Transient Shaper from Softube, one amazing tool!

What I am about to tell you is 100 percent true. It all pertains to the life you can have after you purchase and begin to use the amazing Softube Transient Shaper.


Let me begin…

If you mix music as a pro than you value your time. Time is money, right? If you could make (or find) a few more hours each week, you would be stoked about it, right? The only real question to ask here is “What would you do with the extra time, mix more music?” The answer to that question is “Yes”, because I know you.

This “saved time” is what we are all searching after. We do things like create mixing templates, all for the sake of saving just little bit of our time, right? We purchase faster machines in order to crunch numbers faster and faster too, eh?

So the question remains, what about saving time, perhaps lots of time, using plugins?

Let us say that if you could save (lets say maybe) several minutes each time you use a common plugin, like compression, then after a while those minutes would add up to hours. If you use compression, limiting, expansion, and gating to emphasize attack and/or sustain quite often, like a lot of us are doing, than this “saved time” would quickly build up. Transient designers like the Softube Transient Shaper can save us all a ton of time.

A lot of todays professional mixing engineers are using Transient Shapers all over the place. It is the fastest and the best way to make a track cut through a dense mix. But that is not all Transient Shapers can do. Transient Shapers are amazing at removing unwanted sustain from instruments too.

Think about ringing toms for a moment. We often times want to hear them in a mix, and then make them go away. A ringing tom is just low frequency noise that muds up a nice mix. Transient Shapers  can remove the mud in a second flat. A compressor or gate can do that too, but how long will you tweak the settings to get it right?

You can get the Softube Transient Shaper for a mere 99 bucks. If you think about the time and effort that you will start saving, this plugin will pay for itself in one or two mixes. The rest of the time that you save, for the rest of your life will be profit in the bank.

You are welcome.

Plus, the Softube Transient Shaper is the best sounding, best thought out dynamic shaping tool that I have ever come across.

Blackbird Studios Expansion pack, from Steven Slate Drums, demo/review

Steven Slate has teamed up with recording studio owner and recording/mixing engineer ninja John McBride to bring to you the new “Blackbird Studios Expansion pack” for Steven Slate drums. Blackbird Studios is located in Nashville, in the Southern United States, and it is one of the most well laid out spaces that I have ever learned about.

What you need to know is that there is nothing (what-so-freaking-ever) wrong with the samples found within “Steven Slate Drums” “SSD4“. The samples found in “SSD4” are simply amazing. They changed the recording industry when they came out, and are on all kinds of recordings all over the world.


What can be found in the new “Blackbird Studios Expansion pack” are some cool new flavors of drums. That is what different genres of music require. Lets dive in deeper….


Lets talk about why the samples found inside the new “Blackbird Studios Expansion pack” sound so massive and professional. Well, for starters, John McBride wouldn’t be who he is unless he used all kinds of special (vintage, tube, rare and one-off) microphones and some of the best gear to record these professionally set up, best sounding drums of all time,  recorded in the coolest recording studio that I have seen in a very, very long time. Add to the equation, the fact that John McBride uses some of the best recording techniques, and microphone spacing techniques for recording the “Blackbird Studios Expansion pack“, and you have some of the best sounding drum samples that I have ever heard. Imagine, these drums can actually be placed into my original songs, and the songs that I work on for others.

What a time in “home recording history” that we live in folks! Try out the Blackbird Studios Expansion Pack today.

Episode 57, interview with voiceover expert Bill Dewees


Welcome to Home Recording Weekly. Please listen close to what todays guest has to say. He can actually help us all to generate revenue from our humble home recording studios with the (amazing) “Voiceover Playbook“.

Bill is currently making about $250,000 (US Dollars) each year being a full time voice over talent. He knows what the voiceover business is like.

It really does not matter weather you are looking to make a little extra cash, saving up for a major gear purchase, or looking to one day quit your day job, Bill Dewees has the keys to your new voiceover business. He says a lot of very smart things in todays episode. I asked Bill the questions that all of us home studio owners might ask Bill Dewees. Enjoy the voice that is Bill Dewees as you listen in to todays show.


I reviewed the awesome “Voiceover Playbook“, by Bill Dewees. The link will take you to my review. Included inside the “Voiceover Playbook” are seminars, webinars, classes, and video training modules. There really is an amazing amount of quality content, all packed inside this product.

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The “Voiceover Playbook”, from Voiceover expert, Bill Dewees.

Are you ready to make some money with your home studio, in the voiceover industry?

