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closed Retrospective Record / Capture Recording [Completed 5.1]

+576 votes
asked Dec 10, 2015 in Completed Feature Requests by niles (53,890 points)
closed Oct 26, 2020 by niles

This was added in Studio One 5.1.0. Thank you very much to everyone who supported this request  and to PreSonus for implementing this great feature!


I would like to suggest a feature that always records the MIDI data of an armed track in a buffer on playback. So when you are jamming along with a song or tweaking some filters but forgot to press record you can still retrieve the data after you stopped playback. In Cubase, Tracktion/Waveform, Samplitude & Live it's called Retrospective record, and in Logic it's called Capture Recording.

Examples of seven DAWs with retrospective MIDI record.


Cubase 10.5+ (improved retrospective record version)





Pro Tools

Digital Performer

closed with the note: Feature complete!

78 Answers

+6 votes
answered Dec 11, 2019 by bryannelson4 (330 points)
+4 votes
answered Dec 28, 2019 by robertgray3 (38,620 points)
Would REALLY love this feature (Cubase style) when I’m doing sound design. Sometimes I’m messing with a sound or recreating something, playing random keys on a Scale-playing or generative plugins like Instascale and I’ll go “oh wow that sounded interesting, I’d love to save that for later” and ... can’t.
+4 votes
answered Jan 8, 2020 by chrislang3 (1,610 points)
Yes, please add this! It is really, really needed!
+6 votes
answered Feb 4, 2020 by akheecubano (590 points)
Its a joke that PreSonus has not included this feature yet...
+5 votes
answered Feb 11, 2020 by raylindsey (510 points)
Digital Performer 10.1 just added this feature, so Presonus should be able to do it also. DP's version even works while stopped. It's very handy. I often hit a"perfect" idea while improvising or noodling and then cannot quite recapture it. It vanishes like a dream.
+5 votes
answered Mar 16, 2020 by yitaoli1 (400 points)
+5 votes
answered Mar 20, 2020 by hafael (340 points)
Presonus, are you guys seeing this? It's been  years! People are asking for this for 5 years!!! Why the blind eye?
+3 votes
answered Apr 1, 2020 by robertrubanovitsch (460 points)
I'm deciding which DAW to use and this feature would be great, please add it to your already awesome DAW. From reading other comments I wonder why Presonus haven't added this feature like it is in Ableton for example. I assume they have some kind of business and marketing plan which they are not willing to openly discuss. They might save this feature for future upgrades purposely or have some deal with other companies or they are creating other more important features, who knows? However, they should communicate with the community about this :)
+2 votes
answered Apr 2, 2020 by valentinosciacca1 (4,080 points)
Such a shame that this option is still not available for the MIDI part.....

Please PreSonus make this happen!
+4 votes
answered Apr 15, 2020 by JosephJFK (340 points)
After using this feature in Ableton, it has become a core litmus test for me of whether I can use a DAW.  It totally changed my workflow for MIDI.  

This isn't a "nice to have" feature; it's fundamental.
+5 votes
answered May 5, 2020 by mobe1 (420 points)
I purchased Studio One Pro only yesterday and that's the feature I instantly started missing (coming from Live 10).

Please make it happen! :)
+3 votes
answered May 23, 2020 by fdsdffdsef (500 points)
Please add this feature
+1 vote
answered Jun 21, 2020 by mattwafaie (310 points)
I just jammed out the SICKEST violin melody for my track. I was feeling the flow of the music rather than using my brain to create it. Sad to say... it's gone. Forever.

Presonus, PLEASE! For the love of all that is good and holy in the eyes of the music gods, give us this feature so that we can stop saying "Studio One is great, "but"..."

Stay safe, everyone.
+3 votes
answered Jul 8, 2020 by faridhassan (350 points)
Too bad this highly requested feature didn't make it into Studio One 5. :/
+1 vote
answered Jul 11, 2020 by anubhavukil (7,590 points)
This need more votes
+2 votes
answered Jul 11, 2020 by kaihanglee (560 points)
Why is this feature still not implemented in version 5?
+3 votes
answered Jul 17, 2020 by Beloved1 (1,120 points)
Just bring this back full Circle.....THIS HAS TO BE IMPLEMENTED :-).  Studio has been doing amazing things. but look at the votes on this... Let's get his into Studio one 5 Update when 5.2 drops... 500+ upvotes... Let's go.. the people want this.

+2 votes
answered Jul 17, 2020 by benreaves (9,890 points)

Whoever marked this with a "best answer" needs to unmark it.... almost 5 years and no materialization of this features in Studio One 5.

This is a REAL NEED for composers and musicians. Even just as recordists, when you're cuing someone up at the studio and they "practice" along and do something insanely cool by accident... you need to be able to save it. In every other DAW, you can.

This FR has over 500 votes positive. It's from nearly 5 years ago. It's time the devs have a look.

+2 votes
answered Jul 18, 2020 by rogereye (180 points)
I just installed Version 5.  But I'm so disappointed that this feature is still not implemented.  Really I am. That means I have to continue using my crude workaround (Creator synced to S1) to capture those amazing performances that always happen BEFORE you actually decide to officially record a MIDI track.  Anyway, thanks for the other lifesaver, i.e. capturing console and mix settings.
0 votes
answered Jul 19, 2020 by niles (53,890 points)

answered Jul 17 by benreaves (6,480 points)

Whoever marked this with a "best answer" needs to unmark it.... almost 5 years and no materialization of this features in Studio One 5.

Agree and done! 

+4 votes
answered Jul 21, 2020 by HopTzop (2,850 points)
I really hope to see this feature in the next update for v5.x

This would make my life so easy, to try things on the fly without actually hitting record button.
+3 votes
answered Aug 10, 2020 by romanmaier (350 points)
Come on, please add this feature already.. I mostly stopped using S1 for composing, and it's because of this reason only. It also is the only reason why I didn't upgrade since Version 3. And I don't plan on updating, as long as this feature is missing. Because it's mind numbing how many good Ideas I lost due the lack of this feature. My head will always be like "why didn't i press record". AND the feature would save me from recording tons of useless stuff (If I use S1, I will often just record the midi, in case something great happens, which results in countless hours of mediocre midi recordings stacking up. It's really a dealbreaker for anyone who is composing, hence most DAWs added it in the last years, I guess. It's sad, because S1 is totally my preferred DAW, if it wasn't for this. The updates are good and everything, but this is requested for so long by so many people, it's dissapointing by now. Especially because you always say how you have implemented a lot of user requests in the new versions. That's it, I needed to get this out upon seeing this is still not implemented in Ver5.
+2 votes
answered Aug 10, 2020 by bryanschuler (350 points)
This has my vote. C'mon people, any of you who haven't upvoted this yet, press that button. A feature like this is a good thing!
+2 votes
answered Aug 12, 2020 by giuseppetria (1,290 points)
Is it so hard to implement this feature?

Come on, we need it!
+1 vote
answered Aug 23, 2020 by konradlesniak (420 points)
I agree, this is a shame for PreSonus - 5 years and nothing? the retrospecive recording for audio is ready, but (simplest) for MIDI not? Version 5 should have this feature!
+1 vote
answered Sep 21, 2020 by kromanoid (630 points)
Still waiting for this, Presonus!
+1 vote
answered Oct 4, 2020 by davidwarner2 (580 points)
Shambles that this isn't in - it's a really useful feature and one of the most requested features here. When will it be implemented, it simply cannot be complicated!
+2 votes
answered Oct 14, 2020 by konradkoch (1,180 points)
Did they implement this feature at last?