Remember Fred, who did the TubePre V2 unboxing and comparison vids from a while back? He’s back, and so is his video camera, and so are his mad talents for making videos that are compelling and educational. He’s put together a great video illustrating iPad DAW control via WiF, using the xDisplay remote monitor app.
Two birds, one stone: He also regaled us with his story of how he came to find Studio One… and why he stuck with it!
I was using an entry-level set up of Mixcraft as a DAW with a Lexicon Alpha USB Interface. I wanted to move to an interface that could provide phantom power and better audio quality. PreSonus had just announced the VSL series of interfaces. Reviews of the previous interfaces were positive so I bought a AudioBox 22VSL—wish I had bought a 44VLS for extra inputs. I liked the VSL software concept that allowed virtual mix control over inputs signals. It included Studio One Artist but at the time I thought Mixcraft was giving me what I needed. I started working with the 22VSL and immediately noticed the difference. With the old interface I was constantly power cycling, reboot, etc to keep things running. The 22VSL was rock solid, turn it on and it worked the entire session.
I started having major problems with Mixcraft experiencing CPU crackles/pops and also critical file corruption issues which caused the loss of audio tracks and even entire projects. I decided to try the free copy of Studio One Artist that came with the 22VSL. It was quickly evident that I had made a light year jump in DAWs. No more crackles, pops or corrupt files. More importantly, the features and sonic gains on recordings were incredible and the integration with 22VSL was seamless. As I learned more about Studio One I realized I was now using a world class DAW. Wanting more features, I upgraded to Producer and haven’t looked back.
When I compare the new tracks we’re producing with the AudioBox 22VSL/Studio One to what was produced with the old set up, I want to go back in time and re-do everything using 22VSL and Studio One. The next phase for my home studio will be to add a StudioLive 16.0.2 using FireWire. There is no question in my mind that Studio One will be the core of that set up as well.
It’s a user poll, not one of those “Critic’s choice” things… so, you know what to do here… right? Make your voice heard, and we thank you for your support!
Rick and Justin discuss what’s hip and horrific for Halloween 2012. This year, however, we’re not doing zombies. Not again. Zombies are TOTALLY dead.
OMG HAS ANYONE SEEN CARL?
Art Padilla, Hero’s Last Mission
Chickenfoot hasn’t been together all that long, but they saw fit to re-issue their debut self-titled LP with a handful of live tracks.
If you’ve been to PreSonuSphere or checked out our blog, you may well know that these tracks would have been (and were) recorded by Ace Baker via a PreSonus StudioLive 24.4.2… and… let’s just say it sounds like a studio recording. It sounds like it was recorded in a studio, but it was recorded live.
Studio. Live. Get it? Oh, just listen:
Video via some magazine called Rolling Stone.
Seriously, I could just set this thing to repeat and watch it all day.
So, Mark Williams was traveling, as he is known to do. Being an international man of action is exhausting work, and someone snapped a shot of the guy as he just up and fell asleep—in a full suit—on the beach in Lisbon, Portugal. It’s tough work, but someone has to do it.
Anyhow, in true Mark Williams style, not only did he not break a sweat in the hot sun in a full suit, but when he got up to walk back to his car, there was no sand on his suit. Not a grain. Lone Ranger style.
I don’t know how he does it, but he better patent it ASAP. He could put the entire dry cleaning industry out of business.
Mix recently ran a fascinating piece on exterminating pests. Not nutria or bollweevil, but pesky snakes, who have continued to envenom audio production despite our release of Virtual StudioLive and QMix. We’re trying our best, and appreciate Mix calling attention to the good fight!
Here’s a snippet:
“I work in live sound, and I’m done with audio snakes. No, I don’t mean I’ve switched from copper to Cat 5. I mean that I’m done, totally, forever. And my mixer? I have one, but you won’t see it. It’s behind the stage. And my iPad? No, I’m not playing Angry Birds, I’m mixing the band from the best seat in the house, right next to my wife and kids. I don’t even think about monitors anymore, the band takes care of them on their own. And because there’s no snake, stage racks or separate monitor system, everything takes less than 20 minutes to set up. Just put the mixer near the stage, connect the band and powered speakers, and go. Even crazier, an entire system for a 600-seat venue can fit in a Honda Civic. Oh, did I mention I’m doing all of this with a $1,999 mixer and some free apps? Welcome to the future of portable sound.”
Derrick Jeror is the founder of Housetop Media in Corning, N.Y., where he specializes in system design for houses of worship.