Live Recording Made Easy
Capture™ 2.x is the first digital audio multitrack-recording application designed to make live recording quick and easy. With the look and feel of industry-standard digital multitrack hard-disk recorders, it is instantly familiar to every musician and engineer. In general, the features that make a DAW a powerful tool for audio production and mixing in the studio are the very culprits that bog down a computer’s performance and make for an unstable live-recording environment. Capture simplifies this environment, providing only the tools necessary to record a great performance without placing huge demands on your CPU’s resources.
Designed exclusively for StudioLive™-series mixers, Capture allows instant setup and recording directly from the mixer with no configuration. In version one, Capture introduced 2-click recording, version 2 makes that even easier: Just use the Record Now button to start recording with a single click!
Capture can help before the show too. Click on the new Virtual Soundcheck button in Capture 2.x and load a previous recorded show. When you’re done dialing in the mix, just click on the button again to remove all the audio files and arm every track for recording. Best of all, your tracks are already labeled!
With Capture 2.1, Integration Takes On New Meaning.
With the introduction of the StudioLive AI-series Active Integration™ digital mixers and StudioLive AI Software Library, Capture 2.1 has become even more deeply integrated than before, not only with the new AI-series mixers, but also with Studio One®, Virtual StudioLive-AI, StudioLive Remote-AI for iPad®, and QMix™-AI for iPhone® / iPod touch®.
No other recording application and digital mixer anywhere near this price class can come close to this amazing degree of integration. In fact, most digital mixers in much higher price classes don’t come close.
Capture 2.1 can now save and load a StudioLive AI mix scene and remotely engage digital returns for quick playback and Virtual Soundcheck. It also shares track names with VSL-AI, SL Remote-AI, QMix-AI, and the StudioLive AI-series mixer’s Channel Info page, so you only have to name a channel once—and you can name it from anywhere, including Capture!
Here’s a level of integration you won’t get anywhere else: When you record with Capture 2.1, you have the option of saving the StudioLive AI mixer scene along with the Capture Session. Studio One 2.6 can import Capture Sessions seamlessly, and when you import a Capture Session that includes a StudioLive AI mixer scene, the Studio One mixer is set to match your StudioLive AI mix scene, including fader values, mutes, pan, buses, and FX sends. Fat Channel settings are loaded into Studio One’s new Fat Channel Native Effects™ plug-in.
Now you can listen to your mix on your laptop, just as it sounded during the gig, even if the StudioLive AI mixer is packed and on its way to the next gig.
Work in stereo or in glorious multitrack!
In addition to recording all channels of any StudioLive-series mixer, Capture allows you to record a stereo track from the StudioLive’s main outputs, subgroup outputs, aux sends, solo bus, talkback mic, aux inputs, internal FX sends, or internal FX returns. This gives you the option, for example, of recording your main mix or create a separate recording mix.
Sometimes you’ll want to work with your recordings away from the StudioLive mixer. With Capture’s Stereo Playback mode, you can use Capture with any computer’s stereo soundcard. Edit your mixes on the band bus or the silver bird, or even at the beach (but don’t get sand in your laptop!).
Soundcheck without the hassle, er, artist.
Capture makes getting ready for the next show or the next artist a breeze because you can soundcheck before the artist even arrives! Let’s say you recorded a band last night, and you’re going to mix their show again tonight—and they’re stuck in traffic. Capture’s Virtual Soundcheck mode lets you dial in a mix while you’re waiting.
Just create a new session in Capture and click the Virtual Soundcheck button. Capture will give you a list of Sessions, and if you’ve been using your session tags, this list will be well organized. Just click on the session you want; all of the audio will be loaded for you, and the digital returns on your StudioLive AI mixer will be engaged.
Even better: If you stored a StudioLive AI mixer scene with your session, it will be loaded into your mixer to give you a jumping-off point. All track names from the soundcheck session will be broadcast throughout the AI network, so SL Remote-AI, QMix-AI, and your AI mixer channels will be labeled. When you’re done, just click the Virtual Soundcheck button again to remove all of the audio files and arm every track for recording.
Now your FOH and monitor mixes are dialed in, and you’re ready to record tonight’s gig before the musicians even walk onstage. After your virtual soundcheck, all you have to do is trim your inputs and go.
Simple—but not dumbed down.
As straightforward and easy to use as Capture is, it gives you several important features. Of course you get basic transport and cut/copy/paste edit functions. But there’s more—much more than you might expect from a “simple” recording application.
Capture makes it easy to see your meters in a dark space, easy to drop markers and export each song separately, easy to do virtual soundchecks, easy to edit sessions offline in stereo, and easy to create new sessions. In fact, Capture makes it easy to do everything you need during live recording.
