Mixer aficionados the world over could always stand to learn a new trick or two, and at the rate that technology changes, sometimes we all find ourselves with a little catching up to do. Good thing, then, that Alfred Music has recently released the StudioLive Mixer handbook, which has a little something for everyone. If you’re using one of the classic StudioLive mixers or the new AI mixers, you will find something of value as the book covers both! Furthermore, it’s broken down into a simple three-tier arrangement: a general overview, live sound, and studio recording—including a nice bonus chapter on mic placement.
You’ll also find info on getting the most out of using your StudioLive with external devices like your laptop and iPhone, feedback elimination, remote iPad control, and recording your shows.
Here’s a couple freebies to get ya hooked:
With the publication of this tome, renowned engineer/producer Bobby Owsinski has cemented his stature as a dyed-in-the-wires StudioLive expert. After all, he wrote the book on it, right?
Check it out—here’s Dave Bryce, showing you the best way to set up your Temblor T10 Subwoofer in your studio. While a lot of subwoofer marketing verbiage talks about “room-shaking” bass, the fact is that’s not all hype. Subwoofers REALLY DO shake the room, and can resonate the environment at specific frequencies, creating sounds that aren’t actually coming from your speakers. This makes mixing critical low-end frequencies impossible, as you aren’t hearing an accurate representation of what you’ve recorded.
The solution is to systematically test your sub in YOUR environment, and work out the kinks to get the most accurate-sounding configuration possible. The Temblor T10 makes this very easy, and Dave is here to help. Take a look!
[This just in from Shane Simpson of Express AV / Steele Creek Studios! These guys are using just about every product we make. I, for one, am impressed!]
In my opinion, PreSonus is the most forward-thinking company in the industry! They care not only about functionality, but also about workflow, ease of use, and cost! If you run a live production company or a recording studio, PreSonus offers many cost-effective solutions to our every-day needs. When it comes to signal flow, pre-amps, user-friendly layout, EQs, versatility, and price, the StudioLive mixers are some of the best desks on the planet.
The StudioLive package stands out for me for many reasons:
We received a pair of PreSonus Sceptre studio monitors a few weeks ago—Wow! I never thought a co-axial monitor would even work, let-alone be some of the best sounding I have ever heard! They sound like monitors several times their cost, clean and powerful! That is not to discount the Eris series monitors, as they are awesome as well. Our local PreSonus rep demoed a set of Eris for us, and although we wound up with the Sceptres, the Eris blew us away for sounding so good at that price.
We have also been using the PreSonus Monitor Station; man is this thing cool! It makes switching between adjustable audio sources and monitor sets a breeze—we have our subs on one of the outputs, so we can bring them in or out with the touch of a button. The built-in talk-back mic is awesome, and the adjustable Dim feature is really cool as well.
Using the Presonus HP60 headphone amp has been very helpful to us as well. We were using a diffferent brand before we got the HP60, and we were not very happy with it. The HP60 is very clean with lots of headroom.
We also use the AudioBox 22vsl, which has been a great portable interface. We look forward to acquiring an ADL-series preamp (or two), some new A.I. series mixers, a set of Eris near-field monitors, a Temblor T10 Subwoofer, PreSonus StudioLive speaker cabs for our live production, and all the other goodies PreSonus has to offer. PreSonus is a great company that cares about its customers. Our PreSonus rep came to our shop and spent two days with us educating us on PreSonus products and getting to know our needs and our business so he could better serve us and help us grow. He offered invaluable information and insight and showed us how PreSonus products can help us succeed as a business.
Thanks, PreSonus. We appreciate a company that cares enough to spend time with a small company like us—keep on doing what you are doing: Providing us with useful, innovative products, and the help and know-how to implement them.
Senior Audio Engineer
Steele Creek Studios / Express AV
PreSonus Artists Royal Teeth brought their signature sounds to the big time last week, appearing on none other than American Idol, performing their hit, “Wild.” We can’t begin to express how proud we are of these good friends from just over in Layfayette.
Good work team, you’ve earned this.
Here’s Royal Teeth’s Idol appearance…
This just in from the globetrotting portion of our crew that spent some quality time at Musikmesse in Frankfurt, Germany, last week. We saw a lot of old friends, shook the hands of new friends, and shot some admittedly shakey-cam videos. But hey, that’s “from the trenches,” right? it’s just like being there!
