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.