l2pnet.com http://www.l2pnet.com l2pnet.com Sat, 12 Nov 2016 04:00:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Steve Vai’s 25 Years of Passion and Warfare http://www.l2pnet.com/steve-vais-25-years-passion-warfare/ http://www.l2pnet.com/steve-vais-25-years-passion-warfare/#respond Fri, 11 Nov 2016 21:42:41 +0000 http://www.l2pnet.com/?p=2664 by Ronny North I remember when I first got my copy of Steve Vai’s Passion and Warfare CD in 1991. Already a long time Steve Vai fan, I was totally blown away by the music, the innovative production and of course Steve’s mind-blowing musicianship.In my opinion it forged a whole new path in the instrumental […]

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by Ronny North

I remember when I first got my copy of Steve Vai’s Passion and Warfare CD in 1991. Already a long time Steve Vai fan, I was totally blown away by the music, the innovative production and of course Steve’s mind-blowing musicianship.In my opinion it forged a whole new path in the instrumental guitar genre.

Then as luck would have it shortly after I got the CD I got to see Steve play a few of the songs off the CD at an Ibanez NAMM show event.I believe it was the first time that he had played the songs live. Well, it’s hard to believe that it’s already been 25 years since the release of this iconic Instrumental Guitar CD. When I heard that Steve was going to do a 25th anniversary tour to commemorate the CD I was really excited. I also heard that it would be a show not to be missed with special guests as well as Steve and his band playing the entire Passion and Warfare CD.

I was fortunate enough to sit down with Steve when the tour stopped in Ventura California.It was great to be able to chat about the CD and his thoughts on the creative process creating the CD and it’s relevance in today’s current music climate.

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Live2Play: Steve, It’s been 25 years since the release of your Passion and Warfare CD. Did you realize when you were creating it that it would have such an impact and still be relevant today?

SV: Absolutely not, I was coming from those metal bands ( Alcatrazz , David Lee Roth , Whitesnake) and at face value that was the music that looked like when you recorded it you would expect something.When I created Passion and Warfare it came from a deep seated desire to create a particular style of music as an artistic statement and to be honest I thought it would be the end of my career.

Live2Play: Did you really?

SV: Yes, because it was so contrary to what people might have been expecting and to what was going on at the time in the music scene.It’s considered a rock guitar instrumental record but it really doesn’t quite fit into that category.

Live2Play: It really doesn’t but to me it transcends the genre.

SV: I’m really a rock musician at heart. I like the energy and sound–what rock music is and but on the other hand I have a deep attraction to composition and the intellectual side of music so to speak and my brain just mixes these things together and that’s what comes out.

Live2Play: The CD just sounds so true to you and your vision.

SV: It’s funny I’ve heard many guitar instrumental albums and I have even released many on my label. It’s easy to hear a guitar player like Stevie Ray Vaughn and fall in love and say ok that’s within my ability because it’s blues or Joe Satriani where the formula a relatively simple but the melody is profoundly beautiful or Yngwie where you can hear what he’s doing and you can really practice and you still never get there. But with me I don’t think it’s very difficult to hear me play if you’re a guitar player and cop the riffs but I think what makes it a little more inaccesable
to people that would like to create something like it so to speak because they’re inspired by it is it’s eclicism in the notes , chords and lyrics.

Live2Play: You really did create your own guitar vocabulary.

SV: I didn’t realize it when I was doing it but I thought this is what I do so why not? I was so not interested in chasing this pop culture success , that was a trap and was discusting to me, then you become a slave to radio and to the gondreas and trends then what happens when the trend changes? Then you are stuck there trying to look like you did when you were 25 thin and had good hair and a wardrobe that looked appropriate at the time. I enjoyed that when it was happening but I knew I wasn’t going to chase that stuff.

Live2Play: Not everyone would jump off the bandwagon at your point of success to forge a new path but yet you did. To me that’s a real artist.

SV: Well here’s the thing, my instinct tells me most people can do that because I think everybody is uniquely creative at something but it’s obscured a lot of times by their fears of failure, the fear of not fitting and the fear of being criticized and all of that and I had all those things but my creative impulses were stronger than my fears.

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Live2Play:The production of the CD is also very innovative where did you record it?

SV: Parts of it were recorded at my old studio Stucco Blue in Simi Valley and the rest was done at my Mothership studio. I started the record when I was in Alcatrazz and then I had to shelve it when I was playing with Dave and would work on it here and there then when the Dave thing ended I just focused on it and soon as I finished it the Whitesnake offer came in.So I decided to do that because I couldn’t negotiate how I would front a band playing the music from Passion of Warfare.

Live2Play: I remember that when I saw you playing in Whitesnake you would play “For the Love of God “ during your solo section during the show.

SV: That was David Coverdale’s idea. He suggested it.

Live2Play: I know there are a couple drummers on the CD as well as a drum machine.What kind of drum machine did you use?

SV: There’s drum machine on one song, Love Secrets. Well, at the time sequencing was just starting to happen so I used Vision sequencing software and chop up things into a Roland S770 Sampler and I would have a hard time finding samples. It had 56 megabytes which at the time was a big deal. Every little sound you would have to toggle through all the screens on the unit. I did all the programming myself. I did everything on the record except play drums and bass. I even played bass on some things and I had some keyboards played by some friends including Dave Rosethal.

Live2Play:How long did it take to complete the CD?

