Baton Rouge, LA (November 28, 2011)—PreSonus held its first user conference, PreSonuSphere, on November 19, attracting more than 200 attendees to the Shaw Center for the Arts in Baton Rouge.
PreSonuSphere featured in-depth seminars about StudioLive series digital mixers and Studio One audio recording and production software. PreSonuSphere drew attendees from all over the United States and from as far away as Brazil, France, and Germany, as well as a large contingent from PreSonus? home state of Louisiana.
The event kicked off on Friday evening, November 18, with a party at the Shaw Center that featured performances by Lafayette, LA family band L'Angelus and Baton Rouge's own Phat Hat, followed by a jam session that included Louisiana's LeRoux guitarist and PreSonus founder and president Jim Odom.
The next morning, a special panel discussion featuring PreSonus engineers and executives (including CEO Jim Mack and founder/president Jim Odom), live-sound engineering legend Ace Baker (Sammy Hagar, Chickenfoot, Paul Gilbert, Tower of Power, Sheila E) opened the day's seminars with a discussion of live-mixing techniques, with L'Angelus returning as the demo band. Meanwhile veteran music-industry technology evangelist Byron Gaither kicked off the recording-software side of the conference with a presentation.
Other seminars throughout the day featured Pro Sound News columist, author, editor, performer, and audio engineer Craig Anderton (who invented the term "electronic musician"); worship-team trainer Doug Gould; veteran journalist and engineer Mike Rivers; and TV- and film-music producer and songwriter Rhett Mouton. Studio One lead developers Wolfgang Kundrus and Matthias Juwan of Hamburg, Germany, were available for questions and customer feedback throughout the day.
"The attendance at PreSonuSphere exceeded our expectations," said PreSonus CEO Jim Mack. "I would have been pleased had this been our third PreSonuSphere; for a first time out, I'm extremely impressed. The enthusiasm was gratifying, we got a lot of compliments about downtown Baton Rouge, and the Shaw Center for the Arts and PreSonus staffs did a fantastic job."
PreSonuSphere closed shortly after 6 p.m., following a lively panel discussion that included a mixture of the day's presenters and PreSonus executives and engineers. Plans are in the works for another PreSonuSphere conference in 2012.
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