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PreSonus Studio One Artist DAW Software

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PreSonus Studio One Artist Software is a "light" version of Studio One Pro. The music creation and production application”for both Mac OS X and Windo...Click To Read More About This Product

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Single-window work environment with powerful drag-and-drop functionality, and more to spark creativity.

PreSonus Studio One Artist Software is a "light" version of Studio One Pro. The music creation and production application”for both Mac OS X and Windows XP/Vista”makes audio recording, MIDI sequencing, and audio mastering ridiculously simple right out of the box. Yet Studio One Artist provides a wealth of professional features despite its ease-of-use.

Studio One Artist is the next generation in audio software, and here are a few of the reasons why: fresh code, innovative drag-and-drop MIDI mapping and plug-in management, auto-configuration with PreSonus hardware, insanely good audio quality, unlimited tracks and plug-ins per track, and a powerful, inventive Start page that literally puts the whole project right in your hands.

Far from just another music production software program, PreSonus Studio One changes the rules of the game. You get a complete application, easy-to-use from raw audio tracks to finished master with support for the latest standards and technologies.

High-End Audio Engine
Studio One Artist is based on a cutting-edge audio engine that delivers 32-bit processing on the fly ensuring high quality audio at all times.

Compatible and easy to configure
Studio One Artist is compatible with any ASIO-, Windows Audio-, or CoreAudio-compliant audio interface, including, of course, the entire line of PreSonus interfaces. It recognizes your PreSonus interface, and preprogrammed templates automatically create software inputs and assign them to the appropriate hardware inputs on your PreSonus interface. You don't have to configure your music software to work with your hardware”Studio One Artist does it for you.

The software stores I/O configurations with each song, for each computer, and for each device driver. As a result, you can take a song to a friend's studio, use Studio One Artist with their interface, and when you get back to your studio, it will recall the original I/O configuration for the song, as if you never left. This capability works regardless of interface.

Innovative Start Page
A powerful tool that will appeal to professionals and hobbyists alike, the Studio One's Start page allows you to access recent songs and projects, create new ones, configure external devices, and access tutorial information, demo songs, and a special PreSonus news feed. You can download updates and support materials directly from the Start page, without ever leaving Studio One Artist.

Easy to Navigate
Unlike most music production programs, PreSonus Studio One's single, straightforward workspace allows you to track, edit, and mix in one easy-to-navigate window that you can access with a single click. Or if you wish, you can separate the Console and Arrange views and can even drag them to separate displays. A compact Console view allows you to mix while viewing the arrangement so you don't have to bounce back and forth between windows. You also can switch to a larger Console view”yet another way that Studio One Artist helps you work quickly while giving you maximum flexibility.

The Arrange view employs a waveform display with user-selectable color-coding and sample-level zoom. The Arrange view shows you the big picture, while the Edit view shows you the up-close details; used together, they virtually eliminate the need to zoom in and out. The Console view contains faders, solos, mutes, pans, and other expected elements. It also includes extensive sidechaining capability.

PreSonus Studio One Artist's Browser provides instant access to effects, loops, instruments, and other key elements. You can preview any audio clip, and if the clip has tempo information encoded, it will play synced to the song tempo.

Powerful Drag-and-Drop Features
Here's where it gets really interesting: Studio One Artist's powerful drag-and-drop function allows you to drag an audio clip, effect, or a virtual instrument from the Browser directly onto a track in the Arrange or Console view. Timestretching enables Studio One Artist to automatically match tempo-encoded audio clips with song tempo. You can copy an effect or a whole chain of effects”including settings”by simply dragging to a new track in the Console view. These are just a few of the many ways that Studio One Artist's Browser and drag-and-drop implementation allow you to work quickly, without scrolling through pages of menus. It's a lot more fun too! No other music production software program even comes close.

Awesome Plug-Ins
Studio One Artist comes with 19 plug-ins from PreSonus' proprietary Native Effects Suite plug-ins, which include a wide variety of built-in effects, such as compressors, EQs, distortion, delay effects, amp modeling, and reverb. It also comes with three PreSonus virtual instruments are also bundled with Studio One, including SampleOne, a virtual sampler that offers the fastest sample mapping available. To also help your inspiration you get
PreSonus Instruments Vol. 1 (200 Instruments for built-in Presence
sample player), Ueberschall Impact Drums (32 Kits for built-in Impact drum sampler, PreSonus Loops Vol. 1 (approx. 1500 high-quality loops), Native Instruments KORE Player with factory content, Native Instruments Guitar Rig LE 3, and Toontrack EZDrummer Lite.

