Music Production with Presonus Studio One
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Music Production with Presonus Studio One

This course takes an in depth look at how you can produce and write a song with Presonus Studio One
4.3 (784 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
3,341 students enrolled
Created by Gary Hiebner
Last updated 8/2019
English [Auto]
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This course includes
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 11 articles
  • 1 downloadable resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • At the end of the course the student will be able to produce their own song within Studio One. They'll be able to record audio and MIDI, edit these tracks, and mix and master their song
  • The students will need to have a basic understanding of music composition and audio engineering

Get those big song ideas out of your head and into Studio One! In this course from composer/sound designer Gary Hiebner will guide you through Presonus Studio One and how to record and produce your first songs. You'll also learn how to build your confidence when navigating this feature-rich audio software so that you too can start producing your own music. You'll be guided through the software's capabilities, learn how to set up your gear, record in your ideas and edit, mix and export your song. 

Course Content includes:

  • Learning the User Interface and its Tools
  • Setting Up Your Audio Interface and MIDI Devices
  • Recording to Audio and MIDI Instrument Tracks 
  • Using Melodyne to Pitch and Time Correct Audio
  • Exploring the Mai Tai Synth
  • Using Arrange Tracks to map out your song arrangement
  • Using the Scratchpad feature to sketch out different song arrangement ideas
  • Exploring the Mix Console and its functions
  • Learning how to use the Inserts and Sends in your mix
  • Applying Automation to your tracks to give them more interest
  • Improving your mix with Bus Processing and Mix Engine effects
  • Finalizing your song with some mastering and exporting out your mix.

Compatible with both Macs and PCs, Studio One is a competitive DAW that allows beginners and pros alike to create and produce awesome audio content.

What You'll Get From This Course:

  • Step-by step instructions on how to get started with Studio One for song production
  • Easy to follow on screen examples of how to navigate Studio One 
  • Tips & Tricks from an experience composer and sound designer 
  • Suitable for beginners and pros alike

Course Goals:

At the end of this course you’ll be able to find your way around the Studio One interface, record to audio and MIDI tracks, use the features like the Scratchpad and Audio Comping to expand on ideas, and understand how to use the Mix Console and its included Inserts and Sends sections – all on your way to producing your first song.

Who this course is for:
  • This is targeted at the beginner student who wants to get into audio software to produce their own musical ideas. It's also aimed at advanced users who might be wanting to switch from another DAW and see what Studio One has to offer
Course content
Expand all 35 lectures 02:10:02
+ Introduction
5 lectures 09:48

In this introduction Gary talks about his audio background and gives you run through on what will be covered in the short course on Studio One.

Preview 02:15

In this lesson Gary walks you through his 5 favourite features in Studio One. This gives you a taster of the feature set in Studio One and what you'll be able to do with it.

Preview 02:40

This lesson shows you how to set up up your audio interface with the software. Setting up your audio device correctly allows you to record and monitor audio coming into Studio One, plus monitor the audio coming out to your speakers/headphones.

Setting Up Your Audio Interface
Assignment 1: Now to set up your own audio device

In this lesson Gary walks you around the Studio One user interface so that you feel comfortable navigating around the panels and different views when working with audio and MIDI

Taking a Look at the User Interface
Checking if you've setup the right Block Size
1 question
+ Using Audio
3 lectures 19:11

In this lesson Gary will show you how to set up an audio track and record audio to it. This involves recording arming the track and enabling the audio monitoring. Gary will demonstrate by recording guitar in, so you'll also see how to insert effects on tracks with this video lecture.

Preview 08:15

This lesson will go into details on the audio editing tools that are available. This covers trimming your audio, adding fades, and some other functions like duplicating and reversing audio regions.

