Studio One 4 – The best DAW on the block?
All things to all people.
Studio One 4 promises to be easy to use, but highly effective and efficient. Bringing together the classic DAW format and modern beat-orientated production workflows, it looks to be all things to all musicians. Many of the newest features in Version 4 are from direct feedback from musicians and DAW users everywhere – the experts.
A few of the highlights include complete integration with Notion (a great bit of scoring software), onboard analog console emulations straight on your mixer, and multi-touch support for touch screen computers. There’s loads of new features, and some of the most notable ones include:
- Chord Track
- Impact XT & SampleOne XT – new and powerful virtual instruments
- Multi-Instrument & Extended FX chains
- Mix Engine FX & Console Shaper
- Integrated Melodyne Essentials
I’m a beat maker/EDM producer. Why would I get Studio One 4 Professional instead of X?
The latest iteration of Studio One comes with re-imagined, and incredibly powerful virtual instruments. You’ll also have access to brand new multi-instrument tracks and extended FX chains. Presence XT, the PreSonus sampler, comes with a 14GB library giving you a great starting point for your music. Additionally you’ll be able to access the latest additions to the PreSonus virtual instrument line. Impact XT and SampleOne XT give you powerful beat and loop based composition devices, as well as being fantastic live-sampling and sample editing tools.
I’m a song-writer and producer. Why would I get Studio One 4 Professional instead of X?
Great question! The new feature called Chord Track is a fantastic addition for you, as well as beat makers. Studio One can now manipulate audio and note data of any (and all) tracks. This means that you can easily experiment with new chord progressions and ideas. There’s also a new track called an Arranger Track, with innovative Scratch Pads, as well as direct bi-directional Soundcloud integration.
I’m just getting in to music production. Why would I get Studio One 4 Professional instead of X?
Studio One 4 Professional is a great DAW to get started with. It has an intuitive single-window work environment, and very easy to use mixing/arrangement panels. It also comes with 37 excellent on board FX and processors, that work within the extended FX chains that you can build in Studio One 4. You can have unlimited audio and instrument tracks, advanced automation features, virtual instruments, buses, and FX channels. It also has pristine sound quality with native 64-bit resolution and support for up to 384 kHz audio.
I’m a producer that’s comfortable using my current DAW. Why would I change to Studio One 4 Professional instead of X?
Your workflow is going to increase tenfold with the new options you’ll have open to you. VCA Faders that act as group faders for any number of tracks, integrated Melodyne Essentials 4, and the extended mix chains will add to your creativity. You won’t even need to learn a new set of key-commands. Pro-Tools, Cubase, Sonar and Logic key-command templates are all available to you. There’s also upgraded AAF support you can transfer all of your current projects easily. The new Mix Engine FX process will give you new sonic possibilities with the way that Studio One 4 routes and sums audio. The Mix Engine FX Console Shaper emulates the sound of an analog console with drive controls, noise and channel cross-talk. Finally, for the end of your workflow, there’s an integrated mastering suite with automatic mix updating, DDP, Redbook CD burning, and digital release.
On a personal note, I’ve been a Logic Pro producer/editor, and Pro-Tools mixer for a long time now. With this release I’m making the move to Studio One 4 as my go-to DAW for all things. There isn’t a single tool from either competitor that I would lack in Studio One, but I’d gain loads of creative and efficient workflows. That’s a no brainer for me. I don’t have to relearn key-commands, I can transfer all of my projects over without losing data, and I’ll be picking up a load of uniquely useful features for writing and mixing. I’ll also be able to get almost £100 off with PreSonus’ crossgrade option (if you own a DAW, get money off Studio One 4) – sold!
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