The new version of PreSonus’ Studio One brings a lot of class and finesse to the sometimes brash and noisy world of digital audio workstations. It’s an accomplished piece of software that has caught up with its older rivals and has begun pushing some innovations of its own. One of those innovations is its support of multi-touch control and editing.
Every now and then I actually get paid for writing about music software and Studio One was one of those rare occasions when Sound On Sound magazine asked me to provide them with a properly detailed review. So I did. It’s available in the September issue which is on sale now or you can download it for a handful of pennies via this link:
However, I thought it was quite difficult to get across the way the workflow responded to touch in a written article and so I’ve created two videos as a companion to the review to demonstrate the touchy side of Studio One version 3. The first video deals with how the multi-touch works as a whole, using a large desktop touch screen. The second video shows Studio One 3 running on my Surface Pro 3, just before I upgraded to Windows 10. I felt the Surface Pro 3 deserved its own video because Studio One has some issues particular to the SP3 as well as being an ideal platform for it.
Although I don’t like the implementation of touch in the editing side I hope I got across that I really like Studio One and is the now the DAW I’m most likely to reach for when producing music on my desktop. I’m not quite so keen on using on the SP3 because of the current potential instability – although this should improve! And actually I tend to use more live performance orientated software on the Surface, so Ableton and Reason are what I use most often.
So yeah, please check out the review in the magazine and I hope these two videos are helpful. Please share your experiences and if I hear of the digital pen situation improving then I’ll let you know.