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PreSonus Releases New Studio One 5.0 For macOS & Windows

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In PreSonus Studio One 5, Native Effects plugins have new features and a new modern interface with separate dark and light themes.

PreSonus announces the release of Studio One 5.0 for macOS and Windows with several new features, including many that are the most requested by users.

Studio One 5 introduces Show Page, which combines playback of backing tracks 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, designed to simplif setup.

In addition, setlist items can be rearranged and skipped in real time. With a full-screen performance view, adaptive real-time controls and a large meter, running a show is intended to be more simple and reliable.

A new dedicated Score View for the Note Editor is based on the company’s Notion music composition and notation software. It’s 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.

Score View is available per track, so users can edit note data in Score View on one track while using Piano or Drum View on other tracks. Any number of tracks can be viewed simultaneously, so users can work on just one melody line or on chords over an entire orchestral section at once. Notes can be entered manually, in real-time or step recording modes. A basic set of musical symbols is provided, and the symbols directly control playback, allowing the addition of tremolos, crescendos, and more and hear it all in real time.

With version 5, the Native Effects plugin set has undergone a significant revision, adding new features and improvements for many effects, along with a new modern interface with separate dark and light themes. All dynamics effects now have sidechain inputs, and plugins with a filter option now have the filter added to the sidechain input as well, designed to provide more control over the sidechain signal as well as eliminate the need to add a separate filter up front.

Several plugins with a Drive parameter now have a State Space Modeled drive stage, designed to foster natural analog-sounding saturation. The Pro EQ plugin adds a linear-phase low-cut filter, 12th-octave spectrum display, and input and output meters with adjustable range and peak hold. Several other plugs have received enhancements for sound quality or better handling.

Expanded mixer scenes are designed to allow users capture snapshots of the entire mixer at any time and to recall snapshots in a variety of different ways, with an assortment of recall options. In addition to limiting scene recall to specific parameters, recalling a scene may be limited to selected channels only. A dedicated Listen bus is also among the improvements to the Studio One mixer, letting users monitor Solo signals through a separate output channel or tune their room using advanced calibration plug-ins while leaving the main mix unaffected.

Studio One 5 also includes audio Clip Gain Envelopes, which provide an additional layer of gain control applied directly on an audio clip — designed to help in repairing sections of audio that are too loud or too soft without using a dynamics processor. 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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With version 5, Studio One Artist 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.

Studio One 5 Professional is available now for an anticipated U.S. street price of $399.95; updates from Studio One 4 Professional are $149.95. Studio One 5 Artist is available now for a U.S. street price of $99.95; updates from version 4 are $49.95. For additional upgrade and crossgrade options and educational pricing, check with PreSonus dealers or go to the PreSonus Shop (here).

Studio One 5 Professional is also available as part of PreSonus Sphere. A community of creative enthusiasts and professionals, PreSonus Sphere membership benefits provide access to the company’s entire library of software, including Studio One Professional; Notion notation software; every Studio One and Notion Add-on; the complete collection of PreSonus-developed plugins; more than 100 sample and loop libraries; cloud storage; collaboration tools; and more. PreSonus Sphere membership rates are available either monthly ($14.95 U.S.) or annually ($164.95). Find out more here.

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