML-series rack mixers in Stage Box Mode. And of course, StudioLive AI still offers the always-improving remote iPad control options that helped make them such a hit. All StudioLive mixers also include Studio One 3 Artist, our award-winning digital audio workstation.

But hey, don’t take it from us. Here’s what some StudioLive AI reviewers had to say:

The StudioLive AI Console Mixers have garnered a lot of praise in the time they’ve been around. Click any of the quotes below to read the full review.

Interested in having an award-winning mixer suitable for stage or studio?
Interested in saving money?

If so, click these links to find a dealer in the US:

Free Iso Pads with Purchase of Studio Monitors

If you’ve been looking to upgrade your studio monitors and listening environment, July’s a great time. You’ll get a free pair of the ISPD-4 Monitor Isolation Pads when you buy a pair of refurbished PreSonus studio monitors from shop.presonus.comfree_iso_pads_600x600_nee01!

This offer is available to customers in the USA, and only via our online store.

In case you’re wondering about why you would want studio monitor pads, consider this: When the driver in your studio monitor vibrates, the entire box vibrates along with it. These vibrations are subsequently transferred to any surface the studio monitors are resting on. That includes your desk, and once the desk gets moving, it’s likely to have a resonant frequency or two. This transforms your desk into something of a crappy studio monitor in its own right. This will most certainly lead to louder, inaccurate bass response in your studio.

That might even sound cool to you, at first. But the fact is that this resonance results in an inaccurate portrayal of your mixing work in the worst of all possible places—your studio! A recording might sound great in your studio sans isolation pads. But it will render thin and without much bottom-end when played on other audio systems.

The ISPD-4 Monitor Isolation Pads are the solution to this problem. While admittedly low-tech, they’re an important component to creating honest, accurate, pro-level mixes. And they’re here, for you, included with your purchase of studio monitors from shop.presonus.com.

Click here to visit shop.presonus.com and pick the best studio monitors for your music and budget!

A word about our refurbished products: Hardware from shop.presonus.com has been fully tested, includes our one-year warranty, and isn’t missing any parts, documentation, or cabling like you might find from other manufacturer’s “B-Stock” items. This stuff is good as new, guaranteed. We call it B+ stock.

Eligible product families for this offer include:

  • Eris
  • Sceptre
  • Ceres
  • Temblor

Yeah, Temblor, the subwoofers. While not recommended for use with the monitor pads, we figure some of you out there already have monitors, but no sub or iso pads, and we didn’t want to leave you out.

25% off Eris MTM & R-series Studio Monitors, July 2016

PreSonus Studio Monitors: 25% discount

PreSonus Studio Monitors

Save 25% on PreSonus Studio Monitors

PreSonus E44 and E66 MTM Studio Monitors:

While MTM technically stands for “Midwoofer—Tweeter—Midwoofer,” you ought to know that they’re good from Mixing-To-Mastering. The MTM speaker configuration allows the MTM studio monitors to deliver the widest stereo field available in their class. You get a more consistent listening experience from varied listening perspectives. They’re also louder than they look, since the combined signal of the two relatively small drivers propagates forward like a single waveform. This mutual coupling provides a highly dynamic output in a compact footprint. And if footprint’s not an issue, mount them horizontally. We’ve designed them to sound just as good in either configuration.

Check out this video from A-list producer Chaka Blackmon. He relies on the Eris E66s for his daily grind.

PreSonus R-series R80 and R60 AMT Studio Monitors:

The R-series contrasts from the MTMs in a couple ways. While the singular woofer approach is a more traditional, the Air Motion Transformer (AMT) tweeter is the star of the show. At the core of AMT is the astonishingly thin (< 0.01 mm!) Kapton® membrane voice coil, which moves at the same instant as the current that drives it, with no dampening applied to negatively affect the tweeter’s transient response time.

