Saturday, January 13, 2018

Presonus Reviews: Studio One

Presonous is a scumbag company that makes unreliable and user unfreindly garbage. Here are what customers are saying about Presonus products, service and support. Presonus does a lot of sleazy guerrilla marketing so if you read a glowing review it is probably bullshit.


It looks like Presonus is failing company and you would be wise not to do business with them. They are located in Louisiana and the collective IQ of Louisana is shockingly low. They may be going out of business soon.

Corporate Headquarters Presonus

18011 Grand Bay Court
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70806

United States
Phone: 225-216-7887
Fax: 225-926-8347

Background Of  Stephen Fraser Presonus CEO

Mr. Stephen Fraser has been Chief Executive Officer at PreSonus Audio Electronics, Inc. since February 2015 and served as Chief Operations Officer since May 2010. Mr. Fraser oversees PreSonus Audio Electronics's supply chain and manufacturing during a period when it is significantly expanding its product line and distribution. He served as the Chief of Staff of the BEHRINGER Group of Companies and served as Chief Operating Officer of BEHRINGER International GmbH since November 2005. Mr. Fraser was responsible for planning, organizing, and overseeing the core operations and overall administration. He joined the BEHRINGER Group in June 2004 as President for USA and Canada. Mr. Fraser has a wealth of experience in business development, sales and corporate finance in executive positions including, Chief Operating Officer of HotelGuide AG; Managing Director at ICE plc and President of Lenlyn Ltd (a related company of ICE plc); and an Head of Corporate Finance, London branch of Banque Bruxelles Lambert. His early career in corporate banking, corporate finance, and operations included heading up corporate finance at BBL in Europe, and he has held high-level financial and operations positions in Europe, North America, and Asia. Mr. Fraser holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Economics) from Canterbury University.


1.0 out of 5 stars
The most horrible support I have ever had!!
ByPeggy Jacksonon January 17, 2017

DO NOT BUY FROM THIS COMPANY!!! I owned this board for approximately 4 years and it never performed to expectations. Now it has the same problem that I read on forums that many others have with it in that it freezes from over heating after about a minute of playing. Over the last week I have spent three sessions waiting for technical support for an hour just to see what my options are for this 50 pound paper weight. No one has ever answered! I am not sure they even have a technical team, but just a looping phone message. They have a whole new line of Boards coming out soon but with support like this LET THE BUYER BEWARE!!!

1.0 out of 5 stars
Not a reliable product; Repair service is dismal
ByD. Ankneyon March 20, 2014

Verified Purchase

As other reviewers have reported, quality control leaves something to be desired. Worse, Presonus isn't able to handle repairs in a meaningful way.

I returned my initial mixer because it was broken out of the box. The replacement unit arrived and functioned for two months. I sent it in for warranty repairs (they're heavy, so it cost my $120+ out of pocket). It was in repair for a month, and when they returned it to me, it was broken in a new way.

I've had two bad units and Presonus has been unable to get a functioning one in my hands; I've spent my budget and am out a significant amount of cash.

If you need a product you can rely on, you should keep working. It's feature-rich, but it's not a product you can count on when there are musicians in the room ready to make music.

UPDATE: They just returned it to me from the second warranty service. This time they physically damaged it (it's clearly not a shipping issue). They have been unable to get a functional, undamaged unit in my hands in five months and two warranty repairs (each "repair" broke something new).

1.0 out of 5 stars
Worse than behringer

ByJared Mcdonaldon March 7, 2011

Buying one of these mixers is a real gamble on your part. You might get a good one. You might not. I got a bad one. It had bugs at first, but after a few days of 'use' it completely locked up and will not pass audio. My guess is that presonus knows exactly what the problems with these boards are, but they continue to sell them to people. If you get a bad one, it will be a pain in the rear to try and rectify the situation. Countless hours with tech support. You may have to ship it back to your dealer or ship it back to Presonus for repair or replacement. Don't just take my word for it, go to the presonus forums and read through all of the problems. It is true that every electronic device has issues now and then, but if you are like me and your reputation rides on your ability to provide sound for people who are paying you, this 'toy' is not for you. It is simply not reliable. In my book, presonus was always better than cheapo brands like behringer, but now, they are on the same page.

1.0 out of 5 stars
STEER CLEAR!!! I usually give good reviews but...
ByDoug Won May 20, 2011

You can look at the reviews I give. Almost all of them are very positive.

The "Idea" of Studiolive is great!
That is as far as Presonus got with this.
I have owned this board for (almost) a year now. I have had NOTHING but problems.
Like a previous person stated, It did not work out of the box with my firewire, so
I had to upgrade my PC. Not a big deal.
However, it is under CONSTANT Crash Control! When I say constant I mean, at least
once or twice per day it crashed my Brand New Dell Studio PC.
I know that it does this with ANY PC out there. I have a friend who has a HP Laptop
he has about $2k into and his crashes at least as much as I do.
BELIEVE ME- There is NOTHING more frustrating than working on a song for 2-3 hours
and losing it all!

It Doesn't stop there!
When you call customer service.. FORGET anything other than basic support. There answer
is to uninstall and re-install the program.
I have talked to them COUNTLESS times and now they just flat out LIE to me. "We will


1.0 out of 5 stars

ByEddy Garciaon September 11, 2014

I was about to invest in one but THANKFULLY, I was able to test drive it for a couple of weeks (Still have it). It's a practically new piece of gear (owner bought it for a church but has never used it) Buggy, buggy, extra-mega buggy!!! Such a nice looking piece of gear (5 stars for that) but sooooo faulty with the freezing problem. I thought @ first that firewire was the problem but, definitely, is the console. Had previous problems with a Presonus Studio Project that I got as a present a couple of years back. In conclusion, I will NEVER buy anything from Presonus!!!

