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If you’re going to be in Los Angeles on June 14, IMSTA FESTA is happening! You’re invited, it’s FREE, and you should click here to register. 

If you’re in the neighborhood, and into digital audio, then you should probably stop by. It’s an excellent opportunity to elbow-rub with world-class software manufacturers, and meet some of the great minds behind great software. Networking opportunities abound, and you’ll be surrounded with folks who love software just as much as you do.

Here’s some of the greatness that awaits, copy/pasted from their press release.

  • Networking opportunity with LA’s “heavy hitters” in the music community.
  • Obtaining hands-on experience with the latest music production products in the market.
  • Learning tips & tricks from knowledgeable product specialists.
  • Gaining unique insight into the music industry by attending highly educational panels.
  • Winning prizes from top audio technology companies.
  • Receiving a free gift for visiting our exhibiting companies.

 

 

 

 

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Join Justin Spence as we get a visit from Terence Higgins and a few of his friends! The last time we had Terence come by, we broadcast nearly the entire production of “Swamp Grease II.” It remains one of our most-watched PreSonus LIVE episodes of all time.

Alongside Terence, we’ll have producer Wendel Tilly, Erica Falls,  and Andy Bourgeois together at the new PreSonus studio to record three full songs for Erica’s new album.

These are world-class players—don’t miss this one!

http://www.presonus.com/videos/presonuslive

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[This just in from Donyea via YouTube.  He's put together a great video on mixing drums in Studio One that I really thought was worth a look and listen. Have at it!  He says he's got more videos like these brewing, so why not take a second to head over to his channel and subscribe]

Hey guys,

It’s been a while since you’ve heard about what I’ve been doing. I’ve been doing lots of records, and a good bit of film scoring. All with Studio One of course—Amazing!  I’ve posted a video walkthrough of me mixing some live urban funk drums with of Studio One as well—I thought your community might enjoy it.

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Compression is an oft-misunderstood and sometimes over-used effect that enjoys (?) a wealth of online forum punditry. Sonic Sense has done an exemplary job here in plainly illustrating the rudiments of compression while cutting the crap. This video begins by demonstrating exactly what the basic compressor controls do, and then follows up with audible examples of the compressor being applied during tacking AND in a full mix, so you can very clearly hear the effect applied in the context of a full song. Demos include vocals, snare, and bass.

Thanks to Sonic Sense for not only clearing up some of the mysteries of compression, but also for choosing the ADL 700 as the right tool for the job.

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[This just in from good friend and four-star general in the war against the machines, Brian Botkiller! He shares his latest track, "Morphogenic Residents," and details some of the methods to its particular brand of oddball. When not repairing his Buddy Holly glasses with gaff tape or tracking down elusive rhymes for "morphogenic residents" and "triskelian," Brian Botkiller is one of the main guys at OBEDIA, who have been slingin' their brand of world-class recording technology training to the masses for nigh on ten years now. Strongly recommended.] 

I usually record and mix/master in Studio One, but I don’t do a lot of virtual instrument work, so I wanted to do a track entirely in Studio One and explore it a bit more. MC Tahina is an old friend and part of one of my favorite bands of all time, The Gluey Brothers. He wanted to do a track together, so I had him come over to Botkiller studios. He showed up, and while walking him in I said, “I’ve got the drums set up, and you can plug your guitar into Studio One if you want.”  He said, “I’ve only got lyrics,” which I thought was awesome. So, we needed a beat. I opened up NI Battery and Impact, and laid down a quick beat, then did some overdubbing with my DDRUM Dominion kit. I wanted to fool with the timing on the audio and MIDI, so I quantized it in some crazy ways and got a cool groove out of it without having to do more work, because Studio One does everything in the blink of an eye.

Next, Tahina did his vocals. I plugged straight into my PreSonus FireBox, my favorite audio interface of all time, and gave him a click and headphone mix, and he just went for it. We had vocals in minutes. I then opened up some previously saved channel strip presets (another favorite S1 feature,) and had a vocal mix in no time. We then laid down the bass, using Native Instruments Kontakt. Tahina did those, on the fly, on a MIDI keyboard straight into Studio One. I did some edits here and there, quantized fast, and boom, bass done. Here’s some video:

I wanted something else in the track, so I took out my turntable, dropped a plate on it, ran it into my FireBox’s SPDIF input, and did some scratches. I’m no Mix Master Mike, but I really liked how they added to the track. We then sat down and just mixed organically,  with me laying down some light backing vocals and other little bits. He was really impressed with how fast Studio One allowed me to work. I got everything done fast, and then jumped into mastering in the Project pane, and my song was done.

This was great because the weeklybeats project (http://www.weeklybeats.com) requires me to write, produce, and record a song per week. It has to be turned in by Sunday at 6pm MST, and I really like the project. It’s not a competition or anything, but just a personal challenge—by the end of the year, I should have written 52 new songs! I wanted to do it to get myself into the practice of writing faster, and releasing fast, instead of agonizing over a track forever. It’s really opened my mind and made me work fast and be creative. This is why Studio One is always in my workflow; I can’t do fast production like this in any other DAW, hands down. It’s the fastest daw in the west, east, or anywhere else.

As always, thanks for what you do and for being awesome.
Hear the track below.

 

 

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Doug Gould of WorshipMD talks about how to take the best advantage of the Graphic EQ on your StudioLive AI digital mixer.

 

For info on the StudioLive AI digital mixers, click here. For more from Doug Gould and Worship MD, click here.

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Local to Louisiana? Looking to up your rhythm section chops? Look no further than Music Inc. of Louisiana in Gonzalez. This Saturday, May 24, James Cook and Kent Slucher of the Luke Bryan band will reveal some of their gifts of groove to an appreciative audience. Plus, you might win a killer Aguilar Tone Hammer pedal, just for showing up—Come on down!

Click here to visit the Music, Inc website for more info!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We’ve got a little bit of work to do on the back end of our online services this weekend. Please note that the following services will be affected beginning at 6 p.m. CST while we work on things:

  • My.PreSonus will be inaccessible
  • Our online store will be inaccessible
  • PreSonus forums will be in read-only mode
  • Tech Support ticketing will be in read-only mode
  • Studio One, Notion, and Progression cannot be activated during this time
Thanks for your patience and understanding, and apologies if this causes any inconvenience. We expect to have these services back up and running after about three hours.
Oh, and check back in on Monday morning, May 5, for something special. Really. 

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If you ask me, the real answer to the analog vs. digital debate is “let’s stop arguing and make some music,” and Alberto Schettino of FuseRoom Studio agrees. In fact, he’s got an audio workshop coming up on March 22 & 23, that focuses on exactly that—balancing fuzzy analog yin with precision analog yang.

He says, “This is a 2-day workshop at Fuseroom Studio in Tuscany, Italy, where I will transform a raw recording session in PreSonus Studio One to a final mix, integrating all of my high-end analog gear and digital plug-ins into the ultimate hybrid mixing experience!”

Sounds great! Why not use the best of both worlds? Click here to learn more and register for the event. 

 

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