Educated on a diverse array of instruments, including guitar, bass, percussion, keyboards, tuba, euphonium, and concert harp, North Palm Beach, Florida, native Daniel Lombardi played his first paid gig at the seasoned old age of 11 at the Shell Patio in nearby Port Charlotte.
As a young adult, Lombardi enlisted in the U.S. Army, joining the 8th Infantry Division Band. While stationed in Germany, he took correspondence courses in music, earning a master’s degree in arrangement and composition, with a minor in applied jazz theory and performance.
Since returning to the USA, Lombardi has performed as a sideman or featured player with such A-list aritsts as Willie Nelson, The Harry Connick Jr. Orchestra, John Michael Montgomery, Kenny Chesney, Al Jarreau, Manhattan Transfer, and Billy Joe Shaver. He has also worked as a live-sound engineer.
Lombardi chose the PreSonus StudioLive 16.4.2 digital mixer based on a combination of word-of-mouth and complimentary online reviews. “I first saw the PreSonus StudioLive board on the Internet two years ago,” he says. “Boston’s on the Beach, a club in Delray Beach, Florida, asked me to find a good console to record live bands with, as they wanted me to record all the bands that played there for a 30th-anniversary CD. After reading the specs and reviews, I consulted a friend who owned a StudioLive and highly recommended it. We purchased the 16.4.2.”
He is confident it was the right choice. “After I spent a few days learning how to use it, I was completely sold!” he exclaims. “I told Boston’s on the Beach that they can get rid of their rackmount EQ’s, compressors, and effect units, as the StudioLive is equipped with everything that’s usually required in a live P.A. rig.
“After the first live recording,” he continues, ”I realized this board was the clearest, most transparent live console I’d ever heard. The quality of the EQ, compression, and effects shocked me. The subtle tonal characteristics of all the instruments recorded were reproduced faithfully, and I realized the converters in the StudioLive console far outperformed all other converters I had ever used, including the Lynx Aurora, the Apogee Rosetta 800, and every Digidesign and Avid converter.”
Lombardi’s enthusiasm for the brand doesn’t end with the StudioLive mixers, however. Lombardi has been putting his PreSonus Monitor Station to good use during production of his first solo CD, Speak Easy, which is scheduled for release in July 2012. “I’m also using the Monitor Station for recording in my project studio,” he notes. “Every piece of PreSonus gear I have used, in a recording studio or live, has been of outstanding audio quality.”
Hey Pro Tools users! Al Tee put together this really helpful video about using the PreSonus StudioLive 16.4.2 in conjunction with Pro Tools 9. There’s a lot of knowledge packed into these eight minutes! Check it out.
We were pretty sure going into PreSonusphere 2011 that there was going to be a PreSonusphere 2012. The overwhelming positive response we received last year confirmed this suspicion. So, while we’ve all been scratching our heads and tapping our watches to make sure they are working correctly, there’s really no two ways around it… it’s already time to start getting ready for the next one.
Save the date like for a wedding: on Friday, September 28, and Saturday, September 29, we will present PreSonusphere II: Electric Boogaloo at the Shaw Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. One- and two-day passes will be available at very low prices. As we get closer to showtime we’ll announce details like who is speaking on what subject, suggestions for where you might like to stay, (I’ve already reserved Justin Spence’s couch) and deals on some nearby astonishing Louisiana chow. We’ll also let you know who’s playing the Thursday night pre-show party.
For more info, check out the PreSonusphere Press Release proper.
In 1990, five years before PreSonus launched, PreSonus cofounder and president Jim Odom was in the business of making records the good ol’ fashioned way: 2-inch analog tape, racks of analog outboard gear, tons of knobs, and plenty of blood, sweat, and faders. One of the bands Jim produced was called Func Haus, an amazing power trio from Baton Rouge. They are still rockin’ today, BTW.
In the YouTube clip above, you’ll spot a long-haired, cigarette-smoking, not-yet PreSonus-cofounder-and-president Jim Odom, engineering the Desert Sky album for Func Haus. Thanks to Wendell Tilley for this rare glimpse into some of the formative days of PreSonus Audio Electronics!
Today is a really special Freebie Friday, as Hamburg Audio has created a version of their awesome NUKLEAR synth just for Studio One users called NUKLEAR SOLO. The latest version of NUKLEAR has automatic host detection, and needs no further registration, nor activation. If you’re running Studio One (Producer or Professional), just install and have fun!
Click here to visit Hamburg Audio and download NUKLEAR.
And to cap it all off, Studio One users can upgrade to the polyphonic version of NUKLEAR for only €89! For this, just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, including a Studio One Song file with one instance of NUKLEAR before or after purchasing.
Three out of three ain’t bad! At this year’s Frankfurt Musikmesse, the StudioLive 16.0.2 won the Musikmesse International Press Award (MIPA) in the category “Mixing Desk (Project Studio).”
History repeats itself… the StudioLive 16.4.2 won the same award in 2010, and the StudioLive 24.4.2 won it in 2011.
Big thanks to the powers that be for their support and recognition of the StudioLive family.
PreSonus industrial artist Vigilante is touring the US very soon, moving on to Russia, Prague, and Czech Republic at the end of the tour! Catch them if they come through your area…
VIGILANTE “REVOLUTION IS NOW!” WORLWIDE TOUR 2012
05 May / Philadelphia,PA / USA / @ Shampoo Nightclub (Show / DJ Set
10 May / Pittsburgh,PA / USA / @ The Garfield Artworks (Show) (http://www.facebook.com/events/243904229037028)
11 May / Columbus,OH / USA / @ TBA (Show)
12 May / Indianapolis,IN / USA / @ TBA (Show)
13 May / Dayton, OH / USA / @ TBA (Show)
14 May / St Louis, MO / USA @ The Crack Fox (Show) (http://www.facebook.com/events/169640253150712)
15 May / Kansas, MO / USA @ TBA (Show)
16 May / Omaha, NB / USA @ The Hideout (Show) (http://www.facebook.com/events/382546328429208)
18 May / Colorado Springs, CO / USA @ Subterranean Night Club (DJ Set) (http://www.facebook.com/events/395643973779048)
19 May / Denver, CO / USA / @ Benders Tavern (Show) (http://www.facebook.com/events/285203628220004)
21 May / Albuquerque, NM / USA / @ TBA (DJ Set)
01 June / Baltimore, MD / USA / @ Club Orpheus (DJ Set)
02 June / New York, NY / USA / @ Pyramid Club (DJ Set)13 July / Moscow / Russia / @ TBA (Show)
14 July / Nizhny Novgorod / Russia / @ TBA (Show)
27 July / Bolków / Poland / @ Castle Party festival (Show) (http://www.facebook.com/events/114046671981798)
28 Sept / Prague / Czech Republic / Rock Cafe (Show)
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More after the jump.
So it’s just about a week to go before Frankfurt Musikmesse, and we’re starting to get down to the wire on the stage demos. Looks like we’re going to have a lot of demos of a lot of different facets of Studio One, with (as usual) some really great musicians. This time I’ll be working with at least three different sets of musicians, which means a lot of preparation and figuring out how to best play to the strengths of each one. And what features we really have concentrate on, because with a program this size there’s no way you can cover even 10% of it properly in a half hour demo.
But most importantly, getting the music right. Because at the end of the day, it’s about all about the music. That’s the end result, and something I have to keep in my mind all the time: the technology is only a means to that end, and no matter how cool the tech may be, the music is what counts. Luckily I think we’ll have some pretty good music for you next week… 🙂