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Biscuits and Gravy Drum Loops now Available for Studio One, Extra Gravy also Available

Check out the latest Add-ons for Studio One: Music City Drums’ Biscuits and Gravy!

Click here to check them out at

Biscuits and Gravy gives you raw and essential rhythms that can be applied in virtually any genre.  The loops feature five drum setups consisting of both vintage and modern equipment, from Yahama to Rogers to obscure one-of-a-kind drums that you’ll only find in a true drum connoisseur’s collection. One setup features a lo-fi channel that is a mono sum of the kit sent out to a eurorack modular effect system to add some grit and character.


Biscuits and Gravy was given its own unique sonic identity by utilizing varied configurations of myriad outboard gear, as well as by manipulating the drums themselves. Drums were paired with various methods of dampening, tunings, different heads, and in some cases even removing resonant heads to achieve the right sound for each kit.


Recording Equipment featured:
API 3124
Chandler LTD1
DBX 160
Ampex 602
TubeTech CM1A
Warm Audio 1176
Neve 1272
Neve 1073
Manley preamp
UA 6176
UA 4710d
Shadow Hills mastering compressor


Meticulously recorded, delicately produced, and packed full of flavor in Nashville, Tennessee, these audio loops were specifically recorded with both character and attitude set to inspire and move you without the limitation of genres. Inside you’ll find a variety of grooves with that punch and feel you’ve been looking for.

Music City Drums Vol. 1 “Biscuits and Gravy” is available in 2 forms:

1. Biscuits and Gravy

  • 24/441 stereo audioloops
  • over 450 production ready audio loops
  • tempo variations from 70 BPM to 130 BPM
  • 5 different kits recorded

2. Biscuits and Extra Gravy

  • 24/441 stereo and multitrack audioloops
  • over 3,600 production ready audio loops
  • tempo variations from 70 BPM to 130 BPM
  • 5 different kits recorded

PreSonus Symphonic Orchestra Available Now!


PreSonus Symphonic Orchestra is more than just another sample library. It combines a complete symphonic orchestra instrument library with ready-to-use Studio One Musicloops for lightning-fast arranging and production in an attractively-priced bundle. The instruments not only comprise a full symphony orchestra, but also a contemporary strings library that has a different ambient character to choose from. More than 1,200 Musicloops allow for creating full arrangements on the fly while retaining complete control over tempo, key, chords and sound character. Tight integration with Studio One makes production work fun again. PreSonus Symphonic Orchestra is compatible with Studio One Prime, Artist and Professional (version 3.3.4 or higher), making it an ideal combination for aspiring composers and arrangers, as well as anyone learning or teaching music theory.

With more than 1,200 royalty-free loops from 29 unique Construction Kits, PreSonus Symphonic Orchestra is a powerful composition and arranging tool even for someone who doesn’t have classical training or doesn’t play a keyboard instrument. Produced by professional orchestral composers, these Construction Kits cover a wide range of styles and instrument arrangements: Classical, Soundtrack, Jazz, Pop, Hip-Hop, House, Disco, and more.

Click here to check it out at! 


  • More than 14 GB of samples with over 300 instrument presets
  • Includes more than 1,200 royalty-free Musicloops for quick and easy arranging
  • Multiple key-switch articulations per instrument
  • Expression control and custom legato scripting
  • Deep integration with Studio One: key-switch articulation names in Music Editor; searchable preset database in Instrument Browser, new Construction Kit category in Loop Browser.

Three Sound Sets contain PresenceXT instruments, Studio One Musicloops and audio demos. 

  • PSO Classic Orchestra (6 GB)
  • PSO Contemporary Strings (6.44 GB)
  • PSO Musicloops (1.9 GB)

Classic Orchestra Instruments: Cello, Cello Section, Double Bass Section, Harp, Viola, Viola Section, Violin, Violin Section, French Horn, French Horn Section, Orchestral Tuba, Piccolo Trumpet, Tenor Trombone, Trombone Section, Trumpet, Trumpet Section, Alto Flute, Bass Clarinet, Bass Flute, Bassoon, Clarinet, Clarinet Section, Contrabassoon, English Horn, Flute, Flute Section, Oboe, Piccolo, Classic Choir (multiple articulations and fx), Marimba, Vibraphone, Xylophone, Bamboo-Chimes, Cowbell, Crotales, Glockenspiel, Shellchimes, Triangle, Tubular Bells, Windchimes, Cymbals (Set), Japanese Bowls, Orchestral Gongs, Thai Gongs, Castanets, Claves, Tambourine, Temple Blocks, Gran Cassa, Snare, Timpani, Orchestral Effects (multiple instruments)

