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Studio One 4 £344.40 - £128.40 UPGRADE

Presonus’ Studio One has come from nowhere and is teaching the big guns of the DAW world a few things. So what needs updating? asks Andy Jones

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I don’t want to get all ‘in my day it was just Logic and Cubase and we made do’ but, rather like TV channels, the number of DAWs we have has exploded in recent years.

Unlike most digital TV channels, though, most DAWs seem to have very good features and are capable of just about any studio task you throw at them. One of these, Presonus’ flagship Studio One DAW, seems to have snuck up on us all from nowhere though. And even more oddly, it has always felt ‘complete’, like a DAW with a long heritage –so much so that it has already become something of a challenge to the mighty Pro Tools in professional circles, certainly over the Atlantic, anyway. It turns out that, for once, this isn’t just me imagining things, because a quick glance at Wiki (I do it so you don’t have to) reveals that Studio One really has only been around less for less than a decade. And the fact that it was started by a couple of ex-Steinbergers probably reveals why it became the real deal of sequencing so quickly. The problem with a rounded and finished piece of software, though, is where do you go with updates? Simple, you just make everything easier to use so that your users can, in Presonus’s words, ‘work better, faster’. Which brings us to the new version 4.

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