1.0 out of 5 stars
Lousy tech support, lousy manuals

ByRaul S. Tolentino Jr.on December 21, 2010

Bought the 16.4.2 about two months ago.
Problem #1 : When I tried to connect it to my PC, I had issues with the firewire connection. I tried to contact tech support - no answer. I finally figured it out on my own, bought another firewire card and solved the problem.

Problem #2 : It comes with a bunch of cds, with no clear instructions on how to install them or if there is a sequence to installing the cds. I tried to contact tech support - again no answer

Problem #3 : When I clicked the Universal control software, a pop-up appeared telling me to upgrade the software from inside the program. Yet how could I do that when I couldn't get inside the program because the @#$%^ pop-up prevents me from entering the program everytime I click it. I called tech support - again no reply

Problem #4 : The Capture software doesn't work, but then again, I don't use it.

Problem #5 : I sent an email to their tech support regarding plug-ins and I have yet to receive a reply.

The product is good (hence the single star) but their tech support stinks!! If you're prepared to look for your own solutions to any problems that may crop up, go ahead and buy it. Otherwise save yourself a lot of frustration and grief and go buy something else.

1.0 out of 5 stars
Terrible Product. There is no way to download the ...

ByGabriel Veraon October 1, 2015

Terrible Product. There is no way to download the free download software that comes with store purchase. Instead, they are clearly just thieves. The sell what amounts to useless merchandise and steal consumer's money.

2.0 out of 5 stars
Overall buggy operation, weak design, and weak support put it firmly in the semi-pro / consumer category

ByDavid Gon March 7, 2015

This mixer's sole strength is the Fat-channel with rotary encoders and level/parameter meters for each channel. This is a great feature, though other offerings such as the A&H Qu-16 have since blown past Presonus. Presonus and the StudioLive series have a number of major issues:
* The LCD screen on the mixer is super weak. Every other manufacturer of digital mixers is decades ahead of this.
* Lots of noise out of this board. Sounds like a cheap 16-bit piece of Chinese junk. Noise floor easily 15dB higher than other competitive boards. Also lots of noise over Firewire, even more in fact.
* Major transients through all the outputs anytime you plug in/out Firewire, turn off/on a PC, etc. Even with all faders at zero. Makes the board pretty much useless for doing anything with firewire at a live event.
* Presonus support is weak at best. They don't even have a phone number. I had a fader go bad and needed a replacement, and you can't simply call and get a replacement. You have to sign up on their web forum and post a ticket, and then wait days for a response.
* Overall buggy operation and the above put this mixer firmly in the semi-pro / consumer category.

2.0 out of 5 stars
Presonus Tech Support and Studio Live Mixer Problems

ByBruce Livingstonon December 29, 2009

Verified Purchase

Presonus Studio Live Review

Presonus did a good job designing this mixer and as live mixers go I'm sure it would be nice. However this mixer is advertised as a device that is supposed to work with computers via fire wire. In my case the Studio Live failed miserably. In addition... working with Presonus Technical Support was very disappointing and very time consuming. In the first place don't think you can call them and expect to get on the phone with anyone in a timely manner, expect to wait a long time. They only take calls Monday - Friday from 8-5 central time and are closed on holidays... (A voice message saying they are closed the day after thanksgiving would've been nice just rings and rings) After much calling and emailing the technicians responded to my emails and messages at a snails pace. I did get a voice mail box one time... This person was in the accounting department. The technicians only have a hand full of suggestions and really appear to be grasping for straws. I tried to setup the SL on two Windows PCs and a Mac. Once the setup was complete I was able to see the feeds from the SL in my recording software. However, once the computers were re-started the SL connection went away and was never to be seen again. I had a second SL delivered and had the exact same results. I exhausted every technical procedure that Presonus had (which wasn't much) and I was never able to make this work. Presonus support pretty much bailed at this point so I setup an outside computer resource with a remote connection to my Studio PC to see if they could isolate the problem... all to no avail. Bottom line... As far as I can tell the SL driver for their Universal Controller does not work with a good many chip sets and fire wire environments. I gave it three weeks of my time and effort, tried two PCs and a MAC before I moved on to the Mackie Onyx 1640i. If you want to wait for Presonus to get their act together on the fire wire side then buy this mixer, but... you may be waiting a long time.
Sorry Presonus... the truth hurts.

2.0 out of 5 stars
Presonus audiobox and studio one
Bybruce liebowitzon November 22, 2013

I had purchased an audiobox and studio one came free with it which was great. The volume control on my first audiobox had failed and it was past warranty and it would have cost a pretty penny to fix it so I bought a new one which wasn't much more. The hardware was fine on this one but the drivers were giving me fits. It would crash constantly and I lost many hours of work due to this. It took tech support days before they got back to me and by that time I had set up my Propeller head studio. Their tech support was great and the sound is much better. I downloaded new audiobox drivers over and over again but to no avail. I even formatted my drive to see if there was a problem with windows, but that wasn't the problem. I felt tech support was weak in that they didn't care.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

RIP Greg Allman

Gregg Allman - Wikipedia

PreSonus StudioLive 16.0.2 Digital Mixer Reviews

  • Computer issues.

