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Writing music with a computer is a step-by-step process. The trick is for the steps to be smooth and natural so you move easily from one step to the next. Studio One® gives you a comprehensive set of tools, each designed to support and enhance composition. Nowhere does Studio One's ease of use shine more brightly than when writing music.

A fine sampling of samplers and virtual instruments.

Studio One comes with a select set of virtual instruments:

  • Impact™, a powerful multichannel drum machine.
  • Mojito, a fat subtractive synth. (Try the classic synth bass sounds.)
  • Presence™, a sophisticated sample player that comes with several gigabytes of Soundsets.
  • SampleOne™, a simpler, yet more flexible, sample player.

Go with Studio One Professional and get Native Instruments Komplete Players, as well, adding not only Kontakt Player, Reaktor Player, and Guitar Rig Player, but also the Komplete Elements library, with more than 3 GB of samples and sounds for the players.

For more information about the included Virtual Instruments, click here. For more about the Soundsets and other content bundled with Studio One, click here.

Easy listening can be a good thing.

Studio One's Preview Player allows you to audition audio loops and files in the Browser. The Preview Player can even play loops at the Song tempo, so you can listen to a loop in context as the Song plays. MIDI files can be played, as well, and not just with some cheesy General MIDI synthesizer, but using any virtual instrument in the Song, so you can hear how the part will really sound.

Auditioning is just as easy in the Arrange view. Solo and play an Event or Part on any track in the Song just by clicking on it with the Listen tool.

Add vocals to a backing track.

Making karaoke? In Studio One, it's as easy as 1-2-3: Drag your backing track into the Arrange view to make a new track for it, record-enable your vocal mic track, and go. Set up a loop and record as many takes as you want.

Real-time transposition for backing tracks.

Are your backing tracks not in the right key? Select the Audio Events of the backing tracks and transpose (even retune them, if necessary) using Studio One's real-time transposition. With Studio One Professional, you can use Celemony Melodyne Essential instead, if you prefer.

While we're on the subject of backing tracks, here's a great tutorial from michaelcurtisjr about how to easily create backing tracks for practice material—in this case for drummers.

Tempo-following features let you find the most comfortable speed for the Song.

Finding the right tempo can take a little experimentation. If you want to change tempo, what happens to the tracks you already recorded, not to mention the audio and MIDI loops you are using? With Studio One's tempo-following features, everything follows the leader, which is you.

Solve the tempo puzzle: fitting loops, beats, and files.

Writing electronic music, hip-hop, and other beat-oriented music often involves combining various sources that probably are not all at the same tempo. But as soon as Studio One knows the tempos of the sources, it's game over. When the tempo changes, all your loops, audio files, and beats follow in lockstep.

In fact, Studio One can even time-stretch loops or files to the Song tempo at the same time it imports them. But what if there is no tempo information in the loop? Studio One gives you a choice of ways to define the tempo, including letting Studio One figure out the tempo for itself.

In this video, lilacwriter (aka bedstrom on the forums) demonstrates a simple method for matching Song tempo to the tempo of an audio file for which the tempo is unknown.

Tempo and groove extraction.

How does Studio One figure out tempos? It's not simple but you'll never know that. With one click, Studio One detects the transients in a piece of audio that give away where the beat is and marks them. The real magic begins when you use that information to do groove quantization.

It's true that you can do transient detection and editing in other DAWs—but it’s slow and often demands a lot of decisions along the way. In Studio One, you can quantize multitrack drums in only two steps: group the tracks, then quantize. Studio One does the analysis and phase-coherent quantization for you—with great-sounding results!

Now, about groove extraction and quantization: Groove extraction is as simple as dragging and dropping audio in the Groove Map. Now, anything you quantize will be quantized to the extracted groove.

More than batteries included.

To make sure Studio One rocks your socks off the moment you have it installed, Studio One Artist includes nearly 2.5 GB of drums, instruments, synth sounds, and loops. But there's much more to be had: Studio One Producer comes with more than 16 GB of content, and Studio One Professional comes with nearly 20 GB of drums and drum kits for Impact, Musicloops, Audioloops, and Soundsets for Presence. That also includes Native Instruments' Komplete Elements library, which features everything from orchestral sounds to kalimba and Mellotron sounds. For more information on the bundled content that comes with Studio One, click here. 

Compose yourself! (videos)


This video runs 1:13:08, and you should watch every second of it because it features Teddy Riley showing how to create magic with Studio One

Using a guitar track by Baton Rouge favorite Chris LeBlanc, Studio One guru steadyb shows a crowd at our NAMM booth how to use the browser to create loops, share parts with collaborators, and more.  

We spent the better part of a day with the good folks at LoopLoft, shooting a video about how they build loops in Studio One. Admittedly it's a long video (nearly five hours!) but if you have the time, check it out!