Contemporary Strings Instruments: Violin Section, Viola Section, Cello Section, Bass Section, Big String Section ((all: KS and single articulation Presets)

Articulations (availability and mapping varies across instruments)

Strings: Sustained Notes f & p, Con Sordino, Short detaché 2x, Pizzicato 2x, Col Legno 2x, Tremolo f, Tremolo pp, Crescendo, Cresc. Tremolo, Trill, Glissando, Grace Notes, Short chords, Arpeggios.

Brass: Sustained Notes f & p, Staccato 2x, Half & Whole Tone Trill, Crescendo, Runs.

Woodwinds: Sustained Notes f & p, Staccato 2x, Grace Notes.

Percussion: Single Strokes, Tremolo, long/medium/short Cresc., Glissando.

Harp: Glissandi – long, medium, short / major, minor.

A Cubase User, a Logic User, and a Digital Performer user Find Common Ground in Studio One

[We recently came across a great story—three different producers, all of whom use different DAWs, needed to collaborate on a single project. They decided that Studio One offered them the best of all three worlds, and chose it for their collaborative effort. Details below courtesy of Roger Hooper, Robert Holmes, and George Napier.]

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George Napier’s Studio

George Napier kicks things off by describing the task at hand, as well as the backgrounds of the collaborators.

“Robert, Roger, and I took a group of 11 executives from a 75-person tech startup into Studio A of Omega Studios for two days of team building. We needed to prepare backing tracks and beds for them to play against. Roger is a film composer, former Logic guy and current Mac-based Cubase user. Robert is a musician and games music composer and a 20 year die hard Digital Performer user who switched to Windows on DP and was not liking the experience,” says George. “I’m a composer/sound designer and a bit of a serial monogamist when it comes to DAWs. I’ve used Studio One since version 1, left it for Logic/Cubase at 2.6, and came back to try it out with the release of 3 (all on Mac). FYI: We all work together on projects for each other’s companies. This particular project was done under Robert’s company ResonantClarity.

“The deadline was tight, and we needed a single DAW we could all use to develop the pre-work backing tracks and the final post studio mixes,” continues Napier. “and of course it had to work on Mac and PC. When I showed Robert Studio One he liked it, and by the end of the project it became and is now his primary DAW. Since Robert and I were using Studio One, when we brought Roger into the project, he downloaded the 30-day trial to work with us. Once Roger was on board with Studio One, we were 100% compatible across platforms and worked seamlessly together to finish the project on that really tight deadline. Roger end up liking Studio One so much in fact, he added it to his permanent arsenal.”
Napier has been with Studio One from the get-go.
“I think I had been using Digital Performer for a while when I tried out a demo of Studio One in early 2010. I fell in love with the drag and drop workflow and I couldn’t believe how efficient of a VI host it was and that I could use AUs and VSTs! I used it quite exclusively over the first few years but later switched to Cubase and Logic around version 2.6. But when Studio One 3 was announced, I was blown away.  I remember watching the announcement live on the web and repeatedly picking my jaw up from my desk. I immediately bought it and started working with it again, and have ever since.
Napier is quick to describe why he came home to Studio One.
“The GUI changes are pretty much what I hoped for, the new Mai Tai, extended FX chains, and multi instrument are great, the scratchpad is really innovative,” he asserts. “I do a lot of stuff in the box, so my DAW has to be an efficient VI host, with an efficient production workflow. In my experience, Studio One is one of the best ones out there. It’s also a more focused creative experience. There’s not a lot of menus, submenus, dialogue boxes, etc. getting in the way. The stuff you need is pretty much right in front of you or just a right-click away. I love it when the software gets out of the way.”


Roger Hooper is a longtime Cubase and Logic user who was new to Studio One for this collaboration. His impressions and description of the collaborative workflow follow.

