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 [This just in from Scott Detweiler, New Orleans composer, lyricist, and PreSonus advocate. He had some nice things to say about our hardware, software, and foodware via e-mail, which makes my blogwriting REALLY easy.]

Scott Detweiler

Hi guys, hope you are doing well.

I wanted to give you and update on Nimbit and on my new BlueTube DP V2!

Last year I ended my relationship with my old online distribution account for several reasons, so I was really happy when I received your email regarding the Nimbit accounts for PreSonus Artists… but I wasn’t sure what to expect.

So far, we have uploaded two of my albums to Nimbit, and all of the descriptive info. Nimbit is great! It’s very user-friendly and offers many more options than other online distribution platforms. It’s a great product! We will go live when we get three more CDs up. The uploading of my entire catalog will take some time (13 already-released albums and about another dozen or so unreleased!) but hopefully it will all be up within the next few months. I will also provide more feedback to you after we go live. Thanks to PreSonus and Nimbit!

>As for the BlueTube DP V2, I use it for live shows: one channel for guitar, and the other for vocals. I like it better than my old preamp for several reasons.

I notice an increased fullness of the voicing and more clarity in the higher range of my guitar.

The power cord is much more rugged and hearty, and is not as delicate as the electrical cord that came with the previous model. There were a couple of times when the power cord got kicked out. As said, I use it for live gigs—not to say that the old cord was a dealbreaker, but for live gigs the new one is really durable—it’s inevitable that sometimes the end that plugs into the power strip accidentally gets stepped on and pulled, but this cord can take it.

Believe it or not, I liked the owner’s manual! It is way more user-friendly! I have never been a very technical guy. Not to say that the old manual was Greek to me, or anything like that… but the new manual is laid out really well and the organization of the information works better for me.)

Also, the unit seems to be just a little bit bigger. That’s good because it sits in myeffect rack better!

Last but not least, the Jambalaya recipe. I cooked some up and it’s great!

Again, thank you and thank PreSonus. Please give my regards to Mark Williams. I look forward to seeing y’all at NAMM. I will be sure to pass by and say hello!

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The New Hampshire Music Educators Fall Conference or “October Music Fest” is the first of two major music education conferences held annually in New Hampshire. This is a full-day conference attended by more than 300 music educators from New Hampshire. In addition to music technology, there are clinics presented relevant to other disciplines such as band and choir techniques, classroom guitar methods and general music.
Carl Benevides presented a 90-minute clinic entitled “Fun with Technology.” The session explained how technology can be integrated in ensemble rehearsals to augment teaching. In addition to exploring uses for Apple’s Garageband and iPad, one of the main focuses was on the use of the PreSonus StudioLive 16.0.2. Topics included the use of Capture as an easy solution for recording ensemble rehearsals and concerts and the use of QMix software to remotely control the StudioLive—citing the benefit of conducting from stage and being able to control overall levels while on stage using Qmix on an iPad. The video has been edited to show the relevant portions discussing the PreSonus StudioLive 16.0.2 hardware and software, Capture and QMix.
Check out video of Carl’s presentation below!

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Champion Sound Baton Rouge is a producer battle and artist showcase that happens on the last Thursdays of every month at Club Culture (450 Oklahoma St., Baton Rouge LA 70803). The first competition was held on August 30th, 2012. The beat battle and showcase will run through November 2012 before taking a two-month hiatus that aligns with the local schedules of Louisiana State University and Southern University.

The creators of Champion Sound are Amahl Abdul-Khaliq (AF THE NAYSAYER) and Jason Barefield (Field / Kladni Figures). This pairing brings a unique perspective, as it combines AF’s producer battle-tested minset with Field’s 15+ years’ experience in arranging, performing, and promoting shows.

With the exception of the first event, which was marred by Hurricane Isaac, the available contestant slots have been filled to the maximum! Producers are coming from far and wide, including Dallas, Houston, Shreveport, New Orleans, and Chicago. Word has begun to spread about not only the level of the competition, but the quality of the event. High-level sponsorship from PreSonushas helped Champion Sound garner serious attention and attract producers from several different genres of electronic music and experience levels.

The event also brings in local talent from surrounding areas to perform original material. Some of the past performers include rappers Ronny My, Randy Savage, A.R., James Jackson, Marz the Superior, and Luke St. John. October guest artists includes Truth Universal and Marcel P. Black.

Champion Sound uses a three-judge format, two of them being staples, and one guest judge per month. The steady judges are Baton Rouge’s own G.O. DJ Automatik and Rules of Culture’s in-house producer/engineer Scooter Jackson. Guest judges coming up include DJ Matt Bruce (October) and November will showcase the talents and ideas of legendary lyricist/MC Akil of Jurassic 5!

