Baton Rouge, LA (June 2, 2021)—PreSonus has dropped Retro Mix Legends, a new set of Mix Engine Effects plug-ins for the Studio One DAW. Available separately and as a bundle, the three plugs— Alpine Desk, Brit Console, and Porta Cassette—work within the company’s Mix Engine FX architecture
The Alpine Desk plug-in aims to emulate the sonic textures of a popular American console. Unique to Alpine Desk is a variable output transformer that lets users switch from a 1:1 to 3:1 gain ratio for higher drive settings.
Meanwhile, Brit Console is intended to recreate the general sound of a well-known UK analog console. Brit Console features three Style options: Vintage, Super, and Modern. Vintage offers a bit of top-end roll-off and a 1980s vibe; Super gets more clean, and Modern provides a variable harmonic distortion that yields a gentle bass boost.
Lastly, Porta Cassette aims to recreate the sound of four-track cassette recorders of the 1980s and ’90s. Its character control includes low settings that govern the amount of console coloration, while taking things higher introduces tape wow and flutter. A Pitch control allows users to detune or up-tune every element as well.
The Retro Mix Legends bundle is currently available at $79.95, while they can each be purchased individually for $29.95. All three Mix Engine Effects plug-ins is included in PreSonus Sphere memberships.
Featuring Freddie McGregor, The Gladiators, Horace Andy, The Viceroys, and more.
Soul Jazz is releasing a new compilation, titled Fire Over Babylon: Dread, Peace and Conscious Sounds at Studio One, on 2xLP this May.
The compilation aims to shine a light on Studio One’s roots music output during the 1970s.
In doing so, Fire Over Babylon brings together tracks by The Gladiators, Freddie McGregor, Horace Andy, The Viceroys, Trevor Clarke, Wailing Souls, The Silvertones and more.
It follows Soul Jazz’ release of Trees Speak’s new album, PostHuman, this May.
Pre-order Fire Over Babylon: Dread, Peace and Conscious Sounds at Studio Onehere in advance of its 28th May release, check out the artwork and tracklist below.
1. Freddie McGregor – I Am a Revolutionist
2. The Silvertones – Burning In My Soul
3. Wailing Souls – Without You
4. Devon Russell – Jah Jah Fire
5. Trevor Clarke – Sufferation
6. The Gladiators – Sonia
7. Judah Eskender Tafari – Always Trying
8. The Viceroys – Ya Ho
9. Im and Count Ossie – Give Me Back Me Language And Me Culture
10. The Gladiators – Serious Thing
11. The Prospectors – Glory For I
12. Wailing Souls – Things and Time
13. Pablove Black – Inner Peace
14. The Gladiators – Peace
15. Horace Andy – Mr. Jolly Man
16. Wailing Souls – Rock But Don’t Fall
17. Albert Griffiths and The Gladiators – Righteous Man
18. The Viceroys – So Many Problems
Baton Rouge, LA (March 10, 2021)—PreSonus has released Studio One 5 Professional V5.2, marking the second feature update to its long-running DAW. The new edition adds more than 30 new features and improvements.
Studio One 5.2’s new Sound Variations is intended for use corralling complex virtual instruments and orchestral libraries. Central to it is a mapping editor that provides tools for managing complex articulation maps. Each Sound Variation can be customized with its own name and color, and can be dragged-and-dropped in any order and placed into custom folders. Sound Variations can be triggered by key switches, as well as from remote commands, including hardware controllers, keyboard shortcuts, custom macros and more. All Synchron-enabled Vienna Symphonic Instruments, as well as instruments from UJAM fully support dynamic Sound Variations mapping with Studio One, and a new API allows third-party developers to enable their VST2 and VST3 instruments’ articulations to be queried by Studio One so that Sound Variation maps are automatically generated.
The Score View has been updated with the addition of drum notation and tablature. Users can choose between viewing standard notation with tablature or select tablature only to print lead sheets and more. A new drum-map interface lets users add both the drum and note names to a corresponding notated pitch. A General MIDI map is included for quick setup. New symbols in the Score View allow open/closed/half-open techniques to be added as well. A new Voices icon allows up to four voices per staff to be created.
For performers, the relatively new Show Page has gained a new feature—the Arranger Track—letting users experiment on the fly with new arrangements. Each Arranger section in every Setlist item has five playback mode options: Continue, Stop at End, Skip, Loop, or Loop and Continue; the latter can repeat any section for a specific number of times before playback continues to the next Arranger Section, aiding impromptu extended solos and breakdowns on stage. The new Arranger Track also supports patch changes mid-song.
Version 5.2 adds a number of other features, including the ability to create multiple clip versions, allowing the user to apply clip-based edits in Gain Envelopes or Melodyne independently to Events sharing the same audio; a new “Smart” tool for editing Note Events in the Piano Roll editor; and deeper integration with both ATOM SQ and FaderPort-series controllers. PreSonus Sphere workspaces are also now available directly from the Studio One Browser for bidirectional file transfer. And Studio One is now officially supported for Apple Silicon ARM processors in Rosetta 2 compatibility mode.
Studio One 5.2 is a free update to all registered Studio One 5 customers and is available free to PreSonus Sphere members.
Baton Rouge, LA (July 7, 2020) — PreSonus Studio One 5 was introduced today, incorporating new elements into its long-running DAW including the introduction of Show Page, a new live performance environment; an extensive revamping of the Native Effects plug-in set; expanded mixer scenes; and more.
The Show Page environment allows users to essentially run a show from a single computer, combining tracks playback 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, while setlist items can be arranged and reworked in the moment. Providing a full-screen performance view, adaptive real-time controls and a large meter, the Show Page is intended to help users play with backing tracks, control virtual instruments, run plug-ins as a virtual effects rack and more.
Studio One’s Native Effects plug-in set under version 5 adds new features and improvements for many effects, along with a new interface with separate dark and light themes. All dynamics effects now have sidechain inputs, and plug-ins with a filter option now have the filter added to the sidechain input as well, enabling more control over the sidechain signal and eliminating the need to add a separate filter up front. Several plug-ins with a Drive parameter now have a State Space Modeled drive stage, aiming to provide analog-sounding saturation. The Pro EQ plug-in adds a linear-phase low-cut filter, 12th-octave spectrum display, and input and output meters with adjustable range and peak hold. Several other plug-ins have received have been updated to improve sound and/or usability.
Snapshots of the entire mixer can now be taken at any time, and can be recalled in a variety of different ways with various options. In addition to limiting scene recall to specific parameters, recalling a scene may be limited to selected channels only. A dedicated Listen bus has been added, letting users monitor Solo signals through a separate output channel or tune their room using calibration plug-ins while leaving the main mix unaffected.
Other new features include audio Clip Gain Envelopes, providing additional gain control to an audio clip. Meanwhile, 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.
A new dedicated Score View for the Note Editor, based on PreSonus’ Notion music composition and notation software, is 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.
Studio One 5 Professional is available with a street price of $399.95; updates from Studio One 4 Professional are $149.95. For those subscribing to PreSonus Sphere, the new Version 5 is readily available as one of the numerous offerings there. Sphere membership rates are available at monthly ($14.95 U.S.) or annually ($164.95) rates.
Studio One Artist (Street price $99.95; update price: $49.95) 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.