If the answer is “Yes”, then you must think and act like a business owner.  The “Voice Over Playbook“, from voiceover expert Bill Dewees, can be thought of as a “Comprehensive marketing plan” for your venture into the exciting world of voiceover. Bill makes no effort to hide the fact that he is a six figure a year voiceover artist/expert, and he wants to help you join in the ranks. Most importantly, Bill Dewees is a man that has a plan, a working plan for all of us wanting to earn some cash with the gear we already have, a plan that he has proven, a plan that you can be assured really works. What else do you need to know?


Most of us begin building our home recording studios with the passion of music driving us. We become home studio owners due to that initial love of making that music that lives in our hearts a real, tangible object.

But at some point, for whatever reasons, we think about making some (perhaps much needed) extra cash with our personal home studios. Lets just say perhaps its a major gear purchase that we are dreaming about, or maybe its just for fun, you know, just to see if generating income with our studio is even possible. Whatever the reason we find ourselves coming to this point. Voiceover work is what most of us begin to think about. But how do we even get started?

Believe it or not, we home studio owners all have a potential to make a lot of money. Heck, we have put together small recording set ups with our favorite pieces of gear, so why not make it pay? We have spent countless hours learning how to record properly, how to edit things like breaths, plosives, and sibilance. Lets face it, voiceover work sounds perfect for us! The question is where do we start?

What you will learn in the “Voice Over Playbook” ……

**Where to find paying jobs now!

**How to set up a basic home studio, without breaking the bank.

**Attracting and keeping paying voiceover clients

**How to become a much better, more aggressive voiceover business person.

** Plus, so many of your questions about the voiceover business will be answered.

Enter voiceover expert Bill Dewees, the “Voice Over Playbook“, and some of his other amazing helpful products. Bill has what we are looking for. Bill Dewees is a voiceover talent expert with years and years of professionalism that has made him rise above the noise. Bill knows how to get paying clients, how to deliver quality content, and how to keep clients happy and keep them coming back for more. But that is not all.

Bill gives us the “juicy insider stuff” that has taken Bill a very long time to learn and put into action. Bill Dewees has quality insider content to share, and the “Voice Over Playbook”  is chock full of it. Bill has the powerful insider knowledge that we are all looking for. He has worked as a voiceover talent for a ton of cooperate fortune 500 companies, like “Pizza Hut, Microsoft, Google, Frito Lay, Lowes, Sears, Whirlpool, and the list goes on and on.

Bill knows how to raise above the noise and get those top paying clients, but he does not stop there. He goes past all of that to explain what corporate level clients want, what they are looking for, and how to make them happy once you have their attention. Bill Dewees not only takes the viewer through many examples of his proven methods for finding work, but he explains his practices, and he actually allows us to see the details, like the actual emails that he sends to perspective clients. If you want find voiceover work, and how to get that work before others do, the “Voice Over Playbook” is for you.


The “Voice Over Playbook” consists of 13 modules, most of which are videos, with such titles as “Building your brand”, “Writing compelling copy”, “Finding companies with voice over rosters”, and “Editing tips”, just to name a few. Bill packs value on top of value here, and he makes sure to include audio and video webinars that he has recorded, and he also has included expensive seminars that he has produced. Bill takes the viewer/listener through everything they will need to do in order to be successful in the world of voiceover. Really, if you want to be successful in the voiceover industry, it is all in the “Voice Over Playbook“.

Bills’ views as a professional voiceover artist are extremely valuable. Most folks with his expertise would try to hide this sort of information from others that wish to break into the industry. Not Bill Dewees. He wants to help those that are new to the business, as to avoid becoming frustrated. On top of all of that, Bill has a comforting way about him, and listening to him discuss what you can expect from clients, and the voiceover business at large, is very reassuring.


OK, hold on. Let me sweeten the pot just a tad.  If you are reading this review because you are still not sure if this video series is what you are looking for, then let me toss in a special gift for you.

If you use any of the links supplied in this review, I will receive a small piece of the sale. I want to give you back something, just for using these links to purchase. As my way of saying thank you, if you use any of these links to purchase… then I will give you a free, special gift.

Let me tell you about “The Pro Mixers Playbook”.

Learning how to mix like the pros can be the most rewarding thing we ever do. It can also be the most frustrating thing we ever do. Why does learning how to mix have to be so difficult?

The truth is there is a lot of information out there, broken up into ten minute video chunks, over here, and over there, and, well, in a lot of different places. Learning just one brand new mixing technique can take you to many different places that all seem to have somewhat competing information.


