Pipeline XT: Better integration for external processors.

Studio One Professional’s unique Pipeline XT plug-in lets you insert hardware processors into your Studio One session with automatic latency compensation, enabling you to easily mix and match your favorite plug-ins with your hardware processors. Once inserted, Pipeline (and the hardware processor to which it’s connected) functions like any other plug-in inside your Studio One session. With the release of Studio One 4.1 Professional, Pipeline XT has received a complete user interface makeover and has added several new features and improvements.

Learn more about the improved Pipeline XT.

Since its introduction, Pipeline has made it easy to integrate hardware processors with your plug-ins. With Studio One 4.1 Professional, Pipeline XT makes the integration of hardware and software processing easier and more seamless than ever. New in version 4.1:

  • Automatic latency compensation: Instead of sending a “ping” through the external effects processor and adjusting the delay manually, you can now simply click the Auto button after setting up the send and return connections, and the latency will be measured and compensated automatically. You can then use the Offset parameter to make manual adjustments.
  • The maximum delay has been increased from 5,000 samples to 32,000 samples.
  • The stereo Pipeline XT plug-in now supports mono sends without losing a second hardware output.
  • As with Impact XT and Sample One XT, you can choose between eight background colors.
  • Take a snapshot of your external effects processor and drag it into the Pipeline XT center display to capture hardware settings for later “manual recall.” Click on the image to expand it to full size. You can switch between image view, ping view, and oscilloscope.
  • A new note pad allows you to add text notes to your presets to document specific setup instructions and parameter settings for your external hardware processor.
  • Background color, device names, custom images, and text notes are saved with your Pipeline XT presets.
  • Using Pipeline XT no longer forces real-time export and bouncing when Pipeline XT isn’t in the current audio signal chain.

We’ve stepped up Tempo Track editing.

Tempo track editing is faster and better than ever! Edit tempo with Studio One’s familiar automation tools for smoother tempo adjustments and custom curves. Switch between the default time-linear timebase and a new beat-linear timebase so that the grid no longer jumps under the mouse pointer, and bars and beats always have the same length—only the cursor speed changes when the tempo is changed. Narrow the Tempo Track display range to a musically meaningful range for improved tempo editing and visibility. Set minimum and maximum tempo independently and save your settings with the song. With Studio One 4.1, time is on your side!

Plays even better with others.

Studio One 4 eased the process of switching between other DAWs and Studio One by supporting AAF (Advanced Authoring Format) for data exchange with Pro Tools, Logic, Nuendo, Final Cut Pro, Premiere, and more. Version 4.1 adds new options that improve your ability to export a Studio One Song as an AAF file. Now you can embed WAV or AIFF audio files instead of referencing them, split stereo tracks (important for exporting to Pro Tools, which doesn’t support stereo tracks in AAF files), and create copies of audio files in WAV or AIFF format, with a choice of resolution and sample rate. Trim file sizes by eliminating unused regions, setting a head or tail to keep some audio outside the event ranges for controlling fades or crossfades. Export pan automation—or don’t, if you’re exporting to an application that doesn’t recognize it, such as Logic Pro. Use the new Legacy mode to export to an application that only imports AAF 1.0, such as Digital Performer. When you gotta get it out of your system, we give you the tools.

Note Repeat has grown into a powerful recording and performance tool.

Fully remote-controllable from any MIDI controller, Note Repeat has been vastly improved. Note Repeat now has its own section in the Record Panel where you can activate/deactivate Note Repeat, select a repeat rate, and activate/deactivate Note Erase. Set the gate time for notes and use key or poly pressure to control note velocity. Quantize notes to the song grid (similar to Quantize in Impact XT); when Quantize is inactive, notes are triggered instantly from a key or pad. Use Key Remote mode to control all Note Repeat functions from a keyboard controller. These are just a few of the new Note Repeat features.

Learn more about the improved Note Repeat.

