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.@AskAudioMag Reviews Eris E8 Active Studio Monitors, Favorably

How many of these reviews are we up to now, ten? In this one, AskAudio Magazine test drives the new Eris E8s, and in doing so compares them favorably to his long-time standbys from Genelec, which he claims to have been using for 15 years.  By the way, the Eris E8s cost a lot less than comparable Genelec options.

Enthusiastic thanks and raised glasses to G.W. Childs IV of AskAudio for his kind words, which include:

“The Eris 8s are really phenomenal reference monitor, not only for the price, but just in regard to reference monitors, in general.”

Read their full review here.

 

AudioBox Stereo Webcast is now up on YouTube

PreSonus Education Market Manager John Mlynczak shows you how you can use the AudioBox Stereo package to enhance your classroom rehearsals.

The AudioBox Stereo package includes everything you need to record your entire ensemble in gorgeous stereo sound. It includes the AudioBox USB, Studio One Artist recording software, HD7 monitoring headphones, two small-diaphragm studio condenser microphones with XY stereo microphone mounting bar, and two 15-foot XLR microphone cables.

PreSonus Remembers Robert Levin

We lost a good one. Robert Levin passed away on November 25. Robert was literally raised in his dad’s music store, Chuck Levin’s Washington Music Center, and grew to eventually run the family business along with his siblings. In doing so, they maintained dad’s well-deserved twin legacies of impeccable customer service and good ol’ hard work. Before Robert’s passing, the torch was passed to his son, Adam, who share responsibilities with his siblings;  Alan and Abbe. This brings Chuck Levin’s Washington Music Center into its third generation as a family business.

Rick Naqvi recalls, “Robert was one of PreSonus’ earliest dealers, when we introduced our first product, the DCP-8. From that point forward he always offered us words of advice and encouragement in his most recognizable style as we went forward to become great business partners. Robert was one of the unique personalities in our industry, and we cherished his many contributions and of course his friendship.”

We’ll miss you, Robert. Please take a moment here with Rick to raise a glass to our departed friend.

In lieu of flowers, the Levin family has requested that donations be made to the Lung Cancer Research Foundation. If you have fond memories of Robert, as many of us do, you are welcome and encouraged to post them here.

Drum Corps International Launches Nimbit Store

Our friends at Drum Corp International  just launched their Nimbit Store on Facebook!  Just in time for the holidays, you can get DCI’s Silver Bells: A Drum Corp International Holiday Collection, which boasts percussive, marchy interpretations of yuletide melodies from time immemorial, with a peppering of  some more contemporary numbers.
At a hefty 24 tracks, Silver Bells boasts an undeniably thorough selection of tree-trimming tunes, though I would have thought that “Little Drummer Boy” would have been kind of a natural. There are tons of other recordings on their store, as well as a Blu-ray set and some other nice merch.
Furthermore, DCI is taking advantage of Fan Check-In to better engage their ever-growing community. Check-in yourself before you wreck-in yourself at fancheck.in/dci to take advantage of a special offer! 
This is just the first of many great things to come as PreSonus and DCI are planning an illustrious future together. We’re excited for all great things moving forward.
Want to get started selling your music online with Nimbit? It’s free and easy, click here.

On the Road Again

Mark and Johnny are on the east coast of the US spreading the good PreSonus word. To find out when clinics and events are coming to your town, click here and view our events page!

#PreSonuSphere Video: Small Studio Design with John Storyk of @WSDG

We were incredibly lucky to have John Storyk from WSDG Design Group speak at PreSonuSphere 2013. John designed Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Ladyland Studios in New York, as well as the recording studio in our brand-new PreSonus HQ.

For more on John’s impressive career, click here:
http://www.wsdg.com/dynamic.asp?id=company/team/usa/johnstoryk

John’s presentation slides from this show can be obtained from the WSDG website. Click here and scroll down: http://www.wsdg.com/dynamic.asp?id=events/past

Jamie Bergeron and the The Kickin’ Cajuns LIVE CD Made Practical by StudioLive

[This just in from Jamie from the Kickin’ Cajuns!]

Hey PreSonus! Last year I purchased a Presonus StudioLive 24.4.2 board from a local dealer, and have nothing but great things to say. I’ve had a Midas board for seven years prior, and one night at a club gig a fight broke out, and the subsequently spilled drinks ended its poor li’l life beyond a worthy repair.

As the front man, I’m none too savvy on the technical aspects of the equipment, so I got some advice from my engineers and some other local sound companies. So we started looking and ended up going with the StudioLive. We used a 24.4.2 for front house initially, then added a 16.4.2 for in-ears. It’s not only a high-quality piece, but very affordable. I paid three times the amount for my other board, and this thing runs circles around it and the sound quality is unbelievable!

Well, all aside from the great sound we were getting as a band, we recently found ourselves overdue for a new CD. I had always talked about a Live album because I think our live show is killer; and have often heard that confirmed by our audiences! I started checking out prices pricing for someone to record the album. Days later my engineer said, “Jamie, we can record ourselves live with the PreSonus”. I was like, “well let’s get with it!”

Long story short, we recorded us where we thought we were getting the best sound quality as far as venue, crowd and band performance were concerned—and with a few tweaks here and there, Jamie Bergeron and the Kickin’ Cajuns “Live Like Dat” CD was born.

I’ve gotten numerous compliments in all aspects of this CD, which is our number six. Since then, I have seen some local competing bands switching to… guess who?

