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PreSonus Universal Control v1.7 expands Virtual StudioLive’s Smaart analysis capabilities

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PreSonus has announced the upcoming version 1.7 of its Universal Control software.

This free update to the company’s control-panel software features a significant expansion of the Rational Acoustics Smaart Measurement Technology that is integrated into the Virtual StudioLive section of Universal Control.

In Universal Control 1.6, PreSonus added Smaart Measurement Technology’s Spectra module to its Virtual StudioLive control/editor/librarian software for all StudioLive mixers, which is part of Universal Control. This version gave StudioLive owners access to an RTA and Spectrograph.

With Universal Control 1.7, StudioLive 24.4.2 and 16.4.2 users gain the abilities to easily view the frequency response of a venue, quickly calculate and set delay-system timing, and verify output connectivity. (Note that these additional capabilities are not available for the StudioLive 16.0.2 due to its different architecture.)

To accomplish this, PreSonus has added three Smaart system-check wizards to VSL. To use these tools, you need to connect a measurement microphone to the StudioLive mixer’s Talkback input. A high-end mic is not required; most measurement mics can do the job.

PreSonus Smaart System Delay
PreSonus Virtual StudioLive with Smaart System Delay in Universal Control 1.7.

New Smaart system-check wizards in Virtual StudioLive

  • The Smaart Room Analysis (SRA) Wizard is an automated process that guides you through the steps of acquiring a frequency-response trace and then overlays the resulting trace on the VSL display for a StudioLive 24.4.2 or StudioLive 16.4.2 Fat Channel parametric EQ. (A frequency-response trace is the plotted result-frequency and amplitude-of the system measurement.) You can then adjust the parametric EQ to get rid of unwanted anomalies in the room. The SRA Wizard can do a basic analysis, which requires a single-point measurement, or an advanced analysis employing three separate mic position measurements and averaging them together.
  • The Smaart System Delay (SSD) Wizard calculates and sets the correct amount of delay time between two full-range speaker systems, using the StudioLive’s subgroup-output delays. This helps you to synchronize the outputs of secondary (generally, side and rear) speaker systems with the output of the main front speakers in a front-of-house P.A. system. You can synchronize multiple secondary systems using this tool and the StudioLive 24.4.2/16.4.2 mixer’s four subgroup outputs.
  • The Smaart Output Check (SOC) Wizard verifies that your system outputs are routed correctly and are passing signal. By momentarily taking over the routing and volume control of an output and patching pink noise to it, this tool lets you quickly discover which speaker is connected where and helps you quickly get to the root of a routing problem.

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Nimbit updates Promo Tool for Facebook and Twitter

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Nimbit Promo Tool

Nimbit, a PreSonus company, announced a major update to its Promo Tool for Facebook and Twitter.

The Promo Tool will now boost artist sales by providing timed, automatic thank-you messages that include a product discount to fans who redeem free download promotions.

Let’s face it, many artists lack follow-through and this is a big problem that has limited their success. As direct-to-fan sales become ever more important to an artist’s survival, one thing sticks out more than ever: Most artists are not natural marketers. Musicians want to spend their time making music, and after giving away their music, most don’t have the time, discipline, or know-how to follow up and capitalize on their newly captured fans.

To address this problem, Nimbit has unveiled the first of many new features that take a different approach to direct-to-fan tools.

“We know that when artists follow up with an offer after giving away tracks, they create new sales from new fans, but not enough artists do that,” explains Nimbit president and cofounder Phil Antoniades. “We needed to make it easy for them to set up a promotion that will automatically follow up and drive a new fan to a sale. It’s up to us to create tools that drive best practices and create supportive customer relationships, and that’s the new vision that’s guiding the development of the Nimbit platform.”

Nimbit’s new Promo Tool walks the artist through setting up a variety of discounts, offers them an easy way to add a personalized video, and gives them a multitude of channels to push and promote their offer through Facebook, Twitter, email, text codes, and embeddable widgets. It then lets the artist set up an automated followup offer or reward with a personal message to further engage their fans and drive sales.

