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AP Loungecast Episode 1: Intro

Introduction to our new podcast series AP Loungecast.

What’s New for 2015

What’s good every one?  This is BK Trooper and I apologize for not posting sooner. I have been very busy working on upcoming projects.  Explore the site! I made some changes and updates.  Let me fill you in on what’s new for AP in 2015.  I have created some artist friendly memberships and packages for you to be creative and get your music on all available platforms (distribution & streams).  I gave a highly detailed description of each.  If you have any further questions, send a message on my contact page.

Last but not least, Arsenal Production is releasing its first EP “Audio Autobiography” within a few weeks.  Its in the mastering stage and all songs are produced by me.  I am excited about this project.  Its the first volume of three and the next volume is already in production.

Signing out BK Trooper.

PreSonus 16.02 Overview

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BK Trooper signing in once again.  I purchased the PreSonus 16.02 in December of 2012.  This is the smallest and newest model of the PreSonus brand.  They also have larger 24 and 32 channel mixers.  So if you need more than 16 inputs get the larger mixers.  

 

The PreSonus is the best purchase I made so far and I could not be any happier.  This mixer is compact, powerful and simply amazing.  This mixer makes my life so much easier. Traveling with the PreSonus to gigs is effortless.  Plus you do not have to carry around racks of effects, processors, limiters and other equipment. You don’t even need to purchase them. See PreSonus was ahead of the game when they launched this mixer, because it comes with EQ’s, effects, limiters and gates on every channel. 

 

 Most fire wire mixers come with 8 inputs.  This is a 16-channel mixer with 12 microphone inputs. 8 mono inputs, 8 stereo inputs, it’s outstanding.  Also 50 preset on each effect, auxiliary 1 and 2 for busing. 2 Fire wire connections to your computer so there is no latency during recording, listening from the playback straight from the mixer.  So you can now go in your digital audio workstation (DAW), and change it from 32 bit to 64 bit, awesome.  It also comes with software’s Capture and Studio One.  Capture is a 2-click process to record your live shows, then go home and mix it later, which is great.  On top of that Studio One has Melodyne integration for pitch correction. PreSonus is all about making your workflow efficient and I am becoming sold on most of their products.

 

The PreSonus is really made for live shows, but is also very good for home studio recordings.  When you do shows, all you need is a microphone, laptop and some speakers and you’re good to go.  Don’t have your back up singers, fine just load up your backing tracks, lovely.  With nice soft touch buttons that light up and 60 mm faders, this sleek blue mixer is easy to fall in love with.  You can’t find a mixer at this price with this many features.  Some of the most expensive mixers will not give you all of the features you get with this mixer. It is currently going for $1,299.00, but if you go to Guitar Center and give them your email address after making a purchase, they will send you coupons online that will bring down the price. The best time to purchase your PreSonus is around a holiday weekend with your online coupon. I got mines for $999.99 after using the coupon in addition to the holiday sale.

 

When I purchased it I was intimidated buy the front panel.  I thought it was going to be a long learning curve, but actually it was not.  The only negative I have is you cannot side chain the 16.02 and there is no sub- grouping or no inserts.  BK Trooper signing out.

 

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Home Studio Recording Equipment Basics

Starting your own home studio can be challenging and very costly. That’s why budgeting is essential. Once you figure out your budget, you know what you can afford before you even think about stepping into a Guitar Center or other music store in your area. Let’s face it, if you love music like I do, going into Guitar Center is like sending a kid into a candy store. You want it all but, you can’t buy it all. You have to figure out what key items are required to build your home studio. So I have come up with several key items for first timers to help them through the process.

Key Item #1 PC or Mac (preferred) Desktop or Laptop
Mac is the preferred computer for studio recording and music production. If this is not an affordable option for you, PC will get the job done as well.

Key Item # Digital Audio Workstation (DAW)
Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, etc.

Key Item #3 Audio Interface
MBOX is the most popular brand audio interface and they offer affordable options.

Key Item #4 Microphone with Stand
Condenser microphone with a pop filter is recommended for good quality recordings.

Key Item #5 Speakers
Rokit Pro Speakers

Key Item #6 Track Board/Recorder
Check out options based on your budget.

Key Item #7 Recording Booth/Area
You can build a booth or soundproof your closet or room.

Depending on your unique requirements, you may need to drop or add items on this list. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me or comment.

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