From studio to stage to stream, PreSonus Studio One 5.5 is your creative partner, production assistant, online publisher, mastering suite, and bandmate. No other DAW lets you compose, record, produce, mix, master, and perform... all from a single application with an intuitive, time-saving drag-and-drop workflow.
PreSonus Studio One is the only DAW that lets you record, produce, compose, mix, master, publish, and perform from a single intuitive interface – and its drag-and-drop workflow will supercharge your creativity.
Loaded with world-class virtual instruments and effects that keep your imagination flowing, Studio One is a robust creative tool for songwriters and arrangers thanks to its Chord Track and Harmonic Editing, allowing you to quickly audition new harmony and chord structures in Instrument Tracks and even Audio Tracks.
Composers will find a wealth of tools including score editing and printing in traditional, drum, and tablature notation as well as in Sound Variations, which let you manage articulations for even the most complex orchestral libraries.
The built-in Project Page handles all of your mastering needs, and when your EP or podcast is done, you can publish directly to SoundCloud without leaving the application.
When it comes time to perform, use Studio One’s Show Page live on-stage or on-stream to leverage your studio tracks as backing tracks; play virtual instruments live; use the third-generation Ampire live to re-create your studio guitar tones; and Studio One Native Effects to process your live vocals. Loop or repeat any section of your performance on the fly via Studio One Remote or your favorite controller. You can create, rearrange, and reimagine your entire setlist, show after show. All from Studio One!
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The original drag-and-drop interface.
Studio One pioneered the drag-and-drop workflow that continues to be a guiding principle in Presonus' design philosophy. Audio loops, virtual instruments, plug-in effects and even presets can all be dragged into your session from Studio One’s innovative Browser.
Copy FX Chains from one channel to another simply by dragging and dropping. Convert MIDI to audio or audio to MIDI, just by drag and drop. New Clip Gain Envelopes let you polish performances or remove glitches with adding a plug-in to your effects chain. Ease of use is at the heart of Studio One, so you’ll work faster than ever before.
Composition done right.
Modern composers need tools that let them incorporate electronic elements with traditional scoring. The new Score View in Studio One merges the best features of PreSonus’ award-winning notation software, Notion, into Studio One 5.
You can view multiple staves at once to work on voicing, or just one track at a time. Use the score symbol palette to change dynamics, add trills, tremolos, and more during playback. And you can pick your Musical Editor View per-track, so you can switch between the Score View, Drum View, and the conventional Piano Roll View to suit your needs on a per-track basis - or, look at the same note data in different Views all at the same time, offering a rare flexibility not often found in the digital audio world.
Produce without limits.
Forget laborious transposition, cutting, pasting, and moving when arranging. With Scratch Pads to test out arrangements, an Arranger track that makes moving sections of songs around as easy as moving Parts, and groundbreaking Harmonic Editing—the most flexible implementation ever—no other program can approach the ease of arranging and songwriting that Studio One 5 delivers.
Inspiring virtual instruments and unique Multi Instruments let you create your own unique library of sounds. And with the brand new Aux Inputs, your hardware synths, drum machines, and groove boxes can become an easily-incorporated part of your production. So dust off that TX81Z or Portastudio and put them back to work.
Analog mixing with digital ease.
With a completely redesigned suite of effects plug-ins, Studio One 5 supercharges your mixing. Any plug-in with an input drive now features a State Space-modeled analog input drive stage to add just the right amount of grit and warmth when you need it.
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 as software plug-ins.
The Channel Editor lets you create complex effects chains including the Splitter tool that lets you run multiple plug-ins in parallel on a single channel.
Mix Engine FX support State Space models of classic analog consoles that affect your mix across channels on any bus, collectively. This isn’t a stereo bus plug-in, this is multi-source processing that creates vintage-inspired artifacts like true console crosstalk, analog noise, and input gain saturation.
Perform without fear.
