PreSonus announced that its annual users' conference brought hundreds of musicians, producers, engineers, and sundry music-business professionals from all over the globe to the Shaw Center for the Arts in downtown Baton Rouge.
PreSonuSphere's 481 attendees—nearly triple the attendance of the 2011 event—sold out two hotels and filled numerous area restaurants, according to the company.
Thursday evening got underway with a rooftop jambalaya cookout, serenaded by classic Baton Rouge brass band the Michael Foster Project. Then it was downstairs to the Main Theatre for a set from Papa Grows Funk, with Tower of Power vocalist Larry Braggs sitting in.
Friday morning kicked off with Breakfast with the Chiefs, an open and off-the-cuff conversation about technology and the music industry. The breakfast featured a panel made up of PreSonus CEO Jim Mack, chief strategy officer Jim Odom, chief technology officer Bob Tudor, vice president Rick Naqvi, and executive vice president John Bastianelli.
Friday and Saturday were filled with powerful presentations. Renown acoustician John Storyk, music-technology journalist and clinician Craig Anderton, Grammy-nominated producers Brent Milligan and Fab DuPont, veteran FOH engineers Ace Baker and John Mills, and Audio-Technica director of educational services Steve Savanyu were among those presiding over seminars and fielding questions on recording, mixing, acoustics, and more.
PreSonus staff offered in-depth tips and techniques for the company's StudioLive digital mixers and Studio One music-production software, while its tech-support team staffed workstations where attendees could get their hands on the company's products.
Multitrack recordings of performances from Papa Grows Funk, Chris LeBlanc, and Jordy Searcy were captured live to PreSonus' Studio One software, and attendees were treated to an up-close and personal journey through recording, editing, mixing, and mastering. A handful of Searcy's tracks were even made available via PreSonus' Nimbit music-marketing and -sales service during a session.
Friday night's highlight was Chris LeBlanc's blues and rock set, including guest appearances by PreSonus' Jim Odom and Rick Naqvi.