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the option of reversing the process) now works over multiple
tracks. You can take a virtual instrument with multiple outputs,
A quick look at handy updates to a blossoming new DAW burst it apart into a set of audio tracks, process them separately, and then recombine the results into a virtual instrument
By Mike Metlay
track if desired.
We’ve enjoyed watching the birth and growth of PreSonus’s DAW
Studio One. It burst onto the scene just a few years ago, offering many More cool stuff
of the features desired by serious musicians and composers, wrapped up
There are some other items in the update list that I found
in a user interface that was clean, easy to learn, and packed full of great quite handy. I think my favorite of these less-flashy improvenew ideas about how one interacts with a DAW... different not for the ments is Pre-Record. This option lets you have Studio One
sake of being different, but for the sake of faster and easier workflow.
recording audio all the time, even when the Record button
Version 2 (see our June 2012 issue for an in-depth look, including an hasn’t been pressed; when you hit the button and start
explanation of the four different versions of Studio One) added a host of recording an audio Event, a certain amount of time before
new features, and firmly established Studio One as a contender against the button press is automatically saved, and can be accessed
the classic DAWs of the day, and with Version 2.5, still more features and by dragging the Event handle to the left to expose it. Up to
improvements refine Studio One for the discerning computer-studio user. 60 seconds of audio from before pressing Record can be
retrieved this way. End result: no more late button pushes or missed punches! You can also now record the output of a virtual instrument or a bus into a new audio
track in real time, letting you “print with effects”, etc.
Also on my personal love-it list is the addition of a Mix
control to five of PreSonus’s built-in dynamics plug-ins, so
you can now do parallel compression without having to set
up a separate bus, and something called Send FX Mix
Lock, which sets and locks the Dry/Wet Mix of a delay or
reverb plug-in to 100% Wet when you drop it into the first
open slot of a new Bus.
Other improvements to plug-ins include new display
modes for the Spectrum Meter and ProEQ, a luscioussounding new Chorus mode, and tweaks to Multiband
Dynamics. The Ampire XT guitar-effects plug-in has been
revamped; I liked how it sounded before, but I have to
admit that the new models sound noticeably more realistic.
There’s one more new effect in Studio One as of version 2.5—Softube’s Saturation Knob, which is availNew and improved
able as a free separate download. It presents a wonderfulPreSonus added a very easy-to-use Track Comping feature in ver- ly simple two-control format: the big Saturation Knob lets
sion 2, where all you had to do to create a comp from multiple takes you dial in how much crunch you want, and a 3-position
was to record multiple takes, select them to be Layers of your comp, switch lets you isolate bass or treble from the effect, or apply
swipe over the regions you wanted to keep in each Layer, and “pro- it across the whole frequency spectrum. It’s simple to use and
mote” them into your final comped track. Well, apparently that was- sounds great, as expected from Softube, and I expect a lot
n’t easy enough, because now PreSonus has automated the process of Studio One users will get dangerously addicted to it.
still further and made it even easier to use.
A new option called Record Takes To Layers automatically creates Final notes
multiple Layers from which you can build your comp, as you loop
The new-stuff list continues down into minutiae of MIDI editthrough and take multiple passes. Then, all you have to do is select ing, automation, and much more; you can read the full exhausthe time-span in each Layer that you like and it’s automatically pro- tive list on the PreSonus website, and if you’re like me, you’re
moted up into the comp. Just drag over the right chunk of time, bound to find several little improvements to speed and efficienboom, it’s comped. A new feature called Layers Follow Events allows cy that will make you smile—just as one final example, there are
you to quickly copy and duplicate sets of Layers so you can experi- two or three tweaks to drawing automation curves that greatly
ment with different comps of the same material.
simplify onscreen display without affecting musicality.
One of the big space- and time-savers in Studio One is the ability
“Speed and efficiency” pretty much sums up Studio One in a
to make Folder Tracks, which contain multiple tracks of audio, MIDI, nutshell. If you want to work faster and more efficiently, you owe
or automation in one neat place. As of version 2.5, not only can you it to yourself to check out this remarkable DAW. The version 2.5
create these Folder Tracks and easily create mix groups from them, tweaks only make a great audio/MIDI work platform better.
but you can edit them directly. If you’re doing a simple global edit
over a particular timespan (like Move, Cut, Paste, Duplicate, etc.), Prices: free/$99/$199/$399 for Studio One
now you can just do it once directly to the Folder Track and the edit Free/Artist/Producer/Professional versions; Version 2.5
upgrade free to registered users of Studio One 2.0
will be reflected on all tracks within the Folder.
Oh, and speaking of multiple tracks at once, the Track Transform
feature (which turns virtual instrument output into straight audio, with More from: PreSonus, www.presonus.com
PreSonus Studio One 2.5
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