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THE MISSING BASIC FEATURES FOR PRO AUDIO WORK! Vote this up if you want S1 to sit at the big boys' table!

+915 votes
asked Oct 15, 2018 in Completed Feature Requests by jrocamora (1,790 points)
edited Oct 17, 2018 by jrocamora
    Needed for video work. Allows you to lock sound effects/foley to timecode. This way, if you make a change in the timing of the music, the sfx track will remain unchanged according to the video. I don't need to explain why this is crucial for a professional DAW. A lot of professionals work in advertising, and uh, when's the last time you saw a commercial with audio?

     Currently, panning stereo tracks in studio one isn't actually panning. The single control type that Studio One uses is called a Balance Control. With a stereo track, this simply raises the volume of one channel while lowering the other, which means if you "pan" hard left with the current control, you can kiss the right hand of your stereo recorded piano goodbye. There are workarounds to this currently which are... 

    1. Splitting the stereo track into two mono tracks and bussing them. This works fine and dandy but is severely inefficient and if you have multiple stereo tracks your organization and time will be sacrificed a lot, and it still shares the same problem as the next 'solution'.

    2. Using the dual pan plugin. This will give you the true stereo panning control that you are after BUT there is a major issue with this technique, which is that now your panning control is in the plugin phase of the signal flow, which makes it go through even when pre-fader is on, which would ruin any auxiliary send routing if you wanted follow-main-pan to not go through... which brings us to our next point​:

    This one is probably one of the worst offenders. Right now, sends don't care about your panning, like at all. If you have a mono track and hard pan left and stick a send routed to a ping-pong delay, the delay comes out square in the center instead of hard right, as if your track was not panned at all. So if you want follow-main-pan, too bad. You're gonna have to set the pan on the sends manually to match the main pan, or connect the two by macro and only use that WHICH by the way is an incompatible method with dual pan on a stereo track. But wait... oh, that's right dual pan is in the plugin phase of signal flow, so you can't turn off follow-main-pan even if you wanted too.

    Just so we're clear here, the mixing console problems need to be fixed not only for the tracks but for the sends themselves. Stereo audio tracks should have dual pan pots on everything that can possibly be routed through, otherwise you are harshly limited in your creative options down the signal flow. A technique that I commonly use in ProTools that is simply too inconvenient to pull off in Studio One is to route a vocal track with a panned send over to a delay fx aux send. In the aux send I have the delay with 0% feedback as well as an eq with boost in a mid-high frequency. I then send the send back to itself with attenuation that exceeds the eq boost to prevent bad signal feedback, with both pan pots routed to opposite sides, so now this delay effect is ping-ponging as well as being actively eq'd through it's own feedback. Try doing this in Studio one and tell me how it goes. It won't go well, and it will take about ten times as long to set up.

    If you have a sample of a riser that you want to add your track, right now you will just have to eyeball for a kind of perfect alignment. In ProTools you can hold a few keys on your keyboard and click the audio region you want to snap to the end of your playhead and you're done. 

I would recommend Studio One to my colleagues in a heartbeat if these problems were solved, but I don't currently because I am too embarrassed by the fact that I still want to like it despite how much it is missing. You've almost got it right, Presonus. Just fix these things and I can finally, without lying, tell everyone I know that Studio One is better than Logic or Cubase, a great alternative to ProTools, and a strong contender against Ableton and Bitwig.

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–35 votes
answered Jan 5, 2019 by jonnylipsham (14,860 points)
Best answer
Hi there,

First off, please make each one of these a separate FR. Then, please check if these are not already FRs. If they are, please remove from this list and vote up the existing FRs.

