*This is a crossgrade for current owners of any DAW
Version 4.5 Includes over 70 new features and improvements that benefit both traditional recordists as well as contemporary nonlinear producers, many directly from customer feature requests. Chief among them:
Multi-processing enhancements for virtual instruments.
CPU load for using combined virtual instruments inside a Multi-Instrument has been reduced by a whopping 70% for Native Plug-ins and by around 50% for third-party instruments like Kontakt. We’ve also added CPU optimization for Mai Tai and Presence XT, Sample One XT and Impact XT.
Redesigned Input Channel section with gain and polarity controls.
Studio One now features a revamped hardware audio device controller for software control of your PreSonus interface’s gain and polarity controls. And if your interface doesn’t have these controls, you get software gain and polarity control of every Input, anyhow!
Advanced Group management.
We completely redesigned Grouping for 4.5. Groups can now be nested, (great for drums) named, colored, and assigned to keyboard shortcuts for enable/disable. Furthermore, groups now have attributes for defining Edit Groups or Mix Groups, including Volume, Pan, Mute/Solo, and more.
I/O Setup options, import and export.
Setting up an external audio interface has become a lot easier in Studio One 4.5. You can add any number of new inputs or outputs in a single step and re-order your I/O via drag & drop. You’re also able to import and your export I/O setups—great for mobile collaborators or users with multiple interfaces.
Streamlined Plug-in Manager.
Managing huge libraries of plug-ins and virtual instruments in Studio One 4.5 is now faster and easier than ever before. The new Plug-in Manager combines all the tools for managing large systems in one place—hiding duplicate plug-ins or removing individual plug-ins from the blacklist now only takes a few clicks.
Note editing now goes way beyond MIDI.
The Note Actions menu has been completely re-designed for fast, intuitive editing and composition, and includes new creative note editing options for Instrument tracks including Randomize, Apply Scale, Mirror, and more.
The Chord Selector now has the much-requested Chord Audition feature, ideal for users who compose by ear.
Event and Track Locks.
Individual Audio Events, Audio Parts and Instrument Parts in the Arrangement window can now be locked to prevent unintentional moving or editing. In fact, these locks are independent in the form of Time Lock and Edit Lock, respectively. A complete Lock for Tracks is available as well. No more accidental edits!
Enhanced audio and video format support.
You can now export video in various formats with your mixdown embedded. We’ve also added support for variable-bitrate MP3, AAC, and ALAC, as well as mono export.
The above list only contains Studio One 4.5’s flagship new features as there’s simply too much to list in this update. Other new features and updates include zoom-dependent waveform smoothing, global pre-fader metering, quick sidechain routing, and independent Macro Toolbars for the Arrangement, Audio, and Music Editors.
The New Studio One Is All About You.
With Studio One 4, you create music on your terms: Create without boundaries, produce without limits.
Streamline Music Creation with Harmonic Editing
This Studio One breakthrough redefines arranging. Based on a Chord Track that alters audio as well as note data, it’s never been easier to prototype songs, try out new ideas, and smash creative blocks. What would it sound like if you substituted a more harmonically rich chord for an existing one? Or have older parts to follow a new, better chord progression you just came up with thanks to inspiration from harmonic editing? Now it’s easy to find out… and much more.
Find out how this Studio One exclusive will change how you write music.
Far more than just a simple chord track for note data, Studio One 4’s Chord Track works with Instrument Tracks (and draft audio tracks) for fast, efficient, multi-dimensional Chord Track arranging and transpositions. It’s the ideal tool for songwriting and “prototyping” music: modulate easily to different keys, try out chord progression variations, even experiment with the unexpected to break free of creative blocks. Harmonic Editing gives you freedom for trying out harmonies, transpositions, and chord progressions.
An ingenious Chord Selector makes it easy to experiment with new chord patterns and ideas, and you can change chords in real time from an external MIDI controller to try out chord progressions on the fly. Transfer chord data from a track to the Chord Track—which automatically detects the chords you played—or from the Chord Track to other tracks, all with a simplified, intuitive workflow.
Harmonic Editing is part of Studio One’s ongoing commitment to streamline the songwriting and music creation process. Coupled with the Arranger track that makes it easy to move sections of songs around, and Scratchpads for trying out new ideas independently of your existing work, Studio One is now the most flexible program ever for testing out new song ideas. And for collaboration with other musicians, Studio One’s improved integration with Notion 6.4 simplifies printing in standard music notation with the new “Create Lead Sheet” option.
Impact XT: The Complete Production Environment
Impact was a useful, flexible drum module—but Impact XT, which adds over 20 new and highly requested features, transforms Impact into a complete production environment for beats and loops. Load Parts into pads, then launch with beat quantization and real-time stretching. Don’t waste time mapping notes to drums—Impact XT auto-populates Studio One 4’s new Patterns with instruments for instant beat creation. Stack samples on pads, auto-slice samples on import, reverse sample playback, load up to eight banks, color-code parts, edit pads or the samples themselves...that’s just a fraction of what Impact XT now brings to your music. And, it’s fully backward-compatible with the original Impact.