For this very reason, I have been hard at work, putting something rather special together that I call “The Pro Mixers Playbook”. I have made over 4.5 hours of training videos together, in one easy to download PDF file. I have listed, and then made corresponding videos for the most powerful, the most “mix-shaping” 15 Pro mixing plays that have had the most impact (hands down) with my own mixes. This is a mixing foundation just waiting to happen. There is something new and rewarding, for new mixers and pros alike, inside in the Pro Mixers Playbook.

This is just my way of saying thank you for using any one of my links to purchase any one of the training videos that I have reviewed for you, here on Home Recording Weekly. Please click on the product images to learn more about “The Pro Mixers Playbook”.

So, if you are interested in learning the best of the best mixing techniques, over 4.5 hours worth, in video training form that will totally transform your mixes, then let me help you get your own copy of the Pro Mixers Playbook. When you use any of the links that I have provided for you to purchase, I will allow you a download code for “The Pro Mixers Playbook”, absolutely free.

All you need to do is send me an email ( ) with “free pro mixers playbook” in the subject line. Tell me the product that you have purchased, using my link, and I will send you a free copy.

I hope you all enjoy the Pro Mixers Playbook. I put it together in hopes of showing mixers (new and old) something true, something real, and something helpful. These are the best 15 mixing plays that have taken my mixing over the top, and rocketed my mixing skills to the best it has ever been.

If you are thinking about purchasing any of the training video products that I have reviewed, and have links to, than now is the time to make that purchase!

OK, back to the review at hand……

The “Voice Over Playbook”  is full of valuable information that you just will not find anyplace else. Bill dives into the important ideals that we must make sure are in place, like “branding” your voiceover business,  how to write effective “compelling copy”, how to find paying work with todays online resources, and how to get paid for the work we complete. The “Voice Over Playbook” video series is extremely easy to follow and enjoyable to digest. My confidence has been raised to a whole new level. Thanks to Bill Dewees and the “Voice Over Playbook“, I know I can do this.

Bill simply gives away everything he knows about “the business” that is voice over. Bill shares a lot of the large things that obviously matter, like pro level advice that has taken him years to learn, strategies that work and have taken him decades to develop, what companies are looking for in voiceover talents, and how to speak to those people that wish to hire you. He details exactly what to say, who to say it to, and word for word. He even lets the viewer listen in on some of his “cold calls”! Bill shares the exact methods and the exact “keyword phrases” that he uses to find new voiceover work on a daily basis. This is all awesome, read close: most often very expensive, insider information! It is all inside the “Voice Over Playbook“.

Bill knows we all have questions. For example, “What about editing things that you will record?” I am talking about breaths, lip smacks, pops, and everything that makes you cringe. Bill has actually included a video module titled, “Editing tips”, that tackles these things. You might think its funny for me to talk about taking editing tips from a voice over expert, since editing is what home studio owners deal with each time they work, but guess what? I picked up a solid, crazy useful tip right at the start of this video.


With about 60 episodes of my podcast behind me, I have a lot of spoken work out there. I record first and edit last. I must go back and listen for my mistakes in order to edit them out. I learned so much in the “Editing tips” video that I will save myself hours of editing time. I cant even begin to imagine how much this one single tip must be worth in money, but I assume it is a massive figure. Bill Dewees is the man, and the “Voice Over Playbook”  just paid for itself!

Bill continues showing exactly how he treats artifacts like breaths, plosives, and sibilance, and perhaps more importantly, when to edit them and when to leave them be. Bill also demonstrates things like how he trims audio down from a long time frame to the required time frame that it needs to be. He takes over thirty seconds of talk and reduces it down to a 30 second spot. He continues showing how he makes pesky breaths can become “not so noticeable” breaks from audio that sound very good.

This is the insider information that I need to learn. I am new to the business side of things, and the actual workings of exactly what clients expect from the voiceover talent. Once again, Bill holds nothing back. If you wish to become a professional voiceover talent, Bill Dewees gives you the “virtual keys” to your new business in the “Voice Over Playbook“. Bill is sure to supply the viewer with confidence, and we all know how much that is worth.

MW conference

Let me give you yet another glimpse into the quality that you will receive inside of the “Voice Over Playbook“. Bill explains yet another personal method that he uses for finding work using the simple and effective “cold call”. He details his four step process that really works and earns him cash. Then, he actually makes some of these calls, as we listen in! It is quite amazing to hear Bill explain his process and then put it to work, on real cold calls. Let me just tell you that Bill makes the scary process of cold calling not only easy, but effective! Call after call Bill talks his way into finding the right folks that are eager to get his information. Bill hits it out of the park in this part of the “Voice Over Playbook“. This is simple awesome! I really needed to hear Bill go through all of this important stuff.