SV: It took about 5 years to complete scattered out through the years. If I would have split up the time into 12 hour work days it would have taken 6 months.I produced ,mixed, engineered myself.The only thing I didn’t do was master it. My signal chain was beautifully analog for the recording.I used 2” Tape with an analog API console that I bought from Michael McDonald that I spent $100,000.00 rebuilding it with new Class A Jensen transformers and the OP amps put in. Then when I made the Sex and Religion I changed the OP amps in the console before I went back to the Jensens.The other OP amps were too edgy. I listen to the Passion and Warfare CD to this day and I think there’s a sound in that board. I would like to remix Sex and Religion someday on the right console.

Live2Play: How about guitar sounds on the CD?

SV: For amps I was using all sorts of stuff, Marshalls , Bogners, Fenders and Egnators and many times more than one at a time.I would split the signals. A lot of times I would always use room microphones.Some of the mics were AKG C-414’s and C-24’s to name a couple. I was also using a 3M machine. The first machine I bought. It was very hard to keep up the maintenance on it.After a while there was only one guy in town that could service it and he started charging fanamaol fees to service it.I eventually learned how to align it myself. I used the Green Meanie Charvel and a guitar by Tom Anderson that he made for me that was great. Then there was Jems and the Universe guitars of course.The Universe guitar I used on the song “For the Love of God “ and is featured on the inside cover of Passion and Warfare I actually gave to Prince.

Live2Play: Please tell us about the story how that transpired.

SV: I gave it to him many years ago. We chatted about it a short time later and he said that he diddled with it a bit and was putting in a room that he was building at Paisley Park along with all the other guitars that were given to him.I was recently contacted by his estate to tell me that they want to send the guitar back to me.

Live2Play: What would the young Steve Vai that was recording Passion and Warfare of back in the day tell the Steve Vai of today?

SV: I’m sorry that I made this so difficult for you to have to play it 25 years after you made it, but tough shit Vai, but I’m blowing up the bridge here…

Live2Play: You turned your record company on to Joe Satriani then you both put out game changing Iconic Guitar Instrumental Records. What are your thoughts on that?

SV: I let the record company know about him and Joe got the deal because he’s brilliant. I know it’s weird that both records made such an impact.

Live2Play: I recently saw Generation Axe, You just keep doing it, what made you think of the format?

SV: It was a simple idea and a smash all over. The thing that was so amazing was bringing those personalities together could potentially be catostrophic.Many amazing stories, the thing that was so amazing was how we all came together and how we bonded, Because you know those guys are very confident at what they do and they are all very intense, focused driven people and unbelievably talented.All you have to do in a situation like that is allow everybody to appreciate them for who they are and then this amazing synergy started happen.We felt like a band like brothers that we had something valuable and that trumped any kind of drama and then the drama is fine.These guys have been through everything.Now if we all weren’t sober it could have been a disaster.But everybody just got it and just wanted to have a great time.

Live2Play: One last question, Tell us about the David Lee Roth band reunion attempt last November. I was there in the crowd. Tell us what happened.

SV: Well it was very exciting, I have dinner with Billy and the rest of the guys in the band once a year and Billy brought up that it was the 30 year anniversary of the Eat’em and Smile album release and that there was this place called Lucky Strike where we could play a few song and he said let’s invite Dave and Dave was into it. No body knew he was going to be there.

Live2Play: Did you guys rehearse?

SV: No , We didn’t need to, we were just doing a couple songs Yankee Rose and Shy Boy .Dave did come over my house beforehand and he and I ran through it. When I realized that we weren’t going be able to play because the fire marshall closed down the club because there was to many people in the venue Dave was like perfect, the press will be better than it would if we did play and he was right. It was on TV and everything.

Live2Play: Any chance of it happening again?

SV: We all think it would be a great thing to do but it’s a matter of getting the stars to align because everyone is so busy and if it going to happen it needs to happen soon.

Live2Play: The Live DLR shows were amazing, especially the tractor pull guitar solo Billy and you used to do in the middle of the show was nuts and I’ve never seen anything like it before or since.

SV: It’s funny I never saw it until recently when someone sent me a video link of it and I was like what?? I couldn’t believe what Billy and I were doing. We were crazy.

Live2Play: Who’s idea was it?

SV: We just worked it out and played whatever would make us laugh.

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Tipling Rock: Small Space, Big Sound http://www.l2pnet.com/tipling-rock-small-space-big-sound/ http://www.l2pnet.com/tipling-rock-small-space-big-sound/#respond Thu, 27 Oct 2016 06:51:44 +0000 http://www.l2pnet.com/?p=2644 By Gihan Salem Williams Think you need more space to record your magnum opus? Boston-based Tipling Rock does all of their recording in… a dorm room. 1) You record music in your dorm – how does that work and when do you find the time? It’s a challenge, both in the sense of time and […]

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By Gihan Salem Williams
Think you need more space to record your magnum opus? Boston-based Tipling Rock does all of their recording in… a dorm room.

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1) You record music in your dorm – how does that work and when do you find the time?

It’s a challenge, both in the sense of time and space, but that’s also part of the fun. We mostly end up recording at night when we have some free time. For louder sources like drums (which also require more space) we find other places, but for things like guitar, vocals, and bass the dorm does just fine. The one thing that I wish we could get away with is cranking our amps, but I don’t think that flies in a dorm. We just moved into an off campus apartment together so we’ll see if we can finally start making that happen.

2) There is so much technology in recording music these days – do you have a source that you go to to find new ways to get the sound you like?

We love to listen to other bands and analyze their production. A lot of times when we hear a sound we like we start digging into how to accomplish it from the technical side.

