Presonus Studio One 3 Professional

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Studio One 3.5

The latest update to the fastest-growing DAW on the market, PreSonus® Studio One® 3.5 includes 60 new features and enhancements, including several of the most requested new features from the Studio One user community. Studio One 3.5 introduces a completely revised Project page for mastering, no-holds-barred Mixer Undo functionality, and a powerful new, optimized, native, low-latency audio engine for unrivaled near-zero latency audio and virtual instrument monitoring with high-speed audio interfaces, such as the brand-new PreSonus Quantum Thunderbolt interface. We’ve also implemented a wealth of powerful workflow improvements, including extended Notion data-transfer options and the new Fat Channel XT plug-in for mix compatibility with the PreSonus StudioLive® Series III console/recorders.

The Studio One 3.5 update is available free to all registered Studio One 3 users.

Native low-latency monitoring.

With the advent of powerful high-speed Thunderbolt audio interfaces such as the PreSonus® Quantum, we are experiencing a new level of performance for computer-based audio production. In the past, you had to decide between hardware DSP-based, near-zero-latency monitoring and processing, with a limited set of DSP plug-ins; or software monitoring with complete freedom of native plug-ins and virtual instruments in a latency-afflicted audio environment. Either way it’s a compromise. Using Studio One 3.5 with a high-speed audio interface eliminates the need for expensive hardware DSP by introducing native low-latency monitoring: completely redesigned audio engine latency-management that allows you to stay in the native processing domain throughout the entire production process. Bottom line: You get more performance and better stability.

Redesigned Project page.

Even today – eight years after its initial release – Studio One Professional is still the only DAW on the market offering a full-featured integrated project mastering solution. With version 3.5, the Project page adds such important features as file-independent track markers, flexible loudness detection options, new Loudness and Spectrum meters, and much more.

Complete mixer undo.

Undo Faders has been the most popular feature-request—and now it’s here! But we didn’t stop there: We implemented “undo” for the entire mixer, including plug-ins, instruments, routing, I/O selection, FX chains, and more. Mixer actions are now added to the Undo History like any other action. Just click Undo or go back and forth in the Undo History. It’s that simple.

Studio One 3.3

Studio One® 3.3 is the latest version of Studio One and is a free download for registered Studio One 3 customers. This new version adds several of the most frequently user-requested enhancements including faster multi-track drum editing, MIDI editing improvements, new mixing features, and unprecedented integration with the new Notion™ 6 music notation and performance environment. Watch the video to learn more.

Studio One Version 3.2

With Studio One 3.2, PreSonus raised the bar again by adding new dimensions to your mix environment along with professional tools and workflow enhancements demanded by the music production community.

Mix Engine FX

One of our goals with Studio One is to provide you with the ability to craft a sound that’s uniquely yours. While Studio One has been recognized for its pristine mix engine, we recognize that “pristine” sometimes isn’t what’s called for in the heat of creativity. To achieve this goal, we’ve introduced Mix Engine FX. You can now replace Studio One’s acclaimed 64-bit floating point mix engine using alternative algorithms that change the sonic characteristics of your music in ways never before possible in a DAW.

VCA Faders

Mixing your biggest multitrack projects just got easier with 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.

Even faster workflow.

How do you take the fastest DAW around and make it even faster? Studio One’s multi-tasking Arrow Tool has always changed functions to meet the job at hand, but now it’s even smarter by transforming into the Range Tool when hovering in the upper part of events. In addition, the Arrow and Range Tools now provide alternative comping methods for ultra-fast layer editing and navigation–even with a large number of takes.


Tighter studio integration.

Studio One 3.2 expands the tight hardware integration introduced with the Studio 192 Interface to more PreSonus hardware. StudioLive AI rack mixers and consoles can now use their onboard DSP to power low latency monitoring with Studio One’s hybrid FatChannel plug-in. StudioLive RM rack mixers now also offer remote preamp control and up to 64 channels of high-headroom, XMAX I/O right within Studio One. In addition, Studio One Remote now natively supports iPad, iPad Pro and Windows tablets including Surface and Surface Pro, providing more ways to free you from your desk while tracking and mixing.

Introduced in Studio One Version 3.

The next standard is here! Introducing Studio One 3. New version 3 builds on the blazingly fast workflow, unparalleled sound quality, and rock-solid stability that made Studio One the fastest growing DAW of all time. It adds innovative songwriting and arranging tools, inspiring and unique sound-design capabilities, and a gorgeous new, high-dpi, multi-touch interface that is optimized to keep you engaged, even on extended sessions.

Truly innovative songwriting and arranging tools

Arranger Track

It has never been easier to work “pattern-style” in a timeline-based sequencer/DAW.

Studio One Professional’s new Arranger Track provides rapid and intuitive song rearranging, even with large projects. Simply drag-and-drop song sections in the Arranger track or Track Inspector, and the entire arrangement updates instantly.

Scratch Pads

Studio One 3 Professional introduces Scratch Pads to the Song page, a powerful, yet simple new workflow innovation that will change the way you create music. Scratch Pads provide the perfect way to keep your work intact while you experiment on new ideas. Scratch Pads also are ideal for creating alternate versions of songs, such as radio edits and remixes, and for capturing new inspirations that you wish to save for later development.

Browser 3.0

Our drag-and-drop browser has helped define Studio One’s ease of use. In version 3.0, getting the loops, effects, instruments, and presets you need is even faster with tag-based musical search. Speaking of loops—Studio One Professional includes nearly 10,000 audio loops, music loops, and one-shots to get your projects started and reinforce your arrangements.


