5.5 PreSonus Studio One

PreSonus Studio One

Create without boundaries. Produce without limits.

With Presonus Studio One, record, produce, mix, master, and perform all from a single, intuitive application. Designed with ease of use at its core, Studio One® 5 is your creative partner from studio to stage. The Start Page provides what you need to begin your creative process, including a dashboard with all your songs, projects, and shows, plus a personalized user profile that allows you to add custom metadata to all your creations.

Presonus Studio One Workflow

Open the Song Page and you’ll find everything you need to record, compose, edit, and mix with a complete set of virtual instruments, effects, groundbreaking arrangement tools, and an advanced Score View based on our award-winning Notion notation application. Next, assemble and master your masterpiece in the Project Page. Projects and Songs are linked, so you know the mix you’re mastering is always up to date.

And when you’re ready to hit the stage, Studio One is right there with you. New in Version 5, the Show Page lets you add virtual instruments, backing tracks, and plug-in effects to your live instruments with an easy-to-use Setlist that lets you sculpt your performance and change your show each night or do a quick edit on the fly when inspiration strikes. The standard for end-to-end production, only Studio One 5 seamlessly moves with you from initial inspiration to full production, final mix to mastered album, digital release to stage production… and lets you truly create without boundaries.

Please Note: US Sales Only

The original drag-and-drop interface.

Presonus Studio One pioneered the drag-and-drop workflow that continues to be a guiding principle in our design philosophy. Audio loops, virtual instruments, plug-in effects, and even presets can all be dragged into your session from Studio One’s innovative Browser. Copy FX Chains from one channel to another simply by dragging and dropping. Convert MIDI to audio or audio to MIDI, just by drag and drop. New Clip Gain Envelopes let you polish performances or remove glitches with adding a plug-in to your effects chain. Ease of use is at the heart of Studio One, so you’ll work faster than ever before.

Composition done right.

Modern composers need tools that let them incorporate electronic elements with traditional scoring. The new Score View in Studio One merges the best features of PreSonus’ award-winning notation software, Notion, into Studio One 5. You can view multiple staves at once to work on voicing, or just one track at a time. Use the score symbol palette to change dynamics, add trills, tremolos, and more during playback. And you can pick your Musical Editor View per-track, so you can switch between the Score View, Drum View, and the conventional Piano Roll View to suit your needs on a per-track basis – or, look at the same note data in different Views all at the same time, offering rare flexibility not often found in the digital audio world.

Produce without limits.

Forget laborious transposition, cutting, pasting, and moving when arranging. With Scratch Pads to test out arrangements, an Arranger track that makes moving sections of songs around as easy as moving parts and groundbreaking Harmonic Editing—the most flexible implementation ever—no other program can approach the ease of arranging and songwriting that Studio One 5 delivers. Inspiring virtual instruments and unique Multi Instruments let you create your own unique library of sounds. And with the brand new Aux Inputs, your hardware synths, drum machines, and groove boxes can become an easily-incorporated part of your production. So dust off that TX81Z or Portastudio and put them back to work.

Analog mixing with digital ease.

With a completely redesigned suite of effects plug-ins, Studio One 5 supercharges your mixing. Any plug-in with an input drive now features a State Space-modeled analog input drive stage to add just the right amount of grit and warmth when you need it. Studio One Professional’s unique Pipeline XT plug-in lets you use your beloved collection of boutique, vintage, and classic analog signal processors as easily as software plug-ins. The Channel Editor lets you create complex effects chains including the Splitter tool that lets you run multiple plug-ins in parallel on a single channel. Mix Engine FX support State Space models of classic analog consoles that affect your mix across channels on any bus, collectively. This isn’t a stereo bus plug-in, this is multi-source processing that creates vintage-inspired artifacts like true console crosstalk, analog noise, and input gain saturation.

Perform without fear.

Studio One 5 takes you from the studio to the stage or stream with its new Show Page. Create a Setlist using songs you’re already created in Studio One, incorporating a mix of live instruments, pre-recorded tracks, and virtual instruments. Each song in the Setlist can have its own unique instrumentation. Songs in your set can be rearranged on the fly using drag-and-drop, and elements from your Song files can be added to your Show via simple copy-and-paste or direct export. When it’s showtime, turn on the clean Performance view with a large meter and customizable, real-time controls over the parameters you want to adjust in real-time while on stage. Your studio sound is larger than life—now your stage persona can be, too.

Master mastering.

Studio One Professional is the only DAW that links songs and stems with finished, mastered Projects. Transfer mixes or mixed stems to the Project page for mastering. But, if you hear anything you need to change, simply jump back into the Song. Then, make your tweaks. The revised version updates with a single click. In other words, you can continue mastering without losing any previous work. Use Studio One Native Effects and your favorite third-party plug-ins to provide the final EQ, dynamics, and imaging control. Everything you need to create a professional sound.

Not only that…

You’ll also find analysis tools, like spectrum analysis, M/S-processing, K-System, and EBU loudness metering. In addition, you’ll find phase meter, expandable level meter, and an oscilloscope to provide visual confirmation to what you hear. This also helps with conformance to existing broadcast and duplication standards. Apply processing to individual tracks, or alternately, to the entire collection, to take your masters to the next level. And, when your masterpiece is ready, you’ll find DDP export, CD burning, and direct upload to Soundcloud and PreSonus Sphere options to share your mastered recordings with your clients and collaborators. Or, release your albums to the world.


What’s new in v5.5?

Compare versions or build your own.

Whether you’re a Grammy-winning producer or just getting started making music, there’s a version of Studio One® that’s right for you. Studio One comes in three flavors: Artist, our flagship Professional version, and Prime, a fully functioning free version. There’s no subscription model with Studio One, so you know what you’re getting today but you can customize it with Add-on features and content as your needs grow.

Note: This comparison table is for v4. When we have a comparison chart for v5 we will add it.

Studio One Prime
Studio One Artist
Studio One Professional
Start page
Song page
Project page (Mastering, DDP, Red Book CD burning, digital release)
Elegant single-window work environment
Powerful drag-and-drop functionality
Native high-DPI and cross-platform multi-touch user interface
Unlimited audio tracks, MIDI tracks, virtual instruments, and FX channels
Unlimited buses
Integrated Melodyne pitch correction
Single and multitrack comping
Arranger Track
Scratch Pads
Chord Track and Harmonic Editing
Editable Folder Tracks
Track display list with presets, linkable to console channel display
Content browser with search, user tabs, connections to the Internet, and Preview Player
Transient detection with editable markers
Drag-and-drop groove extraction
Multitrack MIDI editing
Instrument and Drum Editor
Drum and melodic patterns for pattern-based arranging
Multitrack Track Transform (advanced freezing capability)
Event-based effects
Macro Toolbar (create and use command sequences)
Automatic latency compensation
Dropout Protection for native low latency monitoring
Advanced automation
VCA faders
Audio-processing resolution (floating-point)
Easy sidechain routing
Stunning virtual instruments
Presence XT only
Easy-to-use drag-and-drop live sampler (Sample One XT)
Import sampler formats (EXS, GigaSampler, Kontakt, SoundFont)
Multi Instruments
Channel Editor with macro controls
Extended FX Chains with parallel processing
Control Link (most intuitive MIDI-mapping system available)
Real-time audio time-stretching, resampling, and normalization
Compatible with any ASIO-, Windows Audio-, or Core Audio-compliant audio interfaces
Use Pro Tools, Cubase, Logic, or Sonar keyboard shortcuts—or create your own
Integrated mastering suite with automatic mix updating, DDP import/export, Red Book CD burning, and digital release
Send Song or individual tracks to Notion (audio + note data)
Export to SoundCloud™
AAF (Advanced Authoring Format) import and export
Import Song data
Video playback and sync
Video export
MP3 encoding and decoding
M4A (AAC / ALAC) encoding and decoding
NEW: ​Exchange 2.0
Third-party plug-in support (AU, VST2, and VST3 plug-ins and ReWire applications)
(Add-on Available)
Hardware I/O Support
Native Effects™
Studio One Prime
Studio One Artist
Studio One Professional
AmpireState Space-modeled guitar amp simulator
Analog DelayTape delay emulator
ArpeggiatorNote FX arpeggiator with pattern sequencer
Auto FilterEnvelope-controlled filter
Beat DelayTempo-synched delay
Binaural PanStereo panner and imager
BitcrusherLo-fi and downsampling processor
Channel StripCompressor / expander / equalizer
ChorderNote FX chord processor
ChorusThree-voice chorus with stereo width
CompressorFull-featured RMS compressor with side-chain
Console ShaperMix Engine FX analog console emulation
Dual PanIndependent L/R channel panner
ExpanderDownward expander with sidechain
Fat Channel XTNative version of StudioLive Fat Channel
FlangerFlanger with tempo sync
GateNoise gate with MIDI trigger outp
Groove DelayMulti-tap delay with tempo sync and tap filtering
Input FilterNote FX filter for velocity and key range
IR MakerImpulse response creation utility
Level MeterResizable, multi-scale loudness / level meter
LimiterBrickwall peak limiter
MixtoolChannel utility
MixVerb™Basic reverb
Multiband DynamicsMultiband compressor/expander
Open AIRConvolution reverb
PedalboardState Space-modeled guitar pedals
PhaserMultistage allpass-filter phaser
Phase MeterPhase analyzer
PipelineExternal-processor insert
Pro EQSeven-band parametric equalizer
RedlightDist™Analog distortion emulator
RepeaterNote FX delay with transpose
Room ReverbRoom simulator
RotorRotary speaker emulator
ScopeDigital oscilloscope
Spectrum MeterSpectrum Meter
Tone GeneratorMulti-waveform signal generator
Tricomp™Basic multiband compressor
TunerChromatic instrument tuner
X-TremTremolo/autopanner with tempo sync and step sequence modulation
Total Native Effects™ Plug-ins
Virtual Instruments
Studio One Prime
Studio One Artist
Studio One Professional
MojitoMonophonic subtractive synthesizer
Mai TaiPolyphonic virtual analog synth
Impact XTMultichannel drum sampler
Sample One XTDrag-and-drop integrated live sampler
Presence XTSample playback instrument
Support for third-party sampler format (EXS, Giga, Kontakt)
Total Virtual Instruments
Bundled Content
Studio One Prime
Studio One Artist
Studio One Professional
Melodyne Essential
120 MB
Prime Selection Loops and Sounds
785 MB
Presence XT Core Library
15 GB
Impact XT Core Library
1.8 GB
Acoustic Drum Kits and Loops
1.5 GB
Producer Loops and Kits (BigFishAudio, Sample Magic, MVP Loops)
3.76 GB
Electronic Audioloops
3.17 GB
Electronic Kits and Musicloops
294 MB
Studio One FX
546 MB
Studio One Impulse Responses
1.19 GB
Studio One Instruments Vol. 1+2
1.68 GB
Studio One Musicloops 1+2
900 MB
Studio One Expansion
39 MB
Ueberschall Impact Drums
68 MB
Vengeance Sound
880 MB
Voodoo One Synth Soundset
900 MB


64-bit floating-point WAV recording and export

PreSonus Studio One 5

Studio One® 5 provides the highest-resolution audio production and mastering of any DAW on the market. With Version 5, Studio One now supports recording in 64-bit floating-point WAV format, the recommended recording format for audio interfaces with 32-bit resolution. With this format option, the maximum recording and processing precision now reaches 64-bit/384 kHz, making Studio One the highest resolution audio production and mastering software. When resolution matters, choose Studio One.

Acoustic Drum Kits and Loops

PreSonus Studio One 5

Get inspired with these studio-quality sounds for Impact, including a brushy, airy, jazz kit; a retro-’70s rock kit; and a couple of polished pop kits—available with and without roomy reverb.

Audioloops using these same kits are also available in several popular grooves.

Advanced Audio Editing

PreSonus Studio One 5

Studio One® lets you experiment with your sound by equipping you with all non-destructive editing and processing, with unlimited undos. High-quality, real-time time-stretching with background rendering maximizes your CPU’s efficiency. Switch between multiple time-stretching modes to get just the effect you want, including new tape-style resampling.

Transient detection, audio quantization, time-stretching, and slicing are all available in one convenient panel. The Audio Bend tool lets you stretch audio manually at lightning speed—and even stretch multiple audio slices within a single audio event.

Use Manual Time Stretching to lock loops to the correct tempo. Event Transpose lets you make small or large pitch adjustments. Harmonic Editing lets you make chord changes in real-time, non-destructively. Normalize Audio and add Event Gain, Faders, and Clip Gain Envelopes to correct your audio and make it sound its best before adding plug-ins or automation. With Studio One’s advanced suite of audio editing tools, your recordings will sound better than ever.

Advanced Grouping

PreSonus Studio One 5

When you need more than a simple temporary group to raise or lower the level of several channels at once, Studio One® has you covered with a powerful edit- and mix-grouping system. Groups can be nested (great for drums), named, colored, and assigned to keyboard shortcuts for enable/disable. Furthermore, groups can be defined as Edit Groups or Mix Groups, complete with linked parameters, including Volume, Pan, Mute/Solo, and more. They’re easily edited and activated with one click, and group visibility can be displayed on a per-channel basis. Grouped items can be temporarily suspended from their group to be edited individually via a simple Alt-click.


PreSonus Studio One 5

When you’re ready to rock, but not ready to disturb the neighbors, the Studio One® Ampire plug-in has your guitar and bass amplification needs covered—and then some. We scoured auction sites and shadowy pawnshops to collect five of the most sought-after amps that are responsible for a million hit songs, and the boys in Hamburg employed our State Space Modeling technology to emulate their circuit behavior down to the last freakin’ capacitor. Oh, and we also modeled five additional classic stompboxes, and included impulse responses of 16 classic cabinets.

We’ve also updated the Pedalboard with new stompbox models for a total of 13 effects. Furthermore, Pedalboard can now be run as a stand-alone effects plug-in for folks who don’t need amp and cabinet simulation. Synth users will find experimenting with Pedalboard to be quite rewarding. Studio One has always rocked but it’s never quite rocked this hard.

Studio One Professional users enjoy the full Ampire experience – including VST3 and AU versions to use outside of Studio One – while both Prime and Artist editions are equipped with a basic version. Ampire is also available as a standalone plug-in.

Learn more about Ampire and Pedalboard

Analog Delay

Analog Delay screenshot

Create deteriorating echoes, echoes with changing delay and pitch, and retro flanging and chorus effects ideal for adding vintage character to your sound. Analog Delay emulates a vintage analog bucket-brigade delay and features a new State Space Modeled drive control to add natural analog saturation to the input stage.

Analog Delay is also now equipped with an exponential volume curve and dedicated Width and Ping Pong controls to give you even more tools to sculpt your sound.

ARA 2.0 support (+custom integration)

ARA 2.0 support (+custom integration) screenshot

Studio One® Professional has the Technical Grammy Award-winning Melodyne Essential built right in, giving you single-keystroke access to the world’s greatest pitch-correction software. Give those pitchy vocals a gentle nudge closer to home, revoice or harmonize vocals, tune that bass, or apply liberally for extreme vocal effects.

