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[This just in from Scott Szeryk, composer, six-string virtuoso and Royal Conservatory of Music gradate!]

“Since switching over to the PreSonus StudioLive 24.4.2 Scott Szeryk has never sounded better in the studio or on the stage…  Szeryk’s latest release “Guitar Manifesto” is evidence of just how good the PreSonus Studio Live sounds!” Give it a listen!

Since the mid-90s, I had been using the Tascam M3500 as my main mixing desk for the home studio, but was becoming a bit weary of its compatibility with modern-day recording setups.   When I heard how great the XMAX preamps sounded on a StudioLive, I was instantly sold.  Not to mention the insane power and functionality of the board, especially for live FOH!  Changing over to the StudioLive 24.4.2was an easy, practical decision…The StudioLive not only shines in the studio but also in live applications!  We were able to do spot- on monitor checks, even before the band had arrived at the venue for sound check, by playing back program material from shows previously recorded in Capture. The integration of Universal Control also meant that the onstage players could also control their own monitor mix via iPad SL Remote.   There were a few times when we were able to Mix FOH on the iPad when there was a less-than-ideal location for the board at the venue. We rely heavily on the PreSonus StudioLive for recording all of our shows.  Check out the latest DVD “Scott Szeryk live at Aeolian Hall!”

 

I’m totally into big, awesome guitar sounds but my favorite instrument to record is drums. I love  capturing all aspects of the drum set with the right mics, and experimenting with their creative possibilities. When working with the whole kit, I’m adamant on new skins top and bottom and experimenting with different tunings—how the top head is tuned in relation to the bottom head in particular.
As a starting point, I also like to have the toms tuned in fourths. I have favorite mics for certain drums. An SM57 will always sound great on the snare top, and a nice condenser mic on the bottom to blend in some of the articulation. Shure KSM 32 or 44 on the Toms, and AKG 414 for overheads…   A good sounding room is a must and does make a huge difference in the way the drums sound…   I will also add in room mics to add some cushion and depth into the drum mix…   Like anything if the drums sound great in the room and the drummer is playing well you can get great results with basic micing, but not the other way around…  Using a photography analogy, if the talent is not looking good and the lighting is poor, you can have the greatest camera in the world and the results will be poor…
It’s not about having the best gear, it’s about a great performance and knowing your gear.  What I love about the PreSonus StudioLive is just how great the XMAX preamps sound. We actually did a comparison with some API and Neve preamps, and the difference was extremely minimal when the tracks were soloed. I use minimal compression on the snare and kick, just to even the attack out. I apply minimal EQ to remove some of the boxy frequencies inherent with kick drum and toms.  If the room sounds great I will not use reverb, so the drums are kept pretty simple.  It’s all up to the musicians to deliver a top notch performance. I’m not into samples. if the drums don’t sound good, it’s because they don’t sound good at the source, so we will change things up until the sounds are great, once again at the source.

Category StudioLive 24.4.2 | 4 Comments »
Posted by Ryan Roullard



Check Out This Sweet Gig Log

November 24,2012

Austin’s Matt Langel has been posting kick-ass vlogs of his experience with the PreSonus StudioLives. His most recent vid offers an exceptional fly-on-the-wall view of his sound check process at a noisy club. Any of you interested in checking out a real-world application of the StudioLive series mixers should take a close look at how quickly Matt is able to check a full rock band: applying compression, adding gates, EQing, and routing his subs like he’s sprinkling pixie dust. Matt, thanks for sharing!

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Posted by Ryan Roullard



Lynn Fuston, head honcho over at 3D Audio, posits a compelling question.

 “Would it be possible to assemble a system that could record 16 inputs onto a multitrack for under $2000?”

The answer is… well, read for yourself. It’s a bit of a lengthy thread but well worth the time. SPOILER ALERT: His solution involves and iPad and the AudioBox 1818VSL.

 

Here’s a highlight:

"I ran a test last night. 16 tracks at 24/96. Recorded for a minute. Added another 16 in record for a minute while playing back the first 16. Then added 5 more stereo tracks. Hit record. Then added 6 more stereo tracks. Hit record. 

Several observations:

1) This is not real world because we don't record 1 minute songs.
2) CPU usage at its highest never exceeded 30%. There are CPU and Disk Space Usage meters right on the front of the mixer.
3) I got "Low Memory" messages at least four times, so I finally quit every other app BUT Auria. That seemed to eliminate the problem.
4) It only bailed on a recording one time, and that was when I had the buffer set to 128. I upped it to 256 and it seemed fine. By then I was playing back 42 tracks at 24/96 and recording 12 more.

