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Studio One 5.3 has arrived

The best DAW just got better. Again.

Studio One 5.3 adds new features, enhancement, and powerful workflow improvements to Studio One 5. This is a free update for Studio One 5 users and PreSonus Sphere members.

 

1. Sound Variation improvements for composers

Musical Symbols and Dynamics Processing are now integrated with Sound Variations

Both Musical Symbols and Dynamics Processing have been added to the Sound Variations editor. The integration of Musical Symbols allows composers to add symbols to their scores in a manner already familiar to them—and virtual instruments will respond with the appropriate performance articulations. Dynamics symbols are tied to MIDI Velocity, with customizable values. 

Musical Symbols also now receive their own Lane in the Note Editor—any changes made in Score View will be reflected in Piano View, and vice-versa. The Lane is divided into note-based Articulations—such as Staccato, Accent, or Portamento; and range-based Directions like Pizzicato, Vibrato, or Col Legno. Musical Symbols are now displayed directly on Note Events, and there’s even a Variations Global Track view atop the Piano View.

Musical Symbols can be mapped by hand, or Auto-Assigned based on the Sound Variation names of the currently-loaded instrument. And perhaps best of all, orchestral libraries from our friends at Vienna Symphonic Library, UJAM, and EastWest have already done the Sound Variations mapping of their robust libraries for you—a major time-saver!

MIDI channel support for Sound Variations and improved selection

Studio One 5.3 has extended the output mapping of Sound Variations to include MIDI channel information as part of an activation sequence. MIDI channel mapping can be used alone or in combination with other activation messages like keyswitches, controllers, or velocity—deepening Sound Variations’ usability with Kontakt instruments. 

Sound Variations are faster and easier than ever to search and apply thanks to a quick right-click menu of recently-used Variations—for quick re-application—and a one-click “apply” button to place the currently-active Sound Variation at the cursor point.

Learn more about Sound Variations and Musical Symbols here.

2. Show Page improvements

Drag ‘n’ drop more things to create Patches on the fly

Drag ‘n’ drop now works in the Show Page for virtual instrument Presets—drag a Preset from the Browser to a Player and it will create a new instance of the associated Instrument and create a new Patch. The same works with dragging Ampire to a Real Instrument or Backing Track Player—it even works with complex FX chains.

Seamless patch changes

When playing virtual instruments live, seamlessly switching between different sounds is a must! Virtual Instrument Player Patch  changes are now gapless during a performance, so long notes held across patch changes will not be cut off while the new instrument is activated. Try it!

Learn more about Show Page Improvements here.

3. Format conversion and backup options

Zip and upload to PreSonus Sphere

In 5.3, you can now save any Document (Song, Show, or Project) to a .ZIP file, with the options to convert all media to .FLAC and/or exclude any unused media—keeping your file sizes down. And with one extra click, Studio One will upload your .ZIP to PreSonus Sphere Workspace for safekeeping or collaboration. Of course, you and your collaborators can download them again straight from the Cloud tab of Studio One’s Browser—you don’t have to leave Studio One and mess about with your computer’s file explorer or Internet browser. And Studio One can also open any Zip it makes.

You’ve also got new options to quickly export .AAF, Capture Sessions, MIDI Files or Open TL via the “Convert To…” option in the File menu.

Learn more about Archive and Backup improvements here.

4. New creative applications of The Chord Track

Rapid chord progression prototyping via D’n’D

With a single drag ‘n’ drop (of course), you can now drag a Chord Event from the Chord Track into an Instrument Track to render a simple Note Event chord to play with—great for auditioning and prototyping new arrangements.

You can even drag an Audio Event directly to an Instrument Track to render your chords as a Note Event, if the chords had been detected before.

Learn more about Chord Track updates here.

 

5. MPE support for VST3 instruments

5.3 adds MPE support for VST3 instruments using Note Controllers in Studio One. This allows MPE compatible VST3 instruments to work with Studio One and compatible hardware controllers. Great for users of those instruments which automatically hide their VST2 counterpart when a VST3 version is installed.

Learn more about MPE support here.

 

Full Studio One 5.3 video playlist:

Check out the “What’s new in Studio One 5.3” playlist!

 

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  • Виталий Солнцев

    I’m dreaming about that

  • Hey Presonus, I’d like to see S1 with better video support in terms of visualization of video track on arrangement – is a must.
    I’d like to see the panning reflecting on the meters in the mixer (post-pan)

  • Agreed

  • Harmony Blackwell

    Hey PreSonus Family, Please add the sync mode to each song individually in the Show Page. I need to be able to turn the sync mode off and on during live performances. Also, please add it to the Performance Page so I can see that I mode I’m in. Thanks!!!

  • The Heat Avinash

    agreed …

  • the dave

    How do you upgrade from 5 and whats th cost? Thx

  • KMacAttack

    Presonus, You have added alot of composer friendly features but your video side of this is soooo far behind. Why go through all of these composer updates but leave video behind? Alot of us Film Composers would love this.

  • Matt Hepworth

    Yes! Project page STILL without automation is so odd! it’s the only thing missing that would make it a full mastering solution!

  • Space Time

    note fx will be a great feature for editing incoming midi data, current number of included options is not enough

  • Guilherme H. Kohn G. Anti

    Please Presonus… Add support for third party vst as Note FX, allowing every plugin that sends out midi be able to do it. We’ve been asking too long for this

  • Common Ground

    Thanks PreSonus for continuing to upgrade Studio One! Anxious to see upgrades to the Project page for Mastering, starting with automation. Maybe 5.4??? 🙏