Featured PreSonus Classrooms
Schools all over the world are enjoying PreSonus® music technology solutions. From elementary schools to universities, we have the solutions you need! Check out these great PreSonus classrooms:
"Three years ago, we and Homer Sajonia (Better Components- CEO) discussed and exchanged ideas regarding the possibility of putting up a first-class recording studio and training center. It was around the time where we first introduced the PreSonus StudioLive and made some seminars about live sound and recording. Better Components was the pioneer in Davao when it comes to Live Sound education, but we noticed something. Seminars are not 100% effective. Since seminars take at least five hours a day and sometimes two days a week, the attendees suffer from memory overload. Based on our survey, attendees only remember the parts that they find interesting, usually 15% to 20% of the information.
As a result, Modular Display and Better Components finally decided to put up the Studio 1 recording studio and training center. Studio 1 got its name from the PreSonus DAW Studio One. We decided on this name because we felt a need to connect the brand and concept. Now, Studio 1 is reality.
The main purpose of the studio is to educate. We are in the process of creating modules like 'Introduction to Live Sound,' which ends with an overview of recording, 'Making your first song,' which is all about capturing music, and 'Mixing and Mastering.' The final module is applying all of the mixing knowledge learned to 'Live Sound.' Each enrollee must produce their music as their product before they can be called a PreSonus certified sound engineer. They must pass the critics' standards before receiving any certificate, and the process is tough. Critics will be from Modular Display Inc. (PreSonus -Philippines) and PreSonus Audio Electronics, Inc. (USA).
For the studio mix room, we installed 2 pairs of PreSonus Eris E8 monitors, a PreSonus StudioLive 24.4.2 digital mixer, 12 PreSonus HD7 headphones, 2 PreSonus HP60 headphone amps, and a Mac system."
— Alvin Quisumbing
"The Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of videogame history and to educating the public as to how videogames are made. To that end, we host playable exhibits of significant works and free classes for kids to learn how to make games. Based in downtown Oakland, California, the MADE also serves as a local community hub for game enthusiasts, developers, and other organizations involved in digital literacy programs.
To date, the MADE is an entirely volunteer-run organization, supported by generous donations by companies like Dolby Labs, Google, SumThing Media, Jon Peddie Research, David and Sarah Scott, and the Will and Anya Wright Foundation. These sponsors have enabled the MADE to recently expand its footprint from 2,107 sq ft of shared museum and classroom space, into an additional 900 sq ft dedicated classroom space. This new classroom recently opened with computers contributed by Google, and funds donated by Dolby Labs, David and Sarah Scott, and the Will and Anya Wright Foundation.
But this only got us as far as the physical space, stocked with computers, desks, chairs, projector and Internet access. The software side of our educational goal was not yet taken care of: how would we teach visual arts without Photoshop? Software development without Visual Studio? Audio design without PreSonus?
I guess we've now got one of those three prongs of videogame design taken care of!
The MADE has, in the past, hosted audio creation classes for the community, but has lacked the software needed to teach more regular classes on the subject. With PreSonus software installed, we can teach professional-level audio skills to local kids and adults, giving them the experience they need to get a job or to realize their artistic dreams. And now we can do it on a regular basis!"
— Alex Handy, Founder/Director, The Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment
"We have a wonderful new teaching production studio that has recently opened up in the Middle East. Qatar Academy has a Music Studio, complete with a teaching space for 20 students and 8 soundproof isolation/practice rooms. These facilities have allowed us to start a Music Production course for High School students who are interested in the art of creating, editing and mixing music in a studio setting. In the Music Production course, students learn the basics of the DAW through with Studio One. Through the iMac workstations, students can plug their instruments directly in through the PreSonus AudioBoxes. Isolation rooms come equipped with a matched pair of M7 large-diaphragm microphones, and mixdowns are fine-tuned with the HD7 headphones. In addition to studio recording, students also learn about PA systems for live sound, the basics of copyright law, PR, and so on. In the advance course, students take on the roles of producer, engineer, and performer (studio musician) so that they can sharpen their skills in one area of the music industry.
