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Studio One Explained

Presented by Studio One Expert Bill Edstrom, this is the definitive Presonus Studio One video training series. If you're just starting out with Studio One you may feel a little overwhelmed as it is a full featured DAW. Well fear not, William has you covered...

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Getting Started


Introduction 2m:19s

Learn about the unique features of the Studio One DAW including the drag and drop workflow and integrated mastering.


Basic Audio Interface Setup 6m:30s

See how to configure S1 for your audio interface and how to get sound in and out of Studio One.


Editing Quick Start 11m:21s

Watch how to quickly import loops, edit and mix them down in a few easy steps.

Views and Windows


Arrangement View Pt. 1 15m:57s

Explore all of the controls along the top of arrangement view and learn about their features and functions.


Arrangement View Pt. 2 8m:44s

Discover all of the controls along the bottom of arrangement view and learn about their features and functions.


Zooming In & Out 9m:11s

Learn how to zoom in and out using on-screen controls and convenient keyboard shortcuts.


Transport Controls & Marker Track 8m:21s

See how to start and rewind in a variety of ways. Learn how to use markers and the marker track to set navigation shortcuts in your song.


Get Undone 6m:42s

Discover how to undo actions using keyboard shortcuts and the undo history feature. See how the Trash Bin is used for recovering console channels, effects and instruments. Then learn how to save and restore revisions of your song.


The Browser Explained 10m:03s

Watch and learn about everything in the Studio One browser window such as instruments, effects, sounds, files and the Pool.


Track and Event Inspector Pt. 1 11m:11s

See how to use the track properties on the Inspector such as Title, Color, Mute, Solo, Rec Enable, Input Monitoring, Stereo/Mono, Audio Input, Volume, Pan, Time Stretch modes, Layers, Track Delay and Automation.


Track and Event Inspector Pt. 2 10m:11s

Explore the track group property, unique properties of instrument tracks and the Event properties.


The Console View Explained 18m:16s

Discover every control on the Console view virtual mixer, which is the control center for mixing, effects and virtual instruments.

Recording with Studio One


Audio Setup Explained 8m:24s

Learn about the setup and options menu to configure and use your audio interface with Studio One.


Song Setup Explained 10m:27s

See how the song title, location, sample rate and input and output maps are configured for each song, as well as how to set the default configuration for new songs.


Lets Record 7m:51s

Watch how to set up a track for recording, activate the metronome, set the song tempo, and then record and playback audio.


Zero Latency Monitor with FireStudio 5m:36s

Learn how to use integrated zero latency monitoring when using a PreSonus FireStudio interface.


Using a Non-PreSonus Interface 8m:41s

Discover three recording scenarios and solutions when using an audio interface other than a FireStudio.


Pre-roll & Punch Recording 4m:15s

Watch how to activate pre-roll to give yourself time to get ready for recording and also how to do automated punch recording. Both are great features when recording and engineering at the same time.


Loop Recording Audio Events 2m:45s

See how you can easily record multiple takes into an audio event with loop recording.

Editing in Studio One


Editing Audio - Arrow Tool 10m:14s

Learn what you can do with the most important mouse tool - the Arrow. Discover essential keyboard modifiers for the Arrow Tool and then watch an example as we put this tool to work to create a lead line from just a few clicks.


Editing Audio - Mouse Tools 11m:13s

Explore the function of each of the other mouse tools such as Range, Split, Eraser, Paint and Mute. See how to use keyboard shortcuts to select and modify each tool, and learn how to enable the optional cross hair cursor.


Snap & Quantize Event Editing 13m:28s

Discover how to set the snapping options for tools and events, as well as how to quantize audio events to the selected snap settings. Also see an example of quantizing a drum loop to change the swing feel.


Edit View Editing 9m:14s

Learn the key to an efficient audio editing workflow by utilizing Studio One's Edit View.


Consolidate Audio 4m:03s

Explore using the 'B' command to bounce audio events in place, and learn a tip to save the edits to a layer before consolidating.


The Stretch Tool 6m:37s

Discover an easy way to stretch or shorten audio events to match the tempo of the song.


Track Tempo Options 8m:33s

See how to set the track properties to to match audio material on the track for the best results when changing tempo.


Audio Event Properties 7m:56s

See how to work with the audio event properties transpose, tempo and tune.

MIDI in Studio One


The Tempo Track 10m:31s

Learn how to use the tempo track to insert tempo and time signature changes.


MIDI & Qwerty Controllers 7m:01s

Watch how to connect an external MIDI keyboard controller as well as how to play a virtual instrument via your computer Qwerty keyboard.


Recording Instrument Parts 8m:30s

Learn how to set up an instrument part and record as well as explore the different record modes available.


Loop Recording Instruments 7m:28s

See how to utilize Loop Record Takes and Loop Record Mix using a drum beat example.


The Music Editor 18m:23s

Watch and learn how copy, move, split and other editing operations apply to instrument part events. Then see how to edit note placement, timing, duration, velocity and other parameters in the Edit View.


Virtual Instruments Overview 14m:23s

Explore Studio One's built-in virtual instruments SampleOne, Impact, Presence and Mojito and the common controls shared between them.


Using 3rd Party VI Plug-Ins 14m:52s

See how to use EZdrummer and PianoTeq with Studio One. You'll then be able to apply what you've learned to any 3rd party virtual instrument.

Mixing with Studio One


Groups & Busses 8m:14s

Learn to easily group channels to work together and how to route channels to busses to create submixes.


Insert & Send Effects 11m:42s

Discover how to add insert effects and send effects to your mix.


Automate Volume, Pan & Sends 15m:07s

Watch several examples of automating volume, pan and effects sends enabling you to get more creative with your mix.


Using Built-in Effects 14m:37s

Discover Studio One's range of built-in effects including compression, EQ, delay and amp simulation.


Mixing Down 12m:54s

See how to mix your song down to the standard high quality wave file format and or smaller sized mp3 file.

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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