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PreSonus Studio One 2 Professional - Audio and MIDI Recording/Editing Software (Crossgrade)

PreSonus Studio One 2 Professional - Audio and MIDI Recording/Editing Software (Crossgrade)

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Product Highlights

  • From Any Other Major DAW
  • Unlimited Audio/MIDI Tracks
  • Unlimited Virtual Instruments
  • Unlimited Buses, FX Channels and ADC
  • MP3 Import and Export
  • Red Book CD Burning
  • Video Playback and Sync
  • Audio Units, VST2, VST3, ReWire Support
  • 64-bit Audio Processing
  • Mac OS X and Windows XP/Vista/7
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Studio One 2 Professional from Presonus is an integrated approach to recording music, from tracking to mixing to mastering and distribution. Built for intuitive use, speed, and efficiency, the software is robust enough for the most complex productions. The software includes fully licensed Melodyne Essential pitch correction plug-in, Red Book CD burning, video playback and sync, 5 more Native Effects plug-ins and additional third-party content.

It delivers all core audio and MIDI recording and editing features at 64-bit processing resolution, effects plug-ins and virtual instruments. There are no limits on track count and plug-in instantiations, or editing features. Studio One 2 Professional is compatible with any ASIO, Windows Audio, or Core Audio compliant audio interface, including the entire line of the company's interfaces.

This crossgrade is for users of any other major DAW who wish to switch over to Studio One 2 Professional.

Note: Purchaser needs to provide a copy of the UPC code or original purchase receipt for their "other DAW" to qualify for this crossgrade.

