Spicy tunes and spicy food—Jordy Searcy and the Michael Foster Project kick off PreSonuSphere during a rooftop jambalaya-centered reception. The band’s mics ran through (what else?) a PreSonus StudioLive console driving a QSC P.A.
PreSonus’s second PreSonuSphere kicked off Thursday night in Baton Rouge, LA, readying attendees for two days of intensive insight and training in all things PreSonus. PSN Editor In Chief Frank Wells is on the ground at the Shaw Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Baton Rouge for the event.
The 2012 edition was extended to two days this year, following last year’s one-day debut; this year’s lineup includes three tracks of simultaneous presentations; a continuous, hands-on “Ask the Experts” gallery; a Friday-night concert in the Manship Theatre preceeded, naturally, by a pre-concert class session that follows the onstage miking and StudioLive setup; and a lot more.
Thursday night’s pre-PreSonuSphere Jambalaya Feed was held on the Shaw Center’s fifth-floor, indoor-outdoor Terrace, which featured a stunning view of the Mississippi River.
Food, drink, conversation, music and a gorgeous view of the Mississippi.
Then it was downstairs for a Welcome Concert with Papa Grows Funk, to be later joined by special guest star, Tower of Power vocalist Larry Braggs. Papa Grows Funk is a PreSonus customer, using a StudioLive on stage with band members mixing their own monitors via PreSonus’ QMix software for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
Veteran Engineer Ace Baker mixed FOH for Papa Grows Funk, also on a StudioLive console. His moves were shown on a screen behind the band, as were screens featuring the desk's built-it Smaart spectral analysis from Rational Acoustics. The tracks were recorded via Capture software for later use during a number of PreSonuSphere sessions.