    Using the board hands on is pretty simple and I like the quality of sound from the on board sound effects. My issues is PreSonus the company that makes the board is not very customer friendly. They will send you emails on how to try and fix the problems, even have you load programs on your computer to evaluated your situation.But they will not call or talk to you. I have called several times. But with all that said I received 6 emails from them. After I emailed them twice and then a Sweetwater tech had to call them for me it had already been 72 hours before I called the sweetwater tech. Who was very helpful and took remote control of my computer to help. As Sweetwater goes they are a five star, Tech support line, but as far as PreSonus. I give them a 2 star. But I have never and still to this date 10/13/2016 received a call from presonus.

  • from Albany, NYFebruary 24, 2015Music Background:
    Producer, musician, songwriter, video director

    Great board but beware of software bug

    Had this board for a few months now, obviously it has a lot of great things going for it. But I contacted Presonus Tech Support regarding some issues when backing up, and they confirmed that one of the issues is a software bug. After backing up all of your scenes and settings thru their VSL software, when you restore those scenes back onto the board, all of your Aux system settings are lost... they all revert back to "Post". Since I have them all set to "Pre2" (pre fader yet retains all EQ and Fat Channels), this means when restoring you have to go back through each scene and reset it. If you use all 80 scenes, that takes an hour or so. Not a deal breaker, since hopefully you only need to restore your backups if there's a catastrophic board failure, and in that case an hour or 2 is worth it. But if you're in the middle of a show and you rely on your saved scenes, that's a problem. They didn't give me a timetable on the bug fix, but the board has been out there a while and you'd think it would have been fixed by now if they plan on really doing it. And I also had a problem when restoring backed up scenes where i was only getting sound out of the L side, until I went into Locate mode and re-saved the scene on the board itself. But the cause of that is still TBD, and Tech Support said my scenes were fine, so it could be an issue with my OS or drivers, according to them. Given the bug, I haven't bothered to track that down since it's irrelevant until the bug is fixed. Still, it's a nice board, but if I'd known about these issues I would have gone with another company.

  • from Perrysburg, OHDecember 14, 2014Music Background:
    Pro musician, recording engineer, live sound engineer

    troubled mixer

    I purchased this board in 2012. It seemed to have most of the features I needed for live gigs with the exception of a simple effects foot switch port for the 2 effects channels. A midi pedal was a royal pain in the neck to configure for a simple on off reverb switch [which never worked]. But I worked around that by eventually using outboard effects that had foot switch capabilities. So everything went well until 4 weeks before the warranty ran out. At a gig, I went to fire my rack up and the board just gave me a blinking light show on the display and no signal. We were able to grab another mixer and started the gig 2 hours late. The warranty covered the repair; no problem there. Thank goodness for warranties.
    My next complaint is more annoying. A handful of times when turning the board on at a gig, I'll get a massive feedback loop with all faders down. Anyone that has gigged out a lot knows that will tick off a club owner faster than anything. We haven't lost any work yet, but I am wary about using this board anymore; or purchasing another Presonus product.

    Having registered a rather negative review on Presonus, Sweetwater has been stellar about addressing my issues over the years; even stretching the boundaries a bit here and there.
    Sweetwater will continue to be my first source for gear. But I will think twice about buying the Presonus brand again. In Presonus's defense, I realize I may have gotten a lemon.

  • from TXMay 5, 2017

    Poor quality

    Biggest piece of Crap I owned. After 18 months the firewire quit working. Presonus wants $200.00 + to fix it. Over 1/4 of the price I paid originally. Lousy quality from them thieves is what I'm sayin'. KMA Presonus!

  • fromJanuary 25, 2017


    I'm on my second board within the year the firewire was messed up on the other board so they went ahead and replaced it which was cool but this board is a little bit noisy. The preamps are ehhh and what can I say about all of their other products I have the e66 monitors one of them came DOA so they replace that right away and the second one blew three days later they replaced that then the third one went. That's when I called it quits and bought a pair of JBLs. I also bought a refurbished PreSonus Channel strip right from the factory and that came DOA as well. I got my money back and I will never deal with this company again. I'm going with an avid controller and Antelope interface pretty soon

  • fromFebruary 15, 2016

    Buyer Beware

    I liked my 16.0.2, I really did. But after 2.5 years in service, in a smoke free, clean, air conditioned studio, my 16.0.2 failed. Internal inspection showed the +5V power supply rail lost regulation, and went high. This burned up areas on the power supply board, and exploded capacitors (contaminating large areas inside) and damaged logic components on all three peripheral circuit boards. One capacitor that blew was rated 65V, so that give you an idea how high the +5V rail went. The mixer is a total loss, all apparently because a fan was not included in the design, leading to degradation and eventual thermal runaway in the power supply.

    A digital mixer is a computer, with audio interfaces. Any computer power supply of this size requires active cooling. The 16.0.2 not only lacks a fan, but the vents are very small and located on the sides where they cannot do much good for passive cooling. Very poor design. Restoring this one would be throwing good money after bad.

    Problems with Presonus Firebox in Windows - Cycling '74

Saturday, May 6, 2017

The Politics of Music

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I think we can all agree that most music to which the masses are exposed to, sucks. IMO music today is being used to dumb down the masses. Music today is fraud. Here's why. Kanye West sucks as does, Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Nikki Minaj, that fat whiny cow Adele, Britney Spears etc.. etc... etc.. But how are these wastes of protoplasm get BILLION of views on Youtube? They're not. The views are fake and Youtube knows this. 

For decades America has been descending into an ever deepening abyss of fascism.  "Fascism should more properly be called corporatism, since it is the merger of state and corporate power." Benito Mousilini

Today America is being run by fascists/corporatists and now we have a Whitehouse full of them and a congress and senate owned by them.

