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Folder tracks for track management, submixing, grouping, automation.

Collect tracks into a Folder track, and you can hide or show them all as a group. It’s very nice but you can find that elsewhere. So we made Folder tracks do a lot more.

Assign the output of a Folder track to a Bus channel, and the tracks are submixed to that bus. The submix master can be automated on the Folder track. The tracks can be grouped through the Folder track, as well. Now that’s powerful.

Click here to see a video about Studio One® 2's Track Management panel.
 

Exceptional stability and performance.

The session is going along great, and then…ka-blam! We've all suffered ill-timed crashes. (Is there a good time?) No one can claim to know every possible way a program can crash but we're being honest when we say that Studio One is uncommonly stable. Combine stability with the exceptional performance gained from Studio One's tightly-written, yet shyly attractive, lines of code, and the result is an unbroken creative flow of the type you may have only experienced playing live.

The cherry on top of the sundae is that all that cozy code runs on a wide range of Mac® and Windows® machines, from laptops to desktops. Record in the studio and edit, and even mix, on a laptop when you're out of the studio.
 

Automatic plug-in latency compensation.

We saw where some guys were bragging about having recently added automatic plug-in latency compensation to their DAW. Bully for them. Studio One has had it built in from the beginning, and its compensation really is automatic: no settings to make. Your unruly plug-ins are just kept in time invisibly. That's better.

Tracking with plug-ins in real time is no problem with Studio One. Here's a video showing a recording session done in Studio One with a StudioLive mixer and an assortment of Native Effects™ plug-ins and PreSonus virtual instruments. 
 

Customizable Browser provides direct access to the world.

The Browser is Studio One's window on the world. From the Browser, you can import to, and export from, your computer's file system; your sound library; online services like Exchange, Nimbit®, and SoundCloud™; and your Studio One user-data folder. Audition audio and MIDI files with the Browser's Preview Player, in time with the Song, if you like. Drag effects and virtual instruments into the Song. Studio One's Pool not only contains all of the audio files in the Song, but it can also contain associated files as Attachments.

With centralized access to so many data sources, it's a good thing the Browser can be customized to provide one-click access to any of them.
 

Your eyes help your ears with comprehensive metering.

You should always mix with your ears, but your eyes can help, and that's where metering comes in. Studio One offers great metering on every channel, but when you really need to dig in, the Level, Spectrum, and Phase Meter plug-ins can provide deeper analysis of your tracks. Metering is so important to mastering that we just went ahead and made all of those meters standard on the Project page.

We're so serious about this that we've incorporated high-end professional features like simultaneous peak and rms level display, mastering engineer Bob Katz's K-System metering, and the new ITU/EBU Loudness measurements. We even sneakily turned the Spectrum Meter’s sidechain input into a second input so you can compare the spectra of two signals side by side.

For more about Studio One's metering and analysis plug-ins, click here.
 

Audioloop and Musicloop file formats provide maximum versatility.

Did the world need another loop file format? Yes, it needed one that stored effects and virtual instrument settings, an audio file bounced from MIDI, a Standard MIDI File, and, of course, tempo—and that allowed individual access to each of those components. That’s why we created our Audioloop and Musicloop formats. Of course, creating Audioloop and Musicloop files is easy: just drag-and-drop.
 

A complete solution from Riff to Release.

Studio One Professional is the whole enchilada. Record audio and MIDI, drag in loops, edit, process, mix, master, export, and upload for sharing and distribution through SoundCloud and Nimbit without ever leaving Studio One.

Even before we added SoundCloud and Nimbit support, Studio One was a complete production solution. In this entertaining and informative video, themuzic documents the creation of a song from start to finish in Studio One 1.6. And here's a much more recent video from our PreSonus Live Webcast series that shows how to go from "Riff to Release"—from recording a band all the way to release on Nimbit.
 

Event FX puts an entire processing chain on a single Audio Event.

Whether it was the mic or the singer, every time she hit that one note, the tone went funny. Wish you could EQ just those notes without doing a lot of automation? No problem. Put each of those notes in its own Audio Event, and you can apply processing to each Event separately. Run the effects in real-time until everything is right, then render them with a single click to release all of that processing power for use elsewhere.

Are you concerned that echo you put on the guitar solo will get cut off when you render the Event FX? You shouldn't be. Engage Auto Tail, and Studio One automatically extends the rendered file to capture the entire effects decay.
 

Audio Bend markers preserve transients when time-stretching.

Studio One's automatic time-stretching keeps everything in the Song following tempo changes. Now, time-stretching can sound funny on transients unless you're very careful. So we were. When Studio One detects transients and places Audio Bend markers at them, it puts the transients themselves off-limits to the time-stretching algorithm. That's one reason our time-stretching sounds better.

Here's a video that demonstrates Studio One's transient detection and editing, including Audio Bend.
 

Transform a MIDI track to audio, edit it, and convert it back to MIDI.

If you use MIDI, you're going to love Track Transform.

Studio One is not the only DAW that can bounce a MIDI track to an audio file. But it’s the only DAW that will let you cut that audio file up, move the pieces around, then convert the audio track back to MIDI so you can tweak the sound.

To see Track Transform in action, click here.
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Update the mastering file for a Song with one click whenever anything in the Song changes.

Studio One has made the line between mixing and mastering fuzzier, so you have fewer concerns about going back to tweak mixes. You've tweaked several Songs in your mastering Project. With other DAWs, you might feel concerned about your mixes getting out of sync with your mastering session, which could leave you mastering the wrong versions.

There's no need for concern about that when you are mastering in Studio One Professional, since a single click can update the mixes of every track in the Project that has changed to the latest version. It's better when these things are kept in sync.

We've made Studio One better than other DAWs but that's just part of the story. Read how Studio One is faster and easier, too.