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PreSonus Fills Daryl’s House

Peter Moshay mixes "Live from Daryl's House," the webcast-turned-syndicated-TV-show, live on a PreSonus StudioLive 24.4.2 digital console.

Peter Moshay onsite at Live from Daryl’s HouseNew York, NY (October 23, 2012)-Peter Moshay mixes Live from Daryl’s House, the webcast-turned-syndicated-TV-show, live on a PreSonus StudioLive 24.4.2 digital console.

The show, which Hall started back in 2007, has drawn acclaim for its eclectic mix of musical guests and genres, its unscripted, real-life moments and its musical performances, taped at Hall’s house in rural upstate New York.

As Hall’s long-time engineer Peter Moshay explains, “Most of what I’m doing during the taping is dealing with monitor mixes. Since the StudioLive gives me 10 monitor sends, everybody gets his own monitor mix.” Audio is recorded live to multitrack, taking the output of the StudioLive into Alesis HD24XR hard-disk recorders.

As Moshay observes, the space is pretty cozy. “The room looks a lot bigger on TV than it really is,” he says. “It’s actually pretty cramped. There’s nowhere to really sit down, and once the room is filled with musicians and production people, there’s barely room to walk.”

The StudioLive is set up in an adjacent room but Moshay spends most of his time away from the desk. “I use StudioLive Remote for iPad to get in position to hear everyone’s wedges.” The musicians also use QMix, enabling them to control their own mixes. “It took about five minutes for the guys to figure out how to use it, and then everyone was like, ‘Don’t ever change this!’ Once we started using the wireless control, there was just no way to ever go back.”

The StudioLive’s Class A XMAX preamps are part of the sound. “Because we have such a wide range of guests, every show is different,” says Moshay. “Some shows, they’ll come out rocking pretty hard; other shows, we’ll have lower dynamics and more ballads. The StudioLive’s sound is clean and uncolored. It can go from one extreme to the other, and it sounds great no matter what we’re doing with it.”