Dunno if anyone’s still on this DAW thread but I wanted to share my recent experience with Studio One. I started with Logic 7 years ago. It was great but always really difficult to really learn as there are so many hidden menu’s and functions and the settings are hard to find, and remember the locations as well. Always felt it’s native plugins were great sounding but could never quite settle into its workflow. I learned Pro-Tools on an elementary level in school and loved the interface and also felt the native plugins were great but the workflow is horrible imo, even worse than Logic for composing and editing. I just feel pro-tools takes ten clicks to get something done which can be done in logic with 5, and Ableton with 2. So a friend turned me onto Live and gave me a crash course in it. OMG, it was magic. I primarily make electronic music, having began with hiphop and migrating through the years into dubstep, garage, and now DNB. Ableton was a game changer. My composition and arrangement went from a two or three week affair to a 4 or 5 night event in some cases. The point being that Ableton has a workflow which imo is unsurpassed for creating, composing, and arranging electronic music. I have not tried Bitwig though so have no comments on that DAW.
I have to admit that when I signed up for the Mixing and Mastering Program and I heard Danny say Live is just no good for mixing I thought “here we go again with this Ableton is insufficient discussion again”, but was open to hearing the reasons. After taking the courses (I’m not currently done yet) and learning new routing and Danny’s incredibly efficient workflow, I agree with this reasoning. Being an Ableton user since 6 I love it but it definitely has a tough time with third party VST integration and doesn’t handle large plugin counts well, CPU wise. It has gotten so tough that I’ve emailed the company many times throughout the years and adopted the name “Crashleton Live” for the DAW. Nonetheless this was not enough to persuade me to leave it. Well, a few months before signing up for Danny’s courses, I bought the newest Logic and tried switching back to it, but here I was faced with the same old buried menu’s and slow compositional workflow. I then found out about Studio One…Wow. Just wow.
Studio One has a great workflow for mixing. I will report on the composition workflow as I gain more experience with it but so far I am blown away. Presonus really nailed it with this DAW imo. What they have seemingly done is to create a DAW that took the best of Ableton, Logic, and Protools and left the problematics behind.
It’s got the sound engine and mixing capabilities of Logic, the recording and editing ability of Protools, and the extremely efficient and straightforward composition workflow of Ableton. The editing capability of one or two step mouse editing is fantastic and very straightforward, the menus are not too crazy, and the routing is flexible, the interface beautiful, very customizable, and the number one facet is that it’s very quick and easy to learn, although I am a seasoned DAW user so that may play into it as well. It’d be interesting to hear how new DAW users get on with it.
In conclusion I am really digging Studio One so far and am just kind of blown away by the whole thing. Anyone else have any comments about it ? Especially those producing electronic music ?
(I’ve no affiliation with Presonus either lol).