There was a time when artists and musicians made political statements... Beethoven did it with the Eroica.  

Beethoven Symphony No3 Eroica (Muti-Philadelphia Orchestra ...

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Picasso did it with the painting Guernica.

Minstrels for ages wrote and performed protest songs. In the colonies the broadside ballad became popular and an American tradition of protest songs continued until recently. Today, meaningful protest songs are few and far between but now we need protest songs more than ever but sadly the numbers of political songs have dwindled. 

Classic Labor Songs from Smithsonian Folkways - Smithsonian ...

The 10 Best Protest Songs of the Civil Rights Movement | Spinditty

Take the time you pathetic millennials and Gen Xers and listen to some songs that have a meaning a purpose other than entertaining your feeble brains.  Google greats like Phil Ochs, Woody Guthrie, Lead Belly, John Forgerty, Tom Paxton, Bob Dylan, Pete Seger etc..

You no longer need a recording studio to record or a record company to sell your songs. You have sites like Bandcamp, Soundcloud, Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube on which to post your songs. No matter how good your song is, don't expect to get a record deal. The record companies are run by fascists who need a trip to the guillotine. 

Pull your head out of your materialistic ass, put you filthy fucking ego in check, and go out on a limb, leave your vomitous EDM comfort zone or your fuck dem hos gansta rap mentality and start writing for people with more than a few brain cells to rub together where your music can do some good. 

Be warned. I know a lot of patriotic Americans today are really pissed off and they would like to see a lot of the gangsters and traitors who have hijacked America dead but until there is a military coup we are stuck with these pigs. Be clever and be careful with what you write. You are now living in Trumpistan.

The first thing fascists do is to censor and control the media. Hitler did it and now Trump and his fascists are trying to do it.

Get your work out there. Busk! Post! Perform on independent radio and at open mic nights.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Grow Up Jeff Berlin and Shut Up and Play Your Bass

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Jeff Berlin is Fat Guy on the Right

Jeff Berlin was a bassist, teacher and musician but now he's a big fucking crybaby. Victor Wooten is a bassist, musician, innovator, artist and one of the most respected musicians on the planet. Jeff likes running his mouth to make up for the fact that he can't hold a candle to guys like Victor and the slew of young bass players who are pushing the musical envelope and expanding the function and possibilities of the bass.

There are a lot of things that make Victor a great bass player beyond his technical gifts. I think most of it is the fact that Victor sees music as an art and not a competitive sport. The music inside Victor is liberating, soulful, important, inspiring, adventurous, joyful, considerate, loving, thoughtful, generous. And if Victor could only play whole notes his playing and music would still be liberating, soulful, important, inspiring, adventurous, joyful, considerate, loving, thoughtful, generous.

I play bass guitar and from a chops point of view I have always played catch-up with other musicians.  My music theory chops are also nothing special but I figure that since there are only 12 notes in Western music I really don't need the chord scales as a crutch for what note to play and when to play them like Jeff Berlin does. I guess I feel that way because I don't care if my music of playing impresses anyone. I grew up and even before that Jeff it knew that music was not a competitive sport. I knew that the function of the bass in the music I was playing was the same as every other instrument. It was to serve and add important musical words aka notes to the conversation.

Victor Wooten had enough of Jeff's mouth after Jeff started a bunch of shit talk. Victor posted an open letter to Jeff Berlin.

Victor writes:

Another comment of yours (posted below) was brought to my attention and I feel the need to respond. Please read and consider my thoughts before becoming resentful. I am writing as a friend who loves you and wants to see you succeed.

First: I love many of your ideas and actually love the fact that we appear to disagree at times. I welcome that. I often invite educators to my camps who express conflicting views in order to help students realize that there is more than just "my way" of approaching music. Disagreeing is not a problem for me. I know that we learn and grow because of it. Feeling the need to prove that "I am right and everyone else is wrong" is a dangerous way to live or teach. 

Proud FA's Comment: I think Jeff needs to fire his shrink and hire Victor. Demolish your ego Jeff and accept the fact that Victor Wooten's playing appeals to more people than does yours. You may not think it is fair but that would be your fragile ego talking. What is boils down to the music in your heart and Victor's heart and the contrived "play it safe" music in your brain.

Believe me when I say that there are many of us successful musicians and educators who really want you to succeed. We believe that you do have a lot of good to offer. That was why I originally invited you to my camp. But, it is your toxic attitude that keeps you from being invited back. It is also why you continue to be excluded from many other places including, ironically, The Players School, which you founded.

Proud FA's Comment: Jeff you are stinking up the place and you are pissed that the new young players are surpassing you so shut up and play your bass.

Please keep reading.

Second: I'll remind you again since you seem to have forgotten. During your visit to my camp, you went on a rant about there being NO good female bass players. (A totally ridiculous statement, I will add.) Ariane Capp, another successful bassist/educator, asked you about Carol Kaye. You responded with a horrible, degrading, and inappropriate comment about Carol Kaye's sexual preference and body parts, as well as what you would or wouldn't do with her. You said all of this in front of students, which included underage kids. (I think my mother was also present.) That was bad enough, but to make things worse, you never answered Ariane's question. You never mentioned Carol Kaye's bass playing, musicianship, or accomplishments.