Featured in this trifecta of Cinéma vérité are the Monitor Station V2, the Music Creation Suite, the Sceptre monitors, and—perhaps most important—our incredible #GetYourHooksIn contest. Click around the video below to get all the details.
We apologize in advance for the poor audio quality.
David “5aint” Gledhill on the #GetYourHooksIn contest:
PreSonus StudioLive 32.4.2AI Wins MIPA 2014
Music Creation Suite:
Introducing The Monitor Station V2:
Dave Bryce on the Sceptre Monitors:
5aint and Luke Mourinet talk Studio One at Musikmesse 2014:
If you ask me, the real answer to the analog vs. digital debate is “let’s stop arguing and make some music,” and Alberto Schettino of FuseRoom Studio agrees. In fact, he’s got an audio workshop coming up on March 22 & 23, that focuses on exactly that—balancing fuzzy analog yin with precision analog yang.
He says, “This is a 2-day workshop at Fuseroom Studio in Tuscany, Italy, where I will transform a raw recording session in PreSonus Studio One to a final mix, integrating all of my high-end analog gear and digital plug-ins into the ultimate hybrid mixing experience!”
Sounds great! Why not use the best of both worlds? Click here to learn more and register for the event.
This instant rebate allows you to save $50 when you buy an AudioBox Studio—an everything-in-one-box recording solution for budget-minded and mobile recordists alike. Here’s what you get: An AudioBox USB 2-channel recording interface, HD7 headphones, M7 condenser microphone, and Studio One Artist. All you need to supply is creativity.
Portability is the name of the game here, as the AudioBox USB is bus powered, meaning no fumbling around with dorky old wall warts, and no recording sessions will be sacrificed to the dead battery gods.
The M7 large-diaphragm condenser mic is ideally suited for vocals and acoustic instruments, but you can put it in front of pretty well anything and confidently expect great results. The HD7 headphones allow you to monitor and mix your tracks with clarity and style.
Last but most, Studio One Artist is the award-winning DAW that offers unlimited tracks, sterling audio quality, and an intuitive drag-and-drop user interface. It will leave you wondering how people ever made music any other way back in the dark ages of 2009.
This offer is available globally and instantaneously, and there are no receipts to wrangle or forms to fill out.
To find a dealer, click on one of the following links:
Christopher “AudioCzar” Smith is no joke. The man’s been cranking out track after track for a long time, now, and in the last year he’s settled on Studio One Professional for all of his sonic endeavors. Fortunately for us (and you) I was able to get him to answer some questions about his production habits, and why he’s chosen PreSonus.
When he’s not producing music, he’s also producing excellent videos full of Studio One tips; at the time of this writing he’s up to 20 and counting. Click here to see all of the Czar’s vids.
Who are you, where are you, and what do you do?
I’m Christopher “Czar” Smith, originally from Memphis, but I live in Nashville, TN. I am an audio engineer specializing in recording and mixing.
How were you introduced to PreSonus?
I bought Studio One Artist during a NAMM sale few years ago, for about $20. It was an impulse buy I’m glad I made. Actually, I remember my first recording setup back in 2000—I had a PreSonus TubePRE for vocals.
What PreSonus software/
Every mix I’ve done since 2013 has been done in Studio One Professional, and every song or album I’ve mastered since upgrading to Professional was also done in Studio One. When I work out of Groove Box studios here in Nashville I use the DigiMax FS for tracking drum or hardware inserts for my analog gear I bring with me. I also have a FaderPort that I use when mixing.
What’s so great about PreSonus, anyhow?
PreSonus is great because unlike a lot of other companies, you can tell they are really passionate about their products, and they listen to the consumer. They also have excellent customer interaction. If you tweet them, they will tweet back. Everyone I’ve met from the PreSonus staff at NAMM or Gearfest have all been friendly and helpful. And all the products are well thought-out and designed. PreSonus is one of the few companies I look forward to seeing new products from every year.
What’s the last big project that you worked on using PreSonus gear?
The last big project I did was a mix for Diane Betts, a very talented singer/songwriter here in Nashville. Her song was mixed and mastered using Studio One Profefssional.
What are you working on now—or next?
Right now I’m finishing up mixing and mastering The Equalizers debut album, “After Hours.” Next up, I’ll be mixing an album for a rap group from Nashville, and I’m doing some production for a rap artist from Nebraska. I also just got hired to do some mixing and mastering for an artist in France. It’s the first time I doing work for someone overseas, so I’m excited about it!
Where can folks find out more information about you and your work online?