PreSonus Studio One free gives you a perfect beginning of your digital audio workstation journey. The new Studio One 3 has an impressive improvement to some of the popular features. It carries the single window approach of the earlier versions. Amongst the key new features in version 3 are an Arranger track for song creation and rearrangement, a Scratchpad where you can try out new arrangement ideas, and a touch–friendly interface that takes advantage of multi–touch screens. However, these are available in professional version only. PreSonus have refined the included plug-ins and instruments.
Free DAW for Home Recording Studio
For new customers, PreSonus offers an absolute free fully functional DAW. It has all the basic functionalities with essential plugin instruments and effects. Studio One 3 installer is surprisingly small. Easy installation on a PC with Windows 7 x64 and up or Mac running OSX 10.8.5 or higher. PreSonus offers various channels of support like a knowledgebase, PreSonus Answers pages, PreSonus Forum apart from the phone support and few more with loads of information for novices and experts alike. Setting up Studio One 3 in your home recording studio with audio interfaces and midi controllers should be a cake walk. It works very well with many hardware without any glitches, even with my obsolete firewire interface. This new version adds several of the most frequently user-requested enhancements including faster multi-track drum editing, MIDI editing improvements, new mixing features etc.
PreSonus does not have a subscription style payment mode for Studio One. You do not need a copy protection dongle and PreSonus allow 5 activations on a single license which gives you the option to have Studio One 3 running on a desktop in your home recording studio, on your laptop when you are on the move and so on. Studio One 3 Prime is the free version which can be downloaded by simply creating an account without any other commitment.
Audio Recording Workflow Efficiency
PreSonus proclaim Studio One 3 as ‘the Next Standard’. The engineers behind Studio One to ensure that at every step of the musical process, you’ll spend your time creating music instead of fighting a bloated interface. Studio One is designed to make the music creation process easy with its fast, flow-oriented, drag-and-drop interface with an exceptionally good sound quality.
Putting It Altogether: Effective Home Studio DAW
The single-window approach to make things simple and easy to handle. This concept is followed throughout the versions, though version 3 has a different modern and flat skin much appealing compared to older versions.
The Start page is your home base, where you access recent Songs and Projects or start new ones, adjust hardware settings, check in on your online progress, stay in touch with the latest Studio One news, and develop new skills through demos and tutorials.
The Song page has everything you need is dynamically laid when and where you need it, without juggling multiple windows. In this page, you have Arrange view, track list, track Inspectors, edit view, mix view, and browser etc. With a couple of well–placed hide/reveal buttons Studio One can keep everything accessible and yet fully under control.
Intuitive, Fast and Convenient Home Recording
Drag-and-Drop feature is core to Studio One’s fast workflow. A huge number of operations like import and export loops and content, add or copy effects, create new tracks, render audio from virtual instrument tracks, extract grooves from audio, etc. can be done with a click and drag of your mouse.
Creating tracks that automatically sync to your song tempo, enriching an arrangement, loading an Instrument, effect or sample content, and more are easy with Studio One’s updated browser. Keyword-based musical search, plug-in thumbnails, and audio and music loops is another handy feature when you want to churn out music quickly in your home recording setup.
Unlimited Creativity for Your Home Recording Project
Your creativity is not restricted with the number of tracks Studio One. You have unlimited Audio and Instrument Tracks, virtual instruments, buses and FX channels. Inspiring sonic quality and variety of instruments ensure no creativity crunch even when using the free version of Studio One. 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 settings 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.
Keeping Your Home Studio Project Organized
With the kind of options available to create almost unlimited everything, you home studio projects can quickly become difficult to manage. Studio One helps keep things under control with Folder Tracks, 1:1 track/console synchronization including color coding, markers and similar very handy features available with the DAW.
Finishing the Song
Studio One has several options to export songs, tracks, save MIDI files etc. However, the Studio One Prime can render output to only WAV file format.
You can run it’s high-dpi user interface on small notebooks, all the way to multi-monitor studio setups and the new version supports the latest multi-touch computers and monitors so you can get your hands on your mix, arrangement, editing tools, and more.
To make the life of seasoned other DAW users easy, Studio One lets you use Pro Tools, Cubase, or Logic key commands, as well as Studio One and user-created key commands.
Experienced (other) DAW users may find few things different and missing. However, the main selling proposition PreSonus Studio One has, in my opinion, is the short cuts and efficient options for faster workflow. Moreover, you have a fully functional absolutely free version. That makes it easy for you to decide to have PreSonus Studio One Prime in your home recording studio kit.