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Studio One 3 Professional Creative Music Production Environment (License Code + Quick Start)
- Elegant single-window work environment with powerful drag-and-drop functionality, multi-touch support, and unlimited audio tracks, Instrument tracks, virtual instruments, buses, and FX channels
- NEW Arranger Track with innovative Scratch Pads
- NEW Presence XT sampler and Mai Tai polyphonic, analog modeling synth; includes 36 64-bit Native Effects, 5 virtual instruments, and 4 Note FX in all
- NEW Build unique, layered sounds with Multi Instrument and Extended FX Chains with parallel processing
- Pristine sound quality, with a critically acclaimed mix engine, new synthesis engine, native 64-bit resolution, and support for up to 384 kHz audio
- Software accessed via license key upon registration with manufacturer
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Raise your standards with Studio One 3 Professional! Built by creative people for creative music production, it contains everything you'd expect from a modern digital audio powerhouse, and adds innovative songwriting and production tools that inspire new ways to craft unique and evocative sounds, plus built-in mastering and digital delivery. From set up, dialing in sounds, recording, sequencing, arranging, and sonic experimentation to mixing, mastering, and even online delivery, Studio One 3 is a modern digital audio powerhouse that was designed to keep you inspired and in the flow-focused on your music first. Built by and for creative people, Studio One has become one of the most widely adopted digital audio workstations in professional and project studios worldwide due to its fast, flow-oriented, drag-and-drop interface; ease of use; and superb 64-bit sound quality. Version 3 introduces innovative songwriting and production tools, inspiring new ways to craft unique and evocative sounds, iPad control, and a reengineered console for more accurate and intuitive mixing. Its stunning new interface adds dual-platform multi-touch support, is optimized for high-resolution displays, and includes dynamic, context-sensitive documentation, help, and tool-tips.
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Here is what I found with this program.
First you will have to download the software from the Internet and it will take a while. I suggest that you use an Ethernet Cable instead of a Wireless Connection for a more stable and faster download. Expect the software to take at least a DAY to completely download. This is not unusual. I have spent this amount of time downloading quite a few DAWS. That said, you don't HAVE to download EVERYTHING to get started. You have the option of "checking" the items that you want to download. To do that.... go to the Studio One Tab and check "Studio One Installation." Here you can check only the additional items that you want to install and do it within your OWN time.
What is different about this DAW? Essentially the program "looks" the same as Logic and has the same interface "feel" with many of the same components as the other workstations. It is really a personal preference in the end. What I do like about this program is that there are a TON of loops and sounds that come with it. This is why it takes so darn long to download. And you can "try" this program for free. You can download the professional Demo from their website too. You don't get that with other DAWS. Also, there are a TON of tutorials they provide, and their company and support tis GREAT!! Their website is very clear and user friendly.
First thing I suggest you do when you open it is to go the VIEW tab and click on all the windows. This will give you a good idea of what is available to you within the program. If this is your first DAW, read the manuals. A lot. It takes a long time to understand how to record, edit, mix and master. But, you can get going fairly quickly within this progam.
If you are doing this as a hobby, then buy a Mac and use GarageBand first. Then upgrade to Logic (which at the time of this review it is $200.) If you are working to be a professional recording engineer then go straight to Pro Tools and learn that.... because in most Recording Studios that is the Industry standard. Then try out these different DAWS and decide if you like the interface. I like this interface but it is fairly standard, and of course you may love it. I would try the FREE version first before you decide to buy this. Again, Recording Engineers are like Artists, it is important to find the program that best suits you visually and that you can develop a good "work flow" within.
Obviously, this stuff is subjective, but it works the way I think. The ability to drag and drop arrangements, the scratch pad feature (which is amazing - I'm always thinking of something new to work on in the middle of a project), the easy access to plug-ins - for some reason it works in a way that meshes with the way my brain wants to engineer from way back in the all-analog days. Can't explain it better than that.
As someone else said though, DAWs are very personal, and getting to know them and being comfortable on them is a huge part of what makes them good or bad for someone. That and sound quality of course, which I'm happy to say is excellent. I was able to get very low latency with a couple of different audio interfaces, and didn't suffer any of the MIDI glitches that another reviewer mentioned. The end product in each of my test projects was quite good.
The effect plugins and included instruments are quite good, but not the best on the market. Not surprising, as this entire package sells for less than many plugins. While you may eventually want to add some high-end VSTs to the system, the ones that ship (um, are downloaded) as a part of the Professional version are entirely serviceable. I suspect that if you need better instruments off the bat you're already locked in with a DAW and unlikely to switch. While I think Studio One can hang with the big boys, switching late in the game is tough. Thus, for most shoppers, you'll have more than enough to play with for quite a while.
Finally, a quick note about the box, and the downloads. I find it somewhat ridiculous to produce, print, and sell a box that in all likelihood will be shipped out from distributor to customer, that simply contains a plastic card with a serial number on it. No manual whatsoever, and no additional DVD-based instruments (as Ableton included with Live 8 boxed version, and 9 as well for all I know - I just own 8). Then you download the program, which takes a while, then you download all the instruments and plugins, which takes a loooooong while, then you download the manual and demos which, you guessed it, take even longer. After all that, it doesn't auto-install the manual and demos either - it says they're downloaded but they don't appear. You have to drag and drop the zip files onto the program window to install them, which is absurd - particularly since the freaking manual is one of those things.
But. Those hiccups aside, I really dig this program. When I'm thinking in blocks of music or patterns, I might fire up Ableton. But when I'm thinking linearly, even a little bit, Studio One is my new go-to DAW. A great choice.
I found S1's controls quite usable and easy to configure. The control panel is handy and easy to maneuver. Since I do not use many plug-ins, I have not really used most of the additional Pro features over the Artist version.
The mixer almost works the way I would want running on a touchscreen i5 Windows 10 laptop. It is possible to control two faders simultaneously and four using two hands. But I missed almost as much as I was able to run the faders with just one hand. Maybe I just need more practice but the spacing is tight. A touchscreen definitely can't compare to physical faders on a real mixer (e.g. my Spirit Folio F1) but having a complete audio workstation on a laptop is amazing.
My current interests are primarily with recording recitals and editing sound for video. While this software can be used for these purposes, it is not ideally suited. For one, it does not output multichannel surround formats. It is pretty much fixed to stereo. Combining and assigning tracks would have to be done in another program although editing tracks individually is certainly doable. It also understandably does not handle SMPTE timecode.
For all PreSonus products, I definitely recommend visiting the forum and watching the instructional videos.