As a result, the R-Series faithfully reproduce the highest frequencies that can be heard by the human ear—and the vast majority of human microphones. The sonic result is a greater sense of air, space, and imaging that is characteristic of audiophile recordings and off-the-charts transient response. Furthermore, the AMT’s design inherently offers 8 to 13 times the projection area of a typical dome tweeter. This widens the stereo image considerably, while keeping problematic vertical dispersion in check. Consequently, the R80s sound consistent regardless of what room you place them in; a versatile choice for audio recording studios and post-production.

Here’s Mike White on the R-series.

Finally, both the R-series and the MTMs offer all the Acoustic Space tuning and connectivity options you’d ever need, and include RCA, 1/4″, and XLR inputs.

 

Earth Moments Add-ons 30% Off in July 2016

All Earth Moments Add-ons are 30% off in July 2016, available only at shop.presonus.com.Earth Moments

Chennai, South India’s Earth Moments continues to produce exceptionally high-quality sample collections of instruments from across the globe. They’re also quite prolific—at the time of this writing, there are no fewer than nine different Earth Moments products available in our online shop. Many of their recordings are recorded in the field using warm Neve and SSL preamps and Neumann vintage tube mics—and all are recorded to a click track, so syncing them to your projects won’t be an issue. Furthermore, all samples are royalty-free, so you can use them in whatever you like, including commercial endeavors.

Are you getting a little burned out on bass, guitar, and drums? Need some special flavor for that short film score you’re working on? It could be that a little bit of Celtic Harp or Arabic Percussion is exactly what you need. And if your EDM mixes are starting to sound a little stale, Dubstep India is sure to make your tracks stand out from your competition. The full roster of Earth Moments Add-ons available at this discounted price includes:

The last 3 mentioned above are also available in the Pure India bundle—you can save a little more if you buy all three together.

Click here to shop online and hear some audio demos.

 

Save 15% on the StudioLive CS18AI in July 2016

New month, NEW DEALS!

And this one is out of this world–see what we did there? Save 15% instantly when you buy a StudioLive CS18AI during the month of July!

Equipped with 100 mm, touch-sensitive, widely popular motorized faders and AVB networking, the StudioLive CS18AI control surface provides a compact, intuitive mixing solution for PreSonus StudioLive RM16AI and RM32AI rack-mount digital mixers and Studio One 3. The CS18AI connects to your network with a CAT5e or CAT6 Ethernet cable, eliminating the need for cumbersome analog or digital snakes and stage boxes, and offers a host of other useful features. It adds up to a powerful mix control system with a fast, intuitive workflow and the latest networking technology.

 

“Our StudioLive Active Integration mixing systems are the only solutions that allow you to customize your mixing experience to fit your individual needs. With a StudioLive RM as the mix core, you can choose to work with physical motorized faders, portable wireless iPad, a large Windows 8 touch screen, or a combination of them all.”

—Ray Tantzen, PreSonus Senior Product Manager

 

Take a detailed look at the CS18AI with Rick Naqvi here!

 

 

20% Off Mixer Accessories, including Dante Cards and AVB Cards

Dante Cards and AVB Cards included in big sale

For July 2016 only, we’re offering 20% off of some accessories our online store over at shop.presonus.com, including Dante Cards! This sale includes everything in the “Mixer Accessories” category. Dust covers, headphones, power cables, WiFi dongles, iPad stands, the PRM-1 Measurement Mic and more are all receiving significant markdowns on their already-low prices. And while these are good deals all around, the real stars of the show may be the Dante and AVB cards, which offer savings of up to $120! Dante Cards

Curious about adding Dante or AVB to your StudioLive AI Console mixer but not sure why you need to make the switch? Read on.

The SL-Dante-MIX option card enables any StudioLive AI-series or StudioLive RM-series mixer to join a standard Dante network. The card houses two Ethernet connections for redundant Dante audio networking, recording and remote control via UC Surface. Next, the I/O consists of one S/PDIF output, and two FireWire 800 connections for continuously bi-directional recording and playback. Finally, you can create a complete, networked audio system using a standard gigabit Ethernet switch and Audinate’s Dante digital-media networking technology. Also, you get no-hassle, true plug-and-play digital audio networking.

