These days, for those involved in professional music production and audio editing, your main tool of the trade is pretty obvious these days: a good and capable digital audio workstation (DAW).
But if you’re checking out the market, possibly for an upgrade or whole new package, you face a similar situation to someone moving to a new NLE: How do you choose among all the good choices available? In audio you will be looking at established apps such as Logic, Pro Tools, Nuendo and Ableton Live.
However, in the past few years, another DAW has emerged, one that has created quite a buzz in the audio industry. PreSonus Studio One has received much praise from those in-the-know: audio engineers, music producers and sound mixers to name a few. Recently, PreSonus released a new version of Studio One (version 4) which I had the opportunity to review for CineMontage, the Editors Guild magazine (a link to the entire review is provided below).
Studio One has a remarkable breadth of features which covers almost everything you’ll need for advanced musical projects, whether you’re recording a song or working on post-production audio. In addition, the software has a great interface and works equally well on Windows or Mac.
Studio One already contained a large collection of useful tools such as software synths, soundsets, effects and plugins. However, version 4 boasts important new features and enhancements such as a Chord Track and Chord Selector, a revamped drum module, an updated sampler and lots more.
Other Important Products
Intrigued by Studio One, I took in several other ProSonus products. Notion 6 is a fully featured notation program that is oriented toward composing, orchestrating and scoring music. You can easily print out full scores. Thanks to a built in video window and a generous sample library from the London Symphony Orchestra, Notion is a great tool for film and TV scoring.
However, for those working with symphonic and orchestral sounds, PreSonus offers a sample library for Studio One. Called PreSonus Symphonic Orchestra (PSO), it offers a rich assortment of instruments, samples as well as over 1,200 royalty-free music loops that sound remarkably good.
To read my complete take on PreSonus Studio One, Notion and PSO, read the full review on CineMontage by clicking here.