You can follow the QA Music Production course's works on our Twitter account: @QAMusic, or listen to our songs on SoundCloud by following QAMusic Production."
— William Ball, Music Teacher, Qatar Academy
"In 2010, we installed Studio One® Pro 1.5 on 20 of our machines as part of our software and hardware update. Each learner station, running OS X, consists of a PreSonus FireStudio™ Mobile and FaderPort.
"We chose the FireStudio Mobile because of the availability of a sample frequency of 96 kHz and the flexibility of being able to daisy-chain several FireStudio Mobiles together, which allows us to record in any location by just connecting them to a laptop.
"The recording-studio setup was updated at the same time from analogue to digital, with two StudioLive™ 16.4.2s linked together. This is an excellent and flexible setup, with 24 channels from the recording studio and 8 channels patchable from any of the learner workstations. The StudioLive 16.4.2s have been totally reliable for the three years that we have had them, and they are used eight hours every day.
"Studio One is very good at covering learners’ individual learning styles, so we have now built up to 40 learner workstations, all running Studio One Professional 2.5. The learners benefit from the workflow of Studio One, and all students, regardless of initial skillset, find it easy to make music.
"The learners on our Games Design course are now using the Music Technology facilities, and we are planning to upgrade 20 of the Games Design workstations with Studio One Professional."
— Ian Jones Music, Professor of Media and Performing Arts, South Gloucestershire and Stroud College
"When I started at SGS, the only experience of production that I had was using GarageBand. I had the choice between Logic, Cubase, and Studio One, all three of which I experimented with. I found Studio One software to be up to a much higher standard than the others, with better-quality VSTs, an endless bank of audio samples, and a simple layout that was easy to use, even for a novice like me. Two years on, with more experience, I would still choose Studio One, and here’s why.
"Studio One is built to make music, not to impress people with its complexity. I ran a small teaching session with Studio One, and within five minutes, students who had never even dabbled in music were creating music to a high standard. The effects processing is brilliant, and every plug-in has a visual element to it, which means even those without technical knowledge can understand what they are doing to the sound and can create the desired effect. Browsing instruments and sounds is easy and fast, and most things that I search for are easy to find, as they are all named appropriately, and the sound bank has an amazing amount of samples available.
"The layout and presentation of the software is attractive and simple, which means that you can really focus on the sound you are producing, ensuring that you produce to your best standard. The options that allow you to use folders and colors for channels are incredibly helpful, especially when you compose a complicated and many-layered track.
"The shortcuts available on the keyboard are so much simpler and more convenient than other DAWs’. Simply pressing one letter lets me duplicate sounds, quantize notes, or control the zoom. Not only does this speed up the production process, but also Studio One runs quickly, and any issues that you come across are easily solvable, as the software is built for everyone – including those who are not particularly knowledgeable when it comes to the working of computers. The software doesn’t slow me down, but rather, speeds up my process, without taking away the quality or individuality of the sounds I create.
"When recording, it is easy to set levels and effects appropriately, which is owed to the mix console and its many layout options, including an input display that allows you to see exactly what amount of signal is coming through each channel, like a virtual mixing desk without the confusion of excessive buttons and options.
"Every time I use Studio One, I find a new function, from separate automation channels created from a simple right click to a new feature within a plug-in. The capability of a producer using Studio One is endless. I have spent two years learning to produce well, and most of what I have learned has been facilitated by the user-friendly software brought to me by Studio One. Any functions that I ever think of that Studio One is lacking appear in the next update.
"I think that people are afraid to use a DAW that is simple and easy to use in case it makes them look less professional or less impressive, but there is no shame in enhancing your own natural talent with an effective and useable DAW like Studio One."
— Roxanne Weir-Lovemore, graduate of South Gloucestershire and Stroud College
"While we offer instruction on all the DAWs, we prefer Studio One because it is easy to learn and the final product sounds just as good as any other DAW available. We use the Eris studio monitors and the AudioBox Studio bundle in every lesson studio. The Eris sound amazing, and we record every lesson using Studio One. Students can have instant feedback of how they sound during lessons, and we send recordings home after every lesson!”
