Studio One is a very powerful and full-featured Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) and our personal favorite (obviously). In this article, we wanted to show you some cool tools that either enhance your music-making, speed up your productivity, make your working life easier, or are just plain cool. Here are ten of them. Let us know what YOUR favorite S1 tools are and how you use them!
10. Drag-n-Drop Functionality: This is one of the coolest tools in music production. The ability to drag an instrument to the lane area and have it create the new track for you is great. Dropping an effect on top of an audio track and having it route it for you...again, very cool. You can also drag channels, track lanes, FX chains and more.
9. The Listen Tool: Okay. Some may see it as boring, but I like it. Why? Well, when you select it, hover over an audio track and click the mouse button, it solos the track and mutes all others until you release it. That’s pretty slick for listening to minute details.
8. Track Layers and Takes: Record multiple takes of audio or MIDI on the same track with the same inserts and sends, switch between them to see which one works best, dump them to layers, select just the area of a take that you like and it puts it in the comp takes lane? Soooo easy!
7. The Browser: The easiest way to find what you need within Studio One. Just hit [F5] to bring up the Browser and you’re off! Instruments? Right there! Effects? Yep! Sounds? All there! You can you’re your MIDI files, audio, video; all right there. And with quick keys for each [F6 = Instruments, F7 = FX, F8 = Sounds, F9 = Files, F10 = Pool], you can quickly find whatever you need without ever needing to leave the Browser.
6. Event FX: Hey! Can I put effects just on one audio even within a track, but leave the rest of the track unaffected? Yes, you can! Event FX are excellent! Wanna add flanged delay to the snare on just the bridge? Easy. Just open the Inspector and enable Event FX. Then add your effect or effect chain to that event. You can even adjust the even volume from there to keep the event the same volume as the rest of the track. Then, you can render that event (with the effects) as a new event to save on processing! Nice!
5. Explode Pitches to Tracks: I said “explode PITCHES!” Take that MIDI drum part and put each individual drum element on a different track. Or take that piano part and replace one particular note in the piece with a different sound altogether. Just select the MIDI part, [Right]/[CTRL]/[CMD]+[Click] and select Explode Pitches to Tracks in the Part menu.
4. The Project Page: Take all those songs you recorded and mixed, open them in a Project, add Mastering FX and processing, sequence the order of your songs and add fades/crossfades for each song and then render them to CD format (including metadata). Oops! Noticed a mistake in one of the songs? No problem. Go back to the song file, make the change and save it. The new version shows up in the Project. Elegant. Simple. Wow!
3. FX Chains: Do you have a specific set of effects you always use on lead vocals? What about for guitar? Drums? You can create your standard inserts in S1 and then save them as an FX Chain…including all your effects, eq and dynamics settings. Studio One also provides some FX Chains to get you started. Just drag that Backing Vocals chain to your BVox tracks and tweak from there. It’s a huge time saver…so try it out!
2. The “D” key: Say what? Yep. If you want a very quick way to create song ideas, this key will help. Create a quick drum loop. Now select that loop and hit the “D” key to duplicate it several times. Next, write that killer bass loop you’ve had in your head. Done? Select it and hit “D” to give you 20 measures of the same. Or just create a four bar loop of drums, bass, arp, and piano. Select them all and hit “D” to make several copies. Now just delete the elements that you don’t want…where you don’t want them. Makes quick arrangement that you can now sprinkle with variations to complete your masterpiece.
1. The Inspector: There is so much that can be done from the Inspector that it will take an entire article (or two or three) to get through it all. One thing to remember about the Inspector is that it’s context sensitive, meaning it changes depending on what is selected. Here’s the briefs:
· Tempo Modes (how audio events are handled – for time stretching)
· Audio Track Input / Output (I/O)
· Manual Track Delay Times (to manually compensate for plugin latency)
· Channel Mono/Stereo Toggle Mode
· Virtual Instrument Selection
· Track Layers (creating new layers, expanding layers)
· Adjusting Event Volume Envelopes (editing fade times, event gain)
· Transposing Audio / MIDI
· Event Threshold for Bend Markers (time stretching)
· Enabling, inserting, and editing Event FX
· MIDI Note Editing (start/end positions, pitch, velocity, mute status)
· Folder Track Output Assignments
These are just a few of the things that can be done in the inspector. Stay tuned for in-depth articles about these features and more!