Past guest judges have included:

  • Producer/composer DJ Ribbz (Kryptic Formations)
  • New Orleans powerhouse DJ, DMC (Disco Club Mix) Organizer
  • Tony 5kratchere (Red Bull Music Academy representative)

 

October’s winners include:
  • 1st: B. Brooks: Baton Rouge, LA
  • 2nd: A.D.D. Beats: Gonzales, LA
  • 3rd: Eduk8: Baton Rouge, LA

 

Below are photos from the September event so you can get an idea of what you might be in store for should you choose to attend the next time around!  Come one, come all!

 

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Join us tomorrow (Tuesday) for our Spooky Special episode of PreSonus LIVE! http://www.presonus.com/videos/presonuslive

 

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Audio-Technica’s Steve Savanyu gets to work the coolest events! He sez:

“Hi, PreSonus, here’s a few photos form the Taste of Hudson Food/Music festival. Five stages, two days, and a ton-o-bands. StudioLive consoles performed flawlessly!”

Funny thing about Steve is he always sends us these shots of great shows and never, ever, says “Wish You Were Here!”

It would be nice. Just once.  

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[the following comes to us from the nice guys at Pro Sound News Europe!]

Following a late-August groundbreaking ceremony for its new high-tech headquarters and research facility in Baton Rouge, USA, PreSonus CEO Jim Mack revealed that the company’s revenues had increased by more than 50% last year.

No one product is fully responsible for the company’s success, but one hasstood out in terms of its broad appeal across both live and studio markets: the first StudioLive mixer range.
The 16-channel PreSonus StudioLive 16.4.2 began shipping in 2009, and since then, the company has released two new versions: the budget-friendly StudioLive 16.0.2 and the beefier 24-channel StudioLive 24.4.2….

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[The following comes to us from Cindy at Central Music Co., our distributor in China!]

Hello PreSonus! The 2012 Shanghai Music China Expo is finished. Last week, Central Music’s booth E6A32 attracted plenty of visitors. We’re please to show PreSonus products on our booth!

 

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Remember Fred, who did the TubePre V2 unboxing and comparison vids from a while back? He’s back, and so is his video camera, and so are his mad talents for making videos that are compelling and educational. He’s put together a great video illustrating  iPad DAW control via WiF, using the xDisplay remote monitor app.

Two birds, one stone:  He also regaled us with his story of how he came to find Studio One… and why he stuck with it!
CTRL-C, CTRL-V:

I was using an entry-level set up of Mixcraft as a DAW with a Lexicon Alpha USB Interface.  I wanted to move to an interface that could provide phantom power and better audio quality.  PreSonus had just announced the VSL series of interfaces.   Reviews of the previous interfaces were positive so I bought a AudioBox 22VSL—wish I had bought a 44VLS for extra inputs.  I liked the VSL software concept that allowed virtual mix control over inputs signals.  It included Studio One Artist but at the time I thought Mixcraft was giving me what I needed.  I started working with the 22VSL and immediately noticed the difference.  With the old interface I was constantly power cycling, reboot, etc to keep things running.  The 22VSL was rock solid, turn it on and it worked the entire session.

 I started having major problems with Mixcraft experiencing CPU crackles/pops and also critical file corruption issues which caused the loss of audio tracks and even entire projects. I decided to try the free copy of Studio One Artist that came with the 22VSL. It was quickly evident that I had made a light year jump in DAWs. No more crackles, pops or corrupt files.  More importantly, the features and sonic gains on recordings were incredible and the integration with 22VSL was seamless.  As I learned more about Studio One I realized I was now using a world class DAW.  Wanting more features, I upgraded to Producer and haven’t looked back.

When I compare the new tracks we’re producing with the AudioBox 22VSL/Studio One to what was produced with the old set up, I want to go back in time and re-do everything using 22VSL and Studio One.  The next phase for my home studio will be to add a StudioLive 16.0.2 using FireWire.  There is no question in my mind that Studio One will be the core of that set up as well.

 

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Wow! We’re flattered! I mean, really. The PreSonus Audiobox 1818VSL,  Studio One, and the StudioLive Mixers (the whole fam!) are nominated in this years’ Sound on Sound awards.

It’s a user poll, not one of those “Critic’s choice” things…  so, you know what to do here… right?  Make your voice heard, and we thank you for your support!

 

 

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Rick and Justin discuss what’s hip and horrific for Halloween 2012. This year, however, we’re not doing zombies. Not again. Zombies are TOTALLY dead.

OMG HAS ANYONE SEEN CARL?

 

 

 

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