From left: Engineer Khaliq Glover, FOH engineer John Mills, and PreSonus Chief Strategy Officer Jim Odom.
The PreSonus team received a heartfelt and enthusiastic standing ovation from its users at the closing ceremony of the company's third annual PreSonuSphere user conference. PreSonuSphere 2013 brought 450 musicians, producers, engineers, and other music-business professionals from all over the globe to the Manship Theatre at the Shaw Center for the Arts in downtown Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Attendees sold out two hotels and filled numerous area restaurants while enjoying Southern cooking, Southern hospitality, crowd-pleasing music, informative educational seminars, and seemingly endless networking opportunities.
PreSonuSphere 2013 attendees in the Manship Theatre
The event kicked off on Thursday evening, October 24, with a rooftop jambalaya cookout, serenaded by Louisiana country/folk-rockers L'Angelus and Baton Rouge blues master Chris LeBlanc.
The next morning started with Breakfast with the Chiefs, in which legendary journalist, musician, and industry personality Craig Anderton grilled a panel comprising PreSonus CEO Jim Mack, Chief Strategy Officer Jim Odom, Chief Technology Officer Bob Tudor, VP of Sales Rick Naqvi, and Executive VP John Bastianelli about industry trends and their vision of the future.
Producer Justin Lassen (left) and voice-over actor Naomi Mercer discussed composing for picture and voice-over production using Studio One Professional 2.
Friday and Saturday were filled with presentations on a wide range of topics. Anderton, Grammy Award-winning engineer Khaliq Glover, renowned acoustician John Storyk, composer and sound designer Justin Lassen, veteran FOH engineer John Mills, producer and clinician Martin Atkins, and church-sound specialist Doug Gould were among those presiding over seminars and fielding questions on recording, mixing, mastering, acoustics, music education, stage lighting, the music business, and more.
PreSonus' staff offered in-depth tips and techniques for the company's StudioLive AI-series digital mixers, Studio One music-production software, Notion music-notation software, and Nimbit direct-to-fan service. Attendees heard the presentations and music via PreSonus' new StudioLive AI PA speakers and auditioned Sceptre and Eris Series studio monitors, and saw products that PreSonus has not yet announced.
Multitrack recordings of performances by L'Angelus were captured live to Studio One, and attendees witnessed the journey from recording the first riff all the way to final release on Nimbit. An assortment of partner companies staffed booths where attendees could check out their products and ask questions.
Friday night's highlight was a high-energy set from Lafayette, Louisiana, rockers Royal Teeth, which brought the crowd to its feet.
PreSonuSphere 2013 ended with a standing ovation on Saturday evening, and PreSonus promises that PreSonuSphere 2014 will bigger and better.
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