PreSonus Studio One 4.5 Professional ups the ante yet again with hot new features that include multi-core optimization for virtual instruments, redesigned grouping, powerful mixer channel customization, impressive MIDI enhancements, new export options, a streamlined plug-in manager, and more. Studio One 4.5 Professional enhances your creativity while streamlining your workflow. Its near-zero-latency audio engine delivers unrivaled performance with the latest high-spec audio interfaces. Its Fat Channel XT plug-in integrates seamlessly with PreSonus StudioLive Series III mixers. Sporting an elegant single-window workspace that combines the best of the traditional recording studio model with modern beat- and loop-oriented music production, robust drag-and-drop functionality, and multi-touch support, Studio One 4.5 Pro gives you the flexible tools you need to accelerate your creativity.
What's new in Studio One 4.5 Professional
PreSonus Studio One 4.5 Professional is a worthy update. Multi-core optimization for virtual instruments reduces your CPU load by as much as 70%. Groups can be nested, named, colored, and assigned to keyboard shortcuts. Expanded input, gain staging, phase options, and channel customization puts a lot of power under your fingertips, even if your hardware doesn’t support it. Robust routing options enable you to route to single sources/destinations with a single click. Global pre-fader metering has been added to the console, as well as an RMS/Peak metering option for all channels. New note editing options make working with MIDI more powerful than ever. Benefit from new export options, including variable-bitrate MP3, AAC, and ALAC. Keep your plug-ins and virtual instruments organized with a streamlined plug-in manager. What’s more, you can lock individual items in the Arrangement Window to prevent unintentional moving or editing. A worthy update indeed!
Multi-core optimization for virtual instruments
Nobody enjoys using bloatware, and Studio One 4.5 Professional is anything but bloatware. Thanks to multi-core optimization, the CPU load for using combined virtual instruments inside a Multi-Instrument has been reduced by 70% for native plug-ins. And if you’re using a third-party instrument, you can expect a 50% reduction. Mai Tai and Presence XT have also been optimized.
Groups are more powerful than ever
With PreSonus Studio One 4.5 Professional, Groups can be nested (great for drums), named, colored, and assigned to keyboard shortcuts. You can define attributes for Edit Groups and Mix Groups, such as Volume, Pan, and Mute/Solo. Editing and activating Groups are a breeze — you can do it with a single click — and you can display them on a per-channel basis. Beyond that, you can temporarily suspend grouped items from their Group and edit them individually with a simple Alt-click.
Endlessly customizable mixer channels
The Input Channel mixer section in Studio One 4.5 Professional puts lots of power at your fingertips. You get software-based input gain and polarity controls on every input, even if your hardware doesn’t provide them. This means that you can use hardware and software-based gain controls in tandem to drive your hardware preamp into saturation, while maintaining absolute control over the levels in your DAW. Polarity and Gain controls have been added to every audio, instrument, FX, and Bus channel. That said, you can show as much (or little) information as you’d like, including Audio Device Controls, Input Controls, Sends/Cue mix, I/O connections, VCA connections, Mix groups, and Channel Notes — it’s all up to you.
Turbocharged MIDI editing
PreSonus Studio One 4.5 Professional’s MIDI editing capabilities are spellbinding. The Note Actions menu is particularly noteworthy, enabling fast, intuitive editing and composition, with creative note editing options for instrument tracks including Randomize, Apply Scale, Mirror, and more. You can assign any of these functions to a keyboard shortcut, and they’re included in Macros. You also get independent quantize grids (including the new Snap to Zero Crossings option) for the Arrangement, Audio, and Music Editor, allowing you to apply different quantization to each. Studio One 4.5 Pro includes two additional scale options, and the Chord Selector includes a Chord Audition feature — a godsend if you compose by ear.
Streamlined, best-of-both-worlds interface
There are two schools of DAW design. One mimics the traditional recording studio with virtual rack gear and a linear timeline reminiscent of a multitrack tape machine. This approach may seem counterintuitive to musicians who came along after the demise of analog recording. To them, a beat/loop-oriented approach is much more logical and productive. PreSonus Studio One 4.5 Professional seamlessly incorporates both these time-tested models into a streamlined interface that lets the user blend between them in a way that feels the most natural.
Studio One 4.5's Harmonic Editing is a breakthrough feature that redefines arranging. Based on a Chord Track for altering audio as well as note data, Harmonic Editing lets you quickly and easily try out new ideas, prototype compositions, and blow past writer's block. Instantly swap out a more harmonically rich chord for an existing triad. Make older parts follow a new and improved chord progression you just came up with. Harmonic Editing makes it happen. Instantly.
Much more than a simple track for note data, Chord Track works with Instrument Tracks and draft audio tracks for quick, efficient, multi-dimensional arranging and transpositions, making it a perfect songwriting partner. Chord Track makes it easy to try out harmonies and alternate chord progressions, modulate to different keys, and even explore the outlandish to sweep away creative cobwebs. To check out chord progressions on the fly, the intuitive Chord Selector makes it easy to change chords in real time right from your MIDI controller. Move chord data from a track to the Chord Track — which will automatically detect the chords you played — or from the Chord Track to other tracks.
Automatic Chord Detection
When inspiration for a new chord progression strikes, Studio One 4.5 Professional doesn't make you put your creativity on hold while you figure out what you've already played in order to add new parts. Built-in Automatic Chord Detection extracts chords from Audio or Instrument Tracks; just drag a part to the Chord Track to create a reference for Harmonic Editing. Easy-peasy.
PreSonus is committed to streamlining the music creation process and Harmonic Editing is key to this fluid, creative workflow synergy, along with the Arranger track (which makes it easy to rearrange song sections) and Scratchpads (which let you audition new ideas independently of existing work). All of this innovation makes Studio One an amazingly flexible platform for testing out new song ideas and polishing them into finished productions. And if you're collaborating with other musicians, Studio One’s Create Lead Sheet option and improved integration with Notion 6.4 simplifies the printing of standard music notation.
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