RHooper Studio 3

Roger Hooper’s Studio

“I’ve been a Cubase user for many years; used Logic Pro for 18 years prior to that,” opens Hooper. “When I entered into this project with George and Robert, I composed a series of beds with Cubase. When we went into the editing phase, I created stems and put them in Studio One. After taking the beds into Omega Recording Studios to add live players, I edited some of the resulting files in Studio One. The three of us passed files back and forth to do various edits, as well as adding additional parts.”
Hooper found himself impressed with Studio One’s flexibility, particularly in regards to the easy mobility between Studio One’s Song and Project pages.
“I especially like the Start/Song/Project interface. When I’m working on cues for a client, I need to do a quick mastering version before submitting them for approval. I can do this in any program, but being able to go between the song page and the mastering page and back again to make changes is really slick. I sell my music on download only at this time, so being able to line up the mastered files in a timeline isn’t necessary for me, but its definitely a big plus for many artists who might otherwise use a competitor’s program for mastering their CD. The audio transpose and time stretch was very easy to learn, and very high quality. I had to change many of the live recorded parts to fit timing and harmonic sections of the music; Studio One did well in these tasks, and was easy to figure out. It also seems to be lighter on the CPU than other programs I’ve used.”
When prompted for user tips and tricks for Studio One, Hooper acknowledges that he’s new to the software, but found the most valuable resource to be Studio One’s robust online community.
“No user tips, but availing yourself of sites like Studio One expert, the YouTube channel from PreSonus, and various Studio One users is a great thing. Manuals aren’t always easy to digest, although PreSonus’ is very good. I used to work in music retail, and if I suggested ‘read the manual’ during a customer service call, well… that response was no good! The web has a wealth of knowledge on this program, and finding others’ perspective on how to operate it has been illuminating. Studio One seems very solid and I’m looking forward to getting to know it much better.”


Robert Holmes is a long-time Digital Performer user who made the switch to Studio One after a 20-year commitment to DP. He’s a self-proclaimed “old pop/rock studio guy from LA who ended up doing game scores in the golden age of adventure games.”


Robert Holmes’ Studio

Asking Robert what he likes about Studio One begets a long response.
“I enjoy the lightness and flexibility, the direct simplicity yet high quality of the features is great. I love the drag and drop stuff, the different pages, and the small but meaningful touches like the Console Shaper, or the easy copying and input for inserts is really helpful. The importing and exporting processes are well thought out and really painless. They are all subtle things, but they add up to such an effortless dynamic that makes it easy to just sit down and get to making music quickly, which is a big priority for me. It’s just more nimble, more fluid, more no-nonsense, but the sound and the results are top tier. I’m still learning in every session, so the ability to have rollover reminders on functions and features is great! I tend to be very lazy in how I use effects, inserts, VST’s etc… I’m not always doing them in the most efficient way… but Studio One seems much more capable of bearing that load and keeping me working without locking up.”
Holmes even had a happy accident concerning Studio One’s Console Shaper.

“I had one interesting experience where I was mixing, and I was getting lots of crosstalk,” recalls Holmes. “And it was actually very cool from a sonic point of view, but it was making mixing a challenge. That’s when I discovered the Console Shaper had accidentally been activated  on the master track somehow and was in Crosstalk mode. So YES, the crosstalk really works if you want that Gold Star Studio Wall of Sound.”Despite a lengthy relationship with Digital Performer, Holmes has taken the plunge and made the switch to Studio One as a result of his experiences in this project.

“I had been a longtime Digital Performer guy, basically for the last 20 years. My pal George sent me the Studio One demo and suggested I give it a spin. As I’m a self-confessed immediacy freak with gear, the ease of entry and short learning ramp was very helpful when I had to make a quick jump from DP in the midst of a project. The similarities in workflow were helpful, yet it all was so much more fluid and responsive.

“I never looked back.”

Buy a StudioLive CS18AI, get Studio One Professional

Get Studio One 3 Professional when you buy a StudioLive CS18AI

There’s no rebate forms or any of that mess—just register your CS18AI at and Studio One Professional will be available in your account for download!

Equipped with 100 mm, touch-sensitive, widely popular motorized faders and AVB networking, the  StudioLive CS18AI control surface provides a compact, intuitive mixing solution for PreSonus StudioLive RM16AI and RM32AI rack-mount digital mixers and Studio One 3. The CS18AI connects to your network with a CAT5e or CAT6 Ethernet cable, eliminating the need for cumbersome analog or digital snakes and stage boxes, and offers a host of other useful features. It adds up to a powerful mix control system with a fast, intuitive workflow and the latest networking technology.

“Our StudioLive Active Integration mixing systems are the only solutions that allow you to customize your mixing experience to fit your individual needs. With a StudioLive RM as the mix core, you can choose to work with physical motorized faders, portable wireless iPad, a large Windows 8 touch screen, or a combination of them all.”

