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Ableton Link Support

+267 votes
asked Oct 21, 2016 in Studio One Feature Requests by designweb (2,320 points) 1 flag
Ableton Link would be a great addition to Studio One.

To be able to sync with Link enabled iOS app and Link enabled desktop apps is the future of collaborative product.

This is now enabled in Reason, Serato, Tracktor and most iOS app. As Studio One is a forward thinking DAW, adding this makes sense.

29 Answers

+55 votes
answered Oct 22, 2016 by -Luis- (22,600 points)
selected Dec 11, 2016 by ghasenbeck
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+30 votes
answered Nov 24, 2016 by jonathanvisger (390 points)
This one feature is the one missing link of my dream workflow: Running Ableton synced on a second system as a sound design hub and pattern sequencer, and tying it all together in Studio One. Please consider it!
+23 votes
answered Nov 25, 2016 by monoxide works (1,750 points)
Yes please, this would be a very good feature to have. With this, we could run the two DAWs in parallel and get the best of both worlds.
+15 votes
answered May 6, 2017 by Scaper7 (450 points)
a big +1 for adding Link to Studio One

i'm always using a synced combination of audio tracking DAW + Ableton/Push as main sequencer

Link me up baby ... woohoo
+13 votes
answered Aug 2, 2017 by patricklindsey (570 points)
Also, I would love to see Ableton Link support! :)
+11 votes
answered Sep 24, 2017 by enochgitonga (630 points)
Dear Presonus Please Please add these feature. I'm hoping that eventually one can use the new Presonus Quantum with two separate DAW computers via  the two Thunderbolt 2 ports. But also if one uses a device like the MOTU AVB interfaces with the StudioLive 32 then each MOTU interface can be connected via USB or Thunderbolt to a different DAW Computer. It will be great if each computer ran Studio One linked via Abelton Link and Wifi.
I have seen the latest update for Bitwig with Abelton Link and it is a great feature.
+13 votes
answered Oct 4, 2017 by jdurham (2,100 points)
FYI - Ableton Link is going to be available in Bitwig 2.2, so adding Ableton Link to Studio One makes even more sense to be able to connect to forward-thinking apps and DAWs.
+20 votes
answered Dec 11, 2017 by lucjongen (410 points)
edited Dec 11, 2017 by lucjongen

Yes, this is needed as more and more apps on ios integrate this feature also. It is not only for syncing with Ableton but with a growing ecosystem of sequencers, dj software and ios apps. 

App and software with Ableton link support 

DAW or production software  : 

Reason 10

Bitwig 2



Ableton live

Wearable metronome :

Soundbrenner Pulse 

DJ software :



iOS apps :

