PreSonus Studio One Professional 2
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. http://studioone.presonus.com/.
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.
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.
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.
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.