Proud FA's Comment: Your shit talking about Carol Kaye tells me that you are a bigot and perhaps that bigotry goes beyond gender and sexual preference. I got news for you Jeff, the two most critically acclaimed string players today are Victor Wooten and Eric Gales. In fact, Joe Bonamassa easily acknowledges that Eric is the best guitar player living today and BTW you may want to check out Eric's bass player; he's in the same league as Victor. I seriously doubt whether Joe or Eric would hire a sterile player like you. You know what they say Jeff? Those who can do, those who can't teach, and those who can't teach...bitch about their students.

Please understand, it is not totally because of your ideas alone, but how you deliver them that is hurting you. Your misguided rhetoric coupled with your bullying tactics are the main reasons you are having trouble getting the work you desire. As much as you want people to accept you and your approach, and I know you do want that, become accepting of others and their approaches. That's what we should be teaching our students. Please accept these pieces of advice from me. Acceptance is healing!

Jeff, you are taking a "boxing" approach, and that is not a good way if you want to be accepted, respected, or hired. That brutality mentality is exactly why many musicians, educators, and institutions choose to keep our distance from you. (You can't box with us if we don't allow you in the ring.)

Proud FA's Comment: Jeff, it sounds like when you do box, you have blocked too many punches with your head.

Please continue reading.

Third: Once again, you are telling an inaccurate account of what happened at my camp years ago when you called a student (Denson Angulo) up to play. In your recent post (see below), you stated that "he was livid" when you pointed out that he couldn't play. That's absolutely not true, Jeff. THE TRUTH IS: at camp, you actually "praised" Denson for being able to accurately execute everything you asked him to do.

The first time you posted this lie, I sent you the recording of what actually happened just in case your memory was failing. (I would rather think that your memory is failing than think that you are purposefully lying.) I even posted it on your page to make sure that you got it. But as usual, you removed my post and chose not to correct yourself or apologize to Denson. I'm happy to resend or repost the recording if that will help you.

To remind you: Denson Angulo is an accomplished musician and educator in Utah. He plays and performs on both electric and acoustic basses. He is also a double bassist in the symphony. He's an accomplished martial artist and martial arts teacher who uses it to help others. He's not a bully. He's definitely an amazing father and human being! Denson has accomplished things you and I will never accomplish. You should be praising him on your page like you did at my camp, not falsely criticizing him like you routinely do to people who have achieved things you have not.
In closing:

Jeff, I understand why you are bitter, but there are better ways of dealing with it. Until you can figure that out, things will continue to get worse for you. You can change your location and try to make a new start, but you can't run from yourself. And I doubt you will find the counseling you truly need by posting your troubles on Facebook. Hopefully, Nashville will rub off on you, because your approach will have to change in order for you to make it here.

Proud FA's Comment: You had a good run Jeff and it is time for you has beens to move over and let the young masters like Victor and Cody Wright take over and carry the torch. 

Your shit talk about Carol Kaye is beyond the pale. Jealous much? Here are some other influential bass players to whom you cannot hold a candle when it comes to advancing the art of music.

Larry Johnston... In your dreams Jeff

Geddy Lee... His artistry is something you never had

Charles Mingus.... Always played the perfect notes

Cody Wright... Too good for words!

Jaco Pastorious... Not even close

Les Claypool... Never took himself to seriously and his playing rocks.

Flea... The don't call him Flea for nothing

Will Lee... Total package

John Entwistle... Feel, style, grace, taste

P-Nut... Not full of himself

Bobby Vega... Beautiful playing

Tina Weymouth... Her playing tells has-beens to go funk themselves.

I long to know the Jeff Berlin I grew up admiring, and I am not alone. There are many who would happily welcome that Jeff back into our circles. Trust me, when you stop alienating the community you so desire to be a part of, your world will be a much better place. Until then... well... I'll just continue being hopeful and patient.
With Love and Hope,

Here's a comment from Jeff's Facebook page. 
Jeff wrote: "The same thing happened to me at Victor Wooten's bass camp, admittedly before I went into therapy. I angered people there, one guy in particular who told me that he could play. He couldn't, and I used musical examples for him to play to show him this. He was livid, but I wanted to show him and everyone else that day that what they believed about their ability to play wasn't necessarily true and that music itself instantly exposes our musical capabilities for what they really are. I made it possible for him and everyone else that day to see the truth which could have been the best musical day of their lives. But they rejected my views outright, even the fellow that couldn't play but didn't like that this was pointed out to him."

Proud FA's Comment: Jeff you can play the bass and if you were not so wrapped up in yourself you Could be in the same league as some of the greats but your musical ideas are clever but in many ways musical nonsequiturs as evidenced by B-3 where Stu Hamm and Billy Sheehan smoked you. That should be the least thing that should bother you. The fact that you are a liar is your major malfunction and why you never reached your potential.
Since you think music is a competitive sport hot shot, cop this. 

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Write Protest Songs

Get off your lazy shallow asses GenXers and Millenials. If there was ever a time and a reason to write meaningful music living in Trumpistan is that reason.

The Face Of Treason - Demotivational Poster

Friday, January 27, 2017

Time to Beat The Shit Out of Presonus Some More

I beat the shit out of Acoustica when they first released Mixcraft 6 and as bad as it was is was still better than most to the DAWs out there. Acoustica got their shit together and 6.1 is very very good DAW and the Mixcraft tutorials are the best by far. Presonus are such false Christian cocksuckers that they force buyers to purchase very expensive tutorials for their shitty software and hardware.

Presonus must be run by Trump supporters because they ban people for telling the truth on their bullshit shill filled forum. Check out this thread on Gear Slutz

Presonus customer serves SUCKS!

Presonus customer service? - Home Recording forums

I this experience on another forum Presonus trolls attack the OP.

