PreSonus Studio One 3 Professional (boxed)

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 lets 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. The new Mai Tai analog modeling polysynth with character morph, mod matrix, and zero-feedback filters. We could go on (and we do), so read on to find out what else is new in PreSonus Studio One 3 Professional - and what it can do for your music.

PreSonus Studio One 3 Professional at a Glance:
  • Never run out of sounds - or inspiration
  • Production tools for a streamlined workflow
  • Smart interface assists your creativity
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, 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 lets you freely experiment with musical or sonic ideas; NoteFX 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 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
    • 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 five virtual instruments
  • Over 2000 included loops and 15GB of sample content
  • Score video and edit audio for film with video track and QuickTime import/export
  • Import of 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
  • Includes USB Media Stick
  • 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
Ramp up your creativity with PreSonus Studio One 3 Professional!

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Tech Specs

Software Type DAW
Platform Mac, PC
Upgrade/Full Full
Download/Boxed Boxed
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 S1 PROF3.0 MED INSIDE

Customer Reviews

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4/5

Disrupting the industry in a good way...

I've been a loyal user of the various consumer level Pro Tools offerings for over 8 years. After reading reviews for Studio One I decided to explore other options and challenge myself to learn a new DAW, initially only to see if anything else could meet my needs while offering increased stability. Latest versions of PT have left a lot to be desired in the durability department, and I didn't feel right purchasing their product again without exploring other options.What a difference this DAW has made in my workflow. I'm still figuring out the hotkeys and tricks, but I already feel like this working environment is much more musician friendly than PT and engineered with composing first and foremost. I've never been a heavy editor and Studio One meets my needs while staying out of my way creatively. I would recommend this product to anyone finding themselves a little disappointed with the direction Avid is taking Pro Tools in.

Sweetwater Advice

Mitch Gallagher

Just a few short years ago, PreSonus's then-new Studio One software was the new kid on the DAW block -- a fresh upstart coming into an arena already populated with mature, full-featured, well-supported apps. But, despite the odds, Studio One has not only survived but flourished, and with the recent release of version 3, it has reached new heights of maturity and power. But the new features, plug-ins, and instruments in version 3 don't come at the expense of what has made Studio One so great -- the fact that it's incredibly fast and easy to learn and use. One of the highlights is the new Arranger track, which allows you to work in a sort of "pattern" format, where each section of a song (verse, chorus, solo, bridge, intro, breakdown, etc.) becomes a pattern that you can freely move around to experiment with new arrangements. Another great songwriting tool in version 3 is Scratch Pads, which are alternate timelines, where you can store song arrangements, sections of song, ideas, or whatever -- think of it as a second (or third, or fourth) timeline where you can freely experiment without losing your original idea or arrangement. Scratch Pads are also great for capturing inspiration and organizing ideas for remixes or different edits of a song. Studio One 3's browser has been greatly enhanced, which makes finding the musical material and content you need much faster and easier. New Extended Effects Chains let you route signals in parallel and series to create complex audio paths -- it's a sound design dream! Likewise, Multi Instruments allow you to stack multiple soft synths and instruments to create layered and split sounds, yet you manage and play them like a single instrument. To take charge of all that power, the new Macro Panel has eight knobs and eight switches that can be assigned to critical parameters. Speaking of instruments, Studio One 3 introduces Mai Tai, a new polyphonic analog modeling synth; Presence XT, a full-featured sampler; and a brand-new synthesis and instrument engine for maximum performance and sound. New processors include Note FX for processing instrument tracks, Rotor rotating speaker, and Bitcrusher for low-fi effects. Studio One 3's mixer has been improved with resizable faders, color channels, synced track and channel order, channel focus, and so much more. Plus, automation curves are supported, the tool palette has been enhanced, and there are dozens of other improvements. The new highly customizable user interface offers multi-touch (on a compatible monitor), support for Retina and 5K displays, as well as tons of workflow enhancements. I'm very excited about Studio One 3 -- and I've really just barely scratched the surface of all that is new and cool in this release. If you're looking for a fast, efficient, powerful, easy-to-use DAW that offers tons of flexibility, then you're definitely going to want to check this one out.
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