Presonus Studio One Pro 4.5 Released

Discussion in 'Your DAW (Digital Audio Workstation)' started by muziksculp, May 21, 2019.

  1. muziksculp

    muziksculp Senior Member

    Dec 26, 2004
    Los Angeles
    Presonus Studio One Pro 4.5 Released Today

    Version 4.5.0 Release Notes (May 21, 2019):

    New features and Improvements:

    Recording and Mixing
    ● Redesigned hardware controls (gain/polarity/48V) on mixer channels (for compatible PreSonus interfaces)
    ● Input Mixer: software gain / polarity controls on every input
    ● Software input gain / polarity controls on every channel, bus and FX channel
    ● Extended grouping system with attributes (Volume, Pan, Mute/Solo, Inserts/Sends)
    ● Groups definable as Edit- and/or Mix-Groups (with attributes)
    ● Commands/shortcuts to suspend any group
    ● Command to suspend all groups
    ● Support for unlimited nested groups (groups within groups)
    ● New Groups section in Track List and Channel List
    ● Optional group name display on channels with Group assign and renaming options
    ● Customizable Channel Components in Console
    ● RMS/Peak metering option per channel
    ● Global Pre-Fader Metering option
    ● Quick-assign I/O routing for multiple selected channels
    ● Quick-assign outputs in ascending order
    ● Basic and Advanced Plug-in menu styles
    ● Alternative (reverse) Sidechain routing
    ● Copy Plug-ins with Sidechain routing

    Arrangement and Editing
    ● Lock Events (with position and editing options)
    ● Lock Tracks option
    ● Independent Quantize/Timebase/Snap options
    ● Snap to Zero Crossings

    Musical (MIDI) Editing
    ● Chord Audition option in Chord Selector
    ● Chord Audition option for chord events in Chord Track
    ● User assignable Chord Audition sound
    ● New Major/Minor Triad scales
    ● Re-organized Musical Actions menu
    ● Stretch multiple notes by dragging
    ● Note Action: Apply Scale
    ● Note Action: Distribute Notes
    ● Note Action: Randomize Notes
    ● Note Action: Quantize Notes
    ● Note Action: Mirror Notes
    ● Note Action: Repeat Notes to Part End
    ● Note Action: Thin out Notes
    ● Note Action: Fill with Notes

    ● Independent Macro Toolbars for Arrangement, Music Editor and Audio Editor
    ● Macro Toolbar: custom menus
    ● Macro Toolbar: direct macro editing
    ● Macro Toolbar: Duplicate Macro command
    ● Macro Toolbar: “move to Group” command
    ● Impact XT: drag more than 16 samples or slices
    ● Patterns: support for Quintuplets / Septuplets resolution
    ● Improved swing timing for patterns with individual lanes resolution
    ● Stem Export: quick drag>select tracks/channels
    ● Stem Export: save selection when closing window
    ● Song Data Import retains “Disabled” track state when importing
    ● Fat Channel XT modules retain state when switching
    ● Instrument list: “disable all” option
    ● Instrument list: “remove unused” option
    ● Store Presets with folder selection
    ● Assignable F13-F24 keys
    ● Recall any Marker with shortcut
    ● One-step Audioloop export (drag&drop)

    User Interface
    ● Smooth audio waveforms (option)
    ● Macro Toolbar icons update
    ● Sample One XT / Impact XT: improved unit readouts Performance
    ● Improved CPU performance with Multi Instruments
    ● Improved CPU performance with Mai Tai, Sample One XT, Impact XT and Presence XT Hardware and Installation
    ● I/O Setup: add multiple inputs or outputs
    ● I/O Setup: re-order inputs / outputs with drag & drop
    ● New Plug-in Manager with filters by format and vendor
    ● Plug-in Manager: list and reset blacklisted plug-ins individually

    Import / Export
    ● Import / Export I/O Setups
    ● Video Export option with multiple codec support (platform-dependent)
    ● MP3 Export with variable bitrate
    ● AAC support (Import / Export), including ALAC (Apple Lossless)
    ● Mono option for Export Mixdown

