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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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He was sweaty, confused, and hungry when we opened the crate, but Ryan survived being shipping to Nashville for Summer NAMM A-OK!

“At least it’s not as bad as my experience with the Behringer travel policy,” Ryan said.

 

 

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John Taylor is a new-ish PreSonus Artist and is the Guinness-recognized Fastest Guitar Player in The World.

He wanted to let the PreSonus community know that he’s got a new e-book out. it’s called “Be the Fastest Guitar Player in the World,” and you can view a preview and (ideally) purchase the book at DrHotLicks.Com on the “online lessons” page.
Taylor’s shrednum opus weighs in at a hefty 101 pages,  is rife with high-quality up-close photos of fleet fingers, and is backed up by a solid fifty megs of performance MP3s!

It’s a serious endeavor that the man has been focusing on for a while now… shredders take note!

 

 

 

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So my boss adds me as a CC to some e-mail thread that’s a mile long and is all “Hey Coko, tell Ryan about Strange Arrange,” and I’m like “What’s a Kocoo and where is Strangeranged?” Is it a Skrillex collaboration?  I hadn’t had my coffee and Adderall cocktail at that point, so I was a little left of hazy.

“So what’s Strange Arrange?” I asked Coko electronically.

“Strange Arrange is a live arrangement battle where urban bands will perform a live remix of some of today’s hottest hits,” Coko pasted into the mail field. “They play right in front of a celebrity judges panel and audience.  An event like this has never been done before so we are looking forward to one epic night! The Strange Arrange is taking place at Limelight which is just a little ways down from NAMM. All NAMM attendees get in for a discounted price!” she typed.

“The winning band will receive cash, gear, magazine features and a recording session and video shoot with Grammy Award Winning R&B artist Musiq Soulchild. Thanks Ryan!” Coko replied and clicked “Send.”

Coko is very kind, and a good speller. Check out Strange Arrange if you’re going to Summer NAMM, or even if you’re just sweltering in Nashville. More deets below.

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana, July 2012...

PreSonus is proud to announce the ADL 700 channel strip, which combines a high-end Class A tube preamplifier with a fully variable, FET-based compressor and a four-band semi-parametric equalizer. The new channel strip provides separate balanced XLR mic, balanced XLR line, and ¼” TS instrument inputs and a single balanced XLR output.

PreSonus Audio Electronics ADL 700

The ADL 700 incorporates a single-channel version of the award-winning PreSonus ADL 600 two-channel tube preamplifier, which was designed by famed tube-circuit designer Anthony DeMaria. PreSonus and DeMaria teamed up to create a distinctive Class A, discrete design.  It incorporates one 12AT7 and two 6922 vacuum tubes per channel, operating with ±300V power rails for maximum headroom and superb tone. The dual-transformer design ensures low-noise operation, with maximum common-mode rejection. This results in an ultra-low-noise tube preamp with a big, warm, smooth, clear, distinctive sound.

Among the hallmark features of ADL-series preamps is an Input Source Select switch with variable mic-input impedance. This switch enables you to choose among signal sources and patches the selected input through the signal chain, completely bypassing the other two inputs. It also provides a choice of four mic-input impedances: 1500Ω, 900Ω, 300Ω, and 150Ω. Lowering or raising the ADL 700 mic-input impedance can create subtle coloring and filtering effects, enabling you to get a wider variety of tonalities without using the EQ.

The ADL 700’s FET-based compressor and semi-parametric EQ were custom-designed by Robert Creel, the mastermind behind many of PreSonus’ most beloved analog circuits, including the XMAX™ preamp.FET (Field-Effect Transistor) compressors use transistors to emulate a triode-tube sound. This type of compressor generally provides a faster attack time and better repeatability than the optical compressors that are more commonly found in channel strips in this price class.

The ADL 700 compressor features include fully variable attack, release, threshold, ratio, makeup gain, and bypass. When Threshold is turned fully counterclockwise to the ST position, the onboard compressor controls are bypassed, and compression is controlled externally via a Stereo Link connection to a second ADL 700.

Of course, the preamp offers 48V phantom power, polarity reverse, and a -20 dB pad. In addition, it provides variable mic-input gain, employing an 8-position rotary switch that provides 35 dB of gain in 5 dB increments. A Trim potentiometer (±30 dB) allows you to make fine adjustments to the final preamp stage of the ADL 700 input.

