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In celebration of their 25th anniversary, PreSonus® announced the new River City Sessions performance series. The online series features artists performing in PreSonus’ world-class, Roger Storyk-designed River City Studio at PreSonus HQ in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The first episode debuted today, featuring Justin Garner, as recorded by Eric Welch.

The monthly, genre-agnostic online series will feature hand-picked up-and-coming artists from Louisiana and beyond, offering them a chance to record a few songs and a video in exceptional fidelity—for free. Each episode is intended to capture the live, performative spirit of the artists, with minimal attention to overdubs, layering, etc.

Each performance concludes with a brief Q&A with each session’s engineer about the recording techniques and creative approach employed. Like the featured artists, engineers will be different with every episode.

“This is something we’ve wanted to do for a long time,” said Wesley DeVore, PreSonus’ Product Marketing Manager. “Independent artists are the lifeblood of PreSonus. The River City Sessions give us a chance to support the kind of musicians that help build our company and share their work with a global audience.”

QSC K Series Inducted into the NAMM TECnology Hall of Fame

“The K Series established QSC as a leader in active loudspeakers.”

COSTA MESA, CA (January 22, 2020) — QSC is proud to announce that K Series active loudspeakers have been inducted into the TECnology Hall of Fame at the 2020 Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, California. Founded in 2004 by former Mix magazine editor George Petersen, the TECnology Hall of Fame honors and recognizes audio products that have made a significant contribution to the advancement of recording, live sound, and audio technology. To be eligible for consideration, products must have been on the market for at least ten years.

Launched in 2009, the QSC K Series sported a best-in-class 1,000 watts of extremely clean amplification in an ABS enclosure that combined a 1.75-inch compression tweeter with either an 8-, 10-, or 12-inch woofer. A dual-12-inch KSub active subwoofer completed the line. The K Series remarkably delivered both studio-quality sound as well as powerful and even coverage at a then unheard-of light physical weight. Along with its other groundbreaking features such as Directivity Matched Transition (DMT), Intrinsic Correction Tilt-Direct pole cup and versatile DSP Presets, K Series made its mark as having raised the bar for what performers and live sound professionals should expect from an active loudspeaker. More recently, the company released the QSC K.2 Series, further demonstrating the company’s commitment to maintaining its dominance in the category.

“At the launch of K Series, QSC was already at the forefront of audio technology, widely accepted and appreciated as a manufacturer of high-quality, high-performance amplifiers and processors,” says Ray Van Straten, Senior Director of Marketing at QSC. “But it was the K Series that not only put us on the map as a loudspeaker manufacturer, but truly established QSC as a global leader. The fact that NAMM and the TECnology Hall of Fame are validating that legacy is incredibly gratifying to the many talented people and teams at QSC who brought this product to market, as well as our channel partners and customers worldwide who, to this day, place their trust in us to provide quality, professional solutions that deliver great experiences.”

A quarter century ago, two former high school and LSU School of Engineering classmates were inspired to found a new company called PreSonus®, where they would design innovative audio products with professional sound quality and features without sacrificing affordability. Working in a borrowed garage space in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Berklee-trained guitarist, producer, and audio engineer Jim Odom and fellow engineer (currently Vice President of Manufacturing) Brian Smith started by creating the DCP-8, which was the first product to offer digital control over analog audio circuits—a design PreSonus patented in 1995.

“At the time we designed our DCP-8, other options were esoteric gear costing tens of thousands of dollars,” recalls Odom, now the company’s President and Chief Strategy Officer. “We were recording and wanted the same equipment as the big studios but we couldn’t afford it, so we built our own, starting PreSonus with three employees and an output of five or six units a week. Then and now, our philosophy has been to design products that people can afford.”

Although the DCP-8 had reasonable success, Odom observes, “it missed on some features the customers really wanted. We were close but had to listen more closely to our customers. It was an enormous lesson for me as a product designer. Our second version, the ACP88, was a tremendous success.”

Lesson learned: Listening to customers has been a key part of PreSonus’ product development ever since. To this day, many of the company’s best product designs and updates have been based on customer feedback.

Over the following 25 years, PreSonus went on to create a steady succession of breakthrough products. Odom and Smith introduced such innovative products as DigiMax (2000), the first 8-channel microphone preamplifier with ADAT Lightpipe output; Central Station (2004), the first monitor controller with talkback; and some of the first multi-channel FireWire interfaces, including the FirePod (2004) and FireStudio series.

