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Pro EQ2: More than Just a Facelift

Yes, Studio One 5’s Pro EQ2 has a more “pro” look…but there are also some major improvements under the hood, so let’s investigate.

Linear-Phase Low-Cut Filter

This is arguably the most significant change, and appears as an eighth filter stage just below the left of the frequency response display (Fig. 1).

Figure 1: The phase-linear Low-Cut filter section offers three cutoff frequencies and two different slopes.

There’s much mythology around linear-phase EQ, so here are the basics. Traditional EQ introduces phase shifts when you boost or cut. With multiple EQ stages, these phase differences can produce subtle cancellations or reinforcements at particular frequencies. This may or may not create a sometimes subtle, sometimes obvious effect called “smearing.” However, it’s important to note that these phase shifts also give particular EQs their “character” and therefore, can be desirable.

Linear-phase EQ technology delays the signal where appropriate so that all bands are in phase with each other. This tends to give a more “transparent” sound. You might wonder why there’s only one linear-phase stage, with a low-cut response, but there’s a good reason for this. Many engineers like to remove unneeded low frequencies for utilitarian purposes (e.g., remove p-pops or handling noise from vocals), or for artistic reasons, like reducing lows on an amp sim cab to emulate more of an open-back cab sound. Standard EQ introduces phase changes above the cutoff frequency; with linear-phase EQ, there are no phase issues. This can be particularly important with doubled audio sources, where you don’t want phase differences between them due to slightly different EQ settings.

The Pro EQ2 is very efficient, but note that enabling linear-phase EQ requires far more CPU power, and adds considerable latency—it’s not something you’ll want to add to every track. Fortunately, in many cases, it’s a setting that you apply and don’t think about anymore. This makes it a good candidate for “Transform to Rendered Audio” so you can reclaim that CPU power, and then use conventional EQ going forward.

By the way, an argument against linear-phase EQ is that it can create pre-ringing, which adds a low-level, “swooshing” artifact before audio transients. Fortunately, it’s a non-issue here, because pre-ringing is audible only at low frequencies, with high gain and Q settings. (Note that traditional EQ can add post-ringing, although you usually won’t hear it because the audio masks it.)

Level Range Options

I’ve wanted this feature for a long time. Some EQ changes are extremely subtle, particularly when mastering. With range set to 24 dB, it’s difficult to drag nodes around precisely. What’s more, when making fine gain changes, with the 24 dB view it’s easy to move slightly to the right or left, and end up editing frequency instead. Holding Shift provides fine-tuning, but for fast EQ adjustments, the 6 dB view is welcome (Fig. 2).

Figure 2: It’s much easier to see subtle EQ changes by setting the level range to 6 dB.

Granted, you adjust EQ with your ears, not your eyes—but learning how to correlate sound to frequency is important. I knew one guitar player who when he said something like “that track really needs to come down about 2.5 dB at 1.25 kHz,” he was 100% spot-on. When mixing, he could zero in on EQ settings really fast.

And there’s another implication. Those learning how to use EQ often overcompensate, so at seminars, I advise applying what I call “the rule of half”: if you think a sound needs 6 dB of boost, try 3 dB of boost instead and get acclimated to it before adding more boost. If you choose the 6 dB view, you’ll be forced to use smaller boost and cuts in order to adjust or see them graphically—and you might find those smaller changes are all you need.

12th Octave Frequency Response Display

The Third-Octave Display is good eye candy, and gives a rough idea of how EQ affects the sound. The new 12th-Octave resolution option gives far better definition. In Fig. 3, note how many of the peaks and dips visible in the 12th-Octave display are averaged out, and lost, in the Third-Octave version.

 

Figure 3: The 12th-Octave display in the lower view gives far greater detail and resolution.

 

Workflow Improvements

In addition to the more “marquee” improvements, several other additions make working with Pro EQ2 a better experience than the original Pro EQ.

Keyboard Display. Now you can correlate frequency to note pitches; note that these line up with the bars in the 12th-octave display.

Band Controls. In Studio One 4, there was a little, almost invisible arrow between the controls and the frequency response display. Clicking on this hid the controls. The Band Controls button does the same thing, and you won’t overlook it.

Curves Button. Similarly, Studio One 4’s All/Current buttons that control how curves are displayed have been consolidated into a single Curves button.

Sidechaining. We already covered Pro EQ sidechaining in the blog post The Sidechained Spectrum. However, when choosing the FFT curve, now there’s a sidechain spectrum peak hold button for the sidechain input. Clicking on the “snowflake” button freezes peaks (hence the name) until you click the button again.

Better Metering. Studio One 4’s Pro EQ had only output metering, whereas Pro EQ2 has metering for both input and output. This is a highly useful addition. If the output is too hot, you can always turn down the output level, but you won’t know if the reason why it’s hot is because you’ve boosted some frequencies too much, or the input level is hitting the EQ too hard. Now you’ll know. As with Studio One 4, the metering shows both peak and average levels.

And that’s a wrap for Pro EQ2. I guess you could say the newer version is ahead of the curve…the EQ curve, that is 😊

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  • Bill

    All plugs from TDR are really quite nice.

  • Fixed, sorry about that!!

  • Fixed, sorry about that!

  • L’osservatore

    Ok cool, I just download and install NOVA. Thanks a lot for mentioning this EQ. Never heard of it. trying it asap.

  • If people not familiar with dynamic EQ want to experiment with the process, NOVA by Tokyo Dawn Records is free. But there’s nothing I know of like Surfer, which places more emphasis on pitch than amplitude. Surfer EQ is cool, but at $199, I don’t think you’ll see anything like that included in a DAW that sells for $399.

  • Thank you very much for the follow-up, I understand where you’re coming from much better now. I’m sure PreSonus will ultimately find your feedback helpful, no company wants to upset their customers. Doctors need to have a good “bedside manner,” and so do software companies.

    Based on past history, there will likely be a flurry of point updates dealing with various issues. Hopefully these will resolve your issues. I will say I do appreciate that PreSonus doesn’t overwrite old versions so you can run them side-by-side. I still have V4 installed just in case, but fortunately, haven’t needed to revert.

  • Leo

    @craiganderton:disqus Great post my man, reading all these comments and being a techy that goes around to different studios fixing all sorts of issues..there is always a common culprit “cracked vst’s and plugins…especially waves or uad plugins. I tell my clients to buy the software and their issues stop.

  • Blue

    Craig, I have no intention whatsoever in arguing with you my friend, and I am ending this now. As I said, I had a spontaneous reaction and I answered to a specific person. I understand what you are saying, but please allow me to put things to perspective for you, and everybody else for the last time. This is NOT about being unhappy customer. If I was unhappy with this DAW I would simply not use it. I am unhappy with Presonus’s APPROACH, towards serious professional users, not their DAW, their DAW is a result of that. You think that I didn’t contacted them with all of this? I opened up a ticket with all of this, I even offered to collaborate with them, to make it better, with honest professional opinions and recommendations. You know what their answer was? We are not interested, stay happy making music!! This is not about being unhappy with a feature. First of all I did not interfere with your article in any way, your article is clear, and anyone can read it, with no problems, no one forces anybody to scroll down here, and read this. This was just a simple comment, I did not come here to complain, as a choice of doing so. I complained directly to them. Not that it made any difference, or I felt any interest whatsoever. Obviously unhappy professionals are bad for their health. But please for the last time allow me to put thinks to perspective, so you understand my spontaneous reaction.

    I produce, record, arrange, orchestrate, mix and master 40-50 songs every single year for the last 20 years, and I mean literally. I work with this DAW 14 to 16 hours every single day, I have a studio at my house and a professional recording studio, I used Cubase, Pro Tools and Logic for years, I know this DAWs inside out, a DAW to me is my right arm, a DAW to me is the way I make my living, I feed my kids out of DAWs, I wouldn’t be able to do what I Do without them. Plain and simple. I made a decision few years ago for reasons there is not point of discussing, to switch to SO3. So right now, lets say, I trusted and invested on Presonus to run my business. You see this is not about being unhappy with a release, this is about not being able to sleep the last few days, as to what I am going to do. Cause this is not the right approach to me by a serious company, that I can base my business. My engineer right now at my studio, has recorded over 6 album in the past few month, we cant just change DAWs as I am sure you understand. So here is the thing. we had the same trouble switching to Ver 4 when it came out. That’s why I am talking about their approach. Of course you can tell me, stay with 4.6 that works, and that’s fine, but obviously you don’t understand, for example to me the copy paste feature which I ve been screaming about for ages is a life saver, of course I am going to rush to update, if I can work a lot faster, and get thing done quicker, I updated straight away, without even thinking about it. And that’s where the frustration came. It blew my mind that the company that I trust to run my business, actually told me that I should first test the update that I was waiting for 1 year, cause we all just want things to get better, and improve, so we can make our 16 hours every single day, easier. And so what they offer me? A perfectly working without glitches ver 4.6 got updated to an unusable ver5. Honestly for the life of me I do not understand how things can work for you, and i am really happy that they do. But obviously you have a different approach, I don’t know what type of songs you produce, but I tested this on all my systems, win 10, and mac, on o mac book pro, its the same everywhere, I can’t just say its my system, and for some miraculous reason it doesn’t work for me. Are you telling me that your version of SO doesn’t take 3 and a half weeks to save a project or you are telling me that you don’t have a problem with that? It is impossible to work man. I had autosave on, every one minute, I never even noticed it, and right now it take like 15 seconds on a normal project with a couple of VSTi’s. That is UNEXCEPTABLE. And what is even more disturbing is that its previous version worked fine. Are you telling me that this issues occur to me only? Cause I see people fumming everywhere about this. It completely messes your work flow. And they tell me I should test it first? Who the hell told them I have the time to test, my clients are screaming at me to get things done, I need to work, I don’t have the time to write in blogs, forums or complain, I don’t even want to, I don’t care, CAN YOU DELIVER WHATS NEEDED FOR ME TO WORK OR NOT? Plain and simple. Cause right now on 4 different set ups, and machines this DAW is rubbish. As far as stability. Not as A DAW, I wouldn’t use it otherwise. That’s why I talk about their approach and their way of thinking, do they even understand whats at stake here? Or they just offer their DAW to bedroom users who just have 10 plugins and 2 VSTi, and of course it will work faster for them, with not so many conflicts. I can not understand how all of this, plain and simple, BAD PROGRAMMING, has not gotten in your way. I can not comprehend this. Yesterday the software crashed on me 3 times in 5 minutes when I tried to add a simple audio track. Are you trying to tell me that this is just me and my set up? And if so, why did I never had problems with 4.6. I know, I know, stay with ver 4.6 then you will say. But that was exactly why I got frustrated, not about the features. By their “stay to ver 4.6 approach”. Here we have a company that after more than a year releases an update and says to their customers to stay with previous versions. I just can not comprehend that, I am sorry. And all I did was just talk about it. I do not think it will make a difference talking on forums about it, this is just they way they are, I have experienced it more than once, on hardware too. Simply I just don’t have the time for all of this.

    Closing this, you know what got me really mad? Somewhere around the world there is a kid, who has a dream of making music, and he saves every penny to buy a DAW and a laptop to make music. And he goes to this company and fancies this DAW called SO5. he spends he’s 400€, which to him is A LOT of money. You give this kid a phone call and tell him that he should read the release note first for what he purchased, and that .0 versions always need fixing. Good luck with that. What I know though, is that, anywhere, whatever you want to purchase in life, whether its software, or a simple bicycle, you should get what you paid for. Plain and simple. When you say I sell a DIGITAL AUDIO WORKSTATION for producing and recording, it should do exactly that. If you can not deliver it, It’s out of order to sell it.
    And that is my complain, their approach, not the daw, neither I am interested to making recommendations on forums. I just expressed my thoughts randomly and spontaneously with no specific intention. Thank you for your time, good day to you.

  • Blue

    Craig, I have no intention whatsoever in arguing with you my friend, and I am ending this now. As I said, I had a spontaneous reaction and I answered to a specific person. I understand what you are saying, but please allow me to put things to perspective for you, and everybody else for the last time. This is NOT about being unhappy customer. If I was unhappy with this DAW I would simply not use it. I am unhappy with Presonus’s APPROACH, towards serious professional users, not their DAW, their DAW is a result of that. You think that I didn’t contacted them with all of this? I opened up a ticket with all of this, I even offered to collaborate with them, to make it better, with honest professional opinions and recommendations. You know what their answer was? We are not interested, stay happy making music!! This is not about being unhappy with a feature. First of all I did not interfere with your article in any way, your article is clear, and anyone can read it, with no problems, no one forces anybody to scroll down here, and read this. This was just a simple comment, I did not come here to complain, as a choice of doing so. I complained directly to them. Not that it made any difference, or I felt any interest whatsoever. Obviously unhappy professionals are bad for their health. But please for the last time allow me to put thinks to perspective, so you understand my spontaneous reaction.

    I produce, record, arrange, orchestrate, mix and master 40-50 songs every single year for the last 20 years, and I mean literally. I work with this DAW 14 to 16 hours every single day, I have a studio at my house and a professional recording studio, I used Cubase, Pro Tools and Logic for years, I know this DAWs inside out, a DAW to me is my right arm, a DAW to me is the way I make my living, I feed my kids out of DAWs, I wouldn’t be able to do what I Do without them. Plain and simple. I made a decision few years ago for reasons there is not point of discussing, to switch to SO3. So right now, lets say, I trusted and invested on Presonus to run my business. You see this is not about being unhappy with a release, this is about not being able to sleep the last few days, as to what I am going to do. Cause this is not the right approach to me by a serious company, that I can base my business. My engineer right now at my studio, has recorded over 6 album in the past few month, we cant just change DAWs as I am sure you understand. So here is the thing. we had the same trouble switching to Ver 4 when it came out. That’s why I am talking about their approach. Of course you can tell me, stay with 4.6 that works, and that’s fine, but obviously you don’t understand, for example to me the copy paste feature which I ve been screaming about for ages is a life saver, of course I am going to rush to update, if I can work a lot faster, and get thing done quicker, I updated straight away, without even thinking about it. And that’s where the frustration came. It blew my mind that the company that I trust to run my business, actually told me that I should first test the update that I was waiting for 1 year, cause we all just want things to get better, and improve, so we can make our 16 hours every single day, easier. And so what they offer me? A perfectly working without glitches ver 4.6 got updated to an unusable ver5. Honestly for the life of me I do not understand how things can work for you, and i am really happy that they do. But obviously you have a different approach, I don’t know what type of songs you produce, but I tested this on all my systems, win 10, and mac, on o mac book pro, its the same everywhere, I can’t just say its my system, and for some miraculous reason it doesn’t work for me. Are you telling me that your version of SO doesn’t take 3 and a half weeks to save a project or you are telling me that you don’t have a problem with that? It is impossible to work man. I had autosave on, every one minute, I never even noticed it, and right now it take like 15 seconds on a normal project with a couple of VSTi’s. That is UNEXCEPTABLE. And what is even more disturbing is that its previous version worked fine. Are you telling me that this issues occur to me only? Cause I see people fumming everywhere about this. It completely messes your work flow. And they tell me I should test it first? Who the hell told them I have the time to test, my clients are screaming at me to get things done, I need to work, I don’t have the time to write in blogs, forums or complain, I don’t even want to, I don’t care, CAN YOU DELIVER WHATS NEEDED FOR ME TO WORK OR NOT? Plain and simple. Cause right now on 4 different set ups, and machines this DAW is rubbish. As far as stability. Not as A DAW, I wouldn’t use it otherwise. That’s why I talk about their approach and their way of thinking, do they even understand whats at stake here? Or they just offer their DAW to bedroom users who just have 10 plugins and 2 VSTi, and of course it will work faster for them, with not so many conflicts. I can not understand how all of this, plain and simple, BAD PROGRAMMING, has not gotten in your way. I can not comprehend this. Yesterday the software crashed on me 3 times in 5 minutes when I tried to add a simple audio track. Are you trying to tell me that this is just me and my set up? And if so, why did I never had problems with 4.6. I know, I know, stay with ver 4.6 then you will say. But that was exactly why I got frustrated, not about the features. By their “stay to ver 4.6 approach”. Here we have a company that after more than a year releases an update and says to their customers to stay with previous versions. I just can not comprehend that, I am sorry. And all I did was just talk about it. I do not think it will make a difference talking on forums about it, this is just they way they are, I have experienced it more than once, on hardware too. Simply I just don’t have the time for all of this.

    Closing this, you know what got me really mad? Somewhere around the world there is a kid, who has a dream of making music, and he saves every penny to buy a DAW and a laptop to make music. And he goes to this company and fancies this DAW called SO5. he spends he’s 400€, which to him is A LOT of money. You give this kid a phone call and tell him that he should read the release note first for what he purchased, and that .0 versions always need fixing. Good luck with that. What I know though, is that, anywhere, whatever you want to purchase in life, whether its software, or a simple bicycle, you should get what you paid for. Plain and simple. When you say I sell a DIGITAL AUDIO WORKSTATION for producing and recording, it should do exactly that. If you can not deliver it, It’s out of order to sell it.
    And that is my complain, their approach, not the daw, neither I am interested to making recommendations on forums. I just expressed my thoughts randomly and spontaneously with no specific intention. Thank you for your time, good day to you.

  • TheEmigrant

    Honestly in 2020 i expected Presonus to add an EQ like DEQ6 into Studio One… instead we got a replacement for an already good EQ.

    The “dynamic EQ functionality” is the key to fast and awesome results on almost any Material. Its 2 in one which leads to much faster and even better Mixing results.

    If you leave it off the EQ itself is still worth it.

    And again, if you play Guitar and other melodic instruments try “surfer-EQ 2” and set it to Live for zero Latency. You will be surprised how great this plugin follows your playing and keeps your sound full and round all the time once set on your preferred frequencies. no more Bass holes for example.. i think they offer a Demo.

    Your fault if you don’t ever give it a try.
    you dont want to miss it anymore.

  • Craig Anderton

    In reference to my comments to Blue above about what people want from the Friday tip, this is what I mean…you’re recommending an EQ with dynamic EQ functionality, and with which you have experience. Since Studio One doesn’t include a dynamic EQ, you’re giving a helpful tip to users who are looking for a dynamic EQ that’s reasonably priced.

  • Craig Anderton

    “What exactly do you mean by regularly”

    I’ve completed two audio for video soundtrack/narration projects, mixed two songs, am mastering an album from an LA singer/songwriter, done music tracks to demo a different software company’s plug-ins, and beta-tested another company’s plug-in in V5. Of course, that doesn’t mean I’ve worked with all the new features in V5. However I certainly haven’t had crashing and such or I would have gone back to V4. If the assignments don’t get done on time, clients are unhappy.

    I totally understand you’re not happy. That’s fine. I was unhappy that the Autofilters and Analog Delay messed up a mix which I had started in V4 and spent hours tweaking, until I remembered the release notes…so I checked the control settings and fixed the issues by altering the drive settings. My main point isn’t that you shouldn’t complain, I’m just saying that these Friday Tips are a bad place to vent for two reasons: 1) That’s not what other people come here for or expect, and 2) if you want your complaints to actually make a difference, the people who design the software and pay attention to what users are saying monitor the forums, not the Friday Tips.

    I appreciate that you’re frustrated. I’m not here to argue, I don’t doubt you’ve experienced what you’ve experienced, but I also know what I’ve experienced. My concern is that venting here will not put you any closer to solving your issues. If you want results, I recommend you start a forum thread that defines the problems you’ve encountered, and ask for corroborative comments. This is also what causes companies to prioritize. If a hundred people say keyswitches suck and two people don’t like the way 16th note triplets are displayed, I can pretty much guess what will be fixed in the next point update.

  • Boris_Plaf

    i agree with a lot of what you said. especially the keyswitches thing.

  • Blue

    You have completely missed the whole point, but never mind. You probably have a reason. What exactly do you mean by regularly, I do not understand, its only been out for couple of weeks. I got in here through sphere, at the top of my screen it says PreSonus BLOG, I talk about a presonus product I think. You can go to the forum, and presonus question pages, and you will see how many people use it with no problems. I answered specifically to someone, who seems not satisfied too, I did not just make complains on a random site. And people who need information have all the right in the world to know what other users who use the software, experience in reality. Thank you.Honestly insisting that I should read the release notes to open a song, and have to back everything up, and test, so I can open up a project from version 4.5 to 5, is just mind blowing. Let others read, and decide for themselves, it is their right to do so, and EVERYONE should respect that.

  • The 2nd paragraph in the release notes says you can run 4 and 5 simultaneously, and the 3rd paragraph says v5 includes several changes to audio processing features in the Native Effects plug-in suite, and highly recommends you retain copies of your earlier sessions so you can revert if needed. So that’s what I did, but so far, it hasn’t been a big deal to just tweak the affected effects settings. For example, I had drive up full on two Autofilter plug-ins, and a song that used two of them sounded horrible when I opened it. When I pulled back on the drive in the new effects, the song actually sounded better than the v4 version. Same with delay. Why not finish your Studio 4 projects in Studio 4, and remember that a .0 release is always going to need fixes, which knowing PreSonus, will be forthcoming.

    I would also suggest that the place to vent is the forums, not a place dedicated to tips about getting the most out of Studio One 5. I’m sure I’m not the only one using V5 regularly without problems, and those users come here for information to help them with their music. Nor are the people here able to file your bug reports or confirm problems. The forums are a much better venue, because then you can find out if other people are having similar problems. They may even have found workarounds for some of them.

    Finally, I recommend reading release notes and system specs before committing to any new software.

  • Blue

    Ohhh!!! I forgot. ( sorry I can’t hold it, really ) , but of course, they added Keyswitches!!!! What a great feature!! Who the hell thought of adding key switches that are continuous, you can not just activate one, any time you want. Where did they see VSTis work like that? I tried it with EZ BASS it is Impossible to work, the only way it is to find a Not Used Key, and have a continuous, MIDI DATA sent there, for some reason that only they understand, no one else that I spoke to, ever understood why they did it this way. Keyswitches are SUPPOSED to be activated any time YOU WANT. Even a 4 year old can think that. Why on earth will you want to have continuous midi data been sent in a vst? And even if you want it you should just drag the line as long as you wanted, right? So simple. Even most Native Instruments Libraries work this way.You press a keyswitch when you want to change an articulation and that’s it. You don’t hold the keyswitch for the entire song do you? But thats exactly my point, I can not comprehend what exactly they try to do, the only think I always think to my self, is that this people are never sat on a recording studio, and never orchestrated a production in their life. There is not another conclusion for me. I just don’t get it.

  • Blue

    This is by far the worst ever update, that a company ever released. I could write for hours about this.I own studio one, and I enrolled in to Sphere, just to support these guys, but this is becoming a joke, really. I am amazed that serious people, keep tryin to tell everybody about the “great features”. This is by far the most unstable release, it is impossible to work, the daw hangs all the time, it glitches like mad, even loading a simple VSTi, I tried numerous settings with no luck. They will try to tell you that it is your computers fault. I tried this on a Win 10 64 system, and on a Mac with Catalina, its exactly the same, and a colleague of mine had similar issues. But what really dropped my jaws, was that loading a song with Presonus plugs, specially delays, completely messed up the song, it can not recall the same settings, I tried on all machines, and it is the same. I did a very stupid thing and saved mixes with ver 5 and by time I realized this it was too late. I got to their support, only for them to tell me that it was written to the release note, and I should test this. LISTEN TO THIS!! A serious, supposedly company, tells you to enroll on a monthly basis, to download their daw, and then YOU SHOULD FIRST TEST IT. These guys didn’t even manage to test if their daw loads up properly previous mixes. They mest up half of my Macros, and this is not the first time, they keep changing names on menus, half of them wont even work. Hell, I even tried this guys Macro for transient detection and correction, and it never worked, it always quantizes all over the place, and I tried it at least on 20 loops, gtrs etc. Not even a single time, unless I do something wrong, which I cant figure out, but even with the Tab button, the transients are not always detected correctly. They advertise the Copy Paste finally, ( we are in the year 2020, if they are not aware of it ) on the mixer, but again they messed it up, the macro buttons are not copied over, for me who sets up everything and I use the Macro buttons when I record, it is useless, needless to say that it is STILL IMPOSSIBLE to completely save a channel strip on the mixer with volume settings, automation etc, which really should be their first line, in their program code, this is why we turned to daws in the first place. And then there was the icing on the cake, my faderort 16 completely reset it self, I spent weeks setting plugins the way I want, it didn’t even crossed my mind that it would do something like that, but it did.Well, as I said, I could write for a week honestly, I had huge hopes of this daw, ever since I used ver 3, but I am just about fed up, with the way this is going. It took them 2,5 years to add banks on the plugin menu. on faderport. Something isn’t right, I am really sorry for the negativity, but I am doomed, I have about 40 songs, orchestrations, productions etc right now, and I am stuck. Honestly today it crashed so many times, that i got depressed. Can you think of another company having this approach towards their customers? Have you ever heard Waves, Izotope, Plugin Alliance, Uad, Avid or whoever I don’t know, to say to their customers, to check their plugins if they load properly and they work? I quit Cubase, for half of this problems, and for way less, never paid for pro tools. but honestly right now, I lost my trust. I can not risk 2 studios and I home studio, to this joke. Because it is. Again I apologize for the negativity, trust me I didn’t even write half of what I wanted. But I cant think what professional studio owner uses this daw right now and he is not feeling the same, unless by some magic, this only happens to me. Never mind. Good old cubase days. And trust me, if I judge by the way their staff answers their support tickets, I don’t think there is much they can do about what people write in the forum. I am not saying their arrogant, I have not reason to believe that they don’t want to give their absolute best, but something is seriously wrong here, as a professional, I would never accept something like that if I run the company, but thats me. Lets wait for 3000 years again to get to ver 5.4 so we can work without swearing all day, and praying to God. Heck you never know, maybe by the year 2045 we will even have a proper colour palette, which of course its so difficult to programm. Cheers.

