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PreSonus Fam Friday with Ashley Rohner!

 

To be a good HR manager, you need to be a good listener–and that’s one of Ashley’s number one skills! Fortunately, she doesn’t have to hear all of us PreSonus folks complain her ear off all day, she occasionally gets free time to listen to her favorite music on either her Eris 4.5 monitors or her HD9 headphones in her office. Get to know more about Ashley for PreSonus Fam Friday!

How long have you worked for PreSonus?

Two and a half years!

What’s your official job title?

Human Resources Manager.

What’s your favorite thing about your job? Why did you choose to work here?

My favorite thing about my job is occasionally being able to problem solve in a way that significantly relieves or inspires one of our employees. I chose to work for PreSonus (and move to Baton Rouge!) because I love, love, love music. The way that our company passionately contributes to the music industry is inspiring for me. We function like a big family here in a lot of ways—that’s what has kept me around!

Choose a movie title for the story of your life.

“A Series of Hilariously Unfortunate Events.”

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What was the first 8-track, cassette, CD or digital download you purchased?

I can’t remember if it was Backstreet Boys’ Backstreet’s Back or Aqua’s Aquarium. I’m going to say BSB because I have tickets to their 2019 tour and they’re in my blood.

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Who’s your go-to band or artist when you can’t decide on something to listen to?

Massive Attack, always.

What’s your go to Karaoke song?

“Love Song” by Sara Bareilles because it’s in my range and easy for me to sing when I’m intoxicated enough to choose karaoke.

Everyone has a side gig, what’s yours? OR when you’re not at PreSonus, what are you up to?

I assist with research in the field of psychology with former professors of mine at Southeastern Louisiana University. We actually just had an article published this year. I keep up with current research in the field, as well.

Tell us about a successful event you worked with PreSonus products.

InfoComm, NAMM, Install somewhere…. Unfortunately, I am not invited to most of these events because I have to stay on-site and do HR things. Our holiday parties and crawfish boils are fairly memorable, though!

Got any tips for us?

Eris 4.5s and the HD9s. My tips for the HD9s…

  1. Plug them in
  2. Experience bliss
  3. Try not to get tangled in the cord.

What are you currently working on at PreSonus? What’s next for you?

I am currently working on ways to maintain employee morale and make our benefits as user-friendly and relevant as possible. There have been recent shifts in the field of HR—various movements and millennial influences have challenged the field. It’s exciting to be a part of that change. I’m hoping to be a hardcore HR rockstar within the next 5 years minimum.

What’s the strangest talent you have?

I type 136 wpm and I have oddly sensitive ears. I’m a bit of an audiophile and if your sound system is too bright I’m gonna be the first one to point it out.

Anything else you want to share?

Yes! Adopt, don’t shop.

 

 

 

It’s #PreSonusFAMFriday with Phil Knock!

Knock, knock!

Who’s there?

The one you’ve been waiting for…

The FaderPort 16!?!?!?!?!

Yes.

It’s #PreSonusFAMFriday with Phil Knock!

 

 

 

How long have you worked for PreSonus?
I’ve worked for PreSonus for nearly a year.

What’s your official job title?
Software Engineer.
What’s your favorite thing about your job? Why did you choose to work here?
My first introduction to audio engineering was using a FireStudio interface. We had a recording studio at my high school and I swear I practically lived there. So I’ve been a PreSonus fan since I was a tot basically!
I went to Belmont University in Nashville, TN and graduated with a double major in Audio Engineering and Computer Science in the Spring of 2016. I chose to work at PreSonus because it offers a perfect balance of these two pursuits. My favorite thing about this job is to be able to work on intellectually stimulating computer science problems, while at the same time being able to talk shop with the incredibly talented musicians and audio engineers around the office. Our company motto is “Music is our life. PreSonus is our day job,” but I believe these two are truly intertwined working here.
PreSonus gave me a chance when I was a recent grad and I didn’t know what my life was going to be like. For that I am immensely grateful.
 Choose a movie title for the story of your life.
“Debugging Code 7 Part 2: The Re-Debugging, Revisited”

What was the first 8 track, cassette, CD or digital download you purchased?
Do you guys remember Hit Clips? My first music purchase was an “All Star” by Smash Mouth Hit Clip.

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Who’s your go to band or artist when you can’t decide on something to listen to?
Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of Father John Misty, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Led Zeppelin.

What’s your go to Karaoke song?
“Don’t Let Me Down,” The Beatles.

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Everyone has a side gig, what’s yours?
I find the field of Digital Signal Processing utterly fascinating. To that end, I’ve had a ton of fun tinkering with audio plugins using the JUCE framework, Kontakt, and MaxForLive.

What instruments do you play?
I played cello in the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony when I was younger, and since then I’ve dabbled in guitar, bass, and drums.
What do you love about the FaderPort 16?
Who wants to mix large sessions with a mouse?