Here are still more new Note Repeat options:

  • In Single Mode, the last pitch played before the mode was turned on is triggered from all remote keys at different repeat rates.
  • Set the base note for remote keys.
  • Set the sound triggered by the remote keys.
  • Sets the remote keys range; the higher the range, the more functions you can control using remote keys.
  • With Note Erase active while in Record, playing a key will erase any note events recorded on that key.

Solo a channel without affecting the artist’s cue mix.

Until now, if you soloed a channel in the Studio One console, other tracks were muted in your cue mixes—not always a good thing for artists monitoring on headphones. With the new Cue Mix Follows Channel (now the default), you can solo to your heart’s content, and your artist can still hear the full cue mix. Want to mute those other tracks in the cue mixes when soloing a channel? The choice is yours.

Studio One looks better than ever.

To make your sessions even more productive and enjoyable, Studio One 4.1 resolves a number of user interface issues and makes several improvements. The External Device panels and QWERTY keyboard have been updated to better match the general look and feel of Studio One 4. A new System DPI Scaling option for third-party plug-ins lets your standard-resolution plug-ins appear at the expected normal size on high-DPI 4K and 5K screens with Windows 10. Finally, Enable High DPI Mode has been re-enabled to improve system DPI scaling for Windows 7 users.


The new Studio One is all about you.

Studio One 4 is a major update that combines the best of the traditional recording studio model with the modern methods of creating beat- and groove-oriented music. Thanks to flexible tools designed for creative musicians, Studio One 4 doesn’t dictate how you work—you do. You truly can work better, faster.

The new Chord Track with Harmonic Editing makes it easy to prototype songs, thanks to flexible transposition, key modulation, and chord substitution for note data and audio. The Impact drum module has been reborn as Impact XT, where you can create complete arrangements in a highly developed, sophisticated production environment. Patterns bring the concept of step sequencing into the 21st century with the fastest way yet to come up with drum and percussion parts. Sample One XT turns Sample One into not just a true sampler that can record data from anywhere within the program, but a powerhouse for slicing, dicing, and rearranging loops and beats.

With Studio One 4, you create music on your terms: Create without boundaries, produce without limits.

Streamline music creation with Harmonic Editing

This Studio One breakthrough redefines arranging. Based on a Chord Track that alters audio as well as note data, it has never been easier to prototype songs, try out new ideas, and smash creative blocks. What would it sound like if you substituted a more harmonically rich chord for an existing one? Or have older parts to follow a new, better chord progression you just came up with thanks to inspiration from harmonic editing? Now it’s easy to find out… and much more.

Find out how this Studio One exclusive will change how you write music.

Far more than just a simple chord track for note data, Studio One 4’s Chord Track works with Instrument Tracks (and draft audio tracks) for fast, efficient, multi-dimensional Chord Track arranging and transpositions. It’s the ideal tool for songwriting and “prototyping” music: modulate easily to different keys, try out chord progression variations, even experiment with the unexpected to break free of creative blocks. Harmonic Editing gives you freedom for trying out harmonies, transpositions, and chord progressions.

An ingenious Chord Selector makes it easy to experiment with new chord patterns and ideas, and you can change chords in real time from an external MIDI controller to try out chord progressions on the fly. Transfer chord data from a track to the Chord Track—which automatically detects the chords you played—or from the Chord Track to other tracks, all with a simplified, intuitive workflow.

Harmonic Editing is part of Studio One’s ongoing commitment to streamline the songwriting and music creation process. Coupled with an Arranger track that makes it easy to move sections of songs around and Scratch Pads for trying out new ideas independently of your existing work, Studio One is now the most flexible program ever for testing out new song ideas. And for collaboration with other musicians, Studio One’s improved integration with Notion 6.4 simplifies printing in standard music notation with the new Create Lead Sheet option.

