Spirit of Atlanta & CDL Loudspeakers

Heading to a stadium near you, the 2019 version of the Spirit of Atlanta Drum & Bugle Corps is taking the field this summer with the new PreSonus CDL loudspeakers in a setup consisting of 2 CDL18S Subwoofers and 4 CDL12 Full Range Hybrid Array Speakers.

“The PreSonus CDL’s have incredible clarity and fidelity at all frequencies. The CDL’s ability to provide maximum coverage and power have made them the perfect choice for the 2019 Spirit of Atlanta”,  says Spirit of Atlanta Front Ensemble Arranger and Sound Designer, Matt Filosa.

For More Information on the CDL Series Loudspeakers: Click Here

For More information on Spirit of Atlanta, and to find a performance near you, visit www.spiritdrumcorps.org

1 Minute Studio One Tips with Perry Tee!

Perry Tee isn’t just the Artist Relations Manager here at PreSonus, he’s also great at Studio One! Speed up your workflow and flow creatively with Perry’s new video collection of 1 minute tips!

Guest Blog: What Do You Need to Start a Class with Mats Nermark

Today we have a special guest blogger, our great friend Mats Nermark from Sweden! Mats is a long time PreSonus user and has led the way in his area with his approach to education! Let’s hear what Mats has to say this week!

 

What Do You Need to Start a Class?

Unfortunately, there’s always a cost associated with starting a project like a class in Music Production or just wanting to incorporate modern music technology in your regular classes.

The trick to make the budget people happy is obviously to keep the cost down, but what do I need at a minimum without compromising my goals and ambitions?

Here’s my list of what I would get.

For each student workstation:

  • A computer
  • PreSonus AudioBox iOne
  • PreSonus Studio One Artist (included with the AudioBox iOne)
  • A USB keyboard
  • Headphones, like the PreSonus HD-7

For the teacher workstation:

  • A computer
  • PreSonus AudioBox iTwo (this interface has two inputs so the teacher can record in stereo)
  • PreSonus Studio One Artist (included with the AudioBox iTwo)
  • A USB keyboard
  • Headphones, like the PreSonus HD-7
  • Two microphones so the teacher can teach about recording and lend them to students for their recording needs in class. Usually not practical to record more than one thing at a time.
  • A pair of PreSonus 4.5 studio monitors so everyone can listen to examples/demonstrations during classes.

 

I will be back with more posts about what I teach, how I do it and why I love teaching in this field. Hope to see you then!

Mats Nermark

Phantom Regiment + Studio One in action!

Phantom Regiment recently recorded some snippets for their show utilizing Studio One and a Studio Series audio interface! Check out the video of the process!

 

 

For More Information on Studio One, Click Here.

For More Information on Phantom Regiment, visit www.regiment.org

Guest Blog: Choosing Software with Mats Nermark

Today we have a special guest blogger, our great friend Mats Nermark from Sweden! Mats is a long time PreSonus user and has led the way in his area with his approach to education! Let’s hear what Mats has to say this week!

Important Points to Consider When Choosing Software

There are a number of points to consider when choosing what software to use in your educational endeavor.

This list is not in any order of importance as your situation is probably different from mine. But please don’t disregard a point as irrelevant until you’ve really thought about it as it may become important at a later point.

  • Does it have all the functions you need to use for all the people involved in your classes? Students, teachers and other contributors?
  • Is it easy to teach? I have been working with most of the bigger name DAWs and find Studio One with almost everything being drag-and-drop or editable with the mouse scroll wheel being so easy to teach and for my students at all ages being able to grasp.
  • Is it platform independent? Your DAW should work on both PC and Mac.! Why? Overall it’s not smart to shut anyone out who doesn’t happen to have access to a certain computer platform. For me it’s a matter of democracy. In Sweden, where I live and work, Mac computers are more expensive than PCs and PCs are also much more used in corporations. So it’s much more usual for students to have access to a PC at home than a Mac.  But I certainly don’t want to shut out Mac owners either as the Mac is a nice computer.
  • Is it made by a stable and reputable company? Freeware always seems to be a good deal at first glance, but freeware means that the people making it may find themselves in a situation where they have to focus on other things leaving you in a bind. When a larger company offers freeware, it’s often in the hope that you will get into the product to a degree that you will want to pay at a later date.
  • Is it expensive? Studio One is available in three versions. Studio One Professional is on par with the other professional DAWs with the added bonus of Melodyne included in the package. Studio One Artist is less than $100 and contains all the functions, audio processors and virtual instruments I need to teach a class at almost any level. The really cool thing is that if you buy any PreSonus audio interface you’ll get a license for Studio One Artist for free. This license is valid for installation on five computers. Then there’s Studio One Prime that’s absolutely free and includes unlimited MIDI and instrument tracks and a virtual instrument covering all the basics. So all the students can download it for free and use for homework and their own musical enjoyment.
  • Can you buy it? This may seem a stupid question but it really isn’t. I personally don’t like subscription models, as they are a cost that may be hard to estimate over time.  Managers and budget decision makers usually want a firm number.
  • Is the license transferable? If the computer breaks down, can I transfer the license to another computer? If a teacher quits, can I transfer the license to another teacher’s computer?
  • Is material and knowledge portable between the different levels of the software? Can a student take what he/she has done during class in Studio One Artist and bring it home to work in Studio One Prime. Yes, with a little planning, this is easy. If the student has used a fx or instrument plugin not available at home then the Bounce function is very easy to use and renders instrument tracks and fx to audio which can be played in all versions.