Bill includes a few bonuses  inside of the “Voice Over Playbook“. One of these bonuses is a webinar that takes the viewer through his methods to collect 99 percent of what you make with voiceover work. He has some strategies that not only make a lot of sense, but they really work. Bill walks the listener through his simple yet effective processes that he uses to keep the clients happy and willing to pay. Bill explains the reasons why clients most often do not pay voiceover talent, and how to avoid letting it happen to you. Bill uses some of his exact language, too, and he explains why he uses the words that he does. I learned more than I ever assumed there was to know about this sort of thing. I have noticed a lot of what Bill brought up, too, in the webinar, but I never knew the reasons behind why these things happen. Now I do. How powerful it was to learn the “behind the scenes” of what companies tend to do, and how to keep them happy as you communicate with them.

VO Workshop

I love the fact that Bill includes his “Midwest Conference” seminar, the “Marketing discussion” audio segment, and the “Voiceover Playbook Workshop”, which is six sections in length! Each of these modules are worth the asking price all by themselves. I got a ton of great, useful information out of each of these sections. The value that Bill gives in the “Voice Over Playbook” is simply over the top.

Look, here is the bottom line. You are reading this because you are either thinking about entering the voiceover industry, or you are trying to become more successful with your own voiceover business. It really does not matter which you are, the “Voice Over Playbook” is what you are looking for. All of your questions will be answered, and answered using honest facts and real figures. Bill makes sure to give the viewer everything he has, and in one fun to digest package. You owe it to yourself to learn from the best of the best, and Bill Dewees is the best!


Episode 56, “Back to basics”.


Thanks for your listening!

Here is a link to the “Cell Dweller video” detailing the cool DI guitar trick I speak about in todays episode.

My five must have pedals for guitar and bass.

As I say in the video, we all have unique needs, and our lists of must have gear will vary, so here is a look at what I feel is important.

Lightning Boy Audio “tube overdrive”.

gearporn (6 of 14)

GearManDude “Luther Drive”.

gearporn (7 of 14)

DOD Flanger

gearporn (12 of 14)

MXR Phase90

gearporn (5 of 14)

TC Electronic Ditto Looper

gearporn (14 of 14)

Ross Compressor

gearporn (8 of 14)

MXR “Carbon Copy” delay

gearporn (9 of 14)

Why all recording enthusiasts need the Bad Monkey “Tube overdrive” from Digitech.

I chose to review/demo this pedal, but not for the typical reasons. This pedal comes with much controversy, widespread misunderstandings, and quietly spoken un-truths. However, I will not tackle such issues. I want to show you all some hidden talents of this 25 dollar secret weapon, Swiss Army knife of guitar effect pedals.

This post is not about obtaining one specific “holy grail” guitar tone, the merits of buffered versus true bypass, and this is not about putting the Bad Monkey up against the worlds favorite “modded” Tube Screamer-like pedal. This is about one heck of a handy tool, a steal of a deal, and a unique feature that will help you get better recordings. This is about making the process of recording bands, easier. This is a unique demo review video that differs from most of my demo style videos.


The Bad Monkey pedal, from Digitech, has been taken off of most folks pedal boards due to the fact that it is a “buffered pedal”. This means (as I understand it) that the Bad Monkey alters the signal level impedance which helps fend off frequency (or) signal loss associated with long cable runs or through the use of many effect pedals at once. If your stage has acres and acres of real estate laying between your pedals and your amp, buffered pedals could be handy.


The good news for guitar players that either record their own music, or home recording nuts that need to record a band, is that this confusion, or general misunderstanding has lowered the price of these great but used pedals. You can score a used Bad Monkey for a mere 25 bucks!

But please let me explain why it is that you would want to buy one of these amazing pedals.

The Bad Monkey overdrive pedals actually sound pretty good. But who cares, right? We are not going to record the tone, or any of the actual guitar going through this pedal at all. The “Mixer” out put is where the gold lies. This is a unique feature for pedals in this price range.


The Bad Monkey has two types of outputs. One output, (labeled “AMP”) is for running things as usual, or from your pedal to your guitar amp. I may not ever use this output, but it is used and enjoyed by some pretty famous guitar players. Enough about that output.