Detect chords automatically

When you come up with an inspired chord progression, you needn’t put your creativity on hold while you figure out what you played in order to add new parts. Built-in chord detection extracts chords from audio or instrument tracks; simply drag a Part to the Chord Track to create a reference for Harmonic Editing.

Impact XT: The complete production environment

Impact was a useful, flexible drum module—but Impact XT, which adds over 20 new and highly requested features, transforms Impact into a complete production environment for beats and loops. Load Parts into pads, then launch with beat quantization and real-time stretching. Don’t waste time mapping notes to drums: Impact XT auto-populates Studio One 4’s new Patterns with instruments for instant beat creation. Stack samples on pads, auto-slice samples on import, reverse sample playback, load up to eight banks, color-code parts, edit pads or the samples themselves—that’s just a fraction of what Impact XT now brings to your music. And, it’s fully backward-compatible with the original Impact.

Discover how Impact XT redefines pad-oriented instruments.

With today’s loop- and beat-oriented music, it’s not just enough to have a matrix of pads that triggers samples, so Impact XT remakes Impact into a complete production environment. With 8 pad banks, 32 outputs, and the ability to launch loops with beat quantization and time-stretching, Impact XT is like a program within a program. What’s more, deep integration with Studio One allows for features like auto-populating Patterns with Impact XT instruments so you don’t need to spend time mapping pads to sounds.

The features don’t stop there. There’s a new filter with a clipping mode, as well as drive and punch controls for extra sonic flexibility. Normalize, reverse, and transpose samples over an eight-octave range. Stack samples on pads, drag them from one pad to another (including simultaneous dragging of multiple samples), auto-slice on sample import, and more. There’s even a new look and feel with color themes and pad color options.

The bottom line: For building up beat-oriented arrangements, you can do everything you need within Impact XT—and then build on those beats with conventional linear tracks. Studio One 4 truly delivers the best of both worlds.

Sample One XT goes (way) beyond sample playback

Sample One XT has expanded from sample playback into a sampling powerhouse. Sample, auto-slice, stretch, process, trigger, and deconstruct audio (sampled from inputs, buses, outputs, instruments, or tracks, as well as import/export) for breathtaking freedom in constructing powerful new performances and beats.

Sample One XT includes all the features you expect from a true sampler and also expands the synthesis-type options that can modify those samples. Sample One XT isn’t just a way to sample and play back sounds; it's also a way to warp and deconstruct them into entirely new creative realms.

Explore this exciting new instrument that increases your sonic possibilities.

Sample One XT is a true sampler, not just a sample playback device. You can crossfade and trim samples, slice samples automatically with adjustable gate, snap to zero, choose from three different sample loop modes, stretch timing to match song tempo, slice and reverse waveforms, normalize, and more. What’s more, you can drag-and-drop samples between Sample One XT and Impact XT, making it easier than ever to record/sample sounds and use them with Impact XT (and vice-versa).

Of course there’s more to a sampler than sampling, and Sample One XT has the synthesis elements covered too. Graphical envelopes now have adjustable attack, decay, and release curve shapes. The new filter has the same punch, drive, and clip options as Impact XT. Apply synth envelopes to control dynamics with graphical editing. And, there’s a complete effects section with modulation, delay, reverb, gate, EQ, distortion, and panning.

Sample One XT also makes it easier to exchange samples with instruments like Presence XT. Drag-and-drop samples among instruments and save/load instruments using the .soundx sampler file format or the open .multisample format developed jointly with Bitwig.

Sampling is a crucial part of today’s modern song creation process and the foundation for beats and loops. Now you have an exceptional roster of sampling capabilities integrated tightly inside Studio One 4.

Accelerated drum editing.

To go along with a world-class drum instrument, there’s an innovative, streamlined Drum Editor to edit drum parts as fast as you can think. Add that to the hundreds of pre-configured pitch name and mapping scripts available for free from PreSonus Exchange, and the new Drum Editor is like an accelerator for drum editing.

Patterns bring step sequencing into the 21st century.

