PreSonus Blog

Glen Phillips

Screen Shot 2014-11-20 at 2.40.43 PMSanta Barbara, California’s Glen Phillips is probably best known for his work with 90s alt-rockers Toad The Wet Sprocket, whom he formed when he was a mere 15 years old. After a six-album career with TTWS—peppered with mainstream radio hits—the band called it a day in 1998. Since then, Glen has been a prolific solo artist, with no fewer than five records and two Eps to his name available on his Nimbit profile. He’s also collaborated on three other projects: the Mutual Admiration Society, Works Progress Administration, and RemoteTreeChildren.

Toad has enjoyed sporadic reunions and tours since 2006, and Glen has concurrently managed to maintain creative output for both the band and his solo material—atop the aforementioned collaborations. The man stays busy!

Sonically, Phillips’ solo work is quite diverse, including the folky/spacy terraforming concept album Secrets of the New Explorers, the spooky stomp and rootsy snarl of Unlucky 7. Toad fans will find a lot to like here while exploring some new sonic territory—but will have Glen’s familiar voice to guide them along. Dig in, and get a t-shirt while you’re at it. There’s six to choose from.

 

 

 

 


Dana Fuchs

Don’t stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Dana Fuchs left her native Orange State for the Big Apple at a spry 19 years of age.PSA02d9

  • Songbook? Check.
  • Dream? Check.
  • Voice? Check.

 

That was twenty years ago, and Dana’s still belting it out. For other artists this could be where the story ends, or at least gets boring. She could be just another songbird with a dream who flew the coop for the Big City, only to be lost in the shuffle.

No. Not this one. Dana’s the rare sort of artist with absolute mastery of her gift. Not only does her voice simply do whatever she wants—but if you’re fortunate enough to be within earshot, you’re going to feel whatever she wants you to.

And it can turn on a dime, too. Dana will be cooking up a batch of heartache one second, and then serve up unbridled joy the next. The sonic equivalent of a Leatherman. I didn’t know a voice could look right through me until I heard hers.

The producer of an off-Broadway production of Janis heard it, too. You can probably guess what that show is about, and what happened next. Janis was a hit, Dana was a hit-within-the-hit, and segued from her off-Broadway show to more shows even farther off-Broadway, and she brought a hell of a rock band with her.

Fast forward hundreds of shows and five albums. The latest from said eponymous band, Songs from the Road, is a live affair recorded (and shot, DVDs available now!) The Highland Ballroom that is an ideal snapshot of not just Dana—but also the band at their collective peak. Featuring Dana’s longtime collaborator Jon Diamond, the band is incredibly tight, providing exactly the sort of anchor that a wild voice needs.

Dana and company’s Nimbit store offers a wide array of great stuff: CDs, downloads, and DVDs of Songs from the Road, t-shirts, autographed 8x10s, and four full-length recordings from Dana’s back-catalog—available autographed or vanilla. Buy how you want: most recordings here are available both as digital download and compact discs, and there’s even a CD/DVD/T-shirt combo pack, appropriately discounted for the completest on a budget.


 

The Dead Milkmen

T2340936he Dead Milkmen are most widely-known to the public through the success of their 80s hits “Bitchin’ Camaro,” and “Punk Rock Girl,” the latter of which features my all-time favorite guitar solo. The Philly foursome’s brand of punk rock is instantly recognizable and completely inimitable, and evocative of a very particular brand of smart-ass. Think back to high school, and you can picture the guy I mean. He sat in the back of the class, needed a haircut, got a B+ in English but barely passed algebra or physics. This is his soundtrack.

He could have gone somewhere if he’d really applied himself. Or he could have joined The Dead Milkmen. They’re essentially a humble bedroom four-tracker project gone horribly correct, with DIY recordings dating back to 1979—though they didn’t form as a “proper” band until 1981. Their 1985 debut, Big Lizard in my Backyard, eschews the templated, humorless hardcore that was climbing the punk-popularity ladder on the east coast at the time of the band’s formation. Where Minor Threat hit like a neutron bomb, The Dead Milkmen chose to hit more like a pie in the face. 30 years and ten albums later, the decision to err on the funny side of life continues to make TDM’s catalog stand apart. Heavy on polka-pogo rhythms, jangly guitars, and enough non-sequitur lyrical snark to fill about 17 bathtubs. Add a dose of surprisingly pretty surf guitar from time to time, and you still probably won’t get the idea. Just listen.

The Dead Milkmen’s Nimbit Store boasts two full-length albums, The King in Yellow (their first release in 16 years at the time of release) and their latest, Pretty Music for Pretty People, as well as a handful of 7-inch compilations, available as digital downloads or good ol’ vinyl—”in a desperate ploy to appeal to the still stubborn vinyl fetishist,” their profile admits with a knowing sneer.