3) Tell us about your favorite piece of recording gear and why?
We have a pair of AKG C414b’s that are definitely MVPs on our recordings. I love how flexible they are and I find that they’re great on just about every source in a recording context. The selectable polar patterns and variable high pass filter also help with versatility, and I enjoy using the highpass before the signal even hits the preamp. They’re our go-to’s for drum overheads, vocals, percussion, and sometimes guitar amps.

For more on Tipling Rock, check out this piece from ArtistDirect.com

Or the video LOW TIDE LOVE

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IK Multimedia Introduces iLoud Micro Monitors http://www.l2pnet.com/ik-multimedia-introduces-iloud-micro-monitors/ http://www.l2pnet.com/ik-multimedia-introduces-iloud-micro-monitors/#respond Thu, 27 Oct 2016 06:29:52 +0000 http://www.l2pnet.com/?p=2658 Get high-end sound without the high-end price We are pleased to announce that iLoud Micro Monitor, the ultra-compact best sounding monitors for small studios, is now shipping and available from select IK resellers worldwide and the IK online store for only $/€299.99 per pair. iLoud Micro Monitor delivers amazingly detailed, clear and accurate audio in […]

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Get high-end sound without the high-end price
We are pleased to announce that iLoud Micro Monitor, the ultra-compact best sounding monitors for small studios, is now shipping and available from select IK resellers worldwide and the IK online store for only $/€299.99 per pair.

iLoud Micro Monitor delivers amazingly detailed, clear and accurate audio in a compact, efficient and portable enclosure. They are able to do this because of the combination of DSP-controlled frequency response, ultra-accurate and time aligned crossover and smart design – the drivers are powered by four ultra-efficient class D power amplifiers that push out a combined 50W RMS of power. Each individual speaker has a 3/4” silk dome tweeter, a 3” custom composite material performance woofer and a large flaring front-firing bass reflex port. iLoud Micro Monitor is characterized by having pleasing high frequencies, an exceptionally “open” detailed midrange and a solid, controlled low end.

Total DSP control
iLoud Micro Monitor provides a flat and linear speaker response in any listening environment thanks to its onboard 56-bit digital signal processor (DSP). The DSP handles the frequency and phase response of the monitors and also manages the dynamic range so that the drivers are always under control. The DSP acts as a digital crossover allowing for invisibly smooth transitions between the drivers and can be adjusted to suit different listening environments thanks to the three EQ switches: one for treble, one for bass and a Desktop toggle that optimizes its use in a free field or desktop setup.

The “Super-nearfield” monitoring system
iLoud Micro Monitor is designed so that the sweet spot is at the ideal location when creating, producing, mixing or listening to music. And since the sweet spot is closer to the speakers, you’re able to monitor the audio without the unwanted effect of room reflections that can color the sound, giving you the most accurate sound in a small space.

The bottom line
iLoud Micro Monitor gives you stunningly accurate and detailed sound for mixing in any space – from cramped bedrooms to large studios – without the compromises in sonic quality normally associated with other small and budget monitors. Plus iLoud Micro Monitor accepts both RCA (cable included) and 1/8” wired connections and can also be paired for Bluetooth streaming. Simply put, iLoud Micro Monitor gives you high-end sound without the high-end price.

Pricing and availability
iLoud Micro Monitor is now available and shipping from music and electronics retailers worldwide, and from the IK Online Store for only $/€299.99 per pair (excluding taxes). Plus as a bonus, when you register your iLoud Micro Monitor by November 30, 2016, you’ll receive a T-RackS individual processor of your choice — that’s a value up to $/€149.99 for Free!

Bi-amped design, 50W RMS

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55 Hz Best-in-class bass response

Dual position isolation mount

Click Here to see what the experts are saying about iLoud Micro Monitor!

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Roland Announces New York Blues Tone Capsule http://www.l2pnet.com/roland-announces-new-york-blues-tone-capsule/ http://www.l2pnet.com/roland-announces-new-york-blues-tone-capsule/#respond Wed, 19 Oct 2016 14:49:57 +0000 http://www.l2pnet.com/?p=2641 Developed under the supervision of NYC guitarist Oz Noy, the New York Blues Tone Capsule delivers a unique tonal fusion that captures the international diversity of the New York City music scene. It provides all the characteristics that classic British EL84 combos are noted for, including glassy clean chime, creamy power tube distortion, and a […]

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Developed under the supervision of NYC guitarist Oz Noy, the New York Blues Tone Capsule delivers a unique tonal fusion that captures the international diversity of the New York City music scene. It provides all the characteristics that classic British EL84 combos are noted for, including glassy clean chime, creamy power tube distortion, and a distinctive presence that cuts through any band mix. With the Blues Cube’s wide-ranging gain and tone controls, players can also dial in sounds that bring some of the original Blues Cube’s tweed-flavored midrange and overdrive into the mix.

Oz Noy’s eclectic fusion of jazz, rock, and blues styles embodies the diverse musical melting pot found in New York City. For the New York Blues Tone Capsule, Roland enlisted the guitarist to help fine-tune its tone and feel for maximum expression on stage. At the famous Germano Studios in New York, Oz worked tirelessly with the Roland engineers to dial-in every note to his satisfaction. For the final test, he used the completed Tone Capsule (installed in a Blues Cube Tour head) at his regular nightclub gig in Greenwich Village, and he loved the results.

The Blues Cube amplifier series features Roland’s innovative and comprehensive Tube Logic approach, which completely captures the highly musical sound and inspiring feel of classic tube guitar amps. One of the many benefits of Tube Logic is the ability to instantly change the amplifier’s voicing via a Tone Capsule socket on the chassis.

