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Presonus Studio One review: Take your music production to the limit

Jon L. Jacobi | March 3, 2016
This is one of the premiere programs for music creation, recording, and production.

With the free Prime and generous educations discounts, it seems pretty clear that the Presonus is gunning for greater home/student adoption. With its own high-end mixing boards and audio interfaces that integrate with the program, the company is also treading on the toes of Avid’s Pro Tools in the studio space.

Conclusion

Studio One is a great DAW (digital audio workstation, aka MIDI/audio recording application) that compares favorably with Ableton Live, Cubase, FL Studio, Logic, Reason, Sonar, Pro Tools and others in terms of power and sonority. Presonus is also very generous about adding features, fixing, and upgrading Studio One without charging for it.

And Prime? What can I say. Unlimited tracks, basic audio and MIDI recording/editing and a lot of sounds for free. That’s just impossible to beat right there. $180 for the Artist version with add-on support for third-party plug-ins is a steal as well.

My only wish is for a visual makeover that makes it easier to locate and focus on what you need. Better delineation and decreased density are the concepts I’m throwing out there. Regardless, this program is a beast, and I mean that in a good way.

Note: Studio One was not the first DAW with a paned interface.

 

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