PreSonus Releases Studio One 5
When you invest in a DAW for your studio it is important to remember you are also investing in the company and their ability to continue to develop the software to not only innovate add new features but also to stay abreast (if not ahead) of the technology. PreSonus has shown once again that they are not only prepared to keep their user base up to date, but give them features that break new Ground in innovation.
One of the unique features of the PreSonus Model of updates and advancements, they rely heavily on their user base to suggest new features and improvements. This has the tenancy to bring some unique features to the system. In the past these innovations have included ADA, the Chord Track, Arranger Track as well as their drag and drop interface. With Studio one 5 they have take that to a new level with some interesting new features that addresses the needs of performing musicians, composers, songwriters as well as engineers and producers!
With the introduction of Studio one 5 PreSonus introduces a powerful, fully integrated, live performance environment capable of running complete shows from a single computer. The Show Page combines playback of backing tracks with patch management for virtual and real instrument players inside a single window. Studio One Song channel strips, mixdowns, and virtual instrument patches can be directly exported to the Show, simplifying setup. Setlist items can be rearranged and skipped on the fly. With a dedicated full-screen performance view, adaptive real-time controls and a large meter, running a show is simple and reliable, whether you’re playing with backing tracks, controlling virtual instruments, running plug-ins as a virtual effects rack, or all three at the same time.
COMPOSER MODE WITH INTEGRATED NOTION
Composers and arrangers will appreciate Studio One 5’s new dedicated Score View for the Note Editor. Based on PreSonus’ Notion® music composition and notation software, the new Score View is available on its own or as a companion side-by-side view with the Piano and Drum views, allowing users to enter, view, and edit notes in standard music notation. The Score View is available per track, so you can edit note data in Score View on one track while using Piano or Drum View on other tracks. Any number of tracks can be viewed simultaneously, so you can work on just one melody line or on chords over an entire orchestral section at once. Notes can be entered manually, in real-time or step recording modes. A basic set of musical symbols is provided, and the symbols directly control playback, allowing you to add tremolos, crescendos, and more and hear it all in real time.
UPDATED NATIVE EFFECTS
Studio One’s Native Effects plug-in set has a well-earned reputation for exceptional sound quality, and now they’re even better. With version 5, Native Effects have undergone a major revision, adding new features and improvements for many effects, along with a new modern interface with separate dark and light themes. All dynamics effects now have sidechain inputs, and plug-ins with a filter option now have the filter added to the sidechain input as well, enabling more control over the sidechain signal and eliminating the need to add a separate filter up front. Several plug-ins with a Drive parameter now have a State Space Modeled drive stage for natural analog-sounding saturation. The Pro EQ plug-in adds major new features, including a linear-phase low-cut filter, 12th-octave spectrum display, and input and output meters with adjustable range and peak hold. Several other plug-ins have received significant enhancements for sound quality or better handling. The Studio One plug-in suite never looked or sounded this good.
EXPANDED MIX SCENES
Producers will be delighted with the expanded mixer scenes in Studio One 5. Users can now capture snapshots of the entire mixer at any time and can recall snapshots in a variety of different ways, with an assortment of recall options. In addition to limiting scene recall to specific parameters, recalling a scene may be limited to selected channels only. A dedicated Listen bus is also among the improvements to the Studio One mixer, letting users monitor Solo signals through a separate output channel or tune their room using advanced calibration plug-ins while leaving their main mix unaffected.
Studio One 5 includes many more new features, such as audio Clip Gain Envelopes, which provide an additional layer of gain control applied directly on an audio clip—perfect for repairing sections of audio that are too loud or too soft without using a dynamics processor. Aux inputs now allow external audio sources to be fed directly into the mixer without requiring an associated track, so external instruments can be used like virtual instruments within Studio One. Version 5 also adds support for key switch articulations, chasing external timecode (MTC), MPE and MIDI Poly Pressure support, recording in 64-bit floating-point WAV format, and cross-platform support for hardware-accelerated graphics.
With version 5, Studio One Artist now has built-in support for VST and AU plug-ins, ReWire, and PreSonus’ Studio One Remote control software for iPad® and Android® tablets. These features were formerly available for Studio One Artist only as separate Add-ons.
PreSonus also has expanded the ways you can get Studio One 5. Studio One 5 Professional is available now for a U.S. street price of $399.95; updates from Studio One 4 Professional are $149.95. Studio One 5 Artist is available now for a U.S. street price of $99.95; updates from version 4 are $49.95.
PreSonus has entered the lease business model with PreSonus Sphere! You not only get Studio One 5 Professional as part of PreSonus Sphere, you also have access to their entire library of software! This includes all their plugins, Notion Software and all it’s addons, and over 100 Sample and loop Libraries. You are also enrolled in a global community of creative enthusiasts and respected professionals with exclusive content and cloud storage. PreSonus Sphere membership rates are available either monthly ($14.95 U.S.) or annually ($164.95).