Easy, Intuitive MIDI Mapping
When it comes to MIDI mapping, Studio One Artist changes the rules yet again. Of course, you can record MIDI parts and then tweak them in a piano-roll editor. But the real fun starts with Control Link, the PreSonus DAW software's intuitive MIDI-mapping system. Simply move the hardware and software controls to be linked and click the Link button for instant mapping. In Global mode, hardware and software controls maintain a one-to-one relationship, so a hardware control is linked directly to one software control for the entire program. In Focus mode, control maps only apply to a particular plug-in, so you can make different control maps for each plug-in, and the Focus map is stored with the plug-in, giving you no-sweat, context-sensitive MIDI mapping.

  • Elegant single-window work environment
  • Powerful drag-and-drop functionality
  • Unlimited audio tracks, MIDI tracks, virtual instruments, buses, and FX channels
  • Content browser with convenient sort options and preview player
  • Automatic delay compensation
  • Advanced automation
  • Easy-to-use sidechain routing
  • 64-bit effects suite
  • Stunning virtual instruments
  • User-friendly sampler
  • Most intuitive MIDI-mapping system available
  • Realtime audio timestretching and resampling
  • K System metering
  • Gigabytes of inspiring content
  • Compatible with any ASIO-, Windows Audio-,or Core Audio-compliant audio interface
  • Plug-ins/Content
    • Ampire: amplifier-modeling plug-in
    • Auto Filter: envelope filter plug-in
    • Binaural Pan: stereo panning effect plug-in
    • Channel Strip: dynamics processing and equalizer plug-in
    • Chorus: mono/stereo chorus plug-in
    • Compressor: mono/stereo variable compressor plug-in
    • Flanger: stereo/mono flanger plug-in
    • Limiter: mono/stereo limiter plug-in
    • Mixtool: phase and MS utility plug-in
    • MixVerb: mono/stereo reverb plug-in
    • Phase Meter: phase correlation analysis plug-in
    • Phaser: mono/stereo phaser plug-in
    • Pro EQ: 7-band parametric EQ
    • Red Light Distortion: distortion plug-in
    • Room Reverb: stereo/mono room reverb plug-in
    • Spectrum Meter: frequency analysis plug-in
    • Tricomp: 3-band compressor plug-in
    • Tuner: instrument tuning plug-in
    • X-Trem: mono/stereo tremolo plug-in
    • Impact: sample trigger virtual instrument
    • Presence: sample player virtual instrument
    • SampleOne: sampler virtual instrument
    Bundled Content
    • PreSonus Instruments Vol. 1: 200 Instruments for built-in Presence
    • sample player
    • PreSonus Instruments Ueberschall Impact Drums: 32 Kits for built-in Impact drum sampler
    • PreSonus Loops Vol. 1: approx. 1500 high-quality loops
    • NI KORE Player with factory content
    • Toontrack EZDrummer Lite
    System Requirements
      • Mac OS X 10.4.11 or Mac OS X 10.5.2 or higher
      • PowerPC G4 1.25GHz or Intel Core Solo 1.5GHz processor
      • 1GB RAM
      • Recommended:
      • PowerPC G5 or better or Intel Core Duo or Intel Xeon processor or better
      • 2 GB or more RAM
      • Windows XP or Vista
      • Intel Pentium 4 1.6GHz processor or AMD Athlon 64 (Turion)
      • 1GB RAM
      • Recommended:
      • Intel Pentium 4 2.8GHz EM64T or better or AMD Athlon 64 3000+ or better
      • 2GB or more RAM
      Windows and Macintosh Systems
      • Internet connection
      • DVD-ROM drive
      • A monitor resolution no lower than 1024x768 pixels

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      (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)


      Get a real DAW instead!

      By Dan

      from Austin, TX

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      Not a serious DAW, period. There are a dozen other, better options out there. Pick basically any one of them and you will be happier in the long run.
      Let's get the positives out of the way first: Studio One Artist looks nice, and the work flow is intuitive. It comes with some fairly nice-sounding plugins and synths, with well-chosen presets. However, what's missing is what really sticks out: no VST support, no DX support, no Rewire support, no mp3 export. I can get over the mp3 export thing - iTunes or a half dozen other bits of free software will take care of that. However, you want me to pay for a DAW that cuts me off from every other tool I'm used to using? Give me a break! I honestly am baffled by the decision here - Presonus is entering a crowded market with a piece of intro software that is LESS functional than alternatives that cost 1/3 as much. Even staying at the same price point there are vastly better options out there. I don't see how they expect this program to be anything but doomed at this point.
      Like I say, the quality of the effects and synths is decent. However, they aren't DX or VST either, so you can't use them in your other DAWs, audio editors, Ableton, etc.
      Compare the feature set here to Reaper and ask yourself why anyone would ever, EVER, drop the money on this piece of cripped software. Studio One looks a lot prettier, but without all of the features that allow it to integrate into a real studio environment, it's just a toy.