Addictive Pro (VirSyn)
Afro Latin Drum Machine 4 (Luis Martinez)
Air Metronome (Itai Matos)
Aleph Looper (Secret Base Design)
apeDelay (apeSoft)
apeFilter (apeSoft)
Aphera Music Instrument Suite (george woskob)
Arpeggionome Pro (Alexandernaut)
AudioBus (AudioBus Pty Ltd)
AudioEffX (VirSyn)
AUM (Kymatica)
Auxy Music Studio (Auxy)
BassLine (Markus Waldboth)
BeatHawk (UVItouch)
Beat-Machine (Primitive Digital Software)
BeatMaker 2 (INTUA)
BeatMaker 3 (INTUA)
Beatonal (Luuk van der Graaff)
Beats | Keys (XME Inc.)
Blocs Waves (Novation)
Brazilian Drum Machine (Luis Martinez)
c3n loops (c3n performance)
c3n play one (c3n performance)
CHAiOS SYNTH 2 (Per Loenicker)
ChordFlow (Dmitry Klochkov)
Cross DJ Free (MIXVIBES)
Cross DJ Pro (MIXVIBES) 
Cube Synth (VirSyn)
Cyclop iPad Edition (Sugar Bytes GmbH)
Dedalus - Delay Audio Mangler (Amazing Noises)
Dhalang MG (Joel Kivela)
Different Drummer (Techne Media)
DJDJ Mixing app (Rodrigo Yanez) 
DM1 for iPad (Fingerlab)
DM1 for iPhone (Fingerlab)
DM2 (Pascal Douillard)
dot Melody (Olympia Noise Co.)
DRC - Polyphonic Synthesizer (Imaginado Sociedade Unipessoa Lda)
DrumJam (Sonosaurus LLC)
DrumPerfect Pro (Marinus J.G. van de Molengraft)
Drum Sessions (Ngo Minh Ngoc)
DubFilter (Amazing Noises)
Effectrix (Sugar Bytes GmbH)
EGDR606 Drum Machine HD (Elliot Garage)
EGDR808 Drum Machine HD (Elliot Garage)
EGDR808 Drum Machine free (Elliot Garage)
EGDR909 Drum Machine (Elliot Garage)
EGDR909 Drum Machine free (Elliot Garage)
Egoist (Sugar Bytes GmbH)
Elastic Drums (O-G-SUS)
e-l-s-a (Erik Sigth)
Figure (Allihoopa)
fluXpad (MoMinstruments GbR)
Fugue Machine (Alexandernaut)
FunkBox Drum Machine (Synthetic Bits, LLC)
Funk Drummer (Luis Martinez)
Future Drummer (Luis Martinez)
Gadget (KORG INC)
Genome (White Noise Audio Software)
GliderVerb (Amazing Noises)
GlitchBreaks (Alex Matheu)
GridComposer (Christian Gwiozda)
Groovebox - Beats & Synth Music Studio (Novation)
Group the Loop (Jack Marshall)
Harmony Eight (VirSyn)
Hook for iPad (retronyms)
Hook for iPhone (retronyms)
iDensity (apeSoft)
iElectribe for iPad (KORG INC)
iElectribe for iPhone (KORG INC)
iKaossilator (KORG INC) 
iMachine 2 (Native Instruments GmbH)
iMPC Pro (Retronyms)
Infinite Looper (Secret Base Design)
iPulsaret (apeSoft)
iSpark (Arturia/TempoRubato)
iVCS3 (apeSoft)
Jam Maestro - guitar pro tab sequencer (David Blake)
Jam Maestro Lite - guitar pro tab sequencer (David Blake)
KASPAR (Yonac Inc.)
K Machine (Dominique Baillot)
KQ MiniSynth (Ryouta Kira)
KRFT Modular Music Making (Studio Amplify)
Laplace (iceWorks, Inc.)
Launchpad (Novation)
LayR - Multi Timbral Synthesizer (Living Memory Software)
Limiter (Amazing Noises)
Link to MIDI (Alexandernaut)
LoAdKer (Achilleas Sourlas)
Looperverse - Multitrack Loop Recorder (Retronyms Inc)
Looptunes (Sonicreef LLC)
LooptunesDJ (Sonicreef LLC)
LooptunesHD (Sonicreef LLC)
Loopy (A Tasty Pixel)
Loopy HD (A Tasty Pixel) 
Lorentz (iceWorks, Inc.)
LP-5 (Markus Waldboth)
Magellan (Yonac Inc.)
Magellan jr (Yonac Inc.)
Medly - Music Maker (Medly Labs Inc)
Mercury Drum Sequencer (Marcus Spangenberg)
Mersenne Melodic Percussion Synth (iceWorks, Inc.)
microTERA (VirSyn)
midiLFOs (Arthur Kerns)
MIDI Link Sync (Coding Cod Ltd)
midiSTEPs (Arthur Kerns)
Moebius Lab (Amazing Noises)
Model 15 (Moog Music Inc.)
MoDrum (Markus Waldboth)
modstep (appBC)
mood (apeSoft) •universal
MV08 (MVStudio) •universal
Navichord (Denis Kutuzov)
Navichord for iPhone (Denis Kutuzov)
Nice To Be Your Friend Synth (Secret Base Design)
Nils (Erik Sigth)
Ninja Jamm (Ninja Tune)
Patterning (Olympia Noise Co.)
Poly (James Milton)
Poseidon (VirSyn)
Quantiloop (Stephan Marx)
Quantiloop Pro (Stephan Marx)
Quincy (RoGame Software)
Quincy Lite (RoGame Software)
RD4 Groovebox (mikrosonic)
Reactable mobile (Reactable Systems SL)
Redshrike Synthesizer (iceWorks, Inc.)
Refraktions (Joseph Snell)
Remixlive - Loops. Finger drumming... (MIXVIBES)
ReSlice (VirSyn)
Reverb FND (Amazing Noises)
RF-1 Algorithmic Reverb (Kai Aras)
Ripplemaker (Bram Bos)
Rock Drum Machine 5 (Luis Martinez)
ROTOR Tangible Modular Synth (Reactable Systems SL)
RP-1 Dual Digital Delay (Kai Aras)
Ruismaker (Bram Bos)
Ruismaker FM (Bram Bos)
ScalePlay (RoGame Software)
SeekBeats (Rodrigo Yanez)
shapesynth (Erik Sigth)
Skram (Liine)
Soft Drummer (Luis Martinez)
SoundPrism Link Edition (Audanika GmbH)
Sparkle - Advanced Cross-Synthesis (apeSoft)
StepPolyArp (Laurent Colson)
Steps MIDI Sequencer (Reactable Systems SL)
Stereosun DJ Pro (Stereosun)
Stria (apeSoft)
studiomux (AppBC)
SyncKontrol (KORG INC)
SynthDrum Pads (DesignByPaul)
SynthMaster Player (KV331 Audio)
SynthScaper - Soundscapes synthesizer (iMusicAlbum)
synthQ (Never Be Normal)
Takete Lite (Refined Stochastic Technology)
Takete (Refined Stochastic Technology)
Tera Synth (VirSyn)
TF7 Synth (Pier Lim)
TF8 Synthesizer for iPhone (Pier Lim)
The Metronome (Soundbrenner Limited)
Thesys (Sugar Bytes GmbH)
ThumbJam (Sonosaurus LLC)
Tize (Tize Music, Inc.)
Ton: Drum Machine (Jeremy Pinat)
TonalEnergy Tuner (Sonosaurus LLC)
ToneStack (Yonac Inc.)
trigger seq (Alejandro Vazquez Davila)
Triggler: Sampler, Sequencer & Wave Synth (Christopher Hobson)
SynthDrum Pads (DesignByPaul)
SynthScaper (iMusicAlbum)
triqtraq -jam sequencer (Zaplin Music)
Troublemaker (Bram Bros)
Turnado (Sugar Bytes GmbH)
TweakyBeat (Rodrigo Yanez) 
Unique for iPad (Sugar Bytes GmbH)
Unique for iPhone (Sugar Bytes GmbH)
Vatanator (Georgi Georgiev)
Vatanator SX (Georgi Georgiev)
WOW (Sugar Bytes GmbH)
WubSynth (DesignByPaul)
Xynthesizr: 32-step matrix sequencer/synthes... (Yuri Torov)
zMors Modular (mobile only)
zMors Synth (mobile only)

