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Are you ready for the next level in Presonus Studio One version 2 tutorials? Studio One master Bill Edstrom has a ton of new topics to share with you that will take you even deeper into the powerful Studio One version 2 DAW.

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Introduction 2m:06s

William gives you a warm welcome and lays out the road ahead.


Quantizing Drums 9m:15s

Using both the AudioBend and Quantize panels William shows how to quantize multitrack drums to tighten the performance or to change the feel.


Strip Silence 9m:42s

The new 'remove silence' feature can be used to remove background bleed from multi-mic setups. Here we go over all the parameters on the Strip Silence panel.

Audio Loops and Musicloops


Audio Parts & Audio Loops 7m:46s

In this video, learn about Audio Parts and the new audioLoop file format. Learn how to create both, how they are related and some of the creative potential locked within.


Audio Part Play Modes 9m:06s

Learn how to change audio part playback modes and how these different modes are useful in different situations. We also look at the Audio Part timestretch options and the effect it has on drum loops in particular.


Musicloop files 5m:16s

The new Musicloop file format stores note data, instrument presets, and insert effects in a single file to allow you to quickly recreate a track setup in another song. Learn about the parts of the musicloops and how they can be used.


Quantize on Track 4m:27s

The feature formerly known as 'Quantize Event Starts' is back with a new name, but is still a powerful way to quantize without bending or time stretching.

Tips and Tricks


The Splits 3m:02s

See how to chop your audio into perfect slices.


Echo Throw Effect 3m:49s

In this video William shows how to use the new 'Event FX' feature to add an echo throw to one syllable of a vocal phrase.


Recent Items 2m:13s

The 'Recent Items' selection when you right click on an event can be helpful or a bit confusing. Learn how it works.


Analyzing Equalizers 6m:42s

Learn a trick way to analyze your cool vintage style plug-in EQs using the new Tone Generator plug-in.


Multiple Cue Mixes 4m:31s

See how to configure multiple artist cue mixes with zero-latency monitoring with a PreSonus Firestudio.


Batch Conversion 2m:48s

There are a few hidden batch conversion features available in the S1 browser. Here William reveals these simple but powerful features to convert between file types, sample rates and bit depths.


Stereo to Mono 4m:02s

Sometimes you need to convert a stereo track to mono, split left and right tracks to two mono tracks or blend the left and right channels into a new mono track (for dual miced guitar cabs!). See how to handle each of those scenarios.


Mono to Stereo 4m:41s

Studio One 2 has a new 'Merge to Stereo' feature in the browser. See how William uses this feature to merge left and right drum overheads to stereo.


Ampire in Stereo 2m:22s

Version 2 makes it simple to listen to Ampire or any amp sim in stereo using a mono input. This works great for other sources as well. Check out this simple new feature that makes recording with Ampire even more fun.


Exporting Stems 9m:47s

If you want to get all or some of your tracks out of Studio One 2, you need to understand this powerful feature. See how each option of the Export Stems dialog box works and how that compares to drag-and-drop to the browser.

Automation Tricks


Automation Follows Events 4m:03s

When working with automation, you have the option of allowing automation to follow events during copy and move operations. There is an important setup parameter that controls this behavior. Learn where to find it and how to set it.


Focus Mapping 8m:56s

Reuse your external controller knobs with the currently opened plug-in or virtual instrument. Also learn how to control multiple effects at the same time using Global Mapping.


Automate Touched 5m:43s

It is super easy to add automation parameters to a track, however with this setup option enabled, it gets so easy, it's automatic!

Projects Page


Intro to the Project Page 5m:20s

Learn what the project page is for and the interacting between the Song files and projects. See how to add a song to a project.


Project Page Explained Pt. 1 12m:32s

Learn the on-screen controls for the Project page toolbar and track column.


Project Page Explained Pt. 2 18m:00s

Get a handle on the device rack, master section, metering and the the timeline area.


Loudness Info 6m:24s

Check out how William uses the loudness information in a real-world example.


Burning a CD 9m:12s

n this video William explains the mastering effects used to finalize the master and the show how to burn the master CD.


Images & DDP 5m:34s

See how to export disk images and DDP (Disk Description Protocol) images for CD manufacturing.


Digital Release 3m:43s

See how to create a digital release of your album to separate MP3 files.


S1 & SoundCloud 6m:32s

Learn how to do a digital release directly to SoundCloud and then see how you can interact with your SoundCloud tracks right within the Studio One browser.


