Mixing is where all the ingredients you've so lovingly recorded, sequenced, and edited finally get baked together. There's a lot going on: automation, integrating outboard processors, control surfaces, plug-ins. Studio One® helps you accomplish all of these tasks and keep mixing enjoyable in the process.
Make karaoke mixes from backing tracks and your voice.
Make karaoke in three quick steps: connect a microphone signal chain to your interface, drag a file of a backing track into a Studio One Song, and press the T key to make a new track for your vocal. Now arm your vocal track and record. Set up a loop, and loop record as many takes as you feel; each can go to its own layer. Save it as a version, and try again. Have fun!
Automate levels, effects, and most other things.
Levels, mutes, instrument parameters, and effects settings all can be automated by taking advantage of Control Link and Studio One's control surface support for real-time automating, or by leveraging the precision of non-real-time automating with a mouse.
Track and Part automation.
Studio One's Arrange view track automation can control virtually anything in the mixer. Automation for virtual instrument parameters also can be written into Instrument Parts. Part automation is attached to the Part, not to the Track, so if you move or copy the Part, the automation travels with it.
In our three-part video about automation, Part 1 provides an overview and discusses Track automation, Part 2 focuses on Part automation, and Part 3 gets into automation modes, various ways of writing automation, and duplicating and copying automation in Studio One.
Here's another video about ways of accessing automation in Studio One.
Good-sounding plug-ins are critical to getting a great mix. Having made a sweet-sounding DAW, we were determined to create plug-ins of comparable quality. PreSonus initially built its reputation based on the sound of our analog compressors and preamps, so our Native Effects™ plug-ins had a sonic legacy to live up to—and as virtually all of the reviewers have attested, they indeed sound terrific. Even if you have a plug-ins folder stuffed with wonderfulness from your favorite third-party plug-in developers, you’ll find yourself reaching first for our Compressor plug-in, or the Pro EQ, or X-Trem, our sophisticated and really fun tremolo/autopanner.
All of the Native Effects plug-ins that come bundled with Studio One are designed first for sound quality, then for efficiency and features. Of course, Studio One Professional includes the entire suite but everybody shares in the fun because all but five of our plug-ins are included with Studio One Artist and Producer. Even Studio One Free comes with nine Native Effects plug-ins, including Channel Strip, giving you PreSonus compression and EQ for the low price of, well, nothing.
Studio One Professional adds the cream of the crop: Open AIR convolution reverb; the mind-bending Groove Delay, with its separate filtering for each delay tap; Pipeline, which provides an "analog insert point" for your prized amazing boutique outboard tube EQ; and our versatile Multiband Dynamics plug-in, which goes far beyond just multiband compression, including even upward expansion, one of the great mastering secrets.
Capture effects and submixes from Bus channels.
Capturing effects or submixes running through Bus channels requires no special effort because Bus channels can be selected as inputs to Audio tracks.
Export individual tracks with all processing.
Transporting tracks to another studio can be risky: Will the studio computer have the same virtual instruments and plug-ins you do? Studio One's Export Stems command creates a separate file for each track in your Song, including all effects and automation. These can be easily imported to Studio One or any other DAW on another machine.
Export Stems is also great for archiving the finished tracks of a Song.
Use VST and AU plug-ins.
Everybody has their favorite plug-ins. In addition to our Native Effects plug-ins, there are lots of great plug-ins being made by friends of ours—and by some of our competitors. Studio One Producer and Studio One Professional support VST2 and VST3 plug-ins for both Windows and Mac and Audio Units for Mac.
With Studio One 2.6.3 and later, you can drag-and-drop audio from an arrangement to third-party plug-in, assuming the plug-in supports this feature. The wonders of drag-and-drop never cease!
Mix and automate using FaderPort, Mackie Control /HUI-compatible control surfaces, or any standard MIDI controller.
Mixing and automating with a control surface is the way to have tactile control over your mix, using actual physical controllers. Our FaderPort is, naturally, intimately integrated with Studio One, but Studio One also supports controllers based on the Mackie Control or HUI protocols, as well as standard MIDI controllers. In fact, we've added even more functionality for Mackie Control Universal in version 2.6.
Device Controller Maps provide both flexibility and power in determining how a control surface works with Studio One. You can even assign buttons on your control surface to trigger a macro or key shortcut.
For more on Mackie Control integration and MIDI mapping, click here.
Integrate external devices (controllers, processors, sound modules).
Studio One converses easily with the “outside world.” Third-party interfaces integrate smoothly, and Studio One works gracefully with FaderPort and other control surfaces. (In fact, Studio One auto-configures to FaderPort.)
Outboard processors, synths, and samplers are made just as welcome. It's easy to feed processors with sends assigned to Output channels and to play external MIDI instruments from Instrument tracks (as long as you have a MIDI interface connected).
As usual, Studio One Professional takes things to a higher level with the Pipeline plug-in, which not only allows you to incorporate an external processor as a channel insert but supplies the facilities to calibrate the plug-in to any latency in the signal chain.
For more about integrating external hardware with Studio One, click here.
More fun with mixing (videos).
Much more can be said about mixing in Studio One — and has been.
Here's an awesome video from Studio One 2 user michaelcurtisjr on mixing drums.
This video on mixing in Studio One discusses small and large mix consoles, navigating channels, creating sends and buses, and more.
Here, themuzic demonstrates a great way to replace drums using the PreSonus Native Effects™ Gate plug-in and a virtual instrument.
AskVideo offers a course on Studio One, which includes Studio One 104 - Mixing and Mastering Toolbox.
2probeats made this tutorial article and video and an accompanying Soundset about EQ tips for mixing, especially training your ears to hear various frequencies. You can download the associated presets for our Native Effects Pro EQ plug-in from the link in his story.
Finally, we present a short video on how to export a stereo mixdown from the Song page, including a time-saving tip for quickly setting start and end markers.