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Our VP of Sales and all-around Alpha Bro-Dog Rick Naqvi took some time out of his incredibly busy schedule to be subjected to the interview stylings of SonicState‘s Nick Batt. Agenda items on the docket included “You guys are on fire,”  “Sometimes Skype is hard,” and, of course, “Nimbit!”  Rick’s the first of three interviews, so jump on in!

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[This kind e-mail and stylish video came to us from Anthony.]

Hi Ryan,

Thought you guys might be interested in this video.

We shot this live in the studio, and the band was having some trouble using the in-house headphone mixer for all four artists since they all sing, so the band set up their StudioLive and mixed not only their own headphone sends, but also the film crew’s cans as well! This was all done from their iPads and iPhones.

I sent this particular song because it’s got some of the best shots of the remote running from the drummer’s iPad ;) They’re really brilliant!

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We recently had the chance to hang out for a while at Flux Studios for a little get-together where we could celebrate Studio One Professional 2. Here I was, all ready to write a great blog about it, and SonicScoop totally beat me to the punch. So, here’s a teaser, but then you should go read what they have to say about it.  From the SonicScoop blog:

“A remarkably intuitive and fast-moving DAW, Studio One 2 was at the center of live recording sessions held in FLUX’s inspiring Dangerous live room. Producer Fab Dupont manned the controls and artistJay Stolar laid down live tracks, which would later be the subject of a Q&A on the software.”

More after the jump!

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Our friends at PureMix just published the first of many videos to come using Studio One. What sets these guys apart is that they teach real world production concepts, not just “how to xyz.” If you have yet to visit this site, now is a great time!

While you’re there, create an account and use one of these coupons for an exclusive subscription discount:

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So, what’s PureMix all about, anyhow?

These days there is no way to learn record making from working professional since there are so few assisting positions left. In the past, an aspiring engineer or producer could watch and learn from someone more advanced for a few years and prepare for flying solo without burning their wings too early. That old mentor/disciple system is pretty much gone, and it’s a shame.

PureMix.net is a place to share the knowledge we, as successful professionals, acquired over time.pureMix.net content is produced in professional studios, professional and multiple awards engineers and teaches in depth: mixing, recording, producing and mastering.

Fab Dupont, the founder of PureMix has mixed or produced tracks for/with/featuring Jennifer Lopez, Freshlyground, Shakira, Les Nubians, Kirk Whalum, Nat King Cole, and a slew of other artists.

The platform is a streaming website that offers lessons purchased by the unit, or all-access subscriptions. Our users can download the audio files from the session that we use in order to try and practice at home. There is also a high-end and private forum for our subscribers where we they can share their thoughts and ask for thorough counseling.

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Arne and Friends

July 18,2012

So, you have to understand that a guy in my position (a Social Media Manager in the audio electronics realm) sees a LOT of performance videos. Musicos of all walks put their videos in front of me, from bedroom 4-trackers to established producers and all ‘tween.

Once in a while, there’s a real standout, and today’s is Arne & Friends, performing live, where they used nothing but their StudioLive 24.4.2 to mix and record their show… and it sounds tremendous!

Of course, top-class musicianship helps, too. Arne and Friends had this to say about the clip in a polite e-mail I recently received from him.

My name is Arne van der Heijden from The Netherlands.

In April 2010 I was recognized as the #1 keyboard player in NL in the largest Dutch band competition, with a total of 1600 participants.

Some of the best Dutch musicians are in my band called “Arne & Friends.” In October 2010 I have received what is likely the first PreSonus StudioLive 24.4.2 mixer availble in The Netherlands, and since that day I’ve taken it on tour with my band and it works great!

I got rid of my old-skool harddisk recorder and instead of dealing with 24 analog cables from FOH to the recorder, I now make recordings via one single FireWire cable via the StudioLive 24.4.2 and the bundled Capture software.

With the StudioLive 24.4.2, we always have an integrated multitrack recording solution with us. Combined with our camcorders and the Internet we now can show the whole world what we are doing.

Everybody is completely stunned by the capabilities and quality of sound from the preamps of your mixer! I work at 48 KHz to match with our HDV camcorders, and during soundcheck I take enough time beforehand to adjust the input/gain levels to optimum levels—we get satisfying results. We combine the audio from Capture with photo or video and post the end result online.

This month, our band was booked for the 4th year in a row on a jazz festival in a town called Wijk bij Duurstede, it’s in the middle of The Netherlands.