The other output, (labeled “MIXER”) is for routing to a mixing console. That output is the real star here. Not only is this output a cool feature, it is very useful feature. Why? Because it is an actual speaker/cabinet emulation output. In other words, if you plugged this “Mixer” output into a mixer, into a power amp, out of the P.A. mains, it would sound like a mic’d speaker cabinet. This is no joke, and a very clever option that you can’t beat for the used price of 25 bucks!

When recording a group, or a whole band, we often need microphone isolation on account of loud amps bleeding into microphones. Let me explain where this whole thing is headed.

When I record a band, I like start the process with the drums. I set up all of my drum microphones and then get to setting them where they sound the best. I like to have the guitars, bass, heck maybe even a vocalist play along just so that the drummer does not “get lost” within a song. A band has ways of giving a nod when certain parts come up. But we must be very careful as to not allow any guitar, bass, or vocal bleed into our drum microphones. This is where the Bad Monkey shines.

I like to take the “Mixer” output and run that into a mixer that is used for headphone mixes. Each band member can then use as much guitars as they need, as a monitor send, to help them know where they are in the song. I do not have to worry about how to quiet down a loud guitar amp, so that it does not spill into my drum microphones.

Plus, in a pinch, the Bad Monkey pedal could actually save the show. I keep one in my “bag of tricks” when I run sound for other bands. You just never know when an amp is going to fizzle out and die. Now, I would never say that the Bad Monkey is just as good as running an amp and a microphone, hey c’mon now. But, if your amp dies and you need to finish the set, I would plug into my Bad Monkey and run that into the mixing board. It will not sound as good as your coveted vintage tube amps, but it will sound like a guitar. That much I guarantee.

The bottom line is that for about 25 bucks on the used pedal market you can score a good sounding, well made overdrive box that will help you out in many ways. If you are tasked with recording bands (either “full on” recording sessions or multi-tracking bands with up to 8 inputs at a time) this box will supply you with much cleaner tracks. No longer must we try to isolate guitar cabs or hide amps in the basement while laying down the drums. Keeping eye contact while recording can often times make or break a recording session. Keep eye contact and play as hard as you like, you can’t get mic bleed with this cool dirt box. If your guitar amp craps out right before the big gig you can plug this box right into a PA. The show will go on.

 I hope you are wise enough to stay out of the “Great true bypass debate”. What is there to debate anyway? Buffers are a tool that can help us. Learning how to use the tools we have is the key. The Bad Monkey is a great tool indeed. I really don’t know how this pedal stacks up against the endless array of dirt boxes out there since tone is a personal thing. My take away point, here, is that the Bad Monkey overdrive by Digitech should be in every recording/live players bag of tricks. You never know, it might just save your but someday, and turn out to be the best 25 bucks that you have ever spent on an effect box.

I hope this helps you in a few ways. I hope you can see the potential for recording using this cheap, but well made pedal.

PreSonus Ceres 4.5 BT monitors, reviewed.


Believe me, if I left my review at just that one word, “wow”, it would be true, and so on point. The brand new  PreSonus Ceres C4.5BT monitors are very amazing in quality, detail, design, and in sound. The monitors I revived for review have just enough weight to them, and they feel very high in quality as you hold them. I was completely shocked at the clarity in all of the three frequency bands, with the lows being tight and present, the highs being silky and extremely clear, and the mids being present, yet not “too midrange” sounding, and definitely not scooped in the mids either.

Let me tell you a few things about this review. I actually asked PreSonus if they would allow me to review the PreSonus Ceres C4.5BT monitors. PreSonus agreed to the idea but only after I agreed to send them back after the review is done. Please know, I reached out to PreSonus out of my uncontrollable curiosity. I am not making a single penny on this review. As a fan of PreSonus, I simply had to know how the  PreSonus Ceres C4.5BT monitors sound for myself. I currently own about four or five pieces of PreSonus studio equipment, and software, and I love each piece. I use them on a professional level, too, so you know they are made of quality. I had to learn just how their home audio products stack up against the professional studio gear of which PreSonus is famous for.


The “BT” stands for Bluetooth, and I will get to that feature in just a moment. First, a little about what the speakers are, and what they are not.