When you’re recording a live show, visibility can be a problem. The stage may be well lit but your mixing station could be another story. Furthermore, you need to pay close attention to what’s happening in the room and onstage, so you can’t play nursemaid to your recording system. Because Capture is preconfigured for the StudioLive mixer, as long as your StudioLive mic trims are properly set, you don’t have to worry about clipping, so you can hit Record Now and forget about Capture during the song. And thanks to Capture’s Big Meter mode, which turns your monitor into a gigantic meter bridge, you can see your levels clearly at a glance while staying focused on mixing the show.
Most people prefer to record a live set straight through, hitting Record at the start of the set and stopping at the end. Capture allows you to drop markers between songs, on the fly during recording. Then you can use the markers to jump quickly to the start of the next song and to export individual songs as separate files.
Using markers is easier than even with the Marker List, introduced in Capture 2.1. The Marker List provides an overview of every marker in your Session and offers an easy way to quickly add, delete, and name markers and move them around your Session. Drag-and-drop markers where you want them or simply click on the Move Marker button to move the selected marker to the current playback position in the timeline.
Capture 2 allows you tag your sessions with Artist, Performance, and Location information. Once you add these tags, Capture will organize your audio for you on your hard drive. Have all the sessions from your summer tour organized in a labeled folder by location and date. Or locate all the sessions by a particular artist in the same folder organized by venue and location. Keeping your audio organized is now as easy as naming a session.
You can save WAV and OpenTL files, with selectable sample rates and bit depths, then edit your tracks in the audio software of your choice. Or save a Capture file, complete with markers, and open it for editing directly in Studio One, which is also bundled with all StudioLive mixers. Capture also enables you to stereo-link channels so you can record interleaved stereo files from linked channels on the StudioLive mixer.
You also can record in Capture, mix through the StudioLive, and then print your mix back to Capture. This allows you to take full advantage of the StudioLive’s Fat Channel processing, effects, and other features during mixdown, as well as during recording. It’s fast, it’s easy, and the sound quality is first-rate at every stage.
Another useful way to use Capture is to stream audio into the StudioLive while mixing a live show. For instance, to integrate previously recorded material into a live performance, simply bring prerecorded tracks into Capture—it can import WAV and AIFF files—and send the tracks to channels on a StudioLive while recording live audio from the other mixer channels.
More cool Capture tricks.
Capture and the StudioLive are so versatile and so tightly integrated that you’ll find a wealth of creative uses for them. For example:
- Place markers on the fly to divide the songs in a live set and then export each song separately to sell a live CD at the show.
- Record the main output from your StudioLive and then stream the live show as a podcast while the band is breaking down.
- Export your recordings as single audio tracks or in Open TL format and import them into your favorite DAW application to create your mix.
- Use the Digital Returns Playback option to stream the raw recorded audio back into the StudioLive, create a live mix, and print it back into Capture.
- Remote control the status of StudioLive AI mixer’s digital returns (analog input or digital playback for each mixer channel) from Capture.
- Remote control StudioLive AI mixer channel linking from Capture.
- Sync the timeline of your recording to MIDI Time Code (important when recording audio for a live video) or to the computer clock (useful when recording multiple performances over the course of a day, such as at a festival stage).
As thousands of users will attest, Capture is rock-solid software, and crashes are almost unheard of. But surprises are endemic to live performances, and some of them can be rude and unwelcome. So we’ve built extra safety features into Capture to help you survive these dangers with your recordings intact.
Capture offers several features that give your recording sessions an extra margin of safety.
It’s not uncommon when recording a live performance that the artist launches into a song a bit sooner than the engineer expects, so the first few seconds of the song don’t get recorded. Not with Capture! Its Prerecord feature acts as a preroll, capturing audio up to a minute before you press Record.
Don’t you hate it when someone (you would never be this clumsy, of course!) accidentally hits the computer keyboard, causing your recording software to quit or glitch? That’s why Capture’s Session Lock feature is automatically engaged when you begin recording, preventing keyboard access to Capture. The lock can only be disengaged with a direct click of the mouse.
A power failure can do all sorts of damage to a live show, but at least you won’t lose anything you’ve already recorded because as soon as Capture is relaunched, it will automatically recover the session and all files.
Even if you forgot to save your recording, Capture has you covered with an Auto-Save feature that saves at user-definable intervals.
To top it off, Capture lets you monitor disk performance and remaining record time in real time. You’ll never run out of disk space because you didn’t realize the drive was almost full.
So breathe easy! Live recording is a lot safer with Capture!
The future is now!
It took PreSonus years to develop this tightly integrated hardware and software, and nothing else is quite like it. StudioLive and Capture are the next generation of music technology, and Capture 2.1 raises the bar even higher. This is where the industry is going in the second decade of the century.
For information on how to download and install Capture, please click here.