 

Category Nimbit | 125 Comments »
Posted by Ryan Roullard



Notes for Notes is a non-profit organization which builds, equips, and staffs after-school recording studios (inside Boys & Girls Clubs) packed with guitars, drums, keys/synths, DJ gear, digital music stations and full recording studios offering youth completely FREE access to explore, create, and record music. They currently manage studios at Boys & Girls Clubs in Santa Barbara, Nashville, and Los Angeles—with more coming soon to Brooklyn, San Francisco, Detroit, Austin, and Atlanta thanks to the CMA Foundation. Notes for Notes has a policy of letting young artist own their art—they don’t censor lyrics or promote themselves as an anti-gang/drug program… it’s all about music and the positive bonds that form as a result. Notes for Notes’ curriculum extends beyond music creation and into education on the multitude of careers around the industry.

Here’s a quick video on what Notes for Notes is all about.

Notes for Notes is currently employing the following PreSonus gear in their studios:

If you’re interested in learning more and/or getting yourself or some young ones involved, contact Notes for Notes at their website by clicking here.

Category Studio One | 145 Comments »
Posted by Ryan Roullard



Click here to register for this event!

FREE Live Webcast | $5,000 in prizes!

5K-Boost_11-19-14_RR05

Category Sceptre | 162 Comments »
Posted by Ryan Roullard



[This just in from Matt Chubb, who is using his StudioLive to contribute to theWinter Wonderland CD, a disc of all-orIMG_0321iginal Christmas music. 100% of the proceeds from the album will be donated to children’s rights nonprofit UNICEF.]
 
Hey PreSonus! We used the Presonus StudioLive 16.0.2 mixer recently to record our contribution to Winter Wonderland.  We recorded vocals and guitars using the StudioLive. While the vocals were miked, we ran the guitars via the DI from the amp. We set up the mixer as FireWire interface, and routed the FireWire returns to our studio monitors for mixing and mastering. Having used the StudioLive extensively in the past both live and in-studio, it has become an integral tool in my recording process!
The WinterWonderland project is a charity album in aid of UNICEF, put together by local guitar teacher James Martin, his pupils, friends, and plenty of other local talent.
Check out our page for more information and to make a pre-order. As you’ll see from the page, we are doing this all for free, and 100% of proceeds will be going to UNICEF.  We’ve got a massive variety of music, from children as young as 7 years old, to seasoned vets, including ex-Iron Maiden frontman Blaze Bayley!

Category Charity | 116 Comments »
Posted by Ryan Roullard



30_Off_S1_Rebate_300x300_11-25-14_JN01

Oh, what the heck. Our Black Friday deal on Studio One was such a hit that we decided to just keep on rolling with it until the end of the year. So from now until someone cracks the bubbly, you can save 30% on new copies of Studio One, as well as upgrades. This offer is available globally.

We all have different priorities, and as such our New Year’s resolutions come in all shapes and sizes. What might be surprising to you is that no matter what you’ve resolved to change, Studio One can be there every step of the way. Let’s take a look at common resolutions and how Studio One can come into play. The following list of most common resolutions was compiled by the University of Scranton’s Journal of Clinical Psychology on the first day of 2014.

Most common New Year’s Resolutions, and how Studio One can help with all of them:

  1. Losing weight: Studio One is bloat-free!
  2. Getting Organized: Studio One couldn’t be easier to navigate, and Folder Tracks help keep everything tidy.
  3. Spend Less, Save More: Studio One is 30% off its already-low price until the end of 2014.
  4. Enjoy Life to the Fullest: Hey, what’s more fun than music production?
  5. Stay Fit and Healthy: Studio One lets you do more work in less time, so you’ll be able to spend less time on the computer and more at the gym.
  6. Learn Something Exciting: Studio One has a number of wonderfully supportive online communities, including but not limited to our Forum and Facebook group.
  7. Quit Smoking: Studio One’s efficient workflow reduces stress, thereby lessening the likelihood of nic-fits.
  8. Help Others in Their Dreams: Collaborate online with other Studio One users via PreSonus Exchange.
  9. Fall in Love: Being musically inclined is quite charming, duh. Use Studio One to prove your talent to your crush.
  10. Spend More Time with Family: See #6. Seriously, the online Studio One crowd is tops.

 

 

 

 

Category Studio One | 150 Comments »
Posted by Ryan Roullard



DBcYwZo

If you Buy (or upgrade to) Notion 5 before 12/31/14, you’ll have the option to get ALL of the available Notion 5 expansion sounds for an additional $149 (a $299 value!) The Notion add-on bundles include all the old standbys like trumpets, trombones, percussion, cellos, and violins—but also you’ll ALSO get of the more recently-introduced add-ons, which boast lesser-known, elusive instruments like the basset horn, bass flute, and wagner tuba—and many more. Add to that the incredibly rich Classical Guitar add-on, and you’ve got a heck of a deal on your hard drive.