Some examples of how artists can use the Promo Tool include:

  • Sharing a free download and then automatically following up with a discount on the full album at a specified time
  • Offering a discount on an item, then rewarding fans who purchase with a thank you message and a free bonus

The Nimbit Promo Tool is available in both NimbitFree and NimbitPlus accounts. NimbitFree customers are limited to only one active promotion at a time.

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Free Studio One Upgrades for PreSonus StudioLive Mixer Customers

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PreSonus Studio One

PreSonus has announced that during the month of September 2012, anyone who buys a PreSonus StudioLive 24.4.2, 16.4.2, or 16.0.2 mixer will receive a free upgrade from the bundled Studio One Artist DAW to Studio One Producer (a $199 value).

StudioLive digital mixers have earned multiple awards and rave reviews thanks to their audio quality, analog-like ease of use, extensive signal processing, multi-channel FireWire-interface capability, and tight integration with state-of-the-art control and recording software, including Studio One Artist.

Studio One Artist is a powerful, easy-to-use DAW, but if you want next-level features like MP3 import/export, ReWire support, and the ability to use AU and VST plug-ins, you need to buy an upgrade to Studio One Producer.

However, during September, if you buy any StudioLive mixer this month, you get the upgrade to Studio One Producer free! Just fill out the rebate form and submit it along with the sales receipt and the UPC code from the box.

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PreSonus intros two new Studio One 2 books

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Hal Leonard Power Tools for Studio One 2

PreSonus has announced the release of new books about Studio One by two highly respected music-industry publishing companies.

Alfred Publishing was first up with its new volume, Teach Yourself Studio One Version 2.0, by David Terry. A followup on the company’s earlier book about Studio One 1.x, this book is focused on getting you started and also serves as a refresher for those with some knowledge of the program. The book includes a DVD with more than 75 minutes of instructional video. It won Music Inc. magazine’s “Best in Show” award at the 2012 Winter NAMM show. It lists for $19.95 and is available here.

For those who want a more in-depth book that includes the advanced features of Studio One Professional 2, Hal Leonard Books is offering Power Tools for Studio One 2, vol. 1, by Larry the O. The first in a two-volume set, the 320-page book includes a DVD-ROM packed with video and lists for $39.99. However, from now through September 15, 2012, U.S. customers can receive 35% off when ordering from musicdispatch.com by entering promo code ONE2 at checkout.

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PreSonus Studio One integrates Nimbit to become a complete musician’s solution

Nimbit

PreSonus has announced it has acquired Nimbit and integrated its technology and services into Studio One Artist, Producer, and Professional to provide a complete solution for music and audio creation, sales, and promotion.

With integrated Nimbit, Studio One users can:

  • Instantly sell and promote their music and audio the moment it is created.
  • Sell MP3s, CDs, merchandise, and event tickets through beautiful stores for their Facebook pages, their Web sites, NimbitMusic.com, and services like Jango, FanBridge, and PledgeMusic.
  • Create sharable, interactive promotions for Facebook, Twitter, and email that feature music and video players, messages to fans, and free downloads to drive sales.
  • Grow their fan base and understand their fans better thanks to detailed analytics and sales reporting.

From Studio One Artist, Producer, and Professional v.2.0.6 and later (with the free Nimbit Extension), you can select an individual song right from the start page, or select File >Export and upload to Nimbit. You then add details, upload a product image, and set a price, and your music will be immediately available for sale.

Studio One Professional users will reap additional benefits. When you export to Nimbit from the Project page, your project metadata pre-populates the Nimbit product setup, allowing you to sell and promote your music almost instantaneously.


Introduction to Nimbit – The Easiest Way To Sell and Promote Music, Merch, Tickets and More on Facebook, Twitter, and Your Website.

