I'm testing the Studio One 3, recently purchased and I have found a few problems, which in my opinion rather seriously limit the functionality of the Studio One 3 (also Studio One 4). Below are my conclusions:
Changes concerning Arranger view (in relation to Console view).
There's no full synchronization between the Instrument tracks in the Arranger and Console views, i.e.:
- removing the Instrument Track in the Arranger view doesn't have the same result in the Console view (the Instrument is still playing, in spite of its absence in the Arranger view). It has to be removed additionally from the Instrument List in the Console view, which takes time.
- The Instrument Track in the Arranger view has no muting function. So, if the MUTE button is inactive, what is the point of its existence?
- However, it's puzzling that the Instrument track in the Arranger view has the SOLO button acting normally, synchronously with the same one in the Console view. To be consistent, this SOLO button also shouldn't act and exist at all in the Arranger view.
A musician doesn't need to be an engineer, nor a computer programmer, to create his music. For facilitating his work, all the tracks (Audio and Instrument) should be treated in the same manner - as the sound sources. Regretfully, it is not so in Studio One...
- I suggest creating (in Options) a possibility to choose between the treatment of the Instrument tracks in the Arranger view as:
- MIDI sequencer (as it is now in Studio One) or as:
- the sound source (just like in most of DAWs) - with all its consequences (i.e. the properly functioning MUTE button)
Any user of the application could then choose an option, to fit his preferences.
- add Inserts&Sends panes above the meters and faders, in Narrow option (suitable when using two monitors).
- change the color of the Main knob from blue to red.
- to unify the character of display by placing the Inspector and Track List tabs on the bottom of the Arranger View, on the left or the right side (like the other ones: Edit, Mix, Browse).
- update the Mackie Control protocol (latest one conforms to Studio One 2.6) - in order to better use the capabilities of MCU Pro.
That’s all (for now).