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First Song with Studio One

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    The Song

    Hear a bare bones piano and voice outline of the basic song, and then the finished version that you will see and hear as it is developed over the course of this two hour series.

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    Getting Started

    In this video we’ll create a new empty song, establish a tempo, length, and input quantize value; and lay down a guide drum track to work with as the song is built up.

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    Kik Drum Delay & Guide Drum Loop

    Hear how some subtle Beat Delay with low feedback and high width values creates movement in the kik drum part, and how a factory drum loop fills out the groove and helps to reinforce the subtle swing feel.

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    Reinforcing the Rhythm

    A short dry percussive Mai Tai sound is added to reinforce the rhythm and also outline the the root key of the song.

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    Verse Chord Progression

    Watch as a multi instrument is set up to create a layered pad sound using two different virtual instruments, and hear the chords for the verse being recorded.

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    Portamento Hook

    Another multi instrument is created, this time with two monophonic lead sounds that use portamento when transitioning between notes; and a short repeating musical hook is recorded.

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    Organizing the Console View & Adding Reverb

    Good digital house keeping is important when building up a song containing may multi instruments. Learn to selectively hide and rename instruments in the Console View in order to keep it uncluttered. And see how to set up a reverb FX track that can be accessed by multiple sources simultaneously.

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    Adding Bass to Second Verse

    Long open root notes are added to the second chorus on a layered bass sound, creating interest and anticipation leading up to the chorus.

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    The First Chorus

    Preliminary markers are added, and the chords and bass part for the first chorus are recorded.

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    Building Up the Chorus

    Hear how adding additional layered elements, including a rhythmic synth part, extra bass layer to add to the attack of each note, and a full drum groove, helps to build the intensity in the first chorus.

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    The Third Verse

    In this first breakdown of the arrangement, the texture and voicing of the chords are altered subtly to maintain the listeners interest.

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    The Second Chorus

    The arrangement builds by bringing everything back in; and an additional piano part is added to help this section feel subtly “bigger” than the first chorus.

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    The Third Chorus

    As a dramatic contrast to what came before and what will follow, the bass, chord pads, and main drum groove drop out to create space for a long riser that will be added in later.

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    The Bridge

    Watch as one of the stock factory multi instruments is added and used as the main sound in the bridge; the final section of new chords added to the song.

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    Adding Sweep & Riser FX

    Watch as some sweep effects are layered together and added to the transitions into chorus 2, 3, 4 & 5; and a long riser is placed thorough out the entire chorus 3 breakdown to help build anticipation and excitement leading up to the bridge.

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    Subgrouping with Busses

    See how Bus tracks are added to the session and set up as sub groups for drums, synths, bass, and FX; and hear how the FX tracks are panned and edited to sit in the mix better.

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    Setting up a Cue Mix for the Vocalist

    Learn how to use the Audio I/O Setup window to configure the ins and outs on your hardware, and how to set up a custom headphone mix using Studio One 3’s Cue mix function.

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    Recording the Lead Vocal

    Watch as multiple takes of the lead vocal are recorded using the Takes to Layers function in Studio One 3.

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    Adding Vocal Harmonies & Backups

    Follow along as the vocal arrangement is filled out with some subtle backups and harmony parts.

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    Editing the Vocals

    Watch as the takes are trimmed and the track layers are expanded so selected parts of the various takes can be comped together.

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    Vocal Processing

    Listen as a new plate reverb is set up for the vocals, and the Fat Channel gate, compressor, and EQ are adjusted on the lead vocal track.

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    Vocal Delay Effect

    Watch as the vocal tracks are sub grouped, and sends to a rhythmically timed delay are set up on the backup tracks. An automation track is then created to bypass the delay on/off for specific words.

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    Exporting Stems

    Learn how to export either individual tracks, subgroups, or the full mix; using the built in Export Stems function.

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    Melodyne & More

    Hear how Melodyne is used to subtly improve the tuning across the main lead vocal; and watch as anticipation is enhanced by having the rhythm section drop out during the bar before the bridge.

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    Adding the Guitar Parts

    See how guitar parts, recorded remotely, are added to the song and processed to blend in with other elements in the mix.

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    The Final Mix

    Explore some of the final track and bus processing tweaks, and listen to a final run through of the entire song.

Product Overview

PreSonus Studio One gives you everything you need to take your musical ideas and turn them into a complete, shareable masterpiece. In this in-depth video tutorial series, Eli Krantzberg shows you how to go from idea to finished product and everything in between using just Studio One.