Studio One 5 takes you from the studio to the stage or stream with its new Show Page. Create a Setlist using songs you’re already created in Studio One, incorporating a mix of live instruments, pre-recorded tracks, and virtual instruments. Each song in the Setlist can have its own unique instrumentation. Songs in your set can be rearranged on the fly using drag-and-drop, and elements from your Song files can be added to your Show via simple copy-and-paste or direct export.
When it’s showtime, turn on the clean Performance view with a large meter and customizable, real-time controls over the parameters you want to adjust in real-time while on stage. Your studio sound is larger than life—now your stage persona can be, too.
Studio One Professional is the only DAW that links songs and stems with finished, mastered 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 and make your tweaks; the revised version updates with a single click so you can continue mastering without losing any previous work.
Use Studio One Native Effects and your favorite third-party plug-ins to provide the final EQ, dynamics, and imaging control you need to create a professional sound.
You’ll also find analysis tools, like spectrum analysis, M/S-processing, K-System and EBU loudness metering, phase meter, expandable level meter, and oscilloscope to provide visual confirmation to what you hear, as well as help with conformance to existing broadcast and duplication standards.
Apply processing to individual tracks or the entire collection, to take your masters to the next level. And when your masterpiece is ready, you’ll find DDP export, CD burning, and direct upload to Soundcloud and PreSonus Sphere options to share your mastered recordings with your clients and collaborators - or release your albums to the world.
What’s new in Studio One Version 5.5
Track Automation on Project Page
Studio One 5.5 introduces the #1 feature request for the Project Page: Automation is here! This new feature lets you automate track and master volume, as well as any Plug-in parameter, either in real-time using your mouse or hardware controller, or by using the familiar tools, including the powerful Paint Tool with its eight different modes. Apply volume automation to your liking; implement some gentle compression over time to bring some lift to your choruses; or dynamically tweak your tracks’ stereo width for a consistent stereo imaging across your entire album. Once created, automation data can be modified in different ways, including via the useful bracket tool, transform tool, or by editing the shape of automation lines and curves directly with the Arrow tool. Adding an automation lane for a specific plug-in parameter is a two-click operation. Automation is available for individual track and master volume, as well as any track insert effects plug-in or plug-ins on the Master bus.
Clip Gain Envelopes on Project Page
Clip Gain Envelopes are now available on the Project page so you can precisely fix gain issues while mastering without using dynamics plug-ins. Clip Gain Envelopes are the perfect tool for correcting sections of audio that are either too loud or too soft without adding a Compressor or Limiter plug-in. Add breakpoints to the Gain Envelope simply by clicking on the curve and dragging the point to your desired location. Changes to the clip gain are instantly reflected in the audio waveform so you have a reliable visual display of the overall level. Clip Gain Envelopes are sample-accurate, so they can be used to fix everything from entire voiceover takes to single clicks and pops.
Listen Bus on Project Page
The Listen Bus is now available on the Project Page, allowing you to monitor through a separate output with separate effects while keeping the Master output unaffected. This way, you can use popular room correction plug-ins such as Sonarworks Reference or headphone monitoring tools such as Waves Abbey Road Studio while mastering or mixing.
Track Transform on Project Page
Track Transform is now available on the Project Page as well as the Song Page. Track Transform lets you create rendered files of your mastered track, with every insert effect and automation parameter printed into the file — reversibly and non-destructively. This lets you reduce the computer processing power required of your session without committing to a mastering decision permanently.
Multiple format export for Digital Release
The Digital Release window on the Project Page now features a list of available audio formats which can be exported in a single pass — without even requiring additional rendering time! Each format remembers its own export settings, so you can export your mastered album in high-resolution, 24-bit/96kHz WAV and AAC for streaming at the same time!
Target Loudness on Digital Release
The new Loudness options in the Digital Release window of the Project Page let you set target values for loudness and true peak during export. Not sure what values to set? No problem. Simply select from a list of common target loudness presets and let Studio One set the values for you. Presets for every major streaming service are included — from Apple Music to Spotify to YouTube — so there’s no Googling and no guesswork. And of course, you can create your own custom Loudness setting for later use. Once you’ve set your values or selected a preset, each track on your album is analyzed during export, and loudness and true peak are brought down to match the standards of the chosen service accordingly. Your tracks will have consistent loudness with the best-sounding songs on your platforms of choice — and listeners won’t be reaching for the volume knob.
