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Studio One 2 Explained

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Getting Started

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    Tutorial 1



    Get on overview of Studio One 2 and this video series.

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    Tutorial 2



    How to active and update Studio One software.

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    Tutorial 3

    Offline Activation


    How to activate and update Studio One if your computer is not directly connected to the Internet.

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    Tutorial 4

    Audio Device Setup


    How to set up your audio device and test playback. Use Song setup to configure the inputs and outputs.

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    Tutorial 5

    Creating a Song


    Pick and title and create a song. Learn how to set the sample rate, bit-depth as well as how to creating a song from a template.

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    Tutorial 6

    Basic Navigation


    Start and stop playback, zoom in and out, open and close views.

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    Tutorial 7

    File Locations


    Find out where S1 stores your songs, projects and sounds. Learn how to customize these locations.

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    Tutorial 8

    Getting Help


    Info View, Manual, the PreSonus forum.

The Studio One User Interface

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    Tutorial 9

    UI Overview


    Learn how Studio One is laid out and how to opening, close, detaching and and re-size the arrangement, console, browser, inspector, editor and more.

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    Tutorial 10

    The Control Bar


    Learn what all the control bar controls are and what they do. This includes the track manager, mouse tools and quantize options.

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    Tutorial 11

    The Transport Bar


    Learn what all the controls on the transport bar are for. Performance meters, transport controls, loop settings, metronome, tempo and more.

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    Tutorial 12

    Arrange View


    We walk through and identify all the controls in the arrange view. Learn to create, and delete tracks, learn what the track controls are for along with key setup parameters.

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    Tutorial 13

    Track Inspector


    The inspector contains both track and event controls and properties settings. First we take a look at how the inspector relates to tracks.The inspector is the key to the most powerful features of Studio One.

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    Tutorial 14

    Event Inspector


    Learn what event properties are available in the event area of the Inspector. Get a first look at the powerful event FX feature that is new to version 2.

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    Tutorial 15

    The Browser


    The browser gives you quick access to instruments, effects, sound libraries and your file system. See how to browse and search for resources, audition sound files and use drag and drop.

Working with Tracks

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    Tutorial 16

    Creating Tracks


    Learn several ways to create audio and instrument tracks in Studio One. See how to create tracks automatically by starting your song with a template.

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    Tutorial 17

    Track Groups


    Hide and show tracks, Create Track folders, Grouping tracks.

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    Tutorial 18

    Folder Tracks


    Learn how to organize groups of tracks into folders to organize your project.

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    Tutorial 19

    Track List


    Learn how to manage audio and instrument tracks using the new Track List. Learn how to create track presets and even sync the track list to the console.


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    Tutorial 20

    Get Undone


    Learn how to use the undo commands and history to reverse most actions. Learn also about saving new versions of songs.

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    Tutorial 21

    Using Markers


    Use makers to organize your song and streamline workflow. Learn how to open and close the marker track, navigate by markers and keyboard shortcuts.

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    Tutorial 22

    Setting the Tempo


    Set the song tempo. Learn how to set an overall song tempo or vary tempo using the Tempo Track.

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    Tutorial 23

    Customizing the Keyboard


    Learn how change keyboard mappings to match other software and how to make commands to keys or change keyboard mapping.

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    Tutorial 24

    Using Audio Loops


    See how to use audio loops to quickly build a song or demo.

Recording Audio

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    Tutorial 25

    Audio Setup


    Create a track, check your audio setup, song setup and headphones.

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    Tutorial 26

    Song Setup


    Map your hardware inputs to Studio One software inputs. Learn how to customize input names and save your setup as the default for new songs.

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    Tutorial 27

    Lets Record


    Lets actually record some audio. See how set the metronome to provide a click track enable recording and lay down a part.

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    Tutorial 28

    FireStudio ZLM


    If you use a PreSonus Firestudio interface, Zero Latency Monitoring is integrated. Learn how to use this feature.

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    Tutorial 29

    Correcting Mistakes


    Fix minor mistakes using simple editing and overdubbing.

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    Tutorial 30

    Punch-In Recording


    Learn how to replace a specific section of and audio track

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    Tutorial 31

    Loop Recording


    Record multiple takes without ever stopping.

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    Tutorial 32

    Recording with Ampire


    Walk through for using the include Ampire guitar amp and effects simulator.

