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Presonus Studio One Pro DAW Software

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PreSonus Studio One Pro Software music creation and production software”for Mac OS X and Windows XP/Vista”makes audio recording, MIDI sequencing, and audio mastering ridiculously simple right out of the box. Yet Studio One Pro is loaded with a wealth of professional features.

Studio One Pro is the next generation in audio software, and here are a few of the reasons why: fresh code, innovative drag-and-drop MIDI mapping and plug-in management, auto-configuration with PreSonus hardware, insanely good audio quality, unlimited tracks and plug-ins per track, and a powerful, inventive Start page that literally puts the whole recording project right in your hands.

Far from just another music production software program, PreSonus Studio One Pro changes the rules of the game. You get a complete DAW application, easy-to-use from raw audio tracks to finished master with support for the latest standards and technologies.

High-End Audio Engine
Studio One Pro is based on a cutting-edge audio engine that delivers unparalleled sound and automatically switches between 32-bit and 64-bit floating-point processing on the fly (even with a 32-bit OS), ensuring the highest quality audio at all times.

Compatible and easy to configure
The Studio One Pro software is compatible with any ASIO-, Windows Audio-, or CoreAudio-compliant audio interface, including, of course, the entire line of PreSonus interfaces. It recognizes your PreSonus interface, and preprogrammed templates automatically create software inputs and assign them to the appropriate hardware inputs on your PreSonus interface. You don't have to configure your music software to work with your hardware”PreSonus Studio One Pro does it for you.

The software stores I/O configurations with each song, for each computer, and for each device driver. As a result, you can take a song to a friend's studio, use Studio One Pro with their interface, and when you get back to your studio, it will recall the original I/O configuration for the song, as if you never left. This works regardless of interface.

Innovative Start Page
A powerful tool that will appeal to professionals and hobbyists alike, the Start page allows you to access recent songs and projects, create new ones, configure external devices, and access tutorial information, demo songs, and a special PreSonus news feed. You can download updates and support materials directly from the Start page, without ever leaving Studio One Pro.

Easy to Navigate
Unlike most music production programs, a single, straightforward workspace allows you to track, edit, and mix in one easy-to-navigate window that you can access with a single click. Or if you wish, you can separate the Console and Arrange views and can even drag them to separate displays. A compact Console view allows you to mix while viewing the arrangement so you don't have to bounce back and forth between windows. You also can switch to a larger Console view”yet another way that Studio One Pro helps you work quickly while giving you maximum flexibility.

The Arrange view employs a waveform display with user-selectable color-coding and sample-level zoom. The Arrange view shows you the big picture, while the Edit view shows you the up-close details; used together, they virtually eliminate the need to zoom in and out. The Console view contains faders, solos, mutes, pans, and other expected elements. It also includes extensive sidechaining capability.

PreSonus Studio One Pro's Browser provides instant access to effects, loops, instruments, and other key elements. You can preview any audio clip, and if the clip has tempo information encoded, it will play synced to the song tempo.

Powerful Drag-and-Drop Features
Here's where it gets really interesting: Studio One Pro DAW's powerful drag-and-drop function allows you to drag an audio clip, effect, or a virtual instrument from the Browser directly onto a track in the Arrange or Console view. With time stretching Studio One Pro automatically matches tempo-encoded audio clips with song tempo.

You can copy an effect or a whole chain of effects with Presonus Studio One Pro”including settings”by simply dragging to a new track in the Console view. These are just a few of the many ways that Studio Ones Pro's Browser and drag-and-drop implementation allow you to work quickly, without scrolling through pages of menus. It's a lot more fun too! No other music production software program even comes close.

