A comprehensive feature list of PreSonus’ Studio One 4 Professional

When it comes to choosing a DAW, it’s essential to have an understanding of what unique features different workstations offer.

While many standard components are expected across most DAWs, there are always some distinct features that can make all the difference for your workflow. Here, we provide a comprehensive list of the many features that Presonus’ Studio One has to offer, categorized by general functionalities, native plugins, virtual instruments, and bundled content.

Interested in giving Studio One 4 Professional a try? Rent-to-Own the DAW on Splice for $16.99/mo.


The length of this list speaks to just how much Studio One 4 Professional brings to your work on a general level. The best thing, however, is that it doesn’t feel like this many features – a sleek GUI and user-minded workflow help you command all of these features without even realizing it. If you’re switching over from a different DAW, Studio One assists your transition by enabling Pro Tools, Cubase, Logic, or Sonar keyboard shortcuts (or, you can even create your own).

  • Start page
  • Song page
  • Project page (Mastering, DDP, Red Book CD burning, digital release)
  • Elegant single-window work environment
  • Powerful drag-and-drop functionality
  • Native high-DPI and cross-platform multi-touch user interface
  • Unlimited audio tracks, MIDI tracks, virtual instruments, and FX channels
  • Unlimited buses
  • Integrated Melodyne pitch correction
  • Single and multitrack comping
  • Arranger Track
  • Scratch Pads
  • New: Chord Track and Harmonic Editing
  • Editable Folder Tracks
  • Track display list with presets, linkable to console channel display
  • Content browser with search, user tabs, connections to the Internet, and Preview Player
  • Transient detection with editable markers
  • Drag-and-drop groove extraction
  • Multitrack MIDI editing
  • New: Instrument and Drum Editor
  • New: Drum and melodic patterns for pattern-based arranging
  • Multitrack Track Transform (advanced freezing capability)
  • Event-based effects
  • Macro Toolbar (create and use command sequences)
  • Automatic latency compensation
  • Dropout Protection for native low latency monitoring
  • Advanced automation
  • VCA faders
  • Audio-processing resolution (64-bit)
  • Easy sidechain routing
  • Stunning virtual instruments (5)
  • New: Easy-to-use drag-and-drop live sampler (Sample One XT)
  • Import sampler formats (EXS, GigaSampler, Kontakt, SoundFont)
  • Multi Instruments
  • Channel Editor with macro controls
  • Extended FX Chains with parallel processing
  • Control Link (most intuitive MIDI-mapping system available)
  • Real-time audio time-stretching, resampling, and normalization
  • Compatible with any ASIO-, Windows Audio-, or Core Audio-compliant audio interfaces
  • Integrated mastering suite with automatic mix updating, DDP import / export, Red Book CD burning, and digital release
  • Send Song or individual tracks to Notion (audio + note data)
  • Export to SoundCloud
  • New: AAF (Advanced Authoring Format) import and export
  • Import Song data
  • Video playback and sync
  • MP3 encoding and decoding
  • Third-party plug-in support (AU, VST2, and VST3 plug-ins and ReWire applications)

Native Plugins

Studio One 4 Professional brings a grand total of 41 native plugins that help you hit the ground running. The plugins cover all stages of the creative process, from sound design (chorus, guitar amplifier, IR creator etc.) to mixing (EQ, compressor, autopanner, etc.) to mastering (multiband compressor, limiter, level meter, etc.).

  • Ampire XT – Guitar amplifier modeler
  • Analog Delay – Tape delay emulator
  • Arpeggiator – Note FX arpeggiator with pattern sequencer
  • Auto Filter – Envelope-controlled filter
  • Beat Delay – Tempo-synched delay
  • Binaural Pan – Stereo panner and imager
  • Bitcrusher – Lo-fi and downsampling processor
  • Channel Strip – Compressor / expander / equalizer
  • Chorder – Note FX chord processor
  • Chorus – Three-voice chorus with stereo width
  • Compressor – Full-featured RMS compressor with side-chain
  • Console Shaper – Mix Engine FX analog console emulation
  • Dual Pan – Independent L/R channel panner
  • Expander – Downward expander with sidechain
  • Fat Channel XT – Native version of StudioLive Fat Channel
  • Flanger – Flanger with tempo sync
  • Gate – Noise gate with MIDI trigger output
  • Groove Delay – Multi-tap delay with tempo sync and tap filtering
  • Input Filter – Note FX filter for velocity and key range
  • IR Maker – Impulse response creation utility
  • Level Meter – Resizable, multi-scale loudness / level meter
  • Limiter – Brickwall peak limiter
  • Mixtool – Channel utility
  • MixVerb™ – Basic reverb
  • Multiband Dynamics – Multiband compressor / expander
  • Open AIR – Convolution reverb
  • Phaser – Multistage allpass-filter phaser
  • Phase Meter – Phase analyzer
  • Pipeline – External-processor insert
  • Pro EQ – Seven-band parametric equalizer
  • RedlightDist™ – Analog distortion emulator
  • Repeater – Note FX delay with transpose
  • Room Reverb – Room simulator
  • Rotor – Rotary speaker emulator
  • Scope – Digital oscilloscope
  • Spectrum Meter – Spectrum meter
  • Tone Generator – Multi-waveform signal generator
  • Transformer – Note FX transformer for pitch and controller data
  • Tricomp™ – Basic multiband compressor
  • Tuner – Chromatic instrument tuner
  • X-Trem – Tremolo / autopanner with tempo sync and step sequence modulation

Virtual Instruments

Some of the most exciting features in Studio One 4 Professional are its five top-notch virtual instruments. Encompassing both synthesizers and samplers, the DAW offers limitless avenues for creativity. If you’ve accumulated a virtual instrument catalog in a previous DAW that you’re hesitant to say goodbye to, fear not – Studio One 4 Professional also supports several third-party sampler formats (ex. EXS, Giga, Kontakt).

  • Mojito – Monophonic subtractive synthesizer
  • Mai Tai – Polyphonic virtual analog synth
  • Impact XT (New) – Multichannel drum sampler
  • Sample One XT (New) – Drag-and-drop integrated live sampler
  • Presence XT – Sample playback instrument

Bundled Content

Last but not least, Studio One 4 Professional also offers bundled content from both PreSonus and third-party creators. Some highlights are Melodyne Essential (which seamlessly integrates with the DAW), additional Studio One instruments and libraries, and tons of loops and kits from leading sample providers such as Sample Magic and MVP Loops.

  • Melodyne Essential (120 MB)
  • Prime Selection Loops and Sounds (785 MB)
  • Presence XT Core Library (15 GB)
  • Impact XT Core Library (New) (1.8 GB)
  • Acoustic Drum Kits and Loops (1.5 GB)
  • Producer Loops and Kits (BigFishAudio, Sample Magic, MVP Loops) (3.76 GB)
  • Electronic Audioloops (3.17 GB)
  • Electronic Kits and Musicloops (294 MB)
  • Studio One FX (546 MB)
  • Studio One Impulse Responses (1.19 GB)
  • Studio One Instruments Vol. 1 (155 MB)
  • Studio One Musicloops 1+2 (900 MB)
  • Studio One Expansion (39 MB)
  • Ueberschall Impact Drums (68 MB)
  • Vengeance Sound (880 MB)
  • Voodoo One Synth Soundset (900 MB)

Try Studio One for free on Rent-to-Own, then pay $16.99/mo until you own it outright.

November 13, 2018

Harrison Shimazu Harrison Shimazu is an editor of the Splice blog and a composer for video games and film.