New high-end dithering algorithm
Studio One 5.5 features a new, proprietary, custom-designed dithering algorithm that minimizes conversion artifacts and preserves low-level signals. It sounds so good that we’ve replaced Studio One’s previous dithering algorithm with it, so if you’ve got Dithering turned on (in the Advanced Preferences/Audio menu) you’re already using it! Dithering exists to prevent the harsh-sounding truncation distortion that otherwise occurs when converting digital audio from a high-resolution format (such as a 32-bit float .WAV file) to a lower-resolution format (like a 16-bit .MP3). It’s common practice to conduct mixing and mastering work in a highresolution format, which of course sounds the best—and later downsample for distribution to meet the format requirements of online distribution and streaming platforms or CD.
Our new dithering algorithm ensures that these conversions will minimize the audible noise, artifacts, and distortion that can be caused by lesser algorithms. And it’s a Studio One exclusive
Drag and Drop MIDI files to Chord Track to extract chords
Any MIDI file can now be dragged directly to the Chord Track to extract its chords. This works with any .MID file, including MIDI chord packs or any songs in Standard MIDI file format. What’s more, only Studio One’s chord detection works with Audio Events as well as with Instrument Events. It has never been easier to prototype a Song so quickly and simply—and keep your creative spark alive.
Create a strum pattern by dragging notes
You can now create a strum pattern manually by dragging note events in a selected chord while holding the [Cmd+Opt] / [Ctrl+Alt] modifier keys. The notes will be locked to their vertical position (Pitch) and their horizontal position will be spread between the drag start and the dragged note position, allowing you to create strummed chords with a single movement.
Ampire now optimized for fast preset switching on Show Page
Ampire now features improved preset switching with focus on live performance. Switching Ampire presets is now faster than ever and optimized for use with the Show Page, so you can trigger your favorite Ampire presets from a MIDI pedalboard during a show without missing a beat!
Other notable features and improvements
Automation included in Mix Scenes
- Plug-in Nap available on a per-plug-in basis
- Copy / Paste / Swap pads from any bank in Impact XT
- ATOM-series controllers now control sample edit parameters in Impact XT and Sample One
- Draw vertical stack of notes
- Support for Steinberg CC121 controller
- Support for Tascam Model 12 mixer
- Import/Export support for Opus audio file format
- Plug-in list now available in Diagnostics Report
- Display plug-in name and position on automation tracks
- Chord Selector had three more intervals: 2|9, Flat-5, and Sharp-5
Studio One 5.5 adds new features, enhancement, and powerful workflow improvements to Studio One 5. This is a free update for Studio One 5 users and PreSonus Sphere members.
What’s new in Studio One Version 5.4
Native support for Apple Silicon (M1) processors
With Studio One 5.4, PreSonus introduces native support for M1-based Apple computers. Native mode for Studio One 5.4 offers additional CPU optimization for better overall CPU performance. To achieve optimal performance, Native mode requires all VST plug-ins, instruments, and hardware drivers to also provide Native support. To that end, nearly all PreSonus application software, plug-ins, and hardware drivers now support full native compatibility with M1-based Macs.
Studio One 5.4 introduces a new Plug-in Nap option that improves overall CPU performance by pausing processing for any plug-ins that are not currently passing audio. The status for each plug-in can be monitored in the updated Performance Monitor.
Plug-in Nap is automatically suspended when the plug-in window is opened. With this new option enabled, you can run more plug-ins in your session. Plug-in Nap does not currently support virtual instruments.