Dithering 5m:25s

Dither when converting from 24-bit projects to 16-bits for CDs is automatic in Studio One 2. If you want to use your own dithering plug-in, see how to override the native dithering and where to insert your dithering plug-in.

Using External Hardware


Pipeline 13m:29s

Studio One includes the Pipeline plug-in that allows you to insert external hardware as if it were a plug-in effect. Set how to setup Pipeline by following William's example using an external Tube-Tech EQ.



Editing Voiceovers 9m:33s

The setup for editing voiceovers is a bit different than that for music production. Learn key setup options and key commands that will speed up your VO edits.


Fixing P-Pops 8m:06s

P-Pops happen and can ruin an otherwise great VO take. The same thing can happen when recording lead vocals. Learn a fast and easy way to suppress p-pops and save the take.


Voiceover Projects 6m:04s

The Project page is a great way to organize voiceover sessions and auditions. The new loudness detection tools come in handy to make sure the output levels are right on.

Studio One Instruments


SampleOne Explained Pt. 1 9m:21s

The SampleOne VI is a great tool for manipulating any kind of audio clip. Learn the basics of loading, layering and mapping samples across the keyboard.


SampleOne Explained Pt. 2 10m:51s

SampleOne has pitch, filter and amp properties that can be used along with your controller, ADSR or the LFO to add subtle expressiveness or take your sample into outer-space. Learn what the lower half of the SampleOne UI is all about.


Send to SampleOne 5m:35s

Learn how to Send To SampleOne including Audio Parts, audioloops, wave files, audio events, and REX files. These all can be easily mapped to the SampleOne virtual instrument with a simple right click menu options. Learn all the ways to Send To SampleOne!


Presence Explained Pt. 1 14m:29s

Presence is the general purpose sample based synth in Studio One. In this video we go over all primary sound design controls to tweak presets and design your own sounds.


Presence Explained Pt. 2 11m:13s

In part two we go over effects page of presence and explore the full range of effects available. Easy to use and tweak, this is essential for getting the most out of Presence.


Impact Explained 21m:05s

This video goes over all the setup and sound design features of the Impact virtual drum instrument.


Mojito Explained 15m:04s

Mojito is an easy to use but flexible virtual analog synth that will give you classic lead and bass tones and even some modern wobble.

New Studio One FX


Open AIR Reverb 21m:14s

The brand new 'Open AIR' convolution reverb brings stellar reverb to Studio One 2. This flexible tool has some powerful tweaking controls and this video will unlock the secrets of all the settings including the more mysterious ones.


Dual Pan 8m:12s

This basic mixing tool is new and something William can't mix without. Here William goes over a couple of his favorite applications and all the controls.


Tone Generator 10m:49s

Just a basic piece of lab gear in virtual form, but so useful for music production!

Additional Topics


Sidechain Gating 6m:44s

This example will introduce the S1 simple sidechain routing, using an example that locks the kick and the bass guitar.


Sidechain Pumping 7m:12s

In this sidechain example, learn how using ducking to let the kick cut through and pump up your groove.


Melodyne 2 10m:02s

Take a simple acoustic guitar arpeggio and magically edit the chords to create a progression. You need the full version of Melodyne to do this, but William still can't believe this is even possible!

Bill Edstrom

1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I started on trumpet at age 10, but got more passionate when I picked up bass and guitar in high school. During college, I had a band where I shared lead vocals and electric guitar duties. After that I was in a variety of bands usually on bass or behind the mixing board.

2. What training have you had?

I studied electrical engineering in college but mostly learned recording and music on my own. Recently, I completed the Master of Songwriting and Guitar program through Berklee Music.

3. When did you get into recording?

I have always been fascinated with tape recording since fifth grade. I started by recording demos by bouncing back and forth between two cassette decks. Later I moved on to portastudios, ADATS, pro studios, then to a DAW based project studio.

4. People you have worked with/for?

I work with songwriters world-wide as the founder and creator of - an online collaboration site for songwriters. In my career, I have done FOH, producing, songwriting, mixing, mastering, and voice over. Used to work regionally, but now requests can come from anywhere in the world.

I've written two books on audio production: "Studio One for Engineers & Producers" and "The Power in Cakewalk SONAR" both published by Hal Leonard Books.

Whenever possible, I work closely with the developers of the products I teach doing testing, bug reporting, and feature requests. I think this gives me a much deeper understanding of the products. I really enjoy seeing the products I work with improve.

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I have always been interested in making technology easier to use and understand. I think showing examples is essential when introducing a topic. I feel recording should be a fun and creative experience and I hope that comes across in my videos.

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