Nate North, Founder
"We decided to incorporate Studio One into our curriculum because of its well-thought-out design, powerful features, and affordable price. It is now running in our computer classroom, study center, and recording studios and is the first recording package that students learn in the Introduction to Technology course that all music majors are required to take, which also serves as a foundation for students continuing on in the technology track. Since Studio One runs on all platforms, students can start a project in one room and then take it anywhere else to continue to work. A big advantage of Studio One over any other software workstation is that PreSonus offers a free version, so students can install the program at home as well. We are planning to replace the mixers in our theater, auditorium, and radio station with StudioLive boards and are excited about the possibilities to easily record performances, share multitrack sessions, and use them for lab mixing exercises. It's great to have an integrated system that combines live sound, recording, mixing, and music production that we can deploy across our theater, dance, and music classes.
"We are also partnering with a local high school, Carencro High School's Academy of Information Technology. They are getting the Studio One software as well and will be using some of our lab exercises with students studying music production as an independent study. This technology is helping bridge our programs, as we hope that some of their students will end up attending our program or doing internships."
— Dr. Robert Willey, Associate Professor of Music Media
Sound In You is a new digital music production and recording studio/school in Stafford, Virginia. Initially, Sound In You will be offering workshops on producing and recording music digitally using a desktop or laptop computer. "Home-based or bedroom recording and production is so prevalent now that everyone is doing it or wanting to learn how," says Steve Page, owner of Sound In You. “So, of course, all the kids and young adults are really into Hip Hop, EDM, and especially Dubstep. That was when I got the idea to spread the knowledge of what I had learned over the past few years. Even more so after taking some Saturday 'Intro to Recording' lessons at Guitar Center. At the time, I thought those basic workshops were very helpful in exposing people to what was possible. Most of the people who attended didn't know where to start at all, they didn’t know about any other musicians in the area, and were just stumbling along doing their own thing. So, I thought it would be great if there were a place where people could go to learn more about this stuff and meet other people and even collaborate on projects. It’s also important to me to ‘invite’ non-musicians and those just starting out to check out what you can do and show them that these capabilities are within their grasp. Again, especially kids and young adults who might be ‘tinkering’ with audio now and who might get frustrated or not take the skills seriously enough to continue with it.”
Page chose Studio One DAW after attending the second annual PreSonuSphere conference. "I saw so many cool new things being offered by the company, and so many more to come in the pipeline. It was clear to me that PreSonus' Studio One 2 DAW was an up-and-coming, soon to be top-of-the-line, professional DAW. It is extremely capable, yet easy to use, competitively priced, and there is even a free version. So, that solidified it in my mind as the DAW to use in Sound In You's workshops. In addition, PreSonus has a great quality audio interface (AudioBox 22VSL) that includes Studio One Artist Version. That makes it easier for me to supply the studio with equipment. Kids love working in Studio One and have the built-in creativity to create amazing pieces of work. They just need some awareness and a little inspiration."
Further down the line, Page plans to offer more advanced classes in mixing and mastering, sound design, sound for video games, vocal recording, sound for TV and movies, podcasting, and more. In addition, there will be several free "meetups," or workshops, showing what can be done and allowing students to come test out things before they take a paid class.
Find out more by contacting Steve Page at www.soundinyou.com or 540-724-1225.
"Having used nearly all major DAWs I am aware that the learning curve can be pretty steep, and for a significant time students can find themselves battling the software instead of getting their ideas down. After researching and downloading the Studio One demo, I was amazed at how intuitive and fast the program was. I knew immediately that this instinctive, yet powerful software would enable our students to quickly obtain the skills needed to operate it and then get on with the business of making music.
In late 2012, we installed Studio One 2 onto all of our computers, and it was an instant hit. Students and staff were in awe of its power and drag-and-drop operation. The SoundCloud integration is brilliant, as it allows learners to record ideas and parts anywhere, then just sign in to their account at a workstation and have access to all their material without having to constantly carry around a flash drive.
Nimbit integration is also used to demonstrate the cutting edge of business models in music industry lessons, putting power back into the hands of the artist and allowing total control of your music.
