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Studio One 3 Professional builds on the blazingly fast workflow, unparalleled sound quality, and rock-solid stability that made Studio One the fastest growing DAW of all time. It adds innovative songwriting and arranging tools, inspiring and unique sound-design capabilities, and a gorgeous new, high-dpi, multi-touch interface that is optimized to keep you engaged, even on extended sessions. 

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The next standard is here! Introducing Studio One 3. Version 3 builds on the blazingly fast workflow, unparalleled sound quality, and rock-solid stability that made Studio One the fastest growing DAW of all time. It adds innovative songwriting and arranging tools, inspiring and unique sound-design capabilities, and a gorgeous new, high-dpi, multi-touch interface that is optimized to keep you engaged, even on extended sessions. 

Arranger Track

It has never been easier to work “pattern-style” in a timeline-based sequencer/DAW.

Studio One Professional’s new Arranger Track provides rapid and intuitive song rearranging, even with large projects.  Simply drag-and-drop song sections in the Arranger track or Track Inspector, and the entire arrangement updates instantly. 

Powerful Arranging and Navigation

The Arranger Track appears at the top of the Studio One Song arrangement, and highlights and names each section right above the music events. Sections can be drawn into the track and are automatically named based on common song structure rules. Of course, name and color can then be changed on the fly. Events that overlap multiple sections don’t need to be cut in order to be re-arranged. Moving or copying Arranger sections automatically cut all events and parts. The Track Inspector for the Arranger track conveniently lists all sections in the song and can also be used for editing and arranging. 

The Arranger Track provides not only a perfect way to build and experiment with your song structure, but also a birds eye view of your arrangement to help you quickly navigate even the largest projects. Click on different sections in the Track inspector, and your playback cursor and song page focus instantly jumps to the new section. Double click on a section in the Arranger Track and the section will zoom to the full width of the timeline. 

Scratch Pads

Studio One 3 Professional introduces Scratch Pads to the Song page, a powerful, yet simple new workflow innovation that will change the way you create music. Scratch Pads provide the perfect way to keep your work intact while you experiment on new ideas. Scratch Pads also are ideal for creating alternate versions of songs, ushc as radio edits and remixes, and for capturing new inspirations that you wish to save for later development.

Freedom to Experiment

Click the “Scratch Pad” button to create a vertical split of the timeline with song arrangement on the left, Scratch Pad on the right. Each Scratch Pad is a parallel, yet independent timeline to your existing song.  All channels, effects, and instruments are shared, but the new Scratchpad timeline is your sandbox to freely experiment without jeopardizing the existing progress you’ve made on your song. Simply drag Arranger sections, an entire song, or any content from the browser or song into the scratch pad, experiment away, and drag it back when you’re done. You can also keep your alternate material in the Scratch Pad, and export directly from the Scratch Pad when you’re ready.

Each song can have unlimited Scratch Pads, and all their contents are automatically saved with the song.  Beyond being a great creative tool, Scratch Pads are awesome for keeping things organized, as you no longer need to create multiple alternate project files, or copy elements of a song to some space far down the timeline. Now you can save all versions of your project within one Studio One project file, and have all your assets in one place.

Browser 3.0

The Presonus drag-and-drop browser has helped define Studio One’s ease of use. In version 3.0, getting the loops, effects, instruments, and presets you need is even faster with tag-based musical search. Speaking of loops Studio One Professional includes nearly 10,000 audio loops, music loops, and one-shots to get your projects started and reinforce your arrangements.

Find Content By Style and Instrument, Not Filename


In the new Studio One Browser, improves navigation and visibility by consolidating all pages and tabs at the top of the screen to, but the real workflow innovation is the new “Musical” Keyword Search function. Imagine finding the loop you need by typing “Heavy Rock Acoustic Drums” into the new Loops tab, rather than wading through a list of thousands of files and trying to remember what each file is. Another option is to show a tag palette with all currently used tags and select the tags you want filter by. “Musical” Search lets you intuitively search for loops, and instrument and FX presets the way that you think, by associating musical terms (tags) such as Style, Instrument, and Character to content. All library content (included) that ships with Studio One 3 and all content purchased and downloaded from the PreSonus Marketplace comes pre-tagged ready to take advantage of this feature.

