PreSonus Studio One

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Studio One
Main overview
Main overview
Original author(s) Matthias Juwan, Wolfgang Kundrus
Developer(s) PreSonus Software, Ltd.
Stable release
3.5.1 / June 2017; 4 months ago (2017-06)
Operating system OS X, Windows
Type Digital audio workstation software
License Proprietary

PreSonus Studio One is a line of digital audio workstation (DAW) software used to create, record, and master music, made by PreSonus Software, Ltd. for OS X and Windows.

Early development[edit]

In 2006, KristalLabs Software Ltd., a start-up company founded by Wolfgang Kundrus and Matthias Juwan, began working on Studio One in cooperation with PreSonus. Kundrus was one of the early developers of Cubase and was the primary author of Nuendo for Steinberg. Juwan had written version 3 of the Virtual Studio Technology (VST) plug-in specification, and written the freeware KRISTAL Audio Engine. KristalLabs later became an integrated part of PreSonus. Wolfgang Kundrus was the Managing Director and Matthias Juwan chief technology officer (CTO). Wolfgang Kundrus left PreSonus in 2014 and is now Head of Software Development for EastWest Sounds. [1] Other members of the team who also originally came from Steinberg include Maik Oppermann and Eike Jonas.[2]


Studio One has been designed with simplicity and music focus in mind and intends to be light and efficient. It relies on a single window interface with detachable panels and extensive support of drag and drop. It is available in 3 editions :

  • Studio One Prime - a free version for testing the software or for beginners to digital audio recording. It contains subset of the features in the other versions. However, it still includes unlimited track count and several audio processing plug-ins.
  • Studio One Artist - for musicians who need basic recording features. PreSonus currently includes it with all hardware products. It does not support most third-party plug-in effects or instruments. Optional Add-ons are available from Presonus store for Prime and Artist to add VST/AU/Rewire support, MP3 Converter, Loops, etc.
  • Studio One Professional - the complete version for professional-level music production featuring all the Presonus virtual instruments (Impact, Mai Tai, Mojito, Presence, SampleOne) and the full list of Presonus 37 virtual effects. It has unlimited audio, MIDI and instrument tracks, buses, and effects channels and features as well a project page, which contains a set of tools for mastering.

The DAW is designed to host VST plugins and Audio Unit plug-ins.

In keeping with PreSonus' Louisiana roots, Studio One also ships with a free jambalaya recipe.[citation needed]

Version 2[edit]

  1. On October 18, 2011, Presonus announced a major upgrade, Studio One 2. It offered over 100 new features and enhancements that include integrated Melodyne pitch correction, transient detection, multitrack comping, the ability to edit MIDI tracks simultaneously, an enhanced mastering suite and new plug-ins.

Version 3[edit]

  1. On May 20, 2015, Presonus announced a major upgrade, Studio One 3. It features mainly a new interface design, Arranger Track (to manage timeline blocks in a easy way), Scratch Pads (a secondary timeline to do quick tests), an updated Browser, Multi instruments & FX Chains (a nodal system to blend instruments and effects), Note FX (a basic set of midi effects) as well as new instruments. Version 3.2 features a new Mix Engine Fx system that modifies the behavior of the audio engine to simulate analog hardware, and VCA faders.


