In PreSonus’ ‘biggest day in history’, Studio One 5 is revealed with a wealth of new features

The updated DAW introduces a new live performance environment and redesigned effects.

PreSonus Studio One 5
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“We’ve come quite a long way from being the new DAW on the block to being the fastest growing DAW on the market”, Matthias Juwan, CTO of PreSonus Software says in the PreSonus Studio One 5 reveal video. Being 10 years in the making, this new update brings a host of new features dreamed up by PreSonus and its user community.

Going live

A big talking point of Studio One 5 is the Show Page – a new live performance environment that can run entire shows from one device. You can organise an entire band and backing track from one window, with the ability to have multiple songs open at once. You can change your patches, instrumentation and effects on-the-fly for each song with an intuitive drag-and-drop approach – all in one window.

You can swiftly export your Studio One Song projects to the Show environment with ease, or simply use copy and paste the elements you wish to transfer. Once you’re ready to hit the stage, a full-screen performance view can be deployed, with realtime control on parameters and a pleasantly large meter to keep an eye on your levels.

Duly noted

Studio One 5 introduces a Score View for the Note Editor, which should please composers and arrangers working in-the-box. Using PreSonus’ Notion music composition software, Score View gives you access to multiple staves for every track, with any number of tracks viewable at one time. You can either use it on its own or as a companion to Piano and Drum views, sitting side-by-side. This means that whether you’re working on just a melody line or an entire orchestral section, you needn’t swap between multiple windows and channels.

PreSonus Studio One 5

Further expression can be applied to virtual instruments with MPE and MIDI Poly Pressure support for compatible controllers. There’s also Clip Gain Envelopes, which give you additional layers of gain control that can be applied directly on an audio clip. This is ideal if you have a section of audio that isn’t consistent with the rest of the recording. Studio One 5 also brings support for key switch articulations, chasing external timecode (MTC) and 64-bit recording.

Native upgrade

Studio One’s Native Effects plug-ins have been given a “major revision”, according to PreSonus, with new features and improvements, plus some interface redesigns that offer dark and light themes. Dynamic effects have been given sidechain inputs, and effects with a filter option can have the filter added to the sidechain input too.

Effects with a drive function now sound even better with a State Space Modeled drive stage, offering “analogue-sounding saturation”, PreSonus says. The Pro EQ plug-in gets its own update, with a linear-phase low-cut filter, 12th-octave spectrum display, and input and output meters with adjustable range and peak hold.

With Studio One 5, producers can now capture snapshots of the mixer section and recall snapshots with a variety of recall options. This sounds ideal for when you feel like making major tweaks to a mix while having the option to revert back to the original configuration. A dedicated Listen bus lets you monitor Solo signals through a separate channel, or use it to tune your room with calibration plug-ins while leaving the main mix unaffected.

Studio One 5 Professional is available now for a U.S. street price of $400; updates from Studio One 4 Professional are $150. Studio One 5 Artist is available now for a U.S. street price of $100; updates from version 4 are $50. For additional upgrade and crossgrade options and educational pricing, head to

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