PreSonus Audio Electronics, Inc. (often known and styled as PreSonus) is an American manufacturer of professional audio equipment and software, used to create, record, mix, and master music and other audio. This includes their line of digital audio workstation (DAW) software, Studio One.
PreSonus was founded in 1995, in Baton Rouge, by Louisiana State University electrical engineering graduates Jim Odom (also a member of the rock band LeRoux) and Brian Smith, to solve technical issues with engineering music CDs. It was initially based out of Odom's garage.
The company's first product was the DCP-8, a multi-channel digital processor (including compression, gating and mix automation) that could control analog audio using MIDI (resulting in a new patent). Subsequent products include the DigiMax multi-channel microphone preamplifier with ADAT output (2000), the Central Station monitor controller with talkback (2004), and multi-channel FireWire interfaces, including the FireStation (2002), FirePod (2004), and FireStudio series (2006).
In 2006, KristalLabs Software Ltd., a start-up in Hamburg founded by former Steinberg developers Wolfgang Kundrus and Matthias Juwan, began working on the Studio One DAW and on the Capture live-recording software in cooperation with PreSonus. KristalLabs subsequently became part of PreSonus when the company acquired all of their assets in 2009 (leading to the creation of the new entity PreSonus Software Limited).
In 2008, PreSonus developed the AudioBox USB audio/MIDI interface, and in 2009, the company launched its StudioLive series of digital mixers, the first version of their Studio One DAW, and the first version of their Capture live-recording software. This was followed by their Virtual StudioLive (VSL) control software in 2010, and their QMix control app in 2012.
PreSonus expanded in 2012 by acquiring the Nimbit online direct-to-fan music service, again in 2013 when they acquired assets from Notion Music (including the Notion and Progression music-notation and composition software applications), and again in 2014 by acquiring the live sound hardware manufacturer WorxAudio (PreSonus continue to sell specific hardware, including loudspeakers, under this brand).
In November, 2018, PreSonus released their 16-pad ATOM portable MIDI Controller, which included extended integration features with their Studio One software.
Hardware manufactured by PreSonus includes the following:
- Digital mixers, allowing multiple audio channels to be fed into a computer system via a single USB or Firewire connection, including the StudioLive brand.
- Control surfaces, including the StudioLive and FaderPort brands.
- Performance/MIDI controllers, such as the ATOM brand.
- USB/Thunderbolt/Firewire audio & MIDI recording interfaces, including the AudioBox, Studio, Quantum, and (now discontinued) FireStudio brands.
- Studio monitors, including the Eris, Ceres and Sceptre brands.
- Loudspeakers, including the WorxAudio brand.
PreSonus produce multiple software products related to music and other audio, including:
- Studio One: A digital audio workstation (DAW).
- Notion: Music composition and performance software.
- Progression: Composition software for guitar, bass, keyboards, drums and vocals.
- Capture: Live-recording software, designed for PreSonus' StudioLive brand digital mixers.
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