[This comes to us from Steve Freeman of Camp Jam.]
Camp Jam is the ultimate and only national rock music camp. The camp was created by renowned rock guitarist/songwriter Jeff Carlisi of .38 Special and his longtime business partner Danny Lipson. Held in 20 cities across the U.S. and Canada, Camp Jam offers a number of unique music programs for musicians of all skill levels, including a summer day camp for rockers age 11-17, one for pint-size rockers ages 7-10 and week-long overnight music camps in Chicago, Atlanta, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, New York, Dallas, Boston, San Diego, Seattle, DC and Denver areas for ages 12-17.
The camp has gained national prominence since launching in 2004. As an innovative summer camp, the Camp Jam program gives young musicians the chance to collaborate with their musical peers for the rock ‘n’ roll experience of a lifetime—from forming their own bands and playing a concert to hanging out with rock music legends and recording a CD. More importantly, Camp Jam offers them the opportunity to improve their performance skills, build confidence, and practice teamwork; all lessons that last long after their week at Camp jam is over.
As the national director, musician and instructor, it is important to me that Camp Jam has an educational element in addition to the overall band experience. In developing the curriculum we are always looking for ways make it better and more relevant to today’s musician. Audio software has drastically changed how we record music, so it was inevitable that Camp Jam would include recording as part of the curriculum at some time.
At NAMM 2010 I stopped by the PreSonus booth and was introduced to PreSonus and Studio One for the first time. I was really impressed with the software and contacted Brad Zell, their Marketing Communications Director, when I returned home. Brad offered to provide all our campers with a Studio One download code, so I began searching for the right person to write the curriculum and course outline to implement Studio One Professionsal into our 2011 schedule.
I was introduced to Darryl Swann, Macy Gray’s Grammy Award-winning producer, who picked up on the program idea and created a book for Camp Jam (available through the Camp Jam website) titled Killer Song Writing Producing and Recording. The book and course outline is easy reading with pictures and simple explanations.
For the 2012 curriculum, we put together pedal boards dontated by SKB that were crafted into complete studios in a box. Brad loaned Camp Jam several AudioBox 1818VSLs and Digimax D8’s for the project. These studios in a box were used in the recording class to record the original songs created by Camp Jam’s overnight campers.
This has been the best Camp Jam season yet, and we are very grateful to have a company like PreSonus interested in providing the tools we need to help develop these young rockers into seasoned musicians.
Camp Jam is offering readers of this blog $50 off registration for 2013. Just call 800 513-0930, code word PreSonus. This is a call-in only discount, so hit us up!
“In live concerts, there are improvisational aspects that cannot be captured in studio recordings. We had a chance to speak with Nobumasa Yamada, known for his works with Love Psychedelico, about his passion in recording these live concerts and his techniques using PreSonus mobile recording gear. Mr. Yamada shared how he built his system, the actual set-up and some techniques, based on the recording of Kemono held in Ogikubo Velvet Sun.”
Read the full article here.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, June, 2012…
PreSonus™ is shipping AudioBox 1.2, a free update that significantly enhances the performance and versatility of their AudioBox 1818VSL interface and also provides a number of new features for its AudioBox™ USB, AudioBox 22VSL and AudioBox 44VSL audio/MIDI interfaces.
One of the biggest enhancements for the AudioBox 1818VSL is that support has been added for AB1818VSL Remote for iPad®. With this free app, you can control virtually every parameter in Virtual StudioLive forAudioBox 1818VSL from an iPad, including volume, pan, aux sends, FX buses, and Fat Channel parameters.
As a result, users can use an AudioBox 1818VSL and USB-connected laptop as a full-featured mixer/recorder for small gigs, rehearsal spaces, and mobile churches, with the iPad serving as a touchscreen mixing surface. In the studio, manage the monitor mixes from your iPad while dedicating your computer screen to a DAW.
With the AudioBox 1.2 update, all AudioBox-series interfaces become compatible with USB 3.0-a rarity among audio interfaces.
This update also provides enhancements for specific AudioBox-series models:
This free update is recommended for all AudioBox-series users. AudioBox 1.2 can be downloaded from the Technical Support section of the PreSonus Web site.
AB1818VSL Remote is a free download from the Apple App Store.
…and by that, I mean I share the passion for guitar gear with millions of others. My YouTube channel is my output, and that’s where I have received my following. I got tired of all the cam-sound gear tests that flourished over YouTube. My idea was simple, why not take the testing a step further with high quality video and audio.
With that introduction, imagine my first time at NAMM, I was like a kid in a candy store with all the amps and gear everywhere! I had the chance to record as much amps as I wanted. But to be able to catch everything I would need to pack ALL my stuff, camera, microphones, computer, audio interface, headphones, cables. This is where PreSonus comes in.
I was contacted by Ryan at PreSonus about borrowing a small interface that I could carry around as my mobile studio while recording all the guitar amplifiers at the show. Needless to say I got one from their booth, plugged it in, and it worked straight away. Sounded awesome as well! I have never experienced Presonus products other than hearing people praising them, but I am sure this is going to be a long-lasting relationship.
During the show we filmed and recorded around 10-15 guitar amps. I didn’t need to worry about anything, everything was such a breeze. I could concentrate on recording the amps without needing to worry about hardware issues. We just went from booth to booth and got in a great flow.
After the show I went home and got an AudioBox 22VSL for my home studio. I just had to get one, and now I use it for all my amp tests!
We, and our advocates, make a lotta to-do about the audio quality inherent in our products. After all, every weensy component choice in the guts of our gear begets some sonic consequence, so such engineering decisions are not made lightly. Serious business. We’re proud.
But look-see. Fact is that aural clarity is not all we have going for us. Until we produced the video linked below, I feel that the straight-up toughness of our brand may have gone a bit understated. Yeah, an AudioBox is all pretty-boy brushed chrome with azure-blue mascara. But when we let a rajun cajun take a shot at curbstomping the ol’ AudioBox USB, he couldn’t put a ding in it. And when he failed, we let Optimus Prime have a stab at it to similar (lack of) effect.
The AudioBox USB still worked great after all this.
Depiction of such misuse should not be construed as advocacy. BUTOMGIT’SSOFUN
B&H is making Paul and my jobs a little easy by doing great work for us! Rob Rives of B&H takes us on an in-depth tour of the entire AudioBox line, including hardcore gearnographic I/O closeups, and audio demos of the Fat Channel audio processing that defines the AudioBox VSL series’ particular brand of kick-assedness.
Rob’s run-through is so thorough and accurate that I half expected him to just unveil a schematic and start giving away all our sonic circuit secrets. He stops just shy of this, but I’m still a little suspicious. He seems like a Man Who Knows Too Much. I’m going to go talk to HR and see if this guy used to work for us or something.
No, we’re not giving away Facebook. We are, however, giving away 3 Audioboxes ON Facebook, including the 1818VSL, a 44VSL and a 22VSL. If you’re a lucky winner, you also get Studio One 2 PROFESSIONAL edition. Spared no expense.
All you have to do is ‘Like’ us over at Facebook and click the Sweepstakes Tab. Enter some hum-drum information and you’re entered. We will announce the winners on January 9 of 2012. Best to you! See official rules here.
4.PRIZES: The following prizes will be awarded:
1st Prize: PreSonus AudioBox 1818VSL and PreSonus Studio One Pro – download version (Total value over $900)
2nd prize: PreSonus AudioBox 44VSL PreSonus Studio One Pro – download version (Total value $700)
3rd Prize: PreSonus AudioBox 22VSL PreSonus Studio One Pro – download version (Total value $600)