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Obedia’s Take on Transforming Audio in Studio One 2

Perhaps “Transforming Audio” isn’t the ideal nomenclature. In the DAW sense, “Transforming” is all about rendering your malleable, spongey, VST-, reverb- and Melodyne-saturated audio track down to a single, simple, WAV. Think less like Optimus Prime turning into a truck and more like flattening layers in Photoshop. Do so once you’ve dialed in the effects to juuuuust the way you like them—this process frees up your rapidly aging CPU from thinking about all those heady, pitch-shifty convolution-reverberizing plugins. Freeing up RAM in this way means you can apply heady pitch-shifty convolution-reverberizing plugins to some other track. Or you can Transform to MIDI.

Fortunately, if you like, Transformation is non-destructive. If you’re unhappy with the changes you’ve committed to, you can always bring it back to the way it was before, much unlike my relationships with women.

Our dudes over at Obedia stay busy. Visit them!

Music Store Hugeness

Spent most of yesterday at the new premises of Music Store Professional in Cologne, Germany. To say this place is HUGE would be barely scratching the surface of the gigantic immensity of the place. Even their elevator was bigger than some music stores I’ve been in. It took me three photographs from the far end of the car park to be able to capture all of it. As much as I love small local music stores – and I do, they are the backbone of our industry, and you should support them – I can’t help but be impressed by the sheer amount of music gear under one roof that this place has.

They also have their own Internet TV channel, so I spent the afternoon being interviewed by their presenter Alex, who is a great guy that I really enjoy working with. We shot a couple of things about Studio One 2.0 and the new Audiobox VSL interfaces, one in German, one in English, that should hopefully appear on their site soon. A nice visit, and a really impressive store.

Obedia Melodyne Tutorial

We’re lucky to have the folks at Obedia in our corner, and so are you. These folks are experts at being experts, and serve as a fallback/auxiliary for our in-house tech support crew—effortlessly dispensing expert advice with a guru’s credibility and a surgeon’s hand.

Smart as whips but really much more kind than whips, Obedia’s video editors have been earning time-and-a-half while producing a new, five-part series of Studio One 2 techie videos. Episode 1, above, highlights tips’n’tricks concerning the mucho-lauded Celemony Melodyne.

OBEDIA Announces Training Deal for Studio One 2 Users!

Good news everyone! If you buy (or upgrade to) Studio One 2 Producer or Pro before the end of 2011, you’re entitled to some free training from OBEDIA!

OBEDIA is a rad company that ‘s all about making your gear work FOR you instead of against you. “Obedient media,” see what they did there?  Their training is fun, concise, and above all informative. It makes even the expert-level functionality of the software easy-to-understand. OBEDIA videos have mined all the fun of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies and all the information of Carl Sagan’s “Cosmos,” and compressed it all into sparkly 6-minute infotainment diamonds.

PreSonus AudioBox Facebook Giveaway!

PreSonus Audioboxes!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.

Arsenal & Music Tech

Am at the Music Production Show in London today, which is being held in the rather bizarre environment of Arsenal Football Stadium. It’s kind of weird to look out the windows beside our booth and see an enormous soccer stadium standing empty. Was also pretty weird using the VIP parking area under the ground itself that is normally kept for visiting teams and managers, and have a guide to walk me around the staff areas of the place.

The show itself has been buzzing, met up with lots of PreSonus users and converted many more who weren’t beforehand. Good to see how many really happy users we have – and a big thank you to those that stopped by to say hello and hang out.

Also just got the latest issue of Music Tech magazine – which features a two page review of Studio One 2.0 and a one and a half page review of the new Audiobox 1818 VSL interface. Both products earned a solid 9 out of 10 stars, so I’m pretty happy about that. They described Studio One as “evolving into one of the best DAWs around” with “…brilliantly simple workflow” which works for me; though I’d say “evolving into the best DAW around” and forget this “one of…” nonsense 🙂   Still, a more than acceptable review, thank you Music Tech!

OBEDIA Announces Training Deal for Studio One 2 Users!

Good news everyone! If you buy (or upgrade to) Studio One 2 Producer or Pro before the end of 2011, you’re entitled to some free training from OBEDIA!

OBEDIA is a rad company that ‘s all about making your gear work FOR you instead of against you. “Obedient media,” see what they did there? Their training is fun, concise, and above all informative. It makes even the expert-level functionality of the software easy-to-understand. OBEDIA videos have mined all the fun of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies and all the information of Carl Sagan’s “Cosmos,” and compressed it all into sparkly 6-minute infotainment diamonds.

…Still working!

Rick, Johnny, and Ashley take us through the paces of  controlling a StudioLive 24.4.2 mixer with an iPad running StudioLive Remote.  The iPad interface controls a laptop running Virtual StudioLive, (VSL)  which in turn controls the mixer. After a brief introduction to getting the iPad and laptop talking to each other, Rick takes a hike while Johnny shouts a lot.  How far do you think Rick can walk away with the iPad without breaking the wireless connection?