The organization now knows that we always do the show with the PreSonus StudioLive 24.4.2! We use it as FOH and monitor mixer and multitrack recorder.

Due to the personal scene settings that I’ve made for the Studiolive, our soundcheck is done in about 10 minutes. I can control the stage while the FOH engineer concentrates on the main system simultaneously! We even recalled the graphic EQ settings from last year before since we had the same monitors and P.A. this time.

With the help of my iPad, I can quickly make a monitor mix. The band members are now familiar with making their own mix with their iPhone or iPad, and they like doing it! It looks funny when four men with instruments are messing with their iPhones for 1 minute and are then ready for a 3 hour show!

Now, i’ve placed a mix from that gig online, actually it’s a video from me & my band playin’ live! I’ve mentioned your wonderful mixer and company in the credits at the end of the show. Hopefully you enjoy, everybody please feel free to link & share on your own website, forum, social media & newspaper.

Enjoy! and hopefully on a good day we are able to visit your town in the USA!

I’ve also made a photo collage, which I keep up-to-date, about me working with the PreSonus StudioLive 24.4.2 console on several gigs / applications in The Netherlands.

With best regards,
Arne van der Heijden (NL)

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Big thanks to SoundsAndGear.Com for their flattering demo/review of the PreSonus FaderPort!

“I give the Faderport 4.5 out of 5 subs, it’s definitely improved my workflow in Studio One or any DAW I use it in as I can use it based on muscle memory so I don’t have to think about it much.”

Read the full review here.

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I triple-dog-dare you to find a better picture of Ace Baker.

It makes sense to me that a SuperGroup like Chickenfoot would warrant a SuperEngineer like Ace Baker. Ace recently wrapped up a 21-show tour with the Satriani/Haggar/Anthony /̶F̶a̶r̶r̶e̶l̶l̶ / S̶m̶i̶t̶h̶ / Aronoff combo, and the StudioLive 24.4.2 was there every plucky step of the way.
“Chickenfoot used the StudioLive 24.4.42 to record every show of their recent US/Canada tour,” says Ace. “They’re planning to use tracks that were recorded on the recent tour for an upcoming live album.”
Ace Baker is intelligent and handsome, as well as being a longtime PreSonus advocate. Ace will also be a featured speaker at this year’s PreSonuSphere, which will be held at the…
…holy crap, we need to start prepping for that!

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Just sayin’.

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana, July 2012...

PreSonus™ announced it has acquired Nimbit® and integrated its technology and services into Studio One™ Artist, Producer, and Professional to provide a complete solution for music and audio creation, sales, and promotion. The integration will be available on August 1, 2012, via a free Nimbit Extension for Studio One 2.0.6 and later.

 

With integrated Nimbit, Studio One users can:

  • Instantly sell and promote their music and audio the moment it is created.
  • Sell MP3s, CDs, merchandise, and event tickets through beautiful stores for their Facebook pages, their Web sites, NimbitMusic.com, and services like Jango, FanBridge, and PledgeMusic.
  • Create sharable, interactive promotions for Facebook, Twitter, and email that feature music and video players, messages to fans, and free downloads to drive sales.
  • Grow their fan base and understand their fans better thanks to detailed analytics and sales reporting.

From Studio One Artist, Producer, and Professional v.2.0.6 and later (with the free Nimbit Extension), you can select an individual song right from the start page, or select File >Export and upload to Nimbit. You then add details, upload a product image, and set a price, and your music will be immediately available for sale.

Studio One Professional users will reap additional benefits. When you export to Nimbit from the Project page, your project metadata pre-populates the Nimbit product setup, allowing you to sell and promote your music almost instantaneously.

 

A Complete Solution

 

With the addition of Nimbit technology and services, Studio One users can now go from creating the first track to marketing and selling a finished project, all within Studio One and associated Web sites. Studio One Professional users can record, mix, master, digitally release, burn CDs, upload to the Web via SoundCloud, and market and sell through Nimbit without leaving the DAW.

 

In short, Studio One has become a complete musician’s solution.

 

Registered Studio One 2 customers will be able to download the Nimbit Extension free from the PreSonus Exchange. Having installed the Extension, they can sign up for a Nimbit Free or Nimbit Plus account from within Studio One and start selling and promoting their music.

