We thought about calling it the Ultimate Point of Departure page, but that didn't have the same ring. However, the Start page is indeed a jumping-off point to a host of useful destinations both in and out of Studio One®. When you need to configure, identify, be informed about, or access something, the Start page can probably take you where you need to go. From the Start page, you can open any of the Songs or Projects you've recently worked on, or even ones you haven't worked on in a long time. You can configure your audio I/O setup, access your SoundCloud account, even enter default metadata.
But the Start page is not just for when Studio One starts up; it is never more than one keystroke or click away.
The Start page gets you to the most important locations, within Studio One and out to the world, with a single click. We parked buttons in both of the upper corners (so you won't have to search to find them) that take you to the Song page, Project page, any open Song or Project, your Nimbit account or SoundCloud page, and even the Macro Organizer. The Start page moves you here, there, and everywhere.
The most obvious tasks you are likely to need on the Start page—creating or opening a Song or Project—are the most prominently featured, in three large links splashed across the middle of your screen. More often than not, the document you need is one you've been working on lately. To that end, we gave the Start page a Recent Files list that holds not just the last 3 or 4 or 5 Songs you've worked on, but the last 20 or so. (Of course, you can easily find your stuff in the file browser as well.)
Want to pull up an older Song or Project? The Start page's Song and Project tabs give you instant access to every Song and Project in your Studio One user data folder.
The Start page's Artist Profile lets you enter basic metadata that is used by default for every Song and Project you create. Enter the artist name, the genre, a Web link, even add a photo.
The Setup section takes you instantly to configuration heaven, where you can change your audio device, sample rate, and buffer size and can set up a new External Device before making a new Song—or any old time you feel like it.
Things move fast in our world, and we made it easy for you to keep up. The News Feed pushes all the latest announcements to you about Studio One and new releases coming out of the Studio One developer community. Of course, just telling you about them would be a tease, and that wouldn't be nice of us, so the headers of news items are usually links that take you where you can get more information and take action.
The Start page also helps you keep up on how your music is being received. We've made Studio One's Nimbit connection even easier to use by including a Nimbit® Dashboard in the Start page. The Dashboard provides access to your up-to-date Nimbit user-account statistics (number of fans, number of active promotions, sales), updated in real time. In addition, you will receive help messages on how to engage with fans and customers and boost sales.
The Start page also offers a SoundCloud™ Dashboard that displays key stats from your SoundCloud account, along with a scrolling display of the SoundCloud activity stream.
Getting you more information is important to us because the more you know about Studio One, the more you'll appreciate all of the features that make it so versatile and powerful. The Demos and Tutorials tab lists links to videos and demo Songs that explain and illustrate everything from the basics to the fine points of Studio One's rich feature set.
To watch a video about the Start page, click here.
Integrated single-window environment.
Some DAWs put lots of miles on your mouse, forcing you to click between windows constantly, yet never letting you see everything that is going on. It’s not an easy way to work.
Studio One integrates recording, editing, mixing, browsing, and, well, everything on the Song page into a single window, and Studio One Professional's Project page follows suit. Working in Studio One's integrated window environment is as easy on a laptop as it is on the high-def monitor in your studio.
See what you want, where you want it in your workspace.
An integrated window environment is fantastic, but sometimes you want to give the mixer, or an edit view, its own space. Studio One's detachable editors let you pull a view out for greater focus, then integrate it back into the single-window environment with one click.
You can see just the channels you need in the Mix view using its view panels and Channel list. Watch the Input channels when you are recording and hide them when you are editing and mixing. The Banks view panel gives you a meter for each channel, even when the channel is hidden in the mixer.
You didn't think we were going to restrict you to just a single-window setup, did you?
Tab access to channel effects or VIs in use.
Once you start working with a plug-in on a channel, the chances are good you'll also want to adjust another effect on that same channel. Studio One's plug-in editor has tabs across the top for all of a channel's insert effects, so there's no need to close one editor window and open another. Just click the tab.
Control at your fingertips when you want it.
Other DAWs make you open dialog windows to access sophisticated features like quantizing or Strip Silence. Just what you don’t need: more windows. Studio One keeps control centered in one window with panels that can be shown or hidden as needed. When you see them, they are right at the top of the view, where it is easiest to find and work with them. Powerful features like transient detection, Audio Bend markers, and macros are a snap to access and use, while Studio One's unique Info panel gives you a context-sensitive guide to what your cursor can do for you in the program.
Always know what time it is.
With two transport counters and a large time-display window, you will always know where you are in a Song or Project. Set one counter to Seconds and the other to Bars and see locations both as absolute time and in musical terms. The large time display puts up a window you can see from across the room, which is handy when you are recording yourself.
