First time ever in Baton Rouge, Louisiana! The place where PreSonuSphere 2013 took place! The post-show newsletter went out yesterday and we made it into the newsletter that went out to PreSonus users everywhere! Good food, southern hospitality and great people to talk to at the conference!
I was running my demonstrations and sessions off an Intel Ultrabook Convertible device called the Asus Taichi 21 (11”) which featured an Intel Core i7 1.9Ghz, 4GB Ram, 256GB SSD and Windows 8! :)
Here I am with voice over actress and singer Naomi Mercer. We’re editing some vocals that she recorded live on stage! Even my beloved little Dj-Pon3 shared the stage with me at the event!
Here I am waving my hands around like a good producer should, when addressing an audience of talented creators. :) We recorded with some really cool mics from Blue Microphones and some great PreSonus equipment!
Look at her singing her heart out! We were fixing vocals on one of her remixes for her new EP. We were actually recording with the Blue Microphone Kiwi (the green one), the Audio Technica mic was not actually being used at all.
Here’s a farther away shot, so you can see how the stage was setup. We actually had a very cool audience! They built an interesting vocal booth too!
I’m on the left side, the band on stage is L’Angelus, which I was asked to record and produce in front of an audience of users, engineers and producers. We were able to demonstrate from “riff to release” showing an overview of the production process, all the way to getting the track available digitally within 90 minutes on the internet. I had wonderful audio help from PreSonus staff as well as Byron Gaither(steadyb), Thanks Byron!
Here we (Byron) and I, backstage after the panel! :)
Here’s the final panel of the last day of the event. It was an honor to share the stage with this group of amazing people. from left to right Naomi Mercer (voice artist for games and film), Justin Lassen (Producer), Khaliq Glover "Khaliq-O-Vision" (Grammy winning Recording Engineer), John Mills (veteran FOH engineer), Jim Odom (Chief Strategy Officer, PreSonus), Jim Mack (CEO, PreSonus), John Storyk (Renowned acoustician), Bob Tudor (CTO, PreSonus) and moderator Craig Anderton.
someone probably told a joke. :)
I must be saying something really cool. ;/
Local ethereal rock/synth band “Royal Teeth” played a concert on PreSonus gear for the audience. The singer made me think he was influenced by Tyler from Neon Tree’s, because it felt like it could have been Tyler’s little brother jumping around up there. (shout out to Neon Tree’s, cos they are dope!)
Another shot of me producing L’Angelus live!
Two of the members of L’Angelus! Such humble extremely talented sweethearts! Stephen is awesome and he left before I could get a picture with him! This is Katie and Paige! Katie is guitar, Paige is bass, Stephen is violin and Johnny is drums!
This is Karen Dunn, and I don’t think I would be at the event without her! She’s worked in the business a long time and I am grateful that I finally got to meet her! She was incredibly amazing to work with, and I consider her family! that’s actually what’s so cool about PreSonus’ in general, they really are dedicated to the artists! Karen is the perfect team member! I can’t wait to be a part of some of her shows and projects coming up! She hinted at some really cool stuff too! #respect
Where would I be without THIS guy! Seriously, Justin Spence is the supreme bad ass of the event! From weeks and months before the event, all the way through, he handled everything perfectly! He made me feel comfortable on stage, gave me whatever I needed to make sure my talks were spot on, and anytime something came up, Justin handled it! This man knows what he is doing, and I later learned that he also headed up SAE Institute’s in 2 different locations! He’s humble, hard working and I for one and honored to know him!
Me and Craig Anderton (Gibson), we met at many trade shows over the years, but this was the first time we really got to know eachother more! I have nothing but respect for this amazing guy!
This is Jim Boitnott (President of Notion), and we’re talking about me doing some cool projects with him! :) They acquired the Gary Garritan libraries a while back, and those were some of my first libraries! PreSonus acquired Notion, so naturally I got an amazing chance to meet Jim! (Thanks Rachel!) Jim and I hit it off and he’s going to make some sweet introduction for me! Bright futures!
I met these guys at one of the sponsor booths, this is seriously one of the COOLEST MIDI pick-ups for guitar that I’ve ever seen!!! It turns your Guitar into an actual MIDI controller, and there are no mistakes, it is SPOT-ON perfect!! His demo was amazing to me! I want one!!
Here I am with Jayce Murphy, head of OBEDIA, new owners of PCAudioLabs! They were showing off a smoking Intel Haswell chip system that was running a massive amount of tracks! We’ve got some neat plans as well! I’m meeting so many wonderful Nashville people, I think that’s the next step for me! :)
This is Brian “Botkiller” Lorell, also with Obedia. We actually hit it off because we’re both huge KMFDM supporters! I think we’re probably going to work on some sweet music together. He’s also a producer, DJ, and many other things!
This is Jonathan vonRentzell, Tech Sales Rep, Blue Microphones! I wanted to check out Blue’s presence at this conference because I’m a proud Blue Mic’s family member! We used their Kiwi mic on stage during our demos!
Blue is also one of the sponsors of the contest that I’m judging for, called Intel Superstars 2013 competition! There is still time to enter your track!
I briefly met up with Martin Atkins at the show. He was giving a talk, and showing his new book! which he gave me a copy!! he was like “oh hey, I have a copy for you!!” It’s seriously an amazing book, and I am reading it now and can’t put it down!
Here’s me and Naomi Mercer hanging with Mayuresh Sathe. He’s a percussionst, from Australia by way of India! He’s been on the adventure of a lifetime, and just an example of the incredible talent that came to the show. He’s even the admin for Trilok Gurtu (world renowned percussionist).
This guy, is one of the reasons I love to talk to young producers, composers, engineers or anyone interested in getting into the audio and music industries. He has his head on his shoulders, is humble, hard working and receptive to the world around him. We chatted for a minute, and it’s great to see what he has going on. He even write a really nice thank you mail! #classy
Naomi and I, talking to one of the young musicians that came to the conference. He’s an inspired young musician into EDM music.
In general the whole event was awesome, so many people from ages 16 to 73 came up to me, asking for advice, and the dozens of people who wanted to take pictures with me on their phones and sharing their stories, and even returned home to over 60 thank you e-mails, which I will reply to soon #promise :)
Thank you to Kibodeaux and Steve O for the pictures! There are many other pics I’m waiting for from attendees and other musicians who promised to send me soon! :) I’ll amend this post with more pics soon. Thank you everyone who came to my talks, thank you to everyone who wanted pics and wanted to chat with me, thank you to everyone who wants to work with me after the show! This is going to be a great year ahead!
NOTE: there were a bunch of people that I wished I had pictures with that were really really cool!! If you have the pics, lt me know and I’ll post them up! A very special shout out to Rachel Klein at Nimbit!