The New York Blues Tone Capsule is the latest addition to the growing Tone Capsule lineup, which also includes Tone Capsules developed with Eric Johnson, Robben Ford, and Kirk Fletcher.

The New York Blues Tone Capsule is compatible with the Blues Cube Artist, Artist212, Stage, and Tour amplifiers, and is available for a U.S. street price of $199.

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The 1st Physically Modeled Electric Bass Virtual Instrument http://www.l2pnet.com/1st-physically-modeled-electric-bass-virtual-instrument/ http://www.l2pnet.com/1st-physically-modeled-electric-bass-virtual-instrument/#respond Wed, 19 Oct 2016 14:41:45 +0000 http://www.l2pnet.com/?p=2638 MODO BASS from IK Multimedia, brings a new level of realism and playability to virtual bass instruments. MODO BASS is a completely customizable physically modeled virtual bass that recreates the electric bass and how it’s played – from the physical instrument and everything that makes it sound the way it does, to how the instrument […]

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MODO BASS from IK Multimedia, brings a new level of realism and playability to virtual bass instruments. MODO BASS is a completely customizable physically modeled virtual bass that recreates the electric bass and how it’s played – from the physical instrument and everything that makes it sound the way it does, to how the instrument is played and its sonic performance, to the entire sound signal chain – no detail is left out.

Developed in collaboration with one of Europe’s oldest universities, MODO BASS utilizes a breakthrough technology to breathe life into bass tracks. Unlike traditional sample-based virtual instruments, MODO BASS utilizes modal synthesis technology and an ultra-optimized sound engine to model each string as a nonlinear resonator where the string’s acoustic behavior is determined by its physical parameters as well as by the interaction of the string with fretboard, body and pick-ups of the instrument. The action of the player is then modeled as a nonlinear physical interaction with certain areas on the string surface. Then using IK’s cutting edge analog modeling expertise, the amp and effects rig of the electric bass is added to the sound chain.

Virtually every electric bass sound

The foundation of MODO BASS is a collection of 12 physically modeled iconic electric basses that span the history of bass sound in recorded music – more bass models than available in most other virtual instruments. Bass models include “60s P-Bass” based on an Alder body ’60s era Fender Precision Bass®, “70s P-Bass” based on an Ash body Fender Precision Bass®, “70s J-Bass” based on an Alder body Fender Jazz Bass®, “Modern J-Bass” based on an Ash body Fender Jazz Bass®, “Devil Bass” based on Gibson® EB-0, “Bass Man 5” based on Music Man® StingRay 5-string, “Rick n’ Bass” based on Rickenbacker® 4003, “Studio Bass” based on Yamaha® RB5, “Violin Bass” based on a Hofner® Violin Bass, “Thunder Bass” based on a Gibson® Thunderbird, “Japan Bass” based on an Ibanez® Soundgear, and “Flame Bass” based on Warwick® Streamer.

Every detail of each bass has been meticulously analyzed and modeled to capture the true sonic character of the original basses – the shape and type, the wood used for the body and neck construction, the hardware components like bridge and tuners, the original onboard electronics and controls – every aspect and detail has been modeled and recreated to provide the highest degree of sonic authenticity of the original. But the sounds available with MODO BASS extend far beyond the 12 modeled basses; with the available customization features, users can craft virtually every electric bass sound imaginable.

Customized, ever-changing sound

MODO BASS is able to produce an unlimited palette of bass sounds because everything can be customized. Unlike other bass instruments, users are able to adjust and personalize each aspect of the instrument that contributes to its tone profile – playing style, strings, pickups, pickup placement, electronics, tone settings, action, stomp box effects and amp settings. The combination of these customization options opens up a limitless universe of bass sound covering every imaginable and desirable tone. And just like a real bass player, every expression and interaction with the instrument will be unique.

Pluck, Slap or Pick – modeled playing styles

Once the bass instrument has been selected, players choose from 3 playing styles – pluck, slap or pick – and control how each playing style influences the tone of the instrument; the force applied to the strings, the position of the hand, the direction of the stroke, the fingers used to play the instrument and how the strings are approached, the impact of the thumb slap and the finger pull on the string and even the thickness of the pick and style of its attack. Every aspect of playing style has been studied and modeled to provide its unique impact on tone.

String Customization

The strings are one of the most important contributors to tone, so IK painstakingly studied and recreated all of the factors that affect it. Players can choose the number of strings to define the tonal range of the bass, the construction type and material of the strings (round or flat wound), the gauge and age of the strings, plus the physical action height of the strings above the fretboard. Each of these options contributes its own character to the output of the bass and introduces realism never before heard in a virtual instrument.

Custom pickup configuration

Players can also completely customize the onboard electronics of the bass. There are 20 iconic bass pickups from which to choose that can be freely interchanged and added to the instrument – up to 2 pickups per bass. Users can change the type of pickups used, neck or bridge single coil or humbuckers, and their physical location under the strings can be moved freely for unlimited playing and tonal variations – a feature virtually impossible in the physical world. Each pickup has its own volume control and is also controlled by a global tone control. MODO BASS also gives players the ability to mix in the sound of an under-bridge piezo pickup for added resonance and top end. Switching from Passive to Active electronics option also enables a 3-band parametric EQ to fine-tune the pickup output tone.

FX and Amplifier choices

With MODO BASS, players have full control over the signal path and get 7 bass stomp boxes and two classic bass amplifiers derived from IK’s AmpliTube flagship software. Stomp box effects include an Octaver, Distortion, Chorus, Compressor, Delay, Envelope Filter or Graphic EQ. Each stomp box gives players full control over the effect applied to the signal, parameter adjustment and overall output volume into the next effect.

