I was scared, but...
So I've been very reluctant to jump into the world of producing music from start to finish completely in a DAW. Yeah I am, wait, I was one of those â��ol skoolâ�� dudes that only used hardware to produce music. I came from the MPC2000xl and synth and racks like the Motif and Roland XP series. The only experience I had with a DAW is for audio only. I would record my music in Magix Music Studio for the purpose of mastering and burning CDs. All sequencing was done via hardware. When I wanted to upgrade my RCA USB interface I decided to go with PreSonus 22VSL which came with Studio One Artist. My computer was an older PC that could handle audio pretty well but to try and do complete production wasnâ��t happening. So once my wife decided she wanted a MacBook instead of the Windows 8 Laptop I bought her I went ahead and installed Studio One on the laptop. From there things took off. I havenâ��t used my hardware in weeks. Well, only to practice piano and sample from my MPC into Studio One Impact. After getting Native Instruments Players installed correctly Iâ��ve been blown away by Studio One. And this is just the Artist version. I have other VST instruments I want to use so I'm debating on upgrading to Studio One Producer now or wait for a sale and jump to Studio One Professional. Honestly, Artist is a beast all by itself and I could get a lot done with it, but I definitely want to expand my instrument arsenal with Synthmaster which I have and XPAND2 which is next on my list.
If youâ��re like I was and are afraid to jump into all-in-the-box producing because of the learning curve or thinking you donâ��t want to sit there with a mouse in your hand clicking all day, then Studio One is for you. The flow is so fantastic you wonâ��t even think about the mouse. It literally becomes part of your natural flow. Thatâ��s mainly because Studio One does what you hope it does when your creating music. It doesnâ��t get in the way. And probably the biggest thing with me and any product I'm new to is if I have to crack open the manual all the time to learn how to do something. I havenâ��t touched the manually. Itâ��s like what you think you should be able to do, Studio One does it. It just makes sense in terms of work flow. I mean check it out, I'm not a big loops or samples dude. I like to build my own drums and percussion and instrumentation from scratch. 97% of the sampling I do is sampling drums kits and making one shots like kick, snare, hi hats, shakers, etc. With Studio One, when Iâ��m auditing loops while the sequencer is running it automatically locks the loop in time with the sequencer tempo. The loop description could be something like â��Funky_Drummer HouseDub_Loop_114bpmâ��. But if my tempo is at like 80bpm it will play the loop at 80bpm instead of 114 and not change the pitch. This is while clicking on the loop from the browser and before dragging the loop into the project. Thatâ��s insane!!! And after I drag the loop in the project itâ��s an audio file / wav. So if there are only little pieces of the loop that I want I just chop it up and cut out what I donâ��t want. And remember, itâ��s already in time with the tempo so I donâ��t have to move or drag the remaining pieces of the loop anywhere. That is absolutely insane!!! I mean think about how much talk we hear about producing wishing DAWs and equipment could do some sort of time stretching without adding artifacts. You donâ��t have to do anything to make it happen, it does it for you.
I havenâ��t any experience with other major DAWs like Logic, Pro Tools, Cubase, Ableton Live,etc., but from where I was at in terms of the concerns I had moving from hardware into this total virtual world, Studio One is The One.