PreSonus, the makers of Studio One, has today announced Studio One 4.1 with a raft of new features and bug fixes, it is free to existing owners of Studio One 4.
Features And Improvements At A Glance
Support for ATOM Production and Performance Pad Controller
New Pipeline XT plug-in for routing external effects
Extended Note Repeat with keyboard remote
Beat-linear timeline option
Improved manual tempo mapping
Tap tempo via MIDI or keyboard shortcut
AAF export options (including embedded AAF support)
Import Song Data from song template
New “Cue mix mute follows channel” option
[Windows 10] System DPI scaling option for third-party plug-ins
[Windows] “Enable High DPI Mode” option is back
New look for External Device panels and QWERTY Keyboard
Studio One 4.1 New Feature Highlights
Cue mix mute follows channel” option
Something mentioned by us in our recent article Three Vital Professional Features Still Missing From Studio One We Need Now - Our 2018 List. For anyone using cue mixes with external talent then you’l know how frustrating it has been to hit solo in the control room and interrupt the mix the talent can hear in their headphones. The new Cue mix mute follows channel” option means this is no longer an issue.
Soloing a channel in the console no longer mutes other tracks in a cue mix when this preference is disabled (Preferences>Console>Cue mix mute follows channel). The new behavior is now default (unchecked). Check this box if you prefer the original behavior.
NOTE: buses are ignored. cue mix sends are always created directly for audio tracks, even if they’re routed to buses. Therefore, the cue mix will not contain bus level, pan and FX.
Pipeline XT Plug-in
The popular Pipeline plug-in has received a major overhaul for this release. Pipeline XT comes with a complete user interface makeover, as well as following new features and improvements:
• Automatic latency compensation: instead of sending a “ping” through the external effects processor and adjusting the delay manually, you can now simply click the “Auto” button after setting up the send and return connections and the latency will be measured and compensated automatically. You can then use the Offset parameter to make manual adjustments
• The maximum delay has been increased from 5,000 samples to 32,000 samples
• The stereo Pipeline XT plug-in now supports mono sends without losing a second hardware output. This is particularly useful for external processors such as digital reverb units or guitar pedals with mono inputs and stereo outputs
• Adjustable background color: as with Impact XT and Sample One XT, click on the PreSonus logo to cycle through eight different background colors
• Custom image support: take a snapshot of your external effects processor and drag it into the Pipeline XT center display. This allows you to capture hardware settings for later “manual recall”. Click on the image to expand to full size. You can switch between image view, ping view and oscilloscope.
• A new note pad allows you to add text notes to your presets (for example you can include specific setup instructions or parameter settings for your external hardware processor)
Of course, background color, device name, custom image and text notes are saved with your Pipeline XT presets.
Finally, using Pipeline XT no longer forces real-time export and bouncing when Pipeline XT isn’t in the current audio signal chain.
Improved Tempo Features
Tempo Automation - One of the most popular feature requests by composers. Editing tempo on the Tempo Track now uses the familiar automation editing tools. This includes ramps and curves, faster editing and better visibility. This goes hand in hand with the next feature...
Beat-linear timeline - The time ruler options context-menu now has a new timebase option “Time-linear”. It allows you to switch between time-linear and beat-linear timebase. This option comes in handy when editing tempo events on the Tempo Track. With timebase set to Time-linear, the grid no longer jumps under the mouse pointer. Bars and beats always have the same size, only the cursor speed changes when the tempo is changed.
“Time-linear” is still the default setting. Of course, this setting shows no effect when there aren’t any tempo changes (both time and beats are linear in this case).
Customizable Tempo Display range - To improve tempo editing and visibility, the Tempo Track display range can be narrowed down to a musically meaningful range. Minimum and maximum tempo can be set independently. These settings are saved with the song.
Improved AAF Export Options
There’s some great AAF updates which will be welcome for those using Pro Tools, for example both the split stereo tracks to mono and better options to choose between embedded or referenced audio.
The following options are now available when exporting a Studio One song as AAF file:
• Embed audio: with this option enabled, the WAV or AIFF audio files will be embedded instead of referenced
• Split stereo tracks: you want this option enabled when exporting AAF for Pro Tools which doesn’t support stereo tracks in AAF files
• Convert audio files: creates copies of audio files in another format. Choose between WAV and AIFF, with options for resolution and sample-rate
• Trim audio files: this option helps reducing the file size by eliminating unused regions in audio files. Set a head or tail to keep some audio outside the event ranges for controlling fades or crossfades
• Export pan: keep this unchecked if you’re exporting AAF for an application which doesn’t recognize pan automation (such as Logic Pro)
• Legacy mode: improves compatibility with older applications (AAF v1.0 instead of v1.1; use this option for Digital Performer)
Extended Note Repeat
The note repeat option is now more powerful and makes sense when put into context with the recent announcement of the PreSonus ATOM controller.
Note Repeat has been vastly improved and works great for both recording and live performance.
The Record Panel now has a cog wheel icon as button to open the new Note Repeat settings panel. Note Repeat now has its own section in the Record Panel. Here you can activate/deactivate Note Repeat, select a repeat rate, activate/deactivate Note Erase, and access more options by opening a new Note Repeat panel.
Click on the wrench icon or activate Key Remote to display the new Note Repeat panel (also available in View menu or via assignable keyboard shortcut). Choose between basic note repeat, single and multi modes. The Note Repeat panel has the following functions
• Active: turns note repeat on or off (cmd+shift+R)
• Rate: sets the note repeat rate
• Gate: sets the gate time for notes
• Quantize: when active, notes snap to the song grid which all playing notes are aligned to (similar to “Quantize” option in Impact XT). When inactive, notes are triggered instantly when a key or pad is played. Repeat rate always follows the song tempo
• Aftertouch: when active, key or poly pressure can be used to control note velocity (recorded as velocity for individual notes)
• Single Mode: turns single mode on or off. In single mode, the last pitch played before single mode was turned on is triggered from all remote keys at different repeat rates
• Base: sets the base note for remote keys
• Pitch: sets the sound triggered by the remote keys
• Key Remote: enables key remote mode for controlling all Note Repeat functions from a keyboard controller. Can be used in combination with Single Mode.
• Base: sets the base note for remote keys (make sure to use a range outside of your drum kit’s or instrument’s note triggers)
• Range: sets the remote keys range (the higher the range, the more functions can be controlled via remote keys)
• Note Erase: enables note erase mode. When active and while in record, playing a key will erase any note events recorded on that key.
Note Repeat works great with any keyboard controller. However, you want to make sure that the base notes for Key Remote or Single Mode are set so the remote key switches don’t conflict with your instrument trigger notes.
For Windows Users
Studio One 4.1 adds a new System DPI Scaling option for third-party plug-ins on Windows so that they appear at the normal size expected by the user on high-DPI 4K and 5K screens.
This new option is available from each plug-in window options menu (“Enable System DPI Scaling”). When enabled, plug-in GUIs are bitmap-stretched by the operating system to the higher DPI size. The GUI will appear blurry in this case, which is expected when the plug-in doesn’t provide native high-DPI graphic UI resources.
This feature requires Windows 10 with the April 2018 Update (version 1803). Please note that System DPI Scaling might cause graphical glitches in third-party plug-ins that Studio One can't fix.
For complete high-DPI compatibility these plug-ins need to be updated by the vendor.
How To Get Studio One 4.1
Existing Studio One 4 owners can update using the Update function within Studio One 4 or by logging into their My PreSonus Account on the PreSonus website.For Windows Users