PreSonus was proud to be a part of the 2013 ASCAP Songwriters Retreat, held September 25th to October 4th at the 14th-century Château Marouatte in the Dordogne region of France—an inspiring place for the lyrically inclined.
And that’s the point. ASCAP has designed this retreat to bring out the best in talented writers. This year’s 30+ participants were divided into different groups, every day, to write and record, keeping collaborative spirits fresh and healthy. At the end of the session, attendees return home with renewed artistic vigor, their hearts and hard drives full of song.
In fact, a dozen of the songs written at the camp this year are already on hold for major label artists, including The Temper Trap, Kelly Clarkson, Melanie Fiona, Nylo, Jessie Malakouti, and Jon Bellion.
PreSonus was happy to provide a metric heap of equipment to foster the creative process, including:
Photos from the event follow, as well as a kind thank-you video from the songwriters themselves. You’re welcome, folks, and we hope you wrote enough hits to fill a 14th-century dining hall. Read more about it here.
Small Town Audio Resources in Redway, CA received their new PreSonus StudioLive 32.4.2 AI just in the nick of time for this performance by Grammy-winning reggae superstar Shaggy, pictured below. The mixer ran monitors during his performance at the Mateel Community Center. Having been a PreSonus StudioLive 24.4.2 user, the transition was effortless for engineers Rob Seifert Gage and Jim Fulton.
“For this Shaggy gig,” Rob says, “We chose the new StudioLive 32.4.2AI for its ease of operation and showtime reliability. We need about 12-14 monitor mixes, and it was effortless! In the past, we used two StudioLive 24.4.2s and would link them together, but we weren’t able to record all channels with that setup. With the StudioLive 32.4.2.AI, we get all the tracks and more—which is exactly what we were looking for in a desk .”
Jim Fulton & Rob Seifert Gage
Small Town Audio Resources
Here, Bobby Owsinski shares insights on the Six Keys to Musical Prosperity at PreSonuSphere 2013.
You’re invited to learn how pros get concert quality audio in a church environment using PreSonus Active Integration mixers and new CoActual AI PA speakers. Join us live from the Shreveport stop of the Pre-Concert PreSonus Sound Workshop! In this special one-hour presentation, Shane and Shane sound engineer Travis Brockway will show you:
Whether you’re comping a vocal track, restoring an old recording, working with dialogue or sound effects for film, or imposing your own vision with mash-ups or remixes, audio editing is a key skill to successful sound production. Digital Audio Editing gives you the techniques, from the simplest corrective editing like cutting, copying, and pasting to more complex creative editing, such as beat mapping and time-stretching.
You’ll be able to avoid unnatural-sounding pitch correction and understand the potential pitfalls you face when restoring classic tracks. Author Simon Langford invites you to see editing with his wide-angle view, putting this skill into a broad context that will inform your choices even as you more skillfully manipulate sound. Focusing on techniques applicable to any digital audio workstation, it includes break-outs giving specific keystrokes and instruction in several popular DAWs, including Studio One. The companion websites include tutorials in all four software packages to help you immediately apply the broad skills from the book.
Hey there, we just wrapped up a couple videos on the new StudioLive AI digital mixers. In these, Rick shows you how to set up a monitor mix or aux mix on the StudioLive. This is great for setting up floor wedge monitors or headphone mixes. Video #2 showcases how you can set up your levels. It’s easy!
For more on the StudioLive AI mixers, click here:
John DeNosky spoke at PreSonuSphere 2013, sharing his insights on one of the most powerful features integrated into Studio One Professional: Celemony Melodyne. Melodyne allows for subtle-to-extreme pitch correction… but that’s not all! Learn some advanced Melodyne trickery in this great talk.
We lost a good one. Robert Levin passed away on November 25. Robert was literally raised in his dad’s music store, Chuck Levin’s Washington Music Center, and grew to eventually run the family business along with his siblings. In doing so, they maintained dad’s well-deserved twin legacies of impeccable customer service and good ol’ hard work. Before Robert’s passing, the torch was passed to his son, Adam, who share responsibilities with his siblings; Alan and Abbe. This brings Chuck Levin’s Washington Music Center into its third generation as a family business.
Rick Naqvi recalls, “Robert was one of PreSonus’ earliest dealers, when we introduced our first product, the DCP-8. From that point forward he always offered us words of advice and encouragement in his most recognizable style as we went forward to become great business partners. Robert was one of the unique personalities in our industry, and we cherished his many contributions and of course his friendship.”
We’ll miss you, Robert. Please take a moment here with Rick to raise a glass to our departed friend.
In lieu of flowers, the Levin family has requested that donations be made to the Lung Cancer Research Foundation. If you have fond memories of Robert, as many of us do, you are welcome and encouraged to post them here.
PreSonus Education Market Manager John Mlynczak spoke at PreSonuSphere 2013, detailing the best ways to leverage PreSonus technologies in the classroom.
For more on PreSonus’ involvement in music education, click here: http://musiced.presonus.com/