Presonus Studio One

Presonus Studio OneDAW – Digital Audio Workstation, if you’re not familiar the term – chances are you don’t produce much music – now that we’re on the same page, by all means read on. Presonus has certainly not sought to reinvent the wheel in bringing you the new Studio One DAW. Instead they have taken elements of all the major DAW software packages on the market and created a simple, yet powerful system of music creation and production.  Studio One’s layout allows easy work-flow through the single screen GUI so browsing patches, sequencing MIDI, editing audio and monitoring levels all happens within the same window.  The Operation of Studio One has been divided into 3 easy steps: To begin with, choosing your project parameters (sample rate etc.) on the start page; then dive right into your recording, sequencing and editing; and finally the mastering editor gives you the tools to put the finishing touch on your album. The process of using sends or side chaining is also completely demystified as the mixer tab clearly shows the signal path of each channel and bus.  Within a matter of minutes of opening the software I had dragged drum samples into Impact (Presonus’ new percussion sampler), sequenced a bass-line on Mojito (The new virtual analogue mono synth) and had a Groove Delay running  – it was that easy.

Studio One has been aimed primarily at the home studio user. Presonus have made it unbelievably simple to get immediately stuck in to producing music. Like most DAW software currently on the market, 2 options are available – for Studio One, an Artist and a Pro version. Although even the Pro version will not take you deep into the heart of MIDI like Logic Pro’s environment, nor does it ship with the Waves bundle as Protools does or the soft-synth plug-ins in Cubase’s arsenal  – it does however give you a powerful and refreshingly down-to-earth production system with all the features and no complications. I don’t see many experienced DAW users jumping ship and changing to Studio One, but for the starry eyed beginner it provides a simple platform to learn and master the tricks of the trade.

Presonus Studio One ScreenshotPresonus have done their homework. In their aims to simplify the wondrous world of music production they have succeeded with flying colours. Studio One is a huge bang for buck solution for the entry to mid-level producer. It’s fun to use and takes you right into some of the technical aspects of production without the words “manual” or “tutorial” even coming to mind. When using it I did however find myself comparing the sound quality of the instruments, processors and effects to the other big DAW software packages and unfortunately, record sales don’t lie. It comes very close – the software has been well researched and modelled  and in a couple a years Studio One is sure to be a formidable contender in the market.

Features:

  • Elegant single-window work environment
  • Powerful drag-and-drop functionality
  • Unlimited audio tracks, MIDI tracks, virtual instruments, buses, and FX channels
  • Content browser with convenient sort options and preview player
  • Integrated mastering solution with automatic mix updating, waveform editing, effects, Red Book CD burning, and digital release
  • Automatic delay compensation
  • Advanced automation
  • 64-bit processing (even on 32-bit machines)
  • Easy-to-use side-chain routing
  • Awe-inspiring 64-bit effects suite
  • Stunning virtual instruments
  • User-friendly sampler
  • Most intuitive MIDI-mapping system available
  • Real-time audio time-stretching and re-sampling
  • AU, VST2, VST3, and ReWire support
  • K System metering
  • Gigabytes of inspiring content
  • Compatible with any ASIO, Windows Audio, or Core Audio-compliant audio interface

Presonus Studio One Screenshot

Pros:

  • Very familiar easy to use interface, quick to master
  • All the power of high-end DAW in a simple package
  • Great for noobs

Cons:

  • Plug-in quality questionable
  • Some users may find the interface too watered down
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