The new “Cloud” tab makes all online content locations conveniently accessible directly within Studio One: Exchange (free shared content from other Studio One users), SoundCloud (upload and download from your SoundCloud account), and the new PreSonus Shop, which offers direct access to a growing number of Studio One Add-ons available for purchase including loops, sounds, plug-ins and even new features that can be installed or unlocked. With PreSonus Shop access, Studio One Artist users will be able to purchase and unlock additional features as needed without having to upgrade to Professional.

First Class Professional Loop Content from Big Fish Audio, MVP Loops, Sample Magic

There’s nothing like having a robust assortment of sounds at your beck and call for those late night songwriting sessions.  The new Professional Loop Library for Studio One adds over 4,000 Audio Loops and One-Shot Samples for new Impact Drum Kits. That pushes the grand total that ships with Studio One Professional to nearly 10,000, making it quite possibly the largest loop and one shot collection ever provided by any DAW.  That could be overwhelming, but the new Browser with Musical Search makes it easy. 

  • 1st-class professional loop and sound content from three of the leading production brands: Big Fish Audio, MVP Loops, Sample Magic
  • EDM, House, Techno, Ambient, Hip-Hop, R&B, Soul, Funk, Rock, Pop, Country, Folk, Jazz, and more
  • Instruments covered: Drums, Percussion, Bass, Guitars, Keyboards, Synths, Organ, Strings, Brass, Vocals, Sound FX and more
  • Many loops contain multiple variations (full, no-kick, kick+snare, tops), so they fit the needs for professional production
  • Stems contain multi-track versions of full instrument arrangements for flexible editing and mixing
  • Additional one-shot drum/percussion/fx samples included (some with Impact Kits)
  • Complete construction kits contain all instruments and parts for entire backing-tracks
  • Pristine 24-bit audio quality, saved in Studio One's lossless compressed Audioloop format
  • All loops and files are tagged for fast musical-based searching
  • Uncompromised professional sound quality, even when using time-stretching or transpose (pitch-shift), provided by our new élastiquePro 3 algorithm

Extended FX Chains

Studio One 3 Professional introduces Extended FX Chains, a fast, powerful, and elegant way to add new dimensions to your sonic palette. With Extended FX Chains, you can route audio effects in serial, in parallel, by channel, or by frequency bands, all via drag-and-drop. Rediscover your plug-in collection as you transform any effect to multiband or to the most precise, narrow band. Combine different effects in new ways to explore uncharted territories.

Your Only Limit is Your Imagination

The Insert section of each console channel in Studio One Professional now has an “edit” button, which opens Macro Controls with access to the routing view of Extended FX Chains. Extended FX Chains can be any combination of serial or parallel effects. A new Splitter tool has been implemented that offers three ways to divides the audio path: normal (parallel with multiple splits), by channel (L+R), or by frequency. This allows for very precise and extremely creative audio processing solutions with up to 5 split points.

All editing is drag-and-drop. The inspector view on the left side shows a micro-view of the selected effect and provides access to the plug-in’s presets and essential parameters. Each plug-in used can also be accessed from its tab in the same window. Almost limitless possibilities can be created by using splits within splits!

Extended FX Chains work with included Studio One Native Effects, or any VST or AU audio effect plug in you can also integrate external hardware like vintage analog compressors or tape delays as inserts using Studio One’s Pipeline plug-in, all with precise delay compensation.  And for convenience Studio One ships with numerous Extended FX Chain presets and you can also save your own to instantly recall your wildest creations. 

Multi Instruments

Not long after creating Extended FX Chains, someone in the office asked the loaded question, “hey what would happen if we did this to instruments?”   What would happen?  Rich, addictive, multilayered sounds.  That’s what happened.

Multi Instrument, as the name implies, lets you stack multiple synths and Instruments (as layers or key splits) on a single Instrument Track and record, edit, and play them like a single instrument. This opens a huge new range of possibilities for creative production and sound design.