+41 votes
answered Oct 18, 2018 by dwaynevalentine (4,270 points)
ALL GREAT POINTS! We have inquiries all the time about what equipment and software we use in our studio. I hate that we have to mention that we have Pro Tools even though I prefer working in Studio One. Give us more 'pro' features to really put Presonus on the map!
+40 votes
answered Nov 2, 2018 by andysun (770 points)
I really don't see a good reason not to add all of these. Studio One should be able to do everything other DAWs can.
–3 votes
answered Dec 5, 2018 by angel2808 (800 points)
edited May 24, 2022 by angel2808
Very valuable thoughts.
+33 votes
answered Jun 29, 2019 by philschroeder1 (530 points)
edited Jun 29, 2019 by philschroeder1

jrocamora, you are spot on, and sadly this list isn't long enough. S1 is elegant in so many ways but so incredibly unfocused in others. I simply can't believe the numbers of "pros" (I'm a pro, by the way) who tout S1 as a replacement for Pro Tools. It isn't even close. It could be, but it's not. Is anyone at PreSonus paying attention?

Before I give you my list, I want to frame the debate, because here's the deal: there are a lot of DAWs and a lot of composers/mixers/etc, and diversity is a bonus. Avid, while owning the "industry standard," has created a horrific customer experience that leaves a huge opportunity for PreSonus (and others) to fill the gap. Well-intentioned commenters love what they love, but the debate must acknowledge that many pro users will need to keep Pro Tools in their arsenal for years to come and the winner of the DAW wars will be the company that makes it super simple to move in and out of PT with elegance. This isn't just about importing and exporting but about understanding workflows and finding strong compatibilities. It's not just about mapping key commands but about mapping the mind of the user and understanding her/his experience. This is where Avid fails and where PreSonus could succeed. The major updates in 4.5 were window dressing compared to what it's going to take. S1 still has a long way to go to be a real pro's tool.

1. Let's talk automation. Lanes? There is nothing special about lanes and frankly, they're clumsy. How about real "write to end" console-based automation like the kind that's been standard in computer-based automation since, uh, 1980? Did you just find the perfect level for your snare drum halfway through the song? Think you can set it and forget it? Think again. You'll need to stop, open those "lanes," fuss around with a bunch of stupid tiny dots and redraw the levels forwards and backwards. 

2. Let's talk composing. Midi composing is a mess! S1creates new layers every time I punch in on a midi track. It hides the notes at the beginning of a bar if I punch halfway through. It hides the notes at the end of the bar if I try to punch on the downbeat of the next bar. No one noticed this?! Instead of composing, I'm futzing with GUI. I have to stop, go back and uncover the missing layers, and I still have all of these funky layers of midi takes to deal with. Layers? You can have it. It took me 60 minutes to compose something I'd have spent 15 minutes on in PT. (Of course, PT has a bug where it might arbitrarily erase all of my notes when I'm writing, so I pick my poison with caution.) But seriously, how can you mess up midi recording in 2019? 

3. Let's talk solo buttons. I'm working with a group of four instruments, let's say I'm composing the horns, and I want to just solo the four tracks I'm writing, with one in record while I compose. Every time I stop playing/recording, the other three tracks fall out of solo. WTF? Stop it already, S1! Another feature, right...? Settings I make should not be undone by the software, that seems like a simple rule.

4. Let's talk instrument tracks, record buttons and composing workflows. Instrument tracks need to come out of record when I move to record into another track. Period. There is no functional reason instrument or midi tracks should ever remain in record when I jump to another track to continue composing. Composing in midi is a different kind of workflow from audio recording and needs to be understood as such. Moving on to the next track means leaving the old one behind, and so on. (For those actually recording multiples of these tracks, that would be a non-default special option, usually done with the alt key and the Rec button.) Oh, and by the way, I know that if I click a track in the mixer, the record button will follow, turning the old one off. But that's crazy! I have a lot of reasons I might want to click on a track. It's not a good work flow.

