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What's New

We constantly strive to improve Studio One®. The current version is 2.6.5.

New in Studio One 2.6.5 

  • Enhanced SoundCloud integration through support of their new API

Studio One 2.6.5 also fixes the following issue:

- [OSX] Save As dialog path is the folder again

Changes since Studio One 2.6.4

Version 2.6.4 was a maintenance update that also offered several enhancements.

New features and enhancements:

  • Larger recording buffer for improved recording performance
  • Recording does not stop when disk is too slow
  • Mac® OS X version defaults to 64-bit addressing (switchable to 32-bit)
  • Fat Channel plug-in added Stereo mode so that L and R channels are not processed independently

Studio One 2.6.4 fixes the following issues:

  • SoundCloud™ login not working
  • Color picker in automation dialog not working
  • Fat Channel plug-in Compressor curve

Studio One 2.6.4 is required to install and run the PreSonus Studio One Acoustic Drum Loops Add-ons.

Expand Studio One's Capabilities with Add-ons.

Add-ons are available for purchase directly from the PreSonus online store and are installed by dragging-and-dropping on the Studio One application icon or window. The following Add-ons for Studio One 2.6.2 and later are currently available: Ampire XT Metal Pack Extension; Goldbaby Essentials Vintage Drum Machines; MP3 Converter (for Studio One Artist); Acoustic Drum Loops, Vol. 2, Complete Stereo Loops Bundle; and Acoustic Drum Loops Pro Complete Multitrack Loops Bundle. The latter two sets of drum loops are also available together as the Complete Acoustic Drum Loops set.

The Ampire XT Metal Pack is an Extension for PreSonus’ Ampire XT Native Effects™ plug-in with six new roaring amp models and six new cajone-encrusted speaker-cabinet emulations designed to bleach the tats off metal guitarists. Adding to the lethal-weapon qualities of this Pack is a brand-new Metal Drumkit for the Impact virtual drum instrument.

New amp models:

  • Metal Clean
  • High Gain
  • Angel Power
  • Metal American
  • Metal German
  • Gain Horse

​New speaker cabinets:

  • 1x12 Metal British
  • 2x12 Metal Custom
  • 4x12 Metal American
  • 4x12 Metal British
  • 4x10 Metal German
  • 4x12 Bass British

​This demo song by the Brooklyn, New York, metal trio Tooms shows off the Ampire XT Metal Pack - check it out!

Goldbaby Essentials is an exclusive Soundset for PreSonus’ Impact virtual drum instrument that features a collection of 500 full-fat, analogue vintage analog and digital drum machine, and beatbox samples.

Designed by acclaimed producer and sound designer Goldbaby, the sounds in this set have been meticulously sampled at 24-bit, 44.1 kHz resolution; edited; and post-processed using analog open-reel and cassette tape machines for maximum saturated aural cholesterol.

Sampled drum machines include such legends as the TR-808, TR-909, MPC60, SP-1200, DMX, DR55, CR-78, and DDR-30.

Goldbaby Essentials comes with 32 ready-to-play Impact drum kit presets and 124 new Musicloops.

Here's an audio demo that shows off some of the sounds in the Goldbay Essentials Soundset:

Tired of being sneered at by friends who run Studio One Producer and Pro?  Now you can encode MP3s directly from inside Artist!  MP3 Converter is an extension that adds professional-quality (up to 320 kB/s) MP3 encoding and drag-and-drop MP3 decoding to Studio One Artist 2.6.2 and higher.

These drum performances, recorded in a state-of-the-art studio with world-class microphones, are ready to use in stereo or multitrack format. Each style is an entire library of matching loops that can be arranged to fit any song form, just as a real drummer would play them, and includes individual loops for verses, bridges, choruses, fills, and variations.

The multitrack loops contain separate tracks for kick, snare, hi-hat, toms, overhead mics, room mics, and ambient mics so you can mix and edit to taste.

Studio One Acoustic Drum Loops, Vol. 2, includes stereo loops in multiple genres, including: Acoustic/Earthy, Blues/Reggae, Country, Jazz, Metal, R&B/Funk, and Rock/Pop.

Studio One Acoustic Drum Loops Pro, Multitrack Edition delivers the same sets as multitrack drum loops and also provides multitrack versions of some of the best loops from Volume 1.

The money-saving Studio One Complete Acoustic Drum Loops set ($59.99) contains both soundsets in one bundle.

Note that Studio One 2.6.4 or later is required to install and run the PreSonus Studio One Acoustic Drum Loops Add-ons.

New in Studio One 2.6.3

Version 2.6.3 introduced support for wireless file transfers from PreSonus’ new Capture for iPad recording software to Studio One.