  • Elegant single-window work environment
  • Drag-and-drop functionality
  • Unlimited audio and MIDI tracks, virtual instruments, buses, and FX channels
  • Integrated Melodyne pitch correction
  • Single and multi-track comping
  • Folder tracks with grouping and busing
  • Track List with presets and mixing Console link
  • Content Browser with search, user tabs and Preview Player
  • Transient detection and editing
  • Drag-and-drop groove extraction
  • Multi-track MIDI editing
  • Track Transform (freezing capability)
  • Event-based effects
  • Automatic delay compensation
  • Advanced automation
  • Audio processing 64-bit 32-bit
  • Easy-to-use sidechain routing
  • Virtual instruments
  • User-friendly sampler
  • Intuitive MIDI-mapping system
  • Real-time audio time-stretching and re-sampling
  • Compatible with any ASIO, Windows Audio, or Core Audio compliant audio interface
  • Works with key commands from Pro Tools, Cubase, and Logic - or create custom key commands
  • Integrated mastering suite with automatic mix updating, Red Book CD burning, and digital release
  • Export to SoundCloud
  • QuickTime video playback and sync
  • MP3 import and export
  • Audio Units, VST2, VST3, and ReWire support
Effects Plug-Ins
  • Ampire XT - amplifier-modeling
  • Analog Delay - tape-delay emulation
  • Auto Filter - envelope filter
  • Beat Delay - tempo-synchronized delay
  • Binaural Pan - stereo panning effect
  • Channel Strip - dynamics processing and equalizer
  • Chorus - mono/stereo chorus
  • Compressor - mono/stereo variable compressor
  • Dual Pan - independent stereo panner
  • Expander - mono/stereo expander
  • Flanger- mono/stereo flanger
  • Gate - noise gate with midi trigger
  • Groove Delay - multi-tap and tempo-synchronized delay
  • IR Maker - impulse response creation tool
  • Level Meter - sizable peak/RMS meter
  • Limiter - mono/stereo limiter
  • Mixtool - phase and ms utility
  • MixVerb - mono/stereo reverb
  • Multiband Dynamics - mono/stereo multiband compressor/expander
  • OpenAIR - convolution reverb
  • Phase Meter - phase-correlation analysis
  • Pipeline - hardware insert (use external hardware processor, with scope and delay compensation)
  • Pro EQ - 7-band parametric EQ
  • Red Light Dist - distortion processor
  • Room Reverb - mono/stereo room reverb
  • Scope - full-featured oscilloscope with sidechain input
  • Spectrum Meter - frequency analyzer
  • Tricomp - 3-band compressor
  • Tuner - chromatic instrument tuner
  • X-Trem - mono/stereo tremolo
Virtual Instruments
  • Impact - sample-trigger instrument with 16 pads
  • Mojito - monophonic subtractive synthesizer with 24dB filter emulation
  • Presence - advanced virtual sample player
  • SampleOne - basic sample player
  • Studio One Instruments Volume 1 - 200 sampled instrument presets for tPresence
  • Ueberschall Impact Drums - 32 electronic drum kits for Impact
  • Studio One Expansion - over 50 instruments for Presence, plus 2 multi-velocity layer kits for Impact
  • Studio One Musicloops - 150 Musicloops each containing a music performance loop (MIDI), an
  • instrument preset, any channel FX presets used when creating the loop, and a lossless compressed audio preview of the loop
  • Studio One Piano - three multi-velocity layer pianos for Presence
  • Vengeance Sound - Musicloops, Impact presets, and audio loops
  • Voodoo One Synth - 150 lead, pad, and sequenced synthesizer instruments for Presence
  • Studio One Instruments Volume 2 - adds 200 more instruments to Presence
  • Electronic Audioloops - loops covering dozens of styles of electronic music
  • Acoustic Drum Kits and Loops - custom set of multi-velocity layer acoustic drum kits for Impact
  • Studio One Electric Pianos and Organs - keyboard and organ sounds for Presence with matching Musicloops
  • Nine Volt Audio Guitars - hundreds of Audioloops, ranging from metal, to pop, to funk, to far-out textures
  • Vintage Keys - 200 presets of sampled warm, analog synthesizers
  • Synth Session Soundset - hundreds of instruments organized into bass, effects, leads, pads, and sequences
  • Electronic Kits and Musicloops - 13 electronic-music construction kits, each with multiple Musicloops with an additional 120+ Musicloops in chord, melody, and organs categories
  • Studio One FX - 200 heavily effected sounds, ranging from melodic to percussive and beyond with 15 Musicloops
  • Studio One Impulse Responses Soundset - hundreds of impulse-response WAV files and presets for the OpenAIR plug-in
Third Party Content
  • Native Instruments Komplete Elements/Players - over 3GB of material with over 1,000 sounds
  • Toontrack EZDrummer Lite Plus - stripped down version of the multi-microphone drum sampler EZDrummer designed for musicians and producers who want a compact, affordable, easy-to-handle plug-in without compromising sound quality or control
System Requirements Mac
Minimum Hardware:
Intel Core Duo processor
Intel Core 2 Duo, or Intel Xeon processor, or better
OS X 10.6.8 or higher

Minimum Hardware:
Intel Core Duo, or AMD Athlon X2 processor
Intel Core 2 Quad, or AMD Athlon X4, or better
Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 (32- or 64-bit)

Other Requirements
Internet connection (not required where Studio One installed but needed for activation)
DVD-ROM drive
Minimum 1280 x 768 monitor resolution
20GB hard drive space


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PreSonusStudio One 2 Professional - Audio and MIDI Recording/Editing Software (Crossgrade)

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Worth the price

By digitaldread

from Hagerstown, MD

About Me Sound Engineer, Teacher

Verified Buyer


  • Great UI
  • Lots Of Effects And Loops
  • Versatile


  • None

Best Uses

  • Dedicated Daw
  • Editor
  • Educational Purposes
  • Multimedia

Comments about PreSonus Studio One 2 Professional - Audio and MIDI Recording/Editing Software (Crossgrade):

I must admit that I was a little skeptical about PreSonus Studio One 2. I have always used Fruity Loops and Logic Pro for all my DAW needs and wasn't sure about this software. However, after some online browsing around, reading review after review about how good the software was, I got more curious. There are a lot of tutorial videos on YouTube, and the manufacturer has a lot of tutorials as well to get you started.
From B&H, this comes with everything you could possibly want from a DAW and more. There was about 15GB of files and add-on effects to download. I was a kid in music candy land when it was finally done. Less than 1 hr with this software, and I was already making a beat. It is easy to use, lots of features and effects, and it's a great price. What more could you ask for.