 

The benefits of Nimbit are not limited to PreSonus Studio One customers. Anyone who would like to sell and promote their music, other audio products, and merchandise can sign up atwww.nimbit.com or can install the free Nimbit store for Facebook.

 

PreSonus Acquires Nimbit

 

To accomplish this integration and take full advantage of the two companies’ synergies, 2012 PreSonus acquired Nimbit, Inc., in April 2012 for an undisclosed sum.

 

“Our mission has always been to empower musicians, and until today we’ve done it by creating the best tools for music creation and recording,” says PreSonus CEO Jim Mack. “But musicians need more than a good recording to succeed. Nimbit shared our vision of helping musicians, giving them the easiest way to sell and promote music online. Combining our products into a truly complete solution for musicians was a natural fit, and we saw such a bright future for their business model that we decided to acquire the company.”

 

“The team at PreSonus really ‘gets it’; their vision fits naturally with ours and even allows us to broaden the reach of our platform,” comments Patrick Faucher, co-founder and CTO of Nimbit, Inc. “We’re thrilled to be working along side these luminaries, making Nimbit a critical piece of the complete ecosystem that PreSonus is creating.”

 

Philip Antoniades, cofounder and president of Nimbit, Inc., adds, “It’s easy to run fast when you are working with forward thinkers who have a similar mission of redefining the music industry through technology. Together we’ll close the gap between creation, promotion and sales-in fact, with our newly released Studio One integration, it has already started.”

 

Nimbit will continue independent operations as a wholly owned subsidiary of PreSonus, located in Massachusetts. Nimbit founders Patrick Faucher and Philip Antoniades and CEO Bob Cramer will continue running day-to-day operations, product specification, and development of the Nimbit platform; and Nimbit’s development, support, retail, and marketing teams are all remaining with the subsidiary.

 

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana, July 2012...

Nimbit®, a PreSonus™ company, announced the availability of the new NimbitPlus™premium subscription plan, which offers extended sales, customization, and promotion capabilities. In addition, the company has also announced a major update to the Nimbit Promotion Tool and the ability for NimbitFree and NimbitPlus users to sell on Jango Internet Radio.

Since the introduction of NimbitFree in 2011, Nimbit users have demanded a more powerful solution that takes advantage of the streamlined user interface and ease of use found in the new platform. To address these needs, NimbitPlus is now available, for a low monthly subscription fee of only $9.95 U.S.

NimbitPlus includes all the features of NimbitFree and:

  • The ability to sell CDs and physical merchandise
  • Nimbit warehouses, picks, packs, and ships physical products for you
  • Additional customization options to make your stores truly your own
  • Run more simultaneous promotions with the Promotion Tool
  • Enhanced analytics and reporting to better understand your fans and business
  • Increase your reach with free submission of your music to iTunes and Spotify

For a detailed comparison of NimbitFree and NimbitPlus, click here.

 

Promo Tool Enhanced

 

Earlier in 2012, Nimbit streamlined the process of driving fans to artist storefronts with sharable, interactive promotions on the Facebook Timeline, Ticker, and Wall that featured “in-post” music and video players, messages to fans, and direct links to rewards such as free downloads.

 

The Nimbit Promo Tool has been expanded to allow promotional campaigns to fans on Twitter, via email, and through short text promo codes that can be used in advertisements, print, and live appearances. When fans click the promotional links or enter the promo code on the Nimbit store, the artist’s store loads with a welcome screen that includes a link to a free download, a player to preview the song, a video of the song or a personal message, and the option to shop more.

 

The Nimbit Promo Tool is available in both NimbitFree and NimbitPlus. NimbitFree customers are limited to only one active promotion at a time.

 

Nimbit Offers Sales on Jango Internet Radio

 

Artists can now capitalize on the exposure they get through airplay to the millions of fans on Jango Internet radio with the new Nimbit Store for Jango. When a fan discovers you on Jango and clicks through to your profile page, a Nimbit store will load that allows you to sell music, merchandise, and e-tickets; capture fans with free downloads; and gain additional support with an in-cart Tip Jar.

 

The Nimbit Store for Jango is free, and Jango artists can sign up for Nimbit right from their Jango dashboard. In addition, Nimbit artists can sign up for free Jango airplay and activate their Jango store from their Nimbit dashboard.

 

Nimbit is a subsidiary of PreSonus™ Audio Electronics, Inc.

For more information, please visit www.nimbit.com.

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