Ready to get started recording guitar? Well, for less than the cost of that ill-advised vintage true-analog quadra-flange pedal you bought a couple months ago, you can get an AudioBox iOne and Studio One 3 Artist. It’s everything you need to record guitar at home. (Everything except a computer or iPad, that is—that’s on you.)
That’s right, I said iPad—meaning after a quick install of Capture for iPad, you can record your guitar tracks the AudioBox iOne to your AppleSlab, and then beam the recordings over your wi-fi network to your main computer (where you’ve installed Studio One, RIGHT?!) to tweak, sculpt, and mix your tracks.
Oh, and here’s a great review of the iOne from Guitar Interactive Magazine:
In this new blog series, we like to share some behind-the-scenes information with you about the development of Studio One 3 – as time permits. Let’s start with the new graphics engine because there seems to be some confusion about what “High DPI Mode” really means.
In general, Studio One and most of the PreSonus software applications such as Capture and UC Surface are based on our own proprietary application framework called CCL. It provides a nice abstraction layer on top of the APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) provided by Windows, OS X, and iOS allowing the majority of the code to cross-compile between platforms. The core part of it additionally expands into the firmware of our AI mixers and speakers which enables us to provide hybrid native/DSP solutions like the Fat Channel – but that’s a different story.
The GUI of Studio One is made from thousands of small pieces. Some of them are standard UI elements like buttons and knobs, tons of little icons, your musical data in the arrangement and editors, plug-in windows, and last but not least quite a lot of text. To make it look nice on today’s high-resolution 4K/5K/Retina displays an application has to be able to render the GUI at different scaling factors.
So, what does it mean? Let’s compare two monitors with the same physical dimensions but different pixel density, a standard 24” monitor with 1920 x 1080 pixels HD resolution and a 24” 4K monitor with 3840 x 2160 pixels UHD resolution: To make an UI element appear at the same size visually, the application has to render at 100% scaling on the HD monitor, and at 200% scaling on the UHD monitor. Makes sense? Technically, the common definition is that 96 DPI (dots per inch) equals 100% scaling, and thus 192 DPI equals 200% scaling. Depending on the size of the monitor and the viewing distance, intermediate scaling factors like 125% and 150% might fit as well.
On Windows, the DPI scaling value can be changed in your system settings: go to Control Panel – Appearance and Personalization – Display. With “High DPI Mode” enabled in Studio One, we follow this setting and render the GUI optimized for the scaling factor of your display. In a multi-monitor configuration with different DPI settings per monitor, you’ll notice the difference when you move windows between screens. With “High DPI Mode” turned off in Studio One, the operating system scales the application and you’ll notice the fuzziness caused by pixel interpolation.
On OS X, a similar mode is always enabled to support devices like Retina MacBooks and the 5K Retina iMac. Why did we make it optional on Windows? Because as soon as an application declares itself “DPI-aware” to the system, the automatic scaling provided by the DWM (Desktop Window Manager) is turned off and this affects third party plug-ins in a way that they appear smaller on screen than the Studio One stock plug-ins. That said, contrary to OS X where the scaling-magic always works out of the box, the manufacturer of your favorite audio plug-in or instrument will have to spend some time to make the GUIs work for higher DPI settings on Windows.
So, is the new Studio One GUI based on vector graphics? Well, for the most part, yes. All backgrounds that can be tweaked by the user are rendered on the fly, same for the musical data and UI fonts. For version 3, our graphics designers rebuilt all icons as vector files. However, the vector files were then exported as PNGs at different resolutions and the graphics engine selects the PNG which best matches the current scaling factor. For text, we’ve worked with one of the world’s leading type design companies to custom optimize one of their fonts for use in our software applications, and we think the results really look gorgeous.
On OS X, the lower level graphics implementation hasn’t changed a lot since Studio One version 2. The rendering is done by CoreGraphics (Quartz). On Windows, we finally made the switch from “good-old” GDI to the more recent Direct2D and DirectWrite APIs provided by Microsoft. Direct2D allows better use of modern GPUs which leaves more CPU power for the audio processing. It still has some minor issues, but we are confident that Microsoft will improve this technology with Windows 10. If you experience problems on your system, please make sure to install all essential Windows updates and the latest graphics driver. On mobile PCs with multiple graphics adapters it might help to switch between them and see which one works best.
Congratulations, you are now an expert on high DPI! Thanks for reading and please feel free to share this information.
Our Most Epic Webcast Ever was a big hit—and, well, a big webcast. We rented some butcher knives so the video crew could dice the webcasts up into more easily-digestible bits, and the first course is presented for savoring below. Dig in with Rick and Josh as they pork out on the new features of Studio One 3, not-quite-live. But still fresh.
This is not a question, but you can try the full version of Studio One Professional 3 for thirty days by clicking here.
No. You will, however, soon be able to get a version on a USB stick installer directly from us or at your local PreSonus dealer. CDs are old hat. Studio One looks to the future!
No, because Studio One 3 is not a magazine or dessert-of-the-month club. Buy it and receive five activations that can be installed cross-platform.
Existing owners can upgrade for the following USD prices. International prices will vary.
We would like you to do this, too.
If you can show us proof of purchase of another DAW, we will sell you a crossgrade to Studio One 3 for $299 USD. More details on can be had by clicking here.
Qualifying DAWs include:
If you registered Studio One 2 between April 1, 2015 and May 20, 2015, we will upgrade you for FREE.
We understand that it sucks when you put your hard-earned money down on something only to have the new model come out a short time later. As such, we’re offering a grace period that extends back to April 1, 2015. If you registered Studio One between April 1, 2015 and May 20, 2015, we’ll upgrade you to Studio One 3 at no charge. Simply log into your my.presonus.com account after the launch on May 20th, and you will find a Studio One 3 notification that will lead you to your free upgrade.”
If you received Studio One Artist as a pack-in with one of our hardware products, simply register the product at my.presonus.com. Instead of receiving Studio One Artist 2 in your account, you will get Studio One Artist 3, automagically.
Studio One Free has been re-named Studio One Prime, and will be available in June. Producer edition has been discontinued in favor of giving you the ability to buy only the features you need via our online store.