Studio One from PreSonus is one of the most powerful DAWs on the market. First released in September 2009, Studio One has gone through 5 major updates since, with each update expanding the possibilites of Studio One and separating itself from the pack of other popular DAWS like Ableton Live and Logic Pro X. Studio One comes stock with many unique features that makes it a music production tool that every music producer and composer should get familiar with.

Our “Intro To Presonus Studio One” course on Sound Collective is a great way to dive into the software and learn loop-based production, mixing, and arranging while getting familiar with Studio Ones built-in instruments and FXs and more.

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Now, let’s look at some of the features within Studio One that makes it a unique DAW…

Melodyne Integration

When diving deeper into Studio One, one of the first things you’ll learn about the DAW is that your purchase of a Studio One license comes with a free license for Melodyne essential. Melodyne is one of the leading pitch correction plugins that’s amazing for getting your vocals sounding perfectly in tune. To access Melodyne in Studio One, you’ll first need to lay down a vocal track. You can lay down a track as you would in any other DAW, by making sure your input microphone is being recognized by the DAW, initializing your track, and simply hitting record. Once you’ve got your take recorded in your workstation, right-click the audio clip, select audio, and then the ‘Edit with Melodyne’ option. This will open Melodyne and you’ll find that your notes of your vocal take have already been transposed into the pitch-correction software. From there you can begin editing your vocal notes to taste.

Musical Notation For Scoring

In Studio Ones newest update, you’ll find unique new features that will let you to create sheet music and other musical notations to be printed and shared with fellow musicians. The Tablature feature is excellent for composers who write scores for TV or film that intend on having a live orchestra or band perform the piece for a final recording. As you compose your score for a show or movie, Studio One will automatically transpose your MIDI recording to sheet music. You’ll also find the Score View helpful when composing as you can see your MIDI tracks in standard musical notation and edit them in realtime. Another awesome bonus to the tablature feature is the ability to add musical symbols to your work giving you more control over the outcome of your composition.

Built-in FXs and Plugins

Studio One comes stock with a mind boggling amount of plugins and FXs. To see the full list of all the add-ons you get with your purchase of Studio Ones Professional license, click here. Some of the most interesting plugins that come with Studio One are the Splitter, Ampire, Binaural Pan, and the Tricomp. Splitter is a mixing tool that allows you to simultaneously route multiple effects onto a single channel. You can route your effects to have them run serial, parallel, or you can split them by a channel or frequency band. Ampire is a guitar and bass amplifier simulator that mimics 5 of the most popular amps in the scene. You’ll also find 13 pedal emulators to help you catch that guitar or bass tone you’re chasing. Binaural Pan is another mixing plugin that uniquely uses phase manipulation to expand or narrow the stereo field of your tracks. Finally, Tricomp is an impressive three-band compressor custom built to bring a nice analog sounding saturation to your tracks.

Why Studio One?

Though Studio One isn’t one of the big three DAWs on the market, it certainly holds it’s own and in some ways is more powerful than those other DAWs. Studio One is a composers dream with its musical notation functions and its ability to import video into its workstation. At it’s highest tier, Studio One comes with more plugins and FX than you’ll ever need with over 150 add-ons and features to give you ultimate control over your music. If you don’t want to purchase their Professional tier, you can opt for their Artist tier which offers a more limited access to features but still enough to get creating. You can also subscribe to Studio One monthly and gain access to even more features like online collaboration tools and over 100 GBs of sample libraries, Considering all these unique features, if you’re in the market for a DAW, Studio One is certainly worth your time.

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