Studio One’s ARA 2.0 support means this sort of audio manipulation works fluidly and seamlessly—and also opens the door for other developers to create pitch- and time-focused software that plays well in Studio One, including (but not limited to) Antares Auto-Tune Pro and Synchro Arts VocAlign and ReVoice Pro. (The latter two are available at shop.presonus.com.) While other DAWs may have Melodyne, we had it first, and we helped develop the ARA extension with our friends at Celemony. As a result, no DAW is more seamlessly integrated. Studio One even goes beyond ARA by making Melodyne’s tempo and chord detection available directly to the respective Tempo and Chord Tracks.


Arpeggiator screenshot

Arpeggiator turns chords (as well as single notes) into arpeggios: rhythmic cycles of single notes, derived from the notes currently held. Arpeggiator creates repeating patterns of notes that can travel upward in pitch, downward, up-and-down, down-and-up, or in a randomized pattern. You can also use Arpeggiator to play repeated patterns of whole chords or note patterns that follow the order in which the notes are played.

Going beyond the basics, you can use the Pattern function to create rhythmic Patterns of velocity and note length that the arpeggio follows as it plays, opening many creative options for repeating musical articulations.

Arranger Track

Arranger Track screenshot

Creating music is a dynamic, living process. Arrangements change, chords shuffle. Space opens up for solos or closes to tighten up the Song. Inspiration strikes in the middle of the night, and your creativity pursues an entirely new direction. It’s all part of the art of songwriting and composition, and Studio One® is your creative companion during this process.

The Arranger Track is a simple, intuitive way to reorder, duplicate, and remove Song sections like verses and choruses. Try out different arrangements, swap sections, lengthen or shorten solos, and structure a Song exactly the way you want with a simple drag-and-drop.

When you insert a new section in the middle of a Song, Studio One automatically inserts space for the new material and then closes up the arrangement around it. And when you cut out a section of a Song, you don’t need to cut, copy, and paste; just delete the region, and Studio One closes up the cut portion automatically. This isn’t just about the time you save but about a smoother, more accurate workflow.

Articulations and Key Switch Editing

Articulations and Key Switch Editing screenshot

Studio One® 5 features improved key switch integration for your favorite orchestral libraries and other virtual instruments to provide sound variations and performance controls. Key switches are now filtered and excluded from playback processing so you can take advantage of Note FX and Chord Track while still using your favorite articulations.

A new key switches lane has been added to the Note Editor to view and edit key switches in context. In addition, notes assigned as Key Switches are highlighted in the Piano View.

Instruments that report their key switches (such as Presence XT) display articulations with

their names automatically. Other instruments (such as third-party samplers and orchestral libraries) can be mapped manually using Mapping Presets.

Audio Batch Converter

Audio Batch Converter screenshot

The Audio Batch Converter for Studio One® is designed for anyone looking for a powerful audio file manipulation, processing, and conversion tool that’s affordable and easy to use. It provides a wide range of features to process audio offline while working hand-in-hand with the powerful audio processing functions available in all versions of Studio One. This Add-on is compatible with Studio One Prime, Artist, and Professional (version 4.5 or higher). Its tight integration with Studio One, intuitive user interface, variety of available processes, and ability to process audio with any VST/AU plug-in* makes the Audio Batch Converter a welcome alternative to stand-alone applications costing many times more.

Create powerful process racks intuitively, on the fly, via drag-and-drop. Use convenient presets, or create your own custom processes from scratch. Preview and compare in real-time before committing, then process your source file nondestructively. The Audio Batch Converter supports Studio One Native Effects, as well as VST/Audio Unit* plug-ins from other vendors—all seamlessly integrated with Studio One’s built-in audio processes.

Supported Formats:

  • Wave
  • AIFF
  • FLAC
  • Ogg Vorbis
  • CAF
  • M4A
  • MP3

Even if you’re not a Studio One user, we’ve got you covered! The Audio Batch Converter is compatible with Studio One Prime (available free of charge in the PreSonus Shop), turning it into the most affordable all-in-one audio editing and batch conversion solution available.

Audio Batch Converter is included with PreSonus Sphere membership. Find out more.

*Artist and Professional only


Autofilter screenshot

Create complex, tempo-synced, rhythmic filter patterns and lush filter sweeps with Autofilter. Featuring two resonant filters with eight selectable Filter Modes, Autofilter lets you modulate filter cutoff frequencies and resonance with an LFO using standard waveforms, a 16-step sequencer, or an envelope follower. The new State Space Modeled Drive stage lets you add natural analog saturation for vintage character.

Automatic latency compensation

Automatic latency compensation screenshot

Studio One® automatically compensates for the time delay that results from some VST and AU processing. This lets you avoid having to manually realign tracks to compensate for that delay and keeps all tracks perfectly in sync regardless of the number of plug-ins and effects you run.

Studio One® automatically compensates for the time delay that results from some VST and AU processing. This lets you avoid having to manually realign tracks to compensate for that delay and keeps all tracks perfectly in sync regardless of the number of plug-ins and effects you run.


Automation screenshot

Before the advent of automation, mixing was very much a performance. Sometimes it took many pairs of hands on the mixing console to accomplish all of the fader, mute, solo, and other moves to achieve a mix. Automation makes it possible to record the mixing performance in any way you desire and endlessly tweak every parameter until the desired mix is achieved.

Studio One® records automation as Automation Envelopes that show the changing values as data points connected by lines or dynamic curves, allowing you to finely tune any parameter to your heart’s content. Nearly every parameter in Studio One can be automated. Automation can be viewed per Track, as its own Track, or as Automation Lanes in editors. Use the Trim Tool to raise or lower the values in a range of automation.

Use the Transform Tool to reshape automation of any parameter. Automation Curves can be raised and lowered, skewed, slowed down, and sped up so your productions come to life in seconds. So forget tedious automation edits by hand; let the Transform Tool open up new creative possibilities in a fraction of the time. Need more options? Use the Square, Triangle, Saw, and Sine Tools to create periodic modulation of any parameter, with full control over rate and amplitude.

Aux Channels

Aux Channels screenshot

Dust off that TX81Z! Your classic MIDI synths can now be incorporated into your digital productions as easily as virtual instruments. Introducing the Aux Channel, a new channel type that allows any external audio source to be fed into the Studio One® Mixer without the need to create an Audio Track that clutters your session.

Simply connect your external hardware to any available input on your audio interface and mix their signals natively using plug-ins, sample-accurate volume automation, and more. Aux Channels can be mapped to external MIDI devices, so your hardware synthesizers and workstations will enjoy complete integration into your Studio One workspace. You can even add External Instruments directly from the Studio One Browser using drag-and-drop. This will automatically create an Instrument Track and the mapped Aux Channels, so you’re ready to begin sequencing with real hardware—but with the ease of your favorite virtual instrument.

Beat Delay

Beat Delay screenshot

Create pulsating patterns and complex polyrhythms with Beat Delay, a tempo-synced delay plug-in with optional cross-delay and filtered feedback. Use this effect to change the feel of rhythmic parts by adding off beats or create spatial doubling and slap-back effects.

Binaural Pan

Binaural Pan screenshot

Binaural Pan is a panning effect that employs phase-manipulation to alter the perceived width of stereo signals, from mono to double the normal width. Use Binaural Pan on any stereo track to tightly control its stereo width and pan, and check for mono compatibility using the Mono switch.


Bitcrusher screenshot

Perfect for audio abuse, Bitcrusher combines overdrive, bit-depth reduction, downsampling, and clipping into a single plug-in. Bit-depth reduction and downsampling are both digital-resolution reduction techniques but each has its own sonic effect. When used in combination, they create a wide variety of tonal options to distort and warp your sound.


Browser screenshot

Studio One®’s unique Browser window is your central hub for all your instruments, effects, sample and loop libraries, Song files, and more. Access every file associated with your Project and shop for new loops, sounds, plug-ins, and Studio One upgrades, all from the Browser. Files, presets, and sounds can be added to your Song via drag-and-drop. The Browser’s bidirectional workflow lets you drag loops or stems from your Song directly to any local or shared cloud folder; create Audioloops and WAV files; and export MIDI files.

Virtual instrument and effects presets can be loaded directly into your song just by dragging-and-dropping them onto the desired tracks. New Audio and Instrument Tracks can automatically be created simply by dragging a virtual instrument or file from the Browser to the Arrange window. Add shared files from SoundCloud™, integrate Exchange content, even purchase new sounds from the PreSonus® Shop, all with drag-and-drop from the Browser to your Arrange Window.

All PreSonus Native Effects™ plug-ins and virtual instruments are equipped with a graphic thumbnail preview, giving you a visual cue when looking for your favorite plug-in. You can even create your own preview for third-party instruments and plug-ins.

Audio files and Musicloops can be auditioned right from the Browser, automatically synced to your Song’s tempo. The Loop Browser’s tag-based filter system makes it quick and easy to find just the right vibe for your Project. You also get a beautiful new Gallery view for exploring content in a more visible way, which works for the Shop, your instruments and effects, SoundCloud, and Exchange. Once you add the Studio One Browser to your workflow, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it.

Built-in shop

Built-in shop screenshot

Shop.presonus.com is available right from your Studio One® browser, so you don’t even need to leave Studio One to get new sounds and plug-ins when inspiration strikes. Content can also be previewed by playing audio demos in Studio One’s Preview Player. Navigating the Browser is also now significantly faster thanks to the new navigation bar below the Tabs area. You also get a beautiful new Gallery View for exploring content in a more visible way, and it works for the Shop, your instruments and effects, SoundCloud, and Exchange.

Channel Strip

Channel Strip screenshot

Channel Strip features four powerful processors in one, including a low-cut filter, compressor, expander, and three-band parametric EQ. Channel Strip optionally applies automatic gain correction to the EQ so that the input-signal power matches the output-signal power. Use Channel Strip on any mono or stereo track that needs basic channel processing.

Chord Track and Harmonic Editing

Chord Track and Harmonic Editing screenshot

Studio One® 5’s Chord Track is a songwriter’s dream come true. Create, audition, and change chord progressions; try out chord substitutions; substitute rich chords for simple ones; even have older parts follow a new, better chord structure you came up with thanks to the inspiration Harmonic Editing can provide.

Chord Track detects and displays the chords you’ve played, so newly recorded passages will follow the established chord progression. Change a chord in Chord Track, and the entire arrangement will follow the change. Drag chords around. Substitute chords to see if they sound better. Or use Harmonic Editing to smash creative blocks and inspire you with new ideas. And if you’re light on music theory and compose by ear, use the Chord Preview function to audition your chords.

What’s more, only Studio One’s Chord Track works with Audio Tracks as well as with Instrument Tracks. It has never been easier to prototype a Song so quickly and simply—and keep your creative spark alive.

Harmonic Editing opens up the world of harmony and chord structures, not just to composers but to all musicians. Whether you’re writing your first song or doing orchestral scoring for film, once you use Harmonic Editing you’ll wonder how you got along without it.


Chorder screenshot

Chorder is an intelligent chord generator that lets you trigger chords by playing single notes. You can set chord intervals manually or capture chord shapes played on the keyboard. Each key can trigger a different chord of your choice, or you can choose a single chord shape to play across multiple keys. Select which part of the keyboard you want to trigger chords from and trigger chords with one hand, while playing single notes with the other.


Chorus screenshot

The Studio One® Chorus plug-in will let you thicken up guitar, vocal, or synth parts with lush, modulating textures. Choose one-, two-, or three-voice chorus processing and set an optional LFO delay time modulation, as well as a Stereo Width control. Whether you’re creating a dreamy vocal or performing a Rush solo, Chorus delivers a lush, immersive effect.

New in Version 5: Chorus enjoys a new, custom, vintage-style user interface.

Clip Gain Envelopes

Clip Gain Envelopes screenshot

The newly added Clip Gain Envelope is the perfect tool for correcting sections of audio that are either too loud or too soft, without adding a compressor or limiter plug-in. Add breakpoints to the Gain Envelope simply by clicking on the curve and dragging the point to your desired location. Changes to the clip gain are instantly reflected in the audio waveform so you have a reliable visual display of the overall level. Furthermore, Clip Gain Envelopes are sample-accurate, so they can be used to fix everything from entire voiceover takes to single clicks and pops.

Clip Gain Envelopes are independent from Event Volume and Fades. They’re even better because the gain envelope is clip-based, so gain adjustments are automatically applied to all audio events and parts that use that same audio clip. So you only need to fix it once to fix it everywhere it’s used in your session.


Comping screenshot

Studio One®’s Comping tools make the once-tedious task of assembling a perfect take simple, efficient, and fun. Simply set up some loop points and record take after take without ever stepping out of your groove. When you’ve built up enough layers, use the Range Tool to promote the best parts to your main track. You’ve got a perfect take, and all you had to do was press the Record button and jam for a few minutes.

Studio One offers two methods of comping: quick-swipe or manual. Choose the workflow you prefer.


Compressor screenshot

Compressor is a full-featured, RMS-based mono/stereo compression processor with internal sidechain filter, external sidechain capability, a variable ratio up to 20:1, optional look-ahead compression, and robust metering for level, gain reduction, compression curve, and threshold. Use this effect to reduce the dynamic range (signal peaks) of any signal. An easy-to-use Sidechain feature lets you use an external signal to control the compressor behavior—or use the Filter for your internal and external sidechain.


Console screenshot

Studio One®’s Console is the core of mixing in Studio One and is designed to be instantly familiar and intuitive to anyone who has previously worked in audio. Signal flow is represented by an intuitive top-down architecture, as with an analog mixer, starting with input gain and polarity at the top and moving down through input source, output destination, pan, mute, solo, arm, and monitor controls, followed by a scalable level fader. When used in conjunction with PreSonus® audio interface products, such as the Quantum Thunderbolt™ audio interface and StudioLive® Series III mixers, hardware device controls such as mic preamp gain, phase, and even DSP Fat Channel settings can be accessed as well. This eliminates the need for a dedicated hardware mixer control application.

Console is deeply integrated with PreSonus FaderPort®-series controllers, as well as third-party DAW controllers, and offers several metering options. Console features robust support for our proprietary Mix Engine Effects, so you can emulate vintage console crosstalk and tape-style workflow, thanks to Add-ons like CTC-1 Console shaper (included with PreSonus Sphere membership) and Softube Tape.

While Console is intuitive, we’ve also made it highly configurable so you can design the Console that’s best for you and your project: colorize the channel strips; automatically organize your buses, effects channels, and VCAs; toggle individual Channel visibility; and more, so you have full control over whether Tracks and Channels have a 1:1 relationship in terms of visibility (show/hide) and selection – or whether the console is independent of the arrangement.

Studio One’s Console offers perhaps the most flexible mixer-viewing options of any DAW. You have a choice of narrow and wide channels, expanded or collapsed inserts/sends panels, and a fully scalable fader size. This lets you choose between viewing your mixer as a compact section inside Studio One single-window interface or building a large, full-screen mixer on a dedicated monitor. However you like to mix, Studio One’s Console provides all the tools you need to create a mixer that’s customized to your taste.

