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It’s #PreSonusFAMFriday with Andy Hidalgo!


Today we have a festive edition of PreSonus FAM Friday, brought to us by our very merry and bright Andy Hidalgo and the R80 monitors!

How long have you worked for PreSonus?
One year, four months.
What’s your official job title? 
Senior Application Developer.

What’s your favorite thing about your job? Why did you choose to work here?
I love working with people that challenge me to become better. I choose to work here because I knew PreSonus offered a lot of intellectual growth and it will really further my career. The fact that there are so many Star Wars fans turned out to be icing on the cake.

 What’s your favorite Christmas movie? 
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation … I triple dog dare you to find something better … oops wrong movie.

Who has the best Christmas album of all time?
Trans-Siberian Orchestra hands down. I worked at a restaurant for many college Christmases and I can’t listen to too much of that.

Who’s your go to band or artist when you can’t decide on something to listen to?
It really depends on what I am working on that day. If I want to focus and figure something out it will be something like Chopin. If I already know what I am going to do and I just need to bang on the keyboard and get things done it will be Metallica or Incubus.
What’s the best Christmas gift you got as a kid?
The original NES. Don’t you miss blowing on cartridges and getting that game to finally play?

What do you do for fun?
I have 2 small sons (4 and 2) so anything that would keep them entertained is fair game. Watching sports also, I love watching sports.

What instruments do you play? 
I can really shred some licks on the air guitar. I have been getting better at air drumming. I find that air instruments are very forgiving!

What do you love about R80
I love that they have allowed me to hear new things in songs that I didn’t know were there. The tweeters make the sound very crisp. I haven’t found any type of music that doesn’t sound great.

Got any tips for working with the R80?
Get a really good quality recording to truly appreciate the sound. Use that recording to tune the speakers for your space, tuned well placed speakers makes a big difference.

What are you currently working on? What’s next for you? 
I don’t think I am supposed to say what I am working on next. Something about a contract I had to sign to join. Next is making sure everything on our site is always working. Always looking for small tweaks and improvements we can make.
Anything else you want to share? 
I am from Ecuador, Quito to be precise, and I have lived in the States since 2001. I am still not used to the heat and humidity. Most people want spring and summer. I will take the mild Louisiana winters everyday!


Do you like fruit cake? 
No, I have tried many fruitcakes and I just don’t find them very appealing.
Real tree or artificial tree? 
Artificial, I am a chronic allergy sufferer.
Star or angel on top of the tree? 
Colored lights or White lights? 
Christmas presents, wrapped or unwrapped? 
Do you like egg nog? yes or no?