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Jam in the Van Commits Joshua Tree Performances to History

Aptly-named Jam in the Van travels around in a a KILLER tour van that includes a StudioLive 24.4.2 and a sweet, sweet, paint job. They record all their in-the-van performances, shoot some killer video, and post the results online for the benefit of all musiciankind.

Here they talk a bit about their use of the StudioLive and QMix in getting their productions done. Hot stuff comin’ through!

Learn more about Jam in the Van at—wait for it—www.JamInTheVan.Com!

Leading by Example in the Dog-Eat-Dog World of XLR Cable Management

[This just in from Jan-Arend, StudioLive Wizard at Large and Executive Cable Manager.]

IMG_3330Hey guys,

Want to show you something. I saw Big Joe Daddy’s Big Multi-Pin Panel-Box Thingy post on the PreSonus blog. It looked very professional! I too use the StudioLive 24.4.2 on various occasions and locations.
We all want to get the best mixing position for our bands and the easiest place for the console. But having said this, we all know that having at least 30 cables to the mixer on the other end of the stage isn’t easy. It gets messy. So I wanted a flexible solution for my band(s).
One band is very different from the other. One is almost completely acoustic, with 3 vocals, acoustic/electric bass and guitar, accordion, and drums. We use two auxes for wedge mixes. The other band is completely electric, with 3 vocals, drums, electric piano, guitars, and basses. No amps on stage, and four stereo in-ear mixes for monitoring. My StudioLive is also used in churches and other events.

I wanted to make a flexible and very compact snake-system that I could use in both situations. I wanted to have the possibility to get all 24 channels from the stage to the Studiolive, and to get the main and subgroup-outputs plus all the aux outputs back to the stage. Ordinarily, this would require a single 40-channel snake. Everybody knows that these cables are heavy, and not easy to use at all. And every time, I would have to plug in 40 cables into my mixer.
Now my solution:IMG_3334
I had a 30-meter 16.4 snake for a couple of years, and I thought, ”Why not have two of these 16.4 cables, with multi-pins in the mixer case?” So, I bought another 16.4.2 multi-core cable to make a total of 40 channels.
I keep my StudioLive 24.4.2 in a Thon mixer case, from Germany. This case was made for the SL and it fits perfectly. Nice thing about this case is the “semi” doghouse configuration. This gave me room to mount the multi-pin connectors in the case. It took me a week or two to make all the connections and to change connectors of the second stage box. Stage box one has 16 inputs and four outputs (A, B, C, and D). Stagebox two has eight more inputs, all 10 aux outputs from the mixer (with Neutrik combo sockets) and two more outs, E and F. This all gives us 24 inputs on the StudioLive and 16 outputs from the mixer on stage.
With our acoustic band, I only need one snake, and with the other band I use both snakes. Now we can put the mixer anywhere we like, setup time is much quicker than before and we don’t have to carry very heavy cables.
See the attached photos for the result. Maybe this helps other StudioLive users to get ideas about their set-up.

Greeting from a very happy StudioLive user!

Jan-Arend Blok

Jan’s bands:

“De Duifies” are singing Dutch songs from a very popular tv series “ja zuster nee zuster” back in the sixties in the Netherlands.
“Spoetnik” started in 1980 and plays mostly covers nowdays.
thanks and best to you too!!

StudioLive Spotted at the Big Game Media Party

This just in from a friend of a friend… They spotted a StudioLive 24.4.2 in use at the Big Game’s Media Party! Thanks!

You’ve Got it Covered

 

We'd prefer a photo of the mixer, not the box, but if your photo is this awesome it just may qualify.

We’d prefer a photo of the mixer, not the box, but if your photo is this awesome it just may qualify.

Over on our Facebook page, one of our most popular albums is our ever-growing collection of PreSonus User Studios. There’s some great comment threads there in addition to some cool photos, obviously.

So, in the spirit of all things social, we’d like to share your photos of your handsome face and your StudioLive mixer with our Facebook community. If you’re glad to be a StudioLive owner and feel like representing accordingly, now’s your chance!

We want to see some photos of smiling StudioLive owners. If you kind folks are feeling shutterbuggy, we will pick a user-submitted photo for our Facebook cover graphic—once every couple of weeks or so. If we pick yours, we’ll get in touch—and we just might send you a highly fashionable PreSonus T-shirt.

It’s easy to be a contender. Here’s all we ask:

  • Post a photo of you and your StudioLive mixer to your Facebook Wall. It’s important that you are in the photo, too.
  • Tag Yourself in the photo.
  • Share the photo to our Wall.
  • A comment or description indicating that you’d like the photo set as our cover graphic would help.

Keep in mind that in order to qualify for the cover photo treatment, the image must be at least 850px wide by 315px tall.

Photos that are really interesting, funny, or astonishing will of course be given preference.

Have fun!

FIVE New Smaart Videos Featuring John Mills!

Check it out! Paul just wrapped up this great set of five videos describing the latest and greatest Rational Acoustics technologies that can now be added for FREE to the StudioLive 24.4.2 or 16.4.2 mixer that you already own… or the one you’re thinking about getting.

Try each of these features once, and you’ll wonder how you ever lived without them.
John Mills on The Smaart System Delay Wizard:

John Mills on The Smaart Spectra Spectrograph

John Mills on Smaart Real Time Analysis

John Mills on The Smaart Room Analysis Wizard

John Mills on The Smaart Output Check Wizard

MI7 and PreSonus at Inter BEE 2012!