Eli begins with introducing the song, both the initial bare bones spark, and the fully produced final. He then starts with a clean slate and takes you through establishing a guide drum track on which you can build up your song.

With the rhythm laid down, Eli spends a number of videos showing you how to use Beat Delay and drum loops to fill out and create movement in the drum parts. Then he spends a few videos creating and reinforcing the main chords of the song to outline the root key and create layered pads and hooks.

Eli ends this section by taking some time for digital housekeeping, such as organizing the console view. The next six videos are all about recording what will be the final parts for the song. Eli demonstrates recording the verses, the choruses, building up the chorus, the bridge, and adds sweeps and risers.

Eli now focuses the next videos on mixing techniques, specifically subgrouping, in which you create Bus tracks for drums, synth, bass, and FX. He also covers panning and editing the FX tracks to make them sit just right in the mix.

From there, Eli shows you how to record the lead vocals. Multiple takes are recorded, including adding harmonies, as well as how to edit and process the recorded vocals.

When you write songs, you may want to collaborate with other musicians. Eli explains how to export stems using the Export Stems function, which are used to exchange tracks with a guitarist who adds tracks remotely.

Eli finishes off the series by covering using Melodyne in Studio One, and doing some last minute arranging. After that, he explores some mixing and bus processing tweaks, and shares the final song.

If you’re new to recording and producing with Studio One, or to digital music production in general, “First Song in Studio One” will get you started on the path of complete song creation!