      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


      You won't make it home

      By eggman

      from FL

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      I own this and was planning on using it for recording demos in mp3 or other formats. This product does not have the option to master a song to mp3 or other usable format, you have to buy the Pro version for another $200. So you end up with a bunch of songs in recorded in the PreSonus format on your computer. Not worth a darn if you want to distribute it at all. I wish I had Record by Propellerhead instead. Although the interface is decent there isn't anything groundbreaking going on here. I just can't justify putting in a days work on a song that is stuck on my computer.

      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


      This is the

      By Fairbrowne

      from West Des Moines, IA

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      This is going to be the new "IT" software for recording. I have been working with this for at least a week with no prior experience with computer software and have been nothing but pleased. This package sounds best coupled with a PreSonus audio interface of course. With just a little tutorial you should be up and running creating new songs in no time. Minimal hassle allows the freedom to get down to business and let the creativity flow. Thanks for finally creating an "Artist's" software meant for the "Artist", not a tech head.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


      PresonusStudio One Artist

      By greaserx9

      from AZ

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      Being new to the DAW world and having only tried Cubase 4 LE prior, I'll say that this was quite simple to set up and get it working. I had no issues at all. Can't say the same for Cubase. Never could get that to work correctly. I started with the demo version (free download at and after seeing how easy it was to make work, I bought the full blown version of Artist. Not real sure what all this can do just yet, but so far it's done what I've needed quite easily. I found it easy to navigate and finding most functions is intuitive. My only real beef is a few days after I installed Artist, I saw Pro on sale (in a GC mailer) for the same price. Apparently patience is still a virtue (and saves you some cabbage). Although I also saw on the Presonus website where I can upgrade to Pro for half the normal price (99 vs 199).

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


      No VST Support

      By Cole K

      from DFW

      Previous posters mentioned no MP3 support, I want to add that the ARTIST version apparently does not support VST. VSTs are plugins you can get for free all over the internet with entire virtual synthesizers. I was told by a salesperson VST was supported but it is not. One must pay an extra $200 to have access to the huge amenity of an entire free library of sounds available. That's a big shortcoming which PS could simply fix with the touch of a button.Anyways long story short, if a free library of synth sounds matters to you, you may want to look at other products. This program has turned out to not be quite the bargain I thought it was. I'm disappointed and feel a little ripped off so I'm auditioning other DAWs rather than just handing over the $200 for an upgrade to PRO.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)



      By Michael Blue

      from IL

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      This is the "artist" version of THE new standard in DAWs. Surem the "pro" has more features, that's why it's twice the price. Tons of DAWs don't have mastering, and Audacity will convert to MP3s (and is FREE). If you really need Pro, spend the extra $$ and know that you're STILL getting the deal of the millennium for simply the most complete package (which is still being updated!) out there at any price.

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


      If you are a musician (more than a technician) you'll love t

      By DuNiKu

      from Malaga, Spain

      I know there will be hundreds of differing opinions. It all comes down to personal choice. I've used Logic - liked it but when I needed to change to PC.....? So #1, I needed a cross-platform. I used Reaper which is brilliant but I personally spent more time failing to work out routing etc than making music. Yep, Cubase didn't work for me, and a few others I can't remember now.

      I got Studio One Artist free with my Nektar Midi controller so I thought, "why not?" And bang! I am MAKING music right for me I love it!

      I am not a producer,sound engineer etc and so it works for me...but I am sure those who love and have aptitude for the tweaking, routing, hissing etc...won't like it so much.

      But my first project was an almost entirely audio recorded instrumental (classical) and it sounds great using the plugins and what I loved was the ease of use of the micro-tonal adjustment to get some of my slightly out of tune notes in tune.

      Hope that helps.

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      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


      not a complete packate

      By Mgash

      from Arlington VA

      I have this software as it came with my Presonus FireStudo Mobile. The Artist software does not come with the ability to master your project, thus you can not finish any song you do. You can mix down but you can not publish as a mp3. As a hobbist, trying to get ideas down I don't need a full blown over-the-top, every bell and whistle package, however a program that won't let you master without an expensive upgrade, to me is kind of useless. Do yourself a favor and get a product with pro-tools LE, you are limited to 48 tracks in pro-tools, but how often will you need more than 48 tracks?

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