Awesome Plug-Ins
Studio One Pro supports ReWire and the VST and AU plug-in formats, including the VST 3 plug-in specification, so it is ready to use the newest plug-ins as they are released. It also utilizes automatic delay compensation, which keeps tracks in sync regardless of plug-in processing. But the most glittering gems are PreSonus' proprietary Native Effects Suite plug-ins, which include a wide variety of built-in effects, such as compressors, EQs, distortion, delay effects, amp modeling, modulation effects, and reverbs. These plug-ins process audio with 64-bit floating-point double precision. This is truly state-of-the-art technology. Three PreSonus virtual instruments are also bundled with Studio One, including SampleOne, a virtual sampler that offers the fastest sample mapping available.

Easy, Intuitive MIDI Mapping
When it comes to MIDI mapping, Studio One Pro changes the rules yet again. Of course, you can record MIDI parts and then tweak them in a piano-roll editor. But the real fun starts with Control Link, its intuitive MIDI-mapping system. Simply move the hardware and software controls to be linked and click the Link button for instant mapping. In Global mode, hardware and software controls maintain a one-to-one relationship, so a hardware control is linked directly to one software control for the entire program. In Focus mode, control maps only apply to a particular plug-in, so you can make different control maps for each plug-in, and the Focus map is stored with the plug-in, giving you no-sweat, context-sensitive MIDI mapping. This works with all parameters of any VST or AU plug-in.

Integrated Mastering Suite
The Project page offers complete mastering tools that are fully integrated with the rest of the program. All the necessary audio mastering tools are available from the Project page. You get effects, crossfades, volume envelopes, and meters. You can make disc images, burn Red Book CDs, and create digital-release albums, complete with metadata. In addition, PreSonus Studio One Pro creates an intelligent link when songs are placed in a Project for mastering, automatically updating any changes to the original tracks or subsequent mixes. From basic tracking to multiple-release mastering, PreSonus Studio One Pro Software is a complete music production solution.


Elegant single-window work environment
Powerful drag-and-drop functionality
Unlimited audio tracks, MIDI tracks, virtual instruments, buses, and FX channels
Content browser with convenient sort options and preview player
Integrated mastering solution with automatic mix updating, waveform editing, effects, Red Book CD burning, and digital release
Automatic delay compensation
Advanced automation
64-bit processing (even on 32-bit machines)
Easy-to-use sidechain routing
64-bit effects suite
Stunning virtual instruments
User-friendly sampler
Intuitive MIDI-mapping system
Realtime audio time stretching and resampling
AU, VST2, VST3, and ReWire support
K System metering
Gigabytes of inspiring content
Compatible with any ASIO-, Windows Audio-,or Core Audio-compliant audio interface
MP3 export

Ampire: amplifier-modeling plug-in
Analog Delay: tape-delay emulation plug-in
Auto Filter: envelope filter plug-in
Beat Delay: tempo-synchronized Delay
Binaural Pan: stereo panning effect plug-in
Channel Strip: dynamics processing and equalizer plug-in
Chorus: mono/stereo chorus plug-in
Compressor: mono/stereo variable compressor plug-in
Expander: mono/stereo expander plug-in
Flanger: stereo/mono flanger plug-in
Gate: noise gate plug-in
Groove Delay: multi-tap and tempo synchronized delay plug-in
Limiter: mono/stereo limiter plug-in
Mixtool: phase and MS utility plug-in
MixVerb: mono/stereo reverb plug-in
Multiband Dynamics: mono/stereo Multiband Compressor/Expander plug-in
Phase Meter: phase correlation analysis plug-in
Phaser: mono/stereo phaser plug-in
Pro EQ: 7-band parametric EQ
Red Light Distortion: distortion plug-in
Room Reverb: stereo/mono room reverb plug-in
Spectrum Meter: frequency analysis plug-in
Tricomp: 3-band compressor plug-in
Tuner: instrument tuning plug-in
X-Trem: mono/stereo tremolo plug-in
Impact: sample trigger virtual instrument
Presence: sample player virtual instrument
SampleOne: sampler virtual instrument