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First Song with Studio One is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 28 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from A perfect follow up to Eli's 'Studio One 5 explained' series.. If you haven't yet watched the 'Studio One 5 explained' series, I can not emphasize strongly enough that you really need to go through that first. In my opinion, this course is a perfect follow up because it bundles up all of the major Studio One concepts and shows how they work best in practice. If you don't have a solid understanding of the basic Studio One fundamentals, there are going to be things in this series that won't make as much sense as they should. Trust me, you'll only be doing yourself a disservice if you choose not to. If you're already paying for a subscription on this website, you unquestionably have the drive to learn and get better. You've already got the fire in your belly. At least for me, I was sick of watching people on youtube poorly explain how this program actually works. I'm assuming you know exactly what I am talking about. It's important to us all as producers and engineers to be technically savvy. What separates us from everyone else is we're willing to invest in ourselves. We already know that we don't have time for BS - we figure if you aren't going to do something right, you shouldn't waste your time doing it at all. So do it right. Watch the 'Studio One 5 Explained" series and then go through this. Eli does a tremendous job (as usual). This walkthrough already helped to improve my workflow drastically. I can't possibly recommend this series strongly enough!
Date published: 2020-10-05
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from essential tutorial for anyone serious about recording songs in Studio one Logical progress from concept to finished work in easy to understand steps. Even keyboard shortcuts are indicated.
Date published: 2020-07-23
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from It delivered, and then some! I wanted to use it as an introduction to Studio One and it took me to all of the corners of the DAW. I wasn't expecting to get so much from it, it was well worth getting and I expect to be watching it all again soon.
Date published: 2020-06-02
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Helpful I am so exited everything it's help me a lot
Date published: 2020-03-29
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great job!!! It helped a newbie to start recording with a better direction
Date published: 2020-01-23
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great! I was great seeing Ely composing and learning his workflow in the process. I specially liked the video with the singer recording! There should me more of this in Groove3. As a suggestion, videos could have not only screen capture but also videos of people recording and also the instructor talking and showing equipment, setups, etc. It humanizes the process and engages the viewers much more, in my opinion.
Date published: 2020-01-07
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great course for someone who wants to learn about Studio One in the context of actually creating a song. This was a great course. I'm pretty much a beginner at Studio One, but learning while working on a song was so much more interesting than stepping through features one by one. Once in awhile, I had to search to figure out why something didn't look the same on my screen as his, but better that then bogging things down in detail. Very approachable course and I definitely learned a lot.
Date published: 2019-10-29
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Genial ! Merci ! Thank you for this complete example I looked at a lot of tutorials that present the content in a theoretical way (how does a plugin work, how to manage a particular parameter,...). But training that takes a concrete example is rare. This is normal because the work to be produced is more important than the "simple" technical demos. Even if you don't like the style, the work process that is presented is clear and concise. It allows you to quickly understand the order and sequence you can work with. I think I would come back to these videos several times. Thank you. Thank you so much !
Date published: 2019-07-06
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Fabulous tutorial. This is what I was looking for. Amazing working example.
Date published: 2019-06-07
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Fantastic tutorial. This has helped me immensely! Wow! This was just what I was looking for. So incredibly well done. Just enough detail to make it valuable and engaging, but not bogged down. Moves flawlessly from section to section.
Date published: 2019-04-09
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from A great working example! This is a great, quick working example. However, there are many features/options being demonstrated so you must pay close attention and be prepared to rewind and listen again for the quick tips. Excellent stuff here!!!
Date published: 2019-01-18
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Much more than you'd think!! This series is great for learning Studio One 4 but is really a comprehensive master class on song writing, song construction, vocal recording and overall production. I'll be coming back to it for reference for quite some time. A very nice song that's easy to listen to multiple times throughout the video series. Thanks Eli. Excellent job...
Date published: 2019-01-18
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great as usual! Eli is an amazing teacher and this tutorial is clear and easy for anyone to understand the workflow of an arrangement/song in Studio One. Not only does he explain everything he's doing but there are also some hidden nuggets as to how a finished production incorporates so many elements. Although I would have loved for some more variation on the drums throughout the track, I'll still give it a 5 stars for the invaluable information provided in this tutorial.
Date published: 2018-12-02
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Tutorial by Eli Krantzberg As a beginner to mixing and music creation I have spent hours learning how to use my Alesis keyboard, Studio One 3, Superior Drummer, etc. Something was missing and it was this tutorial. I had so many tools but wasn't quite sure how to use them to create something. First Song was a breath of fresh air. It doesn't concentrate on all the technical but rather how to build a song from the ground up. Eli teaches in a very entertaining and understandable way and like a good book I just couldn't stop watching these videos. I'm now ready to put my tools training to try my hand at song creation. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
Date published: 2018-04-24
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent tutorial Mr Krantzberg never disappoints! Although it's not a straight walkthrough of the software I think even a beginner to Studio One can follow through and learn something about workflow and effective songwriting. The song is very catchy and the singer is great.
Date published: 2018-02-11
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Learning by Doing - the best Groove 3 series yet Just getting started with Studio One, and this was the perfect series to get my feet wet. Eli seamlessly fuses DAW techniques, production tricks and sound design into one fantastic product.
Date published: 2018-01-02
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Overall great video series! Great way to learn the potentials of Studio One 3. Some steps went pretty fast and it would have been useful to have a few more steps to clearly get it all.
Date published: 2017-09-16
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from The best of Groove3! Project-based training is the best way to realy learn something instead of walking around menus and commands without real applications. Thanks
Date published: 2017-09-09
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Awesome Totally connected concepts very creatively
Date published: 2017-06-23
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Helpful! Easy to Follow! After watching this, I feel like I'm ready to hop in and make music! I think the best way to learn is by watching and doing. Thanks for the tutorial! I'm looking forward to watching all the other ones so I can master this Studio One software!
Date published: 2017-06-12
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Nice Job Groove 3! Great! Keep the Studio One tutorials coming!... Definitely a Dynamic DAW that is constantly changing... Eli is a great teacher ... Please let him know!
Date published: 2017-03-15
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent on all key point on building songs Groove 3 is an idea software for today artist who want to go from musician to recording your very own songs it actually help me develop as a musician to hear what I sound like, unbelievable it makes you feel the music hear the music Groove 3 starts with basic thru expert try it, I started with a yearly membership and been there every year. Try it out you can only go up.
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Studio One 3 I am very happy with studio one. its what I've been looking for
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from wow so good to see the production thoughts loving it, thanks for sharing the knowledge on how to build and change ssounds
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Introductory Tutorial I don't know for an absolute beginner, however, if you already know how to work a DAW, it's good to watch this first to get your feet wet. I could pretty much just start using it at this point, since I already know Ableton and Sonar. The other tutorials will just be gravy.
Date published: 2016-12-07
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Enjoyed this tutorial.. I am familiar with Studio One but this tutorial gave me some great ideas and different ways of approaching creating a song... instructor was great, good pace, NOT annoying :-) and very knowledgeable about the software.
Date published: 2016-07-04
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent overview Just what I was looking for. Going over the process of recording and mixing a song from scratch with enough detail to kick start the creative process.
Date published: 2016-06-11
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from excelente good lesson but there is some section missing how to clean the mix i think it is will be more helpful thank you Khalid Ali ,, Saudi Arabia
Date published: 2016-02-26
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