[This just in from MI7, our distributors in Japan!]

We exhibited at Inter BEE 2012. Recognized as a professional show for audio, video and communications, Inter BEE has established itself as an international exhibition showcasing top-level domestic and overseas broadcast, video, audio and lighting equipment as well as peripheral applications and solutions all under one roof.

We displayed two sections for music production solutions: medium-format live solution and small-format live solution. StudioLive and Studio One was most popular! The visitors enjoyed the sound and hands-on experience. We obtained approximately 700 leads! I attached some photo for your reference. Thank you for your support.

Scott Szeryk Opines on the StudioLive

[This just in from Scott Szeryk, composer, six-string virtuoso and Royal Conservatory of Music gradate!]

“Since switching over to the PreSonus StudioLive 24.4.2 Scott Szeryk has never sounded better in the studio or on the stage…  Szeryk’s latest release “Guitar Manifesto” is evidence of just how good the PreSonus Studio Live sounds!” Give it a listen!

Since the mid-90s, I had been using the Tascam M3500 as my main mixing desk for the home studio, but was becoming a bit weary of its compatibility with modern-day recording setups.   When I heard how great the XMAX preamps sounded on a StudioLive, I was instantly sold.  Not to mention the insane power and functionality of the board, especially for live FOH!  Changing over to the StudioLive 24.4.2was an easy, practical decision…The StudioLive not only shines in the studio but also in live applications!  We were able to do spot- on monitor checks, even before the band had arrived at the venue for sound check, by playing back program material from shows previously recorded in Capture. The integration of Universal Control also meant that the onstage players could also control their own monitor mix via iPad SL Remote.   There were a few times when we were able to Mix FOH on the iPad when there was a less-than-ideal location for the board at the venue. We rely heavily on the PreSonus StudioLive for recording all of our shows.  Check out the latest DVD “Scott Szeryk live at Aeolian Hall!”

 

I’m totally into big, awesome guitar sounds but my favorite instrument to record is drums. I love  capturing all aspects of the drum set with the right mics, and experimenting with their creative possibilities. When working with the whole kit, I’m adamant on new skins top and bottom and experimenting with different tunings—how the top head is tuned in relation to the bottom head in particular.
As a starting point, I also like to have the toms tuned in fourths. I have favorite mics for certain drums. An SM57 will always sound great on the snare top, and a nice condenser mic on the bottom to blend in some of the articulation. Shure KSM 32 or 44 on the Toms, and AKG 414 for overheads…   A good sounding room is a must and does make a huge difference in the way the drums sound…   I will also add in room mics to add some cushion and depth into the drum mix…   Like anything if the drums sound great in the room and the drummer is playing well you can get great results with basic micing, but not the other way around…  Using a photography analogy, if the talent is not looking good and the lighting is poor, you can have the greatest camera in the world and the results will be poor…
It’s not about having the best gear, it’s about a great performance and knowing your gear.  What I love about the PreSonus StudioLive is just how great the XMAX preamps sound. We actually did a comparison with some API and Neve preamps, and the difference was extremely minimal when the tracks were soloed. I use minimal compression on the snare and kick, just to even the attack out. I apply minimal EQ to remove some of the boxy frequencies inherent with kick drum and toms.  If the room sounds great I will not use reverb, so the drums are kept pretty simple.  It’s all up to the musicians to deliver a top notch performance. I’m not into samples. if the drums don’t sound good, it’s because they don’t sound good at the source, so we will change things up until the sounds are great, once again at the source.

Smaart Measurement Technology Now Available for StudioLive Mixers

It’s here! It’s here!

Rational Acoustics’ highly regarded Smaart Measurement Technology™ is now available in PreSonus’ Virtual StudioLive™ remote-control/editor/librarian software for StudioLive™ mixers.

These astonishing technologies are now available FREE from PreSonus.Com! Get the Smaart Wizards and shoot the room!

To add these free features to your StudioLive mixer, grab the latest version of Universal Control, with all its wizardly goodness. Click here for details on this significant, free upgrade.

Universal Control v1.7 – PC

Universal Control v1.7 – Mac

 

 

Korean Markets Hungry for StudioLive 16.0.2, Jambalaya

Winner winner gochujang dinner!

Dear PreSonus team,

I would like to let you know that we had a successful StudioLive 16.0.2 launching and Studio One seminar. Thank you so much for all of your support!

All marketing materials and gift packs were very helpful, especially the jambalaya mix!  Following your request, we cooked and served jambalaya to the attendees. We were going to cook from the scratch at first before you sent us the mix. It saved tons of time and efforts. People just liked the taste of it.

The launching show was presented in two parts. In the first, we showed how to live mix and record multi-track audio using StudioLive Remote with an acapella group, The Maytree. They are our new endorsement artist of the StudioLive 16.0.2!  Serin, who is our Studio One specialist, was in charge of the second part, demonstrating useful features of Studio One Professional 2 with Melodyne.

I have attached some pictures for you!

Thank you again.  We couldn’t do this alone without your support.

Regards,
Hojo

Scott Szeryk Live at Aeolian Hall w/ the StudioLive 24.4.2

 [this just in from Scott Szeryk!]

Hey PreSonus!

Check this out: We are in the process of a live DVD, “Scott Szeryk Live at Aeolian Hall,” from his Manifesto Tour from summer or 2012. This was recorded on the one and only StudioLive 24.4.2! Note the iPad on the mic stand, which was used for i- ear monitor mixing via SL-Remote. Totally awesome!