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Tour Studio One

All of Studio One® Professional's extensive capabilities are delivered in three pages: the Start page, Song page, and Project page. Studio One Artist and Producer lack the Project page.

The Start page is, as its name implies, where you start each session. The Song page is where you record, edit, and mix your tracks. The Project page is for mastering and for delivering completed projects.

Start page.

When you launch Studio One, it delivers you to the Start page. This is your point of departure for all work you do with the program. From the Start page you can create or access existing Songs and Projects, configure your audio interface and external devices, enter default metadata that will be used for every new Song and Project, and access tutorial information and demo Songs.

The latest developments in the world of Studio One come to you in the Start page's PreSonus® news feed. Links take you to Web pages where you can download program updates and support materials, and to your SoundCloud™ and Nimbit® accounts. The Start page's Nimbit Dashboard displays your up-to-date user-account statistics (number of fans, number of active promotions, sales), updated in real time. The SoundCloud Dashboard on the Start page displays key stats from your SoundCloud account, along with a scrolling display of the SoundCloud activity stream.

For more about the Start page, click here.

Song page: Arrange view.

Any number of Audio and Instrument tracks can be recorded and edited in the Arrange view. You can collect related tracks into Folder tracks that manage whether or not the tracks they contain are visible and can submix and group them. The world's fastest comping can be performed in our Arrange view, as can automation of nearly any audio, plug-in, or instrument parameter.

Arrange view panels provide easy access to heavy-duty features like transient detection and Audio Bend markers, macros, Strip Silence, and quantization, while special tracks house markers and tempo changes.

Importing and exporting audio and MIDI is as easy as dragging-and-dropping to or from the Arrange view.

Song page: Edit view.

Studio One's Edit view contains the Audio editor and the Music editor.

While the Arrange view offers a macro perspective on audio, the Audio editor lets you get close in to see and work with even the smallest details. Studio One's single-window environment lets you see the Arrange view's big picture and the Audio editor's detailed perspective at the same time.

The Music editor is where you can edit MIDI data note by note and can apply processes like quantization and humanization, legato and overlap correction, and standard or smart transposition. It is also the place to perform Part automation of Instrument parameters. Since Part automation is attached to an Instrument Part, and not a track, if the Part is copied or moved, the automation travels with it.

Here's a video showing how to create a new Song in the Song page.

Song page: Mix view.

The Mix view contains Studio One's mixer, which is made exceptional by its flexible routing, informative metering, and 64-bit, double-precision calculations (in Studio One Professional).

Nearly everything in the mixer can be automated, including channel-strip controls and plug-in parameters. If you like automating using a control surface, you'll be pleased at how friendly Studio One is to hardware controllers.

The mixer also hosts your plug-ins. Adding a plug-in to a channel is as easy as dragging it from the Browser and dropping it on the channel or even on the corresponding track in the Arrange view.

You can customize your view of the mixer by detaching it, choosing large or standard channel strips, and creating presets that hide channels you are not working with to keep visual clutter at bay.

To the left of the mixer, the Mix View panels control the visibility of channels, by group (such as channel type) or individually, and provide access to all of the virtual instruments and external devices in the Song. The Banks panel has the facility to create a different set of channels that will be seen by a HUI protocol-based control surface. This means you can control submix masters while viewing individual channels, for instance.

This video shows you some ways in which the Studio One mixer enhances your workflow

Song page: Inspectors.

The Song page has inspectors for detailed control of nearly every element in the Arrange view: tracks, Audio Events, Instrument Parts, even individual notes in the Music editor and automation points. In addition to being able to specify precise values for key parameters, important features such as real-time normalization, transposition, and time-stretching are found only in inspectors.

Click here to see a video overview of the Inspector, Audio editor, and Music editor.

Project page (Go Pro).

The Project page in Studio One Professional is a fully equipped mastering environment with the unique advantage of being tightly integrated with the Song page. When you are mastering and want to make an adjustment to a mix, simply click one button, and the Song will open for editing. When your tweak is done, return to the Project page, where you can update the Project with one click. No other DAW has this capability.

The Project page includes extensive metering and allows processing to be applied to individual tracks or to the master (pre- and/or post-fader) for global treatment. When everything sounds right, the Project page can export your master as individual files for downloading and by burning a CD, creating a disk image, and generating a DDP file set for a professional duplicator. It can even upload those individual files to SoundCloud or Nimbit after exporting.

For more on mastering with the Studio One Project page, click here.

The browser.

Studio One's Browser puts you in touch with all materials in your Song, all files on your computer, and the outside world. The Browser's Pool gives you information on every audio or video file used in the program and converts audio files to different formats.

The Browser puts any audio file, MIDI file, effect, or virtual instrument in your system at your fingertips. Want to load a loop or other audio file? Drag it to a track or simply drag it into the Arrange view, and Studio One will create a track and load the file. MIDI files work the same way. Want to add an effect? Drag it from the Browser to a track or bus. You can even drag in resources from the Browser’s PreSonus Exchange and SoundCloud folders; the resources will automatically download from the Web and load into your track.

You can go the other way, as well, making new audio and MIDI files and saving effects presets or even entire effects chains by dragging from the Arrange view into the Browser.

The Browser can be customized to create fast access to the folders you use the most, and the Browser's Preview Player lets you instantly audition audio and MIDI files in tempo with the Song.  MIDI files can be auditioned in context using instruments in the Song, so you can hear how it will actually sound in the mix.

Hardware integration.

Like all PreSonus software, Studio One integrates tightly with external hardware, such as interfaces, external processors, control surfaces, and sound modules. For details on how Studio One integrates with hardware, click here.

Now see here! (videos)

Here's an overview of the versions of Studio One by DAW guru steadyb.

This overview of Studio One is an oldie but goodie and features PreSonus product whiz Justin Spence. Click to watch Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

Grammy nominee Luke Mourinet created a three-part video series showing his Studio One secrets. Click to watch Part 1 in English and French. Then check out Part 2 in English and French. And of course, finish with Part 3 in—you guessed it—English and French!

In this video, Chris Knox gives us an overview of Studio One 2.5.