A Complete Solution

With the addition of Nimbit technology and services, Studio One users can now go from creating the first track to marketing and selling a finished project, all within Studio One and associated Web sites. Studio One Professional users can record, mix, master, digitally release, burn CDs, upload to the Web via SoundCloud, and market and sell through Nimbit without leaving the DAW.

In short, Studio One has become a complete musician’s solution.

Registered Studio One 2 customers will be able to download the Nimbit Extension free from the PreSonus Exchange. Having installed the Extension, they can sign up for a Nimbit Free or Nimbit Plus account from within Studio One and start selling and promoting their music.

The benefits of Nimbit are not limited to PreSonus Studio One customers. Anyone who would like to sell and promote their music, other audio products, and merchandise can sign up at www.nimbit.com or can install the free Nimbit store for Facebook.

The integration will be available on August 1, 2012, via a free Nimbit Extension for Studio One 2.0.6 and later.

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PreSonus announces ADL 700 Channel Strip

PreSonus has announced the ADL 700 channel strip, which combines a high-end Class A tube preamplifier with a fully variable, FET-based compressor and a four-band semi-parametric equalizer.

The new channel strip provides separate balanced XLR mic, balanced XLR line, and ¼” TS instrument inputs and a single balanced XLR output.

PreSonus ADL 700 Channel Strip
PreSonus ADL 700 Channel Strip coming in Q4 2012.

The ADL 700 incorporates a single-channel version of the award-winning PreSonus ADL 600 two-channel tube preamplifier, which was designed by famed tube-circuit designer Anthony DeMaria. PreSonus and DeMaria teamed up to create a distinctive Class A, discrete design. It incorporates one 12AT7 and two 6922 vacuum tubes per channel, operating with ±300V power rails for maximum headroom and superb tone. The dual-transformer design ensures low-noise operation, with maximum common-mode rejection. This results in an ultra-low-noise tube preamp with a big, warm, smooth, clear, distinctive sound.

Among the hallmark features of ADL-series preamps is an Input Source Select switch with variable mic-input impedance. This switch enables you to choose among signal sources and patches the selected input through the signal chain, completely bypassing the other two inputs. It also provides a choice of four mic-input impedances: 1500Ω, 900Ω, 300Ω, and 150Ω. Lowering or raising the ADL 700 mic-input impedance can create subtle coloring and filtering effects, enabling you to get a wider variety of tonalities without using the EQ.

The ADL 700′s FET-based compressor and semi-parametric EQ were custom-designed by Robert Creel, the mastermind behind many of PreSonus’ most beloved analog circuits, including the XMAX™ preamp. FET (Field-Effect Transistor) compressors use transistors to emulate a triode-tube sound. This type of compressor generally provides a faster attack time and better repeatability than the optical compressors that are more commonly found in channel strips in this price class.

The ADL 700 compressor features include fully variable attack, release, threshold, ratio, makeup gain, and bypass. When Threshold is turned fully counterclockwise to the ST position, the onboard compressor controls are bypassed, and compression is controlled externally via a Stereo Link connection to a second ADL 700.

Of course, the preamp offers 48V phantom power, polarity reverse, and a -20 dB pad. In addition, it provides variable mic-input gain, employing an 8-position rotary switch that provides 35 dB of gain in 5 dB increments. A Trim potentiometer (±30 dB) allows you to make fine adjustments to the final preamp stage of the ADL 700 input.

You also get a -12 dB/octave high-pass filter whose frequency threshold can be set at 20 Hz, 40 Hz, 80 Hz, or 200 Hz, or it can be turned off completely.

The 4-band semi-parametric EQ was designed with musicality in mind, combining isolated filters and optimized, per-band Q to provide subtler signal shaping without harsh artifacts. All bands have Gain (±16 dB) and Frequency controls, with overlapping frequency ranges and fixed Q (0.6). The low and high bands are switchable between shelving and peak.