Official Rules for the PreSonus Audiobox Giveaway

GIVEAWAY (“Sweepstakes”) begins on November 11, 2011 when announced by PreSonus at the PreSonus Facebook Page  and ends at 11:59:59 p.m. Central Time on January 9, 2012 (“Sweepstakes Period”). You must be a Facebook member to enter. Go to the PreSonus Facebook page at and click on the “Sweepstakes”  tab. You must “Like” the PreSonus page and enter your name, email address and age on the sweepstake entry form. By entering this sweepstakes you will be automatically subscribed to the PreSonus monthly email newsletter. You may unsubscribe to this newsletter at any time. Only one entry per person will be accepted. PreSonus is the official sponsors of this Sweepstakes. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You understand that you are providing your information to PreSonus and not to Facebook. The information you provide will only be used for contacting the Sweepstakes winners.
2. ELIGIBILITY: From the official time and date of the start of the Sweepstakes Period through the final date of prize fulfillment, you must have a valid shipping address that FedEx can deliver to. You must also be 18 years of age or older as of the official time and date of the start of the Sweepstakes Period. Sweepstakes is void in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, U.S. Military installations in foreign countries, and all other U.S. territories and possessions and where restricted or prohibited by law. United States law governs this Sweepstakes. Employees of PreSonus, its advertising and promotion agencies, and any other entities involved in the design, promotion, marketing, administration or fulfillment of this Sweepstakes, including without limitation, Facebook, Inc., as well as each of their parent corporations, subsidiaries and affiliated companies (collectively, “Sweepstakes Entities”), and their immediate families (defined as spouse, mother, father, sisters, brothers, sons, daughters, uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces, grandparents and in-laws, regardless of where they live) and members of their households (whether or not related), are ineligible to participate in this Sweepstakes.
3. DRAWING AND NOTIFICATION: Winners of the prizes described below will be selected on or about January 9, 2012, by Sponsor, provided that such drawing date may be changed in Sponsor’s discretion. Odds of winning a prize depend on the number of eligible entries received. Potential winners will be notified via email. Winner must “Like” the PreSonus page and be a friend of PreSonus at time of drawing. Failure by the potential winner to respond to such notification within three (3) days will result in disqualification of the potential winner and an alternate potential winner will be selected. The return of a potential winner’s notification, prize information, or the prize as undeliverable or rejection of the prize by the potential winner will result in disqualification of the potential winner and an alternate potential winner will be selected. Sponsor reserves the right to modify the notification procedures in connection with the selection of any alternate potential winners, if any. The authorized account holder is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an email address by an Internet Service Provider, online access provider or other organization (e.g., business, educational institution, etc.) that is responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted email address. With respect to each winning entry, the winner may be required to provide proof that the winner is the authorized account holder of the email address associated with the winning entry and is otherwise eligible to enter the sweepstakes.

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)

