Baton Rouge, Louisiana, July 2014…
PreSonus is excited to announce the USB 2.0 bus-powered AudioBox™ iOne audio interface and AudioBox iTwo audio/MIDI interface for Mac®, Windows®, and Apple iPad®. These next-generation mobile interfaces include PreSonus’ easy-to-use Studio One® Artist DAW for Mac and Windows, new Capture™ Duo recording software for iPad, and a Nimbit® Free account for online direct-to-fan distribution of music, merchandise, and more. With Capture Duo or Capture for iPad and an AudioBox iOne or iTwo, you can record with an iPad, then wirelessly transfer your recordings directly to Studio One Artist. The result is an integrated, end-to-end, mobile solution that includes everything needed to record, edit, mix, and share music anytime and anywhere.
The AudioBox iOne sports one instrument input and one mic input, while AudioBox iTwo offers two combo mic and switchable line/instrument inputs. Both feature high-performance Class A mic preamplifiers with phantom power and 24-bit, up to 96 kHz converters with 105 dB of dynamic range. The DACs feed balanced ¼-inch, line-level outputs and a loud, clear headphone output with independent level control. The AudioBox iTwo also includes MIDI In and Out. Each interface has an internal analog mixer with zero-latency monitoring, enabling you to monitor recorded tracks and overdubs without audible delay.
Small, lightweight, and USB bus-powered, the AudioBox iOne and iTwo can sit on a tabletop or fit in the pocket of a backpack or laptop bag. They’re built to travel, with a metal chassis and knobs and jacks secured directly to the enclosure to reduce strain on the internal circuit board.
Both interfaces work with any recording software that supports Core Audio (Mac) or ASIO (Windows).
Introducing Capture Duo and Capture for iPad
Capture™ Duo two-track recording software for iPad, free from the Apple App Store, is based on PreSonus’ Capture live-recording software for StudioLive mixers. Capture Duo lets you record and play two tracks with 24-bit, 96 kHz fidelity and includes basic mixing and editing as well as an integrated metronome.
PreSonus also offers Capture for iPad, which can record up to 32 tracks with the same features and 24-bit, 96 kHz fidelity. Capture for iPad is available from the Apple App Store for an expected price of $9.99.
For more information please visit http://www.presonus.com/products/AudioBox-i-Series.
“Baton Rouge, LA – May 23, 2014… PreSonus sadly announced today the passing of Bob Tudor, the company’s widely admired, respected, and beloved Chief Technology Officer.
A legend in the pro audio/MI industry, Tudor followed a long and winding road to PreSonus. A child prodigy, he studied piano with Arthur Rubinstein protégé and Julliard fellow Josephine Bacher. Tudor later studied electrical engineering at the prestigious Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute but switched to the Berklee College of Music, where he studied film scoring, jazz, and music production. He cofounded Boston’s Metropolis recording studio and recorded such well-known acts as Peter Wolf/J.Geils Band, Extreme, Aime Mann, New Kids on the Block, and Bobby Brown. He also played keyboards and acoustic piano on numerous records as a studio musician and remixed “Cradle of Love” for Billy Idol.
Fascinated with how gear worked, Bob eventually combined his passions for music and engineering, creating a long list of companies, products, and technologies. As one of the pioneers at Mackie Designs, he created the company’s line of digital mixers, hard-disk recorders, and control surfaces. After leaving Mackie, he founded SaneWave, where he developed products for a wide assortment of pro audio manufacturers.
Overall, Tudor and the SaneWave team had designed more than 100 products, including such hits as the TASCAM US-2400 Control Surface and X-48 Hard Disk Multitrack Audio Recorder, Electro-Voice DC-1 Speaker Processor, M-Audio ProjectMix, and Lexicon MX-500 FX Processor. He did additional projects for QSC, Samson, Shure, Alesis, Gibson, Fender, and many others. One of SaneWave’s best clients was PreSonus, for which he helped define and design the FaderPort and the StudioLive digital-mixer line. That led to his decision to join the company full time in 2008. His products have garnered five TEC Awards, five MIPA Awards, and numerous other awards. As Tudor put it, “I enjoy developing disruptive products”-that is, innovative products that can potentially shake up and energize the market.