Dual-mode analog VU metering enables monitoring of output and gain-reduction levels. A -6 dB switch offsets the meter for use with hot source signals. A master level control adjusts the overall output from -80 to +6 dB.

With its extensive feature set, ultra-low noise (-100 dB S/N ratio), >73 dB gain, extended frequency response of 10 Hz to 45 kHz, and top-of-the-line sound, the ADL 700 is a superb creative tool for serious recording engineers and musicians.

The ADL 700 expected to ship in the fourth quarter of 2012 with an expected MAP/street price of $1,999 USD.

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PreSonus improves navigation, product info and more with redesigned website

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PreSonus website

PreSonus has announced a complete redesign of its web site, offering greatly improved navigation, deeper product information, and easy access to press releases, user stories, technical information, videos, tech support, user accounts, and much more.

Notes PreSonus Associate Creative Director Cave Daughdrill, “Truth is, a lot of us hated the old site. Working on it was worse than being stuck in traffic during the flaming-hot Louisiana summer. And it was starting to look old and dense-like the Gulf after BP got through with it. We’ve always made the kind of gear we want to use ourselves, so we decided it was time to do that with our site.

Now, it’s fast and easy to find things, and the site is much more visual. The video display is huge, and you can even search and filter for results while playing the video. And the site works great with mobile devices. We think people are really gonna dig it.”

“From a back-end standpoint, the old PreSonus site was the organizational equivalent of a dozen meth’ed-up gerbils playing soccer with a marble inside a grandfather clock,” says PreSonus Web Engineer Luciano Ziegler. “Our new site is so smooth that it may actually revolutionize String Theory.”

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PreSonus StudioLive Mixers get Smaart, improved iPad control & more

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PreSonus has announced that its Integrated Smaart frequency analysis, new equalization and talkback features, and even more extensive iPad control are included in PreSonus’ free Universal Control 1.6 and StudioLive Remote 1.3 for iPad® updates.

PreSonus StudioLive 16.02

“All current owners of our StudioLive 24.4.2, 16.4.2 and 16.02 can immediately use these enhancements,” noted PreSonus Executive Vice President of Product Development John Bastianelli. “It’s further proof of our commitment to providing complete problem-solving systems, not just hunks of hardware.”

With Universal Control 1.6, Rational Acoustics’ Smaart real-time analysis features have been integrated into Virtual StudioLive (VSL), which is part of Universal Control. Virtual StudioLive now offers both Smaart Spectra time-frequency spectrograph and real-time analyzer (RTA) views, which are superimposed over each graphic EQ.

The Smaart Spectra spectrograph display can help to precisely identify nasty feedback frequencies, enabling even less-experienced users to easily tune P.A. speakers to the room. Smaart Spectra graphs a continuous series of spectrum measurements, showing frequency on one axis, time on another, and amplitude indicated by colors. This makes it very useful for quickly identifying feedback frequencies, which can be easily addressed using StudioLive graphic EQs.

Universal Control 1.6 adds other useful features, as well. You can now control Talkback on/off and routing with VSL. Version 1.6 also adds support for the new StudioLive Remote 1.3 update (discussed shortly).

Finally, Universal Control 1.6 updates the Windows and Mac drivers for all and StudioLive-series mixers products and for all FireStudio-series interfaces except for the original FireStudio (26×26). This update greatly improves performance, especially on Windows systems. Note that Universal Control 1.6 requires a firmware update to StudioLive mixers.

PreSonus has simultaneously released StudioLive Remote 1.3 for iPad. This version of the company’s wireless mixer-control app adds Talkback on/off and routing assignments and enables Scene recall for hard-disk-based Scenes (but not for Scenes held in mixer memory).

Universal Control 1.6 is a free update and can be downloaded from the Technical Support section of the PreSonus Web site. StudioLive Remote 1.3 is a free download from the Apple App Store.

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