Drum Workshop is no joke. They make some of the most sought-after kits around with good reason: Quality construction begets quality tone.
So when the time comes to demo your high-quality drum kits, better be sure that you are dressed in the sonic equivalent of your Sunday best—spare no expense, like Dr. John Hammond said. So what do you do? Well, you get a roomfull of first-call session cats, (Jaz Sawyer, Mika Fineo, Cobus Potgieter, Jordan Nuanez, and Jamal Moore ) and then you get a StudioLive 16.4.2 and a videocamera.
We’re flattered and thankful that DW chose none other than the PreSonus StudioLive 16.4.2 to render their drum sounds to disc for this video demoing the PDP Concept Series. Oh, and as long as everything was all miked up, they handled the voiceovers via the StudioLive as well.
The proof is in the pudding, howevs, so give a look/listen.
Last autumn, PreSonus released V2 updates of our popular TubePre and BlueTube DP microphone/instrument preamps. With preamps so beloved, our intention wasn’t to completely re-create either of these products, but rather to refresh them and bring them more in-line with our current offerings.
By now, most of our loyal customers are very familiar with our popular XMAX preamp design. This circuit is employed on nearly every current interface product and, of course, our award-winning StudioLive-series of digital mixers. A little known fact is that both the TubePre and BlueTube DP preamps use early versions of what would eventually become the XMAX microphone preamp. Over time, this circuit has been tweaked and perfected into the XMAX mic pre our customers know and love. The biggest change to both V2 models was to update their preamp circuits to the current XMAX design.
Because of the updated preamp design, both V2 models feature new extended Gain Ranges: -15dB to 85dB (Mic) / -30dB to 50dB (Inst) as compared to 0dB to 60dB on the older models. Another consequence of changing to the current XMAX preamp design is increased headroom.
The original TubePre featured a -20dB pad; however the XMAX design we use today offers so much headroom that attenuation pads are simply not necessary. With the TubePre V2, the pad was removed and an input select switch was added. This allows the user to leave both their microphone and instrument connected at the same time, making it an even more convenient tool for home recording enthusiast and professionals alike.
It should be mentioned that the version of the circuit in the BlueTube DP is closer to the current XMAX design in this regard. This is why the BlueTube DP had no attenuation pad to remove.
Other changes in the V2 models are as follows:
We hope you all enjoy employing these products as much as we enjoyed engineering them! Please feel welcome and encouraged to share your recordings featuring these products on our Facebook wall.
We didn’t choose the name “StudioLive” arbitrarily. The whole point is that the idea of mutual exclusivity between “studio” and “live” environs is becoming something of an anacronism. This is a paradigm shift which we endorse wholeheartedly.
Case, meet point. This is CRUSH, performing “Faithfully,” recorded live in a modest practice space. But it doesn’t sound live, it sounds like a studio sesh. Get it? We’re impressed, and you think you will be too.
Note that any similarity between “Faithfully” and the music linked below is likely unintended—but pretty hilarious.