HOW DOES FREE SOUND TO YOU?
BY GEORGE PETERSEN
Now there’s no excuse to not begin creating great recordings, compositions and audio on your computer. PreSonus is now shipping Studio One Free, a new entry-level version of its popular digital audio workstation software for Mac and Windows. Intended for beginners who don’t yet need the advanced features in Studio One Artist, Producer, and Professional, Studio One Free provides all of the recording and editing features needed for basic music production—and best of all, it’s FREE!
To get Studio One Free, simply download the Studio One installer from the
Studio One website (CLICK HERE) install it, then choose to run it as Free when the activation dialog comes up. Once you’ve downloaded the application, you can use it immediately; no Internet connection or user account is required, no product key is involved, and Studio One Free will not time out.
LOADED WITH PRO FEATURES!
This new version of Studio One has some of the features originally found in Studio One Artist, including the single-window work environment, the content browser with Search, powerful drag-and-drop functions, Control Link MIDI mapping, sidechain routing, automatic delay compensation, real-time audio timestretching and resampling, unlimited audio and Instrument (MIDI) tracks(!), unlimited effects channels, and unlimited channel inserts and sends. Use native key commands or choose key-command sets from Pro Tools, Cubase, or Logic-or use the included editor to create your own key commands.
Studio One Free offers some of the new Studio One 2.0 features, notably multitrack MIDI editing, single and multitrack comping, and Track Transform (advanced track freezing). And of course, it includes the same state-of-the-art, 32-bit sound engine found in Studio One Artist and Producer.
Eight Native Effects plug-ins come with Studio One Free—Beat Delay, Channel Strip (which includes dynamics processing and EQ), Chorus, Flanger, MixVerb (a mono/stereo reverb), Red Light Distortion, Tuner, and Phaser—plus the Presence virtual instrument with more than 100 presets. Studio One Free doesn’t support ReWire and third-party (VST, AU, etc.) effects plug-ins and virtual instruments, but includes plenty of tools to do most basic production work.
Actually the only catch here is that PreSonus wants to you use Studio One Free and love it so much that you want to upgrade to one their more advanced versions of Studio One. In fact it’s really quite easy to upgrade to from Free to one of the advanced versions. Download the free demo of Studio One Professional, test it thoroughly, and at any time-even after the demo times out-convert it into Studio One Free with a single click. Ready to buy Studio One Artist, Producer, or Professional? Convert Studio One Free into a paid version at any time, without having to reinstall.
Yet no matter which path you choose, Studio One Free is an awesome deal—at any price—especially free! But snag this soon, before those crazy guys at PreSonus come to their senses and discontinue this amazing offering!
Studio One Free is available now from the PreSonus Studio One website (CLICK HERE)
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