  • 1.0.0: In August 2009, the very first version of Studio One was released to manufacturing.[3]
  • 1.0.0 Ships: On October 1, 2009 PreSonus announces that Studio One has officially shipped.[4]
  • 1.5.0: April 28, 2010 the first major update was released. This release was announced in March 2010 at Frankfurt Musikmesse. The 1.5 version included QuickTime video support, improved drag & drop, REX2 file support, SoundCloud integration, improvements to the Presence and Impact virtual instruments, and enhanced automation, timestretching, and MIDI features.[5]
  • 1.6.0: In October 2010 PreSonus released version 1.6.0. This released included: Free routing in mixer with infinite nested buses, Mackie HUI support, VST 3.1 support (Knob mode), Chinese language, Transmit option for mapped controllers in Control Link, new resizing modifiers for note data, and REX2 file support for 64-bit Windows.[6]
  • 1.6.1: November 19, 2010 PreSonus released this minor upgrade. It included two new features: a split channel option for keyboard MIDI devices, and a numbering option when renaming events in the arrangement. More importantly, it included many minor fixes, along with performance and stability improvements for both Windows and OS X.[7]
  • 1.6.2: December 16, 2010 PreSonus released another minor upgrade. Browser navigation speed was improved. Minor bugs were addressed and the Japanese language translation was improved.[8]
  • 1.6.3: January 19, 2011 PreSonus released a minor upgrade. A new "Reset Window Positions" function was added to view menu. This was to help if the console view was lost when using a second monitor screen. The "Goto Time" command was also simplified. In addition there were several minor bug fixes.[9]
  • 1.6.4: March 14, 2011 PreSonus releases a minor upgrade. Improvements included audio track playback performance, Japanese manual, support for new controller devices, and several bug fixes. The new supported devices include: Frontier TranzPort, M-Audio Axiom and Axiom Pro, and the Akai MPKmini.[10]
  • 1.6.5 July 25, 2011 PreSonus releases a minor upgrade. The key feature is compatibility with OS X Lion. French and Spanish translations were added along with a zero latency indicator on the start page. Several minor bug fixes were also included in this release[11]
  • 2.0 October 18, 2011 PreSonus releases a major upgrade to Studio One. The line is extended to three levels of products Artist, Studio and Professional. The professional version includes dozens of enhancements like folder tracks, audio bend, track transform, event effects and a new track list view. A major new feature includes a tight integration with Celemony's Melodyne Editor using a new technology called ARA Audio Random Access. Melodyne Essential is now included and allows in place editing of pitch and timing.[12]
  • 2.0.2 November 7, 2011 PreSonus released an update that featured bug fixes and minor feature tweaks for the 2.0 products.[13]
  • 2.0.3 December 13, 2011 PreSonus released an update to Studio One 2 including bug fixes and minor feature additions. Notable additions include: drag to Soundcloud in browser, quantize Panel allows quantize on track or event, new command to add bend markers and audio quantize and transient detection only applied to event range.[14]
  • 2.0.4 January 18, 2012 Presonus released an update featuring Presonus Exchange - a community hub for sharing user-created content. Minor additions include Servers Tab in file browser, Sound Set installation path in sound set location options, Drag Send slot to arrangement track. Several minor bug fixes are also included.[15]
  • 2.6.3 July 17, 2014
  • 2.6.4 October 21, 2014
  • 2.6.5 December 08, 2014
  • 3.0.0 May 20, 2015
  • 3.0.1 Jun 30, 2015
  • 3.1.0 Oct 6, 2015
  • 3.2.0 Feb 25, 2016
  • 3.2.1 Mar 30, 2016
  • 3.2.2 May 19, 2016
  • 3.2.3 Jun 9, 2016
  • 3.3.0 Aug 25, 2016
  • 3.3.4 Feb 21, 2017
  • 3.5.0 May 23, 2017

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Randall, Brent (2009-04-29). "Interview with Jim Odom and Jim Mack- President Of Presonus". prorec. Archived from the original on February 13, 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-02. 
  2. ^ "The Team". PreSonus Software. Retrieved 2010-04-27. 
  3. ^ Studio One RTM
  4. ^ PreSonus announces Studio One
  5. ^ "Musikmesse 2010: PreSonus launches major enhancements to Studio One". 2010-03-22. Retrieved 2010-04-27. 
  6. ^ PreSonus Updates Studio One to v1.6
  7. ^ PreSonus updates Studio One to v1.6.1
  8. ^ PreSonus updates Studio One to v1.6.2
  9. ^ PreSonus updates Studio One to v1.6.3
  10. ^ PreSonus updates Studio One to v1.6.4
  11. ^ "KVR: PreSonus updates Studio One to v1.6.5". Retrieved 2013-08-11. 
  12. ^ "KVR: PreSonus announces Studio One 2". Retrieved 2013-08-11. 
  13. ^ "KVR: PreSonus updates Studio One to v2.0.2". Retrieved 2013-08-11. 
  14. ^ "Studio One 2.0.3 is online (Update)". 2011-12-13. Retrieved 2013-08-11. 
  15. ^ "Studio One 2.0.4 is online". 2012-01-18. Retrieved 2013-08-11. 

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