PreSonus opens Philippines training centre
PHILIPPINES: Supply, design and installation company Modular Display Inc and professional audio and musical instrument reseller distributor, Better Components Inc have opened a PreSonus Studio 1 recording studio and training centre in Davao City, Philippines.
‘Three years ago, we (Modular Display) and Better Components’ CEO, Homer Sajonia discussed the idea of setting up a first class recording studio and training centre,’ explained Alvin Quisumbing, president and CEO of Modular Display.
‘It was around that time that we first introduced the PreSonus StudioLive and held some seminars about live sound and recording,’ he continued. ‘However, what we have noticed is that seminars are not 100 per cent effective. Since seminars are often at least five hours a day, and sometimes even two days, attendees can suffer from information overload. Based on our survey, attendees only remember the parts that interest them the most, which is approximately only 20 per cent (maximum) of the entire seminar.
‘So both companies finally decided to put up the Studio 1 recording studio and training centre,’ he continued. ‘Studio 1 got its name from the PreSonus DAW Studio One, since we need to connect the brand and the concept – and it's much easier to remember! Now, Studio 1 is a reality.’
The main purpose of the studio is to educate. ‘If we educate them, everybody will move forward,’ Mr Quisumbing enthused. ‘We are now in the process of creating modules such as: ‘Introduction to Live Sound’, in which the last session will end up as an overview of recording, while the second is ‘Making your first song, which is all about capturing music, followed by ‘Mixing and Mastering’. The final module involves applying all the mixing knowledge learned to Live Sound. Each enrolee must produce their music as their own product before they can be called a ‘PreSonus certified’ sound engineer. They first must pass the critics before being issued any certificate; the process is tough. Critics will be from Modular Display and a representative from PreSonus Audio Electronic (US).’
For the studio mix room, two PreSonus Eris 8 monitors have been installed, in addition to a PreSonus StudioLive 24 digital mixer, 12 PreSonus HD7 headphones, two PreSonus HP60 headphone amps and a Mac system.
‘There is no other choice for a project like this but PreSonus,’ he insisted. ‘The PreSonus StudioLive is the only mixer designed for live and recording that comes from the box, no add-ons are needed. It really does everything, including acting as a teaching tool – especially when using the VSL.’