The step sequencer has served us well for over half a century, but it’s time to reinvent step sequencing as a seamless, fast, fun part of making music. Patterns offer tight integration with instrument parts, automation, and Impact XT, along with variable sequence lengths and the ability to do melodies as well as drums. Patterns can even live side-by-side with conventional instrument parts on the same track—no need for separate tracks or plug-ins.

Studio One and the Pattern advantage...

Step sequencing traditionally meant opening a sequencer within a sequencer, but Patterns make sequences a seamless part of the Studio One experience. Patterns live inside tracks, where you can edit them with the same ease as with the note event and audio editors. What’s more, Patterns can have an unlimited number of variations that you can name, copy, reorder, and open directly from the Arrangement—you don’t even need to open the Pattern Editor.

There are also many more expressive possibilities than typical step sequencers. Per-step options include velocity editing, 10 levels of repeat for “stutter” effects, a probability algorithm that adds variety by selectively dropping out notes, and even per-step automation for all automatable parameters. Best of all, you can add lanes for all these parameters and play them in real time, which gives instrument-like qualities. And when you want your pattern to repeat, drag the end to duplicate the Pattern as many times as you want—even a track’s full duration.

The final touch is a brand new library of inspirational Musicloops with drum Patterns and Variations—just loading these will often be enough to get your creativity flowing.

Switch with ease.

We get it... a lot of you are switching from other programs to Studio One. To make the process easier, Studio One 4 now supports AAF (Advanced Authoring Format) for data exchange with Pro Tools, Logic, Nuendo, Final Cut Pro, Premiere, and more.

Ready for ARA 2.0.

PreSonus worked with Celemony on the original Audio Random Access (ARA) spec that allows for seamless integration with Melodyne. ARA 2.0 is coming and is already available to third-party plug-in developers so they can access the Chord Track and Key Signature data used in Harmonic Editing. (Expect a free Melodyne update with Chord Track support this summer.) ARA 2.0 can even access data from multiple tracks at once, so once again, Studio One leads the industry in implementing technology that serves the program’s musicality.


New Features Overview*

Arrangement / Editing

  • Chord Track
  • Real-time chord reharmonization of audio and instrument tracks
  • Intuitive Chord Selector
  • Automatic chord detection
  • Real-time chord input from MIDI device
  • Song key signature with detection
  • Chord transpose
  • ARA 2 support
  • Expanded “Send to Notion” option for lead sheet creation
  • Ripple edit mode
  • Relative bar offset for songs
  • “Remove gaps” for Events
  • Improved Note Repeat
    • Note Repeat now has its own section in the Record Panel
    • Activate/deactivate Note Repeat
    • Select a repeat rate
    • Activate/deactivate Note Erase
    • Set the gate time for notes
    • Use key or poly pressure to control note velocity
    • Quantize notes to the song grid (similar to Quantize in Impact XT)
    • Use Key Remote mode to control all Note Repeat functions from a keyboard controller.
    • In Single Mode, the last pitch played before the mode was turned on is triggered from all remote keys at different repeat rates
    • Set the base note for remote keys
    • Set the sound triggered by the remote keys
    • Sets the remote keys range; the higher the range, the more functions you can control using remote keys
    • With Note Erase active while in Record, playing a key will erase any note events recorded on that key

Pipeline XT

  • Automatic latency compensation: Instead of sending a “ping” through the external effects processor and adjusting the delay manually, you can now simply click the Auto button after setting up the send and return connections, and the latency will be measured and compensated automatically. You can then use the Offset parameter to make manual adjustments.
  • The maximum delay has been increased from 5,000 samples to 32,000 samples.
  • The stereo Pipeline XT plug-in now supports mono sends without losing a second hardware output.
  • As with Impact XT and Sample One XT, you can choose between eight background colors.
  • Take a snapshot of your external effects processor and drag it into the Pipeline XT center display to capture hardware settings for later “manual recall.” Click on the image to expand it to full size. You can switch between image view, ping view, and oscilloscope.
  • A new note pad allows you to add text notes to your presets to document specific setup instructions and parameter settings for your external hardware processor.
  • Background color, device names, custom images, and text notes are saved with your Pipeline XT presets.
  • Using Pipeline XT no longer forces real-time export and bouncing when Pipeline XT isn’t in the current audio signal chain.