No transfer, or cash or other substitution of prizes allowed except that Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, to substitute a prize or prize component of comparable or greater value. Allow 4-6 weeks for delivery of prize. Sponsor will not replace any lost or stolen prizes once in winner’s possession. Total value of all prizes to be awarded is approximately $3,000.
5. PRIZE CONDITIONS: Except where prohibited, potential prize winner may be required to execute an Affidavit of Eligibility, a Liability Release and a Publicity Release, and a Tax Acceptance Form (“Affidavit/Release”). If the potential prize winner is under 19 years of age and is a resident of the State of Alabama, or Nebraska, then the parent or legal guardian of such winner also must sign any documents required herein. If the prize winner is under 21 years of age and is a resident of the State of Mississippi or Pennsylvania, then the parent or legal guardian of such winner also must sign any documents required herein. Such documents must be signed and returned by the date and/or time indicated within such documents. If the potential prize winner fails to sign and return such documents within that time, or if an entrant is found to be ineligible, or if an entrant does not comply with the Official Rules, then the potential winner will be disqualified and an alternate potential winner will be selected. Entrant waives the right to assert as a cost of winning a prize any and all costs of verification and redemption to redeem said prize and any liability which might arise from redeeming or seeking to redeem said prize. Sponsor is not responsible for fraudulent calls or emails made to entrants not by the Sponsor. All federal, state or other tax liabilities (including income taxes) arising from this Sweepstakes will be the sole responsibility of each winner. Except where prohibited by law, each winner’s entry and acceptance of the prize constitutes permission for the Sweepstakes Entities to use said winner’s name, photograph, likeness, statements, biographical information, voice, and city and state address for promotional or advertising purposes in connection with this Sweepstakes on a worldwide basis, and in all forms of media, now or hereafter known, in perpetuity, without review, permission or further compensation. All entries are subject to verification prior to awarding of prizes. Eligibility, age, and claims made by prize winners also are subject to verification prior to awarding of prizes.
6. SWEEPSTAKES CONDITIONS: VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. This Sweepstakes is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws of the United States. By participating, entrants agree to be fully and unconditionally bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor, and waive any right to claim ambiguity in the Sweepstakes or these Official Rules. Winners and entrants also agree to release, discharge, indemnify and hold harmless the Sweepstakes Entities and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, representatives and agents from and against any claims, damages, disability, attorneys’ fees, and costs of litigation and settlement, as well as any liability due to any injuries, damages or losses to any person (including death) or property of any kind resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from (i) redemption, acceptance, possession, ownership, misuse or use of any prize or participation in any Sweepstakes-related activity or participation in this Sweepstakes, or (ii) printing, distribution or production errors. Sponsor or its affiliates may rescind any promotion found to contain such errors without liability at its sole discretion.
7. RESTRICTIONS: Each prize package consists of only those items specifically described as part of the prize. Sponsor may at Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion provide different prizes of equal or greater value. Sponsor shall not be liable to any winner or any person claiming through such winner for failure to supply the prize or any part thereof, by reason of any acts of God, any action(s), regulation(s), order(s) or request(s) by any governmental or quasi-governmental entity (whether or not the action(s), regulations(s), order(s) or request(s) prove(s) to be invalid), equipment failure, threatened terrorist acts, terrorist acts, air raid, blackout, act of public enemy, earthquake, war (declared or undeclared), fire, flood, epidemic, explosion, unusually severe weather, hurricane, embargo, labor dispute or strike (whether legal or illegal) labor or material shortage, transportation interruption of any kind, work slow-down, civil disturbance, insurrection, riot, or any other cause beyond Sponsor’s sole control.
8. LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY: Sweepstakes Entities are not responsible for: (1) lost, late, misdirected, undeliverable or incomplete entries due to system errors or failures, or faulty transmissions or other telecommunications malfunctions and/or entries; (2) technical failures of any kinds; (3) failures of any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Sweepstakes; (4) unauthorized human and/or mechanical intervention in any part of the entry process or the Sweepstakes; (5) technical or human error which may occur in the administration of the Sweepstakes or the processing of entries; or (6) any injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from entrant’s participation in the Sweepstakes or receipt or use of any prize. If for any reason an entrant’s entry is confirmed to have been erroneously deleted, lost or otherwise destroyed or corrupted, entrant’s sole remedy is another entry in the Sweepstakes. Sponsor may prohibit an entrant from participating in the Sweepstakes or winning a prize if, in its sole discretion, it determines that said entrant is attempting to undermine the legitimate operation of the Sweepstakes by cheating, hacking, deception, or other unfair playing practices (including the use of automated quick entry programs) or intending to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other entrants or Sponsor’s representatives. If for any reason this Sweepstakes is not capable of running as planned, including, but not limited to, infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, or any other causes beyond the reasonable control of Sponsor which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the Sweepstakes, then Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend all or any part of the Sweepstakes and to select potential winners from among all eligible entries received by Sponsor up until the time of such cancellation, termination, modification or suspension, as applicable. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY AN ENTRANT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE THE WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE SWEEPSTAKES MAY BE IN VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK CIVEL AND/OR  CRIMINAL PROSECUTION AND DAMAGES (INCLUDING ATTORNEY’S FEES) FROM ANY SUCH ENTRANT TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW.
9. RULES/WINNER LIST: For a copy of the Official Rules or for a winners list, write to PreSonus, 7257 Florida Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70806, Attn: Facebook AudioBox Giveaway. Winners list becomes available after completion of Sweepstakes. Do not contact Facebook for any information about this Sweepstakes.
10. SPONSOR: PreSonus Audio Electronics, Inc. © 2011 PreSonus. All Rights Reserved.

Avery Watts presents “The Takeover”

PreSonus artist Avery Watts recently unleashed  “The Takeover,” a dynamic, strikingly produced record that serves as a sort of rally cry to all things Watts. High-volume rock and shouted vocals are all tempered by lush arrangements, staggering track counts, and orchestral (!) elements that place the record a standing broad jump forward from its Rapcore origins. Further cementing the hardworking DIY mindset of its creator, “The Takeover” is also a solo record in the truest sense—Avery played nearly every instrument represented here!

It’s hard to imagine anything that could sound simply bigger than this amalgam of stadium rock grandiosity and lion-hearted hip-hop bombast, but on first listen one realizes: here it is. If the intended effect is to make the listener feel a little closer to Watt’s stature, (6″5′ of hard-working, resistance-training, clean-living alpha male rock stardom) than The Takeover’s mission is accomplished.

Regarding Avery’s choice of PreSonus gear in the studio, he says:

“In studio, I’ve found the Studio Channel, BlueTube DP, TubePre and HP4 to all be invaluable tools. The simplicity and warmth of the tube preamps makes for an excellent source signal that is compact, easy to use and won’t break the bank – not to mention they’re as reliable and constant as any device could possibly be. I end up using them for vocals, tracking guitars and even mic’ing auxiliary percussion. I tend to use the Studio Channel primarily as a DI for strings such as the Violin, Viola and Electric Cello. I even keep a TubePre and an HP4 with me wherever I go for recording on the run; you never know when inspiration is going to hit!”

Find “The Takeover” on Amazon and iTunes.