Players can also choose from a classic all-tube amplifier and 1×15 cab, or a powerhouse solid-state model with a 4×10 cab. Each amp provides full control over gain structure, EQ (with mid-frequency adjustment on the tube amp), and additional fine-tuning options with a graphic EQ. There is also a global bypass feature that allows for bass signal routing from MODO BASS into another amp effects modeling suite like IK’s AmpliTube Custom Shop, opening up a whole new world of sonic options for bass tone shaping and effects.

Totally controllable in real time

MODO BASS also provides MIDI control of critical parameters that can be automated in real time. With the MIDI Control section, players control and adjust the application of vibrato, the playing style, the application of Mute technique and the amount of slide technique applied while playing. The frequency of the vibrato, the amount of the bend, plus the amount of slide and detach noise while playing can all be controlled in real time on the fly.

Keyswitching in MODO BASS allows players to switch on the fly between chord mode and note mode, the type of stroke used for playing, the fingers used and the method of playing, which provides the ability to completely customize the sound in real time.

MODO BASS for Mac/PC is available now for pre-order from the IK Online store at a special introductory price of $/€149.99**.

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PreSonus Debuts StudioLive AR USB Hybrid Mixers http://www.l2pnet.com/presonus-debuts-studiolive-ar-usb-hybrid-mixers/ http://www.l2pnet.com/presonus-debuts-studiolive-ar-usb-hybrid-mixers/#respond Tue, 11 Oct 2016 11:24:43 +0000 http://www.l2pnet.com/?p=2632 PreSonus says its StudioLive® AR USB-series hybrid mixers are lightweight, versatile, and feature-rich, “musician’s mixers,” packed with analog connections and digital tools for live performance and studio use. The series includes three models: the 18-channel StudioLive AR16 USB, 14-channel StudioLive AR12 USB, and 8-channel StudioLive AR8 USB. The StudioLive AR USB mixers are equipped with […]

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PreSonus says its StudioLive® AR USB-series hybrid mixers are lightweight, versatile, and feature-rich, “musician’s mixers,” packed with analog connections and digital tools for live performance and studio use. The series includes three models: the 18-channel StudioLive AR16 USB, 14-channel StudioLive AR12 USB, and 8-channel StudioLive AR8 USB.

The StudioLive AR USB mixers are equipped with a Mac- and Windows-compatible, 24-bit, 96 kHz, USB 2.0 audio interface that can capture all input channels and the main mix. With the StudioLive AR USB mixers you can create multitrack recordings with one click in PreSonus’ Capture™ live-recording software, then mix, edit, and distribute from award-winning Studio One® 3 Artist DAW production software; both are included free.

Every StudioLive AR USB mixer comes equipped with an onboard stereo SD recorder that lets you record the main mix without a computer—just hit Record and go. You can also use the SD recorder to play up to 32 GB of MP3 and WAV files for hours of program music or backing tracks without needing a computer.
StudioLive AR USB mixers also feature the unique PreSonus Super Channel, which allows you to play audio from four stereo sources simultaneously.

Plug a media player into the Super Channel’s unbalanced RCA inputs. Connect your tablet to the 1/8-inch stereo input. Play stereo audio from the onboard SD recorder or from your USB-connected Mac or Windows PC. Use onboard Bluetooth 4.1 to pair your phone to your StudioLive AR USB mixer and instantly have wireless access to your music library for break music, backing tracks, or ear-training. Have a song you want the rest of the band to learn? Pair your phone and start rehearsing! The Super Channel allows you to play back audio from four stereo sources at one time.

All models are available immediately. U.S. MAP/street prices are: StudioLive AR16 USB $599.95; StudioLive AR12 USB $499.95; and StudioLive AR8 USB $399.95. For more information, please visit www.presonus.com/products/studiolive-ar-usb-mixers.

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PreSonus AIR Loudspeakers for Mobile and Install http://www.l2pnet.com/presonus_air_loudspeakers/ http://www.l2pnet.com/presonus_air_loudspeakers/#respond Tue, 04 Oct 2016 13:06:49 +0000 http://www.l2pnet.com/?p=2621 PreSonus says their new AIR full-range systems, with 1,200W of Class D/Class AB power and enhanced digital tuning functions, provide rich, extended low-end with natural high-frequency extension in an enclosure that will  fit in the back seat of a small car. The AIR series includes the AIR10, AIR12, and AIR15 sporting 10-, 12-, and 15-inch […]

