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PreSonus Brings Out Big New Features for NAMM 2012

PreSonus Exchange & Soundset Builder

With the launch of PreSonus Exchange, registered users of PreSonus’ Web-connected Studio One DAW can easily and conveniently swap presets, effects chains, MIDI files, and soundsets-without leaving the program. Users can access online files from directly within the searchable Studio One 2 file browser, including audio preview. Just drag-and-drop from the browser, and Exchange automatically downloads the resources and loads them into your Song. No other DAW can do this-only Studio One.

Exchange users will be able to rate and comment on shared resources, so you can quickly identify what fellow users like and can share your experiences. PreSonus has implemented an approval process to protect users from problematic downloads.

PreSonus Exchange, part of Studio One 2, is a free service for registered Studio One users with licensed accounts and works with Studio One Artist 2, Producer 2, and Professional 2.

Along with Exchange, PreSonus has released Soundset Builder, a free extension to Studio One that can be downloaded via Exchange. With Soundset Builder, any folder in the file browser can be made into a Studio One soundset, complete with a name, description, icon, and URL. This is an excellent way to create and share packages of content, including audio loops, MIDI loops, presets, and more. Soundset Builder installs into Studio One quickly and easily by drag-and-drop and is available immediately.

QMix & Other StudioLive Updates

PreSonus has announced new updates to its industry-leading StudioLive™ series digital mixers, including a number of features not found on any other digital mixer from any manufacturer, at any price. New features include:

  • QMix™. Up to 10 musicians can simultaneously control their PreSonus StudioLive monitor (aux) mixes using an iPhone or iPod touch and PreSonus’ QMix app, a free download from the Apple App Store. QMix/VSL is the only solution that allows multiple users to each control their own aux from separate iPhones.


  • Smaart™ Engine Technology. PreSonus has begun incorporating Rational Acoustics’ highly regarded Smaart Measurement Technology™ for sound-system analysis and optimization directly into PreSonus Virtual StudioLive remote-control/editor/librarian software. With Smaart technology and VSL, you’ll be able to precisely identify nasty feedback frequencies and get your loudspeakers to play nicer with the room-all without having a degree in acoustical engineering. The first version of VSL to incorporate Smaart technology will be part of PreSonus Universal Control 1.6, which is expected to be available later this spring.


  • Universal Control 1.5.3 and StudioLive Remote 1.2. Universal Control 1.5.3 features an improved version of Virtual StudioLive that supports the new QMix iPhone app, including QMix permissions (so that each user controls only one specified aux mix) and the ability to name aux buses. Universal Control 1.5.3 also adds VSL features that work with PreSonus StudioLive Remote 1.2 for iPad to enable SL Remote permissions so that iPad users can only control front-of-house mixer features or a specified aux. Tap tempo has been added to both VSL and StudioLive Remote. Finally, VSL adds the ability to copy and load channels, copy main mix to aux mix (and aux to aux), link channel faders so that they can move together, and make your StudioLive mixer default to Fader Locate Mode once a fader has been adjusted in VSL or in StudioLive Remote for iPad.

Studio One Artist 2 for $20.12!?!

During the 2012 Winter NAMM show (January 19-22), PreSonus is offering Studio One Artist 2 (a $99 value) from their online store for only $20.12.

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All information in this article taken from official PreSonus press releases.

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