When used with a touch display such as Microsoft Surface Studio or Slate Raven, Studio One’s Console turns into a powerful, tactile mixer surface that’s completely customizable and constantly adapts to your needs. These configurations can be stored and recalled as Scenes, which have grown even more robust in version 5, adding support for Channel Volume, Pan, and more.

A new, optional, dedicated Listen Bus is available to serve as a separate control room output with level control independent from the main out, as well as insert slots for room correction plugins such as Sonarworks. Another option allows you to solo signals through the Listen Bus without affecting the main and cue mix outputs.

Console Shaper

Console Shaper screenshot

Console Shaper was the first plug-in developed for Mix Engine FX technology in Studio One®. Utilizing state-of-the-art State Space Modeling technology, Console Shaper captures the character and personality of legendary analog consoles, going far beyond virtual channel strips and mastering plug-ins. When added to a bus channel or the main output, Console Shaper processes every channel routed to that bus independently, allowing the plug-in to transform the sound of an entire mix, while still maintaining the nuances and dynamics of every individual channel.

Control Link

Control Link screenshot

Control Link is a cutting-edge system for integrating external hardware controllers with your console, virtual instruments, effects, and other software parameters. In most DAW software, you can use external hardware devices to control software parameters. Control Link simplifies the mapping process, removing the need to know MIDI, and it is capable of context-sensitive mapping, so the same hardware controls can control many different things based on the current area of focus.

To set up a Control Link, simply move the desired parameter with your mouse and then move the desired hardware control on your keyboard or hardware controller. Click the Assign button in the Control Link area at the top of your Arranger Window, and you’re ready to automate or to assign commands or macros to buttons on your controller using the External Devices panel. No other DAW makes customizing hardware control over software features this easy.

Cue Mix

Cue Mix screenshot

Studio One® features a powerful native low-latency monitoring system for audio recording and virtual instruments, with no compromises in system performance. Hardware low-latency monitoring is also available when using compatible PreSonus® audio interfaces like the Studio 1824c or a Quantum-series interface.

Whether you’re using a PreSonus interface with integrated features or a third-party device of your choosing, Studio One lets you create and control multiple Cue Mixes quickly and easily without having to manage a standalone software monitor mixer in another application. A Cue Mix is separate from the main mix and provides musicians with their own customized mix during recording. Cue Mixes can be set to mirror the main mix on a per-channel basis, making it simple to adjust levels and panning in some channels while leaving other elements the same. Now you can manage monitor mixes without taking your eyes off the recording.

Customizable User Interface

Customizable User Interface screenshot

Studio One®’s fully resizable single-window user interface was designed to put every critical function in the same window without feeling cluttered or busy. When you’re working with multiple screens, Studio One lets you detach Edit Views, the Mix Console, and more and reposition the windows as you need them. Pin plug-in windows to your screen to work with multiple plug-ins at once. Further customize Studio One’s appearance with Dark and Light modes, Track and Channel colorization, a resizable Mixer and Faders, and much more.


Drag-and-Drop screenshot

The heart of Studio One®’s uniquely intuitive design is its deep drag-and-drop workflows. More than the ability to drag-and-drop an object to a new location on the timeline, Studio One lets you use drag-and-drop to do just about anything. Drag audio loops from the Browser to the Arranger and automatically create an Audio Track to play them back. Add plug-in effects—even specific presets—to the audio simply by dragging them from the Browser and dropping them on the desired track.

Ready to add a virtual instrument? You got it. Just drag it from the Browser to the Arranger Window to create a new Instrument Track and instantiate the plug-in. Drag another virtual instrument onto the same track and either create a Multi-Instrument or replace the first plug-in.

Open the Studio One Mixer and copy settings from one channel to another by drag-and-drop. Drag tempo maps detected by the integrated Melodyne extension onto the Tempo Track to set the map for the entire Song. Convert audio to MIDI using Melodyne simply by drag-and-drop. Extract chords by dragging any audio or MIDI object directly to the Chord Track. Drag Arranger sections to create completely new arrangements on the fly. No other DAW lets you work so quickly and efficiently.

Dropout Protection for Low-Latency Monitoring

Dropout Protection for Low-Latency Monitoring screenshot

When you’re working with lots of audio tracks and virtual instruments, computer performance can limit your capabilities.…

Let’s be honest: Computers aren’t cheap, and you want to actually use the power you’ve paid for. That’s why Studio One® offers dynamic multi-core optimization for plug-ins, instruments, and the entire audio engine.

When you’re working with lots of audio tracks and virtual instruments, computer performance can limit your capabilities. The solution in most DAWs is to increase the buffer size to free up computer resources at the cost of increasing latency. Set the buffer too low, and audio dropouts and glitches can occur. Set the buffer too high, and virtual instruments and real-time monitoring become unusable.

Studio One solves this age-old conundrum with its unique Audio Dropout Protection and an advanced Native Low-Latency Monitoring system. This system handles audio playback and monitoring for audio inputs and virtual instruments as separate processes, letting you use a large processing buffer to handle heavy audio playback and effects processing tasks, while keeping latency low for audio input and virtual instrument monitoring. So you don’t have to compromise between low-latency monitoring and computer performance.

The CPU load for using combined virtual instruments inside a Multi-Instrument has been reduced by a whopping 70% for Native plug-ins and by around 50% for third-party instruments like Kontakt. We’ve also added CPU optimization for Mai Tai and Presence XT.

Drum Editor

Drum Editor screenshot

Studio One® 5 features an innovative, streamlined Drum View to edit drum parts as fast as you can think. Drum View lets you name pitches by instrument and, with one click, hide any pitch not used for drum notes, creating a much cleaner look for drum parts that’s easy on the eyes and much clearer for editing. Combined with Impact XT and hundreds of preconfigured pitch names and mapping scripts available free from PreSonus Exchange, the new Drum Editor is like an accelerator for drum editing.

Dual Pan

Dual Pan screenshot

Dual Pan is a fully variable stereo panner with Input Balance control, five selectable Pan Laws, and independent left/right panning. When you need granular control over your stereo image, Dual Pan has you covered.

Easy Sidechain Routing

Easy Sidechain Routing screenshot

Every Studio One® Native Effects dynamics plug-in has easy sidechain routing so you can get the sound you want without routing headaches you don’t need. Sidechain routing can be controlled both to and from the plug-in with one click.

Editable Folder Tracks

Editable Folder Tracks screenshot

Keeping the Arrange View organized can be critical to workflow, and Folder Tracks have traditionally helped in this area. Studio One®’s Folder Tracks also include grouping and busing options that improve editing and mixing workflow.

To add an existing Track to a Folder, simply drag-and-drop the Track onto the Folder Track. Clicking on the Folder icon on a Folder Track shows and hides the Tracks within the Folder in the Arrange View and their Mixer channels in the Console, if desired.

Just like Instrument and Audio Tracks, Folder Tracks have Mute, Solo, Record, and Monitor Enable buttons that enable the appropriate action for any Track within the Folder. When a Folder Track is collapsed, a single event with lanes representing each Track in the Folder across the arrangement is displayed. This consolidated event can be resized, copied-and-pasted, moved, and duplicated, allowing you to manipulate multiple Tracks with a single action.

Tracks within a Folder can be quickly grouped together just by clicking on the Group icon. Folder Tracks can also be easily routed to a bus channel. Any Track added to the Folder will automatically be routed to that bus.

Electronic Audioloops

Electronic Audioloops screenshot

Here are speaker-rattling Electronic Audioloops (no MIDI) for you to arrange, rearrange, chop up, and make your own. You get EDM loops, phrases, FM synths, drums, guitars, basslines, lead arpeggios, and more, all key- and tempo-labeled, in a handful of timeless styles, as well as some weird stuff, like chopped-up pianos, sci-fi effects, and glitchy sounds.

Electronic Kits and Musicloops

Electronic Kits and Musicloops screenshot

These professionally produced chord sequences (in multiple keys), bass loops, organ phrases, and even full mixes will get you creating music right out of the gate. They’re all in Studio One®’s proprietary Musicloop format, which contains both the MIDI and Instrument data.

Event-based Effects

Event-based Effects screenshot

Ever get tired of automating the bypass on an insert plug-in? Yeah, we do, too; that’s why we made adding Event-based real-time effects fast and easy. Simply drag-and-drop any effect or effect preset from the Studio One® Browser to any Event on the timeline while holding Alt/Opt. You can even render the effect right away to save processing power—which is always reversible, of course!


Exchange screenshot

At PreSonus® Exchange, Studio One® users can browse, download, review, and preview shared Studio One content from our unparalleled user community, as well as upload content and rate content from other users. You also get a public landing page where your content contributions are posted for all to see. Exchange lets you share presets, drum maps, FX chains, grooves, macros, extensions, soundsets, and more.

Join the community and share liberally. Everybody wins.


Expander screenshot

Expander is a fully variable downward or upward expander with range control and a sidechain, including a sidechain filter with variable low-cut and high-cut. Use Expander to decrease the levels of unwanted noise or bleed from other sources in the desired signal or to restore dynamic range to a compressed signal.

Extended FX Chains

Extended FX Chains screenshot

Broaden your sonic palette and discover new life in your old plug-in collection with Extended FX Chains, a fast and powerful tool for sound design. Using the Splitter Tool, route multiple simultaneous audio effects in myriad ways: serial, parallel, or split by channel or frequency band. Instantly transform any effect to multiband and combine different effects in new ways to explore uncharted sonic territory. Just one Splitter lets you split the audio path of a single channel up to five times. If that’s not enough, just add more Splitters!

Fat Channel XT

Fat Channel XT screenshot

Originally designed for integrated compatibility between Studio One® and StudioLive® mixers, Fat Channel XT brings award-winning StudioLive processors and State Space Models of vintage EQs and compressors to your DAW of choice. Fat Channel XT was designed to be the ultimate channel strip for any input or bus, with a variable high-pass filter, gate/expander, compressor, EQ, and limiter—all in one plug-in. In addition to the classic StudioLive compressor and EQ modules, you get two State Space Modeled compressors and EQs re-created from coveted vintage studio gear. Need more virtual analog goodness? Fat Channel XT can be expanded with any or all of the eight compressor and seven EQ models in the Fat Channel Collection (included with a PreSonus Sphere membership).

PreSonus developers stand at the forefront of State Space Modeling technology, and they put their expertise to good use when designing the latest-generation Fat Channel XT by adding hybrid State Space Models of vintage compressors and EQs. PreSonus offers eight additional compressor models and seven additional EQ models as add-ons.

Compressor offers the following choices:

  • Standard. A flexible, modern compressor with a clean, hi-fi sound.
  • Tube. A model of one of the best-loved vintage tube-based opto-compressors. Excels at vocal smoothing and at making bass instruments sound larger-than-life.
  • FET. A model of one of the most-used vintage FET-based compressors. Great for adding an aggressive edge and accentuating room sound for drums, guitars, and other highly transient signals.

Equalizer offers the following choices:

  • Standard. A flexible, full-featured modern EQ with a clean, hi-fi sound.
  • Passive. A model of one of the most sought-after vintage tube-based passive EQs. Deceptively simple controls and a rich, thick sound make it perfect for gentle tone-shaping or adding vintage character.
  • Vintage. A model of what some call the “final word” in vintage solid-state EQs. Combines an “everything sounds better through it” quality with musically chosen EQ frequencies for quick, reliable tonal magic.

The vintage compressors and EQ in Fat Channel XT are meticulously re-created from the original analog circuits, using State Space Modeling technology. This same technology also powers the Ampire amp models, Channel Strip Collection plug-ins, and the Studio One Console Shaper, ensuring that the nuanced, variable sonic character of analog survives its transition to the digital realm.

Fat Channel XT is also available in AU, AAX, and VST3 formats for use with other hosts. A complimentary license for additional Fat Channel XT formats is provided for Studio One Professional owners. When you’re ready for more models, Fat Channel XT can be expanded with Fat Channel Add-ons (included with PreSonus Sphere membership).



Flanger screenshot

Flanger creates spatial depths, swirls, timbral shifts, and percussive effects. Perfect for use on guitar tracks to create interesting shifts in timbre and tone, Flanger can help create lush synth sounds, as well.

Flanger works by splitting an audio signal into two identical signals; applying a varying, short delay to one signal; feeding its output back to its input by varying amounts; and mixing the processed and unprocessed signals. You can modulate Flanger’s delay time with an LFO, which can be tempo-synced for perfectly timed effects.


Gate screenshot

Gate is a noise-gate processor with Range control. It features sidechain capability with a sidechain filter that includes variable low cut and high cut. Use Gate to eliminate unwanted noise or low levels. Alternatively, use it creatively to control the level of one source from another—ideal for producing rhythmic pumping and glitch effects using the sidechain—or sidechain it to your favorite virtual instrument and let Gate do the sample replacement for you.

Groove Delay

Groove Delay screenshot

Groove Delay is a four-tap, tempo-synced delay with variable filters and an independent beat grid. Use Groove Delay to create tempo-synced delay patterns ranging from simple subdivision taps to intricate, evolving grooves or granular effects. Two X/Y grids let you control the cutoff, resonance, and bandpass filters simply by dragging a point across the grids. Each tap gets its own independent filter, and the Groove parameter lets you adjust the delay time relative to the Beat setting to create evolving polyrhythmic beats, mind-bending pitch shifts, and more.

Groove Extraction

Groove Extraction screenshot

Groove Extraction is an extremely powerful, yet simple, feature. Tighten up loose performances by dragging-and-dropping a Part into the Groove Panel; remaining Parts will be quantized using the source Part’s timing as a model. Any audio or MIDI event can be quantized using an extracted groove from any other event. This is extremely useful for cleaning up multi-instrument performances.

Extracted grooves can also be used for more creative purposes, such as extracting a great groove from a funk loop and applying it to a straight-eighth drum loop. You can also drag the groove to an Instrument Track, which renders the groove as a series of notes, one for each hit in the groove, even tweaking note velocity according to the relative level of the hits. This allows you to instantly build a virtual instrument bass part that exactly matches a drum performance, for example. Just drag the drum performance into the Groove Panel and drag-and-drop it onto the virtual instrument’s Instrument Track. Now you can change the notes as you wish.

The possibilities are endless!

High-DPI Graphics

High-DPI Graphics screenshot

Studio One® is more than just a pretty face, giving you the flexibility to customize its look to your taste or for different work environments. We also want you to enjoy Studio One no matter where you use it, from a small notebook to a 5K display, including multi-monitor setups—we tested it with six monitors! Studio One delivers thanks to its high-DPI graphics and supports the latest multi-touch computers and monitors so you can get your hands on your mix, arrangement, editing tools, and more.

High-Resolution Note Editing

High-Resolution Note Editing screenshot

Studio One® works with all the standard MIDI gear you know and love, from controllers to tone modules. But once MIDI data arrives into Studio One, it’s converted to a high-resolution, 32-bit internal format, which makes it ready to support high-resolution MIDI 2.0. That means no zipper noise on instruments, smoother controller changes and pitch bends, more detailed automation, and other benefits when working in the Studio One environment. If you need to drive external MIDI gear, you’re covered there too: Studio One translates its high-resolution format back into standard MIDI data when the data needs to return to the outside world.

