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Scott Szeryk Performing Caprice No. 5 by Paganini.

Hope you had an awesome Christmas!

Here is our latest video.  Scott Szeryk performing Caprice No. 5 by Paganini.
Released on Christmas day and Recorded on the amazing Studio Live 24.4.2

Khaliq Interview (SoundCloud)

Khaliq at home.

Khaliq at home.

PreSonus VP of Sales and PreSonus lifer Rick Naqvi recently had the opportunity to sit down with überproducer Khaliq Glover. Khaliq has licence to drop names like Prince, Justin Timberlake,  Herbie Hancock, John Mayer, Christina Aguilera, Stevie Wonder, Santana, Sting, Brian Eno, Annie Lennox, Smokey Robinson, Jeffrey Osborne, B2K, Narada Michael Walden, Kenny Lattimore, and Faith Evans. He was also one of the many engineers to participate on 1985’s ”We Are The World” project.  The man’s the real-deal, and we’re flattered that he converted to Studio One, thanks to a little help from Teddy Riley.

Khaliq also runs a site called MixingAndRecording.Com, where he hosts telesummits from time to time, featuring select industry pros from Khaliq’s l̶i̶t̶t̶l̶e̶ big black book of industry pros. Give it a listen; Khaliq and Rick kick around the history of PreSonus and offer some insights into our products.
Mixing and Recording: download Khaliq’s free e-book!


Mathenee Treco

ADL 700 Vocal Demo from SonicSense Pro Audio

The coolness just doesn’t STOP with SonicSense Pro Audio! Following up their killer bass DI demo of the ADL 700, now it gets put to the REAL test: vocals!

And when I say a REAL test for vocals, I mean it’s tested with none other than Queen’s “Somebody to Love,” which is like the hardest song to sing ever, as p̶e̶r̶f̶o̶r̶m̶e̶d̶ knocked out of the park by American Idol finalist Mathenee Treco.


Andy Needham Band’s “No Love Song,” and Why PreSonus is the Right Choice

[This just in from Jonathan from the Andy Needham Band. Jonathan serves as the band’s bassist, manager, and booking agent. We heard that he liked PreSonus, so we sent him a couple questions, and received a great many answers. They follow.]

How and when did you get involved in music? 

I personally got involved in music back in the 5th grade, when my aunt bought me my first snare drum at a local flea market. I played drums all through elementary and high school in the school band, and then picked up other instruments along the way, mainly guitar and bass. I got involved with Andy Needham about 10 years ago at a Christian camp in Southern New Hampshire. I started with the band just filling in for the drummer, then moved to the electric guitar, before finally becoming the band’s full-time bassist. All along the way I was always an all-purpose man who owned much of the band’s live sound equipment. I find just as much satisfaction behind a soundboard as I do on a stage.

What PreSonus stuff do you use?

We traveled for the past year with the StudioLive 16.4.2. Over the past year, our live event has taken on more elements that require more channels, so just this week we upgraded to the StudioLive 24.4.2. Our drummer, a production graduate from Berkelee College of Music, also uses PreSonus FireStudio Project in conjunction with Pro Tools 10 for recording purposes along with Ableton Live and Reason to create the band’s many backing tracks. We also use that for quick overdubs when working on promotional projects.

What are some of your favorite features?

All of them!

It’s hard to narrow things down. I don’t know if this would be classified as a “feature” but I am so impressed with PreSonus’ continued customer support and free upgrades to equipment already sold. When I bought my original 16.4.2 for the band, it didn’t have a lot of the things that I now can’t see myself living without. The value that is packed into the StudioLive blows my mind when compared to other mixers on the market. More important than the value—it just sounds great.

A particular favorite feature with our band: wireless mixing via StudioLive Remote on the iPad has been a huge help. Also, QMix allows for everyone in the band to control our own separate monitor mixes on our iPhones/iPods. This is crucial, as we can’t afford to have an monitor engineer on the road with us.

Another thing I would consider a “feature” would be in regards to the “ease-of-use” side of things. We can’t afford to always have the same sound guy on the road with us, but because the learning curve of this board is so easy, we can often utilize sound personnel at venues.

Lastly, I love that everything I need is packed into a single case—I don’t have to travel with extra racks of compressors, gates, effects, etc! Furthermore, I can save everything I do. Time is so important when we travel, and because all our settings are is internalized in the StudioLive, we can be sure that our sound will be consistent night after night.

Any tips’n’tricks or production secrets you can share?

As far as tips’n’tricks go, I find that everyone I talk to is in a different place. My biggest encouragement when people ask about this product on the road is to check out the depths of the free tutorials online. There is a free school at your fingertips 24/7 to learn the ins and the outs of this board.

I love the convenience of the stored Fat Channel settings (i.e. loading presets for instruments, vox, etc). When a band opens up for us, I can save a new scene for them and load each individual instrument to get a starting point.  It makes sound checks go a lot quicker and smoother when things sound fairly good from the get-go.

As I mentioned before, we outgrew our board due to some new aspects of our live event. Something we ended up doing (that is probably a little outside the norm) is routing our stereo backing tracks through Aux A and Aux B inputs and then assign those to Subgroup 1 and 2. By doing this, we expanded the board’s capabilities by two channels, though welimit the available subgroups. We were in a pinch and had to think outside the box to make it work—but it works!