As Chief Technology Officer, Tudor oversaw all PreSonus advanced development activities and evaluated and implemented emerging technologies that have been utilized in many of the companies most successful products. Along with PreSonus CSO Jim Odom, he developed the strategic direction of the company’s innovative products and technologies.
Said Jim Mack, PreSonus CEO, “Anyone who has ever had the pleasure of working with Bob, or even interacting with him at events or trade shows, was likely touched by his energy, enthusiasm, and passion for technology-and specifically, technology that allowed people to make better music. He was always fascinated with what could be done and was never really deterred by challenges or technical hurdles. He not only made things that no one else could see or do possible, he made them look easy. We have not only lost a truly amazing engineer but a very dear friend to so many people in this industry.”
Founded in 1995, PreSonus Audio Electronics, Inc., is a leading designer and manufacturer of audio-recording and live-sound software, hardware, and related accessories. PreSonus’s software, microphone preamps, signal processors, digital audio interfaces, digital mixers, control surfaces, loudspeakers, and other products are used worldwide for recording, sound reinforcement, broadcast, sound design, and Internet audio
Hope things is going well….
At the end of January we moved to a new apartment, sadly there has been a long list of issues along the way but now everything has been sorted and i am finally able to return with new reviews coming down very soon..
Here is some hints of the upcoming Stuff i have in store for you..
- A PC case for the gamer and musicians.
- A extension Studio One users can get
- Great PC keyboard and Mice
- new SSD and SSHD
- A Mac MINI studio, all you need to know to get going
- a 8 year old Drummer goes 2.0
- and much more…
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, January 2014…
PreSonus is now shipping Studio One 2.6.2, the latest update to its award-winning DAW software. The company is also shipping three new Add-ons for Studio One: Ampire XT Metal Pack Extension, Goldbaby Essentials Vintage Drum Machines, and Studio One Artist MP3 Converter.
Studio One 2.6.2 introduces support for Add-ons, which are program extensions, soundsets, plug-ins, and other assets exclusively for Studio One 2.6.2 and higher. Add-ons are available for purchase directly from the PreSonus online store. The update also fixes a few known issues.
The Ampire XT Metal Pack is an extension for PreSonus’ Ampire XT Native Effects™ plug-in that includes six new amp models and six new speaker-cabinet emulations designed specifically for metal guitarists. It also includes a brand-new Metal Drumkit for the Impact virtual drum instrument.
Goldbaby Essentials is an exclusive soundset for PreSonus’ Impact virtual drum instrument that features a collection of 500 vintage analog and digital drum machine and beatbox samples. Designed by acclaimed producer and sound designer Goldbaby, the sounds in this set have been meticulously sampled, edited, and post-processed using analog tape machines and studio tools. Goldbaby Essentials comes with 32 ready-to-play Impact drum kit presets and 124 new Musicloops.
MP3 Converter is an extension that adds professional-quality (up to 320 kB/s) MP3 encoding and drag-and-drop MP3 decoding to Studio One Artist 2.6.2 and higher.
PreSonus Studio One Add-ons can be purchased directly online and are installed by dragging-and-dropping on the Studio One application icon or window.
Expected U.S. pricing: Ampire XT Metal Pack $29.99, Goldbaby Essentials $29.99, and MP3 Converter $9.99. The Studio One 2.6.2 update is free to all registered users of Studio One 2.
For more information, visit http://www.presonus.com/products/studio-one/whats-new.
Founded in 1995, PreSonus Audio Electronics, Inc., is a leading designer and manufacturer of audio-recording and live-sound software, hardware, and related accessories. PreSonus’s software, microphone preamps, signal processors, digital audio interfaces, digital mixers, control surfaces, loudspeakers, and other products are used worldwide for recording, sound reinforcement, broadcast, sound design, and Internet audio.
Steinberg reveals considerable update to Cubase and Cubase Artist music production systems, with many workflow enhancements, new instruments and new effects
HAMBURG, Germany — November 29, 2013 — Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH today announced significant updates to its award-winning music production systems, Cubase and Cubase Artist, available in December. Version 7.5 incorporates important workflow enhancements, version updates to its instruments and new effects to further the impressive feature set of Cubase and increase professionals’ productivity when producing music.
