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Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

A. No, Studio One works with any interface that supports ASIO, Core Audio (Mac OS X), Direct Sound (Windows XP), or WASAPI (Windows Vista/7/8). The vast majority of audio interfaces support at least one of these standards, including built-in soundcards on laptops.

A. Yes! Studio One and the manual are available in English, German, French, Spanish, and Japanese.

A. Upgrades from version 2.0 to 2.6 (or any other version 2.x) are free!

A. Studio One lets you work quickly, without configuration hassles, and without constantly searching through menus. Tasks that require a lot of knowledge and time in other DAWs are intuitive and never more than a few easy steps away in Studio One. File management is simple. 

For example, if you want to play a virtual instrument, simply drag it in from the Browser and play it; Studio One handles the track and channel creation, instantiates the plug-in, sets your keyboard as an input, and record/monitor enables the new track, all in an instant. If you want to sync multi-tracked drums to your killer bass part, drag the bass part in the Groove area, group the drums, and press Q. Done. 

In Studio One Professional, Songs are intelligently linked to mastering Projects, so that you can tweak a Song, and the Project will be automatically updated with the latest version – no resequencing, no worries about which file is current, and all done in one tightly integrated program. It saves a lot of time, reduces mistakes, and lets you keep working while your inspiration is fresh.

Versions of Studio One

A. For a detailed comparison, click here.

A. Studio One Artist is a serious recording, mixing, and editing application, not just a beginner’s tool. It includes all of the advanced editing power found in Producer and Professional. Reviewers have hailed the included Native Effects™ plug-ins as some of the best in the industry, and its four virtual instruments give you access to hundreds of high-quality sampled and synthesized sounds. The included third-party Native Instruments Komplete Players (you get Komplete Elements with Studio One Producer and Professional) expand the sonic possibilities even further. If you have talent, Studio One Artist can produce amazing results.

A. As many as you want! All versions of Studio One allow unlimited audio and instrument tracks.

A. Studio One 2 incorporates Melodyne editing, providing the best pitch correction available. Thanks to tight integration, it sets a new standard for pitch-correction workflow. Studio One 2 also includes the most intuitive and robust transient detection and editing and groove extraction available, as well as an incredibly flexible multitrack comping solution. 

Over 100 other features and enhancements were added in version 2, including a Track List, Folder Tracks, multitrack MIDI editing, Browser search with Web integration, track split and DDP export on the Project page, and Strip Silence. Note that some of these features (such as Folder Tracks) are not included in every version; all are included in Studio One Professional 2.x.

More features were added in updates since version 2.0, such as macros, which were added in version 2.0.6. See the discussion of the new version 2.5 features (below) for examples of the latest additions.

A. Version 2.5 was a significant release that added nearly 100 enhancements and features, as well as many bug fixes. Although the update added some entirely new features, it mostly built on existing Studio One 2 features, completing and enhancing functionality based on PreSonus’ original vision and on user feedback. 

New features and enhancements of particular interest include single-swipe comping, with automatic beaming into parts; editing directly on the Folder Track, with a waveform preview for all tracks in the folder; and multitrack Track Transform for virtual instruments. 

Ampire XT was completely overhauled, with a significant improvement in sound quality. Editing of automation envelopes is easier and faster, and rendering multiple outputs at once results in much faster audio exports. 

A new modifier key lets you drag-and-drop effects directly onto events in the arrangement as Event Effects. Studio One now has Wet/Dry Mix and Mix Lock for effects: built-in parallel processing on PreSonus Native Effects. We’ve also added fast, simple legato and overlap correction (MIDI). 

Re-recording from buses is a completely new feature that enables you to use the output of virtual instrument or bus channels as the input to an audio track.

All versions of Studio One 2 have been updated to 2.5, including Studio One Artist, Producer, Professional, and Free. However, some features are exclusive to the higher versions; for example, Folder Tracks are not included in Studio One Artist so the updates to that feature obviously don’t apply to that version.

That’s just a sampling of the new goodies in 2.5! For information about new features in the most recent version, see What's New.

