[This just in from Ramon Castillo of Bleep Blop Ensemble. Bleep Blop is an electro-acoustic experimental music ensemble that is collaborating with Grammy-nominated performer/composer Sandeep Das—and a StudioLive 16.0.2! They are looking to create a record and performance series with Sandeep, and could really use your help!]
One of Bleep Blop’s primary missions is to make music technology accessible to a wide variety of performers, composers and other artists. We are committed to the music of young and emerging composers, and we have premiered 13 works and performed countless others over the last 3 years.
Sandeep Das and Bleep Blop will write lots of new music, record and perform these new works, and release lots of media.
Click through to Bleep Blop’s IndieGoGo campaign here to learn more—and contribute!
In September, Rodney Orpheus will be joining Source Distribution on a UK PreSonus roadshow, enabling you to talk to the PreSonus experts and spend some quality time with their latest product releases! Free merchandise and special deals will be available in-store at these times, so make sure you make it down!
The StudioLive 32.4.2 is the most fully featured and powerful StudioLive yet, and will be joined by the first PreSonus Sceptre CoActual™ monitors demoed in the UK – they combine an advanced coaxial design that integrates with a 32-bit DSP engine for highly accurate program reproduction. Add to that the grown-up yet bargain-priced Eris monitors and the premium ADL-700 channel strip, with tube circuit designed by Anthony DeMaria, and there’s something for everyone.
• Preview the amazing new StudioLive 32.4.2AI digital mixer – the most powerful, feature-packed StudioLive mixer yet
• Hear the incredible new Eris and Sceptre active monitors in action
• Get hands-on with the brilliant new ADL 700 tube channel strip
• Check out the new features in v2.6 of the award-winning Studio One DAW
• Free PreSonus merchandise and in-store deals on the day
For more information contact Source Distribution on 0208 962 5080 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tour Dates and Times are as Follows:
This lucky winner took home a pair of Eris E5 studio monitors at our Thunder Roadshow at Alto Music in Middletown, NY!
Check out the PreSonus events page to see when the Thunder RoadShow is coming through your town:
You might walk away with free PreSonus gear! And if you don’t, you will still walk away with knowledge of the latest PreSonus gear, including the StudioLive 32.4.2AI and the new StudioLive AI PA speakers.
A handful of them are free, but the rest will cost ya. Totally worth it. Here’s the freebies:
The full list of course topics available follows:
Preparing a Song for Mixing
Setting Up Markers
The Mix Console
Dynamics with Compression
Reverb for Depth
Delay and Modulation FX
Getting Deeper with Automation
Bus and Folder Automation
Bus Compression on Bus Folders
Exporting the Mixdown
Setting Up a Mastering Project
Editing Songs in the Project
Adjusting Volumes of Tracks
Adding Inserts for the Pre, Master and Post
Mastering Chain Order
Using ‘Detect Loudness’
The Spectral and Output Meters
Using Multiband Compression
Limiting Your Tracks
Burning a CD
Images and DDP Explained
Here’s PreSonus Customer Service Director Alex Tinsley (foreground) during an early recital of Jaromír Vejvoda’s “Beer Barrel Polka.”
It’s an oft-spouted cliché that good musicians are handed an instrument before they can walk. But Alex is now walking/proof.
Nowadays Alex’s musical output is of the wonderfully bionic variety. A self-described “synth collector, fixer, modifier, and knob twiddler of sorts,” Alex has been known to bring some incredibly rare—daresay obtuse—electronic instruments to the PreSonus office. Such gear invokes envy from our producer-types, and eyerolls from our pedal steel guys.
PreSonus LIVE Airs Today, Aug. 15! | Sell the Show After the Show! | 2 p.m. CST / 3 p.m. EST / Noon PST / 20:00 UK / 21:00 EU
In addition to being a globe-trotting industrial torchbearer, Ivan is also pretty darn good at Photoshop, and sent us this nice homage to his second musical love: The AudioBox Studio!
From his press release:
After the success of his last Album, “The New Resistance” (Including guest artists from bands like Public Enemy, Clawfinger, Hanin Elias, Die Krupps and many more) Ivan Muñoz aka Vigilante is back with a new single called “It’s Our Time”. With this new single Vigilante continues to evolve his hybrid electronic/metal sound adding elements of Dubstep and EDM creating a powerful and refreshing new style called “Industep”. “It’s Our Time” was released on July 4th, including many remixes by great artists from all over the world – XPQ- 21, Consumer Junk/Must We Unite, T3RR0R 3RR0R, Kill the Sleeper, Devil’s Guts, Aktivehate, Dolls of Pain, Gothika, Ambassador 21, BAK XIII, Kontrolled Demoliton, Zeitgeist Zero, Distorted World and En Esch. The song will be part of the new Vigilante album “Turning Point.” “It’s Our Time” is available on Nimbit and several other digital services.