The most inspiring and unique sound design of any DAW

Extended FX Chains

Studio One 3 Professional introduces Extended FX Chains, a fast, powerful, and elegant way to add new dimensions to your sonic palette. With Extended FX Chains, you can route audio effects in serial, in parallel, by channel, or by frequency bands, all via drag-and-drop. Rediscover your plug-in collection as you transform any effect to multiband or to the most precise, narrow band. Combine different effects in new ways to explore uncharted territories.

Multi Instruments

Not long after creating Extended FX Chains, someone in the office asked the loaded question, “hey what would happen if we did this to instruments?” What would happen? Rich, addictive, multilayered sounds. That’s what happened.

Multi Instrument, as the name implies, lets 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. This opens a huge new range of possibilities for creative production and sound design.

Macro Controls

To facilitate editing the multidimensional sounds that are made possible by Studio One 3 Professional, 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.


Powerful new instruments and effects.

Mai Tai

Mai Tai, Studio One’s new polyphonic analog modeling synth, gives you the ability to create monster electro and bass sounds that cleanly cut through your mix like a scalpel, inflict punishment like a jagged rusty blade, or bludgeon listeners with bass that will leave them reeling for days.

Not unlike the effect you experience after a few drinks that share the same name, Mai Tai’s sounds can change character and produce drastic morphing changes and unique timbres. Its Multimode filter offers sounds ranging from vintage analog (a la Moog or Oberheim) to state-of-the-art “zero-delay filters” sounds only found in virtual instruments costing hundreds of dollars. Mai Tai’s oscillators and LFOs have a free-run mode, like an analog synth. Get modular-synth-style operation for enormously complex sounds, through Mai Tai’s 16-stage modulation matrix. And Mai Tai is guaranteed to sound amazing because it’s built on Studio One’s dynamic new synthesis engine.

Presence XT Sampler

Presence XT represents the evolution of the original Presence sample-player, which has transformed into a robust, full-featured sampler. Rather than thinking of this as Presence “+ 1,” think of this more like Presence on steroids. Your old presets and song files will load, and some of the controls are the same, but that’s where the similarities end.

Load any new Presence XT sound, and you will immediately hear the difference, thanks to an entirely new, first-class sample library; disk streaming for large samples; and Studio One’s dynamic new synthesis engine.

Start to play, and you’ll feel difference, too, because Presence XT is equipped with articulation key-switching and powerful scripting capabilities for nuanced, lifelike sounds. Thanks to a powerful scripting engine, many instruments have custom controls for unique sound parameters. Many Guitars and Basses have adjustable fret-noise; 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, to name a few examples.


Reinvented synthesis and instrument engine.

Studio One’s reputation for flawless sound quality started with 64-bit audio processing and now extends to its instruments and the way they play sample content. Mai Tai and Presence XT are based on this new engine and feature the same great-sounding filters, effects, and powerful modulation matrix, with more instruments on the way.

Note FX

Studio One 3 adds Note FX, a new way to bring Instrument Tracks to life. Patched in a similar fashion to audio FX, Note FX process the instrument note data, rather than the audio output signal. Note FX introduced in Version 3 include: Arpeggiator, Chorder, Repeater, and Input Filter.

Rotor Audio Effect

Rotor re-creates the classic sound of a Leslie cabinet. Besides typical motor controls (on/off; slow/fast), Rotor also offers a virtual tube preamp featuring controls for drive and tone (Horn-Q), as well as mic positioning. Changing the rotor speed re-creates the authentic acceleration and braking effects. This is the perfect plug-in to complement Presence XT’s new B3 sounds—or try it on guitar for a psychedelic effect.

Bitcrusher Audio Effect

By popular demand, we present Bitcrusher, a powerful low-fi plug-in. Bitcrusher combines overdrive, bit reduction, down-sampling, and clipping into a single, corrosively toxic tool.

Looks good, feels good.

New, customizable, high-dpi User Interface with multi-touch support.

Studio One 3 has a fresh and modern look that invites you to reach out and touch it.

And for the first time ever in any DAW, whether you are on Mac® OS X or Windows® 8 (with a suitable multi-touch display), you can do just that to control your mix, arrangement, effects settings, and more.

Studio One 3 gives you the flexibility to customize the look to your taste or for different work environments. We also wanted you to enjoy Studio One no matter where you used it, from a small notebook to a 5K or Retina Mac or PC display, including multi-monitor setups. Studio One delivers thanks to its new high-dpi graphics, which takes advantage of a new Direct-2D graphics engine on Windows.

Studio One Remote

With Studio One 3 Professional, you can unchain yourself from the studio desk and record and mix away from your computer using new Studio One Remote for iPad, iPad Pro and Windows tablets. Control your mix, effects, and transport; trigger commands and macros; edit inserts and sends; and access audio fX. Studio One Remote is also available to Studio One 3 Artist users via an additional add on.

Mixer improvements, including Track/Mixer sync.

Studio One 3 includes the mixer improvements you have been asking for: resizable faders for more mix granularity; color channels for easy identification; synchronized timeline track and mixer channel order; and track selection and channel focus.

Automation Curves

Another popular request, automation curves have been added to Studio One to give you much finer control and smoother transitions of your mix, instrument, and FX settings.

Smart, user-definable tool palette.

The Arrow tool in the tool palette is now enhanced with configurable alternate options that can be accessed using a modifier key for faster editing.

More of everything—except the bloat.

Studio One boasts scores of new features and enhancements, yet manages to be even faster and easier to use. As much thought went into what features to add as how to add them so that Studio One could stay true to our developers’ original vision of a “bloat free” music-making experience.