Presonus Audio Box SUCKS

Presonus FUCKS its associates. They must be Trump supporters.


1.0 out of 5 stars PreSonus Sucks, April 20, 2012. By. BlueGuitar13. I bought a 44VSL, I am sorry I did. I called around trying to find something to suite my needs:

Mixcraft 8 and Odd Instruments

I have not tested it yet but by all accounts, it's a very good DAW.  Please leave comments if you are a Mixcraft 8 user.


In other news:

I like unique musical instruments. I play with a guy who is a brass player. He plays trumpet and cornet. For the past year of so he's been playing a melodica at our gigs. I love it! For those of you who don't know what a melodica is....

This is a melodica.  Melodicas sound like something between an accordion and a harmonica. You can play chords and single notes on them. The are inexpensive. He found one on Amazon for $27 and while there are more expensive ones this one is the best IMO.  A lot of the more expensive ones have annoying key click and intonation issues.

Banjo Tam inventor Frank Abrams playing the Banjo Tam at the 2016 Nashville NAMM
Check out the Banjo Tam <---------Click here.

I own a Banjo Tam. When I first heard about the Banjo Tam I thought it was gimmicky but when I played one I was pleasantly surprised. It sounded like a high-end banjo but what makes the Banjo Tam unique is that the head uses a tambourine and for some reason this makes it sound better than many high-end banjos. Once you get the hang of it you can use the percussive effects of the tambourine. This instrument is considered so innovative that it made the Museum of Modern Art catalog.


Banjo-Tams come in open and closes back models.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Something Political: Trump's Lies

Trump Claim:

Trump Claim: Hillary Clinton Pledged To “Create Totally Open Borders For The United States.” According to NPR, “She’s pledged to grant mass amnesty and in her first 100 days, end virtually all immigration enforcement and [Depends on your definition of amnesty. From the Clinton website: ‘she will focus enforcement resources on detaining and deporting those individuals who pose a violent threat to public safety, and work to ensure refugees who seek asylum in the U.S. have a fair chance to tell their stories.’ —Tamara Keith] thus create totally open borders for the United States.” [NPR, 6/22/16]


Associated Press Fact Check: “It’s Not True That Clinton’s Plan Would Create Open Borders.” According to the Associated Press, “THE FACTS: It’s not true that Clinton’s plan would create open borders. Her plan does call for a pathway to citizenship that would allow people currently in the country illegally to stay, but only after going through a series of steps to become a citizen. On enforcement, Clinton has called for focusing on ‘detaining and deporting those individuals who pose a violent threat to public safety,’ but not ending enforcement outright.” [Associated Press, 6/22/16]

Monday, September 12, 2016

Scammed By TuneCore?

TuneCore is hated by artists all over the US. Now let's expose those fuckers to the rest of the world. The world is full of crooked people who are often above the law at least here in the US.  These slime prey on the young naive.

Related: How TuneCore Screwed Founders Peter Wells and Jeff Price

Here are some comments from victims of Tune Core scams:


50 Responses to “TuneCore Review: Don’t Use TuneCore”

  1. Update On TuneCore Troubles (after one of their founders responds to this blog) « SwathBlog Says:
    […] SwathBlog « TuneCore Review: Don’t Use TuneCore […]
  2. Social Media, Customer Service and Your Business Reputation « GrafiQa Creative Services Says:
    […] the service we used to upload the tunes to make them available online. Check out the details here and […]
  3. Entire Swath catalog (finally) now available on iTunes and other online stores « SwathBlog Says:
    […] was a lot more of a hassle than we thought to get these up (see Tunecore Trouble post 1 and post 2) but hopefully, having downloads available will be a lot easier for people who want to […]
  4. Urban Touchdown Says:
    There seems to be a lot of bad press surrounding Tunecore. I haven't released through them for about 2 years. It took nearly 10 weeks for my content to go live and their customer support was appalling.
    If you tweet them they will respond, or if you go on the forum. Basically, anywhere that is public and they will come back with “we are implementing this now, we are amazing etc”
    So that's $1000 profit from each customer. And that's looking after your customers?
    They are pretending to be helping unsigned artists but they are a massive corporation , with millions in corporate funding, and they are all about profits, they have no care for artists.
    Stay as clear of Tunecore! 
  5. They aren't amazing. They are too busy selling healthcare or trying to make a quick buck somewhere else.
    Last year they introduced video game distribution for $1000, and then it came out a few months later that they were uploading for FREE.
  6. Peter Wells Says:
    Urban, you’ve the right to your opinions (though I can assure you they’re wrong–we’re trying to help artists, with all our power). But you say this, and it’s wrong:
    “Last year they introduced video game distribution for $1000, and then it came out a few months later that they were uploading for FREE. So thats $1000 profit from each customer. And thats looking after your customers?”
    Our service required us to do all the stems and syncing, build all the files RockBand needs to accept content. It’s over 40 hours of intense high-tech labor, and the real cost can be up of 2500. What RockBand is accepting free is anyone who has those files ALREADY PREPARED. So yes, if you know how to prepare your music for RockBand and put it into their formats, all lined up, they’ll take it free. If someone gave us files like that, we wouldn’t charge them. What we charged for was very serious and difficult labor, and $999 is a bargain for it.
  7. Peter Wells Says:
    Actually, let me update a few facts of my own, just to be clear. Getting into RockBand isn’t free for anyone:
    To submit a song to rock band network you must
    1) have the authored song
    2) own an X-box
    3) subscribe to RockBand Network for $99 A YEAR
    With TuneCore, if your song is mastered, we charge a flat $75 and handle it all from there.
    So it’s a savings even if you prepare the files yourself.
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  9. Aaron B Says:
    So, what I need to know is, how long will it take to get my album on itunes? I uploaded it 4 days before the release date I specified..really hoping it releases it on that date.
  10. Peter Wells Says:
    24 hours, Aaron. If it’s not live within 24 hours, write me.
  11. Terrell Says:
    For some reason, I have not received any of the money from sales of my song from tunecore. I read that this happened to a few people and that they never received their money. That's why I only put up one song rather than a whole album. How do I close this tunecore account and remove my song?
  12. Peter Wells Says:
    When did you put up your song, Terrell? The stores do take time to pay out. This is true of any distributor. Write me?
    (P.S., if you want to close your account, I’ll do that for you too.)
  13. Terrell Says:
  14. Angus M. Says:
    My band and I are recording our album, Trespassers, on this Sunday. We’re then going to try and put it on iTunes, but I’m a bit confused.
    Peter’s points are good, but then many people say it’s not a good way. Is the whole thing really worth it?
  15. Social Media, Customer Service and Your Business Reputation | Vibrant Creative Says:
    […] the service we used to upload the tunes to make them available online. Check out the details here and […]
  18. Jan Says:
    I’ve been a member of SOCAN/ ASCAP they have been great for paying out the royalties on live performance and radio airplay. However, when it comes to the internet that’s a whole other ballgame.
    I’ve lost total control of 3 of my songs on the web.
    Do you know of a distributor on the web that are operating under
    SOCAN or ASCAP’S terms?
  19. IndustryHound Says:
    Many of us artists have received a renewal notice for our albums. Tunecore has suddenly and without warning raised the yearly renewal rate to $49.99, even though it has promised a $19.98 yearly fee when we signed up.
    This is a highly alarming event. I will be contacting the better business bureau within a week if I do not get a response from Tunecore. Please help spread the word, we need people to look into this.
    This was part of the email sent from Tunecore: “You must renew by the date above to keep your music live on the online stores you selected. If you do not renew, your release will be taken down from the online stores after the renewal date. You will lose all your reviews, comments, future sales and your TuneCore Media Player. ”
    -And we get 30 days to renew at the new rate of $49.99
    They lied to us! The only reason we all took Tunecore is because it was only $19.98 for yearly renewal! If your album is on Tunecore speak out. This is as unacceptable business practice. They know how difficult and time consuming it is to switch digital providers and they are using it to gouge us. Email them and tell them you will be contacting the better business bureau and the consumer protection agency unless they re-instate the yearly fee of $19.98 as they promised.
  20. Spiros Says:
    It’s been almost a week and my music is still not on i-tunes! Even though tunecore promise that music will become live within 24-72 hours. I’m worried now because I’ve paid them $49 for a service which is not being accomplished in time. They haven’t even responded to my emails. Tskk
  21. Peter Wells Says:
    As I just wrote you, could be an email problem. I’ve passed it on to support, you’ll hear from them in 24 hours.
  22. jayman Says:
    PETER WELLS. Do I need my song to be copyright or do I need a special something because I've heard how you guys scam people by paying them but then when their music sells alot a lot you tell them “oh we can't pay you because or song is not copyrighted.
    Or you don't have a license or register to BMI” please answer with full details cause I don't wanna get scammed other wise my last choice is cd baby
  23. Peter Wells Says:
    You’ve heard wrong. I know that article, and we wrote an entire response.
    If you’re not doing something illegal, you’re fine. Read that, and the guides we wrote.
  24. Liam Says:
    Can someone please help me and tell me how to delete my TuneCore account???
  25. Peter Wells Says:
    Just write and we’ll remove it for you, no questions asked, as always.
  26. the next lil wayne Says:
    Have any of you that had previously had tune core tell me if
    You made alot of money? Did you promoted? How much time? I have a good song
    But have heard of people only selling like 3 copies in 2 month. Can anybody
    Anybody tell me if you know how much someone with an alright song made?
  27. the revvernationns Says:
    For the above comment ..if your in tunescore expect nothing no money and a lot of bad customer service. If your in cd baby expect at least 30-100 if you have a good song with
    A video on sites now if your song is really good you can make thousands. Just be careful which distributor you put it in because that thousands of dollars and be made into nothin ZERO dollars