Studio One also boasts a robust set of creative Note Actions note-editing tools, like Randomize, Apply Scale, Mirror Notes, and more, as well as utilitarian options like Quantize and Humanize. All of these are assignable to keyboard shortcuts and included in macros. MIDI editing has never been better.

Studio One 5 now supports note controllers for more expressive playback of musical performances using virtual instruments and orchestral libraries. Note controllers affect individual notes, in multiple dimensions if needed. This includes support for MIDI Poly Pressure and MPE (MIDI Polyphonic Expressions) with compatible MIDI hardware and virtual instruments.

Impact XT

Impact XT screenshot

Impact XT is a comprehensive beat- and rhythm-production environment that is also seamlessly integrated with the ATOM pad controller. Create complete arrangements in one instance of Impact XT by launching loops that sync to your song with real-time stretching, beat quantization, and synced start/stop. You get 8 layers with 16 pads per layer. Drag-and-drop audio samples to any pad to instantly load it, then begin manipulating your sample with independent filter and amplifier controls for each pad. Multiple velocity layers let you create dynamic sound sets.

Impact XT Core Library

Impact XT Core Library screenshot

Impact XT is more than just a rhythm machine; it’s also suitable for melodic applications, and this bundle of Impact XT sounds proves it by leveraging Studio One®’s proprietary Musicloop format. Drag-and-drop an Impact XT Core Library Musicloop from the Browser to the Edit window, and Studio One will load Impact automatically, load all the right samples, and render a pattern right before your eyes. Reverse-engineer this result to learn what makes Impact XT really powerful.

Individual instrument WAVs and mixdowns are also available as standard loops—key- and tempo-labeled, of course.

Input Filter

Input Filter screenshot

Input Filter lets you filter out unwanted notes before they reach your instrument or MIDI device. You can specify a range of allowed note pitches and a range of allowed note velocities; all notes that fall outside of either of those ranges are stopped.

Input Mixer

Input Mixer screenshot

The Input Mixer allows you to control and process audio signals before they’re recorded. This includes processing with both virtual effects plug-ins and DSP-based effects onboard PreSonus® Studio 192 audio interfaces and StudioLive® Series III mixers.

The Input Channel mixer section adds remote-controlled hardware- and software-based input gain and polarity controls to every input, even if your hardware doesn’t provide such controls. Combining hardware and software-based gain controls lets you drive a hardware preamp a bit while still maintaining control over the levels actually recorded to disk. This new approach to gain staging offers more flexibility and more precise control throughout the entire recording and mixing process. It also allows for the traditional printing of outboard processing, for those who like to commit to decisions early in the mixing process. It’s ideal for producers who solve their crossword puzzles with a pen.

Polarity and Gain controls have also been added to every audio, instrument, and FX and Bus Channel in the console—if you like. We’ve updated the Console’s channels to be customizable, showing as much, or as little, information as you’d prefer, including audio device controls, input controls, sends/cue mix, I/O connections, VCA connections, Mix Groups, and new Channel Notes!


Inspector screenshot

The Track and Event Inspector Views offer you fast access to important per-track and per-event parameters and functions without opening the Mixer or other windows. Choose the Timestretching Mode for each track individually; set some tracks to follow the Chord Track, for example, while others do not. When you need to focus, you can view the Mixer channel for a single track, complete with inserts, sends, and input controls.

The Event Inspector lets you add and view Event FX, transpose or fine-tune a single event, add fades and much more. When you need to zoom in on a single track or event, the Inspector view gives you all the critical information you need to dial in your sound.

IR Maker

IR Maker screenshot

IR Maker is a utility plug-in that allows you to capture your own impulse responses for use with the PreSonus® OpenAIR plug-in, the cabinet section of Ampire XT, and any other host/IR loader applications. Capture the ambience of your favorite real-world acoustic spaces for later use in Studio One®. IR Maker also features automatic latency compensation to make creating custom impulse responses quick and easy.

Keyboard Shortcuts

Keyboard Shortcuts screenshot

Studio One® includes customizable keyboard shortcuts that let you speed up your workflow by placing crucial and frequently used commands right at your fingertips. You can even map Studio One controls to the same commands used by Pro Tools, Cubase, Logic, or Sonar—especially helpful if you’re switching between DAWs frequently or transitioning to using Studio One as your main DAW.

Layers and Takes

Layers and Takes screenshot

With Studio One’s Layers and Takes, you’ll let music drive your performance instead of perfectionism. Simply set a couple of loop points and activate Studio One’s Record Takes to Layers option, and just jam. Each pass through the loop will record your performance to a new layer. Repeat your performance over and over again until you get a perfect take…

… or not. Because thanks to Studio One’s innovative comping system, assembling a perfect take from several layers is a simple matter of highlighting the performance elements you want to keep. It’s the lowest-stress manner of recording available anywhere.

Level Meter

Level Meter screenshot

The Level Meter plug-in is a level meter that can be set as a horizontal or vertical display and sized as large or as small as you like. Choose from Peak/RMS, K-20, K-14, and K-12 modes; set RMS and Hold Length; engage to display phase correlation; even display True Peak metering. Throw Level Meter on your main bus, and you’ll always have an eye on your mix.


Limiter2 screenshot


Limiter2 is a brickwall limiting processor with optional K-System Metering. Use it to prevent your output signal from clipping, or to maximize signals with very dynamic peaks. Limiter2 has received a major overhaul in Studio One® 5 and now features three attack speeds and two different modes to control distortion.

Listen Bus

Listen Bus screenshot

A dedicated Listen Bus adds new flexibility to the Studio One® 5 Console. Use the Listen Bus to provide a control room feed, independent of the main output. While active, all soloed signals are routed to the Listen Bus, while the full mix can still be heard from the main mix output; Cue Mix sends remain unaffected. A dedicated AFL/PFL option lets you choose between monitoring soloed signals pre- or post-fader (and pan).

The Listen Bus can also be used to let you tune your studio monitors to your room using calibration plug-ins, without affecting your main mix.

Macro Controls

Macro Controls screenshot

To facilitate editing of the diverse sounds made possible by Studio One®, each Console channel and Multi Instrument has a Macro Panel with eight knobs and switches that can be assigned to the most critical instrument or effect parameters. These Macro Controls, in turn, can be assigned to your favorite MIDI controller for hands-on fun with your sounds.

With Macro Controls, multiple parameters can be assigned to the same control, with independent Range/Polarity/Curve controls. Additional XY vector pads can be assigned with individual parameters; they can collapse/expand and are most useful when using a multitouch-enabled display.

Mai Tai

Mai Tai screenshot

A polyphonic analog modeling synthesizer with an elegant interface, Mai Tai produces sounds that can change character, with drastic morphing changes and unique timbres. Its Multimode Filter offers sounds ranging from vintage analog to state-of-the-art “zero-delay feedback filter.” Mai Tai’s oscillators and LFOs have a Free-Run mode, like an analog synth. Get modular synth-style operation for enormously complex sounds via Mai Tai’s 16-stage modulation matrix. Mai Tai provides up to 32 synth voices, 2 oscillators with sine, triangle, saw, and square wave options; 3 ADSR envelopes; and built-in chorus, flanger, delay, and reverb. When you’re ready to make unique sounds, Mai Tai can do it all.

Marker Track

Marker Track screenshot

When you need to navigate through your song quickly, the Marker Track gets you where you need to go. Lock Markers to their bar and beat location so no matter how the tempo changes, your Markers stay put. Customize Marker names, export audio between desired Markers, create Arranger sections from your Markers, and even call up any Marker from your keyboard, hardware controller, or Studio One® Remote for iPad® and Android™ tablet. New in Version 5, the Marker Track now features a custom Track Inspector that lets you navigate, rename, add, and delete Markers in one convenient location.

Mastering Tools

Mastering Tools screenshot

Studio One®’s plug-ins provide the final EQ, dynamics, and imaging control that can make the difference between a track being “good” and “great.” But you’ll also find analysis tools like spectrum analysis, K-System and EBU loudness metering, phase metering, an expandable level meter, and an oscilloscope to provide visual confirmation of what you hear—as well as to help with conformance to broadcast and duplication standards. Apply processing to individual tracks or the entire collection to take your mixes to the next level using Studio One’s integrated Project Page.

Melodyne Essentials

Melodyne Essentials screenshot

We have partnered with Celemony to bring you access to their Grammy-winning Melodyne, the most powerful timing and pitch correction and manipulation tool on the market. Melodyne is tightly integrated with Studio One®, and Studio One Artist comes with Celemony Melodyne Trial, while Studio One Professional comes with a full Celemony Melodyne Essential license.

Studio One features a unique pitch- and timing-editing solution, thanks to its tight integration with Melodyne. Using the ARA extension PreSonus® co-developed with Celemony, Studio One lets you use Melodyne’s selection of detection algorithms to manipulate the melodic and timing structure of your audio without the tedious task of making edits by hand. Use Melodic Mode for monophonic melody lines, such as vocals. Percussive Mode is best for non-pitched, percussive signals. Or combine the best of both worlds with Universal Mode to perform pitch and rhythm manipulations on polyphonic material, such as guitar or keyboard parts or an entire mixed song.

As with other Event FX, Melodyne runs in real time, allowing immediate auditioning of the material being edited alongside the rest of the mix. Melodyne can also be used to extract tempo from audio to create a detailed map of the tempo changes over time. Drag this tempo map to the Tempo Track in Studio One to make every track in your song follow the detected tempo changes.

Melodyne can also be used to extract chord progressions from polyphonic audio that can be transferred directly to the Studio One Chord Track. In turn, the Studio One Chord Track can be used as a reference for editing note pitches inside Melodyne.

When an audio event is analyzed in Melodyne, the note pitches resulting from analysis appear on the waveform, making it possible to drag the audio event to an Instrument Track and extract the pitch and velocity information as note data that perfectly matches the audio performance. Got a melody in mind? Sing it into Studio One and drag it to an Instrument Track to start working on it right away.

To expand these already powerful features to polyphonic and multitrack editing, choose any of the available Melodyne upgrades available directly from the PreSonus Shop. There is no end to creative ways Studio One’s deep integration with Melodyne will let you produce, write songs, and mix audio.

Mix Console

Mix Console screenshot

Your mixing workflow is unique. Your mixing console should be too. That’s why Studio One® lets you resize the Mixer windows and faders with both narrow and wide views, compact and expanded inserts, and Send Views. Freely reorder channels or have Studio One organize the Mixer automatically. Show or hide the Input Mixer, output channels, and hardware controls as you need. New in Studio One 5, powerful Mix Scenes capture a snapshot of the entire console, including view/hide state, fader levels, effects chains, and more. Scenes can be recalled in part or in full using your mouse, keyboard, or any hardware controller. The Studio One Mix Console makes sure that you have access to the critical functions you need, customized just for you.

Mix Engine FX

Mix Engine FX screenshot

While we pride ourselves on the crystal clarity of Studio One®’s 64-bit floating-point mix engine, there is no doubt a certain mojo to analog signal processing—and one need look no further than eBay to see how much people are willing to pay for it.

Why pay those prices for bulky, half-broken, maintenance-prone dusty hardware? In this spirit, we developed Mix Engine FX, a processing technology that affects your music across all channels, rather than just in a single channel, as with a traditional plug-in. This allows for vintage-inspired artifacts like console crosstalk, surface noise, tape saturation and bleed, and more. You can apply it to any channel or bus—even the mains. Unlike conventional plug-ins that can only process a single channel, Mix Engine FX apply processing at a much deeper level, across any number of channels and even in between.

The Console Shaper Mix Engine FX plug-in (included with Studio One Professional), re-creates analog mixer-system topology and componentry through State Space Modeling, transforming Studio One’s summing engine into an analog-style console with control over drive, noise, and true crosstalk across multiple channels.

The CTC-1 Pro Console Shaper Mix Engine FX (included with PreSonus® Sphere membership) expands upon Console Shaper’s features by adding tube, classic, and custom console models with control over drive, character, crosstalk, and noise. Third-party Mix Engine FX include Softube Tape, which emulates three different tape machine types, and Softube Harmonic, a powerful and versatile saturation plug-in. Both are available from shop.presonus.com.

Mixer Scenes

Mixer Scenes screenshot

Capture and recall entire Mixer Scenes, sections, or just a single channel. Mixer Scenes are complete Mixer snapshots and can be saved at any time and recalled in their entirety or filtered to only include volume, pan, mute, inserts, sends, cue mix settings, input controls, or any combination thereof. Scenes can be recalled globally or limited to selected channels and are automatically saved with the current Song or your favorite Song template.


Mixtool screenshot

Mixtool provides common track utilities, including a Gain control, independent left- and right-channel inversion, left- and right-channel swap, and Mid-Side transformation of stereo signals. Use Mixtool when inverting channels to correct for phase cancellation and correlation issues, as well as to provide additional volume trim options anywhere in the signal chain and independent from the main channel fader. In combination with Studio One®’s easy parallel routing, Mixtool allows you to use any conventional plug-in for M/S-processing.


MixVerb® screenshot

MixVerb® is a simple and efficient reverb that is meant to be used as an insert on mono or stereo tracks. MixVerb features adjustable size, pre-delay, and damping, as well as an adjustable gate and stereo width control. Use it to add just the right amount of atmosphere to any signal.


Mojito screenshot

Mojito is a monophonic, subtractive synth with built-in effects that can deliver a wide range of sounds, from resonant bass lines to funky leads. Mojito provides pulse and sawtooth waveforms, both rich in harmonics, which are passed through an analog-style, resonant, 24 dB/octave low-pass filter that can be modulated, singly or in combination, by key position; ADSR envelope generator; velocity; and a tempo-syncable LFO. An integrated FX section lets you add depth and color to broaden your sound. The Drive control can overload the virtual filter circuit to get the vintage feel you’ve been after.

MTC/MMC Synchronization

MTC/MMC Synchronization screenshot

Studio One® 5 projects can be set to follow external timecode, as well as generate it to synchronize external devices. MIDI Timecode and MIDI Machine Control can be set independently to any available MIDI source and destination.

Note: An outboard synchronizer is required for conversion from SMPTE. An external word clock (master) is recommended for additional accuracy.

Multi Instruments

Multi Instruments screenshot

Multi Instruments let you stack multiple synths and instruments, as layers or key splits, on a single Instrument Track and record, edit, and play them like a single Instrument. A Multi Instrument not only adds full control over keyboard and velocity zones, it also provides you with powerful Note FX routing options.

A fully customizable Macro Panel with eight assignable knobs and buttons and two X/Y pads gives you control over any parameter on any stacked Instrument or over multiple parameters on multiple Instruments at the same time.

Each Multi Instrument has its own Mixer channel, with each individual output of the combined Instruments as full-featured sub-channels. Process these outputs with plug-ins and sends, then save everything into a single Multi Preset. This opens a huge new range of possibilities for creative production and sound design.

Multiband Dynamics

Multiband Dynamics screenshot

Multiband Dynamics is a compressor/expander with five completely independent compression/expansion bands, optional simultaneous adjustment over all bands, and multiband metering. Use it to reduce unwanted signals or banded noise and to emphasize or limit certain instruments. Multiband Dynamics is great for mastering compression on a complete mix and easy de-essing by applying compression only to the offending sibilance frequency range. Multiband Dynamics can also be easily sidechained for parallel compression and more.

