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Studio One Professional

Sequencer / Multitrack by PreSonus
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Studio One Professional has an average user rating of 4.80 from 5 reviews

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Studio One Professional

Reviewed By wikter [all]
December 15th, 2022
Version reviewed: 5.5 on Windows

I have been a musician and producer by hobby for more than 25 years, I have tried almost all the DAWs on the market (Cubase, Pro-Tools, Performer, Logic, Reaper, Pyramix, Soundscape, Fostex/Yamaha/Akai Hardware... and a long etc.), with some I have been working professionally for years, my current professional situation does not allow me to dedicate all the time I would like to producing or playing music.

Studio One allows me from the first version to carry out many tasks that in other environments require extra time that I don't have. Versions V1 and V2 appealed to me with their minimalism and for years I didn't feel the need to upgrade. Although there are some things that could be improved, almost all the typical functions are within reach of a click.

Also, thanks to my BCR2000 and a very deep knowledge of S1 controller programming I can assign controls to any plugin in about 2-3 seconds and forget to re-assign them, keeping visual control of the most important parameters. Using instruments with multiple outputs is very easy and much more intuitive than most existing offerings. Save plugin chains, manage sample libraries, map sliced loops to a drum sampler like ImpactXT in a few seconds. It has its drawbacks, yes, it's not perfect, but to date, most of the features that make it easy to compose and edit audio are built in.

Although I wouldn't say it's the best DAW, I do think it's worth a try and from experience decide whether or not it's what you expect from a DAW. Not everyone has the same way of understanding production, although every day it is easier with tools like this.

I can't finish without remembering that Studio One started as Kreatives.org Kristal Audio Engine. A very simple application to track and process with just 2 inserts per channel. Super light, stable and easy to use.

Thank you Presonus and Studio One Team.

Soy músico y productor por hobbie desde hace más de 25 años, he probado casi todos los DAW del mercado (Cubase, Pro-Tools, Performer, Logic, Reaper, Pyramix, Soundscape, Hardware Fostex/Yamaha/Akai... y un largo etcétera), con algunos he estado trabajando años profesionalmente, mi actual situación profesional no me permite dedicarle todo el tiempo que querría a producir o tocar música.

Studio One me permite desde la primera versión llevar a cabo muchas tareas que en otros entornos requieren un tiempo extra del cual no dispongo. Las versiones V1 y V2 me atrajeron con su minimalismo y durante años no sentí la necesidad de actualizar. Aunque hay algunas cosas que se podrían mejorar, casi todas las funciones típicas las tengo al alcance de un click. Además, gracias a mi BCR2000 y un conocimiento muy profundo de la programación de controladores en S1 puedo asignar controles a cualquier plugin en unos 2-3 segundos y olvidarme de volver a asignarlos, manteniendo un control visual de los parámetros más importantes.

El uso de instrumentos con múltiples salidas es muy sencillo y mucho más intuitivo que la mayoría de ofertas existentes. Guardar cadenas de plugins, manejar librerías de muestras, mapear bucles rebanados a un sampler de baterías como ImpactXT en unos pocos segundos.
Tiene sus inconvenientes, sí, no es perfecto, pero hasta la fecha, la mayoría de funciones que facilitan el trabajo de cara a componer y editar audio están incorporadas.

Aunque no recomendaría su uso a nadie, sí creo que merece la pena probarlo y a partir de la experiencia, decidir si es o no lo que uno espera de un DAW. No todo el mundo tiene la misma manera de entender la producción, aunque cada día es más fácil con herramientas como ésta.

No puedo acabar sin recordar que Studio One empezó como Kreatives.org Kristal Audio Engine. Una aplicación muy sencilla para trackear y procesar con apenas 2 inserciones por canal. Super ligera, estable y fácil de usar.

Gracias Presonus y Equipo de Studio One.

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Studio One Professional

Reviewed By David Esqueda [all]
April 2nd, 2022
Version reviewed: 5.5.1 on Mac

Increible Daw, super creativo y la fluidez de trabajo es de mucha ayuda, gracias KVR por las ofertas que nos ayudan a quienes hacemos musica y apoyamos a quienes nos siguen. Saludos desde Esqueda Producciones Mazatlán, Sinaloa, México!.

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Studio One Professional

Reviewed By Trader One [all]
January 12th, 2022
Version reviewed: 5.4 on Windows

Small and fast audio editor. Good for mixing and composing. It's not the best for mixing and not the best for composing but it's still very good for daily use.

included effects and instruments are not very good. Just buy some effect starting pack, few instruments and you are good to go.

it doesn't have Cubase / Live feature set for composing or Pro Tools features for mixing.

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Studio One Professional

Reviewed By p.chaffanjon [all]
November 22nd, 2020
Version reviewed: 5 on Windows

Studio One is my favourite DAW by far. After 15 years on Logic, i find in this DAW everything I need. A match between depth and really user friendly interface.

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Studio One Professional

Reviewed By kevvvvv [all]
April 16th, 2015
Version reviewed: 7 on Windows

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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Comments & Discussion for PreSonus Studio One Professional

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12 July 2018 at 8:49pm

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

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