A Better Way to Layer Sounds

Why duplicate Instrument tracks if they’re using identical note data?  In the old days…think 2014 and back, this was the only way to build layered instrument sounds: copy your “MIDI” track, assign it to a new instrument, and if you’re lucky (and your DAW supports it) place them all in one folder.  Multi Instruments puts this to rest, helps keeps you organized and gives you a faster way to build amazing sounds. 

Get started by dragging an existing Multi Instrument preset or an empty Multi Instrument (if you want to start from scratch) from the browser into the Song timeline.  If you have an existing instrument track that you want to fatten or freshen up, simply drag a new Instrument from the Browser onto your track or in the instrument rack (mixer) – drag one existing instrument on top of another and they and it can be transformed into a Multi Instrument.

The Multi Instrument routing editor looks and works just like Extended FX Chains, and Studio One, VST, or AU instruments and Studio One Note FX can all be dragged in to build your sound. Each instrument has its own key range, so setting splits and layers is a breeze, simply drag a slider to the desired point above the virtual keyboard on each Multi Instrument. Note FX like Arpeggiator or Chorder can each control individual instruments, or multiple instruments can be controlled from the same Note FX by adding a splitter. You can also use the Input Filter Note FX to create velocity splits between instruments.  

Each Multi Instrument has a automatic mix bus and all enclosed instruments are automatically routed to this bus. In the mixer, the individual instrument output channels are all accessible through a collapse/expand button. And for quick recall, even the most complex Multi Instrument can be saved as a convenient preset. The Multi Instrument preset also stores the entire mix, including volume, pan and any insert FX on the bus or any sub-channel.

Macro Controls

To facilitate editing the multidimensional sounds that are made possible by Studio One 3 Professional, each Console Channel and Multi Instrument has a Macro Panel with eight knobs and switches that can be assigned to the most critical instrument or effect parameters.   These Macro Controls in turn can be assigned to your favorite MIDI controller for hands-on fun with your sounds. 

And Great for Live Performance

With Macro Controls, multiple parameters can be assigned to the same control, with independent range/polarity/curve controls.  Additional XY vector pads can be assigned with individual parameters; they can collapse/expand and are most useful when using a multitouch enabled display.

Plus, each Extended FX Chain and Multi Instrument also gives you the ability to access and edit individual instrument and FX settings.  You can also collapse or expand Multi Instrument in the Console for individual control while mixing.

Mai Tai

Mai Tai, Studio One’s new polyphonic analog modeling synth, gives you the ability to create monster electro and bass sounds that cleanly cut through your mix like a scalpel, inflict punishment like a jagged rusty blade, or bludgeon listeners with bass that will leave them reeling for days.

Not unlike the effect you experience after a few drinks that share the same name, Mai Tai’s sounds can change character and produce drastic morphing changes and unique timbres. Its Multimode filter offers sounds ranging from vintage analog (a la Moog or Oberheim) to state-of-the-art "zero-delay filters" sounds only found in virtual instruments costing hundreds of dollars.  Mai Tai’s oscillators and LFOs have a free-run mode, like an analog synth. Get modular-synth-style operation for enormously complex sounds, through Mai Tai's 16-stage modulation matrix. And Mai Tai is guaranteed to sound amazing because it’s built on Studio One’s dynamic new synthesis engine.

  • 2 oscillators with sub-oscillator and 2 LFOs can operate in free-run mode, exactly like real analog synths
  • Noise generator
  • Multimode filter with five types from vintage analog (Moog and Oberheim style) to modern state-of-the-art “zero feedback” filters
  • Character module provides subtle or drastic sound changes, morphing-like effects and unique timbres.
  • “Quality” modes affect overall performance and sound by changing the resolution or fine-tuning of oscillators, filters, and character section
  • 3 envelope generators with scalable curve shapes
  • 16-stage modulation matrix allows for enormously complex sounds; almost like having a modular synth.
  • Built-in effects
  • Scalable CPU performance
  • Hundreds of presets, or mix your own

Presence XT Sampler

Presence XT represents the evolution of the original Presence sample-player, which has transformed into a robust, full-featured sampler. Rather than thinking of this as Presence “+ 1,” think of this more like Presence on steroids. Your old presets and song files will load, and some of the controls are the same, but that’s where the similarities end.  

