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Major Thai Festival Recorded With PreSonus Interfaces

May 5, 2009

The lovely Thai town of Cha-am, in Phetchaburi province, offers a variety of historical and cultural attractions, including three historic palaces and a beautiful beach on the west coast of the Gulf of Thailand. Too often, though, tourists pass through Cha-am en route to the larger town of Hua Hin and never realize what they’ve missed.

To stimulate tourism in the region and raise money to maintain the palaces, the Tourism Authority of Thailand is sponsoring a series of special events, the first of which was the recent Chom Wang Fang Phleng Banleng Tai Saengchan festival, held on April 25. The Chom Wang festival featured a parade of classic cars and palace-style Thai food, but the highlight was a huge outdoor concert near the Cha-am beach. There 10,000 music fans enjoyed the music of such popular Thai stars as Groove Riders singer Burin Boonwisut, Saksit "Tor" Vejsupaporn, Koh Mr.SaxMan, Flure singer Suwira "Q" Boonrod, and Jennifer Kim. The artists performed a variety of their hits as well as popular songs rearranged as pop-jazz covers.

Clearly, this was a very special concert that deserved to be recorded for posterity. That meant recording 48 tracks of high-quality audio into an Apple MacBook Pro. To accomplish this, audio engineer Pruchayar “Art” Chaiyasothi combined five PreSonus DigiMax FS preamps, one PreSonus FireStudio 26x26 audio interface, and one FireStudio Lightpipe interface. Note that this technique currently is only possible using Mac OS X, which allows the creation of aggregate devices so that an application can use multiple audio interfaces.

“PreSonus equipment is very easy to use, and the mic preamps have a big, clear sound,” Chaiyasothi explains. “It’s very important to us that the price is reasonable, and the quality is very good. We connected the hardware as shown (see image) and installed the drivers for the FireStudio and FireStudio Lightpipe, After that, we opened the FireStudio Control Panel to check the mixer and make sure that everything was working. We then closed the Control Panel and launched Cubase Studio 4 to check the I/O in the Device Setup. Then we were ready to record.”

Chaiyasothi offers an important tip for those who want to record with a multi-FireStudio system. “If the system shows all of the inputs, you are ready to record,” he says. “But if the system does not show the inputs, you need to turn off the FireStudios, restart the computer, and turn on the FireStudio Lightpipe only. After the computer syncs with the FireStudio Lightpipe, turn on the FireStudio 26x26 again and recheck the inputs in Cubase Studio 4’s Device Setup. Now everything should work. But do not open the FireStudio Control Panel during recording!”

Chaiyasothi also had a request: “I hope you will release the new control panel and drivers for the FireStudio Lightpipe and FireStudio 26x26 to make visible all channels of the mixer and support daisy chaining.” That’s a request we’re delighted to honor: the new FireControl Universal control panel and 64-bit drivers will be in public beta next week, and a final release will be available very soon!