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If I choose not to keep Sphere, do I lose Studio One 5 professional access as a free upgrade?

+12 votes
asked Jul 7, 2020 in Studio One+ by andrewcastles (250 points) 1 flag
I purchased Studio One 4 recently, entitling me to a free upgrade to Studio One 5 professional or Studio One Sphere (free for a year).

If I choose to try Sphere and decide it's not for me going forward, do I then no longer have the option to just upgrade to Studio One 5 professional for free?

I'm wondering if this is a bit of a trick.....?

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answered Jul 23, 2020 by AlexTinsley (924,920 points)
Best answer

Please read this FAQ in the Knowledgebase which should address your inquiry.

If you feel you have not gotten resolution to your question, contact the sales team so they can help you. 

Log a support sales request at 

or go to this page and select sales team in the drop down menu. 

+6 votes
answered Jul 8, 2020 by antoniomarcos3 (260 points)
I have the same doubt, I wanted to try the sphere but I am afraid after one year of losing the upgrade to studio one 5
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answered Jul 8, 2020 by adamhasan2 (300 points)
I would also like to know the answer to this before committing!
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answered Jul 8, 2020 by TonyAFX (140 points)
edited Jul 8, 2020 by TonyAFX

I read in another post that you will lose the Studio One 5 Professional upgrade and be downgraded back down to Studio One 4 Professional.

The post:

The YouTube Video: 

The Q & A:

Matt Bennett1 day ago

Since I recently bought SO4 Pro, I've been offered Sphere for free for a year, which includes the update to 5 Pro. I'm wondering what happens if after a year I decide I don't want to pay the monthly fee, will I need to downgrade back to SO4 Pro?

PreSonus Audio Electronics

1 day ago


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answered Jul 9, 2020 by garyschaff (500 points)
So far,  MY (though, premature) takeaway is to first grab the 5 Pro upgrade, and run. That part should always be yours. Then, in this case, give Sphere a chance until you decide on it's value to you as a standalone product. Or not.  That way, you can check out and experiment with Sphere, while still protecting & keeping your copy of Studio One 5 Pro safe & intact until whenever the Studio One 6 upgrade is released.  But let's them a chance either to explain, or to make things right.  I can't believe that a company would invite the bad optics of taking a product AWAY from a customer a year later because they chose not to continue paying for something else.

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answered Jul 14, 2020 by adarshchandran (5,420 points)
Yeah I have this same question...Do they work like adobe where you get access to the basic CS versions permanently and CC is with subscription, or is it like Studio one 5 is permanently accessible even if I opt for the "Sphere" subscription? Then why would I need to only upgrade S1-4 to 5?
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answered Jul 15, 2020 by benotcervelli (1,020 points)
So, if we live Sphere in a couple of months or years, we will be downgraded to the last paid version : Studio One 4... and what about our projects ? Because there is no retro-compatibility, we should export to midi and/or wave files ?

If so, it looks more like a trap than an evolution, offering the same rate in upgrade from version 1 or 4 is a kind of forced sale of Sphere, and they may talk about the many things available on Sphere for cheap, it's a bit of a scam because no one needs everything.

Unfortunately it is very difficult to find the conditions of membership, when you pay monthly you should easily be able to take breaks (more or less long, vacation or other reasons) and resume easily as soon as the license is validated for a new month.
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answered Aug 9, 2020 by m@P (1,900 points)
People need to STOP supporting subscriptions...
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answered Aug 19, 2020 by jimwolfe1 (550 points)
I understand that, if I decide to cancel my Sphere subscription, I'll lose everything, including S1 V5 Pro.

Suppose I upgrade to v5 Pro first, without Sphere. LATER I decide to subscribe to Sphere for the additional benefits.

If decide to cancel Sphere further down the line, do I lose the additional items ONLY but keep my originally paid for upgraded version?
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answered Sep 30, 2022 by tomaszzapalski (580 points)
I have just learned it in the bad way.

I had SO 4 professional, switched to Sphere free upgrade but cancelled it and now I cannot even buy an upgrade to any higher version. Quite shocking.

So the answer is that once you switch to Sphere you loose any other upgrade option, you can only continue with Sphere.

To be honest it is a huge disappointment with PreSonus.