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Studio One Automation Explained®

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  • Intro to Automation in Studio One 13:13

    Intro to Automation in Studio One

    Marcus starts off the series by welcoming you and going over the basic automation modes, and what they do / how they function. In addition, he discusses the concepts of automating plug-ins vs track based parameters, and gives an introduction to automation envelopes.

  • Understanding Automation Views 6:09

    Understanding Automation Views

    Learn all about the various ways in which we can view automation in Studio One. Marcus demonstrates the difference between the global "Show Automation" view, vs the track based "Show/Hide Automation", and lastly the "Expand Envelopes" track based view when working in Studio One.

  • Preferences 15:26


    In this video, Marcus demonstrates all of the various automation preferences in detail, with clear examples of what they do, when they should be used, and some general workflow tips.

  • Overview of Arrange Window Views 9:11

    Overview of Arrange Window Views

    Learn how to quickly add various parameters to be automated in Studio One. In addition, Marcus discusses the different views & workflows that can be used when working with automation. Regardless of whether you want separate automation tracks, or you wish to nest the parameters in the parent tracks, Studio One can accommodate both workflows.

  • Working with Automation Pt. 1 13:52

    Working with Automation Pt. 1

    In this video, Marcus demonstrates the various paint tools that can be used to create automation breakpoints in Studio One. Learn how each tool can be used to create different shapes, and how the various grid modes and snap settings interact with the tools.

  • Working with Automation Pt. 2 8:28

    Working with Automation Pt. 2

    Marcus shows you how to edit and augment existing automation breakpoints with various secondary tool functions and methods.

  • Working with VCA Automation 6:57

    Working with VCA Automation

    See and learn how to harness the power of VCA faders in your sessions to adjust your automation of source tracks, control group tracks and offset pre-existing automation.

  • Useful S1 Automation Shortcuts 6:02

    Useful S1 Automation Shortcuts

    In this video, Marcus goes over various shortcuts that can be used when working with automation in Studio One. In addition to re-capping some of the shortcuts used in previous videos, he also goes over some additional key commands that can be used and mapped out to achieve super-user status!

  • Automating Instrument Tracks & Part Based Automation 10:33

    Automating Instrument Tracks & Part Based Automation

    Learn how automation interacts with instrument tracks in Studio One, and more specifically how note (MIDI) event based automation can be used when working with virtual instruments.

Product Overview

Studio One wiz Marcus Huyskens shows you everything you need to know about Automation in Presonus Studio One! Learn all about the powerful automation features that make working in Studio One faster and more creative.

Marcus starts by welcoming you and introduces you to the basic ideas behind automation and how it’s all laid out in Studio One, as well as the concepts of automating plug-ins vs track based parameters, and an introduction to automation envelopes.

Next, marcus gives you the info you need to understand automation views, setting up automation preferences, an overview of the different arrange window views, and cool workflow tips that will supercharge the way you use automation in S1.

Moving on, Marcus rolls up his sleeves and gives you in-depth examples of working with automation in Studio One, including using the various paint tools, grid modes, snap settings, VCA automation, slick shortcuts, automating instrument tracks, MIDI and part based automation and more!

See the individual tutorial descriptions for more info. If you’re looking to use automation to improve the productions and mixes you make with Studio one, let Marcus show you how with this in-depth video series… Watch “Studio One Automation Explained®” today!