Customize your workspace with color-coding.
How sexy is color-coding? Okay, maybe not so much, but it sure does make it easier to understand which tracks are which and what Events still need editing. Studio One offers extensive color-coding, not just for tracks and channels, but for automation envelopes, Audio Events, Instrument Parts, even individual notes in Instrument Parts!
Sure, color-coding won't win any "hottest feature" contests but anything that takes your head out of your computer and puts it into your music is a good thing.
See and edit layers and automation envelopes in track lanes.
You made multiple attempts at recording a track, and now you want to make a comp from the layers to which you recorded. Or maybe you want to look at a few different parameters you are automating on a track. Studio One puts it all in front of you in track lanes that display just below the track itself. Comping is as easy as using Studio One's auditioning tools to find what you want and then selecting it. Multiple automation envelopes can be edited together simply by selecting across them. When you're finished, collapse the lanes back down to save space.
Drag-and-drop is in Studio One's DNA.
Grab what you want and drop it where you want it. It seems to us it really doesn't get any easier or more natural than that, so we made drag-and-drop a fundamental capability of Studio One. It's everywhere. Drag-and-drop to import or export loops, files, and content from PreSonus Exchange, SoundCloud™, and Nimbit®. Drag-and-drop to add or copy effects, make a new track, extract a groove from audio, or map parameters to hardware controllers with Control Link. Drag-and-drop audio from an arrangement to third-party plug-ins (assuming that the plug-in supports this feature). Convert audio part slices to the quantize grid via drag-and-drop. It's highly intuitive and extremely effective.
This video shows just a few of the things you can do with drag-and-drop. (It doesn't discuss saving virtual instrument and effects presets, audio files, and MIDI files by dragging back to the browser—but you can do that, too!)
One-click transient detection.
Transient detection is how Studio One figures out the tempo of an audio file. It can be tricky to do or it can be a simple matter of clicking a button. We chose the button. You'll find the button in the Audio Bend panel, where you'll also see how easily you can quantize or slice the file automatically after the tempo is determined. We just can't help ourselves: Making things easy is a habit.
Draw in LFO modulation with Pencil tool functions.
Question: What's the easiest way to add vibrato to an Instrument track?
Answer: Drawing it in with a simple drag. Studio One's Pencil tool offers four waveform functions you can use to create modulation.
But how easy is it to fade that vibrato in? As usual in Studio One, it's a single drag away: Select the Transform setting for the Pencil tool and drag a corner of the waveform area to reshape the modulation and make it fade in.
Export mastered songs directly to SoundCloud or Nimbit (Go Pro).
The entire album is mastered and ready for export, and you want to get it online for sale as quickly as possible. Click the Digital Release button and look in the Publishing section of the dialog. You'll notice a checkbox that says "Upload to Nimbit." Yes, that's right, one click and your files get uploaded automatically after exporting to your account with the leading direct-to-fan music service. C'mon, you can't tell us that's not easy! For more about Nimbit, click here.
But Nimbit is not the only place you can go from Studio One. Let's say you are recording every gig of your tour into Studio One, mixing and mastering it, then posting it to SoundCloud for your fans and friends to hear. (Perhaps you are even clever enough to record into PreSonus Capture™ from a StudioLive™ mixer, then open the Capture Session in Studio One.)
Take another look in the Publishing section of the dialog. There's an Upload to SoundCloud checkbox, as well as the Nimbit box. Same story: one click, and up your music goes to the leading musicians' sharing site. For more about SoundCloud, click here.
Open a Song for editing from a Project.
You've just started mastering your project, and suddenly you find a problem. It's the snare drum in one song. All of the mixes sound great but the snare is louder in one mix than in all the rest. Time to abort the mastering session, load up your mixing environment, make the change, export a file, reopen the mastering environment, import the file, and hope the level is right—if you’re using any other DAW. That’s no fun.
How about this: Click a button in the Project (mastering) page to open the Song document, make the change, and choose a command that automatically updates the mix on the Project page. And on you go.
Auto save preserves your work as you go along.
We have all suffered the pain and shame of lost data. That was the perfect take that just got accidentally lost. You should have been saving your work regularly. Fortunately Studio One was saving your work regularly with its Auto-save feature. Your brilliant take is saved. Hooray for Studio One!
Audio files can be automatically time-stretched to the tempo on import.
Grooves are rampant, and you're grabbing handfuls of loops and files like candy and throwing them into the Song. Seems like it will be a lot of hassle to get them all to the same tempo. Can't we all just get along? Of course we can. As long as the tempo is stored in the loop or file, Studio One can time-stretch a loop to the Song's tempo while its being imported. One less step for you. It's…so…easy.