The PreSonus SL-AVB-MIX AVB option card for StudioLive AI mixers lets you connect your AI console to an RM AI rackmount mixer for rock-solid, low-latency audio networking and control. Tweak the onstage RM mixer’s XMAX mic pres directly from FoH. All StudioLive RM mixers include the AVB card, and a simple firmware update turns on this cool feature. Tired of lugging around heavy reels of copper snake? Know that audio networking is the easy, cost-effective way to connect your audio gear. Also, compared with other networked stage boxes, the RM mixer expands your mix system, giving you a dedicated monitor mixer complete with its own Fat Channel processing and effects, independent of what you’re using at front of house. Finally shed the snake with the PreSonus SL-AVB-MIX AVB option card.

Notion Add-on Discount: Acoustic Bundle 30% off in July 2016

30_off_acoustic_bundle_600x600_nee01Only for the month of July 2016, we’re offering 30% off the Acoustic Bundle for Notion directly from the PreSonus Shop!

If you’re looking to add some acoustic instruments to your mix, this bundle has you covered... You get four instruments with this bundle which include banjo, mandolin, acoustic fingerstyle guitar and the ukulele samples recorded by Brad Newell, Neil Zaza, and David Doucet. Also included are additional samples for open strings, hammer-ons, pull-offs, slides, and left-hand and right-hand fingering control. This bundle plays nice with  Notion 5.1 or later and Progression 3 or later.

 

 

Not a Notion user? Well Notion 5 is on sale for the month of July 50% off! Click here to learn more about this offer!

50% Off Notion in July 2016!

Yes, you read correctly:Notion 5 Notion 5 is 50% off for the next 30 days.

If you’ve been on the fence about trying it out, no more excuses!
Here’s everything you need to know:
  • Notion is the easiest to use and best sounding notation and guitar tablature software available, featuring samples by the London Symphony Orchestra, along with guitar, bass, and drums by Neil Zaza, Victor Wooten and Roy Wooten.
  • You can input your music in a variety of ways outside of the traditional staff and popular guitar and bass tab, including the interactive guitar fretboard, guitar chord library, keyboard, or drum pad.
  • It’s mobile! You can create a score in Notion for Mac® or Windows and then continue to work on it on your iPad. Or start on your iPhone® and transfer to your Mac or Windows computer for in-depth editing. No other notion software can do this!
  • Whether you are a songwriter, producer, music teacher or just getting started in the music scene, Notion meets you where you are with its easy to use features.
  • Compatible with Studio One and your VSTs. You can export the audio for each staff or bus as an individual stem and import it into Studio One®. Or export audio from Notion as a PreSonus Capture Session that will open directly in Studio One. You’ll retain instrument names, score order, pan and gain settings, rehearsal marks, initial time signature, and metronome marks.
  • Notion offers the key features composers need while keeping ease of use as a top development priority.
  • Also available for iPad and iPhone in the App Store!

You don’t have to take our word for it. Here’s what people are saying about Notion from all over the globe.

  • “I personally really liked Presonus Notion 5 from the moment I first opened it. It is really easy to use with a multitude of features, sounds great, and it works across all of my computers as well as my iPad. Its biggest advantage is that I can work on my music everywhere I go.” Franto Kormanak, Film and Game Composers
  • Keith Gemmell of MusicTech.net gave Notion a 9/10 review in November of 2014.
  • “I think that music teachers should abandon their loyalty to Sibelius (and, to a lesser extent, Finale) and embrace a third way—the Notion way.” Jonathan Savage, JSavage.org.uk.
  • “Notion continues to deliver a fast and intuitive workflow, ability to work well with other studio technologies (including full ReWire support), and playback with high-quality sounds from world-class artists and studios, including the London Symphony Orchestra.” – ChurchProduction.com