Export multiple formats in one pass
With only a single format selected, switching formats is as easy as clicking on a different format. Checking additional formats adds them to the selection. When a Publisher is selected (such as “Send to Notion,”) Studio One ensures that the default format of that publisher is part of the selection. Settings are now remembered when closing the “Export Mixdown” window. PreSonus Sphere members are able to export multiple formats simultaneously into a single PreSonus Sphere Workspace.
Realtime chord display in editor
A new Chord display for notes from the editor has been added to the Note Editor inspector underneath the existing Input Chord display. This display has two states, depending on the context:
“Current Chord” shows the chord detected from notes at the current play position, as well as the next upcoming chord.
“Selected Chord” shows the chord detected from the current note event selection. For multiple selected notes, the chord is determined from exactly these notes (can also be an arpeggio). For a single selected note, the detection looks for overlapping notes to determine the chord.
The current chord is displayed inside the tooltip, as well as on mouseover when editing notes.
The floating Chord Display can be set to show the current chord from the Chord Track, the input chord, or the currently selected chord in the editor. When showing chords from the Chord Track, the window shows both the current and next chord, as well as a progress bar to indicate the time to the next chord change–making it a great tool for recording and performing artists, as well as teachers and students.
Updated Plug-in Manager
The Plug-in Manager in Studio One 5.4 has a new Version column so you can make sure your plug-in library is always up to date; and a new Statistics tab provides useful information.
Third-party plug-ins that fail during the Studio One launch scan are now moved to a Blocklist inside the Plug-in Manager so they don’t interfere with your session. You have the ability to manually reset the blocklist, remove individual plug-ins, or move problematic plug-ins manually to the Blocklist by simply dragging and dropping them.
Performance optimization for Mix Engine FX
Like Plug-in Nap, Studio One Mix Engine FX plug-ins from PreSonus also now use less CPU processing when channels are silent. This improvement is available for all Mix Engine FX version 1.1 or newer and is automatically active on any session using Mix Engine FX.
Autosave just got better
New in version 5.4, Autosave will wait to complete until playback is no longer in progress. In addition, Autosave now takes less time by always using cached plug-in data. The “Use cached plug-in data on save” option now affects manual Save only.
Improved chord detection
Detecting chords from audio in Studio One 5.4 now delivers more accurate results and improved timing. Chords detected from note events are now more accurate as well. The full set of chords that are available in the Chord Selector can be recognized from music parts.
This produces more consistent results when dragging chord events from the Chord Track to the arrangement and back.
“Copy external files” option for Songs, Projects, and Shows
The option “Ask to copy external files when saving Song…” has been renamed to “Ask to copy external files when saving Document” and now also works for Projects and Shows, as it did before for Songs: When a document is saved, a dialog offers to copy all “external” files (outside the Song/Project/Show) folder that have been added since the last save. This question only appears once for each file.
An essential file management feature—now available for all Studio One document formats!
“Remove all” option for sends
A convenient “Remove all” option for sends is now available in the Console. Click on the drop-down arrow next to Sends to access the new command. This command can also be applied to groups of Channels simultaneously.
What’s new in Studio One Version 5.3
- Place musical symbols to trigger sound variations
- Drag and drop FX chains on the 'Show' page
- Seamlessly change patches while performing
- Save backups and upload to Presonus Sphere right from Studio One
- Drag and drop chord events from the chord track to quickly prototype songs
- MPE support for VST3 instruments
Studio One 5.2 Features
- The only DAW that lets you compose, record, produce, mix, master, and perform all from a single, intuitive application.
- Perform live with Studio One! Use your recorded assets to bring your album sound to the live show; play virtual amps live; sequence and re-arrange your setlist.
- NEW! Use the Arranger track to remix your songs live!
- Intuitive single-window work environment with quick and easy drag-and-drop functionality and multi-touch support.
- Unlimited audio and instrument tracks, advanced automation features, virtual instruments, buses, and FX channels.
- Console Shaper emulates the sound of an analog console with control over drive, noise, and even true channel crosstalk, thanks to Mix Engine FX’s cross-channel processing.
- Pristine sound quality with native 64-bit resolution and support for up to 384 kHz audio.
