PreSonus is now shipping Studio One Free, a new entry-level version of its popular DAW for Mac and Windows.
Intended for beginners who don't yet need the advanced features that come with the Studio One Artist, Producer, and Professional versions, Studio One Free provides all of the recording and editing features needed for basic music production – and, as its name implies, it's free.
To get Studio One Free, simply download the installer from this website, install it, and then choose to run it as 'Free'. Once the application has been downloaded, it can be used immediately; no Internet connection or user account is required, no product key is involved, and Studio One Free will not time out.
This version includes some of the features originally found in Studio One Artist, such as the single-window work environment, content browser with Search, drag-and-drop functions, Control Link MIDI mapping, sidechain routing, automatic delay compensation, real-time audio timestretching and resampling, unlimited audio and Instrument (MIDI) tracks, unlimited effects channels, and unlimited channel inserts and sends.
It also offers some of the new Studio One 2.0 features, notably multitrack MIDI editing, single and multitrack comping and Track Transform (advanced track freezing), along with the same 32-bit sound engine found in Studio One Artist and Producer.
Eight Native Effects plug-ins come with Studio One Free – Beat Delay, Channel Strip (includes dynamics processing and EQ), Chorus, Flanger, MixVerb (a mono/stereo reverb), Red Light Distortion, Tuner, and Phaser – plus the Presence virtual instrument with more than 100 presets.
Studio One Free is available now from the PreSonus Studio One website.