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December 2018: Get the Artist Booster Pack for 30% off!

Looking for a boost in your workflow with Studio One Artist… This will do the trick!

Grab the Studio One Artist Booster Pack for 30% off for the month of December right out of the PreSonus Shop!

Studio One Artist is a powerful DAW–the Artist Booster Pack takes it next level. With this bundle you get five of our most popular add-ons for Studio One Artist for one already-low price that has now been discounted by 30% for a short time.

  • VST and AU and Rewire Support
    • Use your third-party plug-ins in Studio One.
  • Studio One Remote Support
    • Control transport and fader functions with your iPad.
  • Acoustic Drum Loops Vol. 2
    • Create interesting grooves for any style of music.
  • MP3 Converter Support
    • Import and export files in MP3 format.
  • Ampire XT Metal Pack
    • Includes 6 high-gain amps, 6 cab sims, and a metal drum kit.

This pack is compatible with Studio One versions 3.3.3 and higher.

Click here to get it!

PreSonus holiday gift ideas for less!

Looking for some bang-for-your buck gifts that will make you a hit with the musician in your life this holiday season? We’ve got a bunch of stuff for under $300 USD. Of particular note is the AudioBox Studio Ultimate Bundle – literally everything a first-timer needs to get started in making studio-quality music.

 


AudioBox Studio Ultimate Bundle with Studio One Artist- ($299 USD)

Everything you need to record and produce—and beyond.

Produce and record like a pro with a single-purchase bundle! The core of this package is the AudioBox USB 96 audio/MIDI interface and award-winning Studio One recording and production software. You also get PreSonus’ best-selling Eris E3.5 Active Media Reference Monitors and HD7 headphones, allowing you to monitor your work loud and proud or quietly to yourself. Lastly, the M7 dynamic microphone is a superior all-purpose condenser mic ideal for guitar and vocals—and we even included all the necessary cables and a desktop mic stand.

 


ATOM with Studio One Artist- ($149 USD)

Fast, flexible, and feature-packed.

Produce beats, play virtual instruments, and trigger sound effects and loops with unsurpassed expressiveness and flexibility! Both a compact, dynamic performance controller and a tightly integrated production environment, PreSonus’ ATOM pad controller and included Studio One® Artist production software let you create and perform with ease. The most versatile pad controller in its class, ATOM is compatible with most music software and lets you perform and produce with virtual instruments and trigger samples and loops in real-time, using 16 full-size, velocity- and pressure-sensitive RGB pads and 8 assignable pad banks.

 


Eris 3.5 ($99 USD)

Sound you can trust.

PreSonus Eris-series studio monitors are used worldwide by audio engineers who need to hear every detail of their recordings. Ideal for gaming and home video production, the Eris E3.5 employs the same technology as the larger Eris models to deliver studio-quality sound, with a smooth and accurate frequency response. Yet they’re compact enough to fit almost anywhere.

 


Studio 24 with Studio One Artist – ($149 USD)

Professional quality wherever you record.

Great for home recording, mobile musicians, guitarists, podcasters, and live streaming, the Studio 24 2×2 USB-C™-compatible bus-powered audio/MIDI interface can record up to 24-bit, 192 kHz audio. Equipped with PreSonus XMAX-L solid-state preamps and high-end converters, it delivers professional quality audio in a rugged, compact enclosure, allowing you to create your next hit in your studio or on the go. A complete, all-in-one recording solution, the Studio 24 comes with PreSonus’ award-winning Studio One Artist music production software for macOS and Windows.

 


FaderPort – ($199 USD)

Don’t kill that mouse—give it a companion.

Although a keyboard and mouse are tried-and-true DAW-control devices, they’re far more effective when used in tandem with the FaderPort’s precise tactile control over mix and automation functions. A superior solution for anyone who mixes in the box, the FaderPort provides a 100 mm touch-sensitive, motorized fader for writing fades and automation in real-time and 24 buttons covering 40 different functions, all in a compact chassis that easily sits on any desk. Quickly zoom in on audio files for editing. Control track levels with the touch of a finger. With the FaderPort, you’ll enjoy the fastest, most efficient workflow you’ve ever experienced.

Friday Tips: Keyswitching Made Easy

As the quest for expressive electronic instruments continues, many virtual instruments incorporate keyswitching to provide different articulations. A keyswitch doesn’t play an actual note, but alters what you’re playing in some manner—for example, Presence’s Viola preset dedicates the lowest five white keys (Fig. 1) to articulations like pizzicato, tremolo, and martelé.

 

Fig. 1: The five lowest white keys, outlined in red, are keyswitches that provide articulation options. A small red bar along the bottom of the key indicates which keyswitch is active.

 

This is very helpful—as long as you have a keyboard with enough keys. Articulations typically are on the lowest keys, so if you have a 49-key keyboard (or even a 61-note keyboard) and want to play over its full range (or use something like a two-octave keyboard for mobile applications), the only way to add articulations are as overdubs. Since the point of articulations is to allow for spontaneous expressiveness, this isn’t the best solution. An 88-note keyboard is ideal, but it may not fit in your budget, and it also might not fit physically in your studio.

