PreSonus Studio One 3 Professional (download)

DAW Software with Unlimited Tracks, 64-bit Processing, Plug-in Suite, Pitch Correction, and Mastering Tools - Mac/PC AU, VST
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Be a Creative Beast with Studio One 3 Pro

PreSonus Studio One 3 Professional raises the bar. Sporting an elegant single-window workspace with robust drag-and-drop functionality and multi-touch support, version 3 of this powerhouse DAW gives you more smart features aimed at making you a total creative beast. These include an on-the-fly Arranger Track with Scratch Pads that let you freely experiment with musical or sonic ideas; an upgraded browser that lets you find, preview, and drag and drop tempo-matched backing tracks, samples, effects, instruments, presets, and more; and the new Mai Tai analog modeling polysynth with character morph, mod matrix, and zero-feedback filters. Read on to find out what else is new in PreSonus Studio One 3 Professional and what it can do for your music.

Never run out of sounds — or inspiration

Studio One 3 Professional gives you powerful tools for building killer layered signature sounds, including Multi Instrument and parallel processing and Extended FX Chains; the PresenceXT sampler with its 15GB sound library and EXS, Kontakt, and Giga support; the Mai Tai analog modeling polysynth; BitCrusher; and Rotor Native Effects. You'll enjoy improved sonics with Elastique 3.0 time stretch and pitch manipulation. Quickly find samples, loops (over 2,000 are included), and presets fast with the musical-search, keyword-driven browser and integrated online PreSonus Shop.

Production tools for a streamlined workflow

There's one thing the DAW-based composers at Sweetwater agree on: you don't want to be held back by your workstation's interface. PreSonus has been listening to its user base and has incorporated the most-requested features into Studio One 3 Professional. These include a new on-the-fly Arranger Track with Scratch Pads that let you freely experiment with musical or sonic ideas; Note FX with Arpeggiator, Chorder, Repeater, and Input Filter; and Step Recording for easy beat and track programming. It all adds up to a streamlined workflow that makes creativity more fluid than ever.

Smart interface assists your creativity

With Studio One 3 Professional, you get an all-new interface that's optimized for high-resolution displays. It not only looks good, but it also gives you the assistance you need — when you need it — with dynamic, context-sensitive documentation, help, and tool-tips. The interface also includes multi-touch support, definable Macro Controls, Studio One Remote for iPad, Automation Curves, a smart user-definable tools palette; and a re-tooled console for more accurate and intuitive mixing.

PreSonus Studio One 3 Professional DAW Software Features:

  • Elegant single-window work environment
  • Powerful drag-and-drop functionality and multi-touch support
  • Unlimited audio tracks, MIDI tracks, virtual instruments, buses, and FX channels
  • Pristine sound quality with a critically acclaimed mix engine
  • New synthesis engine, Native 64-bit resolution, and support for up to 384kHz audio
  • Arranger Track with Scratch Pads
  • Build unique sounds with Multi Instrument and Extended FX Chains
  • 15GB PresenceXT sampler library (EXS, Kontakt, Giga, SoundFont, and BitWig support)
  • Mai Tai analog modeling polysynth with character morph, mod matrix, and 0-feedback filters
  • Integrated Melodyne Essentials pitch and timing editor (a $99 value)
  • Native Fat Channel plug-in with lowpass filtering gate, compression, EQ, and limiter
  • Note FX (Arpeggiator, Chorder, Repeater, Input Filter) dynamic compositional assist
  • New browser lets you easily find, preview, and drag and drop: Tempo-matched backing tracks, Samples and effects, Instruments, presets, and more
  • Integrated online PreSonus Shop for easy in-app access to additional pro content
  • Elastique 3.0 real-time pitch and time stretching, resampling, and normalization
  • Mastering suite with automatic mix updating, Redbook CD burning, and digital release
  • Transient detection and editing with: Groove extraction, Multitrack comping, Editable folder tracks, Step recording, and Event-based effects
  • Automatic delay compensation ensures tight synchronization and phase alignment
  • Control Link (most intuitive MIDI-mapping system available)
  • 35 Native 64-bit effects and 5 virtual instruments
  • Over 2,000 included loops and 15GB of sample content
  • Score video and edit audio for film with video track and QuickTime import/export
  • Import Capture recordings with StudioLive AI Mixer Scenes and Fat Channel settings
  • Wireless transfer of audio from Capture for iPad
  • Import Notion stems with instrument names, mix, and tempo info preserved
  • AU, VST2, VST3, and ReWire support
  • Import and export WAV, MP3, MIDI files, and more
  • Integrated SoundCloud dashboard for sharing your music online
  • Use Pro Tools, Cubase, or Logic shortcut key commands or create your own
  • Compatible with ASIO-, Windows Audio-, and Core Audio-compliant audio interfaces

Tech Specs

Software Type DAW
Platform Mac, PC
Upgrade/Full Full
Download/Boxed Download
Bit Depth 32-bit/64-bit
Format AU, VST2, VST3
Hardware Requirements - Mac Intel Core 2 Processor or Better, 4GB RAM (8GB or more ecommended)
Hardware Requirements - PC Intel Core 2 Duo/AMD Athlon X2 Processor or Later, 4GB RAM (8GB or more ecommended)
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.8.5 or later, iOS 8 or later
OS Requirements - PC Windows 7 (SP1) or later
Manufacturer Part Number Prof3 XCH

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Great software so far

I haven't had the software for long but so far, I really like it. I've only done some basic things with it at this point. While the drag and drop is very nice and the user interface is pretty intuitive, it's still a complex piece of software with lots of great features that will take time to learn. There are a lot of helpful training videos available that are a great resource! I have had no issues getting it installed, registered, and running.



Game Changer

I've been a Studio One user from the very beginning and have used most of the big name DAW's out there. From the get-go i knew Presonus was on to something special with this software. Presonus 2 and namely the 2.5 upgrade made a huge splash in the music making company and for good reason. It was quick, easy, and seemed to take special measure in focusing on "the little things" that make software usable for musicians. Having used version for a few days now, I can tell you that Presonus is probably going to be what most will call the new "standard" within the DAW world. Its just so well thought out and rich without being complicated, bloated and messy. They have found that fine line between flexible and dis-jointed and with the new customizable interface it finally looks as professional as it feels and sounds. I really cant think of much to criticize about version 3 outside of maybe its "healthy" CPU requirements but I run it on an I5 windows 8 machine with 16gb of ram and it flies. The ability to freeze tracks also aides in keeping this from being a problem for most. I should also mention I rewire Reason 8 (with a full rack of instruments inside of it) into Studio one and havent had any issues thus far. The world is packed with incredible music making tools and fortunately for us, we can afford to be picky with what we use now more than ever. Id go to my desert island with Reason 8 rewired in Studio one 3 and die a happy man. Nice job Presonus!

It is really Good

They have really good system and plug-in. If you want to use live for this one then you can use multi instruments. You dont have to find rewire because they find automatic. If you watch about This DAW in youtube then you will like it. A lot of people changed from cubase, nuendo, protools. and logic pro to this Daw because they bring from other Daw positives things

Super Awesome!!

I am in the process of updating my daw. I purchased studio one and was absolutely blown away, by the quality. Loving it!
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