PreSonus Studio One
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|Original author(s)||Matthias Juwan, Wolfgang Kundrus|
|Developer(s)||PreSonus Software, Ltd.|
|Stable release||3.2.3 / June 9, 2016|
|Operating system||OS X, Windows|
|Type||Digital audio workstation software|
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.  Other members of the team who also originally came from Steinberg include Maik Oppermann and Eike Jonas.
Studio One runs on Windows and OS X computers. It is available in Three versions: Prime(Free), Artist and Professional. As of version 3, Producer version has been discontinued.
Presonus intends Studio One Prime 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 is 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 is the top of the line. PreSonus intends it for professional-level music production. It features multitrack audio and MIDI recording, and an integrated mastering and Red Book CD authoring suite. Studio One Professional includes video playback and synchronization, and fully licensed Melodyne essential pitch correction. The top three Studio One versions feature unlimited audio, MIDI and instrument tracks, buses, and effects channels. They provide 26 PreSonus effects, four instruments, automation, latency compensation, 32-bit or 64-bit processing, real-time timestretching and—in the Pro version—Audio Unit, ReWire, and VST support (including VST3).
Studio One includes built-in audio effects: dynamics, delay, guitar amp modeling, master effects, equalization, modulation, metering, and diagnostics. It has four virtual instruments: Impact (drum sampler), Mojito (monophonic bass synth), Presence (which can play back SoundFont sounds), and Sample One (sampler).
Studio One features what Presonus calls the Control Link system. Control Link lets the user assign knobs or faders from external hardware controllers to Studio One instruments, effects, plug-ins, or the console. A concept Presonus calls "focus mapping" lets the same hardware knob control different functions based on which on-screen effect or instrument is active. A direct one-to-one mapping is also available.
Presonus claims that Studio One has a more streamlined workflow than competing software. Studio One uses drag and drop extensively for importing audio or MIDI, adding effects to channels. or invoking virtual instruments. Studio One also uses a one-window concept: rather than run various functions in pop-up windows, Studio One keeps the UI in a single window with various panes that can hide or appear based on keyboard commands and on-screen buttons.
The developers claim that Studio One employs a state-of-the-art audio engine. Studio One Pro features a 64-bit floating-point version of this audio engine that automatically switches between 64- and 32-bit operation to accommodate 32-bit plug-ins. It has received favorable reviews for its sound quality, drag-and-drop workflow, and ease of use. Studio One Artist features the same audio engine, but always operates in 32-bit mode.
Several DAWs offer mastering abilities, but most require separate applications to author CD or digital releases. Studio One Pro has this part of music production built into the recording and mixing workflow. The developers also include key mastering effects, like a multiband compressor and automatic dithering.
Studio One is compatible with any Audio Stream Input/Output (ASIO), Windows Audio, or Core Audio compliant audio interface. Each Studio One license entitles the user to five activations on a Mac and/or Windows computer, 64-bit or 32-bit. Copy protection is handled by an online user account that keeps track of how many times the user has installed the software.
- 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.
- On May 20, 2015, Presonus announced a major upgrade, Studio One 3.
- 1.0.0: In August 2009, the very first version of Studio One was released to manufacturing.
- 1.0.0 Ships: On October 1, 2009 PreSonus announces that Studio One has officially shipped.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 2.0.2 November 7, 2011 PreSonus released an update that featured bug fixes and minor feature tweaks for the 2.0 products.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
Since the launch of Studio One, several companies have announced support for Studio One, integrated it with other products, or developed training programs.
- September, 2009 Waves Audio announces support for their range of plug-ins via the VST plug-in standard.
- November, 2010 Groove 3, Inc. released two volumes of video training for Studio One Pro.
- November, 2010 Music Computing includes Studio One Pro as the part of their keyboard production workstation.
- November, 2010 Waves Audio offers Studio One as part of bundle with Waves Gold plug-ins. This was a marketing bundling that included PreSonus hardware, Waves plug-ins and Studio Pro at a heavily discounted price. While the offer only ran through the end of 2010 it gave Studio One added credibility by being associated with one of the leading plug-in manufacturers.
- December, 2010 Orange Amps announces availability of their Orange OPC: speaker, guitar amplifier, computer. This unique product was announced earlier in 2010 but the release specs indicate that it includes a special Orange Amps version of Studio One.
- October, 2011 Celemony announces a new interface to Melodyne called ARA Audio Random Access developed in partnership with PreSonus. Studio One 2 is the first DAW software to make use this interface which allows Melodyne to function without a real-time transfer of audio before editing can begin.
- December, 2011 Groove 3, Inc. released "Studio One 2 Explained" video training for Studio One Pro. It is the core video training for Studio One revised for version 2.
- Nektar Technology, Inc bundles (versions of) Studio One with (some of) its MIDI controllers, offering deep integration for a better workflow.
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