Multitrack Drum Editing

Multitrack Drum Editing screenshot

When it comes to multitrack drum editing, Studio One® provides a robust suite of tools and features, including grouping, guide tracks, transient detection, and various slicing and time-stretching methods—all inside the convenient Audio Bend Panel. It’s like having your own personal rhythm investigator on the job.

Once you’ve found the way you like to edit drums, you can preserve your setup to make the next session’s drum editing go even more quickly.

Note Actions

Note Actions screenshot

Note-editing options are at the heart of MIDI editing in Studio One®. The Note Actions menu offers fast, intuitive editing and composition and includes creative note-editing options for Instrument Tracks, including Randomize, Apply Scale, Mirror, and more. All of these are assignable to keyboard shortcuts and included in macros. Finally, you can create your own custom Macro Panels or pages, with your most frequently used editing operations just one click away.

Note Controller Support

Note Controller Support screenshot

Studio One® 5 now supports Note Controllers for more expressive playback of musical performances using virtual instruments and orchestral libraries. Note Controllers affect individual notes, in multiple dimensions if needed. Select any note, and the associated Note Controller data automatically appears in its own lane for instant editing. This includes translation of traditional MIDI Poly Pressure and also covers MPE (MIDI Polyphonic Expression) support for compatible MIDI hardware and virtual instruments.

Poly Pressure support can be found on MIDI controllers such as the PreSonus®ATOM-series and is supported by a growing number of virtual instruments.

Note Editor

Note Editor screenshot

Studio One®’s piano view Note Editor is instantly familiar to anyone who has worked with MIDI—and perfectly intuitive to those who haven’t. A MIDI controller can be used to input notes traditionally or via Step Entry mode, and several tools support note entry and editing via mouse.

Quantize, Humanize, and Groove Templates all allow for nuanced manipulation of note timing. Advanced Note Actions like Randomize, Slice at Grid, and Mirror Notes are exciting creative tools that can rescue you from a compositional rut. Supercharge your workflow by combining these Note Actions into powerful macros assigned to buttons on your controller or to keyboard shortcuts for even faster creative editing.

Multiple Instrument Channels can be group-selected to view several tracks’ worth of notes in a single edit window, organized by color. Your notes can even be colorized by pitch! Scale constraints allow you to remove wrong notes from your workflow entirely, and you can even create your own custom scales.

Automation Lanes can be elegantly painted in, using a variety of tools. Default Lanes include the most common selections, like Modulation and Velocity, but this region is fully configurable to include whatever instrument parameters you would like. Furthermore, Studio One’s internal high-resolution data format already meets the requirements for MIDI 2.0, so there’s no zipper noise on instruments, and you’ll experience smooth controller changes and pitch bends.

A special Drum View is also available for more intuitive composition and editing of percussive material unbefitting of the piano roll. And last but not least, the new in Version 5 Score View brings the ease of Notion® notation software to Studio One in a streamlined and intuitive workflow. Best of all, you can use any or all of these views simultaneously to view the same note data in different views or look at each track in the view that suits it best.

Note FX

Note FX screenshot

Note FX adds a new creative layer to your virtual instrument collection by processing the note data for your virtual instruments, not the audio output signal.

Arpeggiator (Professional only). With multiple modes available, Arpeggiator offers nearly limitless sonic creations. Modes include: Pattern Mode, with individual velocity and gate time settings for individual steps; Chord Mode, where the notes of a chord are played through the pattern; and Manual Mode, where the notes are arpeggiated in the same order as they’re played on the input, creating step-sequencer like effects.

Repeater (Professional only). Create anything from basic delay/echo effects to complex patterns and glissandi. Individual pitch offsets for each step in Pattern Mode give this tool a unique twist. Manual Pitch Mode lets you create complex note sequences.

Chorder (Professional only). Use Chorder to create automatic chords from single notes played on the input. Each note on the keyboard can have a different chord assigned to it. With Transpose, the chord pattern can be shifted to any key.

Input Filter. Use Input Filter to keep your creation on track by limiting the key range and velocity range of instruments at the input.

Note Repeat

Note Repeat screenshot

Fully remote-controllable from any MIDI controller, Note Repeat has its own section in the Record Panel where you can activate/deactivate it, quickly switch between different note values, and activate/deactivate Note Erase. Set the gate time for notes and use key or poly pressure to control note velocity. Quantize notes to the Song grid; when Quantize is inactive, notes are triggered instantly from a key or pad. Use Key Remote mode to control all Note Repeat functions from a keyboard controller. These are just a fewof the new Note Repeat features!

Notion® Integration

Notion® Integration screenshot

If you’ve ever used multiple pieces of PreSonus® hardware, you know that it’s designed to work together. Our software is designed to work together, too. Note data from one or more Instrument Tracks created in Studio One® can be easily sent to Notion® to create lead sheets and printed scores. Conversely, scores created in Notion can be sent to Studio One to create full productions with audio, advanced mixing, and more. Track names, Tempo and Chord Maps, and VST/AU virtual instrument assignments for playback are all transferred between the applications along with the note data, so you can pick up right where you left off.


OpenAIR screenshot

OpenAIR is a highly efficient convolution reverb capable of delivering ultra-realistic reverberation based on impulse responses captured from both real spaces and classic hardware reverbs. Use OpenAIR to add lush reverb to your recordings and employ the integrated 4-band EQ to shape your sound. Take your own impulse responses with IR Maker and re-create your favorite real-world acoustic space in your mix.


Patterns screenshot

Step sequencers have traditionally been separate programs or windows within a host but Studio One® takes a fresh approach in which step sequencing becomes another type of Part, like Instrument and Audio Parts, and is equally easy to edit. Patterns are perfect for step programming and changing variations on the fly.

Even better, Patterns are very much like playable, real-time instruments. You can change every parameter on a per-step basis—including 10 levels of repeat for “strummed” effects, a probability algorithm that adds variety by selectively dropping out notes, and Automation Lanes. Vary automation parameters in real time for the instrument being driven by the Pattern, and tweak while playing until it sounds just the way you want. Once the Pattern is complete, click and drag its edge to extend the Pattern for as long as you want within a track.

Tight integration with Instrument Parts, automation, and Impact XT means that Patterns reinvent step sequencing as a seamless, fast, fun part of making music. Patterns transform step sequencing from mechanical repetition into a truly expressive addition to modern sequencing. Yes, Patterns are about drums but also melodies, integration with any instrument, step-based automation, variable sequence lengths (polyrhythms, anyone?), unlimited variations, and more.

Impact XT’s integration with Patterns and ATOM-series pad controllers will change how you think about drum programming because the combination makes beat creation fast, fun, and effortless. There’s no need for a separate plug-in or track type to do pattern-based sequencing, because Patterns work side-by-side with conventional Instrument Parts on the same track. You can even choose, rename, copy, and reorder an unlimited number of Pattern variations from within the arrangement without ever opening the Pattern Editor. And there’s a new library of inspirational drum patterns and variations patterns in Musicloops format for easy, drag-and-drop saving and export.


Pedalboard screenshot

The Pedalboard plug-in features the same modeled pedals as Ampire, without the amps and cabinets. The same nerdy State Space Modeling technology that made our amp modeling possible also drives 5 of the 13 stompboxes included in the Ampire Pedalboard. So for non-guitarists looking to use stompboxes to warp their vocals, drum machines, keyboards, kazoos, or any other audio source, this Pedalboard is just for you.

Pedalboard includes the following stompbox effects:

Big Fuzz: This distortion pedal is responsible for so many classic riffs it would take a supermassive black hole to hold them all.

FAT: This 1980s popular pedalboard staple provides three controls to shape your tone for just the right amount of aggression.

MP Ninety: This classic phase-shifter has a singular focus and a truly unique sound.

PAE Chorus 1: With the flexibility of four pedals in one, this chorus is the standard to which every other chorus is compared.

Tube Dreamer: This overdrive pedal offers a mid-boost that has made it a staple for countless players and can saturate an already-overdriven amp beautifully.

You also get eight classic Ampire stompboxes from the digital imaginations that have made Studio One® one of the most popular DAWs around:

  • Delay
  • Equalizer
  • Modulation (Chorus, Phaser, or Flanger)
  • Pan
  • Reverb
  • Tremolo
  • Tube Driver
  • Wah-wah

Phase Meter

Phase Meter screenshot

The Phase Meter is helpful when checking stereo playback issues and mono compatibility. There are two components to this meter: a large goniometer at the center of the plug-in window and a correlation meter at the very bottom. The goniometer displays left versus right channel amplitude on several axes. The correlation meter shows an average of the audio signal’s phase relationships.


Phaser screenshot

The unmistakable rising and falling effect of a phaser may have been popularized by guitarists of the 1970s but it sounds good on nearly anything: synths, drum overheads, and even vocals.

Phaser works by applying a variable number of allpass filters in series (one fed into the other), along with one overall feedback loop, to the input signal. An LFO modulates the center frequency for each all-pass filter. The allpass filters function as frequency-dependent delays, so that when the filtered output is added to the original input signal, certain frequencies can be attenuated or amplified as the result of phase shifting.

Pipeline XT

Pipeline XT screenshot

Studio One® Professional’s unique Pipeline XT plug-in lets you use your beloved collection of boutique, vintage, and classic analog hardware signal processors as easily as software plug-ins. Latency compensation is included, so you can easily mix and match your plug-ins and hardware. Dust off that RE-501 and get to work!

Pipeline XT makes it easy to integrate hardware processors with plug-ins, managing the signal flow to and from the external processor. Simply click the Auto button after setting up the send and return connections, and the latency will be measured and compensated for automatically. You can then use the Offset parameter to make manual adjustments, up to a maximum of 32,000 samples.

Although Pipeline XT is a stereo plug-in, it supports mono sends without losing a second hardware output—perfect for use with mono-in / stereo-out processors. A notepad lets you add text notes to your presets to document specific setup instructions and parameter settings for your hardware processor. You can even take a photo of your hardware processor and drag it into the Pipeline XT center display to capture hardware settings for later manual recall. Click on the image to expand it to full size and switch between image view, ping view, and oscilloscope. Background colors, device names, custom images, and text notes are all saved with your song and Pipeline XT presets.

Plug-in Manager

Plug-in Manager screenshot

Managing huge libraries of plug-ins and virtual instruments in Studio One® is faster and easier than ever before. The new Plug-in Manager combines all the tools for managing large systems in one place. Hiding duplicate plug-ins or removing individual plug-ins from the blacklist now only takes a few clicks.

Podcast Macros and Templates

Podcast Macros and Templates screenshot

Podcasters and voiceover producers will appreciate the new Podcast Production Template we’ve added to Studio One®—but we didn’t stop there. We also added a new Macro Toolbar page featuring macros and commands tailored to the specific needs of podcasters and audiobook producers.


Pre-Record screenshot

Capturing tracks in Studio One® is fast and easy. Pre-record mode ensures you don’t miss a beat. When multitrack recording, you can add and arm tracks with sequential I/O assignments, route multiple MIDI devices to multiple instruments simultaneously, and give each performer their own click setting with a separate cue mix. To capture difficult parts, use Studio One’s Step Record mode or build your track by loop recording to individual track layers.

Presence XT

Presence XT screenshot

Presence XT is a powerful polyphonic sample player with a deep multi-sample and layer architecture and built-in synth features such as filters, envelopes, LFOs, and effects. Presence XT is also equipped with articulation key switching and powerful scripting capabilities for nuanced, lifelike sounds. For example, many virtual guitars and basses have adjustable fret noise; the acoustic piano has custom controls for sustain pedal noise; all Hammond organ presets come with drawbar controls and switchable percussion; and strings and brass presets feature legato scripts. Additional Presence XT sound libraries are available as Add-ons.

The optional Presence XT Editor unlocks the full potential of Presence XT by adding total access to its sample editing, mapping, and scripting features. Every Presence XT Add-on library and the Presence XT Editor are included with PreSonus® Sphere membership.

Presence XT core library

Presence XT core library screenshot

This library provides a diverse array of instruments for Studio One®’s robust sampler. Get your fill of classic keyboard and percussion sounds, served up alongside a bounty of surprisingly articulate and expressive strings, woodwinds, and brass. Guitars and basses round out the offering alongside several choral options ranging from “ooh” to “aah.”

Many presets provide multiple articulations assigned to key switches, which are automatically displayed by their names in the Musical Editor.

Prime Selection Loops and Sounds

Prime Selection Loops and Sounds screenshot

This “greatest hits” assemblage from many of our Add-ons and loops, has been specially cherry-picked for the Studio One® Prime customer. You get 10 multitrack loops in a construction kit format; enjoy the full mixes or mess with their constituent instruments to rearrange. Make something new from something free.

Some of the best developers from shop.presonus.com have made selections available in this bundle, so expect more loops in everything from hip-hop and trap to Indian dubstep.

Producer Loops and Kits

Producer Loops and Kits screenshot

A sampler platter of loops and Impact XT kits from three of the best sample and loop developers in the game—Big Fish Audio, Sample Magic, and MVP Loops—this collection includes everything from basses to synth leads to flute loops suitable for EDM and hip-hop. You get plenty of one-shots, lots…

A sampler platter of loops and Impact XT kits from three of the best sample and loop developers in the game—Big Fish Audio, Sample Magic, and MVP Loops—this collection includes everything from basses to synth leads to flute loops suitable for EDM and hip-hop. You get plenty of one-shots, lots of key- and tempo-labeled musical loops and phrases, and more drum loops than you’ll know what to do with.

Pro EQ2

Pro EQ2 screenshot

Pro EQ2 is a seven-band parametric equalizer with optional spectrum metering; variable low-cut, high-cut, low-frequency, and high-frequency multimode filters; and an optional Auto-Gain output gain setting. Use Pro EQ on any mono or stereo track to accurately apply precision equalization to any signal.

The essential Pro EQ plug-in received several major enhancements in Studio One® 5, including an additional phase linear low-cut EQ with three fixed values (20 Hz, 50 Hz, 80 Hz) and a variable slope. A 12th-octave spectrum display mode has been added, so you can view spectral information superimposed on a piano display. A dedicated input meter, adjustable meter range, and peak hold have also been added.

Project Page

Project Page screenshot

Studio One® Professional is the only DAW that links Songs and stems with finished, mixed projects. Transfer Studio One mixes to the Project Page for mastering, and if you hear anything you need to change, simply jump back into the ong, make your tweaks, and then mix the revised version back automatically into the Project Page to continue mastering. Whether for Red Book-compatible CD burning, digital publishing for streaming, creating DJ sets and playlists, or professional-level DDP import/export for duplicators, the Song Page/Project Page partnership makes it easy to obtain consistent levels and tonal balance with collections of songs.

Songs and stems don’t live in isolation. They’re assembled into albums (or tracks, in the case of stems), distributed online as a collection of files, published as CDs for a band’s merch table, or sequenced as a DJ set. In all those situations, the songs need to have consistent levels and tonal qualities, and the final mixes need to be taken to a radio-ready level.