“The mix of highly effective editing and workflow enhancements, new instruments and studio-grade effects makes 7.5 one of the most beneficial Cubase releases since SX 1. I’m confident that this version will boost the creative output of our users and underline its position as DAW of choice for the most renowned producers today,” comments Helge Vogt, product marketing lead at Steinberg.
At the top of the new features list is TrackVersions for creating, renaming and managing multiple versions of one or more audio, MIDI and instrument tracks. Also available for chord, tempo and signature tracks, TrackVersions allows users to create and switch between variations of track content, including all events and corresponding lanes. To counter the work strain on big productions encompassing a tremendous track count, the latest iteration of Cubase introduces Visibility tools to the Project window’s Inspector alongside extensive viewing filters, offering dynamic track visibility to maintain a clear line of sight across the used tracks. Moreover, the arrangement tracks can be reflected one to one on the MixConsole when locked into sync mode. Workflow optimizations for audio editing include automatic detection of waveform transients in the background for skipping between transient peaks at all times. The re-record mode features instant record restart at the original position, while Track Quick Control assignments can now be saved and loaded as presets and applied to different track types. The Score Editor in Cubase has been enhanced by the MIDI editing functionality, previously only available in the Key Editor, that includes quantizing, transposing and other MIDI tools. Additional focus lies also on the redesigned VST Instrument Rack and enhanced instrument tracks: boasting multiple MIDI inputs and multiple audio outputs, the new instrument tracks perfectly align with the VST Instrument Rack when adding new instruments to the project. In addition, new VST Quick Controls allow users to assign and access control parameters of each instrument with ease.
Cubase 7.5 and Cubase Artist 7.5 feature Groove Agent SE 4, a powerful MPC-like drum sampler with detailed sound editing capabilities and pattern playback. Groove Agent SE 4 also provides automatic alignment of drum maps with the Drum Editor and Beat Designer, and includes 30 new drum kits and more than 200 grooves. HALion Sonic SE 2 is the updated compact version of Steinberg’s acclaimed workstation, featuring the new Trip virtual analog arp synthesizer plus eight new effects. Bringing the sounds of HALion Sonic SE 2, Padshop, Retrologue and Groove Agent SE 4 to life, Cubase and Cubase Artist now include the EDM Toolbox with 30 fresh construction kits of 25–30 MIDI loops each.
Both updates highlight three great new effects: LoopMash FX comes with new style breaks, tape-stops and stutters that can easily be triggered in real time with any MIDI controller; REVelation is an algorithmic reverb for an outrageous degree of depth; and Magneto 2, the rejuvenated tape saturation processor, delivers true analog character to any track.
Exclusively available in Cubase 7.5, VST Connect SE 2 adds MIDI recording to its comprehensive remote recording capabilities via the Internet.
Availability and pricing
From December 4, 2013, the Cubase 7.5 update will be available from Steinberg resellers worldwide and through the Steinberg Online Shop for EUR 49.99, including German VAT. The Cubase Artist 7.5 update will be available as download through the Steinberg Online Shop for EUR 49.99.
From December 4, 2013, both Cubase 7.5 and Cubase Artist 7.5 full versions will be available from Steinberg resellers worldwide and through the Steinberg Online Shop. The suggested retail price for Cubase 7.5 is EUR 599, including German VAT. The suggested retail price for Cubase Artist 7.5 is EUR 299, including German VAT.
Customers who have activated previous Cubase 7 and Cubase Artist 7 versions since October 15, 2013, are eligible for a free, downloadable Grace Period update to version 7.5.
New features at a glance
• TrackVersions: Playlists for creating, renaming and managing parallel variations of tracks
• Track visibility: Shows only the tracks you want to see in the Project window
• Instrument (t)rack 2.0: Supports multi-outputs and multi-inputs, and merges instrument tracks with the Instrument Rack
• HALion Sonic SE 2: Giving you tons of fresh new sounds plus a totally new synth
• Groove Agent SE 4: With over 120 drum kits and smart user interface for creating beats and hits in no time
• New construction kits: Adding flavor to your productions and giving you new song ideas
• LoopMash FX: For real-time modern-style breaks, tape-stops, stutters and more
• REVelation: Super-smooth and silky-sounding algorithmic reverb that brings back the memories of those old fancy hardware units
• Magneto 2: Adding warmth to your tracks
• VST Connect SE 2 (available in Cubase 7.5 only): Unique remote recording plug-in now with MIDI data transmission
• Transient navigation: Tab to transients on audio events in the Project window thanks to the new instant hitpoint navigation
For you who did not know it the annual TOONTRACK metal month is upon us..