I considered doing a stress test and recording for a long duration but file management using iTunes, at least to someone accustomed to using a computer, seems like a real headache. I'm going to wait to do that test until after I finish my actual music recording. I don't want to fill up the drive with huge empty files.

Like the guy at the Apple store told me, "the iPad is designed for GATHERING information." Fascinating. In the big picture, I think he's right. It's a content-vacuum. Videos, pictures, audio: it's designed to collect info. It's really easy to import stuff into an iPad. Exporting (apart from tossing it into iTunes), not so much. So far, it seems like the recording will be the easy part. At least to this seasoned pro who is accustomed to using multiple backup drives and backup utilities like SyncPro and drag and drop file management."

Read the entire thread over at 3D Audio! There’s some great mobile recording opportunities with this setup…

 

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Posted by Ryan Roullard



Improvised Instruments FTW

November 21,2012

Good morning. Improvised performances are one thing, but how do you feel about improvised instruments?

I ask because I think they’re really funny. I lost it the balloon solo around 0:40.

Category Just for Fun | 1 Comment »
Posted by Ryan Roullard



It’s here! It’s here!

Rational Acoustics’ highly regarded Smaart Measurement Technology™ is now available in PreSonus’ Virtual StudioLive™ remote-control/editor/librarian software for StudioLive™ mixers.

These astonishing technologies are now available FREE from PreSonus.Com! Get the Smaart Wizards and shoot the room!

To add these free features to your StudioLive mixer, grab the latest version of Universal Control, with all its wizardly goodness. Click here for details on this significant, free upgrade.

Universal Control v1.7 – PC

Universal Control v1.7 – Mac

 

 

Category Universal Control | 4 Comments »
Posted by Ryan Roullard



Winner winner gochujang dinner!

Dear PreSonus team,

I would like to let you know that we had a successful StudioLive 16.0.2 launching and Studio One seminar. Thank you so much for all of your support!

All marketing materials and gift packs were very helpful, especially the jambalaya mix!  Following your request, we cooked and served jambalaya to the attendees. We were going to cook from the scratch at first before you sent us the mix. It saved tons of time and efforts. People just liked the taste of it.

The launching show was presented in two parts. In the first, we showed how to live mix and record multi-track audio using StudioLive Remote with an acapella group, The Maytree. They are our new endorsement artist of the StudioLive 16.0.2!  Serin, who is our Studio One specialist, was in charge of the second part, demonstrating useful features of Studio One Professional 2 with Melodyne.

I have attached some pictures for you!

Thank you again.  We couldn’t do this alone without your support.

Regards,
Hojo

Category Just for Fun | 0 Comments »
Posted by Ryan Roullard



JC Bittence, PreSonus representative from TechRep Marketing, takes us (you) through an in-depth look at the PreSonus StudioLive 24.4.2. This video clocks in at around 20 minutes, so you may wish to make a sandwich first.

 

Category StudioLive 24.4.2 | 0 Comments »
Posted by Ryan Roullard



Simon Scardanelli of Dr. Scardo has been a DAW enthusiast since the clunky days of the Commodore 64. He recently changed horses mid-stream, dumping his Logic session and bringing all the tracks into Studio One Professional 2, which he has taken on as his main DAW. Here he discusses the resultant improvements to his workflow and productivity.

Flattering that a man of such long-running DAW experience would settle on PreSonus Studio One Professional 2. Give him a listen!

Category Studio One | 1 Comment »
Posted by Ryan Roullard



 [this just in from Scott Szeryk!]

Hey PreSonus!

Check this out: We are in the process of a live DVD, “Scott Szeryk Live at Aeolian Hall,” from his Manifesto Tour from summer or 2012. This was recorded on the one and only StudioLive 24.4.2! Note the iPad on the mic stand, which was used for i- ear monitor mixing via SL-Remote. Totally awesome!

Category StudioLive 24.4.2 | 2 Comments »
Posted by Ryan Roullard



PreSonus Universal Control 1.7, which will be released soon, will add three Smaart® System Analysis Wizards to Virtual StudioLive—for free! These System Analysis Wizards include a Smaart Room Analysis Wizard, Smaart Output Check Wizard, and Smaart System Delay Wizard for StudioLive™ 24.4.2 and 16.4.2 consoles.

Of course, you still get the Smaart Spectragraph and Smaart Real Time Analyzer (RTA) that were added to VSL earlier this year, and they work with all three StudioLive models.

These Smaart tools enable you to vastly improve the quality of your sound system—and your effectiveness as a live-sound engineer! You can even interface with them via StudioLive Remote on your iPad.

With these tools in your arsenal, you should probably start charging more for gigs. Just sayin’.

 

Category StudioLive 24.4.2 | 7 Comments »
Posted by Ryan Roullard