Importing / Exporting Files

A. Yes, Studio One can import WAV, AIFF, PreSonus Capture™ Sessions, Steinberg Cubase Track Archives, Steinberg Sequel Projects, Kristal Audio Engine Projects, and Open TL files and can export WAV, AIFF, and Ogg Vorbis files. It can also import and export Standard MIDI Files. Studio One Producer and Professional can import and export MP3 files; Studio One Artist and Free do not support MP3. You can even extract audio from a QuickTime movie (.mov) file.

The process is usually as simple as dragging something into a location in the File Browser from the arrangement, where Studio One will export the desired file instantly. It is also possible to export audio stems, with Insert Bypass and range options, to almost any audio file format, in one quick pass.

A. Not directly but it's easy to exchange material between Studio One and other DAWs, including Pro Tools. Check out this video about how to import and export audio between Pro Tools and Studio One.

A. Not in the current version but we're looking closely at OMF and other import/export formats we would like to support in the future.

A. QuickTime is the only supported video technology for the Studio One video player. QuickTime plays any video format for which a codec is installed in the system. If the video player displays No Codec after importing a video, then the codec could not be found. Visit to view the standard QuickTime supported video formats.

If you are a Mac OS X user, we highly recommend downloading Perian, which is an open source QuickTime component that adds native support for many popular video formats, such as DivX and XVid.

If you are a Windows user, any video codec installed in the system will be used. If you encounter a video format for which you do not have an installed codec, you may want to visit resources/components.html to search for the codec.

Under the Hood

A. All three versions of Studio One employ 64-bit memory addressing; that is, they can be run as a 64-bit application in Windows and Mac OS X (10.6 or later), which allows you to break the 4 GB RAM limitation of 32-bit programs. As a result, as explained in Mix magazine (“When I’m Sixty-Four [Bit]” by Ron Franklin, October 2005), “large data sets (tracks, plug-ins, samples, etc.) can be loaded entirely into memory, reducing the need for slower disk access. In addition, increased bus and I/O bandwidth allow for faster and wider data throughput. Simply put, you can do a lot more and do it faster than ever before.” 

Combined with a multiprocessing engine that ensures CPU loads are well balanced across all available cores, this ability to address large amounts of RAM enables you to run more tracks and more plug-in instances at once without bogging down your computer.

Studio One Professional is not only capable of taking full advantage of today’s 64-bit Macs and PCs as a 64-bit application; it also offers end-to-end 64-bit process precision across the entire audio signal path, providing much greater summing accuracy than with 32-bit process precision. It automatically switches between 32-bit and 64-bit floating-point processing on the fly (even with a 32-bit OS), ensuring the highest quality audio at all times. Studio One Artist and Producer employ the same audio engine but only operate in 32-bit mode.

Mix magazine (“When I’m Sixty-Four [Bit]” by Ron Franklin, October 2005) explains 64-bit process precision:

“In digital audio, sound gets turned into numbers. So it comes down to how big a number you can represent with a single digital word:

32 = 4,294,967,296

64 = 18,446,744,073,729,551,616

“Anyone who has used a sampler or recorded digital audio knows that the more bits you use to represent an audio sample, the more dynamic range you can represent. Dynamic range is proportional to word length:

32-bit = 192 dB 64-bit = 384 dB

“When digital processing for audio occurs, the math involved can produce some very large values, as coefficients are computed for processing digital audio signals. With 32-bit processing really big values get truncated or rounded off when they’re bigger than the registers available to store them. Thus, one of the great benefits of 64-bit internal processing is that a high degree of audio precision can be maintained through successive rounds of computation.”

Technical Support Questions

A. We recommend that you first check out our Knowledge Base and forums; often you'll find the answers there. We also provide online technical support (in English) worldwide and offer phone support in the U.S.A. To get started, click here. For international phone support and support in your local language, please check with your PreSonus international distributor.

A. It's easy! Click here for detailed information and videos on creating a PreSonus user account, registering, activating, and updating Studio One. 

A. Here's a Knowledge Base article that explains the process. Click here for a video on the same subject.

A. If you own a PreSonus interface, setup is quick and easy using a template. But even with a third-party interface, configuration is quite easy in Studio One. See this Knowledge Base article for instructions.

A. Follow the instructions in this Knowledge Base article. Note that these tips are not recommended for Windows 8.

A. You can activate your Studio One software five times. You can choose to use the five activations on five different computers if you need to. If you need to reset your activations please contact Technical Support.