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PreSonus Studio One 5 Launches with New Features, Live Performance Focus

PreSonus’ Studio One 5 software arrives with a bevy of new features, a focus on live performance, revamped Native Effects, new Score View and more.

The new Show Page in PreSonus Studio One 5
The new Show Page in PreSonus Studio One 5.

Baton Rouge, LA (July 7, 2020) — PreSonus Studio One 5 was introduced today, incorporating new elements into its long-running DAW including the introduction of Show Page, a new live performance environment; an extensive revamping of the Native Effects plug-in set; expanded mixer scenes; and more.

The Show Page environment allows users to essentially run a show from a single computer, combining tracks playback with patch management for virtual and real instrument players inside a single window. Studio One Song channel strips, mixdowns, and virtual instrument patches can be directly exported to the Show, while setlist items can be arranged and reworked in the moment. Providing a full-screen performance view, adaptive real-time controls and a large meter, the Show Page is intended to help users play with backing tracks, control virtual instruments, run plug-ins as a virtual effects rack and more.

Studio One’s Native Effects plug-in set under version 5 adds new features and improvements for many effects, along with a new interface with separate dark and light themes. All dynamics effects now have sidechain inputs, and plug-ins with a filter option now have the filter added to the sidechain input as well, enabling more control over the sidechain signal and eliminating the need to add a separate filter up front. Several plug-ins with a Drive parameter now have a State Space Modeled drive stage, aiming to provide analog-sounding saturation. The Pro EQ plug-in adds a linear-phase low-cut filter, 12th-octave spectrum display, and input and output meters with adjustable range and peak hold. Several other plug-ins have received have been updated to improve sound and/or usability.

PreSonus Studio One 5
Native Effects plug-ins have undergone a major revision, including new features and a new modern interface with separate dark and light themes.

Snapshots of the entire mixer can now be taken at any time, and can be recalled in a variety of different ways with various options. In addition to limiting scene recall to specific parameters, recalling a scene may be limited to selected channels only. A dedicated Listen bus has been added, letting users monitor Solo signals through a separate output channel or tune their room using calibration plug-ins while leaving the main mix unaffected.

Other new features include audio Clip Gain Envelopes, providing additional gain control to an audio clip. Meanwhile, aux inputs now allow external audio sources to be fed directly into the mixer without requiring an associated track, so external instruments can be used like virtual instruments within Studio One. Version 5 also adds support for key switch articulations, chasing external timecode (MTC), MPE and MIDI Poly Pressure support, recording in 64-bit floating-point WAV format, and cross-platform support for hardware-accelerated graphics.

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A new dedicated Score View for the Note Editor, based on PreSonus’ Notion music composition and notation software, is available on its own or as a companion side-by-side view with the Piano and Drum views, allowing users to enter, view, and edit notes in standard music notation.

Studio One 5 Professional is available with a street price of $399.95; updates from Studio One 4 Professional are $149.95. For those subscribing to PreSonus Sphere, the new Version 5 is readily available as one of the numerous offerings there. Sphere membership rates are available at monthly ($14.95 U.S.) or annually ($164.95) rates.

Studio One Artist (Street price $99.95; update price: $49.95) now has built-in support for VST and AU plug-ins, ReWire, and PreSonus’ Studio One Remote control software for iPad and Android tablets. These features were formerly available for Studio One Artist only as separate Add-ons.

PreSonus • www.presonus.com

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