Virtual Instruments – Impact XT

  • New look and feel
  • 8 pad banks
  • 32 outputs (16 stereo, 16 mono)
  • Color option for pads
  • New 24 dB zero-delay
  • Feedback filter
  • Filter drive and punch controls
  • Filter "soft" (clipping) mode
  • Pad and individual sample editing
  • New stack mode for layering samples on a pad
  • Real-time time-stretching (follow song tempo)
  • Trigger quantization
  • Sample choke with 32 choke groups
  • Reverse sample playback
  • Sample level normalization
  • Increased pitch envelope range (± 48 semitones or 8 octaves)
  • Improved sample navigation
  • Pad Follow mode for remote navigation
  • Drag-and-drop pad swapping
  • Drag-and-drop multiple samples at once
  • Optional auto-slicing on sample import (shift)
  • “Send to new Impact” shortcut in audio context menu
  • Drag-and-drop sample import from Sample One XT and Presence XT
  • Import and export of multisample files and ".soundx" containers
  • Eight user-selectable color themes

Virtual Instruments – Sample One XT

  • New look and feel
  • Record page with live sampling
  • Samples from any hardware input, send, output, other instrument
  • Auto-slicing mode creates new samples automatically with adjustable gate
  • Global and individual (sample) edit modes
  • FX section: modulation, delay, reverb, gater, EQ, distortion, pan
  • Expandable keyboard
  • Real-time time-stretching (follow song tempo)
  • Sample snap to zero crossing
  • Sample crossfade
  • Waveform slicing option
  • Sample trim option
  • Sample sustain, release, and ping-pong loop modes
  • Graphical envelopes with adjustable attack, decay, release curve shapes
  • Increased pitch envelope range (±48 semitones or 8 octaves)
  • Alternative trigger modes: normal, one-shot, toggle
  • Visual play cursor in waveform view
  • Sample reverse playback
  • Sample level normalization
  • New 24 dB zero-delay feedback filter
  • Filter drive and punch controls
  • Filter "soft" (clipping) mode
  • LFO random (sample+hold) mode
  • Master volume control
  • Adjustable voice limit
  • Import and export of multisample files and ".soundx" containers
  • Drag-and-drop export to Impact XT
  • Eight user-selectable color themes

Virtual Instruments – Presence XT Editor

  • Sample snap to zero crossing
  • Reverse playback option
  • 1,000 choke groups

Music Editor

  • Drum Editor
  • Drum and Melodic Patterns and Variations
  • Patterns saved in Musicloop
  • Automatic mapping (Impact XT)
  • Alternate note coloring schemes
  • Sync option for editors
  • “Select notes…” options
  • New or improved note event options (Humanize, Length, Velocity, Delete Notes)
  • Multiple macro toolbars (page selection)
  • Improved multi-editing
  • Preserve and restore zoom states

Import / Export

  • Import song data
  • AAF import / export (supports Pro Tools, Logic, Nuendo, Final Cut Pro, Premiere, and others)
    • Embed WAV or AIFF audio files instead of referencing them
    • Split stereo tracks (important for exporting to Pro Tools)
    • Create copies of audio files in WAV or AIFF format, with a choice of resolution and sample-rate
    • Trim file sizes by eliminating unused regions, setting a head or tail to keep some audio outside the event ranges for controlling fades or crossfades
    • Export pan automation—or don’t if exporting to application that doesn’t recognize it (e.g., Logic Pro)
    • Legacy mode for exporting to an application that only imports AAF 1.0 (e.g., Digital Performer)