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PreSonus StudioLive Digital Mixer Webinar Part 5 - CCI Solutions

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♪♫♪♫....................[Music playing] Now, I'm gonna show you the next thing that's really important for uh, mixing live and I think it's completely crucial. And that is helping your musicians to hear better. This is probably the biggest secret out there, you know? Uh, want to help the live sound, the front of house mix. You make sure that those musicians can hear perfectly... It will enhance not just the sound, but just the quality of worship. Uh, I as a musician can tell you, and so many out there in Internet land, will agree, that it is a drag to play when you can't hear well. It is a drag to be singing something and you know you're, off key but you can't even do anything about it. You know? Uhm, this is also a place that using the, the Virtual StudioLive can really help you. You know, one thing I've learned about musicians is, they...they... they kinda know what they wanna hear...but a lot of times they don't really know how to express it to you, the sound guy. So they'll use these descriptive know you know, you throw an Aviom system in front of like... you know, somebody that's never been around technology and it just blows their mind. You know? And so, you can really, uh influence the quality of what they hear by kinda giving them a head start. And, just as I did where we built...used the virtual sound check to kind of build, a, a starting place for the front-of-house mix, I can do the same thing for the monitors. So, here we go. Here's Aux 1 right here. Let's say it's my drum mix. I can solo that Aux. I can hit "Play" and "Capture." And it's...I'm asking myself "What does the drummer want to hear?" Well, he wants to hear drums...[drum sounds come up getting gradually louder] And he definitely wants to hear bass guitars. So we'll go to the bass guitar channel on 13... [Bass sounds now are audible with the drums] So he can lock in with the bass player. He, you gotta hear the worship leader. [Female voice singing with bass & drum mix] and a little bit of background vocal [Now there are 2 female voices signing harmony with bass and drum mix] ...maybe a little bit of the other instruments okay? Now I can go to ...let's say the keyboard player's mix. [strumming guitar sound]...and "What does the keyboard player want to hear" Keyboards...okay, 11 and 12. Turn some keyboards up. [Electronic keyboard playing] Tons of keyboards [keyboard sound gets louder]...You know, a little bit of drums in there, so they can keep in time [drum sounds added to keyboard sounds]... you know, a little bit of worship leader [female voice singing gets louder and added to keyboard/drum mix]. [Female singing lyrics "We Will Praise, We Will Praise" in harmony with male voice over drums/keyboards] Listen to the difference between these two mixes, you know? Here's the drummer's mix... [Drums playing with a lot of bass, a little drums and some vocals]... And here's the keyboard player's mix... [Keyboard, with some keyboard, some drummer and more male/female vocals] [Voices singing "Come to the Cross, and give all our hearts to You.] And you can imagine, you know, with different vocalists they're all gonna want to hear something different. You know I...I was doing a recording session one day, and, uh, you know, I had this guy in the studio and he had headphones on, and he was trying to explain what he wanted the headphones to sound like. So he says, "Hey man, uh, can you...can you make it sound a little bit more like.....milk?" What does that mean? Milk? Okay? So now I had to kinda guess, and you know, you know whatever they tell you, now you can play these tracks back. You can put in, in a set of in-ears. You can get in front of a wedge. You can get the Aux mix really happening. Okay? But then that brings us to, uh, another really cool thing that you can do... and that, especially for those that are using in-ears, is, you can go ahead and protect their hearing, 'cause guess what? Like we said before, each one of these Auxes can be a selected channel... And now we can assign a brick-wall limiter to that Aux send. So let's say if I have, you know, uhm, a bunch of mono Auxes here for wedges, and then Aux 5 and 6 is a stereo Aux for somebody on in-ears. All I have to do is I hit "Select" on channel...on Aux 5, go down here to the "Stereo Link" button, Now what happens is, when I hit "Mix Control," this becomes my level going to that Aux, and then when I hit "Mix Pan," which is the next one, this is left and right panning, and then I can select that Aux, throw a limiter on it, and I'm protecting their hearing as well. Really cool. The next thing that you can do is, to really make their lives easy, is give'n...give 'em an iPad! They'll love you for it. Uh, you can hook up up to uh, 10 iPads on a single StudioLive network. And, you know, with as many...I...I...I think uh keyboard players'll really benefit from this because guess what? Uh, not only can you use the iPad to look at your chord charts and stuff like that, but there's also this Aux mixer right here. So if I'm on Aux 3, all of a sudden now I can, you know, pull...pull up and influence my own headphone mix. And I have all 24 channels right here. You know? And, you know, like I said before...You can kinda give them a, a starting point, and then you know, they can come in and tweak it themselves, and, you know uh, iPads are great because, you know, you can have chord charts on 'em. You can adjust your StudioLive, uh, mix when you need to. You can play Angry Birds. [Audience laughter] You know, they're really good. So... The iPad is, uh, invaluable for musicians as well. Uhm, the next thing we're gonna talk about is, for a lot of churches that are using an Aviom or a Hearback type system, how do you interface a StudioLive with that type of a system? The uh, the Aviom system, uhm, you can get a hub for it that has analog inputs. And uh the Aviom has control over 16 individual channels. Well, the question is "I've got a 24-channel board. How do I get these 24 channels over to the Aviom?" Well you do it in...with a combination of direct outputs, Aux outputs, possibly some subgroup outputs. So, uh, each of the channels of the StudioLive has a, a direct ouput on a DB25 connector. So you can have a DB25 to Tip-Ring-Sleeve cable that will give you access to feeding the Aviom with some direct channel. So, you know, anything that you want it's own fader on the Aviom, for example, the pastor's lavalier mic, or the worship leader's mic, or bass know, a "mono" kind of a thing, you would use a direct ouput for. If there's things that you want grouped, like let's say choir mics. I might have, you know, 4 choir mics. Well, you just assign them to an Aux. And here's my choir mics right here... and I assign these 4 channels to Aux 9. And then on the back of the console I take the Aux 9 TRS output and go into the TRS input of my Aviom and now there's a group there. So using the combination. You have 10 Auxes. You can, you know, basically use those. And it's very easy to get 24 channels. The Hearback is the same kind of a thing. Because the Hearback has, uh, 8 analog inputs. The first 2 channels of the Hearback are Stereo. So you could set up a Stereo Aux, or you could use a 2 of the subgroups to feed that. Or you could use the main ouput. There's a lot of outputs on this board. And then you could use the Auxes to create the other 8 channels. So it's really, really, uh, easy to interface it with uh, a personal monitoring system that you might already own. Uh, so basically in summary... You know, StudioLive...We talked about a lot, and in fact, uhm you know, just kind of, some of the, the...the high points... Uhm, this system really is going to cost less than, anything even equivalent. Uh, definitely less than an analog solution. I've actually, uh talked to churches that have sold their analog boards. Sold a couple of, you know 8-channel compressors, and, you know, External Gates and Reverbs and Recording Interfaces and broke even. Or even made money and then bought the StudioLive and had a lot more functionality so, you know, by the time you really start to add up the different components, it'''s an amazing value. Uh, for what it offers you. Uh, the second thing is better sound quality. And really, that's the basis of what we do and why we created this. Uhm, you know, we're not interested in, making uh...a product that solves every problem. But there's...there's a huge problem that has to be solved, it...and, and...and that is better sound and being able to hear things clearer. So we used great analog components and great A to D converters...Analog to Digital Converters. to accomplish that. Uhm, so it really does sound great & you can talk to anybody that's used it. And they'll tell you that as well. The next thing is, is being easy to use. Uh, you know digital consoles in general, uh, are...can be very, uh, scary. And they can be very complex. And, and you know, a lot of people that are on analog you know, you can see everything in front of you and it's pretty tactile and...and you know the whole idea of paging through a bunch of menus well, you know, you guys have seen me, sort of get around on this board. There's not a lot of layers. You know? I select channel 17... Channel 17 will never become Channel 34 in that, you know, there's it's a single layer on the main part of the com..the the control surface. So if you It's very very easy to use. And, you know, using the Virtual StudioLive interface, I mean you really, uh have a great graphical representatilon as well. You know, for people that want to look at, you know, a graphic EQ or a uh, you know, having you know, a...a parametric EQ right here I mean it's just, for some people they're just tactile people and they just want to be able to grab, you know, grab something right here. And then also for your volunteers that you're teaching... and you're trying to get "trained up." Uhm, the next point is is that it's gonna really help your band to hear better, and you know, like I said that I, that's very crucial. Uhm...better Aux mixes. It'll allow you to be more prepared. Uhm and, and have them have a much much better experience when they walk in and none of this last minute just "let's fix it in the mix" thing that happens so often on Sunday mornings. Uhm, and then lastly, you know, I just I...I have to give a, a lotta credit to these guys at CCI that have put this on. Uhm, uh I've recommended them many many times. Uh, the reason is, you know, uh to a lot of my friends that are, that...that are worship leaders and pastors and stuff like that, uhm, these guys are worship leaders and they're sound techs themselves & they, they understand churches & they understand the needs, and uh, we...we've really enjoyed, uh, being a manufacturer and, and having a relationship with them over the, the last ten years. So I, I have to give a, a...a shout out to them. So [clapping], can you all, uh [audience applause]...Right on! ♪♫♪♫...........[Music playing]

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Duration: 11 minutes and 54 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: CCI Solutions
Director: CCI Solutions
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Posted by: ccisolutions on Jul 20, 2012

Rick Naqvi from PreSonus continues with the indepth PreSonus StudioLive Webinar presented by CCI Solutions. In Part 5, Rick discusses how sound techs can assist musicians to get the best mix on the stage. Unlike many demos, here you're going to actually hear these digital mixing consoles in action. Rick talks in depth about the difficulties musicians and sound techs have in understanding each other sometimes. For musicians using in-ear monitors, sound techs can help by assigning limiters to separate auxes. Even better, connect up to ten iPads that allows individual musicians to adjust their own mix. Rick also discusses how to interface Aviom and Hearback systems with your PreSonus digital mixers. (Part 5 of 6 videos)

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