PreSonus Studio One is among the more recent Digital Audio Workstations yet one of the most popular, due to its streamlined workflow, powerful set of factory devices and user friendly music creation tools. On this beginners complete guide, you’ll be taken through all of the main areas of producing with Studio One, to help develop solid foundations for using the software to create quality music of your own.
Leading the tutorials is certified PreSonus Studio One professional, audio engineer, synthesist and sound design teacher, Adam Pietruszko. Teaching everything from scratch, Adam starts with configuration and setup, continuing through using on-board loops, effects and instruments, all the way to mixing and exporting songs.
As well as the main software features, a variety of audio engineering concepts, mixing and processing techniques are all demonstrated, so intermediate users will also benefit from the course. Furthermore, sound design tutorials covering synthesis and sampling basics will help you to create your own sounds, beats and loops. Throughout the course, detailed diagrams will aid in the understanding of concepts like compression, gating, signal routing, as well as the inner workings of synths.
In addition to the 8 hours of streamed tutorials, students also have access to a download pack containing all the songs and projects created within the course, so you can play around with the material presented. Plus, there’s an eclectic 600MB collection of bonus samples from Loopmasters, providing you with a fresh load of hits and loops to invigorate your music. Sign up to get access to this wealth of materials and take your Studio One production knowledge to a whole new level!
Although the majority of the course was made with Studio One 3, the course is fully compatible with Studio One 4, including comparison tutorials and lessons focussing on the new instruments and editing features. Studio One Professional edition is recommended to make the most from the course.
Sample Module - Recording Guitar with Studio One
Module 1 – SO3 Structure Overview
This module describes the basic structure and configuration of Studio One. We’ll be going through setting up your audio and MIDI interfaces, creating a new song, and accessing different sections. It also describes navigating the arrangement view, adding on-board loops, instruments and effects to the song, as well as configuring various track types and their parameters through the Inspector.
Studio One 3 vs 4 – Using the course
Start Screen and Setup
Creating a New Song
Track Parameters and Inspector
Module 2 – Working with Audio
You’ll learn how to record external audio sources in various modes (take recording, punch in), use the guitar tuner, metronome. The section will also describe audio editing tools and Studio One’s mixer basics.
Tools and Audio Editing
Module 3 – Using effects
In this section we’ll be looking at a plethora of effects available in Studio One 3. We’ll go through all the effect types and the principles of their use. Basics of EQ, compression, gating and adding reverbs and delays will be covered.
Modulation and Distortion
Module 4 – Automation
We’ll be learning to make the parameters of tracks and effects change in real time as the song plays, using automation curves.
Automating Volume and Pan
Automating Effect Parameters
Module 5 – Mixing
This module presents the principles of mixing your song. We’ll mix the song from scratch using EQ, compression and effects, we’ll create a space using reverb and delay, mix the levels and perform master bus processing, as well as export the arrangement as a finished audio file.
Cleaning and Enhancing with EQ
Mixing the Levels
Master Bus Processing
Exporting the Mix
Module 6 – Instruments and MIDI
We’ll start working with on-board synths and samplers of Studio One 3. This section covers recording and editing MIDI, quantization, programming drums and melodic parts, as well as using MIDI Note FX.
Instruments introduction - Presence sampler
Recording and Editing MIDI
Quantization and Step Recording
Pattern Editing [STUDIO ONE 4]
Module 7 – Synthesis
This section will present basic synthesis techniques using the Mai Tai synthesizer, so you can program your own sounds from scratch. A variety of timbres will be programmed, utilising different synth concepts.
Synthesis introduction. Mai Tai – Bass
Synthesis – Chord Stabs
Synthesis – Pluck
Synthesis – Gated Pad
Synthesis – Sine Bell Arp
Synthesis – Percs
Synthesis – Lead
Synthesis – Organ
Module 8 – Producing the Track
We’ll be putting together a track by arranging the drums, layering synth and sampled instrumental parts, as well as mixing the arrangement.
Mixing the track
MODULE 9 – Sampling
In this module we’ll learn about using the Impact drum sampler to create beats. You’ll learn to import your own hits, as well as sample them from audio loops. Beatslicing techniques will also be presented, as well as melodic sampling with Sample One.
Making a Beat with Impact
Impact XT [STUDIO ONE 4]
Importing hits to Impact
Beatslicing with Impact
Melodic Sampling with Sample One
Sample One XT [STUDIO ONE 4]
MODULE 10 – Creating a Track with Samples and Synths
We’ll put together a song using sampling techniques, as well as creating bass and leads using the Mojito synthesizer. You’ll also learn how to sample and pitch vocals. Methods of making your song sound lo-fi and vintage will be shown.
Creating a Beat
Chopping Instrument Loops
Mojito Synth – Bass and Lead
Sampling and Pitching a Vocal
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