For example, suppose you’re putting together an album with 12 Songs, and you find the levels vary. No problem; you can balance the levels. But let’s take this even further, where you find the vocals on track 3 are softer than the other tracks and not quite as bright.

Normally, you’d need to open the Song, make the changes, export the mix, import it into a mastering program, remaster it, and hope that it ends up sounding right in context with the other tracks. There’s a better way: From the Project Page, open the Song Page in Studio One, make the edits, then tell Studio One to incorporate those changes when you switch back to the Project Page. Done—and now you can hear those edits in context with the other tracks.

Publication and distribution

Publication and distribution screenshot

When it’s time to publish, Studio One® has all the bases covered: DDP export for duplicators, Red Book CD burning, disc image, and digital releases in multiple formats. Upload to PreSonus® Sphere for backup and collaboration or use the integrated publishing direct to SoundCloud™ and release your new album, singles, or podcast to your fans.

Prepare tracks for streaming with data compressed, standard, or lossless files. AAF (Advanced Authoring Format) and MIDI files provide song/session exchange for those who haven’t switched to Studio One (yet). Open all video and audio formats your operating system supports. Enjoy better video performance with 64-bit video engines for macOS® and Windows®, and export a video file with your embedded mixdown. Create disk images. Burn Red Book CDs. Import DDP files for editing, such as fixing ID tags or ISRC code errors, then export the corrected DDP file. Whether your music’s final destination is online streaming or physical media, Studio One Professional has you covered. Most recently, we’ve added export support for variable-bitrate MP3, AAC, ALAC, and good ol’ mono!

Yes, Studio One excels at multitrack recording—but it also knows what to do with your songs once they’re finished.


RedlightDist™ screenshot

A user favorite since Studio One® version 1, RedlightDist® is an analog distortion emulator with teeth. Run your audio through up to three stages of tubes, transistor, op-amps, and fuzz to add just a little noise or pure distorted delight. An internal filter provides even more control over the distortion color, from rich and fuzzy to ear-piercing noise.


Repeater screenshot

Repeater works just like it sounds: It creates rhythmic repetitions of the notes you play. These repetitions can be simple copies of incoming notes or can change in velocity, gate length, and pitch as the pattern plays.

Retrospective Record (Audio)

Retrospective Record (Audio) screenshot

Mistakes happen. The opening notes of a singer’s first perfect performance of the day get missed because the engineer forgot to hit Record, or maybe you just missed the punch-in. Those mistakes can be embarrassing but what happens in Studio One® stays in Studio One, so nobody has to be the wiser. With Retrospective Record, Studio One can capture up to a full minute of audio before you click the record button so your secret’s safe—and so is your recording.

RMS/peak metering for all channels

RMS/peak metering for all channels screenshot

Metering is a critical part of the production process. Studio One®’s meters visually display audio levels according to your choice of metering style, and you can meter these levels at various stages in the signal path. The meters automatically display in mono or stereo, depending on the audio source.

Peak/RMS meters simultaneously show both peak and RMS levels. Whereas a peak meter shows the highest output level at any instant, an RMS meter shows an average of the peaks and troughs of an audio signal over time. An RMS meter is intended to indicate the perceived loudness of the audio being measured by functioning in a way similar to the human ear and is therefore often used as a true measure of perceived loudness. By showing both meter styles, Studio One lets you keep an eye on your output levels over time and in real-time.

Each channel and bus also has a separate gain reduction meter providing a visual display of how your dynamics plug-ins are interacting with the signal. For even more metering options (including loudness metering) use our dedicated Level Meter plug-in.

Room Reverb

Room Reverb screenshot

Room Reverb is a room-simulator reverb plug-in that lets you create virtual room models to add just the right amount of ambiance to your productions. Four different room models can be customized using variable room parameters like size, width, and height, as well as the distance, asymmetry, and relative height between the source and the listener. Add in room character parameters like dampness, reflectivity, and population, and you can re-create just about any space you can imagine.


Rotor screenshot

Rotor is a rotary speaker effect that simulates the sound of a tube-powered amplifier with independently rotating high-mid horn and bass woofer to add motion and a unique tonal character to organ sounds, guitars, or anything you want to try. Each speaker’s rotation can be set to a range of speeds, with realistic braking and acceleration effects when changing speeds.

Rotor now features a new State Space Modeled drive stage to add natural analog saturation for even more vintage warmth.

Sample One XT

Sample One XT screenshot

Sample One XT is a sampling powerhouse. Sample, auto-slice, loop, stretch, process, trigger, and deconstruct audio (sampled from inputs or imported from a track) for breathtaking freedom in constructing powerful new performances and beats. Imported audio can be set to follow the song tempo, multiple samples can be mapped across the entire keyboard, and exported multi-samples can be used in Bitwig Studio, Sample Robot, and more applications that are being added all the time. Like your sonic creativity, Sample One XT is limitless.


Scope screenshot

The Scope provides functions an engineer would expect from a digital oscilloscope, useful for debugging common problems in the studio like analyzing crosstalk and noise levels.

There are three signal channels and one math channel. Each channel can either show the left or right signal of the Insert Channel, or sidechain input, while the math channel can show the difference between two of the signal channels. (B and C can be inverted to sum instead, or to do a polarity flip.)

Each of the channels can be scaled and offset in the y axis, and scaling is shown as a percentage of full scale per division. (Full scale is 1.f, equivalent to 0 dBFS.) All channels can be activated/deactivated by clicking on the colored channel letter.

The time (x axis) can also be scaled and offset. This setting is for all channels. The units follow the samples/seconds switch on the left, and offset is shown with a green vertical line.

Score Editor

Score Editor screenshot

Based on our award-winning Notion® composition and notation software, the new Score View lets you enter, view, and edit notes using standard notation. You can view multiple tracks simultaneously in a single Score View to work on voicing, or use Score View to edit one track while using Piano View or Drum View to edit others. The Score View can be detached from the Arranger window allowing you to view the same note data in different Views.

Notation is synchronized with Studio One®’s note events in real time to provide a more natural looking score. It then applies Notion’s formatting rules, such as note spacing, beaming, stem length and direction, enharmonic spelling, and articulation placement. Combined with its clean notation font, you get a readable result right out of the box.

Included with the Studio One Score View is a compact symbol set that lets you add trills, tremolos, arpeggios and glissandi, accents, and staccato, in addition to dynamics that affect playback in real time. Grand staff for piano and harp is also included, with the ability to move notes between staves.

The Studio One Score View supports manual, real-time, and step-by-step note entry with the option to audition each note on input. Note durations can be selected from the toolbar or with a keyboard shortcut. Adjust pitch simply by dragging with a mouse or with a keyboard shortcut so you can work the way you like. Time signature changes are automatically added from the timeline, and note pitches are spelled enharmonically according to the key signature you set.

Scratch Pads

Scratch Pads screenshot

Working hand-in-hand with the Arranger Track, Scratch Pads are an innovation so simple, yet so powerful, you’ll wonder why it took years to invent them. Scratch Pads provide a powerful and easy way to experiment with different arrangements or versions of a section without jeopardizing your existing work and hassling with saving copies and countless undos. Simply drag events or entire song sections to the Scratch Pad, experiment away, and drag them back when you’re done. You get unlimited Scratch Pads that can be saved inside your Studio One® Song file. You can even use Scratch Pads to keep alternate arrangements of your entire song and export a mixdown!

Show Page

Show Page screenshot

Performing with virtual instruments, plug-in racks, and backing tracks has become an integral part of contemporary live shows. Some DAWs make it easy to use virtual instruments, while other applications make it easy to incorporate plug-in effects racks. Just about any DAW can be used for playback of backing tracks, but no single application has provided a solution for all three—until now.

Studio One®’s new Show Page lets you add backing tracks, virtual instruments, and plug-in racks for live musicians all from a single, intuitive interface that can easily receive content directly from any track on the Studio One Song Page. So, by the time you’ve finished up your studio session in Studio One, you’re already more than halfway done with your stage production.

Step 1: Add Your Players

With the Show Page, Studio One is now part of the band. Use the Players section to add Backing Track, Virtual Instrument, and Real Instrument Players. The Backing Track Player has your pre-recorded material covered. The Virtual Instrument Player lets you create a virtual master keyboard from your favorite instrument plug-ins, and the Real Instrument Player opens up all your effects plug-ins to be used as an insert rack to process any live audio signal, letting you perfectly re-create your studio sound on stage.

Step 2: Make Your Setlist

A show is only as strong as its setlist. The Show Page allows you to organize and customize your setlist for any performance, regardless of how long you’re expected to perform. You can name songs, change their color, reorder them, and set the Playback mode for each to continue to the next song, stop at the end, or loop. You can also add pauses between songs to make room for your witty audience banter. Add or cut entire songs easily for those inevitable last-minute changes. When the opening band’s van breaks down just past that right turn at Albuquerque, you can extend your set without breaking a sweat.

Step 3: Create Your Patches

Once you have your virtual band and setlist structured, you have to give your Studio One bandmates something to play, and that’s where Patches come in. If you’re adding backing tracks, open the Studio One song you want to use and select Add to Show from the Song menu. Stereo mixes are instantly added to your new show. With Patches, you have full control of your backing track mix, including plug-in effects, without having to touch a single knob.

Want to use that killer synth lead from your studio production on stage? Open it up in your Studio One Song file and send the complete instrument and effects, or even a complete instrument rack, to your Show. Each song and player in your Show Setlist can use a different virtual instrument and patch. You can even create Multi Instruments with splits and layers to play several parts at the same time.

And when you’re ready to set up your virtual effects rack for live instruments, the Show page provides you with a familiar workflow that any Studio One user will recognize: just drag-and-drop your favorite plug-in presets from the Browser to a Player and Setlist item. Want to use Ampire for your live guitar sound? Just drag-and-drop it in and use your favorite MIDI foot controller to make changes on the fly while you’re on stage. Presets are converted to Patches that can be fine-tuned, updated, and even reassigned as you dial in your live sound.

Step 4: Setting Up Real-Time Controls

Most performances are not “set and forget.” The Studio One Show Page gives you an easy-to-use control set for instant access to up to 24 parameters using knobs, buttons, or faders. Map each parameter to your favorite hardware controller, including PreSonus® ATOM- and FaderPort®-series controllers so you can control only the functions you know you’ll need while you’re performing your gig—and keep the rest out of the way.

Step 5: Perform Without Fear

When you’re on stage, you have a lot of input taking your attention away from playing. That’s why you rehearse until it’s second nature. That’s also why the Show Page provides Perform mode, a streamlined, minimal interface that removes the features you only need during the rehearsal and configuration phase of your performance. In Perform mode, you’ll focus on just the functions you need to pull off an amazing gig—and, consequently, get booked again.

Only Studio One lets you record, produce, mix, master, and perform from the same easy-to-use interface. Create without boundaries, produce without limits, and perform without fear.

Side-by-side Editors

Side-by-side Editors screenshot

View your tracks in different editors side-by-side! Multiple editor windows in Studio One® can now be detached from the main window and positioned freely, including on separate monitors. Similar to plug-in windows, the detached Edit windows can now be pinned to lock their view state.

Want to keep an eye on your Score View while working on a lead line using the Piano View? Pin the Score View window on a second screen and never lose sight of your composition voicing. Now you can create a composition and production workspace that’s as unique as your music.

Smart Tools

Smart Tools screenshot

The combination of the Arrow and Range Tools boosts your editing efficiency by combining the most frequently used tools into one. Select, move, split, or duplicate Events; trim start- and end-points of Events; adjust fades; and change the overall Event level in one seamless action. Simply mouse over the upper or lower half of an Event to edit with the Arrow or Range Tools, respectively. Studio One’s smart tools change dynamically to stay in the moment with you. This saves a lot of time on menu navigation and tool selection. You’ll be amazed at how quickly you get used to this one!

Song Page

Song Page screenshot

The Song page is a complete multitrack production environment with a single-window interface. On this page, any number of audio and instrument tracks can be recorded, edited, and arranged. Any number of audio effects, virtual instruments, and external effects and

instruments can be used, and most parameters can be automated using track or part automation.

Unlimited versions of a single song can be stored in the same Song file, so your hard drive stays clean and organized. Takes and layers provide powerful ways of managing alternative versions of individual tracks. Studio One®’s unique architecture lets you open multiple Songs at the same time and quickly switch back and forth between them—even copy and paste data—without taxing your CPU. Or use Song data import to add anything from another Song file to your current session without opening it. Song templates are a powerful way to streamline your workflow by setting up your tracks, channels, input and output assignments, and complete mixer scene libraries as a template you can go to again and again to get started faster.

An integrated Browser makes it fast and easy to find and import audio and musical data files, audio effects plug-ins, and virtual instruments and find and open applications. Audio files can be imported and automatically time-stretched to fit the current tempo. Virtual instruments can be dragged from the Browser directly into the song for instant setup of all parameters including an Instrument Track ready to record, allowing a fast workflow when inspiration hits.

Soundcloud™ direct export

Soundcloud™ direct export screenshot

Studio One® was the first DAW to support direct-to-SoundCloud export, and it’s still the only DAW that lets you import audio from SoundCloud directly from the browser. You can also mix and master before you push your digital release to your followers. Digital releases are stored locally and uploaded to SoundCloud with a single mouse-click.

Studio One’s Browser lets you play any audio on SoundCloud directly and even import audio into your song via drag-and-drop, if it’s available for download. This is a great way of participating in remix contests or accessing thousands of freely available samples without ever leaving Studio One.

Spectrum Meter

Spectrum Meter screenshot

Spectrum Meter is helpful when determining the frequency content of an audio signal. For instance, you might know that a drum loop needs some EQ, but you might not be sure what frequencies to bring up or down. Or there might be an annoying ring in a guitar part that you want to get rid of but you don’t know the frequency of the ring. Spectrum Meter can help diagnose these problems and many others.

Choose from a wide range of visual metering styles, including FFT, Oct-Band, 3rd-Oct-Band, and Waveform. Spectrum Meter also features various settings for customizing the level range and frequency range, as well as the graphic size for even more granular visual information.

Start Page

Start Page screenshot

The Studio One® Start Page is your portal to creation. From the Start Page, you can view all your recent Songs, Projects, and Shows, as well as create new productions. Directly access your most recent files and even open any saved or auto-saved versions with one click. Configure your audio and MIDI hardware and see which audio device is currently selected for playback and recording as soon as you launch Studio One. Set up your user profile to tag every session with customizable metadata. Connect SoundCloud™ to view your dashboard, right from Studio One. A News Feed keeps you up to date with new tips and tricks, updates, promotions, audio demos, helpful video tutorials, and so much more.

Studio One Expansion

Studio One Expansion screenshot

This tidy 39 MB collection of simple one-shot acoustic and electronic drum sounds includes kicks, snares, hats, and more that you can quickly and easily load into Impact XT and create beats with.

Studio One FX

Studio One FX screenshot

Get weird with this big bundle of electronic one-shot WAV samples and a handful of Musicloops, including electronic percussion, risers, filter sweeps, glitch effects, and a broad selection of things that go “swoooshhhiiii-oowowow-ssshhh.” They’re ideal for reinvention via Sample One XT.