Make syncing easy please! 

+7 votes
answered Apr 14, 2019 by nathanchisholm (420 points)
Studio One 4 is already one of the best all-around DAW's available and very strong in the mixing and mastering area as well as on the creation side of things. With the new Splice supported online collaboration features, we are able to work over the internet (using Studio One together with Teamviewer and VoiceMeeter my friend and I are able to both create on a single machine whilst talking and sending the sound over a Teamviewer VoIP call). Now all that is missing is the ability to sync workstations when my friend visits with his laptop! Ableton Link makes sense as Ableton is already popular and it would just be a huge plus on the creativity side allowing us to jam with friends in the same room with ease! I would very much like to see this feature implemented!
+5 votes
answered Jun 25, 2019 by justinstewart3 (1,060 points)
Yes please to this. With Impact XT able to work as a sample looper, I could connect to Serato as well for some scratching fun. Also, I'm sure quite a few users of Studio One would happily use it with Ableton and vice versa.
+3 votes
answered Jul 8, 2020 by everipper (1,110 points)

So we've got a live mode that uses scenes. If we could se Ableton Link support it could save our time to use and connect cables during setup. Or you could sync some wireless stuff from mobile devices that are used nowadays on scene.
+5 votes
answered Jul 9, 2020 by VPIZZLE (310 points)
How do you drop 5.0 and leave out Ableton Link? SMFH that was boneheaded especially adding performance mode..... They claim they are listening to the users but this has fallen on deaf ears for way too long.
+5 votes
answered Jul 14, 2020 by Chaossphere (270 points)
Yes Ableton link would be the missing "link" ... . Especialy with the new show page. It would make syncing to fellow musicians so much easier. Its the only thing why I use ableton at all. Only for live. But PLEASE LINK THE LINK !
+5 votes
answered Jul 25, 2020 by yassine (1,500 points)
Clearly a must have with the Retrospective Midi record.

I even have an Akai Force hardware that support the Ableton Link. Am struggling atm with Midi Sync, MTC ect.... it’s soo much easy with Ableton Link additionally it’s open source. Please add that in SO5.1 :)
+4 votes
answered Nov 6, 2020 by georgeirvine (350 points)
I have some awesome ios sequencers and granular synths I would love to sync up with studio one.  Syncing would be easier and much tighter with Ableton Link.  Please consider, it is one of the few things that would make me purchase studio one.
+5 votes
answered Nov 25, 2020 by johnthomson4 (250 points)
Hi this request has been open for 4 years, hopefully it gets some traction soon, Studios tend to operate more than one DAW and StudioOne should have this feature id  its too be the main Studio DAW
+2 votes
answered Apr 23, 2021 by stevejohns3 (550 points)
I agree that Link support in Studio One would be a very useful and valuable addition.

This has become even more important now that ReWire is deprecated.

Simple, effective syncing up with other DAWs and with iOS devices is much to be desired!
+1 vote
answered Aug 18, 2021 by Qhef (580 points)
This would really help with working with the MPC software and Studio One.  This would make my life easier .
+3 votes
answered Sep 10, 2021 by kalinkapugi (370 points)
Please do add this feature!

I’ve been using my iPad more during recording and would love to see native support for ableton link in studio one
+2 votes
answered Nov 9, 2021 by yourecord (850 points)
Hello guys i want to participate in this feature request.
Even Pro Tools now has Ableton Link. Ableton Link is cruicial for syncing external sequencers and tracking all your synthesizers.
I think of it as a Tapemachine, that runs sync with your Outboardgear.
At the Moment, i still use Ableton, and then export Stems to mix and tweak all that stuff. Sadly i hate this, always switching between 2 DAW´s is madness.
Also the Workflow in Studio 1 is way better than Ableton, i know all the Shortcuts, have Makros etc. Only Stupid thing is this Missing Ableton Link. Even for Live Music Studio One could become a weapon of choice, if Link will be integrated.
So Please Presonus Programmer´s ask Ableton for Link, implement it, and at the end, have a happy consumer  :)
0 votes
answered Feb 12, 2022 by sidemouth (340 points)
At the minute it’s either Ableton link in studio one or ara 2 in Ableton, and change daw. I cannot believe it hasn’t been added to s1 yet. Even pro tools has it. Please tell me why it is not a priority  Probably one of the most important features in a hardware/software based music studio right now.

Maschine +, mpc’s, pioneer dj, iPad apps but not presonus after 5.5 years
+2 votes
answered Jul 22, 2022 by kevinwhelan (200 points)
+1 For Ableton Link support. I'm using it with an Akai MPC live 2 in Ableton and Bitwig - and it works flawlessly in perfect time.

I'd love to see this level of synchronization in S1 as S1 is my preferred DAW to work in.
0 votes
answered Aug 12, 2022 by lm1 (470 points)
What are the chances of seeing link in S1 6.0?
0 votes
answered Sep 30, 2022 by lm1 (470 points)
Did it make 6.0?
0 votes
answered Oct 5, 2022 by lgbgnlhq (1,520 points)
Not included in S1 6. It's very disappointing...
0 votes
answered Jan 11 by dotcom12161984 (4,260 points)
this would in theory fix the latency of the MPC Software/hardware workflow seeing the actual MPC has ableton link support integrated so that the MPC and Studio One can play in sync and utilize all of the features of the actual MPC from the mpc instead of workarounds that aren't consistent or flat out unusable.
0 votes
answered Jul 11 by joemurray2 (540 points)
edited Jul 11 by joemurray2
Ill vote for it but wish it was something rewire.  I cant figure what it really does. Just syncs the tempo between daws? Sphere is cool to link people in studio one but not for subscription
–1 vote
answered Jul 11 by joemurray2 (540 points)
I spent all night and part of the day looking for something like rewire. I found Blue Cat Connector for $49. It is not going to sync bpm etc like Link. But you can play ableton, pro tools, and other vsts in studio one. Just throwing that out there for anybody looking for something similar to rewire
0 votes
answered Nov 15 by shayneoneill2 (520 points)
Yeah this would be huge. I have an MPC One which has Ableton link, but not support for other daws (Ie in the sort of way a Mackie MCU would). It kind of sucks to have this beautiful piece of hardware but not be able to use it in the Studio One ecosystem (And Abletons ok, but S1 is my daw of choice)