    ● [VST3] Support for program pitch names and key switch API
    ● [VST2] Host-specific extension to query key switches from plug-ins

    The following issues have been fixed:

    ● Text field may lose focus when search result is displayed
    ● Artifacts with volume automation
    ● Very short MP3 files cannot be imported
    ● Macro toolbar presets get lost if multiple songs are closed in a certain order
    ● Bounce in place inserts silence when there's an Open Air instance as EventFX
    ● VCA automation offset incorrect
    ● Click coordinate of pen is slightly off
    ● Potential lockup when using "Follow Chord"
    ● True Peak sometimes delivers wrong values
    ● [MacOS] Random order in file lists generated from APFS volume
    ● Mod wheel assigned to Sample One eco filter behaves unexpectedly
    ● NoteFX remain active after rendering with Chorder
    ● Track Transform does not retain VCA assignment
    ● Track/channel colors lost on transform multi-out instruments
    ● Some elements need more contrast in Light Theme
    ● Some time-stretched events in Scratch Pad play back incorrectly
    ● [Windows 7] Potential crash while applying Touch+Swipe on certain plug-ins
    ● Typos in AudioBox 1818VSL I/O labels
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  2. richhickey

    richhickey Member

    Nov 3, 2017
    The audio stuff is welcome but their MIDI focus keeps getting worse IMO. More stuff for people who don't know what they are doing - press a button to get a chord, fill space with random crap, pattern generation and other mechanical noisemaking and looping toys.

    My #1 feature request for all DAWs now is support for plugins (AU/VST) as MIDI FX inserts. At least then I could use Blue Cat Plug'nScript, Bidule or protoplug to script up some decent tools for myself.
  3. Dewdman42

    Dewdman42 Senior Member

    Oct 28, 2016
    :2thumbs: +1
  4. Craig Allen

    Craig Allen New Member

    Jul 24, 2018
    Good stuff.

    However, sadly, NO:
    - articulation management or expression maps
    - templates
    - NKS or NI Komplete Kontrol Mk2 integration/compatibility

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  5. AxEbel

    AxEbel New Member

    Jan 4, 2013
    ● [VST3] Support for program pitch names and key switch API
    ● [VST2] Host-specific extension to query key switches from plug-ins

    Could this be a hint at upcoming articulation maps support? Think they may have shuffled the release forward cause of the Cubase Sale... 4.5.1 maybe?
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  6. Robert Kooijman

    Robert Kooijman Member

    Jan 31, 2007
    Many great features, but another missed opportunity by Presonus to make Studio One a decent alternative to Cubase / Logic for those using large templates and doing orchestral scores.

    I don't get it. Articulation management (expression maps, visibility agents) has been a killer feature of Cubase since ages. It's still not perfect, but workable.

    Studio One is IMO a very capable DAW, and I love it for the many things it does really well. Now Presonus "forces" me once again to keep using Cubase, and live with it's stuck-in-the-past, uninspiring GUI. Oh well, until Studio One V.5 perhaps?
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  7. chocobitz825

    chocobitz825 Active Member

    Aug 7, 2018
    Recent updates seem to imply they’re trying to win over pro tools users first. I can’t wait for expression maps and MPE, but I would definitely say the new updates are welcome.
  8. Phillip Dixon

    Phillip Dixon Air on a shoestring

    Oct 16, 2017
    hey, so no articulation or staff editor as yet.
    but i'am sticking with it... i did wobble a bit and started looking around at crossgrades.then remembered i bought cubase 10 last year..after couple of months sold license here...theres just something
    special about studio one . plus i' am to fricking old to start again...
  9. GtrString

    GtrString Active Member

    Dec 10, 2016
    Multicore support, video export, improved editing and numerous workflow additions and improvements.. for FREE! I dont know whats not to like. It's killer!
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  10. elpedro

    elpedro Active Member

    Dec 20, 2015
    It’s sure growing up in a hurry! Seems like the developers are very dynamic and have a vision for the product. Seems like a lot of good improvements for a (FREE!) update!
  11. maestro2be

    maestro2be Active Member

    Feb 19, 2013
    I am always thankful for product updates, especially when they are adding new features, stability/performance enhancements and free to boot. One thing I would like to see them finally do is support surround sound. It's frustrating and limiting at this point to not be able to use surround plugins and specialized plugins like SPAT to gain access to more/all of the channel abilities it can work with. Having to run 1 instance of a plugin on each track due to this limitation costs me tremendous CPU.

    I own Cubase and did the whole Logic thing as well. Tried Reaper and Sequoia but I always return to S1. I just flow better with it's workflow and interface. I just hope that surround sound and articulation management is coming. Overall an amazing product that I love.
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  12. samphony

    samphony Senior Member

    Nov 19, 2013
    It’s a wonderful update and I’m confident that further enhancements to things some of you guys miss will come.

    Anyone who is seriously considering feature requests should vote or write them up on and if you stumble over bugs let the devs know! Your feedback is gold to them and necessary.
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  13. DS_Joost

    DS_Joost One day I'll fly away!

    Nov 19, 2015
    Indeed. They listen very closely. And Presonus are fast, like, really fast. If there is one product where I would bet on it's future, it's Studio One. I've never seen a program mature so much between a whole version. The jump from 3 to 4.5 isn't just big, it's insane if you think about it.

    The future of Studio One right now seems brighter to me than any DAW.
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  14. Straight2Vinyl

    Straight2Vinyl New Member

    Aug 18, 2017
    As a Reaper user who's considering switching DAWs, I would really hope they include track templates asap. It's something I only recently started to utilize and the time it saves is huge for me.
  15. Dewdman42

    Dewdman42 Senior Member

    Oct 28, 2016
    They aren't there yet, but I'm definitely watching Studio One, its true they are updating it faster then just about everyone else, they must have a great dev team there at PreSonus. its also new and they are not dealing with legacy code and all the rest, compared to say Cubase, DP and Logic. BitWig is the other new-from-scratch offering and they are doing some interesting things, but advancing very slowly. Not the right fit for me, StudioOne is in the ballpark though.. If I ever make the switch back to PC, StudioOne will be in contention against cubase, but it has a ways to go yet for my tastes...but it is definitely advancing quickly.. fun to watch...
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  16. EgM

    EgM Game music!

    Nov 8, 2015
    NB, Canada
  17. jonathanwright

    jonathanwright Senior Member

    Jul 7, 2011
    I have to say, the improved Macro Toolbar is fantastic.

    I’ve moved everything into one toolbar, so now it’s essentially a custom menu system that holds everything I need it too.
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  18. tabulius

    tabulius Active Member

    So how is the VI CPU load after the update? I'm still on 3.5, but I might upgrade when version 5 is up. Especially if S1 is more optimized.
  19. GtrString

    GtrString Active Member

    Dec 10, 2016
    The S1 way to do this is using macros. Not exactly the same, but once you understand it, you can even do more with macros in Studio One. Not really a new feature, though.

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  20. chocobitz825

    chocobitz825 Active Member

    Aug 7, 2018
    This video just inspired me to go deep into my macros again, and I just finally figured out how to make a keyswitch macro... FINALLY!


    Combination of Copy -> Transpose to pitch -> Length to 1/16 -> Humanize note start range -0.00.50 -> Paste to original position.

    Now i can set up pages of keyswitch macros for my most used libraries. These new updates are reallllly good.

    If anyone has CSS and is using Studio One, wanna try this macropage and see if it works for you? it works by selecting the note that is supposed to be the start of the new articulation. Then selecting the keyswitch macro. as an extra it also can apply velocity to the keyswitch notes for the velocity based articulation changes. KS:Velocity.macropage?dl=0
    Last edited: Jun 4, 2019
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