Studio One Impulse Responses

Studio One Impulse Responses screenshot

Here are a LOT of reverb algorithms for you to load into OpenAIR reverb—probably more than you’ll ever use. These perfect re-creations of genuine acoustic spaces like concert halls, vocal booths, drum rooms, and more will give you worlds of ambience to sweeten your productions. You also get impulse responses from old plate reverbs, slap delays, and other quirky hardware units.

Studio One Instruments Vol 1 and 2

Studio One Instruments Vol 1 and 2 screenshot

This is a wonderful set of bread ‘n’ butter instrument samples for use in Presence XT, suitable for both new users and seasoned vets. You get 29 drum kits; over 50 synthesized and organic basses; and loads of guitars, pianos, strings, and wind instruments. Bonus: You also get several cool stacked combination instruments like Guitar & Flute and Piano & Voice.

Studio One Musicloops Vol 1 and 2

Studio One Musicloops Vol 1 and 2 screenshot

Studio One®’s proprietary Musicloop format contains both MIDI data and instrument presets in a single file, so you aren’t committed to the loop in the way you may be used to from working with WAVs. This bundle of over 100 Musicloops covers everything from salsa to Brazilian percussion loops to ambient synth arpeggios and hip-hop beats. Guitars, Rhodes piano, and more are all yours to deconstruct, rearrange, and make uniquely your own.

Studio One Remote

Studio One Remote screenshot

Unchain yourself from the studio desk and record and mix with Studio One® away from your computer using Studio One Remote for iPad®, iPad Pro, Android™, and Windows® tablets. Control your mix, effects, and transport; trigger your custom commands and macros; edit inserts and sends; and access audio FX. Best of all: it’s free for Studio One Artist and Studio One Professional users, as well as PreSonus® Sphere members.

Learn more about Studio One Remote.

Supported Audio Formats

Supported Audio Formats screenshot

Studio One® supports the most common audio formats, and few you might not have heard of including:

  • WAV
  • AIFF
  • MP3
  • M4A
  • AAC
  • ALAC
  • CAF
  • FLAC
  • Ogg Vorbis

Any or all of the supported formats can be mixed at any bit depth and sample rate in a single song without glitches, timing issues, or complex conversion. Studio One automatically renders all files to the selected song format in the background while you are listening to the playback.

Tempo Track and Tempo Detection

Tempo Track and Tempo Detection screenshot

Tempo track editing is faster and better than ever! Edit tempo with Studio One®’s familiar automation tools for smoother tempo adjustments and custom curves. Map tempo manually to any imported audio, or use Melodyne to detect the tempo of an “off the grid” performance automatically. You can then drag-and-drop it to Studio One’s tempo track, and just like that, your song tempo will follow the performance! Audio and instruments follow tempo changes in real time without the need for offline processing. World-class time-stretch with Elastique Pro is included, so your audio tempo changes always sound natural. With Studio One, time is on your side.

Third-party plugin support (AU, VST2, VST3, and Rewire)

Third-party plugin support (AU, VST2, VST3, and Rewire) screenshot

In addition to Native Effects plug-ins, Studio One® supports 64-bit AU, VST2, and VST3 plug-ins and virtual instruments, well as ReWire, so your favorite plug-ins, VIs, and ReWire applications will load into and perform in Studio One as expected. Users can create custom plug-in thumbnails for easy visual browsing.

The Plug-in Manager combines all the tools for managing large systems in one place so managing huge libraries of plug-ins and virtual instruments in Studio One is faster and easier than ever before. Hiding duplicate plug-ins now only takes a few clicks.

Time Lock/Edit Lock

Time Lock/Edit Lock screenshot

Individual Audio Events, Audio Parts and Instrument Parts in the Arrangement window can be Time Locked to prevent unintentional moving, or Edit Locked to prevent unintentional editing. A complete Lock for tracks is available as well. No more accidental edits!

Tone Generator

Tone Generator screenshot

Tone Generator is capable of generating noise, frequency sweeps, and other signal types commonly used for signal-path testing and calibration. Use the Scope plug-in in conjunction with Tone Generator to analyze return signals at the end of the signal path being tested or calibrated.

Need some extra oomph in your kick drum or cajón? Use Tone Generator in gated mode to add an 808 feel without any extra programming.

Track Transform

Track Transform screenshot

Rendering audio and instrument tracks is quick, easy, and reversible in Studio One® thanks to Track Transform. Track Transform lets you create rendered files from both Audio Tracks and Instrument Tracks, with every insert effect and automation parameter printed into the file, while allowing you to go back to the editable version if you change your mind. This lets you offload computer processing power without committing to a mix or performance decision permanently.

It also allows you to collaborate with other Studio One users who may not have the same complement of plug-ins, instruments, and content as you. Transformed tracks retain all the original editable data and content, so when your collaborator returns the Song session with their tracks, edits, or mix suggestions in place, you can still go back and edit Track Transform content.

Transient Detection with editable markers

Transient Detection with editable markers screenshot

We’ve all been there: You find just the right loop on some thrift-store vinyl but it’s the wrong tempo, or your drummer speeds up too much on a few bars of an otherwise flawless performance. Transient Detection and Bend Markers in Studio One® let you stretch audio inside an Audio Event, using state-of-the-art technology, without the need for slicing the event into multiple pieces.

Automatic transient detection finds transients (peaks) in audio and automatically adds bend markers. Bend markers can be used for manual time-stretching, for slicing, or for auto-quantize for a single track or on a group of tracks—such as your drummer’s sped-up performance—all while preserving phase coherence between grouped tracks.


Tricomp™ screenshot

A three-band compressor with automatic threshold and ratio setting, Tricomp® can be used to finalize your mix or add brilliance and punch to frequency-rich signals. With Studio One® 5, Tricomp sports a new State Space Modeled drive stage to add natural analog saturation and vintage character and can be easily sidechained right from the plug-in window.


Tuner screenshot

The Tuner proves invaluable when inserted on guitar, bass, and other instruments that require frequent tuning. The Tuner features a switchable standard/strobe display, with exact Frequency and Difference readouts in the upper left and right-hand corners. A Calibration knob enables calibrating the Tuner to a center frequency from 415 Hz to 465 Hz. Click on the Strobe Mode button to enable the strobe display, in which the rotation speed is a measure of the amount you need to tune.

Ueberschall Impact Drums

Ueberschall Impact Drums screenshot

Producers of trance, hip-hop, and various flavors of techno and electro will find a lot to like in this great library of 16 drum kits for Impact XT from the fine folks at Ueberschall. The library is arranged in a myriad of electronic and urban styles, and we threw in some ‘60s lounge vibe to keep you guessing.


Unlimited...everything screenshot

Your creativity knows no limits, so why should your DAW? Studio One® gives you as many audio tracks, MIDI tracks, virtual instruments, and FX channels as your song requires and your computer can handle. But Studio One doesn’t stop there: How many buses do you need to make your production sound its best? That’s up to you. Studio One doesn’t place any artificial boundaries on your mixing and production workflow. Use as many buses as you like.

Need more sends? Add as many as your CPU can handle. How many songs do you want to open at once? That’s up to you, as well. Studio One’s unique framework puts inactive but open Songs in the background, letting you jump between productions without draining your computer resources. Scratch Pads and versions are also unlimited so you can create the way that works best for you.

User definable shortcuts and Macros

User definable shortcuts and Macros screenshot

Studio One® is designed to efficiently assist you in your creative process without getting in the way. One testament to this design philosophy is Studio One’s custom keyboard shortcuts. Not only can you customize all of Studio One’s key commands to your liking, there’s even presets available for the key commands of other DAWs like Pro Tools, Logic, and more so your transition to Studio One will be as smooth as possible when using your old, familiar key commands.

Fully customizable and available independently in the Arranger and Editor windows, custom Macro Toolbars allow you to build combinations and sequences of keystrokes and assign them to a single keyboard shortcut or button in Studio One’s Macro Toolbar, reducing the time required for oft-repeated tasks in your workflow. Custom macros can be assigned to keyboard shortcuts, assignable buttons on a MIDI controller or custom views in our free Studio One Remote app for iPad® and Android™ and Windows® tablets.

VCA faders

VCA faders screenshot

Mixing your biggest multitrack projects is easier than ever in Studio One®, thanks to VCA Faders. Originally introduced on large-format analog mixing consoles, VCA Faders provide remote control of any number of channels from a single fader, complete with relative level control and automation. Imagine just one fader for vocals, one for drums, one for the rhythm section, and one for horns. VCA Faders are so simple, you could get a handle on your mix with just one hand.

Vengeance Sound

Vengeance Sound screenshot

Get ‘em out on the floor with these 39 high-energy Musicloops and dizzying array of samples for contemporary dance music production from the great minds at Vengeance Sound. You’ll find tons of kicks, snares, and hi-hat one-shot samples here, as well as full drum breakbeats, house loops, sweep FX, and even entire songs broken up into multitrack format alongside their full mixes. This collection is perfect for you to pick apart and re-create from the ground up—and you’ll learn a lot. You also get four Impact XT kits for creating your own unique beats.

Versatile Import/Export format support

Versatile Import/Export format support screenshot

We know you work with other producers and other DAWs, so Studio One® comes equipped with a variety of versatile import and export options, allowing you to move between applications quickly and easily. Export instrument tracks as MIDI files. Use AAF, OpenTL, and Cubase Track Archives to transfer full productions between Studio One and other DAWs. StudioLive® owners and Capture® for iPad® users can open Capture sessions natively in Studio One with track names, edits, and even StudioLive mix scenes intact. Complete multisamples from Sample One XT or Presence Editor XT can be exported in our new Multisample format, supported by both Bitwig Studio and Sample Robot. Or make your samples in either supported application to use in Studio One. As with most things in Studio One, support is bidirectional. Whether you’re taking your production out of Studio One or moving a production in, you’ll be up and working in no time at all.

Video Import/Export/Player

Video Import/Export/Player screenshot

Studio One® Professional has a built-in Video Player that enables you to score to picture by syncing song and video playback. Importing new videos is easy: Simply drag-and-drop them from the file browser into the arrangement. Once the video has been imported, your song and video playback are in sync. When you edit Audio Events, the video follows, allowing you to precisely sync your edits to picture with sub-frame accuracy. Audio can be easily extracted and automatically added to your song, making it easier to sync musical hits with sound effects, dialog, and more.

Voodoo One Synth Soundset

Voodoo One Synth Soundset screenshot

Soar far and wide across oceans of rich, expressive tone with this wealth of synth sample packs (over 100) for Presence XT, categorized by leads, pads, and sequences. Get all the warmth and depth you love about analog synthesizers, with none of the expense, tuning problems, or maintenance!


X-Trem screenshot

X-Trem is a tremolo effects plug-in that applies amplitude modulation at a varying amount and rate over time. X-Trem also features tempo sync and a variable LFO with selectable 16-step and 16-gate sequencers, as well as auto-pan capability. Use X-Trem to create anything from subtle shifts in amplitude to tempo-synced, glitchy, gated drums; trancy, gated pads; panned hi-hats; and other popular sounds.

Studio One® is a modern, cross-platform DAW that is capable of operating as 64-bit application. While we make every effort to ensure Studio One will run well on the widest variety of computers possible, please read these specifications carefully to determine compatibility with your system.


  • Windows 10 (64-bit only)
  • Intel® Core™ i3 / AMD A10 processor or better
  • Minimum 4GB RAM / Recommended 8GB or more
  • Internet connection (needed for installation, activation, and Cloud, Shop, and Exchange integration)
  • Monitor with 1366 x768 resolution (high-dpi monitor recommended)
  • Multi-touch enabled monitor is required for touch operation
  • Content storage:
    • 32.6 GB free hard-drive space (Studio One Professional)
    • 10.4 GB free hard-drive space (Studio One Artist)
    • 2.5 GB free hard-drive space (Studio One Prime)


  • macOS® 10.13 or higher (64-bit only) including Apple M1 processor supported with Rosetta 2
  • Intel® Core™ i3 or better
  • Minimum 4GB RAM / Recommended 8GB or more
  • Internet connection (needed for installation, activation, and Cloud, Shop, and Exchange integration)
  • Monitor with 1366 x768 resolution (Retina display recommended)
  • Multi-touch enabled monitor with TUIO support is required for touch operation
  • Content storage:
    • 32.6 GB free hard-drive space (Studio One Professional)
    • 10.5 GB free hard-drive space (Studio One Artist)
    • 2.5 GB free hard-drive space (Studio One Prime)

Studio One Remote for iPad®

  • Pad Pro®, iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad mini 4, iPad mini with Retina display, iPad (4th generation)
  • iPadOS® 10 or later

Studio One Remote for Android

  • Android™ tablet running Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) or higher
  • Minimum screen resolution of 1024×768

Studio One Remote for Windows

  • Compatible with Microsoft Surface 3 (and higher) and Surface Pro 2 (and higher)
  • Windows 10, or later (Windows RT not supported)
  • 2 GB RAM minimum (4 GB RAM or more recommended). Tablet must be x86-compatible (not ARM-based).

What’s new in v5.5?

Studio One 5.5 adds many new improvements for production, performance, and especially mastering. The first and still only DAW with an integrated mastering environment, Studio One 5.5’s Project Page is now even more powerful. With more than two dozen new features, improvements, and workflow enhancements, Studio One 5.5 will supercharge your productions whether you create, master, or perform them live.

Presonus Studio One 5.5 Track Automation

Track Automation on Project Page

Studio One 5.5 introduces the #1 feature request for the Project Page: Automation is here! This new feature lets you automate track and master volume, as well as any Plug-in parameter, either in real-time using your mouse or hardware controller, or by using the familiar tools, including the powerful Paint Tool with its eight different modes. Apply volume automation to your liking; implement some gentle compression over time to bring some lift to your choruses, or dynamically tweak your tracks’ stereo width for a consistent stereo imaging across your entire album.

Once created, automation data can be modified in different ways, including via the useful bracket tool, transform tool, or by editing the shape of automation lines and curves directly with the Arrow tool. Adding an automation lane for a specific plug-in parameter is a two-click operation. Automation is available for individual track and master volume, as well as any track, insert effects plug-in, or plug-ins on the Master bus.

Presonus Studio One Clip Gain

Clip Gain Envelopes on Project Page

Clip Gain Envelopes are now available on the Project page so you can precisely fix gain issues while mastering without using dynamics plug-ins.

Clip Gain Envelopes are the perfect tool for correcting sections of audio that are either too loud or too soft without adding a Compressor or Limiter plug-in. Add breakpoints to the Gain Envelope simply by clicking on the curve and dragging the point to your desired location. Changes to the clip gain are instantly reflected in the audio waveform so you have a reliable visual display of the overall level. Clip Gain Envelopes are sample-accurate, so they can be used to fix everything from entire voiceover takes to single clicks and pops.

Presonus Studio One Listen Bus

Listen Bus on Project Page

The Listen Bus is now available on the Project Page, allowing you to monitor through a separate output with separate effects while keeping the Master output unaffected. This way, you can use popular room correction plug-ins such as Sonarworks Reference or headphone monitoring tools such as Waves Abbey Road Studio while mastering or mixing.

