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Understanding Audio Setup in Studio One

The audio setup dialogue is where you’ll configure your audio hardware. Here you can set options for sound card, sample rate, bit depth, multicore processing and many other useful settings. Audio Device Here you will choose which soundcard you want to use with Studio One. You may use either an internal sound driver, or an external audio interface if you… Read more →

Bussing in Studio One

Bussing simply means routing audio from one or more tracks to an “auxiliary” track in order to process them as a single unit. Think of it as putting an audio signal on a “bus”, to send it from one place to another. For instance, if you wanted to put a reverb on 10 different tracks, you might use bussing. Rather… Read more →

How to use Audio Bend in Studio One

Audio Bend is similar to Elastic Audio in Pro Tools or Audio Warp in Cubase: it’s a way of bending, stretching and molding audio around in time without affecting the pitch. It is very useful for manipulating an out-of-time performance or can be used creatively to achieve brand new sounds.   First, click the Audio Bend icon to show the… Read more →

Track Organization in Studio One

If you often find yourself working on projects that wind up having 30+ tracks in them, you’ll more than likely need some way or organizing the project into more manageable chunks. Happily, Studio One makes this extremely easy.   As a composer specializing in classical music,  I often find myself writing extremely large orchestral scores with 50 or more tracks.… Read more →

How to use Sidechain Compression in Studio One

Sidechaining refers to the practice of using the signal level of an input to control the compression level of another signal. When the external signal is stronger than a specified amplitude (threshold), the compressor acts more strongly to reduce output gain on the sidechained track.  It is useful in a variety of situations including: Creating a pumping effect in electronic… Read more →

How to Program MIDI CC Automation in Studio One

MIDI CC Stands for Musical Instrument Digital Interface Continuous Controller. The MIDI protocol contains a bank of parameters that can be set and varied over time. These parameters include things like Program Changes, Portamento, Volume, Sustain, Tuning and a host of other variables. Each one is assigned a number (eg. Modulation = CC1 , Pan = CC10, etc) To view… Read more →

MIDI Learn in Studio One

MIDI Learn is the ability to assign DAW and plugin controls to physical knobs and faders on a MIDI control surface. Very useful for dynamically controlling filters, panning, volumes, delays and many other parameters that may change over the course of a track.   Make sure your control surface or keyboard is set up properly in Studio One. In this… Read more →

Impact Tutorial- Basics

Impact is a multichannel sample player configured as a virtual drum machine. In this tutorial, we’ll learn how to build custom drum kits and use some of the included processing elements of Impact. Impact has a lot in common with hardware drum machines such as the Akai MPC. Drum sounds are assigned to each of the pads and then triggered… Read more →

How to set up MIDI scale snap in Studio One

Some of us users of Presonus Studio One really mourn the lack of MIDI tools available out of the box. I for one, miss some of the advanced MIDI tools available in Ableton Live. Happily, there are some third party alternatives we can use and this article demonstrates one such way I have found to be useful. You will need… Read more →

Full List of MIDI CC Numbers

  MIDI Controller Numbers The table below lists the standard MIDI Continuous Controller (CC) codes MIDI CC Controller Name Comment 0 Bank Select Allows user to switch bank for patch selection. Program change used with Bank Select. MIDI can access 16,384 patches per MIDI channel. 1 Modulation Wheel Generally this CC controls a vibrato effect (pitch, loudness, brightness). What is modulated is based on the… Read more →

How to Add a filter sweep in Studio One 2

In this tutorial, we’ll learn how to add a filter sweep in Presonus Studio One. The filter sweep is a staple technique for electronic musicians, particularly handy for adding pace and tension to transitions and breakdowns in dance music. At its most basic level, it is nothing more than automating an EQ plugin on an audio signal.     1.… Read more →

How to use keyswitches to cycle between patches in Kontakt 4+

Here’s a multiscript for Kontakt 4+ that allows you to route MIDI input to different MIDI channels based on user-defined keyswitches. The KS Router multiscript is a powerful system for combining multiple MIDI channels into a single MIDI channel, allowing you to dynamically switch between these MIDI channels by way of latching keyswitches. This is especially useful if a library… Read more →

How to use Instrument Banks in Kontakt

1. Click File -> New Instrument Bank     2. Click the wrench icon     3. Add some patches   4. In the piano roll, add a program change parameter to the automation lane     5. Cycle the patches using the breakpoint curve     That’s it. Now the articulation patches will change as the song plays.   Read more →