Studio One, a new cross-platform DAW developed by KristalLabs in cooperation with PreSonus has been unveiled at Musikmesse. It promises to make audio recording, MIDI sequencing, and audio mastering ridiculously simple right out of the box, yet provide a wealth of professional features at the same time.

Fresh code, innovative drag-and-drop MIDI mapping and plug-in management, auto-configuration with PreSonus hardware, insanely good audio quality, unlimited tracks and plug-ins per track, and a powerful, inventive Start page that literally puts the whole project right in your hands are just a few of the compelling features that make Studio One the next generation in audio software. Far from just another music-production program, Studio One changes the rules of the game, giving you a complete, easy-to-use solution from raw tracks to finished master, while supporting the latest standards and technologies.


A powerful tool that will appeal to professionals and hobbyists alike, the Start page (above) allows you to access recent songs and projects, create new ones, configure external devices, and access tutorial information, demo songs, and a special PreSonus news feed. You can download updates and support materials directly from the Start page, without ever leaving Studio One.

Studio One features:

  • Elegant single-window work environment
  • Powerful drag-and-drop functionality
  • Unlimited audio tracks, MIDI tracks, virtual instruments, buses, and FX channels
  • Content browser with convenient sort options and preview player
  • Integrated mastering solution with automatic mix updating, waveform editing, effects, Red Book CD burning, and digital release
  • Automatic delay compensation
  • Advanced automation
  • 64-bit processing (even on 32-bit machines)
  • Easy-to-use sidechain routing
  • Awe-inspiring 64-bit effects suite
  • Stunning virtual instruments
  • User-friendly sampler
  • Most intuitive MIDI-mapping system available
  • Real-time audio timestretching and resampling
  • AU, VST2, VST3, and ReWire support
  • K System metering
  • Gigabytes of inspiring content
  • Compatible with any ASIO-, Windows Audio-, or Core Audio-compliant audio interface

Even though PreSonus is new to the DAW scene, Wolfgang Kundrus and Matthias Juwan of KristalLabs bring a wealth of experience to the project. Wolfgang was the main software architect of Cubase and Nuendo while working at Steinberg. He is the founder of the MusicDock online platform. Matthias was working on various commercial software products, among others Cubase, HALion, Plex and the VST plug-in technology, while at Steinberg. He is the lead developer of the well-known freeware sequencer “KRISTAL Audio Engine” for Windows XP and 2000.

The Macintosh version of Studio One will require Mac OS X 10.4.11 or Mac OS X 10.5.2 or higher, an Internet connection, DVD-ROM drive, a minimum 1024×768 display, and a PowerPC G4 1.25 GHz or Intel Core Solo 1.5 GHz processor with 1 GB RAM. A PowerPC G5 or better or Intel Core Duo or Intel Xeon processor or better with 2 GB RAM are recommended.

PreSonus expects Studio One to be available this summer. It will retail for $499 with an estimated street price of $399, and “a very special upgrade/crossgrade program for all existing PreSonus customers.” A light version of Studio One will ship free with all PreSonus interfaces.

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