Load any new Presence XT sound, and you will immediately hear the difference, thanks to an entirely new, first-class sample library; disk streaming for large samples; and Studio One’s dynamic new synthesis engine.

Start to play, and you’ll feel difference, too, because Presence XT is equipped with articulation key-switching and powerful scripting capabilities for nuanced, lifelike sounds. Thanks to a powerful scripting engine, many instruments have custom controls for unique sound parameters. Many Guitars and Basses have adjustable fret-noise; Acoustic Piano has custom controls for sustain pedal noise; all Hammond Organ presets come with drawbar controls and switchable percussion; and Strings and Brass presets feature legato scripts, to name a few examples.

More Sounds are on the Way

Presence XT introduces a new generic multi-sample format for exchange with other hosts. 

The Presence XT library can easily be expanded with more content available on the PreSonus Shop. At launch time, several new titles will be available, such as the Presence Studio Grand Piano.

Use Presence XT’s Sounds And Your Other Sampler’s Sounds Too

Studio One 3 Professional comes bundled with a brand-new 14 GB sampler instrument library covering the entire palette of acoustic and electric instruments (keyboards, basses, guitars, brass, woodwinds, strings, mallets and percussion).

Presence XT for Studio One 3 Professional not only reads any original Presence content, it also reads the most popular sampler formats (EXS, unprotected Kontakt, Giga, and SoundFont) with no conversion necessary—just locate your sampler library in the Studio One Browser and drag&drop presets into the arrangement.

Reinvented Synthesis and Instrument Engine

Studio One's reputation for flawless sound quality started with 64-bit audio processing and now extends to its instruments and the way they play sample content. Mai Tai and Presence XT are based on this new engine and feature the same great-sounding filters, effects, and powerful modulation matrix, with more instruments on the way.

Note FX

Studio One 3 adds Note FX, a new way to bring Instrument Tracks to life. Patched in a similar fashion to audio FX, Note FX process the instrument note data, rather than the audio output signal. Note FX introduced in Version 3 include: Arpeggiator, Chorder, Repeater, and Input Filter.


Arpeggiator (Professional only) Probably the most requested of all Note FX Plug-ins in Studio One, Arpeggiator recreates the classic effect — but is actually much more. Besides typical direction and range controls, it also offers a pattern mode with individual velocity and gate time settings for up to 32 individual steps.

In Chord Mode, the notes of a chord are not arpeggiated but played through the pattern, creating cool rhythmic effects. In Manual mode, the notes are arpeggiated in the same order as they’re played on the input, creating step-sequencer like effects.


Repeater (Professional only) can create anything from basic delay/echo effects to complex patterns and glissandi. Individual pitch offsets for each step in Pattern mode give this tool a unique twist. Like the Arpeggiator, the Repeater features a graphic display and graphic editing of complex patterns. Manual Pitch mode lets you create complex note sequences.


Chorder (Professional only) creates automatic chords from single notes played on the input. Each note on the keyboard can have a different chord assigned to it. Creating presets is simple using the Learn and Copy functions. So presets can be anything from the same chord on every key to complex chords on each individual key. With Transpose, the chord pattern can be shifted to any key.

Input Filter

Input Filter replaces the input filter found in the Track Inspector for Instrument Tracks. It can be used to limit the key range and velocity range of instruments at the input.

Rotor Audio Effect

Rotor re-creates the classic sound of a Leslie cabinet. Besides typical motor controls (on/off; slow/fast), Rotor also offers a virtual tube preamp featuring controls for  drive and tone (Horn-Q), as well as mic positioning. Changing the rotor speed re-creates the authentic acceleration and braking effects.  This is the perfect plug-in to complement Presence XT’s new B3 sounds or try it on guitar for a psychedelic effect.  

Bitcrusher Audio Effect

By popular demand, Presonus presents Bitcrusher, a powerful low-fi plug-in. Bitcrusher combines overdrive, bit reduction, down-sampling, and clipping into a single, corrosively toxic tool. 

New, customizable, high-dpi UI with multi-touch support.

Studio One 3 has a fresh and modern look that invites you to reach out and touch it.