In Kungsbacka, Sweden, we have decided to use PreSonus Studio One as it fulfills all our requirements and ticks all the boxes in the list above. So in our classes in Music Production and Computer As A Musical Instrument our students get to learn with Studio One Artist in a class room environment and they take that knowledge with them back home to work with whatever setup they have. Once they have reached a certain level of proficiency they also have the option to book our studio where we have Studio One Professional and a number of plugin packages.

I will be back with more posts about what, how and why I love teaching in this field. Hope to see you then!

Mats Nermark

Music City Mystique and the Quantum 4848!

This winter, for the WGI 2019 Season, long-time PreSonus users Music City Mystique deployed a unique new redundant live performance computer setup, utilizing the Quantum 4848 Thunderbolt Audio Interfaces for their audio input and output!

Closeup of McM’s Quantum 4848’s

“We chose the Quantum 4848’s for our production this year at MCM due to the incredibly low latency. To be able to do some intense live processing on up to 18 mics (9 wireless, 9 wired from our FOH mixer) at once while simultaneously being able to run software instruments with zero latency was pretty incredible. The DB25 connectors made cabling them into our rig way easier and cleaner as well! They were absolutely rock solid all year.” says Matt Jordan, Front Ensemble Arranger for Music City Mystique.

 

For more information on Music City Mystique, visit: https://www.musiccitymystique.org/

 

 

Upgrade your Stadium!

We’ve all been to a sporting event in a stadium and said “I can’t understand the announcer” or “why can’t I understand the music?”

This is precisely why PreSonus offers the WorxAudio Stadium Series loudspeaker systems! Their weather-resistant designs excel in the most extreme environments, such as football and soccer fields, baseball stadiums, and amusement parks. The very broad dispersion reduces the quantity of enclosures needed to provide consistent coverage and minimize comb filtering.

Check out this video from our friends at West Feliciana Parish Schools on why they chose the PreSonus Stadium Solutions!

ATOM Producer Lab-Now Shipping

The powerful ATOM Producer Lab has been unleashed and is now shipping! It’s a perfect fit for making music on the go, in a classroom, on a bus, and anywhere you want to be! Check out what Katfyr has to say about it!

WGI Percussion Finals Week 2019 Wrap Up

PreSonus products had a great showing with many top ensembles at the 2019 WGI Percussion World Championships in Dayton, OH on April 10-13th, with 8 of 15 Percussion Independent World finalist ensembles choosing PreSonus! 

Congrats to the following Finalist ensemble who use PreSonus!

Independent World: Music City Mystique (Bronze Medal), RCC (5th), Matrix (6th), Monarch Independent (7th), George Mason University (10th), Dark Sky Percussion (11th), Cap City Percussion (13th), and Atlanta Quest (15th)

Scholastic World: Burleson Centennial HS (6th), Franklin Central HS (9th), and Petal HS (10th)

Independent Open: Matrix Open (Silver Medal), and Ancient City Ensemble (11th)

Scholastic Open: Victor J. Andrew HS (11th), and Trumbull HS (15th)

Independent A: Nomad Indoor (8th), and G2 (9th)

 

Congrats on a fantastic season to: Veritas (PIW), Redline (PIW), Genesis (PIW), Breakthrough (PIW), Elite Independent (PIO), Tri-City Percussion (PIO), and Revelation (PIO).

 

What is WGI & Indoor Percussion?

WGI Sport of the Arts is the world’s premier organization producing indoor color guard, percussion, and winds competitions.  As a non-profit youth organization, WGI also serves as the governing body for the indoor color guard, percussion, and winds activities. It is called the Sport of the Arts because it brings music to life through performance in a competitive format. Even with over 40 years of history, the sport continues to evolve and grow. An indoor percussion ensemble or indoor drumline consists of the marching percussion (also called battery) and front ensemble (also called pit) sections of a marching band or drum corps. Indoor percussion marries elements of music performance, marching, and theater; thus, the activity is often referred to as percussion theater. Although most indoor percussion ensembles are affiliated with high schools, there are also many independent groups that draw participants from a large area.

PMEA/NAfME All-East 2019 Wrap Up

PreSonus recently displayed at the 2019 Pennsylvania Music Educators Association/NAfME All-East Division Conference on April 4-6th!

PreSonus PMEA/NAfME All-East Display

Showcasing many education essentials like Studio One DAW Software, Notion Notation Software, StudioLive AR and Series III Mixing Consoles, and Eris Monitors, the booth was filled with happy educators looking to advance their knowledge of possibilites for music technology in the classroom!

ATOM was the instant hit of the show! With it’s fun, easy to use interface and provided content from MVP Loops, it’s a powerful tool for the educator, student, bedroom producer, and more! To learn more about ATOM, visit: https://www.presonus.com/products/ATOM-Pad-Controllers

PreSonus continues to attend music education events around the country, and we look forward to seeing you down the road at the next one!