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 Studio One Professional by PreSonus is an Audio Plugin Host for macOS and Windows. It can host VST Plugins, Audio Units Plugins and VST 3 Plugins. It supports ReWire.
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Product Studio One Professional
Developer PreSonus
Price (MSRP)
Type / Tags Sequencer / MultitrackDAWMP IGM 2020
Plug-in, App & Soundware Format(s)
Can Host
Can Host
ReWire Mixer Application
Operating System Availability
Download Released
Downloads Released
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Studio One is a music creation and production application for Mac OS X and Windows XP/Vista that makes audio recording, MIDI sequencing, and audio mastering simple right out of the box, yet provides a wealth of professional features.

Fresh code, innovative drag-and-drop MIDI mapping and plug-in management, auto-configuration with PreSonus hardware, good audio quality, unlimited tracks and plug-ins per track and a powerful, inventive, Start page that puts the whole project right in your hands are just a few of the compelling features that make Studio One the next generation in audio software, according to PreSonus.

Studio One gives you a complete, easy-to-use solution from raw tracks to finished master, while supporting the latest standards and technologies.


  • 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.
  • Virtual instruments collection.
  • User-friendly sampler.
  • Intuitive MIDI-mapping system.
  • Real-time audio timestretching and resampling.
  • AU, VST2, VST3, and ReWire support.
  • K System metering.
  • Gigabytes of content.
  • Compatible with any ASIO-, Windows Audio-, or Core Audio-compliant audio interface.

Plug-ins included:

  • 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 - Seven-Band Parametric EQ.
  • Red Light Distortion - Distortion Plug-in.
  • Room Reverb - Stereo/Mono Room Reverb Plug-in.
  • Spectrum Meter - Frequency Analysis Plug-in.
  • Tricomp - Three-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.

Crossgrade from a qualifying DAW

If you own an existing DAW but would like to switch over to the most intuitive recording software on the planet, the Studio One Crossgrade was created just for you. All you need to do is provide proof of ownership for the other DAW, such as original purchase receipt, UPC code (bar code on the outside of the box), or screenshot of your user account with the other DAW showing the software registered to your name. Electronic receipts are acceptable.

Qualifying DAWs include:

  • Cubase 5 or higher.
  • Pro Tools 9 or higher.
  • Nuendo 5 or higher.
  • Logic 9, X.
  • Sonar X2 or higher.
  • Live 9 or higher.
  • Digital Performer 7 or higher.
  • Acid Pro 6 or higher.
  • Reason 6 or higher.
  • Reaper 4 or higher.
  • Samplitude 9 or higher.
  • Mixcraft Pro 6 or higher.
  • FL Studio 11 or higher.
  • Bitwig Studio 2 or higher.
  • Tracktion T7 or higher.

*The crossgrade discount may not be combined with other standard PreSonus discounts such as upgrades or similar offers.

**Free/Lite/Trial versions of the above DAWs do NOT qualify. It must be a purchased or equivalent version.

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Latest User Reviews Average user rating of 4.00 from 1 review

Reviewed By kevvvvv
April 16, 2015

No one's done a Studio One 2.6 Win 7 review yet.

Here's an attempt from a MIDI composer who never records live audio.

I work from "electro" to "orchestra" to "live band", and all shades in between.


I'll not attempt to match feature for feature.

- as all sequencers do pretty much almost everything these days.

- and the key differences are found more in your individual approach to working.

- and the ability to work in your preferred genres, as required.


S1 works in a more Cubase way than an Ableton / Bitwig way.

But everything is far simpler and more obvious than the Cubase I knew.

- and infinitely quicker and easier than the Sonar I never loved.


I didn't believe the claims when I first came across S1 (back in the v1 days)

Nonetheless I downloaded the free Lite version.

- and in 30 minutes I wrote a piece without needing to look anything up. Not once.

It just worked.

There aren't many sequencers you could say that about.

All the grunt work has been taken out of editing & recording.

So audio clips sync as you drag them in.

- and converting a MIDI track to an audio track is an in-place bounce that's a single right mouse click away.

Ditto MIDI editing - obvious and easy.


Everything is stretchy, grabby, droppy, pully, squeezy tactile.

- like "big blocks for little hands".

You can easily make any sort of template - mixer, fx chain, hot key etc.

It's this stunning speed that I love the most.

And yet I'm still learning newer faster shortcuts.


In music you have to "catch the lightning when it strikes"

- and S1 is all about this. Speed of working.


The included professional quality effects are extremely good at what they do.

- and there's a comprehensive set of 40+ of them. Recommended.

Whatever you want - an instrument, an effect, a clip on disk, a mixer track moving, an audio clip tail micro-fading.

- just grab it and do what you will.

There are no hidden pages - just stuff that slides in and out, without blocking or obscuring anything else.


This probably isn't a very good review as I've left tons of stuff out.

This is because all I need is:

> the ability to work as fast & subtle as I can imagine.

> and a top pro spec to back it up.


Downside 1 is the MIDI controller works.

I've never reliably mastered it beyond the mod wheel (blush), in spite of trying.

But I don't believe anything outside of Komplete Kontrol delivers decent, reliable, never-ever-break, MIDI controller support.

So I forgive Studio One for this.


Downside 2 is that auditioning clips from disk won't shift pitch, only tempo.

I suspect this will be fixed with v3.


Downside 3 is that it's not really for DJs or matrix loop mixer-producers. Different concept.

And the forum is only so-so.


If you're out of love with your current sequencer.

- then go to Presonus and download the free Lite version.

- and be writing a song within the next five minutes.

It worked for me, and still does.

9 on 10.

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Discussion: Active
12 July 2018 at 8:49pm

johnwoo---- That's not a review, that's a rant.

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