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closed Feature Request: Volume automation on Projects Session (Mastering)

+304 votes
asked Dec 5, 2015 in Completed Feature Requests by adrianciuplea (780 points)
closed Jan 13, 2022 by Fabian Kiesewetter
Is really useful on Mastering for fine-tuning automations  between song parts. You can add a next level of excitement to any song by controlling the levels on different song sections.

 Just like one can edit the fade outs on events, it also should be easy to automate the track/event volume in the Project window.


Thank you

closed with the note: Completed in 5.5.

19 Answers

+21 votes
answered Dec 7, 2015 by AlexTinsley (925,190 points)

Thanks for your suggestion, hey everyone else if you like this, then vote up the question for the development team to see it.

+27 votes
answered Dec 19, 2015 by jeremypark (360 points)
Please, please, please!  This would definitely be something that would give this program the upper hand against some other DDP programs and even compete with "big league" mastering programs.  I'd say that this is the only feature that I feel that I'm missing from "project" and it's a little hard to live without.  A simple alternative might be if you could at least let us split a song into sections (without actually turning each split into a new track).  This way we could volume automate each of the sections we split within a song.  For example; if we want the choruses to have more impact in a song, we could create a split at the beginning and ending of each chorus section, and reduce the volume/gain everywhere except in the choruses.  I'd even be super happy with something like this :)

Many thanks,

+44 votes
answered May 29, 2016 by mange586 (580 points)
Why settle on volume automation? I want to be able to automate whatever, also in the projects page. Personally I would be happy with an automation lane/track locked to/per song. DonĀ“t see much use of a global project automation lane/track.
+26 votes
answered Jun 18, 2016 by danam2 (4,100 points)
Like mange586 I think that all FX parameters should be automatable. The best approach I can think of would be a more sophisticated event editor not only at songs (where there is one at least) but also at projects. So a song on the mastering page would be the same kind of object as an event in a song. Both could be edited with automatable fx in that event editor. So this could be done with a) a song editor at projects and song/event fx automation at both (event editor at songs, song editor at projects). Was that understandable? ;-)

Personally I don't have high hopes for this one before V4 at least....
+16 votes
answered Sep 25, 2016 by brandoncalano (430 points)
I would buy Studio One just as a mastering DAW if it had automation in the projects page. There are hardly any OSX mastering DAWs with automation.

Would also be great to have dynamic clip gain as opposed to static clip gain. We all know the familiar problem of getting a track with a quiet verse and a huge chorus that you need to level out. And no, I will not go back to the song and automate the master fader to do this. That's ludicrous. What if I didn't mix the song...

Finally, would be great to have integration with Pro Tools. The reality is that a lot of projects are still mixed in PT. I would be so happy if Presonus could nod to this and create a feature that would monitor a PT session folder and look for new bounces and then ask if we want to update mastering session with the latest bounces from PT. This would be magical! Presonus would take the OSX mastering market by storm if they did this.

Finally, let's please have a multi-window setup for the projects page. Some of us like to spread out on multiple monitors.

Thank you!
asked Oct 7, 2016 in Studio One Feature Requests by RuftyTufty (540 points)
reshown Oct 25, 2020 by Lukas Ruschitzka
how do we bump it up the list..?
+9 votes
answered Oct 7, 2016 by RuftyTufty (540 points)

Ok - sorry guys; double post... bit new to this type of forum... smiley

I just wanted to post my votes for this topic and hopefully bump its visibility up the list. Seems I've managed to also ask a (related) question... Oops.!

Oh well, - automation would be great in the project page, please

Thanks, bob

+24 votes
answered Dec 3, 2016 by chrisfogal (1,520 points)
Can I just add not just volume automation but we NEED plug in automation. Some people will argue that those kind of adjustments should be made in the mix which is true sometimes but there are many ways when you NEED to automate plug ins in mastering. Like say when you use FG-x even Slate himself automates the magic slider in his tutorials because sometimes it can clip on certain material. That's just one example. I have automated volume in many masters to make sure certain parts are as dynamic as they need to be. Sometimes limiting can bring up a breakdown where the rest of the band drops out, things like that.
+17 votes
answered May 26, 2017 by alemass73 (800 points)

Automation for plug-in and volume too

in the project window.

I would add also the ability to record through analog effects.

It would become the perfect daw for mastering

+12 votes
answered Jan 23, 2018 by chrisfogal (1,520 points)
Agree 100% it would be great to be able to automate everything, not just volume. Totally essential. I hope it gets done!
+9 votes
answered Jan 31, 2018 by puustinen (1,020 points)
I bought Studio One only to use for mastering and I have to give this suggestion +100. To keep mastered track exiting, you normally need to do volume and compressor threshold automation between the verses and choruses.

Also volume automation would allow my detailed fade-ins and fade-out that the predefined shapes allow you to do. Especially handy when one track continues to another without pause.
+4 votes
answered May 1, 2018 by pimpolderman (230 points)
Awesome idea! Another addition to this would be to just lower ALL tracks in the montage to -6db in a batch / normalisation kind of fashion.
+8 votes
answered May 24, 2018 by alemass73 (800 points)
Version 4 arrived a no news about that.
I STARTED asking since the first version of studio one.
Also is there anyone explaining me what the editor channel do overthere if you cannot automate anythin?
+6 votes
answered Jan 13, 2019 by jameslawrence (2,530 points)
What do we want? Automation and normalisation in the Project Page!

When do we want it? ASAP PreSonus!! Please!
+6 votes
answered Jul 17, 2020 by ryanm1 (8,370 points)
It's 2020, Version 5 is here and we're still waiting! But most of the top feature requests have been completed so we should be due soon!
+6 votes
answered Jul 17, 2020 by benreaves (11,300 points)
Version 5.0 is here. We STILL need complete automation in the Project page.

I have to master in the Song page simply so I can automate parameters and layer additional audio if something changes in the album in mastering, like additional sound effects. That's exactly the same as every other DAW that you can master in--you have to construct the metering yourself, and create track splits using markers. If Studio One had automation in the Project page, with the option to create additional channels on a track, this would be THE BEST DAW for mastering in terms of workflow.

PreSonus, do not neglect the Project page! People don't use it because it's not complete! Integration with the Song page is a non-issue. We need automation!
+4 votes
answered Jul 24, 2020 by adarshchandran (5,440 points)
Please please please presonus.....Add automation of effects to project page please!  Why did it not come in studio one 5 yet even after so many years??
+3 votes
answered Dec 12, 2020 by stefanomonti (240 points)
Please please Presonus, you have fulfilled so many top requests from this forum, but this one for me is one of the biggest missing ones! In the latest versions there have been massive improvements to the main song page, but the project page seems a bit abandoned and could do with some updating! I would love to have the same complete automation system that we have in song view but for mastering, maybe on a track by track basis, just because sometimes it is necessary to make small adjustments after the mix and especially if you have not done the mix yourself but you're doing an external mastering for someone else this features is a must! The ability to record and apply external effects in parallel would also be killer, and then it would be the best DAW for mastering! Show some love for the project page!
+3 votes
answered May 24, 2021 by famuyiwasegun (2,280 points)
This particular feature I've been requested since 2015 yet no update, please do something about this @presonus it is really important.
0 votes
answered Nov 8, 2021 by torianchavis (1,830 points)
This small update will truly make the mastering page that much more powerful.