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Three Great New Studio One Vids from WinkSound!

The boys at Winksound do great, great work, and we’re fortunate to have partnered with them. Here’s some of their latest, including Studio One feature breakdowns as well as some tremendous interview footage from PreSonuSphere 2012. Thanks, guys!

PreSonus Studio One 2.5 New Updates:

 

 

PreSonus Studio One 2: How To Use Event Effects:

 

PreSonus Studio One 2: How To Customize And Export Key Commands

Ray Johnston Band Produces EPK Track Live via StudioLive 16.4.2

[This just in from the Ray Johnston Band!]

Hey PreSonus! We finished the EPK, all recorded live from our PreSonus 16.4.2. Hope y’all dig. Bobby Sparks was on the gig as you will see!

Like what you hear? Check out the Ray Johnston Band on the platform of your choice:

 

 

Introducing the Softube Saturation Knob—Free in Studio One 2.5

We’re proud to announce the Softube Saturation Knob extension, a new, free plug-in to all PreSonus Studio One Professional and Producer users! Why take the time and expense to hit your tracks to some old unreliable magnetic tape machine when you can just turn a li’l virtual knob for the same effect?”

Get Softube here!

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Austin Woodward Gets Shot by Photographic Royalty

[The following comes to us from Ken Davis, manager for the young six-string wünderkid, and PreSonus Artist Austin Woodward.]

Hey PreSonus team!

I just wanted to get you some photos of Austin Woodward from the big “Brotherhood of the Guitar” show here in Nashville. All photos were shot by legendary music photographer Robert M Knight (Zeppelin, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Hendrix, etc.) Please feel free to post them. BTW, there is something major going on with the Brotherhood of the Guitar coming up in 2013. More details to come…
All the best,
Ken Davis

OBEDIA’s new video on Quantization in Studio One

San Diego Troubadour on PreSonuSphere

[Sven-Erik Seaholm, Executive Wordsmith over at San Diego Troubadour, flew out to Baton Rouge for PreSonuSphere and created a nice writeup on his experience.]

As my flight lifts off from the Baton Rouge runway, a silvery trickle of sunlight glints along the plane’s wing (of which I have a perfect view) and suddenly splashes into my eyes with the blinding sting of organic hotel shampoo. Lying back, I think about the events from the last two days and wonder if I’ll ever be able to digest all of the info and experiences I feasted on like Thursday’s jambalaya…

Regular readers of this column know that in addition to the techniques and philosophies discussed here, we also cover a lot of different gear from a variety of manufacturers. Microphones to headphones, keyboards to plug-ins; if it helps you make better music and recordings we try to cover it. That said, there are a few companies whose products have been featured here numerous times. None more so than those from PreSonus (www.presonus.com).

Most recently, we looked at their StudioLive 16.0.2 mixer and StudioOne 2 digital audio workstation software. We highlighted these particular products for three specific reasons: the amount of power being placed into the hands of the “average” musician or recordist, the company’s very reasonable price points and the ingenuity and elegance with which their solutions are rendered.

When I heard they were hosting a two-day event called PreSonuSphere, an interactive conference where users would not only attend information-drenched presentations and receive hands-on training with PreSonus’ line of mixers and software solutions, but would actually be able to interact with the developers of these products as well, I knew I had to go.

[More after the jump. Read the complete article over at San Diego Troubadour.]

We’re Hiring a Web Content Coordinator.

We’ve got an extra seat to fill here in the PreSonus office in Baton Rouge. Perhaps it’s a good fit for you!

Web Content Coordinator

Job Description

PreSonus Audio Electronics, Inc., is a leading designer and manufacturer of audio-recording software, hardware, and related accessories. PreSonus’ software, microphone preamps, signal processors, digital audio interfaces, mixers, control surfaces, and other products are used worldwide for recording, sound reinforcement, broadcast, sound design, and Internet audio. The Web Content Coordinator does exactly that:  Coordinates (and sometimes originates) content for www.presonus.com by working with all contributors including in-house writers and art directors, Social Media Manager and outside PR and Artist Relations firms.  The Coordinator is in charge of making sure that all content on the site is correct and that new content is posted in a timely manner.  The WCC will also constantly monitor the site for problems.  Initially, the WCC will serve as Project Manager for the transfer of all current content from the old site to the upcoming new site.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Monitor the site for:
    • Broken links
    • Missing or out-of-date downloads
    • Typographical errors
    • Obsolete content
    • Loading problems, DOS attacks, hacking
  • Oversee the addition of content to the site including
    • New products and updated product copy for existing products
      • Work with Creative Director and Writer
    • Updated downloads
      • Work with Production Art Director and freelance Documentation Project Manager
      • Work with QA staff
    • Videos
      • Work with Video Designer and outside video sources
    • Artist Spotlights including basic image enhancement in Photoshop
      • Work with the Communications Manager and Artist Relations
    • Sales Promotions
      • Work with VP of Sales and International Sales Director
  • Monitoring and reporting
    • Monitor and report site traffic trends on a weekly basis
    • Monitor and report sight navigation patterns on a monthly basis
    • Evaluate e-blast responses
  • Banner coordination
    • Maintain database of paid site requirements
    • Work with Marketing Coordinator and Creative Director to implement banner campaigns start to finish
    • Evaluate click-through rates after each campaign or monthly