Music’s Biggest Stars Rely On Shure During American Music Awards

LOS ANGELES, December 18, 2019 – The American Music Awards (AMAs), the world’s largest fan-voted awards show, relied heavily on Shure products for its worldwide broadcast. A live performance by Taylor Swift, who was named “Artist of the Decade,” featured a customized Shure Axient® Digital KSM8 microphone.

Shure Axient Digital was used for several performances, including Billie Eilish, Green Day, Camila Cabello, Post Malone, Ciara, and Thomas Rhett.

The audio team used 24 channels of Shure Axient Digital to power the artists at the AMAs.

“Axient Digital is quickly becoming the new standard for artists we see on all the award shows,” said Mikael Stewart, VP Special Events, ATK Audiotek, which handled FOH production for the awards broadcast. “I love its sound as a production mic. It has the reliability and quality we’ve come to expect from any Shure product.”

How to Save For Your Wedding Without Going Broke

Your wedding is probably the priciest, most complicated party you’ll ever spend money on. In 2017, the average cost of a wedding skyrocketed to $38,700, according to The 2019 WeddingWire Newlywed Report.

Navigating the planning process can be difficult when everyone seems to have an opinion on what traditions are necessary and what you absolutely need to do. Combine that with the FOMO from seeing picture-perfect weddings on Instagram and Pinterest, and you can find yourself in debt or despair (or, if you’re lucky, both!).

Luckily, weddings are scalable. No matter what prestige bridal magazines say, you can have a truly memorable celebration, whether your budget is $5,000 or $500,000. It just takes discipline and a clear-eyed vision of what you and your partner want in a wedding. Your idea of a beautiful and meaningful wedding may not include a tropical honeymoon, monogrammed wine glass favors, or matching bridal dresses — and that’s OK! What matters is that your wedding truly represents you and your partner-to-be.

We spoke to Jessica Bishop, founder of TheBudgetSavvyBride.com and author of “The Budget-Savvy Wedding Planner & Organizer,” and asked for her advice navigating the pains and joys of wedding planning.

The Case for Saving for Your Wedding

Putting all of your wedding expenses on your credit card may feel tempting. Instagram, Pinterest, and wedding magazines are filled with images of designer ball gowns, fairytale-themed venues, and professional calligraphy — and combined with the social and familial pressure for weddings to be perfect, taking on debt may feel like the best option.

However, at Reviews.com, we recommend exercising caution before putting a down payment on a venue you cannot afford.

Money is already a fraught topic for many couples. Combining your life with someone who may have a different history, philosophy, and level of education when it comes to money is difficult enough. In fact, money disagreements are one of the biggest causes of divorce in the U.S.

Starting your marriage in the red — especially if one or both of you already has student loans — could make matters more stressful than they need to be.

If the cost of a wedding feels too daunting right now, try scaling back the wedding or elongating your engagement. This is a better long-term decision than, say, racking up credit card debt or raiding your 401K or mortgage.

Big Deal is providing sound, stage and lighting for the 2019-2020 Promenade Music Series in Casa Grande!


Each event is completely FREE and features giveaways, food trucks, and a variety of great bands every other weekend. Bring a chair and join us at the Promenade at Casa Grande! 1005 N Promenade Pkwy., Casa Grande, AZ 85194

CHAUVET Professional Introduce Maverick MK3 Profile

SUNRISE, FL – Powerful enough to handle the demands of large concert venues, the new Maverick MK3 Profile from CHAUVET Professional also has the versatility needed to excel in a wide range of other applications from high-profile events and festivals, to broadcast projects.

A fully featured 820W LED moving profile fixture, the Maverick MK3 Profile has a blistering output of over 51,000 source lumens, giving it the punch to create intense aerial effects, specials and audience lighting at any touring show. In addition to this eye-popping output, it offers a plethora of high-performance features, including a 4-blade, fully wiping shutter system that can rotate up to 60° in each direction, for a total 120° rotation capability.

Adding to the fixture’s versatility are its precise CMY + CTO color mixing and a fast 9:1 zoom ratio that maintains a flat field, and even focus from 6 degrees all the way out to 54 degrees. Thanks to its two overlapping prisms, two gobo wheels, two frost options (super-light and medium) and an animation wheel, the fixture creates captivating static, and dynamic rotating and animation effects.

