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PreSonus Studio One Professional 2

Wazzup Dawfreaks….
So the time has finally come and with no further due I give you my review of…



PreSonus was founded by Jim Odom in 1995, his goal was to build professional and affordable music production tools for musicians and audio engineers.

For more information about the history of PreSonus and for an in depth look at their products I recommend you visit their webpage www.presonus.com.

Two years ago PreSonus stepped into the world of DAW software with the launching of Studio One. I first came across Studio One when I was visiting the local music store and both me and the guys at the music store was impressed with what PreSonus had done with Studio One.
About 3 Weeks ago I was given the opportunity to work with PreSonus as they released the next generation of Studio One.

Today I will give you my review of Studio One professional 2, and I will go through some of the new features in Studio One as well as trying to show you the exceptional workflow of Studio One.
For a complete list of the different versions of Studio One and to see all the new features, what’s included and introduction videos visit the nice web page for Studio One version 2.


I got the download version of Studio One Professional 2, the complete package is divided into 21 parts and it took me about 30 minutes to download and install everything including Melodyne essentials and Native instruments Komplete Elements.

Studio One Professional ships with 31 64-bit Native Effects, 4 instruments and a HUGE collection of instrument samples, sounds and loops. I also found that PreSonus has understood the need for presets since Studio One holds loads of presets and even complete channel strip settings. Not only that, but PreSonus have added some excellent third party sounds and instruments.

Looking at the content of Studio One I am very impressed at what’s included, especially since the price of Studio One Professional is set at as low as €383.45 making Studio One Professional the best value DAW software on the market.

To get a complete view of what’s included, follow the link below to the PreSonus web page.


My Computer.
Motherboard: Gigabyte x58a-ud3r rev.2
Cpu: Intel i7 930 @ stock 2.8ghz
Cpu cooler: Noctua nh-u12p se
Ram: 12gb Corsair Dominator lately swapped to vengeance DDR 3 1600mhz
Graphic card: MSI 560 TI twin frozr
Hdd´s: System disk Kingston SSDnow v+100 128 gb,
and 2 Samsung spinpoint F3 1 TB each.
Interface: Focusrite Saffire LE that has broken inputs 😦
OS: Windows 7 Professional 64bit.
I have not done any major tweaks and processor scheduling is set as Windows 7 default.
This is to test programs and plugins in a normal home pc environment.

Before I continue I want to say that all images in this review can be opened in full size so you can get a clear view of what I want to show you.

First impression


When Studio One starts up you will see a start page that looks like the image above.
From here you can create a new song, mastering project, or open an existing document such as midi files, PreSonus Capture™ Sessions, Steinberg Cubase Track Archives, Steinberg Sequel Projects, Kristal Audio Engine Projects, and Open TL Files. You can also find a list of recently created & opened files, songs, projects and you are also able to set up default artist information and setup your audio devices. On the right hand side, if the computer has an internet connection, you will receive news feeds from PreSonus and you will also find the demos and tutorials here if they are installed.

I want to start fresh so I click on New Song to start working with Studio One, as you can see there are a lot of different song templates to choose from, here I will choose to start an Empty Song.

New song

Setting up Studio One is easy and one of many great features in Studio One is how PreSonus have looked at the key commands / Keyboard shortcuts in Studio One. For new users you will soon get into the default key commands and you can find them all in the help section of Studio One. For users coming from other DAW software, PreSonus have thought of you as well and have hooked up presets so that you can load the key commands from Cubase, Logic and Pro tools. If you don’t like these key commands you can customize them to your liking and you can also export them for backup.

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On the next page we take a look at working with MIDI in Studio One Professional 2


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  1. JT
    November 14, 2011 at 1:27 am

    This was a great article… I just getting into the music scene and you’ve definitely sold me on using Studio One 2 Professional as my DAW. Thanks for all your insight!

  2. labiod dearele
    November 30, 2011 at 12:46 am

    Great review! Something you forgot to mention (maybe I missed it) is how great it integrates with StudioLive 16-4-2 or 24-4-2!! I use both of these and it makes me feel really cool!


    • December 13, 2011 at 11:31 am

      Sadly i do not own StudioLive so it is impossible for me to show this.

  3. January 30, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Studio One sounds awesome. At the moment I’m using a combination of Maschine to sequence and create parts and Acid or Protools LE to arrange. It becomes a huge mess, bouncing around between applciations when I need to make changes. Studio One looks like the DAW for me. Just one question. Can you audition loops in Studio One like you can in Acid – where it locks the loop to the tempo of the session?

    • January 30, 2012 at 7:47 pm

      Hey there and thank you for your question.
      I have just looked at your question and the browser has a player that syncs with the projects BPM.
      So yes it works as in Acid
      You know that you can try out Studio One fully?

  4. diamond dave
    May 11, 2012 at 2:42 am

    Is Presonus Studio One Professional (Education Version) compatible with the Zoom R 24 Recorder / Sampler / 8 in/8 out/ Interface? If not, what would be a good, reasonable interface with 4 in, at the very least. I am really hoping for the Zoom. It gets high marks from everyone I talk to, and its sampling and SD card storage capability, along with automating control of the board in Presonus with the Zoom R24 sliders, rather than a mouse slide on each track is a very attractive option. They claim to be compatible with most DAWs, but I’ve not seen Presonus mentioned in that list. It does list Cubase, Sonar and Logic among others.

  5. October 24, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    yep agree with that

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