Now the EZdrummer expansion or EZX we are looking at today is not a METAL EZX but hey
Toontrack Music was originally started as a production company for composing game and movie soundtracks. In 1999 producers Fredrik Thordendal of Meshuggah and Mattias Eklund of Toontrack Music decided to design a sample library for their own use.
They called Tomas Haake drummer of Heavy Metal band Meshuggah to record the drum samples. The library was called Drumkit From Hell.
Toontrack really made a revolution back then and what they did With the original DFH changed the way drum samples sounded forever.
INDIE FOLK EZX
The Indie Folk EZX was recorded at the Avast! Recording Co. in Seattle, home to bands such as Fleet Foxes, The Shins and Band Of Horses. It comes with three complete vintage kits: a 1960s Gretsch Round Badge sampled with both sticks and mallets, a Ludwig from the 1950s as well as a Slingerland Rolling Bomber kit dating back to the 1940s. Also included are two tambourines, a hi-hat mounted tambourine jingle, an extra kick and snare as well as a 28″ floor tom. Source
The INDIE FOLK EZX comes with 3 complete KIT´s, here follows the product specifications.
KIT 1 – 1961 Gretsch Round Badge
Kick: 14 x 22″. Head: Powerstroke 3, Ambassador Bass
Snare: 5 x 14″. Head: Vintage A Coated, Ambassador Clear
Racktom: 9 x 12″. Head: Ambassador Coated, Ambassador Clear
Floortom: 16 x 16″. Head: Ambassador Coated, Ambassador Clear
Recorded with both sticks and mallets
KIT 2 – 1940s Slingerland Rolling Bomber with calfskin heads
Kick: 14 x 28″
Snare: 6.5 x 14″
Rack: 9 x 13″
Floor: 12 x 14″
KIT 3 – 1950s Ludwig
Kick: 14 x 20″. Head: Powerstroke 3 Bass, Aquarian
Snare: 5.5 x 14″. Head: Coated Ambassador, Ambassador snare
Racktom: 9 x 13″. Head: Coated Ambassador x 2
Floortom: 16 x 16″. Head: Coated Ambassador x 2
1960s Zildjian A 19″
Zildjian K Constantinople 18″ (sticks and mallets)
1960s Zildjian A 16″
1960s Zildjian A 14″ (sticks and mallets)
1960s Zildjian A 22″
Zildjian K Light 24″ (sticks and mallets)
Zildjian New Beat 15″ with mounted tambourine jingle
Zildjian K Light 16″ (sticks and mallets)
Kick: 22″ Gretsch Round Badge 1958 without front head. Head: Coated Powerstroke 3
Snare: 7 x 14″ Slingerland Artist. Head: Coated Powerstroke 3, Evans 300 Hazy
Tom: Ludwig 28″ Floor Tom. Head: Ludwig original
Tambourine KS Source
The GUI of EZdrummer is nothing new, we get a classic white KIT placed in a cool old rehersal studio Toontrack always find a image to fit the sound!!
The Indie folk EZX comes in two different configurations, a full MIC setup ( See images above) and a 4 MIC setup (Images below).
Working with INDIE FOLK EZX
The KIT´s in The INDIE FOLK EZX keeps the EZ Drummer legacy and a loaded KIT only uses roughly 250MB ram and the CPU meter in PreSonus Studio One only shows a 02% usage that’s just insane when hearing the results of EZdrummer.
The sound of the INDIE FOLK EZX is spot on, it has a classic roundness with a warm roomy feeling that makes this EZX not only suitable for Indie rock but classic rock and ballads as well.
Routing each Channel to its own output is Just a click away and here is something I LOVE with EZdrummer! Depending on the amount of channels EZdrummer will tell the DAW how many outputs is available so you don’t have 30 outputs but only 5 is actually used by EZdrummer, thisa small built in flexibility / Organizer that just makes things EZ.