With either the free 2-track Capture Duo or the 32-track Capture for iPad, you can record and save multiple songs on an iPad, then wirelessly transfer them directly to PreSonus Studio One version 2.6.3 or later. From there, you have all the advantages of mixing and editing with the world’s fastest and easiest to use professional audio-production software.
When your project is finished, Studio One lets you share your mixes on SoundCloud™ and upload to Nimbit® for direct-to-fan marketing and distribution—all without leaving the DAW.

Also new in version 2.6.3:

Drag-and-drop audio from an arrangement to third-party plug-ins (requires that the plug-in support this feature)
Cross-platform support for the CAF (Apple Lossless and LPCM) codec format
Convert audio part slices to quantize grid via drag-and-drop
[Windows] Support for more than five screens

New in Studio One 2.6.2

Studio One 2.6.2 introduced support for Add-ons: program extensions, soundsets, plug-ins, and other assets exclusively for Studio One 2.6.2 and higher.

Also new in version 2.6.2:

The most recent ten autosaves are archived into the Versions list automatically
Autosave with Melodyne is much faster—a major performance improvement
Improved window handling ("always on top") in both Windows and Mac OS X

Version 2.6.2 also fixes a few issues. View a complete list of changes in version 2.6.2.

New in Studio One 2.6

The most recent major Studio One update was version 2.6, which added some extremely cool features, including three major additions you’ll really like. Click here to see a video about version 2.6.

Enhanced Integration with StudioLive AI Mixers

Now you can import a Capture session complete with StudioLive AI-series mixer scene and play it back with a new Fat Channel plug-in.

Integrated Nimbit and SoundCloud Dashboards

Sharing, marketing, and selling your music just got a lot easier for Studio One users!

Enhanced Mackie Control and HUI Support

We beefed up Studio One's Mackie Control and HUI support, making using your controllers with Studio One easier than ever.

And Much More!

The metronome has lots of new and improved features, and we've enhanced Studio One's editing and MIDI capabilities. And of course, we've further improved workflow—as we always do! 

All StudioLive™-series mixers come with Capture™, a basic recording application based on the same audio engine as Studio One. The newly updated Capture 2.1 (yes, we improved Capture, too!) lets you store a full StudioLive AI-series mixer scene within Capture sessions, including fader, pan, mute, and Fat Channel settings.

Studio One has always been able to open a Capture session seamlessly, of course, and version 2.6 can now open a session complete with the associated StudioLive AI-series mixer scene.

Once you've imported a Capture session that includes a StudioLive AI-series mixer scene into Studio One, you can play the tracks back using Studio One 2.6's new Fat Channel plug-in. It doesn't just sound like a Fat Channel, it is a Fat Channel. So now you can hear a Capture session in Studio One exactly as it sounded when played back through the StudioLive.

Furthermore, you can swap Fat Channel presets between your StudioLive and the plug-in—create your processing in either place, and use it in both!

In fact, you can apply the Fat Channel plug-in to your Studio One tracks even if you don’t have a StudioLive. Studio One’s Fat Channel is a very cool multipurpose channel strip plug-in in its own right.

Studio One's Nimbit® integration makes it possible for you to upload your mixes and projects from Studio One directly to the leading musicians’ services site for immediate promotion and sale. We made it easy to use from the beginning.

But we weren’t satisfied with “easy to use.” So we made the Nimbit connection even easier to use by adding a Nimbit Dashboard to Studio One's Start page. The Dashboard provides access to your up-to-date Nimbit user-account statistics (number of fans, active promotions, and sales), updated in real time. In addition, you will receive help messages on how to engage with fans and customers and boost sales. 

The SoundCloud Dashboard on the Start page displays key stats from your SoundCloud account, along with a scrolling display of the SoundCloud activity stream.

Marketing and selling your music just took another step forward. 

One of Studio One's strengths is the ease and completeness with which it integrates external devices, whether musical controllers, sound modules, signal processors, or control surfaces. Using control surfaces that employ the Mackie Control or HUI protocol was always a snap in Studio One. In version 2.6, we beefed up Studio One's Mackie Control and HUI support, making using your controllers with Studio One easier than ever. New features include Send slot navigation, Sends support, Control Link mapping, momentary Mute/Solo, Track Edit mode, FX Bypass Mode (EQ Button), and more. 

The Big Six in 2.6

StudioLive/Capture mix scene import*

  • When a Capture 2.1 session is opened in Studio One 2.6, and a StudioLive AI-series mix scene is present, all the fader, pan, mute and Fat Channel settings for each track are automatically imported

Native Fat Channel plug-in*

  • A new Fat Channel plug-in has been added, which is a native version of the StudioLive AI-series mixer Fat Channel. Fat Channel presets are compatible with their DSP counterparts and can be exported from Studio One to the StudioLive AI mixer via Universal Control.

