Macros and key shortcuts.
Key shortcuts enable quick execution of commands. In addition to supplying a full set of simple key shortcuts, Studio One® lets you create your own. Making the switch from Pro Tools, Logic, or Cubase? You can elect to use your familiar key shortcuts from those programs in Studio One as well.
Macros take things to the next level by letting you define a sequence of commands that can be assigned its own key shortcut or button. Whether a macro contains 3 steps or 20, any string of commands you perform frequently can be only one keystroke away.
Just finished a punch-in? Review it with a macro that disables the metronome and preroll and starts playing from the punch-in point. Don't like what you did? Another macro undoes the last try, turns the metronome and preroll on, takes you back to the location where you started, and begins recording another pass. It's addictive.
This video shows you Studio One's macro toolbar, tabbing to transients in audio parts, track resizing, and other features and enhancements added in version 2.0.5.
QuickSwitch between multiple open Songs.
Studio One can have multiple Song and Project documents open at one time. Not many DAWs can do that, and the ones that can make you wait while they reload virtual instruments and effects. You drum your fingers on the table and stare at the ceiling while the great idea that just came to you slips away.
Not with Studio One. A simple key shortcut instantly selects any open Song, and a few short seconds later, you're working on it.
Templates, console, and track-viewing presets.
Tasks like setting up a session and choosing which tracks to display or hide take time. They’re worth doing once but having to set up every session from scratch kills creativity and productivity. That’s why Studio One lets you customize your workspace and save it as a template that holds everything from I/O mapping to effects settings. The next time inspiration strikes, just launch Studio One, open a template, and record your new Song.
You often work on selected groups of tracks. Why should you have to look at tracks you aren’t dealing with? Studio One lets you see the tracks and channels you're working on and hide the rest. Of course, you can store these selections as console or track presets, so you can work on drums, then switch to working on guitars, always seeing only the tracks and channels you need.
A secondary tool is always at hand.
Studio One's shortcuts make for fast switching between tools but sometimes you only need to switch for a moment—to make a selection, for example. Studio One gives you momentary access to a secondary tool just by holding down a single key. As soon as you release the key, your primary tool is active again.
Contextual menus all over the place.
Right-click almost anywhere in Studio One, and a contextual menu will drop down. Right-click on the object you want to work on and select what you want to do to it from the menu. What could be faster or more intuitive?
Editable effects microviews.
Plug-in editor windows take up valuable screen space. If you just need to make a small change to a compressor threshold, why should you have to open a whole window, make the change, and close it again? That’s too many steps.
There's an easier way: PreSonus plug-ins can display a limited set of parameters in a tiny editor within the mixer. Click on the Compressor plug-in in the mixer and drag the Threshold control. Done. You can even see the resulting compression curve.
Perform multiple steps with a single gesture.
Submixing in other DAWs: Make a bus channel to be the submix master, then go to each source channel, one at a time, and change the channel output to feed the new bus.
Submixing the Studio One way: Select all the channels you want in the submix and choose the Add Bus for Selected Channels command.
Adding an insert effect in other DAWs: Select a plug-in from a very long drop-down list, then, once the plug-in comes up, select a preset for it.
Adding an insert effect the Studio One way: Drag a preset from the Browser and drop it on a channel or a track associated with it. Done. The plug-in is created and the preset is loaded. Or drag the effect to the inserts area and drop it right in the middle of an existing chain of effects.
Create a comp in seconds.
No one, but no one, has faster comping than Studio One. Audition a take or layer with the Listen tool, then select the passage you want, and it is immediately added to the comp. It’s fast and snappy!
Export loops and files by dragging to the Browser.
Create a loop in PreSonus's Audioloop or Musicloop formats simply by dragging an Audio Part or Instrument Part to the Browser. You can even drag an Audio Part to the Mac Finder or Windows Explorer to make a REX2 file.
The possibilities become positively mind-boggling when you add in Event FX because you can devise a loop, add processing to it, then just drag it to the Browser to bounce it to a new file.
Normalize, transpose, time-stretch, or resample in real-time.
Working quickly demands there be as little waiting as possible. Studio One’s fresh, efficient code lets you transpose or normalize tracks (or even individual Audio Events or Instrument Parts) and time-stretch or resample files, all in real-time. No waiting to render new files. And every tempo-tagged item in a Song immediately follows tempo changes.
Add fades to any number of Audio Events with a single keystroke.
The British dubbed it "top and tail" but it's just good housekeeping: Every Audio Event should have at least a small fade-in and fade-out to avoid clicks. You need a fast way to do that for every Audio Event in the Song.
The simple answer is Autofades. With one keystroke, every selected Event is given “top and tail” fades. Done. Next task!
FX Chains add an entire processing chain with a single drag-and-drop.
Do you have favorite compressor and EQ plug-ins for vocals? Maybe you worked up the huge stadium guitar sound using the Ampire XT, Flanger, and Analog Delay plug-ins. Getting that guitar sound again for your next recording is as quick as dragging the "HUGE Guitar" FX Chain you stored from the Browser to a new guitar track. You’re instantly right back in the stadium. For more about Studio One's Native Effects™ plug-in, click here.
Here's a video that shows just a few of the ways you can work faster with Studio One. (The video shows version 1.1—you can work even faster with version 2!)