PreSonus introduces Studio One 3

PreSonus Studio One 3 screenshot
PreSonus Studio One 3 screenshot

PreSonus Studio One 3

The third edition of the music production software becomes available, offering hands-on editing, mixing and arranging via Mac/PC multi-touch displays

reSonus Audio Electronics today announced the availability of Studio One 3, in Artist and Professional editions. The third version of the entry-level DAW promises to take the software to the next level of “song arranging and experimentation, as well as inspiring new ways to craft unique and evocative sounds” with a unique dual platform (Mac and Windows) multi-touch interface. Furthermore, Studio One 3 Professional users now have the freedom to create away from the desk through Studio One Remote for iPad.

Studio One 3 Professional introduces the Arranger Track, enabling users to copy or move entire song sections with simple drag-and-drop, and its own Track Inspector that shows all sections of the song, and also acts as a quick navigation tool. Unlimited Scratch Pads, also in Studio One Professional, provide an independent parallel timeline that lets you safely experiment on alternate ideas without jeopardising arrangements, saving the trouble of numerous alternate song files.

The updated Browser, found in both Artist and Professional, offers tag-based ‘musical’ search to discover loops, samples, and presets by typing keywords like ‘genre’ and ‘instrument’, or by filtering content by selecting tags. The Browser also now has an integrated Cloud tab to access additional content online. Extended FX Chains, new in the Professional version, provide new ways to build complex, multi-dimensional sounds by chaining and combining effects plug-ins in serial, in parallel by channel, or by frequency with up to five splits.

Also new in Professional, Multi Instruments combines multiple instruments as layers or splits in a single Instrument Track. Further dimensions can be added to a sound by using Note FX on individual Instruments layers within a Multi Instrument. Note FX is a new plug-in type introduced in Studio One 3 that adds life to Instrument tracks by processing their note data. The four Note FX included with Studio One 3 Professional are Arpeggiator, Chorder, Repeater, and Input Filter.

Each console channel and Multi Instrument in Studio One Professional now offers Macro Controls, which allow individual instrument or plug-in parameters to be assigned to control knobs, switches, and X/Y pads for easy access. Multiple parameters can be assigned to the same control with independent settings for range/polarity/curve.

Presence XT is an expandable, full-featured sampler with a comprehensive sample library that offers disk streaming for large samples, and many sounds utilise articulation key-switching, scripting, and custom controls for unique sound parameters. Studio One 3 Professional includes a 14 GB sound library for Presence XT and can read popular sampler formats, including EXS, Kontakt, Giga, and SoundFont without conversion.

Studio One 3 is now available as full programs in Artist (£68.40 RRP) and Professional (£279.00), with upgrade deals for existing Studio One users. In June, PreSonus will also introduce Studio One Prime, a fully functioning free version to get started with the software. For more information on Studio On 3, visit the product website:

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