5. Let's talk ReWire. Reason won't load as ReWire in S1. It should be stupid simple.

6. Let's talk importing audio files. Some try to pretend that S1 has a super simple, just slightly different way of doing what the "shuffle" button in Pro Tools does, but this is a stinky lie. There is no reason in the universe that I shouldn't be able to drag in a new audio file/stem/etc and have it automatically locate to the very beginning of the session. No, I don't want to designate a marker, have it locate there and then move things around again. The word is "beginning." The b-e-g-i-n-n-i-n-g of my session. Please. Go there. Now. Most of us – and especially the ones desperately trying to secure a digital divorce from Pro Tools and find marital bliss elsewhere – have to work in stems or head-to-tail files for sharing. Why make it so hard on us?

7. Let's talk export range. Why the hell can't I EASILY set a range of time from which to export my mix? Start markers aren't the answer. Loop markers aren't the answer. It takes me four or five minutes to set this up, and god help me if I have to stop and change something. Pro Tools' solution isn't great, but at least it's a single tool dragged across the entire edit window that defines the range. It's no big deal. Cubase lets you define and save ranges – a great idea! S1...good luck, soldier.

8. Let's talk transport. The options for start and stop, especially with respect to what the screen does on stop, don't cover the waterfront. You get two choices: either you stop where you stop, then continue to play from there (a mostly useless option for a composer or mixer who needs to go back and hear/do it again), or you can set prefs to have the cursor jump back and start again from the same defined place. The problem is: let's say I start playing from measure 10 and play about 15 bars and at bar 25 I see something I want to fix and stop. In my version 2 of the transport options, the screen immediately jumps back to bar 10, my starting place. No! I needed to see the place I stopped! There is no third option for S1 to stop in place, then play again from the Go To bar already set. Yes, like Pro Tools does. Oh, and Cubase, DP, Logic and even Reason (the worst sequencer ever). 

9. Let's talk console window. I mostly love the console window, but I'm one of those guys who almost never wants it attached to the main edit window, because I like it big. S1 seems to make no accommodation for this workflow, with every new session beginning with the console window built into the main window, and when opening it as separate, it opens up really small. Believe it or not, I kind of want what I want the same way all the time. Give me the option to have a fixed size for my console window from session to session. This should be an easy overall preference.

10. And while we're on the console window...I want my sends and inserts to be aligned horizontally. If I move the horizon for sends up on one track, I want all tracks to follow. I don't want a mash-mash of horizons. It looks bad and confuses my eyes. I'm fine with the idea that the verticals can scale, unlike Pro Tools and other DAWs where they're fixed, but I like straight, symmetrical lines.

11. Let's talk HUI/Mackie and Artist Mix. It doesn't work. Except that PreSonus documentation says it should but support blames Avid when it doesn't. Guys, let's do what others have done and get this working. The Artist Mix is one of the slickest little mixers ever made and more important, I own it! I don't want to buy another one. Why? Because as I said earlier, I will not ever be without the need to open Pro Tools, even if you fix all of this and I can make the full switch to S1. I have 15 years of legacy sessions in Pro Tools and I don't want two mixers. 

I don't expect any of these things to be taken seriously by PreSonus, unfortunately. And that's a real shame, because the things that are supremely awesome about S1 are amazing advances for those of us trying to work a little faster, a little cleaner and frankly, trying to have a little more fun. My first week working with Studio One, before I started hitting all of these road blocks, was the most fun I've had with a DAW in a long time. But without real and professional workflow solutions that address stuff like I mentioned above and that jrocamora mentions, S1 ends up creating more problems than it solves. And despite the dozens of glowing YouTube blah blah blahs, the truth is eventually going to emerge that S1 is close – but not really there. I firmly believe that those pro mixers who claim to have fallen in love with S1 and abandoned Pro Tools haven't actually done that at all. Like me, they keep booting up Pro Tools and putting up with its shortcomings  because the work flows are still better, and as long as you don't see beachballs, it sorta works. Pretty much.