Here is a small tune I put together in PreSonus Studio one and then rendered with each of the included Gretsch, Slingerland and Ludwig KIT´s.
I enjoy trying out new Expansion for EZdrummer as I know I am in for a treat, For some reason I never stop being amazed by how realistic and full the sound is at so low resources.
The whole idea with EZdrummer is that is should be EZ and the tweaking we can do is Volume and panning in the built in mixer and in addition to that we can tell EZ Drummer wither we want the snare bottom MIC to allow bleed from other drums and if we want the Overhead MIC´S on or off… and THAT’S it..
TOONTRACK has once again delivered a great expansion for the impressive EZ Drummer and if you are in to rock / Indie rock… there is no doubt you will love having the INDIE FOLK EZX arround.
I would like to thank Toontrack for letting me do this review!
And to my readers…. THANK YOU!!!!
I hope you are doing well and that the music is flowing….
The 64bit era brought with it some extremely great hardware and new features for us music making users, and a lot of other users as well.
When building a music PC there are some things that requires some extra attention, RAM is one of them as most of the work we do will demand a fair amount of ram
and it needs to be fast and stable and I personally recommend PC 16 gig as I feel it´s the sweet spot and should do most of you good for a long time.
When choosing ram for your PC there are a huge variety of products that you can use but a rule is, Check your motherboard vendor for compatible DDR, when choosing two or four sticks I recommend you to get two as this will putt less tension on the memory controller and allow you to expand with more if you happen to need it.
Today we are going to look at the Vengeance Pro DDR3 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3 DRAM 1866MHz from Corsair and see how it performs in a PC based Studio environment, But before we start I would like to thank Corsair for letting me do this review.
Corsair is a global company bringing innovative, high-performance components to the PC gaming market. Specializing in very high performance memory, ultra-efficient power supplies, and other key system components, our products are the choice of overclockers, enthusiasts, and gamers everywhere.
Founded as Corsair Microsystems in 1994, Corsair originally developed Level 2 cache modules for OEMs. After Intel incorporated the L2 cache in the processor with the release of its Pentium Pro processor family, Corsair changed its focus to DRAM modules, primarily in the server market. In 2002, Corsair began shipping DRAM modules that were specifically designed to appeal to computer overclocking enthusiasts. From its roots in high-performance memory, Corsair has expanded its award-winning product portfolio to include ultra-efficient power supplies, builder-friendly cases, ground-breaking CPU coolers, blazing-fast solid-state drives, and other key system components.
Corsair has developed a global operations infrastructure with extensive marketing and distribution channel relationships. Corsair’s products are sold to end users in over sixty countries worldwide, primarily through leading distributors and retailers.
Corsair Vengeance Pro DDR3 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3 DRAM 1866MHz
|Size:||16GB (2 x 8GB)|
|Speed Rating:||PC3-15000 (1866MHz)|
Package and installation
The Corsair Vengeance Pro comes packed in a colorful great looking box that gives a true PRO feeling over it.
The image above shows the side of the Corsair Vengeance Pro that shows the product information.
As we open the box we find the two Corsair Vengeance Pro placed in a secure plastic holding, the cooler on the Corsair Vengeance Pro looks awesome and the blue plate with the Corsair LOGO ads a nice touch as well.
When we flip to the other side we see find a sticker with the Vengeance Pro LOGO.
Installing the Corsair Vengeance Pro was not as simple as it usually is installing memory, this is not Corsairs fault but I wanted to highlight this minor issue so you will know it can happen.
I use the P8Z77-V LX motherboard and aNoctua NH-D14 SE2011 to cool my I5 3570K and the Space between the cooler and the first Memory was minimum so it was tricky to get it in, but once in place there is about 2 mm space between the top of the Vengeance Pro cooler and the lowest fin on the NH-D14 CPU cooler.
With the Vengeance Pro installed it was time to fire up the system and head in to UEFI / BIOS of the P8Z77-V LX and changing the AI overclock Tuner to X.M.P to adjusted the Vengeance Pro DDR to the right settings.
The initial Windows boot was successful but I am very picky so I rebooted the system and ran a Memtest86 just to make sure.
