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Kind press folks the world over swung by our booth at NAMM 2014, cameras in tow on tiring shoulders. Here’s some clips from AudioSavings exploring the StudioLive AI mixers, SL Room Control, and the Sceptre and Eris monitors. More videos from other sources to come!

StudioLive AI Mixers:

SL Room Control app:

Sceptre and Eris monitor speakers:

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Posted by Ryan Roullard



The hits don’t stop with Northern Sound and Light. This time around, they’re taking a close look at the Sceptre Studio Monitors, including a nice overview of the rear panel controls. Thanks, guys!

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Posted by Ryan Roullard



Chances are that if you’re looking at Sceptre monitors, you’ve already got a pair of monitors and are looking to upgrade. Cool! While we’ve kept the price as reasonable as possible, it’s no secret that the Sceptres are completely pro—even the pros think so. You can also check out the 5-star user reviews from Sweetwater.com customers by clicking here.

While we’re flattered that you’ve considered the Sceptres, we would encourage you to refrain from hastily tossing your old, mediocre monitors on Craigslist. Why? Because even with the Sceptres, having multiple monitoring options allows you to check out how your mixes will sound  on less-than-ideal setups.

Enter Monitor Station. It would be a total pain in the ear to have to re-wire your studio just to A/B your mix on a couple pairs of speakers, so let the Monitor Station take over. And until March 31, 2014, you will get a Monitor Station for FREE if you buy a pair of Sceptres. That’s a whopping $299 value!

The Monitor Station allows you to connect up to three pairs of monitors, so you can get an idea of what your mixes sound like on your shiny new Sceptres, average speakers, crappy computer speakers, or whatever else you would like to plug to it.

Furthermore, you can mix with your producer buddies in private with four LOUD headphone Outs, and a talkback mic allows you to politely request that the drummer stop beating the devil out of your Blue Mics Kiwi that you probably shouldn’t have let him use on the snare. Lastly, you can sum your mixes to mono at the touch of a button to check for phase problems.

Oh, and there’s a great big volume knob.

Getting in with the new doesn’t mean you have to get out with the old. With this package deal, you will make dramatic improvements to your monitoring with a single purchase.

Get the rebate form by clicking here.

If you’re in the US, click here to find a dealer. Folks outside the US can find a dealer by clicking here.

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Posted by Ryan Roullard



New Gear for the New Year

January 1,2014

In the spirit of kinda obvious marketing mnemonics, let’s sale-a-brate! Got a bundle of yuletide cashflow burning a hole in your stocking? Why not use some of it to get more PreSonusbang for your giftbuck? Here’s our monthly all-in-one-wrap-up of the best ways to not spend all of your money.


 

Buy Sceptre Monitorss, get Monitor Station FREE – a $299 value!

Click here for the full details, but here’s the gist: Purchase a pair of Sceptre monitors, and get a FREE Monitor Station. Knowing how your mixes will translate in multiple listening environments is of paramount importance to professional audio production, and nothing does it better than the Monitor Station.

Add this single-purchase setup to your existing monitor rig and transform yourself from a mixing greenhorn to a production powerhouse.

Get the Sceptre/Monitor Station rebate form by clicking here.

 


Buy Eris E5 or E8 monitors, get Studio One Artist, for FREE, a $99 value

If you’re going to get a pair of reasonably-priced, incredible-sounding speakers, it would do them (and you) a disservice to use less than a reasonably-priced, incredible-sounding DAW. For a limited time, if you purchase Eris E5 or E8 monitors, we’ll throw in Studio One Artist, FREE! No rebate forms required on this one.

All you need to do is purchase your monitor(s), and visit the brand-new my.presonus.com and register them. The download link for Studio One Artist will appear in your account. Note that you will only receive a single copy of Studio One per pair of monitors purchased. This offer ends March 31, 2013.