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PreSonus says their new AIR full-range systems, with 1,200W of Class D/Class AB power and enhanced digital tuning functions, provide rich, extended low-end with natural high-frequency extension in an enclosure that will  fit in the back seat of a small car.
The AIR series includes the AIR10, AIR12, and AIR15 sporting 10-, 12-, and 15-inch low-frequency transducers. The three full-range models are driven by an amplification system that combines the strengths of a Class D with a Class A/B amplifier. The Class D amp provides 500 watts (continuous ) for commanding low end while a 200W (continuous) Class A/B amplifier powers the high-frequency driver.
Complimenting the full-range boxes, the 1,200W AIR15s and AIR18s active subs add detailed bottom end all the way down to 35 Hz. The AIR subwoofers can be used with virtually any full-range loudspeaker, thanks to their variable lowpass filter. Optimized presets for the AIR10, AIR12, and AIR15 make it easy to dial-in a three-way AIR system without an external crossover.
With the on-board presets, you can tweak the AIR full-range loudspeakers’ response for use as front-of-house mains, as monitor wedges, for music playback, for enhanced low end, and for improved speech intelligibility. Additional presets optimize the speakers for stand, bracket,   or flown and treble and bass controls are  compensate for room anomalies..
AIR subwoofers have DSP presets for normal front-of-house use and for extended low end, as well as presets to quickly configure a cardioid array (end-fire or ground-stacked). Polarity reverse and a variable alignment delay are also provided to configure more complicated subwoofer arrays or to align the subwoofer to your full-range system.
The full-range speakers’ molded plastic, multi-angle enclosure sports nonskid rubber feet on the bottom for upright front-of-house use and on one side for stage monitor applications. AIR subwoofers offer a rugged, yet remarkably lightweight, tour-grade birch enclosure.
With their “best of both worlds” power-amp configuration; clear, natural sound with articulate and detailed high end; carefully programmed DSP presets; versatile mounting options; flexible inputs with onboard mixing; and other professional features, PreSonus AIR-series loudspeakers are an excellent choice for both mobile and installed sound.
AIR-series loudspeakers are available now at PreSonus dealers. U.S. MAP/street prices are: AIR10 $499.95; AIR12 $599.95; AIR15 $699.95; AIR15s $799.95; and AIR18s $999.95.

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A-T Offering Rebates on System10 Digital Wireless Systems http://www.l2pnet.com/t-offering-rebates-system10-digital-wireless-systems/ http://www.l2pnet.com/t-offering-rebates-system10-digital-wireless-systems/#respond Tue, 04 Oct 2016 11:38:09 +0000 http://www.l2pnet.com/?p=2615 Operating in the 2.4 GHz range, far from TV and DTV interference, audio-Technica’s System 10 offers high-fidelity digital wireless, advanced 24-bit operation and clear sound. System 10 wireless ensures clear communications by providing three levels of diversity assurance: frequency, time, and space. Frequency Diversity sends the signal on two dynamically allocated frequencies for interference-free communication. […]

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Operating in the 2.4 GHz range, far from TV and DTV interference, audio-Technica’s System 10 offers high-fidelity digital wireless, advanced 24-bit operation and clear sound. System 10 wireless ensures clear communications by providing three levels of diversity assurance: frequency, time, and space. Frequency Diversity sends the signal on two dynamically allocated frequencies for interference-free communication. Time Diversity sends the signal in multiple time slots to maximize immunity to multipath interference. Finally, Space Diversity uses two antennas on each transmitter and receiver to maximize signal integrity.

Through the end of the year, A-T is offering rebates of $25.00, $50.00 and $100.00 on select System 10 Digital Wireless Systems, including Camera-Mount, Stompbox and System 10 PRO Rack-Mount (single- and dual-channel) configurations. Systems purchased from an authorized A-T dealer in the U.S. and its territories between October 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016 are eligible for a rebate on each system purchased (no limit).

System 10 eligible products and U.S. street prices:
$25.00 rebate: ATW-1701 System 10 Camera-Mount Digital Wireless System ($379.95)
$25.00 rebate: ATW-1701/L System 10 Camera-Mount Digital Wireless System with lavalier mic ($449.95)
$25.00 rebate: ATW-1702 System 10 Camera-Mount Digital Wireless System with handheld mic ($399.95)
$50.00 rebate: ATW-1501 System 10 Stompbox Guitar Wireless System ($349.95)
$50.00 rebate: ATW-1301 System 10 PRO Rack-Mount Single-Channel Bodypack Digital Wireless System ($429.00)
$50.00 rebate: ATW-1301/L System 10 PRO Rack-Mount Single-Channel Bodypack Digital Wireless System with lavalier mic ($499.00)
$50.00 rebate: ATW-1302 System 10 PRO Rack-Mount Single-Channel Handheld Digital Wireless System ($449.00)
$100.00 rebate: ATW-1311/L System 10 PRO Rack-Mount Dual-Channel Bodypack Digital Wireless System with lavalier mic ($899.00)
$100.00 rebate: ATW-1312 System 10 PRO Dual-Channel Rack-Mount Bodypack/Handheld Digital Wireless System ($779.00)
$100.00 rebate: ATW-1312/L System 10 PRO Dual-Channel Rack-Mount Bodypack/Handheld Digital Wireless System with lavalier mic ($849.00)
$100.00 rebate: ATW-1322 System 10 PRO Dual-Channel Rack-Mount Handheld Digital Wireless System ($799.00)

All rebate submissions must be postmarked by January 31, 2017. Additional product information and rebate instructions can be found here.

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The Solo Gigger: Movin’ Out (?) http://www.l2pnet.com/solo-gigger-movin/ http://www.l2pnet.com/solo-gigger-movin/#respond Sun, 25 Sep 2016 02:13:19 +0000 http://www.l2pnet.com/?p=2611 by Riley Wilson One of the critical factors for successful solo musicians is to live in an area with sufficient work. Because some areas of the country or world change over time, moving can become a necessity. I have done this many times in my life for personal and professional reasons and the results have […]

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by Riley Wilson

One of the critical factors for successful solo musicians is to live in an area with sufficient work. Because some areas of the country or world change over time, moving can become a necessity. I have done this many times in my life for personal and professional reasons and the results have been rewarding.

The late session great Tommy Tedesco encouraged players serious about a music career to relocate to a bigger city in his book, “For Guitar Players Only.” When I moved to Los Angeles in 1983, I was inspired to work harder than I ever had as a musician. Just being in a different town can often catapult your work to another level.