Using the Editing tools to edit your Audio

Punching-In and Comping Audio are great ways to go back in and re-edit your recorded takes. Gary will show you how you can re-record a part of a take using the punch-in feature, plus he'll show you how you can record multiple parts of a take and then select the best sections using the comping feature

How to Punch In, and Comp your Audio

This quiz is going to test your Studio One audio knowledge

Let's test you with some Audio questions
2 questions
+ Using MIDI
8 lectures 37:39

This lesson will show you how you can add your MIDI devices to the External Devices list. This way you'll be able to use your device to record in MIDI parts to your instrument tracks.

Let's setup MIDI Devices

Expanding on recording to tracks, Gary will show you how to record MIDI to an instrument track. This video will demonstrate recording MIDI onto a drum instrument track. Plus we'll take a quick look at how to edit the MIDI note data in the MIDI editor.

Recording Drums with a MIDI Instrument

Moving onto the bass, Gary will show you how to call up a bass instrument and record a MIDI part to it

Recording a MIDI Bass Part
Assignment 02: Recording to a Track

Melodyne is an amazing pitch and time correcting tool that is integrated within Studio One. Gary will show you how you can record an audio idea in, then how you can pitch correct and fix the timing. Then how you can take the corrected audio part and convert it to a MIDI region.

Converting Audio to MIDI with Melodyne

This quiz will test your knowledge on Melodyne

Using Melodyne with Audio
1 question
Assignment 3: Edit some audio with Melodyne

Mai Tia is an awesome synth that comes bundled with Studio One. It also includes a huge selection of presets covering an array of instruments and sounds. Gary will walk you through the ins and outs on the interface, plus he'll record in a synth idea using one of the patches.

Exploring Synth Sounds with Mai Tai

Sometimes when using an instrument like the drums, you only have access to the fill drumkit, but if you bounce out the MIDI as new audio parts, then you can have access to each of the individual drums parts. Gary will show you how to do this and how it gives you more control over your drums.

Creating a Multi-Track Drumkit
+ Arranging and Mixing
11 lectures 39:33

The Arranger track is a great tool to use to get clarity on your arrangement of your song from a distance. Gary will show you how you can create Arranger Track, and plus how you populate them with Arranger items.

Adding an Arranger Track
Assignment 4: Create an Arranger Track

This lesson will take a look at how to organize your tracks using folders. This cuts down the clutter if you've got a big song with lots of tracks. So this step really helps improve your workflow, making your audio and MIDI editing more efficient.

Organising your Tracks with Folders and Bus Outputs
Assignment 5: Grouping tracks into Folders

In this lesson Gary will take you through the Mix Console, showcasing its functionality and how you can use it to mix your song. For example, you will see where the channel strip volume, pan, solo and mute buttons are. And where to add inserts and sends on the tracks.

Exploring the Mix Console

This lesson will show how you can add Inserts to your tracks to improve the mix of your song. Gary will demonstrate how to add compressors and EQ's onto your tracks and how they can be used to tailer specific instruments.

Adding Inserts to your Tracks
Using Sends to Setup Reverbs
Assignment 6: Mixing Your Song
Get to Grips with Automation
Applying Bus Processing and Mix Engine Effects
Assignment 7: Try out some Bus Processing
Let's check how well you know the Mix Console
2 questions
+ Finalising Your Song
6 lectures 19:32
Crash Course in Mastering your Song

This quiz question will test you knowledge on the different mastering inserts

Mastering Inserts
1 question
Assignment 8: Apply Mastering to your Main Output
Sketching Out Ideas with ScratchPads
Exporting Out your Song
Assignment 9: Finishing Off your Song
Bonus Lecture: Handy Resources and Tips
+ Extra Tips and Tricks
2 lectures 04:18

In this lesson I'll show how you can color code your tracks to help visually improve your workflow between the tracks in the Track List and Mix Console views. This works especially well when you have high track counts in your songs.

Color Coding Your Tracks

In this lesson I have included my Studio One project plus the included audio files. You can use this song to try a mix for your self. It's a great way to test what you've learnt in this course.

Practice Mix Song