Last month I explained how I’d given myself a push towards getting more comfortable in Studio One by getting an Editors Keys Studio One keyboard. I’m aware that unlike in Pro Tools is it easy to assign custom keystrokes in Studio One but I have previously explained my reasons why I value learning standard keystrokes. Having a dedicated Studio One keyboard is really helping me to build on the keystrokes I’m using but I’ll be the first to say it isn’t a magic bullet. In the same way as with a Pro Tools keyboard the Studio One keyboard can never show you all the keystrokes. That being said it is still earning its keep as there is a lot on there and it encourages me to use Studio One more rather than defaulting back to the familiarity of Pro Tools.
Putting My Screen In Order
So what am I finding useful today? If you are an experienced Studio One user then what follows probably isn’t for you but I think there are more people like me who don’t know enough shortcuts than know too many. These shortcuts are all about zooming and controlling what is on screen. I use a single monitor and in Pro Tools I’m extremely fluent in controlling what appears on my limited screen real estate. If Studio One is going to stick around in my world I’m going to have to figure out how to manage that real estate.
Zoom In and Out - Kind of page 1 stuff but W to zoom out and E to zoom in. Crucial stuff as I’m not a fan of clicking and dragging the timeline ruler.
To complement P which sets loop length to the selection is Shift + L which zooms horizontally to fit the loop on screen, much like Option F in Pro Tools.
Possibly even more similar to Option F in Pro Tools is the related Option + S to horizontally zoom the selection to fill the screen.
If this seems to be straying from the single keystroke shortcuts as found n the shortcuts keyboard then look no further than Z for toggle zoom. Zoom in or out using what ever method you prefer and toggle back out using Z.
My favourite find has been Toggle Optional Views. By using Shift + F12 you can put away all the extra sidebars and docked windows like the tracks list, browser or mixer with a single keystroke leaving just the timeline visible. To get back what you has before just press Shift + F12 again.
So there are my second instalment of Studio One shortcuts. Which shortcut should I commit to memory next? Suggestions please.