Sometimes bass players have it the worst. Many (most?) of them have a refrigerator-sized amp that won’t even fit in that car of theirs, what with the sleeping bag and Coleman stove taking up all the room. In fact, a little-known statistic is that 30% of chiropractic clients are actually found to be bassists who have been lugging around monster amps for 10+ years. Sad.
Furthermore, vintage tube-driven 8×12 bass rigs can be a pain to record with, because those loud, wide, bass- frequency waves cut through EVERYTHING, and it can be nigh-impossible to get any sort of isolation when tracking live. And recording that thing in your apartment? Fugeddaboutit. You’d be evicted faster than you can say “Joey DeMaio.”
Enter the PreSonus Studio Channel. A lesser-known application of the Studio Channel is that of a direct injection box for recording bass. Heck, you could even use it to play bass live and run directly into the front-of-house. HomeTracks over on YouTube illustrates this application perfectly in his recent video, showcasing the myriad tones that can be achieved by running your four (or five-, or six-) string baby into the Studio Channel—no amp required! Keep the gain low for cleans, or push that glowy li’l tube for some mid-range grittygrind.
steadyb checks out all the diverse delay options in Studio One, including Groove Delay, Analog Delay, and Beat Delay. You won’t believe some of the sounds you can get out of these effects!
Brad Zell scored a killer interview with none other than Khaliq Glover, Grammy Award-winning engineer for Michael Jackson, Prince, Herbie Hancock, and many more. He shares some production insights with the PreSonus LIVE audience!
[We decided it best to give some recognition to our more vocal advocates—and what better way than via a blog series?]
Who are you, where are you, and what do you do?
Rhett Mouton: Producer, engineer, writer/composer.
How were you introduced to PreSonus?
Years ago I was asked by a young band to go to their rehearsal studio to help them record a song. That rehearsal studio turned out to be in Jim Odom’s back yard.
What PreSonus software/hardware do you use and for what purpose?
I use the Central Station for monitoring, ADL 600 for obvious reasons, StudioLive 24.4.2 for live sound and multitracking, Studio One 2 Professional for writing, composing, producing, mixing and mastering.
What’s so great about PreSonus, anyhow?
They always seem to be thinking a step ahead of the curve when developing new products.
What’s the last big project that you worked on using PreSonus gear?
I produced, mixed, and mastered a band called Meriwether’s debut album titled, “Make Your Move” which resulted in a distribution deal and record deal with Suretone/Interscope records.
What are you working on now—or next?
I am currently mixing and mastering projects for clients. I am also composing/writing original music with the intention of licensing for placement in film, television and video games.
Where can our readers learn more about you online?
Here’s a great video covering the soundtrack production for “Man of Steel,” the latest cinematic adventures of DC’s Big Blue Boy Scout.
If you’ve ever tried to get just the right drummer for your project/band, this video may well make you cry, as Hans Zimmer gets to use Matt Chamberlain, Sheila E., Josh Freeze, Pharell Williams, Danny Carey, John JR Robinson, Jason Bonham, Satnam Ramgotra, Toss Panos, Jim Keltner, and more—simultaneously.
Once you’ve recovered from geeking out over a dozen of the world’s best session drummers all working together in the same room, take a closer look at the studio setup for this. The group performs on twelve risers arranged in a circle, with all individual drums miked, plus overheads, plus room mics. The result is a thunderous surround-sound mix of drum bangin’ that puts the listener in the middle of what must have been the world’s greatest drum circle.
PreSonus LIVE airs twice today! 2 p.m. CST and 7 p.m. CST LIVE FROM BEN FOLDS STUDIO in Nashville!
Click this link to watch the show:
2:00 p.m. CST: Join steadyb while he hangs out at Ben’s Studio (as in Ben Folds) In Nashville! Ben’s Studio was formerly RCA Records Studio, where Chet Atkins, Dolly Parton, and even Elvis Presley have recorded. steadyb will interview house engineer Leslie Richter.
7:00 p.m. CST: Watch steadyb record Briana Tyson LIVE!
Tracks available on Nimbit after the show!
We just found this stellar review of the Eris monitors from Jon Chappell at Harmony Central. John says:
“Of course, there plenty of comparably priced speakers, but PreSonus has differentiated the Eris line in some key ways, principally the extensive tone control options (these can really make a different in rooms that don’t have ideal acoustics), analog power amplifiers instead of digital, and the easy accommodation of consumer as well as professional gear. PreSonus has a reputation of making great products “for the rest of us,” and the Eris speakers follow that philosophy.”
Click on over to Harmony Central to read the review in full for yourself!
Voting is open for the “Why I Switched” video contest! Pick your favorite, the winner gets a StudioLive 16.0.2 and Studio One Professional.
Click the link below and then scroll down to check out the submissions. If you entered the contest, thank you. We got a ton of really incredible submissions. Please share this link with your friends and start watching your votes roll in!
These guys have teamed up to create an exhaustive video series illustrating the differences and similarities between mixing with Studio One‘s native plugins as compared to mixing via third-party plug-ins. Many users have asked questions about which approach is superior, including “Is it even necessary to purchase third-party plug-ins, given the quality of native plugins available?”
To answer this question, these guys took two different approaches to mixing the same exact song, (Jordy Searcy‘s “Fences”) both using Studio One. David is using third-party plug-ins, and Johnny is using Studio One’s native plugins. David’s series is a synopsis of his approach after the actual mixing was completed, while Johnny’s series shows us a step-by-step walk-through of his entire mixing process. You will see and hear their different styles, methods and approach to this song. Enjoy and share your thoughts in the comments!
David’s videos: Mixing using third-party plug-ins only:
Johnny’s videos: Mixing using native Studio One plug-ins only: