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Friday Tip of the Week: The $10 Presence XT SSD Drive

The $10 Presence XT Solid-State Drive

One of Studio One Pro’s assets is that it comes with a lot of content—well over 20 GB. But of course, you need to figure out where you’re going to put it. If you have a laptop with an SSD boot drive, every gigabyte counts and you might not want it living on your system disk. Also, although the old saying goes “you can never be too rich or too thin,” I’d add “and you can never have too fast a load time for samples.”

Like many people, I use three separate drives on my desktop: system, projects, and samples (including SoundSets and loops). With USB 3.0 flash drives coming down in price, you can put all of Studio One’s SoundSets on a 32 GB flash drive, which at my last price check was $10 (I took it a little further, and spent an extra $20 for a USB 3.0 128 GB flash drive that can spew out data wicked fast).

I deleted the default SoundSet folder, copied all my SoundSets over to the flash drive, then added the flash drive location at Studio One > Options > Locations > Soundsets (in this case, it’s H:\Sound Sets). Note that you can’t delete the default location for Sound Sets, so unless you actually delete the Sound Sets in the default location, Studio One will still see them.

USB 3.0 flash drives are super-fast for reading (and still pretty fast for writing). You’ll see the difference when Studio One scans the Sound Sets, and also, when loading instruments that take up a couple hundred megabytes. Furthermore, Sound Sets are compatible with Mac or Windows. So when I want to take my SSD-based MacBook Pro (which never seems to have quite enough space) on the road, I just pop the flash drive out of my Windows desktop, and take the Sound Sets with me. Yes, it’s literally “good to go.”


  • Cory Kamerud

    I put all my native instruments sounds on my second SSD drive

  • Cory Kamerud

    Did something similar with a 128 SSD additional hard drive. Grand pianos
    and other large files load in a flash. Big improvement. DO NOT put your
    presets on there though. Unless of course you know how to send your
    software to that location for presets and FX chains, and you will always
    have your drive with you, or your presets and/or effects chains will
    not be there when you need them.

  • Douglas Phillips

    Will a USB 3.0 external hard drive work as well?

  • Alessandro Spenga

    Hi, great tip! Can we do this also with other libraries, like Steven Slate Drums and other things like guitar cab impulses?

  • Should I look for a USB 3.0 SSD Flash Drive with the fastest Read/Write speed, or will any flash drive do the trick?

    The SanDisk SDCZ880-128G-G46 Extreme PRO boasts Read speeds of up to 420MB/s and write speeds of up to 380MB/s but is also about $50 more than most other 128 GB flash drives.

    By comparison, the SanDisk Ultra Fit 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive has read speeds up to 150MB/s, which is comparable to the 1TB G-Technology G-DRIVE mobile (a 7200 RPM USB-powered drive)

    So… shell out the extra $50 for speed or is it overkill?

  • Lawrence Jr Board

    what u mean copied your system over?

  • Dan Terpstra

    I bought an internal SSD and cheap USB cable to connect it. Copied my system over and StudioOne is BLAZING FAST in comparison! This is a good tip too!!

  • Trevor Boggs

    I’ve done this for years with Glyph FW800 drives, however it’s about time to transfer to a faster drive. So far the only developer I’ve experienced issues with in regards to the sound fonts/samples being on an additional drive is Slate. Any sample files for Trigger and SSD have to be on the local drive as the browser doesn’t allow an option to browse additional drives.

  • etowah

    Thanks Craig

  • Andy

    And go for something like the SanDisk Ultra Fit that has a low profile.

  • TheRocker

    ,,, your welcome,,, was guessing at what you meant, lol. I read “plug in extras n VSTs” as “plugin extra’s and vst’s” … Just didn’t want you to run into issues :D,,, Happy New Years !!!

  • I was speaking of the extra content with plug ins. not the actual plug in program. Thanks

  • TheRocker

    ,,, Hi,,, nope, we can’t put the vsts’s or vst(i)’s on other drives,,, they need to be in the default location on the C Drive… Sounds / Samples that are pulled from a vst(i) can be on another drive. Which is the large content anyway,,, All about saving disk space on the OS drive…

  • Donna Campbell

    I’ve been meaning to do this for a while going to look into it tomorrow thanks for reminding me.

  • In this case can we also do the same with all our plug in extras n VSTs
    ?? That would seem logical..

  • Musica la Reyna

    thanks! I believe I will. 🙂