Setting up external control of Studio One’s parameters is a cinch and gives the more tactile students a real ‘hands on’ experience.
The program has proven itself to be very powerful yet light on resources (CPU/RAM), stable, and above all, easy to operate. PreSonus regularly updates the software, which means you never have to wait long for new features and bug fixes. (This is especially important in education, as our computers are almost continually in use, so it is imperative that all hardware and software is fully operational.)
We are now using Studio One exclusively for all recording and mixing tasks in our studio; for all sequencing work in our Mac suite; and for the sound for moving image unit, where learners import a chosen video file into Studio One and then compose original scores and create and source sound effects. Studio One handles it all with ease.
Thanks to PreSonus and Studio One, our students are now more productive, inspired musicians, who thoroughly enjoy learning and using the software."
Music and Music Technology Lecturer
"The goal of the Pop Arts Project is to enable art, music, and recording-engineer students to improve their skills to the point where they can succeed in school and develop the professional skills that will prepare them for college and their career.
"PreSonus software and recording devices give students an edge in the recording and music-production world. Studio One is one of the easiest applications to teach and comprehend for all the students."
“We have been using Studio One Professional since 2011. All of our students get a laptop with Studio One for their courses. Our teachers and students are extremely satisfied with the program for recording, mixing, and mastering. It’s easy to use but still provides all of the professional features we need.”
— Marcus Uddling, Professor of Music www.helsingborg.se/skolstaden
"When the administration decided to become a one-to-one school, we knew we needed a technology solution for our music students. Every student in the school has Studio One Free installed on their machine, and many use it frequently for recording and music creation. Our music students use Studio One Artist for assignments and assessment recording, and we use an AudioBox™ 44VSL with Studio One Professional for both classroom and concert recording. PreSonus is the ideal solution for us! We are able to engage our music students in both traditional context and a music technology elective, as well as provide every student the opportunity to create music."
— Duane LeBlanc, Director of Bands
"ESME started as a project for the music teachers in Kungsbacka municipality by Erik Hamresand, who is a music teacher in compulsory school, and myself, as Development Manager at the Administration of Upper Secondary Schools and Adult Education and also a musician/composer. The aim was to create a common digital platform for all the music teachers in the municipality using PreSonus Studio One.
"We started with a successful training session for educators. There have been smaller gatherings and lectures to give teachers a setting for individual learning and to show the possibilities for having fun with music. PreSonus has pledged continued support for our project, and we are growing rapidly, getting closer to our ultimate goal of providing music technology using PreSonus for all municipalities in Sweden."
— Mats Nermark Senior Scandinavian Correspondent, Harmony-Central; Review writer, FUZZ Magazine; Overdrive Consulting
"Teachers from across the country attend the annual Silver Burdett Summer Music Institute cosponsored by Appalachian State University and Pearson in June. During this weeklong event, teachers attend a range of sessions to build their teaching skills and knowledge of new content while networking with other music educators. Featured presenters in 2013 include Rochelle Mann, Sanna Longden, Nan McDonald, and Phyllis Thomas. In addition, I lead a special breakout session to help teachers build their technology skills and get acquainted with new technologies that are available to engage their elementary general music students.
"This year’s session will focus on using PreSonus Studio One software for both teacher and student projects. When I explored options to use for my 2013 session, I considered the teachers who might attend this session. Many bring their own computer, Mac or PC, and have a range of personal technology skills from beginner to intermediate. Since Studio One is available for both platforms, with a seamless user interface, it is a natural for a session with a mix of operating systems. In addition, the free version has plenty of features to get teachers acquainted with a DAW as they learn basic editing and mixing skills. In particular, during this year’s class, students will learn how to edit audio recordings of student performances, record MIDI tracks with just a computer keyboard, and manipulate pre-recorded loops to create simple compositions."
— Dr. Shirley Lacroix, Director of Music for Pearson
Check out these inspiring music technology programs:
River Hill Music Technology, Richard McCready
Greenwich High School, Barbara Freedman
Lost Mountain Middle School Electronic Music Club, Jay Champion