Why move at all? If you live in a small to medium sized town, there may be few, if any places to perform. If there isn’t anyone going to restaurants, pubs, taverns and coffeehouse with entertainment, it might be time to look at moving. If your town has moved away from live entertainment to mostly DJ’s and dance clubs, a bigger market may allow you more potential places to gig. If you live up north, you may find a warmer climate has a longer or year round performing season.

Before you call a moving company, make a list about why you’re considering moving. Be sure you have recently spoken to anyone and everyone in your current town for possible gigs. Ask yourself where you might find more work. Will you have enough money to afford the move and then a period of little to no work until you become established? What types of music do you perform and can you adapt to a new style in demand in a new location? Are you married and/or have children? Are they supportive and realize a move is disruptive and that they will have to start over with friends, school, church, etc.? Will the possible rewards make the risk worth it? If possible, contact friends, colleagues and potential agents and venues for information about the new town.

A short visit following considerable internet research can prove fruitful and invaluable. Make a pros and cons list and study it out in your mind before pulling any triggers. If you are of a religious bent–as I am–then I suggest fervent prayer to verify your choice before packing it in and heading down the highway.

Once you’re relocated, be sure to update your contact information and let people know what you’re looking to accomplish. Resolve to put in substantial time looking for work. Make a contact list and use this to help network with other musicians, agents and venues. Get new business cards and give them out liberally. If you’re on national booking sites like Gigmasters, Gig Salad, Thumbtack, etc. you may find you get more or less work in the new community. If this happens, simply keep networking and introducing yourself to potential clubs, restaurants, bars, agents and the like. If you are talented and hard working, you will eventually land work.

Don’t let your foot off the accelerator pedal, however. Like a business associate once said, “the time to start looking for your next job is once you land the current one!” Be patient and realize it may be a year or longer before you start working regularly.

Each move I have done has helped me get ahead musically. I am fortunate to have enjoyed my time and gigs in California, North Carolina and most recently, Texas. If you feel stifled in your current town, do some research and don’t rule out a move. It might be beneficial and profitable for you, too.

Riley Wilson is a Dallas, TX based solo gigger, music teacher and voice talent. His websites are www.guitarmadesimpler.com and www.wrileywilson.com

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Emily Estefan to Receive WorldArts DOTY Award http://www.l2pnet.com/emily-estefan-receive-worldarts-doty-award/ http://www.l2pnet.com/emily-estefan-receive-worldarts-doty-award/#respond Tue, 06 Sep 2016 15:32:12 +0000 http://www.l2pnet.com/?p=2606 The LATIN SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME/ LA MUSA AWARDS and WORLDARTS has announced that emerging singer-songwriter Emily Estefan will receive the WorldArts Discovery of the Year Award during the 4th annual LA MUSA AWARDS ceremony.The WorldArts Discovery of the Year Award is given to promising young talent at the start of their careers. Larry Underwood, […]

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The LATIN SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME/ LA MUSA AWARDS and WORLDARTS has announced that emerging singer-songwriter Emily Estefan will receive the WorldArts Discovery of the Year Award during the 4th annual LA MUSA AWARDS ceremony.The WorldArts Discovery of the Year Award is given to promising young talent at the start of their careers.

Larry Underwood, Founder and CEO of WorldArts said, “We are absolutely thrilled to have chosen Emily Estefan to receive the 1st annual WorldsArts Discovery of The Year Award established with us by the Latin Songwriters Hall Of Fame to be presented at the LA MUSA AWARDS. Emily is one of the most exciting and dynamic new singer-songwriters to emerge on the scene and we look forward to watching her steadily rise and keep bringing her amazing music to the world far into the future.”

For Desmond Child, LSHOF Chairman/CEO, “Emily has created a unique sound incorporating all the incredible music she grew up with and the sounds of her own generation with the ease of an artist far beyond her years. I would like to sincerely congratulate her on this prestigious new award from WorldArts which is totally deserved.”

“We are so excited to have Emily receive the WorldArts Discovery of the Year Award this year, it’s so deserved because I had the pleasure of being knocked out by Emily’s talent during the Miami Beach Centennial mega celebration concert that I produced with my friends at ACT Productions. I was totally blown away, I had no idea how gifted Emily is, she’s the real deal and we wouldn’t expect anything less coming from the Estefan Musical Dynasty,” said LSHOF President Rudy Perez.

The 2016 LA MUSA AWARDS will be held on Thursday, October 13th at The Fillmore Miami Beach Jackie Gleason Theater, directed by Richard Jay-Alexander, conducted by Eduardo Marturet (Miami Symphony Orchestra) and presented by WorldArts (WorldArts.com). This year’s Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame inductees are Los Temerarios (Adolfo & Gustavo Ángel Alba), Draco Rosa, Alejandro Jaen, Claudia Brant, Miguel Luna and Cheo Zorilla.

About Emily Estefan
Emily Estefan is not only part of a musical dynasty, in her own right she’s a musical force to be reckoned with. She founded Alien Shrimp Records in the hopes that it would not only be a home for her original music, but also a place for new and emerging artists to thrive and truly express themselves creatively. Emily earned a degree in contemporary writing and production from Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music. Her label, Alien Shrimp Records and RED Distribution announced a newly inked partnership for physical and digital distribution throughout the U.S. and Canada, as well as worldwide digital distribution, for its entire roster. She is the 2017 recipient of the WorldArts discovery of the Year Award.

About the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame
The Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame is a 501c3 non-profit organization founded by renowned songwriter/producers Desmond Child & Rudy Pérez in 2012 and modeled after the high standards set by the Songwriters Hall Of Fame. Our mission is to educate, preserve, honor and celebrate the lives and music of the world’s greatest Latin songwriters, composers and lyricists in every genre while developing and inspiring new generations of music creators through master classes, workshops, scholarships and digital initiatives.