And that is a real shame because Studio One is beautiful, super stable and sounds great. It just doesn't do enough. I'll be learning Cubase next week, in hopes of finding answers there, but by all means, PreSonus, look me up if you want to have a serious conversation.

commented Jul 1, 2019 by arndkaiser (2,300 points)
Of course, you're free to put a collection of feature requests like this into a comment of another post but don't expect anything to happen. Nobody will be able to vote for any requests you listed in here. Also, always check first if a request has already been posted by someone else. In that case, please don't post another duplicate request. Simply vote and comment on the existing request. Thanks!
+9 votes
answered Sep 10, 2019 by Scoox (16,950 points)
Sign me up and serve me double
+5 votes
answered Sep 10, 2019 by nneilmctavish (610 points)
Yes yes, yes!!!
+8 votes
answered Nov 25, 2019 by dariosalvado (790 points)
Dual pan is really necesary.
Inserts and sends aligned horizontally its binding. (for example, like Logic)
An option to multimono plugin inserts its absolutely necesary.

3 Simple failures thats mades studio one is not a real option for profesionals.

Just fix it.

King regards.
+3 votes
answered Feb 19, 2020 by anubhavukil (8,520 points)
100% agree.

These should be implemented
+7 votes
answered Jul 5, 2020 by Daw Stew (12,360 points)
I agree with these points. Trying to do pre-fader clip gain automation is currently impossible. Yes we can cut up the events and alter the volume but its a half baked workaround.

Dual pan on stereo tracks.Please.

Can we have a numeric display of the peak and RMS values on each channel, Logic has this and its a handy feature.

Can we also have the phase invert button on the track when we open the Track Inspector. Currently the only way to access the track phase button is by opening the Console. A bit much for when you just want to check phase on one track
+12 votes
answered Jul 17, 2020 by benreaves (11,300 points)

Current "best answer" on this is blaming the OP for making a post for several FRs as if that will keep people from wanting them.

ALL of these FRs are pro features S1 needs. This post has 512 votes positive on July 17, 2020, a mere week from Studio One 5's release, which had none of these features implemented. There's an even longer list of things S1 needs attention to in the answers. Do not blame the OP for making a list of things when all of them are necessary.

If PreSonus really wants Studio One to compete head to head with big name DAWs that pros actually use, they need to step up and actually do what the others do better than the others can. 

This is several FRs baked into one, which as one contiguous unit has 512 votes positive. It deserves attention.

+5 votes
answered Jan 27, 2021 by chrisandrews1 (270 points)
Fully agree with the OP.   I like S1 but good old digital performer still has things S1 does not.    You are so close Presonus, lets go the rest of the way.
+5 votes
answered Feb 1, 2021 by Skaperverket (4,700 points)
I love this post/thread. It just contains so much great info and great ideas, and it's exemplifies very clearly that communication between users and the company is very difficult the way things have been set up.

Wish PreSonus could reach out to philschroeder1 and others, like I know they have done at times in the past.
+3 votes
answered Mar 26, 2021 by felixwemmel (800 points)

Great thread with tons of good feedback! I truly hope that someone at Presonus has read this thread. 

When/if most of the points that jrocamora and philschroeder1 brought up have been implemented, I'll try out S1 again and see if I can finally ditch Pro Tools. 

+4 votes
answered Jul 28, 2021 by marcosferreira1 (1,600 points)
Three years have past and still no individual panning. Presonus, do I have to remind you that you are not Ableton, that you normally listen to us? It is just panning knobs, how hard is it?
+3 votes
answered Sep 6, 2021 by davecebrowski1 (750 points)
Sept 2021
Almost 3 years later and...

None of these that I can see.
+5 votes
answered Sep 27, 2021 by dominiquequintelier1 (290 points)

+1 for SMPTE...

+4 votes
answered Sep 27, 2021 by stevenhernandez4 (1,000 points)
I am super glad someone pointed out the panning issues in S1 (and that it's gotten a good number of votes). I had just pointed this out on Presonus' Instagram page about a month ago. I made a few songs in Sonar years ago that had excellent panning (full stereo spectrum, with each instrument really utilizing the stereo field well). But when I tried to 'translate' these songs to Studio One, I noticed the panning was very different and didn't have nearly the same kind of width as Sonar's. As a result, I've grown tired of S1's very poor panning and have started looking for third-party solutions. So far, I'm enjoying Neutron from Izotope, as it comes with a visual mixer that has actual stereo panning it.