—Ray Tantzen, PreSonus Senior Product Manager


Take a detailed look at the CS18AI with Rick Naqvi here!

Notion 6.1.1 Maintenance Update Available Now

Notion 6.1.1 Maintenance Update—click “Check for updates” in Notion to download and install 6.1.1!

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  • Notion now recognizes whether touch is finger/capacitive stylus or digitizer stylus (Windows)
  • Microsoft Surface Pen now brings up context menu with button
  • When importing MIDI drum files, Notion uses GM mapping to put the notation in the expected place
  • When using the onscreen drum pad, Notion now writes cymbals with cross-head note heads
  • Studio One launcher added to the ‘Send to Studio One’ dialog
  • Use cursor arrow keys to position articulations (and shift+arrow for fine tuning)
  • The enharmonic tool (Shift+E) now also works with attached chord symbols
  • Score>Dynamic Parts is now current score order, not order of creation
  • End key now navigates to end of score (as Home does, to the start of a score)
  • Notion now has the facility for network installs to copy preferences from a system level – this saves a lot of time in the classroom every time a new user logs on to particular machine. For more information about PreSonus’ Unlimited Site Licenses for education, contact



  • Harpsichord sound is now fixed
  • Organ and Chorus sounds retuned. (Download the keyboard installer from your account and install. Restart Notion. You may also need to force Notion to rescan the folder – go to Preferences>Audio>Locate and reselect the sounds folder)
    Release sound working better for short notes (an issue particularly noticeable with organ staccati)
  • Drumset with unmeasured tremolo now responds to hairpins


Studio One interop

  • Fix when exporting keyswitch data from Notion to Studio One – go to Tools>Use Rules and setup a rule with Keyswitches set to “Automatically send note-offs”
  • Studio One launcher has been added to Send to Studio One dialog
  • User is prompted to save, if closing after Studio One file transfer and no other changes have been   made
  • More space for text in Studio One dialog when in German
  • Note durations now reflect articulation (e.g. staccato) when sending note data to Studio One



  • Verse number is now being properly recognized when importing MusicXML
  • Fix occasional issue on MusicXML Export with hairpins
  • User is prompted to save, if closing after MusicXML or MIDI file import and no other changes have been made
  • Note durations now reflect articulation when exporting as MIDI
  • Changing MIDI channel in Change Instrument dialog now works as expected
  • Sequencer staff controller data now outputs on expected channel, not just channel 1
  • When MIDI recording in with multi channel VSTi’s, sequencer staff now does not reset all events to Channel 1
  • MIDI note length and velocity shortcuts now work if sequencer overlay is enabled


Rules Editor

  • Fix when using Duration Change in Rules
  • Rules Editor dialog size now persistent when closing/reopening (Mac and Win)
  • If having issues with smooth playback when using expression on external VSTi’s or MIDI ReWire, choose a different expression channel to the Notion hairpin map in the Rules Editor. For VSTi’s without velocity crossfade, you can also use the hairpin anchor in the Rules Editor – see Hairpin Anchor in the User Guide


  • Video window on Mac no longer blank when re-shown
  • Fix show/hide video during playback on Mac


  • Bb and Eb instruments now go to the correct enharmonic key if in C#minor
    If Transpose MIDI is checked then Bb and Eb instruments are now spelling as correctly in step time
  • Option added to Staff Settings, to show circles around whole/half notes in tablature (default is off)
  • Electric Bass now does not convert to treble clef when tab is turned off / standard notation shown again
  • Flags now show on unbeamed cross-staff notes
  • Fix stems not lining up on cross-staff chords
  • Fix accidentals sometimes hiding on cross-staff notes
  • When changing stem direction of beamed notes, it now does not affect the entire measure
  • Measures now lay out as expected when empty
  • Fix adding unwanted 11th and 13th notes to chord, when using chord type-in tool



  • Clear Special now does not now remove Rules sets or harp tuning diagrams
  • Adding interval below with Ctrl+Numpad, now fixed on Windows
  • Scrolling in continuous view with a Windows tablet now redraws correctly
  • Continuous view margin now does not clear when top staff is only partially visible
  • Mixer window size now persistent when closing/reopening (Win only)
  • Text better formatted and images fixed in MIDI Device Commands window
  • More space in Preferences window (Windows only)




Crossgrade to Studio One for 30% off – TWO DAYS ONLY!