- Integrated mastering suite with automatic mix updating, DDP, Redbook CD burning, and digital release.
- Integrated online Cloud Services including the PreSonus Shop, PreSonus Exchange, PreSonus Sphere, and bi-directional SoundCloud integration.
- Chord Track manipulates audio and note data of any or all tracks for Harmonic Editing and song prototyping.
- Five powerful virtual instruments including: Impact XT drum sampler; Presence XT virtual sample-player; Mai Tai polyphonic analog modeling synthesizer; Mojito monophonic subtractive synthesizer; and Sample One XT live sampler and sample editor.
- Patterns allow for intuitive drum and melody composition via familiar drum machine/sequencer style UI.
- NEW! Sound Variations make it easy to manage articulations for complex orchestral libraries with dynamic mapping for Vienna Symphonic Library Synchron Player products, UJAM instruments, and more.
- NEW! Score View for traditional notation, drum notation, and tablature.
- Easily integrate external hardware with new Aux Inputs or Pipeline XT; sync Studio One to external hardware with MTC support.
- Store and recall entire Mixer Scenes.
- AAF support for easy song/session exchange with other applications for collaboration (Pro Tools, Logic, Nuendo, Final Cut Pro, Premiere, and more).
- Arranger Track with innovative Scratch Pads.
- Build unique sounds with Multi Instrument and Extended FX Chains.
- Presence XT virtual sample-player instrument(14 GB library included) and Mai Tai polyphonic analog modeling synth with character morphing and modulation matrix.
- VCA Faders that act as group faders for any number of tracks.
- Integrated Melodyne Essentials 5 pitch and timing editor with Chord Track integration (a $99 value).
- Integrated online Cloud Services include the PreSonus Shop, PreSonus Exchange, and unique bi-directional SoundCloud integration.
- NEW! Advanced integration with PreSonus Sphere Workspaces. Export stems and mixes, or drag files to and from a Workspace right from your Studio One Browser.
- Integrated mastering suite with automatic mix updating, DDP, Redbook CD burning, and digital release.
- 37 Native Effects with freshly redesigned UI, 5 virtual instruments, 4 Note FX, plus 64-bit AU, VST2, VST3, and ReWire support.
- Use Pro Tools, Cubase, Sonar, and Logic shortcut key commands or create your own.
- Compatible with ASIO-, Windows Audio-, and Core Audio-compliant audio interfaces.
- Available standalone or as part of the PreSonus Sphere membership
Studio One specialist Gregor Beyerle teaches the three core principles that make Studio One so fast and easy to use:
- Studio One - All in One. You can do everything from your first idea and songwriting sketches, all the way to the mixing and finally mastering stage your finished track without ever leaving Studio One. It's everything you need to compose, mix, produce, and master.
- Drag-and-Drop. Whenever you’re searching for a certain feature in Studio One, or if you’re unsure how something works, always try drag-and-drop or right-clicking with your mouse. Studio One is designed to be intuitive, so chances are good that this will lead you to the feature you need.
- Workflow. Studio One gives you the freedom to customize your workflow to your needs. so you can make Studio One fit your way of working - not the other way around!
The Start Page
The Start Page is not just the place where you start out with your ideas - it is also the place where you can find finished professional demo productions done entirely in Studio One.
Important fundamentals in this video:
- Song Templates. Get started songwriting or multitrack recording right away with Studio One's Song Templates!
- Artist Profile. Personalize Studio One with your Artist Profile.
- Bi-directional SoundCloud integration. Link your SoundCloud account with Studio One to immediately upload productions to SoundCloud,
- or download tunes from SoundCloud to rework them in your Tracks!
- Easy access to your Audio Interface settings and I/O configuration. Simply click on your Interface image in the lower middle of the Start
- Page to directly access important Audio Settings.
- News Feed. The News Feed is constantly being updated, so that you’re always up to date with everything that’s new for Studio One.
- Demos and Tutorials. Let these demo songs inspire you to try new tools and tricks in Studio One!