Desired skills

  • Assist freelance Documentation Project Manager and outside translators in preparing a plan and budget for site localization in ES, DE and FR
  • Work with outside translators and Web Designer/Programmer to execute localization plan

Qualifications

  • Microsoft Office:  Word, some Excel experience
  • Must be willing to learn advanced PowerPoint skills
  • E-mail systems
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Basic HTML experience a must.  Does not need to be proficient but needs to be a good problem solver.
  • Must work well with others
  • Must have a strong sense of organization and the ability to achieve deadlines
  • Knowledge of recording and musical instruments

Job Location: Baton Rouge, LA

 Please send resume to resumes@presonus.com, ATTN: Job Opportunities or fax to (225) 216-9621 (Attn: Job Opportunities).

The Studio Channel Shines Like Some Kind of Heavy Metal!

Check out the latest heavy metal recorded via the PreSonus Studio Channel from @guitarist_facts!

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Swampgrease II Mastering: PreSonus LIVE Nov. 27

Tune in and win on Tuesday!

Join us LIVE from Oak Street Studios in New Orleans to watch Terence Higgins’ Swampgrease II album get mastered in Studio One!

PreSonus LIVE airs Tuesday, Nov 27
2 p.m. CST / 3 p.m. EST / Noon PST / GMT -6
www.presonus.com/videos/presonuslive

 

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Scott Szeryk Opines on the StudioLive

[This just in from Scott Szeryk, composer, six-string virtuoso and Royal Conservatory of Music gradate!]

“Since switching over to the PreSonus StudioLive 24.4.2 Scott Szeryk has never sounded better in the studio or on the stage…  Szeryk’s latest release “Guitar Manifesto” is evidence of just how good the PreSonus Studio Live sounds!” Give it a listen!

Since the mid-90s, I had been using the Tascam M3500 as my main mixing desk for the home studio, but was becoming a bit weary of its compatibility with modern-day recording setups.   When I heard how great the XMAX preamps sounded on a StudioLive, I was instantly sold.  Not to mention the insane power and functionality of the board, especially for live FOH!  Changing over to the StudioLive 24.4.2was an easy, practical decision…The StudioLive not only shines in the studio but also in live applications!  We were able to do spot- on monitor checks, even before the band had arrived at the venue for sound check, by playing back program material from shows previously recorded in Capture. The integration of Universal Control also meant that the onstage players could also control their own monitor mix via iPad SL Remote.   There were a few times when we were able to Mix FOH on the iPad when there was a less-than-ideal location for the board at the venue. We rely heavily on the PreSonus StudioLive for recording all of our shows.  Check out the latest DVD “Scott Szeryk live at Aeolian Hall!”

 

I’m totally into big, awesome guitar sounds but my favorite instrument to record is drums. I love  capturing all aspects of the drum set with the right mics, and experimenting with their creative possibilities. When working with the whole kit, I’m adamant on new skins top and bottom and experimenting with different tunings—how the top head is tuned in relation to the bottom head in particular.
As a starting point, I also like to have the toms tuned in fourths. I have favorite mics for certain drums. An SM57 will always sound great on the snare top, and a nice condenser mic on the bottom to blend in some of the articulation. Shure KSM 32 or 44 on the Toms, and AKG 414 for overheads…   A good sounding room is a must and does make a huge difference in the way the drums sound…   I will also add in room mics to add some cushion and depth into the drum mix…   Like anything if the drums sound great in the room and the drummer is playing well you can get great results with basic micing, but not the other way around…  Using a photography analogy, if the talent is not looking good and the lighting is poor, you can have the greatest camera in the world and the results will be poor…
It’s not about having the best gear, it’s about a great performance and knowing your gear.  What I love about the PreSonus StudioLive is just how great the XMAX preamps sound. We actually did a comparison with some API and Neve preamps, and the difference was extremely minimal when the tracks were soloed. I use minimal compression on the snare and kick, just to even the attack out. I apply minimal EQ to remove some of the boxy frequencies inherent with kick drum and toms.  If the room sounds great I will not use reverb, so the drums are kept pretty simple.  It’s all up to the musicians to deliver a top notch performance. I’m not into samples. if the drums don’t sound good, it’s because they don’t sound good at the source, so we will change things up until the sounds are great, once again at the source.