Discover how Impact XT redefines pad-oriented instruments
With today’s loop- and beat-oriented music, it’s not just enough to have a matrix of pads that triggers samples—so Impact XT remakes Impact into a complete production environment. With 8 pad banks, 32 outputs, and the ability to launch loops with beat quantization and time-stretching, Impact XT is like a program within a program. What’s more, deep integration with Studio One allows for features like auto-populating Patterns with Impact XT instruments so you don’t need to spend time mapping pads to sounds.
The features don’t stop there. There’s a new filter, with a clipping mode as well as drive and punch controls for extra sonic flexibility. Normalize, reverse, and transpose samples over an 8-octave range. Stack samples on pads; drag them from one pad to another (including simultaneous dragging of multiple samples), auto-slice on sample import, and more—there’s even a new look and feel with color themes and pad color options.
The bottom line: for building up beat-oriented arrangements, you can do everything you need within Impact XT—and then build on those beats with conventional linear tracks. Studio One 4 truly delivers the best of both worlds.
Detect Chords Automatically
When you come up with an inspired chord progression, you needn’t put your creativity on hold while you figure out what you played in order to add new parts. Built-in chord detection extracts chords from Audio or Instrument Tracks—simply drag a Part to the Chord Track to create a reference for Harmonic Editing.
Sample One XT Goes (Way) Beyond Sample Playback
Sample One XT has expanded from sample playback into a sampling powerhouse. Sample, auto-slice, stretch, process, trigger, and de-construct audio (sampled from inputs, buses, outputs, instruments, or tracks—as well as import/export) for breathtaking freedom in constructing powerful new performances and beats.
Sample One XT includes all the features you expect from a true sampler, and also expands the synthesis-type options that can modify those samples. Sample One XT isn’t just a way to sample and play back sounds, but also warp and de-construct them into entirely new creative realms.
Explore this exciting new instrument that increases your sonic possibilities.
Sample One XT is a true sampler, not just a sample playback device. You can crossfade and trim samples, slice samples automatically with adjustable gate, snap to zero, choose from three different sample loop modes, stretch timing to match song tempo, slice and reverse waveforms, normalize, and more. What’s more, you can drag and drop samples between Sample One XT and Impact XT, making it easier than ever to record/sample sounds and use them with Impact XT (and vice-versa).
Of course there’s more to a sampler than sampling, and Sample One XT has the synthesis elements covered too. Graphical envelopes now have adjustable attack, decay, and release curve shapes. The new filter has the same punch, drive, and clip options as Impact XT. Apply synth envelopes to control dynamics with graphical editing. And, there’s a complete effects section with modulation, delay, reverb, gater, EQ, distortion, and panning.
Sample One XT also makes it easier to exchange samples with instruments like Presence XT. Drag and drop samples among instruments, and save/load instruments using the .soundx sampler file format or the open .multisample format developed jointly with Bitwig.
Sampling is a crucial part of today’s modern song creation process, and the foundation for beats and loops. Now you have an exceptional roster of sampling capabilities integrated tightly inside Studio One 4.
Accelerated drum editing.
To go along with a world-class drum instrument, there’s an innovative, streamlined Drum Editor to edit drum Parts as fast as you can think. Add that to the hundreds of pre-configured pitch name and mapping scripts available for free from PreSonus Exchange, and the new Drum Editor is like an accelerator for drum editing.
Patterns bring step sequencing into the 21st century.
The step sequencer has served us well for over half a century, but it’s time to re-invent step sequencing as a seamless, fast, fun part of making music. Patterns offer tight integration with instrument Parts, automation, and Impact XT, along with variable sequence lengths and the ability to do melodies as well as drums. Patterns can even live side-by-side with conventional Instrument Parts on the same track—no need for separate tracks or plug-ins.
Studio One and the Pattern advantage
Step sequencing traditionally meant opening a sequencer within a sequencer, but Patterns make sequences a seamless part of the Studio One experience. Patterns live inside tracks, where you can edit them with the same ease as with the note event and audio editors. What’s more, Patterns can have an unlimited number of variations that you can name, copy, re-order, and open directly from the Arrangement—you don’t even need to open the Pattern Editor.
There are also many more expressive possibilities than typical step sequencers. Per-step options include velocity editing, 10 levels of repeat for “stutter” effects, a probability algorithm that adds variety by selectively dropping out notes, and even per-step automation for all automatable parameters. Best of all, you can add lanes for all these parameters and play them in real time, which gives instrument-like qualities. And when you want your pattern to repeat, drag the end to duplicate the Pattern as many times as you want—even a track’s full duration.
The final touch is a brand new library of inspirational Musicloops with drum Patterns and Variations—just loading these will often be enough to get your creativity flowing.
Switch with ease.
We get it...a lot of you are switching from other programs to Studio One. To make the process easier, Studio One 4 now supports AAF (Advanced Authoring Format) for data exchange with Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere, and others.
Ready for ARA 2.0.
PreSonus worked with Celemony on the original Audio Random Access (ARA) spec that allows for seamless integration with Melodyne. ARA 2.0 is coming, and is already available to third-party plug-in developers so they can access the Chord Track and Key Signature data used in Harmonic Editing (expect a free Melodyne update with Chord Track support this summer. ARA 2.0 can even access data from multiple tracks at once so once again, Studio One leads the industry in implementing technology that serves the program’s musicality.