Tower of Power

On May 30, 2008 Tower of Power took the Sweetwater Gearfest 2008 stage and PreSonus was there again to capture the most amazing greasy funk Fort Wayne has not experienced since 2004. Four years ago when TOP funkifized Fort Wayne at Gearfest 2004, PreSonus recorded the show with a FirePod, and two Eureka’s (ten inputs) on an Apple Powerbook laptop. This year PreSonus debuted the FireStudio Lightpipe with four DigiMax FS’ and recorded 32 inputs simultaneously and also video taped the performance.

And like four years ago Tower of Power did not disappoint, and neither did the FireStudio Lightpipe.

Here’s a description of the recording system used to record the show:

  • All stage inputs (microphones and instruments) connected to front of house mixing board
  • 32 direct outputs from mixing board connected to 32 line Inputs on the four DigiMax FS’ (8 per DigiMax FS)
  • Four DigiMax FS’ are connected to FireStudio Lightpipe via four ADAT Lightpipe cables and sync’d via BNC word clock
  • FireStudio Lightpipe connected to Sweetwater Creation Station PC via FireWire Cable

Other components of the recording system included:

  • Cubase 4 recording and production software
  • Monster Cable power conditioner
  • Monster Cable analog and digital cables
  • Gator Cases Shock Mount Rack

Here’s the input list for the 32 channels connected to the four DigiMax FS’:

  • 1 Kick inside
  • 2 Sub-kick
  • 3 Snare top
  • 4 Snare bottom
  • 5 Piccolo snare 2
  • 6 High hat
  • 7 Tom 1
  • 8 Tom 2
  • 9 Tom 3
  • 10 Drum overhead right
  • 11 Drum overhead left
  • 12 Bass DI
  • 13 Electric Guitar
  • 14 Keyboard right
  • 15 Keyboard left
  • 16 B3 left
  • 17 B3 right
  • 18 B3 sub
  • 19 Trumpet 1
  • 20 Trumpet 2
  • 21 Baritone Sax
  • 22 Sax 1
  • 23 Sax 2
  • 24 Lead Vocals
  • 25 Background vocal 1
  • 26 Background vocal 2
  • 27 Background vocal 3
  • 28 Background vocal 4
  • 29 Background vocal 5
  • 30 Background vocal 6
  • 31 Audience left
  • 32 Audience right

The FireStudio LightPipe system recorded the entire two and half hour performance flawlessly. Check out the audio and video clips.

Here are the details from Gearfest 2004 with the FirePod:

On August 27, 2004 PreSonus' Rick Naqvi and Brad Zell recorded, Tower of Power, on the FP10 in Fort Wayne, Indiana at Sweetwater Sound's Gearfest and 25th year anniversary celebration.

Tower of Power the world renown horn-driven funk band from Oakland California funked Fort Wayne like never before!! Greasy and funky like a bow-legged monkey!

The FP10 was "on" as well ,and recorded the show flawlessly with two Eureka's loaded with the AD192 card connected to the FP10's SPDIF input and monitoring was provided by the Central Station.
The recordings speak for themselves. Check out the MP3's.

If you like these recordings, check out and make sure to catch them live when they play in a town near you. You will not be disappointed as this is the greasiest funk band ever!

Here's the PreSonus Recording Rig:

  • FP10
  • Two Eurekas w/ AD192
  • Central Station
  • Mac G4 powerbook 800 - Recorded w/ Nuendo (big brother of Cubase LE

We hung a pair of DPA microphones from the balcony for our room mics into the Eureka's. We used the Eureka AD192 digital output into the SPDIF input on the FIREPOD. Then we were given the following eight subgroups from the Front of House Console:

  • 1 - Kick
  • 2 - Snare
  • 3 - Drum overheads and toms
  • 4 - Bass guitar
  • 5 - Lead vocal
  • 6 - Keyboards
  • 7 - Horns
  • 8 - Guitar and Background vocals

We then ran the SPDIF output of the FP10 into SPDIF input on the Central Station for monitoring.

Front of house engineer, Ace Baker sent us great subgroups and when mixed with the room mics made for a great live recording.

Sound Samples

  • Knock Yourself Out (Recorded with the FireStudio Lightpipe)

  • Page One (Recorded with the FP10)

  • So I Got To Groove (Recorded with the FP10)

  • What is Hip (Recorded with the FireStudio Lightpipe)

  • You Got To Funkifize (Recorded with the FP10)