PreSonus Studio One v2 Integrates Melodyne – Can Your DAW Do This?

PreSonus has announced version 2 of Studio One, its DAW for Mac OS X (Snow Leopard and Lion) and Windows XP/Vista/7 (and soon, Windows 8).

Version 2 offers more than 100 new features and enhancements, including fresh takes on multitrack comping, multitrack MIDI editing, transient detection and editing with groove extraction, and Folder Tracks. Uniquely, Studio One 2 offers tightly integrated Melodyne pitch correction, which lets you edit individual notes within polyphonic audio recordings.

Check out the video above for a demonstration of the way Melodyne works in Studio One. The tight integration looks like it will vastly improve the usability of working with Melodyne.

What do you think of this tight integration of Melodyne into Studio One?. Do you want to see this added to your DAW?

Here’s what’s new in Studio One 2:

  • Integrated Melodyne pitch correction. Studio One 2 integrates Celemony’s Melodyne so tightly that, for practical purposes, Melodyne is simply a part of Studio One. You hear your edits in context with the rest of the arrangement, and when finished editing, render the audio in place—no track transfers or manual rendering! Furthermore, edits made in the arrangement are seamlessly synced in Melodyne.  Melodyne Essential comes with Studio One Professional 2; Studio One Artist 2 and Producer 2 come with a Melodyne trial version.
  • Transient detection, editing, and groove extraction. In Studio One, you simply select an audio event and press Q to quantize. Groove extraction is as simple as drag-and-drop; extract a groove from any audio and apply it to any other audio in seconds!
  • Multitrack comping done right. Single and multitrack comping are quick and easy in Studio One. No tool-switching is needed, and crossfading between takes is automated, although you can edit the fades. Auditioning takes is as simple as holding Alt and clicking on a take.
  • Find it quickly. Studio One’s Browser offers quick access to instruments, effects, sounds, files, and more. In version 2, you can search within any location in the Browser, making it even faster and easier to find the resources you want.
  • PreSonus Studio One 2’s song page Organize your tracks. Organizing related tracks and working with them as a group is a breeze with Folder Tracks. Group and bus your Folder Tracks with the click of a button—an exclusive Studio One feature.
  • Edit multiple MIDI tracks simultaneously. Now you can view and edit more than one instrument track at a time in the Music Editor, including editing multiple parts on different Tracks at once.
  • A great plug-in collection just got better. The Ampire guitar-amp modeler is now Ampire XT and features new amp models, a new convolution-based cabinet-modeling section and an effects section. And the new OpenAIR convolution reverb delivers realistic reverberation based on real spaces and classic hardware reverbs. To top it off, with the new IR Maker, you can capture your own impulse responses.
  • Enhanced mastering with Studio One Professional. To its already extensive list of mastering and distribution features, Version 2 adds DDP Export, PQ editing, and higher-quality sample-rate conversion.

Studio One 2 is available in three versions:

  • Studio One Artist delivers all of the core audio and MIDI recording and editing features, plus 26 32-bit effects plug-ins and 4 virtual instruments, and there is no limit on track count and plug-in instantiations. Recommended retail price: £89.
  • Studio One Producer includes everything in Studio One Artist and adds support for ReWire and AU/VST plug-ins, MP3 import and export, and additional third-party content. Recommended retail price: £159.
  • Studio One Professional has everything in Studio One Artist and Producer and adds the Project page, an integrated mastering solution; fully licensed Melodyne Essential pitch correction; SoundCloud™ support; Red Book CD burning; video playback and sync; and five more Native Effects plug-ins. Recommended retail price: £299.

Audio Random Access (ARA)

Here’s an explanation of Celemony’s Melodyne Audio Random Access technology:

ARA is a very interesting development, because it lets both the plugin and the user work with audio in its musical context, rather than through a short time window. I’ll be surprised if other DAWs don’t quickly add support for Melodyne integrated via ARA., or add competitive features.

You can get more details on Melodyne’s Audio Random Access (ARA) technology at the company site.

14 thoughts on “PreSonus Studio One v2 Integrates Melodyne – Can Your DAW Do This?

