Why You Should Make Every Effort to Come to PreSonuSphere (and why I love PreSonus so much)
One word: jambalaya. Seriously.
I was working as a Sales Engineer for Sweetwater Sound. I was kind of a new guy, still learning the ropes, trying to figure out how to effectively sell music and recording gear to people over the phone. And then there was the training… lots and LOTS of training. Twice a week we would come to work an hour and a half early to be trained by one of our many manufacturers on the awesomeness of their latest products.
Some training sessions were awesome. Some made me long for a better place. PreSonus sessions were the former.
See, not only did PreSonus create cool, innovative, problem-solving products. They also cooked jambalaya for us. They would ship this big, huge silver pot from Baton Rouge all the way to Fort Wayne, Indiana, so they could cook ME a jambalaya lunch. I was hooked from the first bite.
See, I’m a Mississippi boy at heart. And these guys know how to win a guy over.
Food. Really, really good food. So I say to myself, “Joe, if these guys make gear as well as they cook, you’ve got to check ‘em out.”
Sure ‘nuff, their gear rocks.
Fast forward several years, and I’m now running the popular home recording website HomeStudioCorner.com, where I help thousands of people get better recordings out of their home studios…and I still have a big crush on PreSonus. I own almost one of everything they make, and I’ve even transitioned to using their DAW, Studio One for all my studio projects. I literally haven’t opened Pro Tools in a looooooong time.
And that’s the topic of my presentation at PreSonuSphere this year. I’ll be teaching a class on “Making the Switch,” where I will be sharing about my transition to Studio One, why and how I did it.
Also, I will be eating a lot of food, particularly jambalaya. But you already knew that, didn’t you?
See you there,
Home Studio Corner
Check out this incredible prize package from our friends at Audix! You could win a StudioLive 16.4.2AI, a MONSTER drum set from Pacific and Sabian, and an 8-Piece Custom Mic package. It’s worth nearly ten grand! Click the image below to enter, and make sure you do so before November 31, 2013.
Here’s all the news on the giveaway, straight from Audix themselves:
OVER THE TOP GIVEAWAY!
Audix 8-Piece Custom Mic Package, May Internal Mounting System, Pacific Drums, DW Hardware, Presonus Digital Mixer, & Sabian Cymbals. Total value $9878!
16x4x2 Active Integration Digital Mixer
PDP Concept Series™ CB5 5-piece All-Birch Drumset
with DW 3000 Series Hardware and Pedals:
• 9×12” rack tom, 12×14” floor tom, 5.5×14” matching snare drum, 16×20” bass drum
DW 3000 Series Hardware Pack includes:
Sabian AAX Series pack includes:
The AAX Series from Sabian is a game changer! AAX are the first B20 Bronze cymbals designed and manufactured using completely modern lathing and hammering techniques. The result? Increased brightness, cut and musicality – for the widest dynamic range ever achieved. And suddenly, the bright, explosive tone of AA cymbals are present even at low volume.
Rules: Giveaway is open world-wide. The winner must reside in a country where the participating companies have distribution. Contest ends November 30, 2013 at midnight PST. Winner will be notified by email and have 48 hours to claim their prize, otherwise another name will be chosen. Valid ID required.
PreSonus LIVE airs today!
ForkLiftSphere! Get LIVE tech support from the PreSonus Warehouse!
2 p.m. CST / 3 p.m. EST / Noon PST / 20:00 UK / 21:00 EU
Learn from the team captains of the PreSonus know-it-all squad! Justin Spence and Gary Hasenbeck will put their audio cred on the line as they answer your tech support requests LIVE! Hit us up in the chat room and ask whatever questions you want. We’ll choose the best ones and answer them right on command from our glorious warehouse. No steel-toed boots required.
ExpoMusic is the largest music fair in Latin America; manufacturers and artists from all over the world arrive to show off their latest and greatest for five days! We’re glad to be a part of it, of course—big thanks are due to Quanta for making it all happen.
Presenting in the Hartley Vey Workshop Theatre on Friday, Oct 25 at 3:30 p.m.
Prepare for the Worst…and Other Cheerful Insights from Industry Legend Martin Atkins
Martin Atkins’ three decades in the music business spans genres, borders and industries. Having experience in nearly every aspect of record production and promotion has given him a unique perspective not only on where the music industry is currently, but where it’s going in the future. And basically things are grim unless you embrace new promotion, distribution, and monetization methods. This presentation is less a commercial for Nimbit than it is a blueprint for prospering in a new world.
Atkins has been a member of Public Image Ltd. and Ministry, and has collaborated with Nine Inch Nails. His distinguished speaking resume includes: SXSW, Warped Tour, CMJ, New Music Seminar, Unconvention, NAMM, By:Larm, Dfest, USC, Drexel, , Full Sail, Weiden + Kennedy, Chicago Cultural Center and many more. We’re all glad he can now add PreSonuSphere to this prestigious list.
For more on Martin’s experience with PreSonus, check out his PreSonus Artist bio here.
“Using Sample One, I zoom in on an interesting looking section of my recording and loop it, creating a buzz. Then I tune the sample by tweaking the tune knob, measuring the results with a tuner. Once the sample is in tune, I add effects and adjust the ADSR to tailor the sound. The results can be quite surprising and wonderful. Best of all it’s a totally custom sound that is the result of a really fun creative process.”
James shares a bit about his workflow in Studio One as well:
“Working in Studio One has enabled me to create better than before, I can literally take a single word of Sara’s vocal track—and create a pad using Sample One from the same sound, or even create a bass! We’ve done this on so many of our songs it’s actually pretty funny; sometimes people are like ‘how did you get that low bass sub-it’s so clean!’ They never realize or even believe me when I say it’s based around Sara’s vocal. Same with some of our drums, I’ve literally taken the sound of our dogs barking. compressed them in pitch/tempo then thrown into Sample One and created hits which to use as kicks, snares, etc.”
If you want to get your hands a little rusty, and learn how to turn a radiator into a cello, then this seminar is for you!
James is a member of STEREOSPREAD and has produced and remixed for many projects including Haap, Ask You in Gray, Ilima and The Sexbots, Ummagma, Thy Fearful Symmetry, Diffuzion, Venn Diagram, Jadugara, King George VIII, and Between the Now. Banmier is the creative project of Waynesville, NC, where he currently lives and operates a home studio. Caden has played drum set, marching snare, hand drums and auxiliary percussion in many music settings including symphonic band, marching band, as well as several metal and funk groups. Caden’s venture into electronic music was brought about by the need to express musical thoughts that were more complex and melodic than drum beats.
You can hear some of Banmier and Stereospread’s sonic trickery in the collaboration embedded below!
James is a member of STEREOSPREAD and has produced and remixed for many projects including Haap, Ask You in Gray, Ilima and The Sexbots, Ummagma, Thy Fearful Symmetry, Diffuzion, Venn Diagram, Jadugara, King George VIII, and Between the Now.
Banmier is the creative project of Waynesville, NC, where he currently lives and operates a home studio. Caden has played drum set, marching snare, hand drums and auxiliary percussion in many music settings including symphonic band, marching band, as well as several metal and funk groups. Caden’s venture into electronic music was brought about by the need to express musical thoughts that were more complex and melodic than drum beats.
The “Why StudioLive” video contest was a smashing success. And that’s all because of you.
Furthermore, everyone who entered gets a PreSonus T-shirt.
Entering is easy: Download the stems, make something creative, upload it to SoundCloud, add it to the “No Nevermind Remix Contest” group, and post it on the Gear Addicts Facebook Page. All submissions must be posted by midnight, Oct 31st, 2013 PST.