Los Olivos, CA (June 15, 2016)—Folk rock mainstay Jim Messina has been part of Loggins and Messina, Poco and Buffalo Springfield, but his latest project is a new live album, In the Groove, which was mixed on a PreSonus StudioLive 32.4.2AI console by FOH engineer and audio electronics designer Paul Wolff and recorded with PreSonus Capture software.
Performed and recorded at the Lobero Theater in Santa Barbara, California, and the Clark Center for the Performing Arts in Arroyo Grande, California, the shows also had PreSonus StudioLive 312AI loudspeakers for stage monitors. “The PreSonus speakers made a big difference because they have enough clean power for me to hear my voice and the harmonies,” said Messina. “If I don’t hear well, I tend to sing harder and go sharp. But I heard the StudioLive monitors very well at the Clark Center, even though the stage acoustics are no better than average.”
The StudioLive 32.4.2AI was also a good fit for Messina. “I am thrilled with the console,”he said. “It’s small and lightweight, and you can afford to buy it and take it with you. We like the preamps, the EQ is right, and you can assign things just by pushing a button. Recording from the mixer with Capture is a no-brainer: You plug in a FireWire cable, press Record, and go. The StudioLive lets us record the way we want to, and the tracks for the live album sound fantastic.”
“I don’t have to think about running the console,” Wolff said. “It’s the closest thing to mixing with an analog mixer. That is extremely important; when something happens, and all hell breaks loose, I can’t sit there and flip through software pages to make an adjustment. With the StudioLive, everything is right where I can grab it quickly. I was able to use the console to mix FOH, a front-row mix, a sidefill mix, a mono mix, tracking for the record, and a mix for the live stream all at once.”