Studio One Video Tutorials Chapter 5: The Show Page
The Show page is a powerful, fully integrated live performance environment that makes it possible to run complete shows from a single computer. It combines Setlist management, the playback of backing tracks, virtual and real instrument Players, and Patch management inside a single window. With assignable Macro Controls and a dedicated full-screen performance view, running a show is simple and reliable even in difficult lighting conditions.
First, let’s look at the basic setup of a show with Joe Gilder.
Show Page Setup
Important fundamentals in this video:
- The playing order of your Show’s Songs is determined by the Setlist on the left of the Show Page. You can easily re-arrange your Show for a different performance every night.
- The Console and Browser should be familiar, as they are brought in from the Song page, though you’ll find that the Console has been streamlined a bit.
- The Show page uses Players, which are related and similar to Tracks in the Song page. Player types include:
- Backing Tracks offer simple playback of previously recorded content. These are ideal for backing vocals, loops, percussion, or any instrument that isn’t being played live at your performance. You can drag files into the Setlist slots from the Browser or you can Export them directly from a Song file into the Show page.
- Real Instrument Players are for hardware instruments like guitars and keyboards that will be played live. You can assign an input, just like in a Song, and apply effects. You can even apply different effects to different songs, or even arrangement sections, using Patches. Good for changing guitar tones for a big solo. You can copy your effects settings from a Song file and paste them directly into your choice of location in the Real Instrument player.
- Virtual Instrument Players are used for Studio One’s native instruments or your third-party plug-in instruments to be controlled by a MIDI controller. Just like Real Instruments, Virtual Instruments can use multiple patches across a Show.
Using the above Players and features to carefully and creatively arrange your next performance may make you wonder how you ever got along without having your laptop and Studio One as full-time bandmates!
Next, let’s look at live arranging using the Show Page with Lukas Ruschitzka. Live Arranging allows you to selectively play and mute elements of a Song using the Arranger Track—you can create your own remixes on the fly without ever dropping a beat!
Important fundamentals in this video:
- You can import Arranger Tracks from your Songs or draw them in by hand.
- Assign Patches to your Players using drag and drop from the Browser. Each Arranger Track section can receive a different Patch.
- The Chord Track is easily visible in Performance View, giving your bandmates easy visibility of current and upcoming chord changes.
- Arranger Sections have five assignable playback modes:
- Continue: Section playback proceeds normally to the next Section.
- Stop at End: Playback stops at section end (be careful with this setting in live performance!)
- Loop: Section loops indefinitely.
- Loop And Continue: Section loops X times before proceeding to the next section. X can be specified in the Show Page Edit View.
- Skip: Section will play normally when clicked in Sections View, but will be otherwise bypassed. The icon for Sections set to “Skip” are greyed out in Sections View to reflect this behavior.
Performance View offers a high-contrast, streamlined UI suitable for use in low light situations. Arranger Track sections are depicted as large pads for easy clicking (or touching, if you’re using Studio One Remote). Click or touch a pad to cue it to play next.
Fun Fact: multiple users can control the same instance of the Show Page using multiple mobile devices running on the same network as Studio One!
You can also access your Macro controls and Patches from alternate pages of Performance View.