About WorldArts.com
WorldArts is the premiere global resource for artists to connect directly with fans, brands, and industry professionals. We offer artists live performance opportunities and an e-commerce platform to sell and license their music so they can monetize their career. Our crowd funding platform allow fans to share in this journey by helping artists tour and continue producing their music. Fans are also rewarded with exclusive offers and can share content so they can be a part of finding the ‘next big thing’. Our mission is to bring the music world under one roof and make it a better place for everyone. At WorldArts… it’s all about the music.

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New Releases: Sky Between Leaves “Klein Blues” http://www.l2pnet.com/new-releases-sky-leaves-klein-blues/ http://www.l2pnet.com/new-releases-sky-leaves-klein-blues/#respond Tue, 06 Sep 2016 14:36:43 +0000 http://www.l2pnet.com/?p=2600 Sky Between Leaves is an East London based Brazilian post punk/krautrock act made up of Tito Cordeiro (guitar/vocals), Brenno Balbino (Bass/ synthesizers) and Juliana Favero (Drums/ Percussion). The band, who take their name from Jarvis Cocker’s anecdote about wearing glasses for the first time and realising that the holes in the trees were the sky, […]

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Sky Between Leaves is an East London based Brazilian post punk/krautrock act made up of Tito Cordeiro (guitar/vocals), Brenno Balbino (Bass/ synthesizers) and Juliana Favero (Drums/ Percussion).

The band, who take their name from Jarvis Cocker’s anecdote about wearing glasses for the first time and realising that the holes in the trees were the sky, have supported seminal alternative acts Robin Guthrie (Cocteau Twins), The Telescopes, Mark Gardner (Ride), AR Kane and resurgent bands of English C86 scene The Woodentops, Blue Orchids and 14 Iced Bears. The trio is gearing up for the release of their debut four track EP ‘Klein Blues’, which is scheduled for release digitally and as a limited edition 10″ blue vinyl via Horus Music and Bandshell Records.
The Krautrock inspired ‘Out Of Body Experience’ is an aptly named track that takes inspiration from the phenomenon in which some people experience the sensation of floating outside their physical body during times of mental unconsciousness. Sky Between Leaves delivers a dream inducing, genre defying pearl that is the perfect sonic accompaniment for Brion Gysin’s Dreamachine.

Title track ‘Klein Blues’ is a stunning example of Dreampop, inspired by the leading member of Nouveau Réalisme (New Realism), French artist Yves Klein. Also, considered one of the forerunners of Pop Art.

‘Shell Beach’ is a Space Rock / Krautrock composition that takes inspiration from Alex Proyas’ neo-noir film Dark City (1998), in which the protagonist sets out to piece together hazy memories of his wife. In order to do so, he goes in a quest to find the elusive seaside place called Shell Beach, where he is alleged to have grown up as a boy.

Post Punk track ‘Joke Is Over’ addresses the issues of bullying and gun violence which permeate modern society. (Press release provided by label)

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Pray For Sound To Release Everything Is Beautiful http://www.l2pnet.com/pray-sound-release-everything-beautiful/ http://www.l2pnet.com/pray-sound-release-everything-beautiful/#respond Tue, 06 Sep 2016 14:17:19 +0000 http://www.l2pnet.com/?p=2597 Pray for Sound had its origins as a solo studio project started by Bruce Malley in late 2011. He had been diagnosed with a large destructive cyst called a cholesteatoma growing inside his left ear that inhibited his hearing. Despite doctors’ best efforts, he was left with severe hearing loss, tinnitus, and recurring pain. To […]

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Pray for Sound had its origins as a solo studio project started by Bruce Malley in late 2011. He had been diagnosed with a large destructive cyst called a cholesteatoma growing inside his left ear that inhibited his hearing. Despite doctors’ best efforts, he was left with severe hearing loss, tinnitus, and recurring pain. To many musicians and songwriters such a development would be a death sentence, but Malley used his ordeal as inspiration, translating these intensely emotional experiences into instrumental post-rock compositions. Steve Aliperta, Joe Aylward, Chris LaRocque, and Nick Stewart were recruited to help Malley bring Pray for Sound to the stage, and the band quickly made a name for themselves in their native Boston.

The third release from Pray for Sound, Everything Is Beautiful, communicates the dichotic concept of light vs. dark without a single spoken word. As the follow up to the band’s 2014 album Dreamer, Everything Is Beautiful marks an all in decision to dedicate their energies towards the band. “The five of us left our ‘real lives’ behind in Massachusetts and relocated up to Glover, Vermont for eight days with all our music equipment,” recalls Malley. “No distractions or stress.” Removing all societal participation built quite a euphoric experience for the band, and allowed them to find renewed creativity in their songwriting. The eleven new songs found on Everything Is Beautiful feature turbulent guitar riffs and heart pounding drums accompanied by sweeping and all encompassing undercurrents of sound that evoke the likes of My Bloody Valentine, Tycho, and Explosions in the Sky. “We discovered a newfound excitement for the music we were making,” says Malley of the time spent writing and recording Everything Is Beautiful. “We took our time to finish our ideas, and the end result is something we’re all incredibly proud of.”

Everything Is Beautiful was written, recorded, produced, and mixed by the band themselves. The band is accompanied by a united release from I Am Shark, AM/FM Records, and dunk!records (EU) coordinating a full-length release via Digital/CD/Vinyl/Merch on September 23rd, 2016.

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