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PreSonus StudioLive Digital Mixer Webinar Part 1 - CCI Solutions

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♪♫♪♫.....................[Music Playing] So today's broadcast is being sponsored by our friends at CCI Solutions in Olympia, Washington, so let's hear from them right now. Hey Ron? What's happening? [To Ron Simonson - CEO of CCI Solutions] In this webinar we're actually on location to show everyone how the PreSonus live works in a live worship situation. We're going to show you how the StudioLive is much more than just a great digital mixing console, because there are 6 free integrated software packages that come with every PreSonus StudioLive Mixer. With those, you can control the mixer from an iPad or an iPhone. You can perform a virtual sound check. In other words, you can do the whole mix and do your EQ even when the band isn't in the room. And then you can record and publish music to the Web.

So this year's Webcast, the one we're doing now, builds upon one we did last year which had a lot more instruction on the specific features of the StudioLive. That one we had over 1,000 live views and then thousands more online over the past year. So if you've missed that one it's still available at our Website at

[Back to Rick Naqvi, Vice President, PreSonus] - So the StudioLive Mixer is really designed for an analog workflow. The whole StudioLive solution is not just a piece of hardware, it's actually surrounded by a whole eco-system of software that really provides some really great solutions. Some of the things we're going to talk about today: wireless mixing, recording, being able to record very easily, being able to use those recordings and edit them with software.

We're also going to talk about some of the new tools including room measurement and frequency measurement tools that we've provided with the software. So the first thing I want to do is go over kind of the control surface or the hardware part of the StudioLive. Again, like I said, it was designed to be a really, really fast and easy workflow. So one thing that you kind of see with the StudioLive is there's no layers on the board. Your front of house faders are always here. Channel 16 will always be Channel 16. You will never accidentally be adjusting Channel 16 and it's Channel 32 or something like that.

The other advantage with this type of workflow is that you always know where you are with the front of house mix. But, we've tried to make the entire work surface feel very "analog" and let you be able to get around very quickly. So, the heart of the StudioLive is this blue section right here. It's called the "Fat Channel." This is where all of your EQ, dynamics, and assignments live for any selected channel. So, very easily, if I select Channel 18, here's all of my settings for Channel 18...And if I just kind of go left or right I've got a high pass filter. I've got a noise gate. I've got a compressor limiter. I've got a four band fully-parametric EQ on the 24-channel mixer. I've got panning for that particular channel. I can link adjacent channels together just by hitting this link button. I've got this really cool clipboard here that allows me to be able to copy and paste channels very quickly. Then I've got my subgroup and my main assignments for that particular channel, so I can teach somebody how to mix on this board in five minutes. So if I say "Hey, put Channel 20 in Sub Group 2." You just select Channel 20 and put it in Sub Group 2. Just like that. Take it out of the main, and now it's on subgroup 2. And then, let's say there's a select button on Sub Group 2, now I can assign that to the main. So the routing is very, very great.

The other thing that's cool is this entire Fat Channel is available, not just on every one of your inputs, but you also have it available on every one of the outputs. So all of your Aux outputs have the full Fat Channel. Your Sub Group outputs have the full Fat Channel. Even the Master Fader has a select button too. So I can just hit "Select" and now I can EQ or throw a compressor on the entire system. So we really tried to make sure that there was plenty of processing on the StudioLive mixer. Now, Auxiliaries or Monitors are really easy to set as well. So for example, here's Aux 9 right here, and you can see there's a row of buttons labeled "Control," so if I hit the Control button underneath Aux 9, well now, all of these encoders above each channel basically turn into send levels to that particular Aux. So really easy if I want to give Aux 9 a little bit more of channel 24, I just go over to Channel 24 in the coder, turn it up there. If Aux 10 needs some I hit the mix control on Aux 10. Give them a little bit of Channel 24. Again, very intuitive, very fast.

Now, one of the things we included with the StudioLive purposefully is the ability to load in presets very easily. I mean the whole idea with a preset is, is it is a starting point. So it's a basic EQ, compressor, gate setting for any selected channel. So let's just say, we have a backgorund vocalist on Channel 17. So I select Channel 17 and then I hit the load button, right here. And then right here, in the screen, all of my presets pop up. Let's say, here is a male vocal, and I want to load it, and it basically tells you right here, load to Channel 17 hit recall. So, I hit "recall" now that Channel 17 is loaded to this preset. And it's a starting point. Now from here I can go in and tweak it. You know, let's say if this is a particular vocalist at the church, I can go ahead and rename this preset once I make my adjustments, "Jerry's vocal" or something like that, and whenever Jerry is going to be with us I can, on a particular Sunday, I can just select his channel and just load it in that way, okay? So you can very easily do that. But here's another really cool thing. This is where the workflow of the StudioLive is so important.

Let's say I have 3 other vocalists, and instead of having to just start from scratch, I can select Channel 17, and I hit "Copy" right here on the clip board. Now what's happening when all of these buttons blink is, it says the board is saying "Where do you want to copy that vocal to?" I say, "I want to copy it to 18,19,20." Hit "Load," Done. So, literally that simple. Now that might sound pretty elementary, but try doing this on almost any other digital console. You know, one thing that we really strategically tried to do when we designed this board, is, we wanted to make sure that if you're coming from an analog world, you can get on this board and feel at home very, very quickly.

And the other thing that we tried to do is we tried to not let you have to focus on a screen in the middle of the board. And then having to go through a bunch of menus and layers and that kind of a thing. That's a thing that a lot of other digital consoles give you the flexibility of presets and all of this stuff, but in a live application you have to be able to get to what you want to do very, very quickly. And then the second thing with working with a mixer like this in a church setting is you have to be able... may not have the same sound engineer every Sunday. You may have different services with different volunteers mixing, and so you need to be able to teach this technology very easily. So, the StudioLive is very simple in that way. ♪♫♫♪♫.................[Music Playing]

Video Details

Duration: 8 minutes and 16 seconds
Year: 2012
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: CCISolutions
Director: CCISolutions
Views: 245
Posted by: ccisolutions on Nov 14, 2012

Part 1 of the PreSonus StudioLive webinar simulcast by CCI Solutions and PreSonus begins with an overview of the 6 free integrated software packages that come with every StudioLive digital mixer. You'll learn how you can use a StudioLive to do wireless mixing, recording, editing and even how to upload and stream your music or service from the Web.

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