Why did you choose this as your favorite?
Mixing is one thing, but writing fader automation with a mouse is a fate worse than death. Being able to navigate and interact with large sessions in Studio One or any other major DAW makes this product incredibly useful.

Got any tips for working with the FaderPort 16?
This might sound crazy, but it can sometimes be helpful to balance levels without looking at the computer screen. Even turn your screen off if you have to; at least temporarily. I find that it helps you focus more closely on what you’re actually hearing rather than what you’re expecting to hear looking at waveforms and user interfaces.

What are you currently working on? What’s next for you? 
I work on the Studio Live Series III console/rack mixers extensively, and I’m really excited about upcoming updates for these products!
What’s the strangest talent you have?
I have webbed toes, does that count?
Anything else you want to share? 
Working at PreSonus is really incredible. The products you get to work on and the people you get to work with offer inspiration on a daily basis.

What’s your social media handles and is it ok to tag you?
For any aspiring engineers out there, you can feel free to add me on LinkedIn!

It’s #PreSonusFAMFriday with Eric Welch!

We’re going to keep this fast–Quantum fast. It’s #PreSonusFAMFriday with our Product and Studio Manager Eric Welch.
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How long have you worked for PreSonus?
3.5 years, I worked for Notion music for 10 years before we joined up with PreSonus.

What’s your official job title?
Product Manager and Studio Manager.

What’s your favorite thing about your job? Why did you choose to work here?
Getting to be around musicians, music and music technology every day. I choose to work here for the reputation of the company, and the work culture of being around great musicians and engineers.

What was the first cassette, CD or digital download you purchased?
It was a cassette. Def Leppard. Pyromania. 1983.

Who’s your go to band or artist when you can’t decide on something to listen to?
The Clash!

Everyone has a side gig, what’s yours?
I am the FOH engineer for Phat Hat.

What instruments do you play? 
Bass and trombone.
What’s your go to Karaoke song?
“Sabotage” by the Beastie Boys!

What do you love about the Quantum?
Speed, aggregation, and sound quality.

Why did you choose this as your favorite?
I choose the Quantum because of the low-latency over Thunderbolt, Ease of integration with Studio One, and audio performance. I’m also the Product Manager for it which is pretty great.

Got any tips for working with the Quantum?
Don’t forget to take advantage of the DC Coupled outputs!

What other PreSonus products do you have?
I have a lot. Sceptre S6s, ADL 700, 16.4.2, Eris E66s, FaderPort, Central Station, Studio One Professional.

What are you currently working on? What’s next for you?
Some exciting new interface products that I can’t discuss at this time. 🙂

 

Mark Williams Honored by Baton Rouge Business Report

Mark Williams, our Director of International Sales and Business Development and International Sales Director of Mystery, was recently an honoree in the “Forty Under 40” spotlight from the Baton Rouge Business Report.

Thanks to Business Report for their continued support of PreSonus. They’re good folks over there. When you’re done with the video below, check out the full article over at Business Report’s website.

PreSonus Band Member Bio: Mark Williams

Mark Williams: Director of International Sales and Business Development 

On Stage: Mark’s academic background includes a Bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Alabama and a Master’s degree in multimedia management from Northeastern Louisiana University. He gained practical broadcasting experience at WVUA radio, the University of Alabama Center for Public Television, and KNLU radio, and he also worked for MK Magazine in Chicago. Mark has DJ’d, mixed live sound, and recorded hundreds of bands at an assortment of clubs in several American cities. At Bluff Road Recording in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, he worked with such artists as Master P, Silk the Shocker, Al Hirt, Mystikal, and Outcast. For six years, Mark did production, promotions, and marketing for Invisible Records, and material that he recorded, produced, or mastered has appeared in such TV shows and movies as The Wood, MTV, VH1, BET, and The Box.

 

Now in his twelfth year at PreSonus Audio Electronics, Mark Williams currently owns a recording studio and media label, ALAB Media, and plays in a rock band. His new album is being produced by Martin Atkins, whose credits include Public Image Limited, Ministry, and Nine Inch Nails.

 

Behind the Desk: Mark’s PreSonus bandmates marvel at how he successfully manages a territory that encompasses the entire planet except for the United States. He has built the PreSonus global-distribution network from the ground up and handles sales, service, training, shipping, and warehousing for customers in more than 60 countries. He also manages OEM manufacturing, custom equipment development, and a lot more. Mark is like a multi-instrumentalist who can play every instrument well: we don’t know how he does it, but we’re thankful he’s in our band!

 

Working at PreSonus is an absolute dream. The company is filled with wonderful people who are intelligent and passionate about our products and our industry. Everyone here is an engineer, musician, or enthusiast. It’s also fantastic that we still maintain our small, innovative company vibe yet can move quickly to produce goods for the global market.”