You can get this offer direct from PreSonus as convenient Notion bundles or buy or upgrade to Notion 5 at a retail outlet and then buy the Complete Expansion Sounds Bundle direct from PreSonus for $149 using coupon code OCEAN. This deal ends 12/31/14.

 

 

 

Category Promo / Discount | 131 Comments »
Posted by Ryan Roullard



ASCAP invited 18 top songwriters and producers to write the hits of tomorrow at its fourth annual songwriters retreat in France.

Held September 17-25 at the 14th-century Château Marouatte in the Dordogne region of France, the retreat was designed to produce hits and get cuts in a variety of genres. Each session placed a producer, a topliner and a recording artist together to write and record in a different room of the castle. By the end of the retreat, nearly all the participants had worked together. They left France with hard drives full of professional-grade demos, ready to pitch to artists and record labels.

Château Marouatte is owned by famed music industry executive Miles Copeland, founder of IRS Records. Copeland once brought music legends like Jeff Beck, Jon Bon Jovi, Belinda Carlisle and Desmond Child to high-level songwriting summits at the Château. In 2011, ASCAP convinced Copeland to revive the tradition, and has brought a new group of songwriters and producers to France every year since.

The 2014 participants hailed from around the world and across the genre spectrum. They were: Anjulie, Martin Brammer, Ashley Campbell, Mike Daly, Chris DeStefano, John Fortis, Elyar Fox, Dia Frampton, JT Harding, Brett James, Giovanni James, Brian Kennedy, Emmy Palmer, Autumn Rowe, Amir “Azeem” Salem, Sharon Vaughn, Peter Wade and Oren Yoel.

PreSonus provided the following for the event:

Recordings from the event can be heard on SoundCloud by clicking here.

Category Sceptre | 135 Comments »
Posted by Ryan Roullard



Software-stackSURPRISE! Black Friday is on a Monday! We have some real steals going on for both Studio One and Notion.

The Studio One offer is available from 11/24/14 to 12/1/14. The Notion deal is available until 12/31/14.

  • Get 50% off of the Studio One edition of your choice, including Studio One ArtistProducer, and Professional! This is applicable to both download and retail versions, and includes upgrades! This offer does not apply to crossgrades or educational site licenses. Ends 12/1/14.

 

  • Buy or upgrade to Notion 5, get ALL of the available Notion 5 expansion sounds, for an additional $149 (a $299 value!) This includes all of the more recently-introduced woodwind and brass instruments, which includes lesser-known instruments like the basset horn, bass flute, and wagner tuba—and many more. You can get this offer direct from PreSonus as convenient Notion bundles or buy or upgrade to Notion 5 at a retail outlet and then buy the Complete Expansion Sounds Bundle direct from PreSonus for $149 using coupon code OCEAN. This deal ends 12/31/14.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Category Studio One | 149 Comments »
Posted by Ryan Roullard



Screen Shot 2014-11-20 at 2.40.43 PMSanta Barbara, California’s Glen Phillips is probably best known for his work with 90s alt-rockers Toad The Wet Sprocket, whom he formed when he was a mere 15 years old. After a six-album career with TTWS—peppered with mainstream radio hits—the band called it a day in 1998. Since then, Glen has been a prolific solo artist, with no fewer than five records and two Eps to his name available on his Nimbit profile. He’s also collaborated on three other projects: the Mutual Admiration Society, Works Progress Administration, and RemoteTreeChildren.

Toad has enjoyed sporadic reunions and tours since 2006, and Glen has concurrently managed to maintain creative output for both the band and his solo material—atop the aforementioned collaborations. The man stays busy!

Sonically, Phillips’ solo work is quite diverse, including the folky/spacy terraforming concept album Secrets of the New Explorers, the spooky stomp and rootsy snarl of Unlucky 7. Toad fans will find a lot to like here while exploring some new sonic territory—but will have Glen’s familiar voice to guide them along. Dig in, and get a t-shirt while you’re at it. There’s six to choose from.

 

 

 

Category Nimbit | 106 Comments »
Posted by Ryan Roullard



WesPreSonus Product Manager and Queen of All Things Technical Wesley Smith was recently featured in AVNetwork’s Chicks Rule; Honoring Women in AV article. Congrats to Wesley for being selected! Wesley has been kicking butt at PreSonus for eight years; recognition well-earned. Obligatory pull-quote follows:

“Men tend to question how women in audio learned their skills or became interested in the industry, as if it must be a very different experience from their own. This is still one of the biggest differences I find in my experience versus those of my friends in other industries.” 

Click here to read the article in its entirety, replete with more Wesley-wisdom and additional interviews with other righteous gals. On a related note, click here to check out our Women in Pro Audio blog series from a while ago.

 

 

Category Women in Pro Audio | 127 Comments »
Posted by Ryan Roullard