Editing Audio

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    Tutorial 33

    Snap Settings


    First we need to review all the snap settings. The snap and quantize settings work together and very important for editing in Studio One.

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    Tutorial 34

    The Arrow Tool


    Of the Studio One mouse tools, the Arrow Tool is the most used. This capable tool has intuitive functions plus a few hidden tricks.

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    Tutorial 35

    The Mouse Tools


    Learn how to use the remaining mouse tools: Range Tool, Eraser Tool, Paint Tool, Mute Tool, Bend Tool and Listen Tool.

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    Tutorial 36



    See how to create a composite track from layers recorded in our loop recording example. Learn how to organize parallel tracks into layers to comp if you didnt use loop recording.

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    Tutorial 37

    Intro to Audio Bending


    See how to use audio bend starting with a simple time correction example. Then explore the audio bend panel and how to apply bend markers to quantize a drum part even changing the feel of the drums. Also learn how to split and event up into many pieces based bend markers.

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    Tutorial 38

    Quantizing Audio


    Learn super-simple key commands to instantly quantize audio. Gain even more control over using Quantize panel.

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    Tutorial 39

    Editor View


    Studio One has an Editor view that allows you to all the same audio editing as the Arrange View but focused on a single track. Learn all the controls and how to use it to speed up workflow.

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    Tutorial 40

    Audio Parts


    Audio Parts are a new way to group events so they work as one event in the arrange view while still giving access to the individual events in the editor.

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    Tutorial 41

    Intro to Melodyne


    Studio One 2 has tight integration with the amazing Melodyne editor. Melodyne allows pitch correction, timing correction, and even note detection. This is an overview to get you started with this powerful tool.

Virtual Instruments and MIDI

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    Tutorial 42

    Setup a Controller


    See how to setup and test external keyboard controller for use with virtual instruments.

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    Tutorial 43

    Recording Instrument Parts


    See examples of recording using a MIDI control and a virtual instrument. Learn the difference between Overdub and Replace modes. Also see how to quantize the performance as you record!

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    Tutorial 44

    Loop Recording Instruments


    Learn to loop record takes to layers for comping just link with audio tracks. Then look at the realtime loop features for recording drum beats including Note Erase, Note Repeat and Undo Last Loop.

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    Tutorial 45

    Converting VI Parts to Audio


    Learn how simple it is to bounce instrument parts to audio events. Learn the very cool way to explode pitches to tracks to get each drum sound to bounce to its own audio track.

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    Tutorial 46

    Intro to PreSonus Instruments


    This is an introduction to the included virtual instruments Impact, Mojito, Presence and SampleOne.

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    Tutorial 47

    The Music Editor


    Learn the layout and controls for editing individual notes in the music editor.

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    Tutorial 48

    Quantizing Notes


    Learn some tricks for quantizing notes in instrument parts. Learn the features of the Quantize panel that are specific to note data.

Mixing Down

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    Tutorial 49

    Console View Explained


    Learn how to open, close, size, detach and expand the console. Learn the purpose of all the global view buttons and the make-up of each track.

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    Tutorial 50

    Instrument Channels


    Learn the relation of Instrument Tracks to Instrument Channels. See how to activate additional outputs of multi-out instruments like Impact and EZDrummer.

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    Tutorial 51

    Bus Channels


    See how to create buss channels using drum tracks as an example. Also see how the new folder tracks feature can be used to streamline the creation of buses.

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    Tutorial 52

    Insert FX


    Learn how to apply insert effects as well as a look at some the key included effects like Compressor and ProEQ.

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    Tutorial 53

    Event FX


    Learn how to apply effects to just part of a track using the amazing new Event FX feature.

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    Tutorial 54

    Master FX


    Learn how to setup an FX channel and the review some of the built in FX that are commonly used as master effects like the Air Reverb, Room Reverb and Analog Delay.

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    Tutorial 55

    Track Transform


    Learn how to conserve computing power using this innovate track freeze approach.

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    Tutorial 56

    Using Automation


    Learn how to automate any parameter by drawing automation curves or using an external controller like the FaderPort.

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    Tutorial 57

    Mixing Down


    Here we talk a look at adding effects to the Main Out channel and then mixing our song down to a stereo Wave or MP3 file.

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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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