Studio One raises the bar for music production software. Developed by PreSonus, this platform has been used by both professional and amateur artists to make live and studio recordings.
- Comprehensive digital audio workstation
- Over 10,000 loops
- Vast library of virtual instruments
- Professional quality sound recording
- Drag-and-drop functionality
- Scratch pads for experimentation
- Tools conveniently located
- Some latency issues
- Poor video rendering
- D GUI
Studio One has long been the standard for superior digital audio workstations. Now in its third release, this software has been used by many Grammy-winning producers and artists. It can be found in many state-of-the-art studios. The interface in the latest edition has been tweaked for speed and simplicity. These enhancements have not had an adverse effect on the music quality. The software still renders CD-quality audio, and all of the tools needed to polish and master music perform flawlessly. Multiple effects and limiting combine to give recordings a true studio sound. Users begin by accessing a convenient start page. This page gives them access to their recent projects, permits hardware adjustments, and connects the user to the Studio One community of users where individuals can review the latest news about the software and collaborate. Multiple demos and tutorials can be accessed from the start screen, and these are useful for those who have never used the program before. A song page is where individuals work to create their music tracks. This is the section of the software where virtual instruments can be added, arrangements can be written, and recordings made. Everything is conveniently located in one spot. Studio One makes it easy for users to find exactly what they are looking for. The drag-and-drop functionality of the program has long been one of its hallmarks. The new version of the software includes an enhanced browser. Users can search for instruments, effects, and loops to spruce up their recordings. Drag-and-drop can also be used to complete arrangements. It is possible to repeat entire passages of music by simply copying an existing section and dragging it to a new measure. Scratch Pads is a new feature in the latest version of Studio One. This feature lets composers try out new arrangements without making adjustments to what they already have. Scratch Pads for each project are unlimited, letting users tinker with an arrangement until they have it just right. Latency is still a lingering issue with Studio One. Its few drawbacks, however, are outweighed by the power it provides. It is perfect for the home studio or creating tracks to be used in live performances.