  • TheEmigrant

    Try TBproAudio-DEQ6 if you want an all around talent EQ.

    It’s not even expensive. $59 only for this Masterpiece.

    Saves a lot of time to use this EQ over anything else….

    And for Bass and Melody Tracks use Surfer-EQ which adapts the EQ settings to the notes played which gives you a perfect round clear sound without ever losing frequencies…

    This Studio One EQ is only good for quick hi-pass low-pass or maybe some automations on hi-low pass, as EQ in my favorites…..

  • Craig Anderton

    Keep watching this space to find out how to use what’s in V5. For example, most people probably won’t recognize the value of the Tape Resample function that I covered last week, until they use it on background vocals and acoustic instruments for timbral and formant shifts. Next week I’ll discuss how to use the Listen Bus for a Dim Solo function (makes comping/editing so much easier), and after that, how to choose which of the three envelope options is most appropriate to save editing time. I’ll also be covering MPE and Poly Aftertouch, which are significant MIDI improvements for those of us who want to use more expressive controllers. These may not be stunning “technical” additions, but they all serve to improve what I can do artistically, which is my main priority. That said, if you have other priorities that V5 doesn’t handle, then don’t upgrade. I’m sure for many people, just having a staff view is reason enough.

  • TheEmigrant

    No reason to update from 4.6 to 5.0 to me ……

    I have plenty of better EQ´s than this EQ-2, like TBproAudio-DEQ6 with MB-Compression, Surfer EQ or FAB for example…

    The Studio One users expected things like > “VST- in Track chaining”, better “MIDI editing”, “a scaleable global GUI setting”, Patterns =to> Key’s for live performances… for V5 and got a lot of useless functions… The Presonus forum is filled with unhappy clients….

    I wouldn’t even recognize if I had version 5 installed instead of 4.6 while working……

  • Claudio F
  • Jules

    Bro…. i thought i was losing it…glad i’m not the only!!

  • Yes, there’s a lot of mythology around pre-ringing. It can be very distinct under some conditions and not at all under others, so you just have to judge whether it’s a problem or not on a case-by-case basis.

  • I’m sure they’ll fix it next week but meanwhile, here’s the image.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/74674a0448ac8269819768f74dd1c1fe1ced5e0baaca9e4d6ef2af0a268159af.png

  • Claudio F

    Thanks, man
    I would like to tell you that Fig 3 is missed.
    Continue with these excellent articles, they are very usefull to all S1 users.

  • elias zerano

    Fig. 3 is missing

  • Kozmyk

    I like the review and appreciate you fielding the pre-ringing issue.