You also get a -12 dB/octave high-pass filter whose frequency threshold can be set at 20 Hz, 40 Hz, 80 Hz, or 200 Hz, or it can be turned off completely.

The 4-band semi-parametric EQ was designed with musicality in mind, combining isolated filters and optimized, per-band Q to provide subtler signal shaping without harsh artifacts. All bands have Gain (±16 dB) and Frequency controls, with overlapping frequency ranges and fixed Q (0.6). The low and high bands are switchable between shelving and peak.

Dual-mode analog VU metering enables monitoring of output and gain-reduction levels. A -6 dB switch offsets the meter for use with hot source signals. A master level control adjusts the overall output from -80 to +6 dB.

With its extensive feature set, ultra-low noise (-100 dB S/N ratio), >73 dB gain, extended frequency response of 10 Hz to 45 kHz, and top-of-the-line sound, the ADL 700 is a superb creative tool for serious recording engineers and musicians. It is expected to ship in the fourth quarter of 2012 with an expected MAP/street price of $1,999.

 

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iOS Music Meet!

July 6,2012

The iOS Music Meet will be held on Thursday July 12 in Berlin, and thanks to PreSonus European Product Marketing Manager and Digital Media Swashbuckler Rodney Orpheus, PreSonus will be there as well! The iOS Music Meet will celebrate all things which lay at the convergence of the Apple  iOS platform and, well, music. It will feature hands-on learning opportunities, musical performances, workflow production seminars, and the rubbing of elbows between artists, app developers, and hardware manufacturers. So, if you’re into mobile guitar amp emulation, touch-screen MIDI controllers, the color white, and brushed aluminum, have I got an event for you.

It’s nice that I can always count on Rodney to keep me informed of the latest and greatest. It’s like the guy has a prototype 12 GHz bluetooth receiver implanted in his cereberal cortex that receives a constant feed of stuff that’s #NowAndRadical. Fortunately for me—and subsequently, you—Rodney likes to share.

So, Rodney, what’s iOS Music Meet all about, and what’s it got to do with PreSonus?

“It’s the first time it will happen, and we think it’s an awesome idea. A real live show based around iOS is perfect for us to be part of, since there are tens of thousands of PreSonus StudioLive mixers in venues today, all of which are capable of being controlled by iOS devices such as iPads and iPhones. A show like this gives people the chance to show that this stuff isn’t just theoretical pie-in-the-sky, it’s already a fully working and road-tested mature product that we’ve been shipping for the past year. Also, with the new Smaart integration, we can set up the PA and have it sounding perfect using iPad control—faster and easier than anyone could have thought possible.”

Interested in partaking? Details follow. Registration is free, but of course there’s a hoop or two to jump through.

The Nits and Grits:

JustMusic and CDR present:

iOS Music Meet – Berlin
Thursday July 12th 2012
Theatersaal /Prince Charles
Prinzenstrasse 85f
Berlin, Germany
18-21h
Free Entry (Registration required)
Twitter Hashtag: #immberlin

 

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Nashville, TN, July, 2012…  Once again, PreSonus is bringing the hubbub and buzz of the music industry’s most exclusive and exciting trade-only convention direct to your screen.

PreSonus will be webcasting live from the Summer NAMM convention in beautiful downtown Nashville, Tennessee. On Friday, July 13, 2012, we’ll be providing continuous, live, anything-goes coverage of all the events at our booth, including hot gear, cool presentations, surprise interviews with famous, infamous and near-famous artists, and other excitement.

What’s more, our ever-so-slightly eccentric roving camera crew will be wandering the show floor, accosting guests, seeking out the coolest, strangest, and just plain bizarre musical instruments and other fun stuff, and doing our very best to scam free gear, free food, and maybe the odd bear hug from anywhere we can find it.

As a special added bonus, we’ll be giving away a free copy of Studio One Professional 2 DAW software (a $399 value) once every hour to a lucky online viewer.

So join us online at www.presonus.com/videos/presonuslive to catch all the action as it happens,  to view it later, or to schedule an e-mail reminder.

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