New Gear Review: PreSonus Studio One 3 Professional

Studio One 3 - Professional - Project Page

Version 3 is the latest version of Studio One and now includes a redesigned, GUI and a newgraphics engine for a cleaner, darker and flatter screen that’s much easier on the eyes. All pages have been reorganized and consolidated to improve navigation and there is a new Loops tab to show all installed libraries. I found searching for just the right loop very easy using the new Keyword search feature.

But the Top-O-List of update in Studio One 3 Pro is Arranger Track with unlimited Scratch Pad and the ability to drag n’ drop entire song sections shown in a left-hand sidebar list on the GUI. The unlimited Scratch Pad allows alternate versions of the song (including all plug-ins, automation and edits) to reside in a window side by side with the current song version in its separate window.

Studio One 3 works on any Mac or PC, notebooks and supports multi-touch displays and continues with SoundCloudTM sharing. Direct PreSonus Shop downloads are integrated right in the GUI window. New are two new virtual instruments: Mai Tai, a polyphonic analog modeling synth, and Presence XT updates the original Presence sample player with dozens of new instruments plus disk streaming for large samples. Also new is Bitcrusher, a lo-fi down-sampler plug-in and Rotor, a fully programmable rotary speaker plug-in.

PreSonus Studio One 3 Professional sells for $399.95 MAP.


Barry Rudolph is a recording engineer/mixer who has worked on over 30 gold and platinum records. He has recorded and/or mixed Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs, and more. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and loves teaching audio engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. He is a lifetime Grammy-voting member of NARAS and a contributing editor for Mix Magazine. barryrudolph.com