  1. These guys have a solid DAW, but I don’t think it represents a value for the money yet compared to the more mature options out there, especially when considering the included instruments and effects. This is especially true in the two lower end options. “Artist” is purely worthless since it doesn’t allow 3rd party plug ins to be used, and they force you to pay more for the “Producer” version to get that. You would be better off with something free like GarageBand at the low end, and Reaper at the mid range. Seems like they are aiming the whole product line at the musician who primarily records acoustic instruments and can’t sing in tune.

  2. Studio One does seem immature.

    The Melodyne integration looks killer, though. If you’ve ever used Melodyne, you leave your DAW and go into a different world that’s powerful, but not user- friendly.

  3. seriously how much pitch and time correction do you need?

    maybe a world filled with time and pitch corrected artists, could be a detriment to ones standards and ability to grow their musicianship.

    pressing the EZ button doesn’t make it better, makes it FASTER, which usually results in the same quality as FAST FOOD vs 5 Star Meal.

    ALL this enough to have 3rd party software hard coded into your DAW?

    1. If you see a tool like Melodyne and can’t imagine anything besides AutoTune, you’re limiting your thinking. This is like musique concrete on steroids – you can do anything with audio now.

      1. or like saying if you see something like AutoTune and can’t imagine using it for anything other than correcting a poor vocal take…

  4. yes, MOTU digital performers been able to do that for a long time.. integrating melodyne to do the hard work is just PresSonus’s way of saying we cant do it. so yes my DAW can do that. move along please nothing to see here, no surprise.

  5. so the biggest draw to this software is the other piece of software they’ve bundled with their own?

    sounds like a winning plan

    meanwhile.. reaper has more options than i know how to use.. and anything i’ve yet to think of is easily acomplished… and when i can’t figure it out myself.. a few minutes on the forums and i’ve learned a new technique… i’m just floored… very robust software, continuously updated, and a price/performance ratio that i’ve never seen beaten

    probably the wrong place to ask this.. but i’ve heard that Reaper is only so cheap because the mastermind behind it is already very, very wealthy… any truth to this?

  6. So how many people here have actually used studio one?

    I use it and I think it’s the best out there.
    All the drag and drop features are really huge time savers.
    The intelligent quantizing is great, set a time, adjust an offset on the fly for creating shuffle across the whole track.
    Drag a VSTi onto a track and no messing about with a synth rack, it just works.
    Also drag it back to the library after you’ve messed with it and it auto-saves the preset.
    Also the shortcut D for quickly duplicating stuff saves heaps of time in the long run.
    I used cubase for years and whenever I have to open it to play with old tracks I hate it. It is so slow and cumbersome in comparison.
    Oh and the automation is so much nicer than cubase, especially drawing waveforms and modifiying them. It’s like having infinite LFOs.

  7. I read these comments and I hear lots of angry envy. The comment about MOTU – you’re just an ignorant fool. I also own Reaper and they were talking about doing the same thing given the direction that Melodyne has been going with its API. Perhaps the people who think they can sing in tune are just jealous that they have no creativity on how to use the tool to do other things that their limited minds could not conceive. Then there are the comments about “immature software” by immature posters. 99% of the time the inability to make great sounding tracks is about the inability of the person using the high end DAW.

  8. I have used Reaper, Cubase, Sonar and Samplitude extensively also I have dabbled with Ableton Live and Mix-craft. Studio One is the best and easiest to use period! These new features make it even more amazing, from what I have read there are a many professionals who use Protools who are making the switch to Studio One. Additionally, packaged with the stellar Presonus hardware. You have “zero” latency the sound quality is amazing and the workflow is fast . Download the trial and spend a couple of days playing with it and you will be sold on Studio One. I was going to purchase Protools…I am so glad that I took my time and tried Studio One first Oh yeah almost forgot the mastering function blows everything else away, and you don’t have to sift through menus like most DAWS. .You have everything within one program with this software plus its not a CPU hog .
    I love this program!

  9. I have used many DAWS and i can say that Studio One really has a future. They are implementing really good features and the workflow is good not to say its audio engine is great, you can throw fx, synths, make edits, etc into your project without having to stop the music. it is very stable even with heavy load from 3rd party plugins. I only hope to see some more advanced features for the powers user in this new version and the following ones and maybe i will switch,

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