    Just an advised from someone who have taken albums through alot of distributor and has learned for the good.
  28. joel Says:
    I made 45 dollars through tunecore funny thing was that I had tons of views and tons people telling me they bought it yet according to them only 45 dollars i made and what a horrible customer service just like the guy who posted this blog.
    Sometimes they just ignore your email. 1 n a half years later i now have a different distributor who cares about their artist
  29. Peter Wells Says:
    We answer every single email, Joel. You should get a response within twenty four hours, from a real human being. If you don’t get a response within those 24 hours, you write me directly. If somehow I don’t respond, sent a tweet to @tunecoresupport. If THAT doesn’t work, leave a post on our forum:
    We will find a way to help you, to help everyone. And every single sale, be it a stream or a download, will be reported. Every single one. Guaranteed.
  30. jasson Says:
    I made quite good money on tunescore, on my first song then my second song didnt do quite good in sells because the song was crappy im thinking of making third one.
  31. piano Says:
    Mr peter the owner of tunecore what happens if say i put a original song by me then someone else that knows me or whoever claims cause they feel one word or one little rediculous sounding beat sounds like theirs…wat happens? Do you
    Guys remove the song cause this person says is theirs? If you do remove it, who is responsible for the losses u guys tunecore for removing it or the other guys claiming or both? Their are alot of people trying to get money anyway now in days
    Even famous artist are getting sued by little artist trying to claim their work just to make money.
  32. Taylor K. Says:
    This is ridiculous, I just want to upload some good music and make money, but I see all these customer complaints. I can’t do this anymore guys. Why can’t there be a good company thats honest and really gives you what they say? This is very frustrating.
  33. bijoydatta Says:
    I wish it was that easy, Taylor K. Everyone’s out for a dollar – whether they earned it or deserve it or not.
  34. joyce carlson (@furgurl) Says:
    peter wells .. you only cover so long with your emails.. you are in this for a buck and it so obvious that u need sunglasses ,,, your site will fall in time ,, artists should not pay ,, thats why they use utube,,, good try but to may bad reviews and your answers sound like a drowning rat,,, I can tell you are not an artist ,,no talent ,,, because as an artist you wouldn’t put up with this lack of good business practices to artist ..
  35. joyce carlson (@furgurl) Says:
    now to check the others Ingroove , aol radio etc.. yo ho ho
  36. Nick Ketelsen Says:
    It’s very sad peter that your customers need to come to a blog that isn’t even written by your company to get answers from you. I will never give tunecore my business after reading threw this.
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  39. Wrapk Says:
    I’m trying to help novice musicians with a free software called wrapk. With wrapk you can sell your songs via Android Market directly and without intermediaries.
    Please, test wrapk and/or share it. Thanks!!!!
  40. Eddie Says:
    I would stay clear of Tunecore. I truly believe they are keeping a lot of the money that comes in for the artists as I have had steady sales for 3 years and then all of a sudden all sales stopped for almost 8 months.. I know for a fact that I have had many sales and streams over that 8 month period and received nothing from Tunecore.
  41. Peter Wells Says:
    We don’t keep a penny, and have independent, 3rd party auditors come in and make sure of it.
    Have you reached out to us, Eddie? Have you asked Support to look into it?
  42. Adjutant Asafoetida Says:
    Yeah, that’s a big fat no for me after reading more about the service. Do your research first, and then make your own choice. To me, it’s pretty obvious that there is a problem here.
  43. Jean Says:
    Damn, in this World we can’t trust anybody. Sorry Tunecore… I will provide this page because people and Artists need to know all this stuff that is going on here…
  44. Gates of Oblivion Says:
    It's actually funny that they are SO quick to jump on this page when I never got a reply from support in TWO MONTHS.
    Haha, because this is public and people see how shady and dishonest they are , it's out in the open and that fat lazy crook Peter Wells jumps on here so fast he probably broke his seat.
    I think you have heard it enough times but once more
    the only people getting rich here are tunecore, and they are doing it by pretending to care about artists hahahahahaha, thats the biggest joke there is!
    F*K Tunecore
  45. Tunecore review | Selcukdemetise Says:
    […] TuneCore Review: Don’t Use TuneCore « SwathBlogMar 5, 2009 … TuneCore Review: Don’t Use TuneCore. Along with the release of “Confluence” on CD in late January, we were really excited to also be … […]
  46. Sim Says:
    Peter wells probably breaks a lot of seats. Hes not the fittest.
    I never got a reply to any request and when I wanted something changed on my release they only advised me to PAY to take it down and then PAY AGAIN. And surprise surprise as soon as i asked them on twitter about it they jumped in to say they would help, and of course didnt.
  47. $50 a year? I call bullshit , their costs must be around $2 and that is for year one. What possible costs are there for year 2? Hosting 3 mp3s on a server costs $50?
    Peeps, if you wanna be naive and trust this company fine but you will just end up here like the rest of us.
  48. Simon Says:
    Tunecore is a Scam and are losing customers and money, believe me. I will be surprised if they are here in 6 months and what happens to our money, it's all gone.
    I have left tunecore. no more
  49. cordlesspizza Says:
    Can anyone recommend somewhere better? I’m with tune core now. I noticed a few purchases for one of my songs and then debits of the purchases, reversing the sale? I have no idea what it is and there is no one to call. I hate going through e-mail and anticipating a response that comes days or weeks later.
  50. Tunecore Sucks Says:
    I have personally had bad experiences with Tunecore. I am a cowriter/composer of some material and copyright owner (both © and (P) copyrights ). I released some of this stuff through Tunecore, sold a little under $200 bucks worth, then it was pulled by Tunecore because another one of the writers of the composition filed a complaint with Itunes. I responded with the appropriate documentation to both ITunes and Tunecore proving that I own the copyrights (filed with the U.S. Govt. ), showed them that I have my songs listed with my PRO, and followed the Tunecore rules by replying to them within the determined amount of time to appeal (defend) my right to MY own compositions.
    Tunecore’s response to this was to lock my money up. The deducted it from my account when I tried to process the check, but the check never came. I called, spoke to many people (both customer service and some much higher ups… I won’t call names), and they were happy to inform me that I’m not allowed to have the money raised through the sale of my OWN stuff even though Tunecore is a paid service and is a WORK FOR HIRE.
    For that, I say shame on you Tunecore.
  51. patypole Says:
    i’m with tunecore they’ve e-mailed me for some changement that’ll be held on the terms and conditions the point is using tracks for publicy or movie’s soundtrack for 20% o commission cut on my revenues again if i need to add more store that tunecore are launching i’ve to pay 1.98$ per store! how much to $….again?
  52. jayco Says:
    we are undecided between TC and recordJet but with a strong tendency towards rj. they respond quickly which doesn’t seem to work so well for tc. their price structure is rather appealing too.