We also regularly utilize Capture alongside with the StudioLive for helping with sound checks when we don’t have our sound guy on the road. We can run a sound check (or even recall a sound check from a previous night) and get things sounding pretty good before we have the stand-in person touch the board. It lowers the pressure on someone that has never ran our sound before.

We also have been utilizing the board’s GEQ for fine-tuning the system from venue to venue. Prior to Smaart Measurement Technology being available on the StudioLive, we would use a DriveRack PA+ for the general setup of the system and then play a couple of our standard tracks and walk around the room with the iPad making GEQ adjustments. By fine-tuning the system with the board’s GEQ on the iPad, it allows us to use our ears in all areas  of the room so we are hearing things as the crowd will hear it, not just at the FOH board. Usually the adjustments are minor, but by using our ears it can really separate a decent sounding system from a great sounding system. I always save each venue’s GEQ settings because we often play the same places year after year.

Along with saving each venue in the GEQ, a good tip is to always make a practice of saving your Fat Channels individually. The reason I do that is simply because things change tour to tour. By having each individual channel saved respectively, it makes it easier to move people around on the board. Once could also just copy and load the Fat Channels, but I find when I’m making drastic shifts, it’s nice that I don’t have to start any from scratch.  I just hit select,  load the channel I have saved the Fat Channel for, and I’m in business!

Keep up with the Andy Needham Band on the platform of your choice:




Sonic Sense Pro Audio Takes the ADL 700 for a Test Drive on Bass Avenue

Big big thanks to Sonic Sense Pro Audio for this awesome demo of the new ADL 700!


PreSonus LIVE Airs Today: Studio One 2.5 Tips and Tricks

PreSonus LIVE airs today in a few hours, new features in Studio One 2.5!

2 p.m. CST / 3 p.m. EST / Noon PST / GMT -6



You’ve Got it Covered


We'd prefer a photo of the mixer, not the box, but if your photo is this awesome it just may qualify.

We’d prefer a photo of the mixer, not the box, but if your photo is this awesome it just may qualify.

Over on our Facebook page, one of our most popular albums is our ever-growing collection of PreSonus User Studios. There’s some great comment threads there in addition to some cool photos, obviously.

So, in the spirit of all things social, we’d like to share your photos of your handsome face and your StudioLive mixer with our Facebook community. If you’re glad to be a StudioLive owner and feel like representing accordingly, now’s your chance!

We want to see some photos of smiling StudioLive owners. If you kind folks are feeling shutterbuggy, we will pick a user-submitted photo for our Facebook cover graphic—once every couple of weeks or so. If we pick yours, we’ll get in touch—and we just might send you a highly fashionable PreSonus T-shirt.

It’s easy to be a contender. Here’s all we ask:

  • Post a photo of you and your StudioLive mixer to your Facebook Wall. It’s important that you are in the photo, too.
  • Tag Yourself in the photo.
  • Share the photo to our Wall.
  • A comment or description indicating that you’d like the photo set as our cover graphic would help.

Keep in mind that in order to qualify for the cover photo treatment, the image must be at least 850px wide by 315px tall.

Photos that are really interesting, funny, or astonishing will of course be given preference.

Have fun!

Imogen Heap and the StudioLive 16.0.2 Doing Science

This is a triumph. Imogen Heap recently showed up on Dara O’Briain’s Science Club, and she brought her otherworldly Power glove 2.0 MIDI gyro-accelerometer Kinect-handwear with her. We’re flattered and honored that she’s entrusted the StudioLive 16.0.2 to corral her abstruse mad-science signal chain.

Seriously, how many different technologies do you think are collaborating in tandem here?

The ADL 700 Has Shipped, and Here’s Where to Get It

You like that, don't you?

You like that, don’t you?

It’s official, the ADL 700 Channel Strip is on the loose, and superlative preamp processing power is spreading across the USA by land and by air. It is soon to arrive in the care of PreSonus dealers, and subsequently in your studio rack, from where it will reach its final destination—your dreams. The ADL 700 has its roots in Anthony DeMaria‘s ADL 600  preamp circuit, but replaces its younger brother’s second channel in favor of a dynamite compressor and EQ section, creating a monster of a single-channel preamp/EQ/compressor/plug-in-to-this-and-you’ll-sound-goooood-machine.

Outside of the PreSonus marketing team, it’s not often that “sexy,” “formidable,” and “genius” all find a way to work well together,  let alone get shoehorned into a 2-rackspace unit. Fact is this is the finest product in our history. We nitpicked and fought over every last detail of the thing. I mean, the debate over what shade of amber the VU meter light should be spilled out of the R&D offices and ultimately was indirectly responsible for a small fire in our lunchroom.  But we picked the right color.
Check out the full specs ‘n’ techs over here at the ADL 700’s product page, and when you’re done picking your jaw up off the floor, clicky-clicky on the list below to get one for yourself from the PreSonus dealer of your choosing. We’re proud of this one, and once you lay down a couple vocal tracks with it, you’ll be proud of the work you do with it.


Click on any of the dealers below to be taken to their online store. Or, if you’re feeling analog, hop a ride and get yourself to one of their brick ‘n’ mortar versions.

All-Robot Band Covers Motorhead’s “Ace of Spades”

I type too much, and there’s nothing I can say about this video that it doesn’t already say for itself. So here ya go.