Presonus Studio One v5.5 Track Transform

Track Transform on Project Page

Track Transform is now available on the Project Page as well as the Song Page. Track Transform lets you create rendered files of your mastered track, with every insert effect and automation parameter printed into the file — reversibly and non-destructively. This lets you reduce the computer processing power required of your session without committing to a mastering decision permanently.

PreSonus Studio One v5.5 Multiple Formats

Multiple format export for Digital Release

The Digital Release window on the Project Page now features a list of available audio formats which can be exported in a single pass — with no additional rendering time! Each format remembers its own export settings, so you can export your mastered album in high-resolution, 24-bit/96kHz WAV, and AAC for streaming at the same time!

Presonus Studio One v5.5 Loudness

Target Loudness on Digital Release

The new Loudness options in the Digital Release window of the Project
Page lets you set target values for loudness and true-peak during export. Not
sure what values to set? No problem. Simply select from a list of common target loudness presets and let Studio One set the values for you. Presets for every major streaming service is included — from Apple Music to Spotify to YouTube — so there’s no Googling and no guesswork. And of course, you can create your own custom Loudness setting for later use.

Once you’ve set your values or selected a preset, each track on your album is analyzed during export, and loudness and true-peak are brought down to match the standards of the chosen service accordingly. Your tracks will have consistent loudness with the best-sounding songs on your platforms of choice — and listeners won’t be reaching for the volume knob.

PreSonus Studio One v5.5 Dithering

New high-end dithering algorithm

Studio One 5.5 features a new, proprietary, custom-designed dithering algorithm that minimizes conversion artifacts and preserves low-level signals. It sounds so good that we’ve replaced Studio One’s previous dithering algorithm with it, so if you’ve got Dithering turned on (in the Advanced Preferences/Audio menu) you’re already using it!

Dithering exists to prevent the harsh-sounding truncation distortion that otherwise occurs when converting digital audio from a high-resolution format (such as a 32-bit float .WAV file) to a lower-resolution format (like a 16-bit .MP3). It’s common practice to conduct mixing and mastering work in a high-resolution format, which of course sounds the best—and later downsample for distribution to meet the format requirements of online distribution and streaming platforms or CD.

Our new dithering algorithm ensures that these conversions will minimize the audible noise, artifacts, and distortion that can be caused by lesser algorithms. And it’s a Studio One exclusive.

PreSonus Studio One Midi Chord Track

Drag and Drop MIDI files to Chord Track to extract chords

Any MIDI file can now be dragged directly to the Chord Track to extract its chords. This works with any .MID file, including MIDI chord packs or any songs in Standard MIDI file format. What’s more, only Studio One’s chord detection works with Audio Events as well as with Instrument Events. It has never been easier to prototype a Song so quickly and simply— and keep your creative spark alive.

PreSonus Studio One v5.5 Strum

Create a strum pattern by dragging notes

You can now create a strum pattern manually by dragging note events in a selected chord while holding the [Cmd+Opt] / [Ctrl+Alt] modifier keys. The notes will be locked to their vertical position (Pitch) and their horizontal position will be spread between the drag start and the dragged note position, allowing you to create strummed chords with a single movement.

PreSonus Studio One v5.5 Ampire

Ampire now optimized for fast preset switching on Show Page

Ampire now features improved preset switching for live performance. Switching Ampire presets is now faster than ever and optimized for use with the Show Page, so you can trigger your favorite Ampire presets from a MIDI pedalboard during a show without missing a beat!

Other notable features and improvements

Workflow and Performance

  • Automation included in Mix Scenes
  • Plug-in Nap option per plug-in
  • Remote control Impact XT / Sample One XT sample editors with ATOM SQ and ATOM
  • Copy/Paste pads in Impact XT
  • Chord Selector: new 2, b5 and #5 intervals (tensions)
  • Draw vertical stacks of notes
  • Manual time stretching by adjusting Event start
  • Option to Snap Event End to grid
  • Limit of simultaneously added tracks increased to 500

Project Page

  • Tab to rename Tracks
  • Option to replace audio on Track
  • Default track pause is now set to 0 for new Projects

Show Page

  • Detached Performance View for dual monitor use


  • Improved handling of plug-in processing errors
  • Support for Opus audio file format
  • Plug-in list in Diagnostics Report
  • Display plug-in name and slot on Automation Tracks
  • Support for Steinberg CC121 and Tascam Model 12

New Commands

  • Project Page – Transform to Rendered Audio
  • Project Page – Transform to Real-Time Audio
  • Score – Toggle Note or Rest

What’s new in v5.4?

The following is from the PreSonus blog.

Studio One 5.4 adds new features, enhancements, and powerful workflow improvements to Studio One 5. This is a free update for Studio One 5 users and PreSonus Sphere members. Click “Check for Updates” from Studio One’s Start Page to get it!

Native support for Apple Silicon (M1) processor

With Studio One 5.4, PreSonus introduces native support for M1-based Apple computers. Native mode for Studio One 5.4 offers additional CPU optimization for better overall CPU performance. To achieve optimal performance, Native mode requires all VST plug-ins, instruments, and hardware drivers to also provide Native support. To that end, nearly all PreSonus application software, plug-ins, and hardware drivers now support full native compatibility with M1-based Macs.

Plug-in Nap

Studio One 5.4 introduces a new Plug-in Nap option that improves overall CPU performance by pausing processing for any plug-ins that are not currently passing audio. The status for each plug-in can be monitored in the updated Performance Monitor.

Plug-in Nap is automatically suspended when the plug-in window is opened. With this new option enabled, you can run more plug-ins in your session. Plug-in Nap does not currently support virtual instruments.

Export multiple formats in one pass

With only a single format selected, switching formats is as easy as clicking on a different format. Checking additional formats adds them to the selection. When a Publisher is selected (such as “Send to Notion,”) Studio One ensures that the default format of that publisher is part of the selection. Settings are now remembered when closing the “Export Mixdown” window. PreSonus Sphere members are able to export multiple formats simultaneously into a single PreSonus Sphere Workspace.

Realtime chord display in editor

A new Chord display for notes from the editor has been added to the Note Editor inspector underneath the existing Input Chord display. This display has two states, depending on the context:

“Current Chord” shows the chord detected from notes at the current play position, as well as the next upcoming chord.
“Selected Chord” shows the chord detected from the current note event selection. For multiple selected notes, the chord is determined from exactly these notes (can also be an arpeggio). For a single selected note, the detection looks for overlapping notes to determine the chord.

The current chord is displayed inside the tooltip, as well as on mouseover when editing notes.

The floating Chord Display can be set to show the current chord from the Chord Track, the input chord, or the currently selected chord in the editor. When showing chords from the Chord Track, the window shows both the current and next chord, as well as a progress bar to indicate the time to the next chord change–making it a great tool for recording and performing artists, as well as teachers and students.

Updated Plug-in Manager

The Plug-in Manager in Studio One 5.4 has a new Version column so you can make sure your plug-in library is always up to date, and a new Statistics tab provides useful information.

Third-party plug-ins that fail during the Studio One launch scan are now moved to a Blocklist inside the Plug-in Manager so they don’t interfere with your session. You have the ability to manually reset the blocklist, remove individual plug-ins, or move problematic plug-ins manually to the Blocklist by simply dragging and dropping them.

Performance optimization for Mix Engine FX

Like Plug-in Nap, Studio One Mix Engine FX plug-ins from PreSonus also now use less CPU processing when channels are silent. This improvement is available for all Mix Engine FX version 1.1 or newer and is automatically active on any session using Mix Engine FX.

Autosave just got better

New in version 5.4, Autosave will wait to complete until playback is no longer in progress. In addition, Autosave now takes less time by always using cached plug-in data. The “Use cached plug-in data on save” option now affects manual Save only.

Improved chord detection

Detecting chords from audio in Studio One 5.4 now delivers more accurate results and improved timing. Chords detected from note events are now more accurate as well. The full set of chords that are available in the Chord Selector can be recognized from music parts.

This produces more consistent results when dragging chord events from the Chord Track to the arrangement and back.

“Copy external files” option for Songs, Projects, and Shows

The option “Ask to copy external files when saving Song…” has been renamed to “Ask to copy external files when saving Document” and now also works for Projects and Shows, as it did before for Songs: When a document is saved, a dialog offers to copy all “external” files (outside the Song/Project/Show) folder that has been added since the last save. This question only appears once for each file.

An essential file management feature—now available for all Studio One document formats!

“Remove all” option for sends

A convenient “Remove all” option for sends is now available in the Console. Click on the drop-down arrow next to Sends to access the new command. This command can also be applied to groups of channels simultaneously.

What’s new in v5.2

The next level in articulation support, Studio One 5.2’s new Sound Variations can handle even the most complex virtual instruments and orchestral libraries that are essential for modern composers. The core of the new Sound Variations system is a powerful, yet easy-to-use mapping editor that provides tools for managing complex articulation maps. Each Sound Variation can be customized with its own name and color and can be dragged and dropped in any order and placed into custom folders. Sound Variations can be triggered by key switches, as well as from remote commands, including hardware controllers, keyboard shortcuts, custom macros, and more. Use the Paint Tool to enter Sound Variations directly into the associated automation lane inside the Note Editor or select any number of notes and assign a Sound Variation from a convenient right-click popup menu. There’s much more! A new API allows third-party developers to enable their VST2 and VST3 instruments’ articulations to be queried by Studio One so that Sound Variation maps are automatically generated. Currently, all Synchron-enabled Vienna Symphonic Instruments, as well as instruments from UJAM fully support dynamic Sound Variations mapping with Studio One.

The Score View received another major update with the addition of drum notation and tablature. Users can choose between viewing standard notation with tablature or select tablature only to print lead sheets and more. The new drum-map interface lets you add both the drum and note names to a corresponding notated pitch. A General MIDI map is included for quick setup. New symbols in the Score View allow open/closed/half-open techniques to be added as well. A new Voices icon allows up to four voices per staff to be created. Select the desired voice, then enter notes and rests as normal; Studio One will automatically handle stem direction and rest positions. Notes can be entered into multiple voices for a single instrument; up to four voices can be created per staff.

Studio One Professional version 5 introduced the all-new Show Page, allowing you to perform your productions live. Now, with version 5.2, Studio One’s Arranger Track has been added to the Show Page, letting users experiment on the fly with new arrangements. Each Arranger section in every Setlist item has five playback mode options: Continue, Stop at End, Skip, Loop, or Loop and Continue; the latter lets you repeat any section for a specific number of times before playback continues to the next Arranger Section–perfect for extending solos and breakdowns on stage to keep the audience fired up. The new Arranger Track also supports patch changes mid-song, making the Studio One Show Page the ultimate live and streaming performance rig. Live Arranging in real-time is available on both the Song Page and the Show Page, with an updated Performance View. Experiment with new arrangements before you commit them. Perform your arrangements live with real-time looping and jumping – never missing a beat.

An imminent update to Studio One Remote will let you use your favorite mobile devices as master controllers for your live performance. Take the Performance View with you on stage to take charge of your Show from your tablet: loop song sections, change patches, and more, all from your mobile device. Best of all, multiple devices can connect to the same computer running Studio One, so each player has control over their own patches at their fingertips.

Version 5.2 adds a number of other welcome features, including the ability to create multiple clip versions, allowing the user to apply clip-based edits in Gain Envelopes or Melodyne independently to Events sharing the same audio; a new “Smart” tool for editing Note Events in the Piano Roll editor; and deeper integration with both ATOM SQ and FaderPort-series controllers. PreSonus Sphere workspaces are also now available directly from the Studio One Browser for easy bidirectional file transfer. And Studio One is now officially supported for Apple Silicon ARM processors in Rosetta 2 compatibility mode.

Version 5.1.1 Release Notes (November 17, 2020)

Please note:

  • Make sure that your 3rd party plug-ins are updated to the most recent version.
  • [macOS only] If you’re experiencing any graphics issues with 3rd-party plug-ins, you may disable graphics hardware acceleration (Preferences > General) for improved compatibility.

New features and improvements:

  • Support for PreSonus Revelator
  • Updated ATOM mappings for PreSonus instruments and Note FX


● Realtime export cuts off beginning of mixdown in certain cases
● [macOS] Graphic glitches when scrolling up and down long menus
● [macOS] Up and down keys don’t work in certain 3rd party plug-ins
● [macOS] Package installation button has no function in certain situations
● [Windows] Potential crash while opening the Score Editor
● [Windows] Events are slightly shifted at High DPI under certain conditions

● [Melodyne] Key commands are disabled when Editor has focus
● [Melodyne] Blank space left on bounce which doesn’t get repopulated
● [Score Editor] Potential crash when opening from Scratch Pad
● [Score Editor] Generic name displayed when instrument part name is empty in inspector
● [Score Editor] Notehead highlight stuck on chords with Tie/Glissando tool
● [Score Editor] Note highlight ignores rests when highlighting left of pointer
● [Score Editor] Highlight used to indicate the current notehead gets stuck when moving the pointer to another chord

● [Start Page] Document search does not support certain international characters
● [Start Page] Document search icon not visible in light theme
● [Audio Editor] Missing data zoom controls when any of the global tracks is active
● [Audio Editor] Scale does not adjust height anymore when chords are shown
● [Presence Editor] Category images applied twice
● [Groove Delay] Incorrect Tap-Groove-handle movement
● [Groove Delay] The XY-handle is truncated

● [Pattern Editor] Button text displayed incorrectly in automation lanes
● [FaderPort] Certain buttons are not illuminated when selected
● [PreSonus Sphere] Mixdowns directly uploaded to Sphere workspace are flagged as stems
● Potential crash when dragging .musicloop or audio event with crossfade over ruler
● Instrument Parts no longer auto-extend to bar end on record
● Redrawing audio event has glitches when layers are collapsed
● “Search for updates” dialog doesn’t auto-wrap text
● Block size is added to Recording Offset

● Track filter commands are slow with large number of tracks
● Dragging an event located beneath folder tracks is wrongly represented on those folders
● Crash on Export/Mixdown with Dante PCIe R Card on Windows
● Note Editor does not remember last piano roll / view state on a per-track basis
● Quantum 1 and 2 have no preamp control
● Unwanted fade-out when editing with “No overlap” engaged
● Clicking and dragging tempo and moving note events via numeric input in the inspector create too many undo steps
● Layers don’t follow Events (and Arranger Ranges) properly when “Edit Lock” or “Time Lock” is checked

● “Show all Tracks” and “Hide all Tracks” is slow in certain cases
● When making range selections on a track with envelopes expanded it’s not possible to edit the envelopes with the bracket tool
● Potential crash on selecting event range in the editor with the Mute Tool
● Automation nodes are not visually selected across multiple lanes
● Tracks in a closed folder remain hidden after search filter is cleared
● Freeze on instantiating certain plug-ins from UnitedPlugins
● Unwanted behavior on dropping fx to send panel with multiple selected channels
● Foot switch toggle is now momentary

Presonus Studio One Tutorial #gettingstarted

These PreSonus Studio One Tutorials starring Gregor Beyerle will help you learn how to make beats on Studio One—and more! Chapter 1 is an overview of Studio One set-up and layout to get you recording right away!