One of the single most frustrating things when starting out with a new music software is not having your audio settings configured correctly. Because whether it’s an obvious issue, or not - it can be very annoying to solve these issues if you don’t know how. This guided tour walks you through the process of finding the correct settings for your individual setup with some helpful tricks to maximize CPU efficiciency and minimize latency.
Important fundamentals in this video:
- Audio Device Settings.
- Processing (Dropout Protection) Settings.
- Super Low Latency Monitoring even in very large Song projects.
Drag-and-drop is the core workflow principle of Studio One, and it all starts with the Browser. The Studio One Browser lets you drag and drop plug-ins, audio, and so much more. Get the full tour of the different Browser Tabs to help you get the most from this powerful innovation.
Important fundamentals in this video:
- Customization. The Browser gives you the ability to display your content in the way you need to see it.
- Instruments Tab. This is where you’ll find all of your Virtual Instruments.
- Effects Tab. This is where you'll find all your effects plug-ins.
- Loops Tab. Studio One ships with a large variety of Loops, which are ready to use and cover many different genres.
- Files Tab. The Files Tab allows you to store and recall all of your ideas, melodies, (Multi-) Instruments and Effect Chains with one simple
- drag-and-drop move.
- Cloud Tab. You don’t have to leave Studio One at any stage of your songwriting, mixing or mastering process, and thanks to the Cloud.
- Pool Tab. The Pool gives you a very quick overview of all referenced files in your Song.
Drag and Drop
Drag and Drop is probably the single most important thing to learn in Studio One. Get an overview of just some of the many things you can do with Drag and Drop.
Important fundamentals in this video:
- Adding Instruments.
- Evolve your Instrument into a Multi-Instrument.
- Vocal to MIDI.
- Adding Insert Effects.
- Adding Send Effects.
- Adding Event FX.
- Copy an Entire Effects Chain to Another Channel.
- Add one or many Effects to multiple Channels.
- Sidechaining with Drag-and-Drop.
- Apply the Rhythm of One Track to Another with Groove Maps.
Tracks and Channels
Have you ever noticed that when dragging an instance of Impact XT into your Song, you end up with one Track in your Song window, but eight Channels in your Mixer? Or are you perhaps struggling with unintentionally switching presets on Instrument Tracks, even though they weren’t selected? Then you need to watch this episode and learn the difference between Tracks and Channels.
Important fundamentals in this video:
- Instrument Tracks only contain MIDI information - They are not the actual Instruments!
- You can assign as many Instrument Tracks to an Instrument Channel as you want.
- There is no 1-to-1 relationship between Instrument Tracks and Instrument Channels!
Pattern Creation and Editing
Patterns are an alternative to the classic Instrument Parts in Studio One and especially good for highly complex variations or polyrhythms with just a couple of clicks. The combination with PreSonus ATOM and ATOM SQ pad controllers makes Pattern Mode the prime choice when it comes to electronic beat making in Studio One.
Important fundamentals in this video:
- Create a Pattern.
- Patterns have their own, independent loop range.
- Powerful Polyrhythms.
- Perfect Integration with the ATOM and ATOM SQ pad controllers.
- Add variations to prepare all of your Song rhythms within one single Pattern.
- Drag your Pattern to the Browser to store it for later.
Crossgrade to Studio One 5 Professional from another DAW for a very special price. If you own one of the following, simply select the crossgrade from the Product Options dropdown menu above. You will need to provide an image of the UPC code of original purchaser receipt (electronic receipts are acceptable) for the 'other DAW'. Please send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Qualifying DAWs include:
- Cubase 5 or higher
- Pro Tools 9 or higher
- Nuendo 5 or higher
- Logic 9, X
- Sonar X2 or higher
- Live 8 or higher
- Digital Performer 7 or higher
- Acid Pro 6 or higher
- Reason 6 or higher
- Reaper 4 or higher
- Samplitude 9 or higher
- Mixcraft Pro 6 or higher
- FL Studio 11 or higher
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