Let's vote this one up, guys! It's a major flaw that needs to be improved.
+3 votes
answered Oct 29, 2021 by estevancarlosbenson (1,060 points)
Agreed. I'm basically trying to hard to avoid using Pro Tools as much as possible. Please Presonus. Make our dreams come true.
+3 votes
answered Nov 13, 2021 by adarshchandran (5,440 points)
Yes please do execute these
+3 votes
answered Jan 27, 2022 by Wazatron (1,820 points)
I check in on this ticket, and some other "Hot!" tickets here and there and I continue to be disappointed they're not being addressed. I've added my upvote here, though I wish there was more we could do than just that. I really want to use S1 but I can't. No stereo panning, no SMPTE support, plus no RX / External audio editor support, nothing in the way of surround sound or immersive audio... I've already moved on to Logic as it has ALL of these features but I'm just not as happy there as I would be in S1.

I really hope v6 comes out soon and is dedicated more towards mixing tools.
+7 votes
answered Feb 19, 2022 by Wazatron (1,820 points)
After posting my last comment it hit me that this thread is essentially closed as a "Completed Feature Request". Obvs this is strange since none of this has been completed.... I asked support about this (side note the support staff has always been wonderful to work with) and they acknowledged none of this is done and was likely marked as such due to it covering a number of items instead of a single feature.

Whatever the reason, I find the incorrect labeling a bit troublesome, and these features are becoming more and more essential to the community as time marches on. So to help I tried to pull together a list of single-feature threads where we can move our upvotes to, if desired. I'm sure I might have missed one or two, but these seem to be the the best choices in terms of their request and current number of votes. Also, I added a few links that I'm interested in and have mentioned here. I'd encourage anyone else to add links to single-feature requests to help the cause.

1. SMPTE Lock
2. True Stereo Panning
3. 5.1 Mixing
4. Spacial Audio Mixing
5. External Audio Editor and / or full RX Support
+4 votes
answered Mar 11, 2022 by marcosferreira1 (1,600 points)
Since Presonus ignores these requests so insistently (I write this in March 2022), we could start a conspiracy theory that someone in their devs team is getting money from a competitor to not allow these features to be implemented in S1.
+3 votes
answered Apr 26, 2022 by michiellagae (250 points)
Please presonus make this happen, this would make mixing so much easier..
–2 votes
answered May 9, 2022 by davidgroeneveld (2,910 points)
The big problem with this is that it's not one request, it's many. It doesn't matter if you agree or not, nothing of this will be implemented like that. You need to make individual requests. How should someone check tyhis off if only one or two are implemented? That's asking too much looking at the amount of requests already there.
+2 votes
answered May 12, 2022 by estevancarlosbenson (1,060 points)
If you had done this sooner I wouldn't have had to by Nuendo which is an awful UX nightmare.
+1 vote
answered Sep 26, 2022 by marianlech (300 points)
Great points, Sir. I would have migrated to to S1 if it wasn't for the double-clicking to open plugin windows as well as the lack of panner in stereo channels. Just the stupid balancer, where separate L/R channel input gains would seem so obvious. I feel just the same - Studio One would be hands down a total blast had it not lacked a few BASIC things here and there, which make it just unbearable. Many thanx.
–1 vote
answered Dec 5, 2022 by (2,860 points)

I couldn’t find where each individual aspect of this aggregate feature request had been subsequently posted. So, I created them and added what I think are some very beneficial points with a higher degree of specificity:

1. Loudness metering on the Song Page Mixer’s Master Fader (because metering is always beneficial):

2. Enable MIDI Notation Mute Button Automation (useful for content creators and movie score  composers alike):

Please give these a +1 even if you may not use them right away. These are both common sense time saving feature requests.

Thank you for your consideration!