Here is what a friend I have at PreSonus said about what he thinks is the strong point about the PreSonus Ceres C4.5BT monitors. The secret of the  PreSonus Ceres C4.5BT monitors is in the physical shape and size of the speaker enclosure, itself, and in the design of the “Rear firing tuned port”. That is the secret behind the amazingly full sound I got when I hooked up the PreSonus Ceres C4.5BT monitors. The Ceres line of monitors are not for using as a “critical listening monitor”, as you might for mixing and mastering tracks, songs, or albums. They were designed, from the very conception, to excel at playing back todays MP3′s. However, they are also stellar at playing back CD’s, listening to the radio, brining your favorite movies to life, making “YouTube-style videos” more life like, and bringing a games’ audio information to exciting levels. Weather you are hooking up a laptop computer, home stereo, or just your ios device, the  PreSonus Ceres C4.5BT monitors are incredible sounding, and you will be blown away. I know I was!

You see, the  PreSonus Ceres C4.5BT monitors know what they can do, and what they can not. They are not trying to be a “one monitor speaker does it all”. Nope, not at all. Too many other companies have tried that and failed. PreSonus knew what they wanted to design and they knew what they did not want to design. PreSonus actually makes professional, “critical listening” monitors, studio monitors for todays home recording studios, and now they make a home monitor system with Bluetooth capabilities. That is impressive.

Ceres backsm

 PreSonus (the coolest name in new and exciting audio products and software) set out to make the best speaker for the playback of todays MP3′s that will deliver an amazing sound via many input devices, and input styles. You can stream wireless, via Bluetooth capability. I don’t care who you are, that is just cool. We live in a very fun and exciting time in technology.

Next, there are also two RCA (unbalanced) inputs, which are great for computers and so many “like devices”. There is an included 1/8th inch stereo to RCA attachment cable supplied for just this very set up. Then, there is the 1/4 inch balanced TRS inputs for todays musical devices, from beat making devices to DAWs. If you want to hook that sort of thing up, even though the  PreSonus Ceres C4.5BT monitors were not made for this sort of studio (critical listening) use, they will work just fine!


There is also an output provided for the addition of the PreSonus “Temblor” T8 sub woofer. I did not ask PreSonus for the “Temblor” T8 sub woofer, as part of my review, so I will not be able to say too much about the unit. However, just know the connection is there. Please know that you could have the added sub frequencies that only a subwoofer speaker can deliver are a possibility if you feel the need.

What comes in the  PreSonus Ceres C4.5BT monitors box? My pair arrived, brand new, and “still in the box”. As well as the two monitor speakers I found a power cable (120 VAC), a red and black “speaker to speaker” wire connection cable, 1/8th inch stereo to RCA attachment cable, a 1/8th inch male stereo to a 1/8th inch male stereo adapter, an adaptor for the (not included) sub woofer speaker, and of course the instructions. PreSonus also included little rubber feet that stick to each monitor. I liked that, since decoupling speakers is important. Everything you need to hook up your great sounding, brand new  PreSonus Ceres C4.5BT monitors is included.

The bottom line. I do a lot of recording, mixing, and mastering of music. I am a self admitted music addict. I am a critical listener, too. I can really appreciate a good set of speakers, and I can tell great sounding speakers from “less than great sounding” speakers. The  PreSonus Ceres C4.5BT monitors are perhaps some of the best sounding speakers when using them for the sort of listening they were made for. Hooking up a laptop, iPod, iPhone, either with included cabling or via Bluetooth, the sound is very, very, very good. I was quite taken with the impressive ability that the  PreSonus Ceres C4.5BT monitors have. They can fill a room with very good sounding audio. The lows are tight and audible. The highs are clear, silky, and not harsh.

If you are reading this because you are looking for a great, (I repeat) great sounding pair of speakers for everyday listening of CD’s, MP3′s, or whatever format your music is in, the  PreSonus Ceres C4.5BT monitors will make you extremely happy. If you are shopping for speakers that might accompany the insane graphics of todays games by filling your environment with rich, detailed audio, the  PreSonus Ceres C4.5BT monitors are it.

The  PreSonus Ceres C4.5BT monitors handled every audio source I gave them with ease. I used them with an iPhone, via a cable, and they were awesome. I filled a room with nice bass and treble, with mid range that is not over the top loud nor “scooped or missing”, via Bluetooth, easily. All I had to do was to push the “Bluetooth” button for a few seconds and then select the monitor speakers on my wife’s phone. Boom, done!

I connected my home computer to the  PreSonus Ceres C4.5BT monitors and played back Hulu videos, YouTube videos, and even some of my original music. It all sounded rich and full, and better than I could have hoped for. Even though I know how PreSonus did it, at the same time,  I don’t know how they did it. A lot of high quality audio comes out of these little monitors!  I am sad at the fact that I must box them up soon and mail them back to PreSonus.