Bundled Content
PreSonus Instruments Vol. 1: 200 Instruments for built-in Presence
sample player
PreSonus Instruments Vol. 2: 100 premium instruments for built-in
Presence sample player
Ueberschall Impact Drums: 32 Kits for built-in Impact drum sampler
PreSonus Loops Vol. 1: approx. 1500 high-quality loops
NI KORE Player with factory content
Toontrack EZDrummer Lite
PreSonus Loops Vols. 2-4: approx 4,000 high-quality loops
PreSonus KORE Compilation Vol. 1: 200 presets for KORE Player
System Requirements
Mac OS X 10.4.11 or Mac OS X 10.5.2 or higher
PowerPC G4 1.25GHz or Intel Core Solo 1.5GHz processor
PowerPC G5 or better or Intel Core Duo or Intel Xeon processor or better
2 GB or more RAM

Windows XP or Vista
Intel Pentium 4 1.6GHz processor or AMD Athlon 64 (Turion)
Intel Pentium 4 2.8GHz EM64T or better or AMD Athlon 64 3000+ or better
2GB or more RAM

Windows and Macintosh Systems
Internet connection
DVD-ROM drive
A monitor resolution no lower than 1024x768 pixels
Pro Coverage
Manufacturer's Warranty
One year parts and labor warranty.

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(20 of 27 customers found this review helpful)


Amazing new software!!!!

By Steve

from Annapolis Maryland

I do not own this software, but I have just tried out the demo that you can download from their site and all I can say is WOW. I have been using Sonar for many years now and when I first got it, it took me hours to master the core functions of the software. When I downloaded the trial for studio one, I knew nothing about it except that I herd it was awesome and I watched the promo video on it. I installed it, opened it and within minutes I was using everything within minutes and my inputs and outputs were all automatically routed for my Saffire Pro 40, I didn't have to do a thing! Studio One has the result (for many) of changing your perception of how a DAW should feel when you work with it. Everything is so fast it's ridiculous... it makes most professional DAWs feel slow for many things. It only took me 15 minutes to work as fast and efficiently in Studio One as I can work in Sonar that I have been using for 6 years now. You have to try this software out for yourself!!! Go to and you can download a 30 day trial of the software and see for yourself that this is an amazing DAW!!

(13 of 17 customers found this review helpful)


Nice Try

By Isaiah

from Tehachapi, Ca

I've always loved presonus items, and when I heard that they were coming out with DAW software, I was pretty stoked. At first glance everything works really well. Easy setup, and the workflow is extremely simple to navigate. It has awesome drag and drop capabilites which allow you to copy VST plugins from insert to insert without having to reset the controls inside the plugin interface. The file management is efficient, and the amount of plugins, instruments and samples included is pretty impressive. I really enjoyed this program until the problems started... This DAW seems to have a problem with my Melodyne pitch correction software. Every time I load a previous session where melodyne was used with one of the vocals, the pitch is warped about +35 cents. I haven't had this problem with melodyne before when used with PT7 or even cubase. I don't know that this is a studio one problem, but its something to think about. I have this a lot of funky problems loading waves vst's as well. Also, this was my big problem with the software, as of Studio one update 1.02 and below, the burn feature inside the mastering section only wants to work about 60% of the time. Many Studio one users report this issue. Some tend to think the included multiband dynamics vst is the cause, but in my experience, the burn feature is just broken. Half way through exporting a master to disc, you get an error dialog box, and the disc is ejected. Reeeetarded. On a good note, this software is extremely user friendly, and takes (anyone who sort of knows there way around DAW's) mere minutes to catch on. Also presonus has a pretty great customer service dept that will take care of any issues you have. At least, they've always taken care of my issues quite promptly.

(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)


The fastest production system, and the sound is pristine.