And for the first time ever in any DAW, whether you are on MacOS X or Windows 8 (with a suitable multi-touch display), you can do just that to control your mix, arrangement, effects settings, and more.

Studio One 3 gives you the flexibility to customize the look to your taste or for different work environments.  They also wanted you to enjoy Studio One no matter where you used it, from a small notebook to a 5K or Retina Mac or PC display, including multi-monitor setups. Studio One delivers thanks to its new high-dpi graphics, which takes advantage of a new Direct-2D graphics engine on Windows. 

Studio One Remote
for iPad

(Coming soon to the iTunes App Store)

With Studio One 3 Professional, you can unchain yourself from the studio desk and record and mix away from your computer using new Studio One Remote for iPad. Control your mix, effects, and transport; trigger commands and macros; edit inserts and sends; and access audio fX. Studio One Remote takes advantage of UCNET (our own technology that also powers UC Surface, SL Room Control and Capture for iPad).

Mixer Improvements, including Track/Mixer Sync

Studio One 3 includes the mixer improvements you have been asking for: resizable faders for more mix granularity; color channels for easy identification; synchronized timeline track and mixer channel order; and track selection and channel focus. 

Automation Curves

Another popular request, automation curves have been added to Studio One to give you much finer control and smoother transitions of your mix, instrument, and FX settings. 

Smart, User-definable Tool palette

The Arrow tool in the tool palette is now enhanced with configurable alternate options that can be accessed using a modifier key for faster editing.

More of everything except the bloat.

Studio One boasts scores of new features and enhancements, yet manages to be even faster and easier to use. As much thought went into what features to add as how to add them so that Studio One could stay true to Presonus developers’ original vision of a “bloat free” music-making experience. 

Notable improvements to version 3: 


  • Audio Bend updated with élastiquePRO 3 time stretch and pitch manipulation for pristine audio, even with extreme tempo shifts.


  • Step Recording for easy beat and track programming, even of complex parts.


  • Help when and where you need it through dynamic, context-sensitive documentation, Extended InfoView, and tool-tips. 
  • Track List and Inspector buttons have been moved and no longer jump.
  • Dividers in mixer and Track Inspector now resize dynamically.
  • Playback cursor visual improvements (including red on record).
  • New Focus Frame highlights screen area with key command focus.


  • New Render Instrument Tracks function renders Note FX and Transpose/Velocity track parameters.
  • New All Notes Off (Panic) command in MIDI Monitor panel. Keyboard shortcut is assigned to “#”.
  • New option to apply Folder Channel track color to enclosed tracks and channels (Advanced/Editing/Tracks).


  • MIDI input filters are now available per MIDI input Ddevice (moved from global settings).


  • Drag folder to create a new tab.
  • Cmd+F always opens browser and search field (incl. Pool).
  • “Category” is now included in plug-in search.
  • Search results are automatically grouped by type.


  • Delete Time also deletes markers/tempo/time-signature events.
  • Selecting Delete Time without selection opens Start/End time window.
  • New assignable key commands for Insert Silence in Loop and Delete Time in Loop have been added.


  • A dot on knobs indicates automated controls of plug-ins and instruments.


  • Mono processing is now available for mono AU plug-ins.
  • VST2/VST3 plug-in sidechaining now supports I/O configuration changes.



Product Details

Product Details

Platform Hybrid (Mac and PC)
Manufacturer PRESONUS
System Requirements (Windows)
  • Windows 7 x64/x86 SP1 + platform update, Windows 8.1 x64/x86
  • Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon X2 processor (Intel Core i3 or AMD Athlon X4 or better recommended)
  • 4 GB RAM
  • (8 GB or more recommended)
  • 30 GB hard-drive space
  • Monitor with 1366 x 768 resolution
  • (high-dpi monitor recommended)
  • A multi-touch enabled monitor is required for touch operation
System Requirements (Mac)
  • Mac OS X 10.8.5 or higher
  • Intel Core 2 Duo processor
    (Intel Core i3 or better recommended
  • 4 GB RAM (8 GB or more recommended)
  • 30 GB hard-drive space
  • Monitor with 1366 x 768 resolution (high-dpi monitor recommended)
  • A multi-touch enabled monitor is required for touch operation)




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