PRESONUS STUDIO ONE PROFESSIONAL
Work better, faster
Studio One® 4 was designed with ease of use at its core. For ten years now, it has seamlessly combined the time-tested and proven recording studio model with today’s beat- and loop-oriented production process—so you can bring musical ideas to sonic reality more quickly than ever before.
An efficient, single-screen interface houses an unlimited number of tracks, intuitive editing tools, and advanced virtual instruments. Spend your precious time creating music instead of wondering what to click next. Studio One doesn’t dictate how you work or what you work on.
3 creative paths, one goal
Studio One is your creative companion from start to finish. The Start Page provides what you need to kickstart your creative process—open projects, set parameters, and check for updates and tips. From there, the Song Page is all about recording, arranging, editing, and mixing your music with a complete set of virtual instruments, effects, and groundbreaking arrangement tools. Then, assemble and master your music in the Project Page. Even better, the Project and Song Pages are linked so if you need just that one little change in your master or stems, switch to the Song Page, tweak, and mix back automatically to the Project. No other program accomplishes the goal of such an effortless transition as you move from the initial creative inspiration to the finished, mastered production.
Arranging at the speed of click
Forget laborious transposition, cutting, pasting, and moving when arranging. With Scratchpads to test out arrangements, an Arranger track that makes moving sections of songs around as easy as moving Parts, and the groundbreaking Harmonic Editing—the most flexible chord track implementation ever—no other program can approach the ease of arranging and songwriting that Studio One 4 delivers.
Another Studio One first: Harmonic Editing
Far more than just a simple chord track for note data, Studio One 4’s Chord Track is a songwriter’s dream come true. Create, audition, and change chord progressions, try out chord substitutions, substitute rich chords for simple ones, even have older parts follow a new, better chord structure you came up with thanks to the inspiration Harmonic Editing can provide. This breakthrough, which works with instruments and even draft audio tracks, underscores Studio One’s commitment to streamline the songwriting and music creation process.
Cross the analog/digital divide
Studio One now features a revamped hardware audio device controller for software control of your PreSonus interface’s gain and polarity controls. And if your interface doesn’t have these controls, you get software gain and polarity control of every Input, anyhow! Combine both of these technologies to gently drive your hardware preamps without committing a super-hot signal to disk.
Furthermore, Studio One Professional’s unique Pipeline XT plug-in lets you use your beloved collection of boutique, vintage, and classic analog signal processors as easily has software plug-ins. Latency compensation is automatic, so you can easily mix and match your plug-ins and hardware. Dust off that RE-501 and get to work!
MIDI—and beyond MIDI
Studio One works with all the standard MIDI gear you know and love, from controllers to tone modules. But once MIDI data arrives into Studio One, it’s converted to a high-resolution, 32-bit internal format. That means no zipper noise on instruments, smoother controller changes and pitch bends, more detailed automation, and other benefits when working in the Studio One environment. And if you need to drive external MIDI gear, you’re covered there too—Studio One translates its high-resolution format back into standard MIDI data if it needs to return to the outside world.
Studio One also boasts a robust set of creative note editing tools like Randomize, Apply Scale, Mirror Notes, and more… as well as utilitarian options like Quantize and Humanize. All of these are assignable to keyboard shortcuts and included in Macros. MIDI editing has never been better.
Printable notation that’s truly noteworthy
With just a few clicks and Notion 6.4 or higher, Harmonic Editing makes it easy to create great-looking, printable lead sheets.
With its rich roster of native plug-ins, Studio One has earned its reputation as a complete production package—and now our latest generation of virtual instruments, based on input from the Studio One community (thank you), deliver even more. Impact has been remade into Impact XT, a comprehensive beat and rhythm production environment, and Sample One XT samples, slices, and dices to create great beats and realistic instrument sounds. These new instruments don’t feel like separate plug-ins, but as integrated—and integral—parts of music creation.
Studio One’s new Plug-in Manager helps keep your third-party plug-ins organized, activated… or even blacklisted.
It’s not a tape machine. It’s a collaborator
To the uninitiated, a DAW might be thought of as the digital era’s equivalent of a tape machine. Sound goes in, you press the red button, and the sound goes to tape. Fact is that Studio One is an instrument unto itself, with a wealth of compositional tools and creativity-enhancing tricks that go well beyond utilitarian recording. Studio One’s tools are about creating something new and re-shaping the familiar into something new—not merely documenting something created elsewhere.
Patterns—a giant step forward
The step sequencer has served us well for over half a century—it’s time for Studio One’s new Patterns to step into the future. Tight integration with instrument parts, automation, and Impact XT means that Patterns re-invent step sequencing as a seamless, fast, fun part of making music.
Patterns transform step sequencing from mechanical repetition into a truly expressive addition to modern sequencing. Yes, Patterns are about drums… but also melodies, integration with any instrument, step-based automation, variable sequence lengths (polyrhythms, anyone?), unlimited variations, and more.
Studio One Professional is the only DAW that links songs and stems with finished, mixed Projects. Transfer mixes or mixed stems to the Project page for mastering—but if you hear anything you need to change, simply jump back into the Song, make your tweaks, and then mix the revised version back automatically into the Project page to continue mastering. Whether for Red Book-compatible CD burning, digital publishing for streaming, creating DJ sets and playlists, or professional-level DDP import/export for duplicators, the Song page/Project page partnership makes it easy to obtain consistent levels and tonal balance with collections of songs.
Diverse and versatile format support
Prepare your tracks for streaming with data compressed, standard, or lossless files. AAF (Advanced Authoring Format) provides song/session exchange for those who haven’t switched to Studio One (yet). Open all video and audio formats your operating system supports. Enjoy better video performance with 64-bit video engines for macOS and Windows, and export a video file with your embedded mixdown. Create disk images. Burn Red Book CDs. Import DDP files for editing, such as fixing ID tags or ISRC code errors, then export the corrected DDP file. Whether your music’s final destination is online streaming or physical media, Studio One Professional has you covered. Most recently, we’ve added export support for variable-bitrate MP3, AAC, ALAC, and good ol’ mono!
Work your way
Studio One is designed to efficiently assist you in your creative process without getting in the way. One testament to this design philosophy is Studio One’s custom keyboard shortcuts. Not only can you customize all of Studio One’s key commands to your liking, there’s even presets available for the key commands of other DAWs like Pro Tools, Logic, and more—your transition to Studio One will be as smooth as possible when using your old, familiar key commands.
You also get Custom Macro functionality, allowing you to build combinations and sequences of keystrokes and assign them to a single keyboard shortcut or button in Studio One’s Macro Toolbar—reducing the time required for oft-repeated tasks in your workflow.