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Studio One 5 has arrived. What’s New?

Studio One 5.0 is here, and it’s packed with major new features. As usual with Studio One upgrades and updates, we’ve added a combination of innovative new features and your most-requested features.

The Show Page

Studio One 5 introduces a powerful, fully-integrated, live performance environment capable of running complete shows from a single computer. The Show Page combines playback of backing tracks with patch management for virtual and real instrument players inside a single window. Studio One Song channel strips, mixdowns, and virtual instrument patches can be directly exported to the Show, simplifying setup. Setlist items can be rearranged and skipped on the fly. With a dedicated full-screen performance view, adaptive real-time controls and a large meter, running a show is simple and reliable, whether you’re playing with backing tracks, controlling virtual instruments, running plug-ins as a virtual effects rack, or all three at the same time.

Composition Tools

Composers and arrangers will appreciate Studio One 5’s new dedicated Score View for the Note Editor. Based on PreSonus’ Notion® music composition and notation software, the new Score View is available on its own or as a companion side-by-side view with the Piano and Drum views, allowing users to enter, view, and edit notes in standard music notation. The Score View is available per track, so you can edit note data in Score View on one track while using Piano or Drum View on other tracks. Any number of tracks can be viewed simultaneously, so you can work on just one melody line or on chords over an entire orchestral section at once. Notes can be entered manually, in real-time or step recording modes. A basic set of musical symbols is provided, and the symbols directly control playback, allowing you to add tremolos, crescendos, and more and hear it all in real time.

Native Effects Overhaul

Native Effects plug-ins have undergone a major revision, including new features and a new modern interface with separate dark and light themes.


Studio One’s Native Effects plug-in set has a well-earned reputation for exceptional sound quality, and now they’re even better. With version 5, Native Effects have undergone a major revision, adding new features and improvements for many effects, along with a new modern interface with separate dark and light themes. All dynamics effects now have sidechain inputs, and plug-ins with a filter option now have the filter added to the sidechain input as well, enabling more control over the sidechain signal and eliminating the need to add a separate filter up front. Several plug-ins with a Drive parameter now have a State Space Modeled drive stage for natural analog-sounding saturation. The Pro EQ plug-in adds major new features, including a linear-phase low-cut filter, 12th-octave spectrum display, and input and output meters with adjustable range and peak hold. Several other plug-ins have received significant enhancements for sound quality or better handling. The Studio One plug-in suite never looked or sounded this good.

Workflow Improvements


Producers will be delighted with the expanded mixer scenes in Studio One 5. Users can now capture snapshots of the entire mixer at any time and can recall snapshots in a variety of different ways, with an assortment of recall options. In addition to limiting scene recall to specific parameters, recalling a scene may be limited to selected channels only. A dedicated Listen bus is also among the improvements to the Studio One mixer, letting users monitor Solo signals through a separate output channel or tune their room using advanced calibration plug-ins while leaving their main mix unaffected.

Studio One 5 includes many more new features, such as audio Clip Gain Envelopes, which provide an additional layer of gain control applied directly on an audio clip—perfect for repairing sections of audio that are too loud or too soft without using a dynamics processor. Aux inputs now allow external audio sources to be fed directly into the mixer without requiring an associated track, so external instruments can be used like virtual instruments within Studio One. (Quantum 4848 interface owners take note: This is also great for outboard processor returns!) Version 5 also adds support for key switch articulations, chasing external timecode (MTC), MPE and MIDI Poly Pressure support, recording in 64-bit floating-point WAV format, and cross-platform support for hardware-accelerated graphics.

With version 5, Studio One Artist now has built-in support for VST and AU plug-ins, ReWire, and Studio One Remote control software for iPad and Android tablets. These features were formerly available for Studio One Artist only as separate Add-ons.

How to get it

Studio One 5 Professional is available now for a U.S. street price of $399.95; updates from Studio One 4 Professional are $149.95. Studio One 5 Artist is available now for a U.S. street price of $99.95; updates from version 4 are $49.95. For additional upgrade and crossgrade options and educational pricing, check with your PreSonus dealer or visit our online shop.

Studio One 5 Professional is also available as part of the new PreSonus Sphere. A global community of creative enthusiasts and respected professionals, PreSonus Sphere membership benefits provide access to PreSonus’ entire library of software, including Studio One Professional; award-winning Notion notation software; every Studio One and Notion Add-on; the complete collection of PreSonus-developed plug-ins; over 100 sample and loop libraries; cloud storage; collaboration tools; and much more. PreSonus Sphere membership rates are available either monthly ($14.95) or annually ($164.95).

For more information about Studio One 5, including system requirements, please visit

  • 0sx

    Did you build your computer yourself? Would be interested in a component list if so please. If not, where did you buy your computer and are you satisfied?

  • Thanks for the insights—Here’s the official forum for feature requests that is read by the Studio One development team:

  • Riconoscere Stupido

    4.6.2 to 5.0.1 feels to me as if nothing had changed……
    i dont need anything of all these new things…

    What i expected >>

    >BROWSER UNDOCK (to left right screen for example..)
    >BROWSER FONT size variable…..
    >Always Center Midi-Sample Data and max out left – right view
    >3rd Party MIDI VST like Chorder, Scaler 2 as chain in one Track with a VSTi
    >Note Lenght in Pattern editor.. i couldnt find how this works…
    >Shot Arranger Patterns by KEYPRESS or PAD PRESS for live performance…
    >Default MIXER Channels with always EQ,CMP, LMTR for example

  • Ron Zabrocki

    Upgraded from a rock solid 4.6. 5 is klunky, jittery, slow, unstable. The same projects made in 4.6 with many tracks (40/50) and a dozen plugins barely work in 5. New projects in 5 with 16 tracks and one or 2 plugins start buzzing and drop out. Editing becomes slow and jumpy.
    And I am not alone. Happy I still have 4.6.
    Running Win10, 16 core, 128 gig ram, 64 bit. Presonus 192 command center.

  • Noiva Mars

    To answer your question, there is no normal upgrade to S1 5 but there is an option to cross grade, meaning that whatever version you have of S1 3/4 you can get that same version of S1 5 without paying full price. Since you have Pro it would be $150 for you, but I have Artist so it would only be $50 for me

  • Two Cents

    Does this “July updates” mean a new update to version 5 or just the original released version of studio 5?

  • Donnie Smith

    Are the TRS effects in studio 5 demos? Mine make noise periodically

  • Eli Maagic

    Not to sound like a peepee head, but.
    will y’all still be updating Studio One 4, for us who can’t afford S1 5+, yet?
    (I got S1 4, Pro, hoping it’d help/be a game changer in speed/workflow for me, but I haven’t been able to use it as much as I wish I could’ve, before S1 5 came out)

  • tvc15

    Looking forward to getting a useful video track in Studio One 8 in a few years. Thanks.