Nimbit dashboard on Start page*

  • The Nimbit dashboard on the Start page provides access to up-to-date Nimbit user account statistics (number of fans, number of active promotions, and sales) directly from Studio One. In addition, the user receives help messages on how to engage with fans and customers and boost sales.

SoundCloud dashboard on Start page*

  • The SoundCloud dashboard on the Start page displays key statistics from a user's SoundCloud account, as well as a scrolling display of the SoundCloud activity stream.

Extended hardware controller support

  • Extended Mackie Control / HUI integration includes Send slot navigation, Sends support, Control Link mapping, momentary Mute/Solo, Track Edit mode, FX Bypass mode (EQ Button), add insert/send/instrument, plug-in/instrument list and preset list navigation, and more.
  • SSL Nucleus integration uses Mackie Control protocol. SSL Nucleus has a Studio One template with additional settings and assignments.

Metronome enhancements

  • Option to record with a precount click.
  • Visual numerical count-in when you hit the Record button.
  • Half-beat offset click with adjustable volume and click sample.
  • Repeat Accent: Repeats accent on time signatures with a third counter.
  • Added eight new metronome click samples.
  • Add custom click samples, with drag-and-drop and menu options.
  • Audio track with rendered click sound.
  • Click Presets: All metronome settings, including click sounds, can be saved as a preset.

* Not available in Studio One Free.

And much more!

Project Page/CD Burning (Studio One Professional only)

  • CD time display shows the current CD length of your project.
  • Improved ISRC text input: Characters are now converted to upper case; invalid or missing characters are replaced by zero (0).
  • Transport bar shows relative song position.

Workflow improvements

  • Keeps the spacebar focus on Studio One when a plug-in window is open. This allows transport Start/Stop control, even when plug-in window is in focus.
  • When the user declines to load a found Auto-Save file, the action is now always copied to the history, without asking "Do you want to keep the backup as a version?"
  • When choosing "Upload to Nimbit" as a publishing option, the format is automatically set to "Wave File."
  • Use aftertouch for note-repeat velocity: Allows the creation of velocity ramps when using note repeat for recording (e.g., for drums).
  • MIDI options: pitch filter globally filters Pitch Bend information from MIDI input.
  • 384 kHz recordings can now be exported if the format supports it (currently WAV/AIFF/FLAC only).
  • Better handling of floating windows when switching applications. (Mac OS X)
  • New "Bounce to New Track" function generates a new audio track with merged audio and rendered insert effects. Default key command: Command+Alt+B.
  • Event FX are now applied to all selected events.
  • CC11 (Expression) resets to 100. Improved Expression controller reset behavior. Expression behaves like volume.
  • "Layer follows Events" option now defaults to “On.” Frequently requested by users.
  • Channel Editor remembers and uses the most recently opened device for:
  • Command "Show Channel Editor" (F11)
  • Option "Device Editor follows Channel Selection."
  • Drag-and-drop for FX Chains to Send slots. Once an FX Channel is created, the FX chain name is used as the channel name.
  • Grouping improvements:
  • Removing a track from a group deselects the track.
  • Dissolving a group deselects all but the first tracks of the group.
  • A new Link button has been added to the Strip Silence panel, allowing the user to link the fade-in and fade-out times to Pre-Roll and Post-Roll.


  • Improved merging of instrument parts. After merging instrument parts, the newly created event is selected.
  • Option to remove stretching from a part. When slicing an audio event into a part (Audio Bend Panel, Action: Slice with option Merge), the "Stretch events" property of the resulting part is now always unchecked, so that the slices in the part are not stretched.
  • "Select from Start to Event" - "Select from Event to End" options added to Edit menu. Key commands: Shift+End, Shift+Start.
  • New options in instrument editor for painting notes with user-definable length, independent from the grid.
  • Enhanced tempo resolution. Song tempo and tempo changes are now accurate to 1/10,000th of a beat.

MIDI engine

  • Improved MIDI timing when looping back MIDI data from plug-ins or instruments. Improves timing behavior of instruments or plug-ins with MIDI apreggiators or step sequencers.
  • Adjustable rate for MIDI controller automation. External MIDI devices now have an adjustable MIDI CC transmit rate (range: 10-100 ms). A slider has been added to the device edit panel. Default is 10 ms (fast).


  • Dynamic resizing of Start page items. Specific items on the Start page are automatically resized if sufficient screen space is available.
  • Time display offset for frames. Allows for frame-accurate display offsets in the ruler and time display.
  • The Performance Monitor window now displays plug-ins and instruments with their correct on/off state. Double click opens the device.