Testing Corsair Vengeance Pro CMY16GX3M2A1866C9B
Case: Fractal Design Define R4
CPU: I5 3570K
Motherboard: ASUS P8Z77-V LX
GPU: SAPHIRE HD 7750
Ram: 16 gig Vengeance Pro CMY16GX3M2A1866C9B
System hard drive: Seagate SSD 600
project hard drive : Seagate ST3000DM001
Sample hard drive: Western digital Velociraptor 1TB
Interface: PreSonus FIRESTUDIO Mobile
I wanted to test the Vengeance Pro CMY16GX3M2A1866C9 with focus on music production so I ran a memory demanding project in both Studio One PRO and Cubase 7 to see how the system would behave with 12 gig+ of samples in the ram.
I also want to give you a view of how the two DAW handles projects with a high amount of ram usage, and to get a feel of how the system speed and stability maintained under more demanding situations.
First I ran the test in Studio One PRO V2 for 1 hour, and the system continued to run nice and smooth.
I followed up with the same test in Cubase 7, and once again the system continued to run nice and smooth.
The Vengeance Pro handles everything i throwed at it without any complains not even when with 84% memory used did the system slow down or behave weird, But I also wanted to look at how the Vengeance Pro CMY16GX3M2A1866C9 performs in synthetic benchmarks in AIDA64.
1333 VS 1600 VS 1866 any difference?
OK now that we have tested the Corsair Vengeance Pro set up as it was designed to run,
i wanted to take a closer look at the performance difference between running the Vengeance Pro in 1333 MHz,1600MHz and 1866 MHz memory clock frequency’s.
The Sample loading time test
The first test i decided to do is load times, For this i decided to use Toontrack Superior drummer 2.0 with The Metal Foundry SDX to see how and if the different RAM speed settings had a impact on how fast samples would load inside Superior drummer.
I also wanted to se if Superior drummer loaded the samples faster in any of my two test DAW Studio One V2 and Cubase 7.
A small note, The samples for superior drummer 2.0 The Metal Foundry is located on a Western digital Velociraptor.
I created a project in both Studio One and Cubase 7, in the projects i added 4 instances of Superior Drummer 2.0 and loaded 4 different presets to get a total RAM use of 5486MB.
I then rebooted the system and set the ram to first run in 1333Mhz. I started up windows and loaded the test project in Studio one and used a stopwatch to get the time it took for Superior drummer to load the samples.
When the loading was done i restarted the PC to clear the ram completely and then loaded the Cubase 7 projects and timed that as well.
This test was then also done in 1600MHz and 1866MHz memory clock frequency’s..
As we can see in the charter above there is a small difference when loading the samples into Superior Drummer. The interesting fact is that Superior Drummer loads the samples up to 3 seconds faster in Studio one v2 compared to Cubase 7.
CPU performance test
I also wanted to check if there is any CPU performance gain between the three memory clock frequency’s and to do this i once again created identical projects in Cubase 7 and Studio One. These projects was set up with 20 audio tracks (24bit / 44100), on each track i loaded the meldaproductions free MEqualizer and Mcompressor and on the master buss i loaded the Slate Digital Virtual Buss Compressor.
I ran the test for 5 min in Cubase 7 and recorded the highest CPU usage for the software and then did the same for Studio One v2
Once again we see that there is a small difference in terms of CPU usage and once again Studio One v2 comes out as the winner, however the numbers only show the difference in the DAW environment and does not show the full strength of the Corsair Vengeance Pro.
Sadly my old ram for some reason have become to unstable to be compared to in these tests but i know how the system felt when they were OK and you can rely feel the difference.
Since I installed the Corsair Vengeance Pro I have been able to see them work with what I do with my PC and these memory does not disappoint, I can fill them close to the edge with samples and they don’t sweat a tear! There is not much to it rely! Corsair is known for their high quality products and they know how to create great memory and the Vengeance Pro series CMY16GX3M2A1866C9 is a most excellent pair of top quality memory from Corsair.
Now this review does not show over clocking as that is not something I am into, nor does it show gaming but I can tell you this, the moments when I go out for some MMO gaming in Guild Wars 2 just like the overall system feeling there is a small but noticeable difference in how the game behaves and loads. So if you are on the market for some high capacity quality memory don’t look any further course I truly recommend the Corsair Vengeance Pro Series.
I would once again like to thank Corsair for letting me do this review.
And to my readers… THANK YOU