  • Primary use:
  • Business
  • Computer Platform:
  • PC

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By guitarmacdude

from Austin, TX

About Me Composer, Guitarist, Musician

Verified Buyer


  • Easy to Navigate
  • Streamlined Interface
  • Versatile


    Best Uses

    • Composing music
    • Recording Music

    Comments about PreSonus Studio One 2 Professional - Audio and MIDI Recording/Editing Software (Crossgrade):

    Ok, firstly, I'm a guitar player in a prog-rock band who has recorded an album and is working on a second.The first album was done in Cubase 4 and 5.

    DAWs I own, have owned: Cakewalk/Sonar, Cubase, Logic Pro, Propellerhead Reason/Record. I've also played with Ableton Live, and Pro Tools, and even Digital Performer.

    To say that I'm on a quest for a perfect DAW is an understatement. I wouldn't say that I use every single feature of a DAW, but as a prog rock band, we heavily use virtual instruments/MIDI as well as audio. Having a lot of time signature and tempo changes can uncover shortcomings in the software pretty quickly. I'm happy to say that Studio One doesn't seem to have any problems in this area.

    Recording an album as an amateur musician (we all have day jobs) is a constant process of refinement; writing, rewriting, recording, editing, tweaking. We use pitch shifting to help find harmony parts, then re-record the vocals, etc. Also, we do things like moving the bridge from before the 2nd verse to after the 3rd chorus (or whatever). Having to fight the software while doing stuff like this is extremely frustrating. For example, Cubase will just crash occasionally while doing pitch shifting. Logic Pro will drop or add beats when snipping parts - I assume because of the time signature changes.

    Anyway, the point is that I want to use the DAW as a creative tool. If it crashes, or doesn't work, or I have to spend tens of hours trying to figure out how to do something, the creative spark is dimmed to say the least. StudioOne seems to have been written with this in mind. Most everything just works as expected, without having to search through archaic and confusing menus and options. You can drag and drop just about everything: instruments, instrument settings, effects, even entire effect chains.

    All that said, it is worth watching some of the online tutorials as some things are even easier to do than one might think, especially if you have used other - more clunky - DAWs in the past.

    Installing was pretty easy. I did have a few problems using instruments from the bundled "Native Instruments Komplete Elements". The software would crash when I tried creating tracks with those sounds. I had to manually download and apply a few patches (Native Instruments has their own auto-updater). Certainly not a big deal in the larger scheme of things. After this, no more crashes.

    One thing I find strange is recording multiple takes. It seems to want you to use loop record to do this. This isn't normally how I work. I record a take, listen, and then record again as necessary. It is a simple matter to create another layer and do it this way, but I'd prefer if the software would automatically record another take if I record over something, rather than requiring me to loop record.

    Also, I'll point out that it is worthwhile to watch the tutorials from the website. Some stuff is ridiculously easy in the software. So easy that one might miss it. Assigning control surfaces, for instance. For instance, you can assign a knob from your MIDI keyboard to control, say the Depth parameter on a Chorus insert. This takes a single click. The software then remembers that this knob is assigned to Depth IFF when you have the screen for the Chorus insert open. Note that you can assign this knob to other parameters of other inserts and it will remember those as well. If this weren't so easy, I wouldn't use it. I'd just drag the knob in the insert and be done with it. However, since it is this easy, I have a whole world of possibilities open to me now. There are a buttload of controls on my keyboard/midi control surface that I've never used because mapping them was such a pain. Using the DAW as a creative tool, rather than "I hope it doesn't get in the way too much" is quite refreshing.

    That said, some of the tutorials, I believe the ones from third parties, are a little out of date. For example, one of them refers repeatedly to the lack of Folder Tracks in StudioOne, which it now has. Also, the tutorial on comping is out of date. The method used in the tutorial will work, but it is even easier to do. I'm assuming that these features were added in version 2, while the tutorial in question was done with version 1. Just something to keep in mind.

    • Primary use:
    • Business
    • Computer Platform:
    • Mac

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