By Todd

from Seekonk, Mass

I bought this software in April, to use along side my main sequencer. I'd heard something that was mastered with Studio One Pro, and it just sounded great. Well, I'm now using it for everything. It's a shock to the system, because it does so many things in new ways. For instance, once you have a mix you like, or a midi performance you like, you don't have to hit record and let it play to make a sound file. You just hit a single button, and a sound file is created in less than a tenth of the actual time. Think about how much time that saves. One more thing, the mastering program holds complete multitrack stuff, not just stereo files. And if you change something on your album, after you save it, the mastering program kicks in and asks you if this is the track you want on your CD. If you indicate yes, it replaces it automatically with whatever timings and crossfades. Think about how much time that saves. Last and most important point; this runs in 64 bits even on 32 bit systems like mine. The difference in sound quality is absolutely obvious. I love this software, I think Presonus is a fantastic support provider, also. The updates keep on coming, and I couldn't be happier. If you Google Ryan Tremblay music or Rebecca Pink, you can hear what the mastering program does. Good luck to all.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)



By Brent

from Aurora, CO

This software is great, takes a minute to get use to... but it sounds good, it works great, im currently using fl studio 9 (9.6 beta actually) ive been using fl studios for 2 1/2 yrs now and i love that, but Studio One compares, i still can't get off of fl studios, but presonus really did a awsome job, if i was to compleatly swich DAW's in the near future, Presonus Studio One is THE way to go! It professional, simple, and easy to configure. The only bad part i gotta say about it is the piano roll is much like Ableton Live 8 which works fine, but its sorta difficult to swich the number/length/times of bars & beats. But again i havn't had time to tinker around with all the stuff it has to offer :)

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Excellent all the around


from San Francisco, CA

In a nut shell this program is very user friendly, I am a hip hop & r&b producer....this program is a combination of all the DAWS you could think of: pro tools, sonar, fl studio, and reason all in one plus some. Some might argue this but the proof is in this program. I used the program to mix one song already, used it to master a new project and my production partner and I used it to produce a instrumental just to test it out, and he is a REASON user, however he felt this program is very easy to use, alot easier than he anticipated. It is well worth the money you spend. The one negative review, does not represent this program at all.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Very cool but a little too stripped down

By Trent Perkins

from Manhattan, KS

I actually have a copy of Studio One Pro. I received Artist with my Studio Live 16.4.2 (which is a VERY cool piece of hardware), and upgraded to pro because I believed the hype. I will probably still use Studio One for things like mastering and assembling CD's as that is very well laid out and a feature that Steinberg makes you pay for Wavelab for since they don't include it as a feature in Cubase. It uses my plugins with no issues. For me, as someone who has used the full version of Cubase for a long time, I found the layout a little strange to get used to, although I really liked the ability to dock components and the drag and drop functionality was pretty extensive. And I though to myself, maybe I could use the hardware mapping capabilities to truly fully utilize my Tascam FW-1884 control surface. It was at this point that Studio One fell apart for me and I have gone back to Cubase. Not only was trying to get more out of my control surface going to become a programming nightmare, but just utilizing what was already there with no sort of template to start with (the Tascam uses Mackie protocols) was not an option. The template did not exist, and I moved back to the much more powerful Cubase (bloated or not). But like I said, the Project assembly piece is likely something I will still use in the future. As recording software, it definitely does not add anything that I don't already have with Cubase, and its additional efficiency is not yet a factor for my particular computer setup.


Lack of Support

By Bruce Pied

from Phoenix, AZ

I have had Studio One for 6 months or more. My biggest complaint is LACK OF SUPPORT! Ask a question and they say it is too technical and give you a website where you can get support for $60.00 an hour!! When I used that service it seem to me even the guy I was paying $60.00 an hour for did not know the system that well and certainly did not answer my questions satisfactorily. The interphase with other plug in's is questionable or through lack of support difficult. I use Mojo Horns with it and am very dis-satisfied with the way it interacts. I find it freezes and shuts down too often for my taste. I run it on a new MacBook Pro. OSX 10.6.8 I will say this, it is probably Ok for entry level recording. I am now looking into other products.

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