All the money raised by this single will be donated to the FreeAnons Solidarity Network, which exists to provide legal, financial, and moral support for activists facing prosecution for involvement – alleged or otherwise – in Anonymous actions.
Buy and listen to the new single on Nimbit here:
More info about Vigilante:
[This just in from Sean Walker, Seattle audio engineer and boating enthusiast. He recently took his friends, and his StudioLive 16.4.2, for a spin out on Lake Washington during the city’s annual Seafair festival. Oh, and he also brought his band, and remotely mixed the band’s performance on the water while mixing via StudioLive Remote on his iPad. From a floating trampoline. Seriously. Pics follow.]
It’s August in Seattle, and that means two things: less rain than normal and our annual Seafair celebration! Seafair is a week-long celebration culminating on the first Sunday in August with the H1 Unlimited Hydroplane races and an air show over the race course on lake Washington! The race course is surrounded by a log boom on the outside perimeter to keep pleasure crafts from getting run over by a 200 MPH hydro. Now, being the festive sort, we often fill the log boom with boats and party like it’s Mardi Gras! This year, however, we outdid ourselves with the help of our friends at PreSonus, Audix, Sennheiser and QSC. This year, our client and I loaded a Yacht with a 6 Kilowatt generator, a PreSonus Studiolive 16.4.2, four QSC KW181 subs, four KW122 tops, and some K12s for monitors, and invited our friends in the fantastic cover band, The Herding Cats to THROW DOWN ON TOP OF THE YACHT!
Naturally, this presented a unique set of challenges. There were to be identical bow and stern PA rigs (you don’t want any survivors… I mean, anyone to miss the show), monitors for the band, and a wireless transmission to another yacht. So, we set up the speakers, ran power and signal, then ran a snake to the top of the vessel where the band would play as I mixed from inside the cabin. Thankfully for me, this was not my StudioLive’s first rodeo. Rather than the old guess-and-check method I’m used to when there is no proper FOH position, I got to relax on the floating trampoline behind the Yacht and mix the show, via StudioLive Remote on my iPad, iced tea in hand! If that isn’t a win, I don’t know what is! Also, the StudioLive’s ability to link Auxiliary sends to stereo made the wireless transmission to the other yacht a breeze!
The Microphones were all Sennheiser and Audix, except for an RE20 on the kick. Vocals all ran wirelessly. An E965 for Jon, who is the drummer/lead singer. E835’s were deployed for Mike and Rick’s backing vocals. Mike’s Fender Twin amp was miked with an E609 in the standard “Yeah, that’s just right” spot where the dust cap meets the cone. A DI was used for Rick’s bass to keep things “simple.” Since Jon thinks he’s some kind of Bonham, and drenches his drums with pitchers of water for an AWESOME spectacle during the bands Led Zeppelin melody, durable is the name of the game here. Snare and toms were Audix F-series with a Sennheiser E901 plate in the kick and an RE20 for kick out.
The day went off without a hitch and the band sounded fantastic! Most importantly, we had fun and that’s what this game is all about!
A HUGE thank you to Presonus, Sennheiser, Audix and QSC for making fantastic gear in both function and sound. We could not have pulled this off nearly as easily without their help!
The Herding Cats are Jon Bolton, Mike Mattingly and Rick Lovrovich. If you find yourself in the Seattle area, you owe it to yourself to catch them in action!
Sean Walker is a Freelance Audio Engineer in the Seattle area.
Further cementing their long-standing reputation as stewards of quality in pro audio journalism, Tape Op recently ran a flattering review of our Eris Monitors, which, coincidentally enough, are now in stores. Doublethanks to Eli Crews for the kind words.
A few of those words follow: “I found both of these monitor models very useful tools for the imperfect art of home-studio mixing… if you were to put them up in a very controlled environment, next to speakers you paid a bunch of money for, you would probably find things here and there about them you didn’t like – although you may be surprised. Setting them up in my humble (yet effective) home studio for a few months helped me hear things I wasn’t hearing previously and helped me to provide better mixes for my clients. At the end of the day, that matters much more than the price tag of the speaker or the label on the front. Job well done, PreSonus.” Click here to read the full review: http://tapeop.com/reviews/gear/96/eris-e5-active-studio-monitor/