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Studio One is an advanced music creation and production suite.

Artists of all levels, from beginner to seasoned professional, will find Studio One a serious alternative to the intimidating, bloated offerings currently considered the standards. It's a groundbreaking music creation and production application for Mac OS X and Windows XP/Vista/7 that makes audio recording, MIDI sequencing, and audio mastering ridiculously simple right out of the box.

Studio One changes the rules of the game with fresh code, innovative drag-and-drop MIDI mapping and plug-in management, auto-configuration with PreSonus hardware, insanely more...

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Version 2.0.6:

Special Note: We have changed the communication between Melodyne and Studio One significantly.As a result, you must update Melodyne to version 2.1 in order to use the Melodyne integration!

  • Full-screen support
  • [Control]/[Cmd]+Drag to reorder Macro Toolbar buttons/groups
  • Add new bus from Folder track uses track color for more...


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Espiridion Member IconReview+1147

Here are some reviews. Note that none of them complain about the price or the GUI.
There are others, including a SoS review of version 2 (PDF available from Presonus), TapeOp, and others.




Reaper's commercial license is $225, btw.

I use -or have used- ProTools, Logic, Digital Performer, Tracktion, Ardour, Mixbus, Reaper, and probably a few others. Each has its strengths and weaknesses. Studio One provides a well-balanced DAW at a reasonable price (I've only purchased my copies when they've had sales, and find the MSRP a bit high, but that's a common thread with most DAWs).

For me it's been stable, has all the features I need at the moment, and is very easy to use. I had not used it in months and most of my experience has been with other DAWs. It was easy to load a project with 18 tracks and start mixing. There was no need to consult the help in order to group tracks, move them around, add AUX channels, assign tracks to different outputs, etc.

I do wish that plugins would appear in specific folders, by manufacturer or by type.

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Version 2.0.5
Valrus Member IconComment+7

If I want a powerful, cross-platform DAW with a pug-ugly, un-Mac-like interface, I'll save the $260 and get REAPER, thanks.

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Version 2.0.5
Steven_Sky Member IconReview+53

Some good ideas but the GUI is just a mess. Totally not intuitive to work with.
Ableton Live is still way ahead.

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Version 2.0.4
gatovadio Member IconComment+0

it's up to 2.0.4 already and it looks like a very promising daw without any aggressive locking systems (like usb dongles). i heard it's also drag and drop heaven compared with most daws.


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Version 1.6.3
thedon Member IconReview+1

After switching from Cubase to Logic then to S1, found this app has some of the best workflow of both.

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Version 1.6.3
Espiridion Member IconReview+1147

This is an impressive application, particularly considering it is still a 1.x program. Writing a detailed review here may not make much sense, so I'll point potential users to Craig Anderton's excellent review:
Craig covers recording, MIDI, mastering, and includes images, audio, and video.
During NAMM 2011 Presonus offered the Artist version for $20.11
The Artist version lacks some of the features of the Pro version, such as 3rd party plugin support, but still is a stable, powerful, easy to use DAW. It offers support for PPC which is a plus for those of us still run using PPC Macs.
Highly recommended. I think the regular price is a bit expensive, though, but thanks to their promo I'll be happy to buy an upgrade to Pro once version 2 comes out.

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Version 1.6.3
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Version 2.0.6
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Version 2.0.6
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Version 2.0.6
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Date 10 Jun 2012
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / Intel 32
Price $320.00
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