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Studio One Automation Explained® is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 24 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent! Another great in depth tutorial to enjoy ????
Date published: 2021-08-22
Rated 3.0 out of 5 by from Very wordy The course is good. Covers a lot of info. The teacher sounds very smart. But there is something to be said for brevity. Maybe run your course through a Hemingway filter. When you use a lot of big words like "instantiate," you will either confuse, derail, or lose the interest of the person watching. Word things in a way that even a child can understand. This will make you a much better trainer.
Date published: 2020-09-21
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Impressed Marcus really knows his stuff. Very informative and well narrated. I recommend anyone with Studio One should watch this video.
Date published: 2020-09-20
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Discover Automation Superpowers! Marcus shows how Studio One's automation has many features and capabilities that a lot of users are probably missing out on. He also clears up many possible points of confusion that many would likely encounter if they just tried to learn by trial and error. Full marks all around!
Date published: 2020-04-08
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Excellent course, as are most of Marcus's What is missing and I think it belongs here (but could be in Studio One 4 Explained) , because it is mostly related to automation: using Studio One with non-presonus midi controllers, there are many many quirks with Studio One and Control Link and the use of these devices with automation: - Default SO device vs generic keyboard; - keyboard vs control surface? I found often surfaces may better be defined as keyboard - Midi learned vs not midi learned: changes the way CCs are handled - Base handling of base CCs (modulation, volume, expression): very quirky.
Date published: 2020-02-16
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Expands understanding of Studio One Viewed right after Studio One 4 Explained. Automation is a crucial factor in DTM operation. From this course, as I now have a thorough understanding of it, I am sure that my ideas will be reflected more effectively in my music creation. Everything was explained on Studio One 3.5.2 and Mac OS, and although I am a Studio One 4.5, Windows10 user, all information was valid.
Date published: 2019-07-05
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent tutorial. Marcus is one of my fav instructors and this tutorial was extremelly helpful.
Date published: 2019-06-20
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Holy ****! So amazing. Thank you so much!
Date published: 2019-05-28
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very clear and helpful I found this tutorial very helpful in understanding and working with automation in Studio One. I've enjoyed all of Marcus Huyskens' videos he's a gifted instructor.
Date published: 2019-05-14
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Complete Studio One automation control. Good , easy to grasp and almost complete course about automation in Studio One. It motivated me a lot to dive deeper into this advanced topic.
Date published: 2019-02-03
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Exactly what I needed! I love Studio One but it's so big it's daunting. These videos were exactly what I needed & it was one ah-ha insight after another. Perfect.
Date published: 2018-12-14
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Fantastic course I was struggling with automation and this course helped a ton, not only with explaining the concepts involved, but a lot of helpful tips and tricks on setting up your environment, using keyboard shortcuts, etc. The tutorials are presented in a friendly conversational manner that I really enjoyed.
Date published: 2018-10-11
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from The definitive source on learning automation in Studio One Marcus Huyskens is by far my favourite tutorial specialist on Studio One. His tutorials are always clear, calmy brought, and very thorough without being confusing. This tutorial series isn't any different. He breaks down all the automation modes and clearly shows you the options you have within Studio One's fantastic automation system. After this, you will have a clear understanding of how Studio One handles automation, as well as having seen enough options to clearly map out your own workflow with this.
Date published: 2018-09-28
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Excellent help This video and others help me to understand and apply all kinds of subjects. The explanation is well thought out and easy to understand.
Date published: 2018-07-07
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Recommended for intermediate and advanced users. This covers the finer details of automation missing from basic "how to" S1 tutorials. Useful information for those wanting to advance beyond the hobbyist stage. Nice job, Marcus.
Date published: 2018-04-24
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from I always find vey useful information in the videos of Marcus. he´s made to declare things in a absolutely professional manner. thumbs up! Each and every video or series made by Marcus is very helpful and filled with additional informations for the products. easy to listen (AND: no stuttering, no "uuhm´s" or "ahhm´s" or other senseless talking!!!). Marcus is always at the point. Thanks & go on!!!
Date published: 2018-04-12
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from I finally understand how to use automation in Studio One! This video series clearly explained how to use automation in Studio One. After years of using Studio One, animation remained somewhat of an enigma. Now, after these videos, I'm able to automate just about anything I want to -- easily! Well done, at a good pace, and with a number of great bonus tips thrown in. Highly recommended if you are confounded by making automation work in Studio One.
Date published: 2018-03-15
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Helpful Automation definitely explained
Date published: 2018-03-15
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent coverage After watching these videos I feel confident that I can control automation as effectively as I have learned to do in SONAR.
Date published: 2018-02-18
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great and detailed explanation! A great overview and explanation about all the automation parameters in S1. It helped me to understand why I wasn't viewing the bus, fx and vca tracks in the arranger window but only in the mixer, which was a bit weird. It gave me too a good insight into the transform tool which is a pretty cool and powerful feature. Thanks Marcus!
Date published: 2018-01-30
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Clear and Easy To Understand This was awesome. Vivid explanation. Great work.
Date published: 2018-01-10
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very good course Everything was very well explained
Date published: 2017-11-26
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Finally, automation demystified Markus is great as usual, I now understand Studio One even better. A word about Groove3 in general - this is a LOT of info worth a ton for musicians and engineers on a budget. I am taking guitar and bass lessons from the pros, learning how to better use Studio One and my plug-ins, and getting great guidance on recording and mixing. Love it!
Date published: 2017-11-20
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Stright to the point Step by step, from one aspect to another, just as I expected it to be. After each video I knew more, I did understand more and I saw clearly what was blurred before. Excellent. Also, for the first time I could see someone demonstrating how to implement and operate and automation parameter on the track with music without... music (at least in the first videos I have watched so far). That was a brilliant idea. No distraction. Just the core of what is the subject of the course. Thanks a lot.
Date published: 2017-11-11
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