PRESONUS!!!!!

Thanks, Jamie

K.C. Entertainment Inc.,
www.kickincajuns.com 

#TeamPreSonus Spotlight: Ivan Muñoz!

PreSonus Artist Ivan Muñoz is known to many for the industrial stylings of Vigilante, but he has many other projects going on—and PreSonus is a factor in each of them!

Who are you, where are you, and what do you do?

Hi, I’m Musician/Producer/DJ Ivan Muñoz. I’m from Chile, but right now I’m living in France.
Currently I’m working with my three musical projects Vigilante (Industrial/Electro), Hopeless (Electronic/EDM), and Big Brother (Dubstep/Drum & Bass). I’m also doing some mixing, mastering and multimedia design with my company, Still Alive Studios.

How were you introduced to PreSonus?

I got introduced by some friends, at the time i was looking for a new audio interface for my live presentations some years ago. I test many brands, but PreSonus was my favorite option, because their interfaces are very robust, and their design work very well on the road.

What PreSonus software/hardware do you use and for what purpose?

I currently use a FireBox for my live presentations, and in my studio I use an AudioBox 44VSL.
About a year ago, I switched from my old DAW to Studio One Professional and so far it has been great.
Also, I started to use Nimbit to sell some of my music, like my last single, “It’s Our Time.”

What’s so great about PreSonus, anyhow?

I think the audio quality is awesome on the hardware and also the software. Sometimes is very hard to believe that you could get so good quality for such little price.

What’s the last big project that you worked on using PreSonus gear?

I produced “It’s Our Time” entirely in Studio One Professional and the result was great.
Listen for yourself!

Also, people can check out the first single, also created on Studio One, of my new project called BIG BROTHER, here:


What are you working on now—or next?

Everything! Right now with Vigilante, I’m working in my new album that will be called “Turning Point,” as well as putting a lot of time into Big Brother and Hopeless. Your readers can learn more about Vigilante, Big Brother and Hopeless at these links:

http://www.vigilante.cl
http://bigbrotheriswatching.net
http://www.hopeless.cl

Thanks for the interview!

Get a Jump on the Learning with Rational Acoustics, Baton Rouge 10/24

Some of our fine friends from Rational Acoustics are coming down to Baton Rouge for PreSonuSphere, and they’re arriving a few days early. It’s good that they’ll have a little extra time to see the sights and sniff the smells, but the lead-up time to #PreSonuSphere isn’t all sensory indulgence. These guys are up to something, and you’re invited to take part. And if you choose to take part, we’ll get you into PreSonuSphere for FREE. What the heck. 

While we may be known for our hospitality down thisaway, fact is the Rational Acoustics team are no strangers to conviviality. On Oct. 24, they’ll make an effort to top our no-longer-so-secret Jambalaya recipe—by serving y’all up a steaming-hot kettle of garlic & cumin-seasoned knowledge.

Specifically, this is an opportunity for you to learn all about Smaart v.7 Di straight from the guys who invented it—horse’s mouth and whatnot. Smaart V.7 DI is a simplified, streamlined, two-channel version of the standard Smaart v.7 analysis software—the ideal bridge between the limited features in the VSL Wizards, and the full-blown V.7 program. This eight-hour intensive course will teach you all there is to know about Smaart v.7 Di from software installation to Spectrum & Transfer Function Measurements.

Here’s the official course overview, taken from this PDF, which contains more details.

“The Smaart v.7 Di Training Class covers the fundamentals of using Smaart v.7 Di to make basic RTA, Spectrograph and Transfer Function measurements. Special attention is paid throughout the course to the subject of how to make valid and useful measurements, as opposed to simply making cool squiggly lines appear on the screen. This course focuses on providing the attendee with a functional knowledge of how Smaart v.7 Di operates as a tool and demonstrates techniques and processes for utilizing Smaart v.7 Di in essential system engineering tasks. Both classroom lecture and lab formats are utilized as well as in-class measurements via a signal distribution system to distribute the instructor’s stereo measurement signals to the entire class.”

So, since you’re going to be in town for PreSonuSphere anyhow, you really ought to come out to this thing.

Whens/wheres/good-to-knows:

  • Oct 24, 2013—9 a.m. to around 5 p.m. Class breaks at 10:15 a.m., noon, and 3:15 p.m.
  • 7249 Florida Blvd. Suite A, Baton Rouge, La. 70806
  • Bring your laptop and thinking cap.
  • If you sign up for this class, and purchase a license of Smaart v.7 Di at checkout, you will receive roughly a 30 % discount on the license ($195).  Each license contains two installations, which can be installed on two different machines, mac or PC.
  • ŒClass registration is available either via the online class registration form in the 

    ˆtraining s€ection of the Rational Acoustics website, or by contacting …Rational †Acoustics directly: +1-860-928-7828

 

Remix Contest: Enter to Win an Incredible Prize Package from @GearAddictsShow!

Feeling inspired? Ready to take on a new project? Check out The Gear Addicts Show new “No Nevermind Remix Contest” with Sir Mix-a-Lot and Outtasite.

Click over to the Gear Addicts show for the full prize list—it’s a whopper that includes Eris E5 monitors and Studio One Professional 2.6!

Entering is easy: Download the stems, make something creative, upload it to SoundCloud, add it to the “No Nevermind Remix Contest” group,  and post it on the Gear Addicts Facebook Page. All submissions must be posted by midnight, Oct 31st, 2013 PST.

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