Just in time for V-day! If you own an existing DAW but would like to switch over to the most intuitive recording software on the planet, the Studio One Crossgrade was created just for you. You can get Studio One for less if you own one of the qualifying DAWs below, and even for less less on Feb. 14 and 15 of 2017! That’s only two days…

Qualifying DAWs include:

  • Cubase 5 or higher
  • Pro Tools 9 or higher
  • Nuendo 5 or higher
  • Logic 9, X
  • Sonar X2 or higher
  • Live 8 or higher
  • Digital Performer 7 or higher
  • Acid Pro 6 or higher
  • Reason 6 or higher
  • Reaper 4 or higher
  • Samplitude 9 or higher
  • Mixcraft Pro 6 or higher
  • FL Studio 11 or higher
  • Notion 5
  • Bitwig Studio
  • Tracktion T7 or higher
  • Notion 6. Please Click HERE to crossgrade from Notion 6


Save 30% off Presence XT Editor in February 2017


Unlock the true power of Presence XT in Studio One

Presence XT Editor unlocks the Edit Page of Presence XT, the built-in sample player instrument of Studio One. This add-on turns a great-sounding instrument into a powerful sound design tool for musicians, producers, and sound-designers. With direct support for all major sampler formats, it’s the perfect host for any custom sampler sound library.

Import samples via drag & drop, supporting popular formats such as WAV, Kontakt (unprotected), Giga, SoundFont and EXS24. Edit mappings, layers, and various trigger options. Assign articulations to key switches with just a few clicks. Then add additional realism to sounds with manual or automated sound shaping and sample playback variations using the powerful JavaScript based script editor and create effects like fret noise, key-clicks, or legato via scripts. In addition, 8 assignable knobs and buttons are available as custom script controls.

Finished sounds can be saved as Presence XT presets or exported in a compact sampler file containing all samples, mappings, scripts, and settings for convenient file sharing and exchange.

Get the Presence XT Editor for 30% less by clicking here and buying direct from! 


Notion Add-On Discount: 30% Off Saxophone Bundle!

30off_sax_bundle_600x600_01_neeFebruary is the month for showing some love for the things you love and we say let’s get Saxy with the Saxophone Bundle for Notion…

Here’s your chance to save 30% on the Classical Saxophone Bundle for Notion—down from the usual price of $29.99 USD to $19.99 USD! This world-class bundle was recorded using London Symphony Orchestra section leaders and players at Abbey Road Studios, London. You get three instruments in the bundle, including:

  • Sopranino Sax
  • Soprano Sax
  • Contrabass Sax

Get Saxy this month–You’ll thank us later.

This offer is available only on through the month of February–Click here to get the Saxophone bundle for less—while you still can.

Get a Studio 192 Mobile, add the Artist Power Pack Software Bundle for FREE


The lauded Studio 192 Mobile, like all of our interfaces, ships with the award-winning Studio One Artist. But for a limited time, we’re throwing in around $210 USD worth of extras to sweeten the deal. Why? Because we’re nice. Hurry, this offer ends April 30!

The Artist Power Pack includes the following software, all compatible with the included Studio One Artist:

  • Third-Party VST/UA/ReWire support: tap into the vast library of third-party effects and instruments available all over the web
  • MP3 Converter: Export your tracks to portable, great-sounding MP3s to share with friends, family, and clients
  • Channel Strip Collection: Add some unique character to your mixes with these two channel strips modeled from top-of-the-line hardware
  • Studio One Remote Support: Control Studio One from your iPad! Great for solo drummers—no need to run back and forth to the control room every time you miss a hi-hat.

The Studio 192 Mobile offers all the processing power of its bigger brother, the Studio 192. Record in Sterling 192 kHz quality on the go—its small footprint makes it easy to record everywhere, from dorm rooms to garages.

This offer is available worldwide.

Save $200 When You Buy a Pair of AIR12’s!


Here’s a list of things that are better in pairs:

  • Shoes
  • Gloves
  • Turtle Doves
  • Simon and Garfunkel
  • Twins
  • Anything wrapped in bacon

and finally…

A pair of AIR12 Loudspeakers!

Now through March 31, 2017 save $200 when you buy a pair of AIR12 Loudspeakers–that’s about $999 for the pair!

The AIR12 Loudspeakers are a part of a family of compact and lightweight active loudspeakers aimed at mobile and install applications. They’re easily portable and feature 1,200 watts of Class D/Class AB power with digital tuning functions.

This offer is available only in the US–Click here to find your local dealer!