 

 


  Buy an AudioBox 1818VSL before January 31, 2014, get an HP4 Headphone Amplifier FREE

These two products make a great team. The AudioBox 1818VSL offers eight XLR inputs. And if you need eight inputs, you probably have more than one musician in the room, which would imply that you need a few different headphone mixes for monitoring. Unless, of course, you’re recording an octopus playing eight single-note melodies on eight different monophonic synthesizers.If that’s the case, please invite me to your Christmas party.

The AudioBox 1818VSL allows for monitoring your recording with effects but without latency, and when combined with the HP4 headphone amplifier, this game-changing experience can be shared with three of your friends. This offer ends January 31, 2014.

Click here to get the rebate form for your free HP4 headphone amplifier.


If you’re in the US, click here to find a dealer. Folks outside the US can find a dealer by clicking here.

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Posted by Ryan Roullard



[This just in from Seth Waters of Interpose Productions!]
Hey PreSonus! I just got the speakers. Here is a pic of them in the control room, as well as my review.
So, I just got my PreSonus Sceptre S8‘s today and I think my brains leaked out all over my desk.

I upgraded from Yamaha HS8OMs. I can’t say that there is ANY coloration. The Sceptres revealed details in my old mixes that I used to wonder about. Since listening to them through these s8′s I was instantly able to pinpoint areas I could have made better.
I tried to find a spot in my control room where I couldn’t hear the stereo image and I couldn’t find one. I might never buy another studio monitor.  Thanks to PreSonus, I’ll be cleaning brain matter off my desk now.

Seth Waters

Interpose Productions
Iron River, MI

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Posted by Ryan Roullard



This video was recently uploaded to YouTube by 5aint, A-list producer for The Spice Girls, Pet Shop boys, and many, many others. He recorded this video with his cell phone to document his reaction to hearing the new Sceptre S8 monitors as compared to the Event 2030s and a pair of Yamaha NS-10s.

While the audio quality here is clearly a product of his cell phone’s mic, audio quality is not what this video is about. Well, it is about audio quality… but you get my drift. The standout here is 5aint’s reaction upon hearing the Sceptres, which starts at around the 8:16 mark. The video below is embedded to begin at that point, but feel free to skip back a bit if you want to see his thoughts on the other speakers.

Suffice it to say; the man’s got ears, and they like what they hears. The golden moment includes notable sub-moments like:

  • “Let’s try the PreSonus. Wait, that can’t be right. No, it is!”
  • “What has David done to this design?”
  • “It sounds like there’s a sub on there!”
  • “Sorry, guys, game over, that’s a different world. Feels like it’s kicking you.”

This is the sort of historical document that simply can’t be scripted. It’s like baby’s first steps, V-J Day in Times Square, and the squirrel photobomb all rolled into one.

Thanks, 5aint!

 

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Posted by Ryan Roullard



Rick Naqvi shares some important insights about calibrating your studio monitors. Hearing your mixes accurately is critical to even the most humble recording environments!

For more on PreSonus studio monitors, check out our Eris and Sceptre monitor pages, linked below.

Eris: http://www.presonus.com/products/Eris
Sceptre: http://www.presonus.com/products/Sceptre

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Posted by Ryan Roullard



Sonic Sense Pro Audio just posted this first-look (first-listen?) video of the Sceptre S8 CoActual monitors. They compared the Sceptre S8 ($749, each) to the much more expensive Genelec 8050A ($2195, each) and the Adam A7x ($699, each) monitors. All monitors involved in the shootout were cautiously miked and measured, and detailed frequency response and phase charts are presented for each.

Sonic Sense is very thorough, which I suppose makes for the “Sense” part of “Sonic Sense.”

Click through to the Sonic Sense blog post here to get their full review, but in the meantime here’s a snippet:
“As promised, the sound quality truly does stand up well beside high-end monitors that have become “household” names in the studio world including ADAM, Genelec, JBL, and Neumann.”

 

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Posted by Ryan Roullard