Drawing on this extensive array of features, designers can use the Maverick MK3 Profile to create an endless variety of looks to reflect different moods on the concert stage or event venue.

Shure Recognized By Good Design Awards

CHICAGO, August 7, 2019 — Reinforcing its rich history of product design excellence, the Shure MOTIV™ MV88 iOS Digital Stereo Condenser Microphone has been honored as a GOOD DESIGN® Award recipient. Hosted by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, the GOOD DESIGN Awards are the world’s most recognized public certification for consumer design excellence. It is also the foremost program for recognizing the best design talent and manufacturing across the globe.

“For more than 94 years, Shure has worked diligently to engineer and introduce products that meet the Company’s high standards for innovation,” said Matt Engstrom, Senior Category Director, Global Product Management, at Shure. “When we designed the MV88, one of our core objectives was to create a mobile tool that encouraged content creators to deliver premium content in real-time, and in the highest quality possible. We’re honored to be recognized for the team’s thoughtful, meticulous work in bringing the MV88 to life.”

Shure’s MV88 was the foundation for the Company’s line of next-generation microphones designed with today’s smartphone user in mind. Content creators turn to the MV88 for unparalleled performance and convenience without sacrificing quality, which is achieved by using the industry’s first mid-side stereo microphone with plug-and-play functionality for iOS devices. Creators, audio aficionados, and AV professionals also rely on the MV88 to record and deliver premium video and audio content in real-time. Flexibility in the field is crucial as well, and the MV88 takes this into account. The microphone element is mounted to a 90-degree hinge with built-in rotation that offers numerous positioning options, ideal for video applications while ensuring the best sound capture possible.

Shure Honored As One Of 2019’s Best And Brightest Companies To Work For

NILES, IL., June 24, 2019 — Shure Incorporated has been selected as one of the Best and Brightest Companies To Work For® by the National Association for Business Resources (NABR). An awards competition that honors employer excellence, Shure was selected for acknowledging its Associates as the Company’s greatest asset and for showcasing best practices across human resources and employee enrichment programs. It marks the 11th time Shure has received this recognition from the NABR.

An independent research firm evaluates each company’s entry, based on key measures in several categories, including Compensation; Benefits and Employee Solutions; Employee Enrichment, Engagement and Retention; Employee Education and Development; Recruitment, Selection and Orientation; Employee Achievement and Recognition; Communication and Shared Vision; Diversity and Inclusion; Work-Life Balance; Community Initiatives; and Strategic Company Performance.

“Now with the war on talent hitting the door steps of the Best and Brightest, this achievement means even more than a year ago. As we continue to raise the bar, these companies rise to the challenge through their cultural innovation by maximizing their workforce potential,” said Jennifer Kluge, President and CEO, Best and Brightest Programs.

QSC Delivers Wide-Area Audio Distribution to Santiago International Airport

Q-SYS Ecosystem and AcousticDesign Series column loudspeakers help complete renovation at one of the busiest airports in Latin America

With over 20 million passengers flying through each year, the Santiago International Airport in Chile is one of the busiest airports in Latin America. With a major renovation and expansion in the works, the AV team chose QSC and the Q-SYS Ecosystem of processors, loudspeakers and amplifiers to deliver wide-area audio and paging distribution throughout the facility.

A redundant pair of Q-SYS Core 510i Integrated Core handles the AV&C processing throughout the airport. Should the primary Core enter a fault state, the secondary Core assumes full audio streaming and control communication with connected Q-SYS peripherals and third-party devices. This prevents any unwanted interruptions to audio, video or control that are critical to day-to-day operations.

Q-SYS features a software-based, multi-zone paging platform that enables native Q-SYS network page stations deployed throughout the airport. In total, the page stations support 256 network channels of live or delayed paging, page routing and store-and-forward capabilities without the need for additional control processing hardware.

QSC loudspeakers and amplifiers provide audio throughout the facility. Each of the 12 zones in the installation includes a redundant QSC CXD-Q Series 8-ch network amplifier setup, while the loudspeaker complement includes over 850 of the new AcousticDesign Series column surface-mount loudspeakers. The column loudspeakers offer better performance for high ceilings and reverberant environments like those found in the Santiago Airport concourses. The narrow vertical coverage pattern produces less audio excitation in these kinds of spaces, resulting in better clarity throughout the vocal range.

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