Fortunately, there’s a convenient alternative: a mini-keyboard like the Korg nanoKEY2 or Akai LPK25. These typically have a street price around $60-$70, so they won’t make too big a dent in your wallet. You really don’t care about the feel or action, because all you want is switches.

Regarding setup, just make sure that both your main keyboard and the mini-keyboard are set up under External Devices—this “just works” because the instrument will listen to whatever controllers are sending in data via USB (note that keyboards with 5-pin DIN MIDI connectors require a way to merge the two outputs into a single data stream, or merging capabilities within the MIDI interface you’re using). You’ll need to drop the mini-keyboard down a few octaves to reach the keyswitch range, but aside from that, you’re covered.

To dedicate a separate track to keyswitching, call up the Add Track menu, specify the desired input, and give it a suitable name (Fig. 2). I find it more convenient not to mix articulation notes in with the musical notes because if I cut, copy, or move a passage of notes, I may accidentally edit an articulation that wasn’t supposed to be edited.

Fig. 2: Use the Add Track menu to create a track that’s dedicated to articulations.

 

So until you have that 88-note, semi-weighted, hammer-action keyboard you’ve always dreamed about, now you have an easy way take full advantage of Presence’s built-in expressiveness—as well as any other instrument with keyswitching.

PreSonus Atom Workflow in SampleOne XT

This just in from Craftmaster Productions—a good look at the PreSonus ATOM workflow using SampleOne XT in Studio One.

CMP has been producing excellent Studio One content for years. Head on over to YouTube and give him a Subscribe for more!

Friday Tip—The “Glue” Compressor FX Chain

If you’ve heard people talking about adding “glue” to a mix, this usually involves a bus compressor. But you can also “glue” tracks together in a subtle way by placing two standard compressors in series with high thresholds and low ratios. The result is dynamics control that’s so gentle, you won’t really hear that a compressor is working—but you will hear the benefits.

 

Start by inserting two Compressors in series. I also like adding the Level meter plug-in afterward so it’s easy to compare peak and RMS levels when enabling/bypassing the Glue Compressor. Set the controls that aren’t affected by the FX Chains as follows:

  • Compressor 1, Gain 0.00 dB
  • Compressor 2, Input Gain 0.00 dB
  • Turn off Auto Gain, Auto Release, and Adaptive Release
  • Turn on Look Ahead and Stereo Link

 

Program the FX Chain controls that affect both compressors as follows:

  • Ratio: 1:1 to 1.6:1
  • Attack: 0.10 to 10 ms
  • Knee: 0.10 to 20 dB
  • Mix: 0 to 100%
  • Release: full range (set to 200 ms default)

 

Program the remaining controls as follows:

  • Input: Compressor 1, full range
  • Threshold: Compressor 1 (-20 to 0), Compressor 2 (-6 to 0)
  • Gain: Compressor 2, 0 to 6 dB

 

As to choosing the optimum settings, this one is easy to get wrong. It’s designed for subtle effects, so keep the Input at 0.00 dB unless the incoming signal is very low or high. With an input signal that’s close to maximum, a threshold of -3.0 (as indicated by the Threshold control, because the threshold will differ for the two compressors) and a low ratio (like 1.3:1) are good starting points, with Mix set to 100%.

Adjust Attack (minimum attack clamps down harder on the signal), Knee, and Release based on the input signal characteristics and desired result. Use Gain to match peaks between the bypassed and enabled states. Bypassing and enabling is a good way to hear the difference the Glue Compressor contributes to the sound.

The Glue Compressor is not intended to work like a conventional compressor that flattens an input with a highly variable level, although you can always increase or lower the ratio or threshold for the best sound. Set the controls to give a mild, subtle lift that… well, “glues” the tracks together. You won’t hear a huge difference…and you shouldn’t. But you will hear an improvement that gives the mix a welcome “lift.”

Download the FX Chain preset here.

 

Cyber Monday DEAL – $200 OFF FaderPort 16, $100 OFF FaderPort 8!


 

TODAY ONLY! Save $200 on the FaderPort 16 and $100 when you purchase the FaderPort 8! BUY NOW!

This offer ENDS TODAY, available in US and Canada only.

Cyber Monday DEAL – $100 Off StudioLive AR8!

 

TODAY ONLY!

Save $100 when you buy a StudioLive AR8!

Offer available in US and Canada.

 

Black Friday 2018 – Get a PAIR OF AIR Loudspeakers for $999 USD


 

Customers in the US and Canada can purchase a pair of PreSonus Air12 Loudspeakers for $999 USD—that’s $200 off! Effective now through November 26, 2018.

Black Friday 2018—50% Off Studio One, Notion, and Progression!

 

 This offer includes upgrades but excludes crossgrades and EDU licensing—ends 11/26!

Save 33% on Select Eris monitors in the USA and Canada

We’ve temporarily dropped the price of some Eris monitors in the USA and Canada; there’s never been a better time to get your own pair of our best-selling monitors! Hurry, this offer ends 12/31/18! 

Eligible monitors include: