Moving from Audition to Studio One – A Radio perspective

I’m doing this on a journey and writing things as I go, because while all audio editors do things the same – play audio – the way you navigate and actually achieve those results is different.

This is not comprehensive, but written as a bit of a starter guide, not only for other people but myself as I remember and learn this software. It have done this from the perspective of Studio One Artist Edition version 4.

At first, the journey is frustrating, but most things can be done. S1 lacks a Spectral View for really looking properly at what is wrong with your audio to be able to EQ out or remove those specific bad frequencies, or heal any audio that’s not quite right. It also does not have a noise remover, like Audition has.

In short, Audition is a great tool if your audio needs restoration and fixing, whereas S1 is best if you start with pristine audio. The two programs are a different beast, but both workable. A bit like using Pro-tools for radio broadcast.

As a side note, if you are planning on transitioning or using both, some translation software I would recommend is the AATranslator tool. This is an Australian company who can translate between different DAWs and audio tools.

It claims to be able to translate the following:

Presonus.captureImport from & Export toImport & export format for PreSonus Studio One and Studio Live/Capture.
Presonus.songImport from & Export toImport & export format for PreSonus Studio One.

On to the next steps.

The biggest thing to know is that Audition is a destructive editor, and Studio One is a non-destructive editor. This means that as in Audition, when you delete a section of audio in the single window editor, that the audio is now gone. S1 on the other hand actually keeps all of your files and is basically the equivalent to the multitrack editor in Audition.

There are some big differences and I’ll try to out line the basic ones that I’ve noticed so far.

Mouse Navigation:

When moving audio in multi-track in Audition, it’s always right-click and drag the file around the session. In S1, it’s actually left-click and drag.

Audition for MultitrackS1
Zooming IN & OUT for TimeCOMMAND+Mouse ScrollSHIFT+COMMAND+Mouse Scroll
Pan Up & DownMouse Scroll Mouse Scroll
Zooming IN & OUT for Track HeightOption+Mouse ScrollCOMMAND+Mouse Scroll

Basic Short Cuts:

There’s many things to figure out and firstly, the keyboard short cuts are going to be your friend, and having to remap your fingers to learn new shortcuts.

Audition for MultitrackStudio One
Move ToolV1
Split a trackCTL-K3
MarkersF8 / MY

Pan and Volume Point Controls

This took me a while to find, but you you click on the little icon under the track name, and you can use it the same way as Audition. The only difference is the lines are not overlayed on the actual waveform.

Moving the Playhead to where the cursor is

I would strongly advise this is selected. You can find this setting in the Preferences menu.

A good thing to know as well, that if you have the bracket icon ‘[‘ selected, they the cursor will behave differently based on where you have it on the track. By default, the top half will be track will be a selection tool, and the bottom will be for moving. Rather intuitive, but very different to Audition.

Turn snapping off for the moment, as it’ll just hurt your head.

Editing

If you double click on a track/stem in the main multitrack/song window it will open that track in the Edit section, and will reflect those changes made in the edit window on the main song window. This is not the sames as Audition. It’s more like Abelton Live, where it just shows you a different window of your audio file, except it’s basically the whole track isolated… if that makes sense.

If you come from a video editing background as well, there is ripple editing if you select this icon.

Templates:

Make yourself a new template as well to make life easier. This is my default one.

But firstly, just choose the Vocal Recording. It should be enough to get you started with all the settings correctly for playback and recording.

If not, you’ll need to set up your devices.

Please note the Timebase and the resolution. 32 Bit Float will give you unlimited headroom, and having the Timebase in seconds will be better than working in beats, bars, time signatures and frames.

The good news is that 10 minutes that is listed, is not for

Effects

So, once you have your rough clip of audio sounding nice, it’s time to fix it. S1 is similar to Audition where you can add effects to the audio bus mix / track and it comes out as expected.

The thing is you can’t just select audio and then apply the effect. Remember, this is non destructive editing and so adding an effect does this for the entire track, not for a selection on audio.

These two articles are a good start:

https://www.presonus.com/learn/technical-articles/How-To-Use-Dynamics-Processing-Getting-Started-With-Compressors-Gates-and-More

And, this YouTube clip

However, to find these effects, isn’t is as straight forward at first.

Firstly, click on Browse, then Effects, the enter your search keyword. I just typed dynamic and it gave me what I wanted. Usually when I edit, I look for Dynamic Process and also a Hard Limiter. Choose the Compressor and drag in on the the track you which it to apply to.

Then, choose the Mix View, and you’ll see the Compressor show as an Insert on that track, where you can then apply your desired settings.

Mixdowns

This is the next biggest pain to learn, and it’s not quite as straight forward, where you just select your work area, and hit CTL-SHIFT-DOWN to create a mixdown.

It always wants to save it to the session location of some sort… You have to make sure it’s all sorted to your file format.

Then, when you think you’ve done it… You get a warning like this. Go figure?

And then…. You get this? But… I just exported it and it took be 10mins?? What???

You should probably then go back and adjust your volume/limiter/compressor settings etc to make the track a little softer. Strangely enough, this also happens using a WAVE file export when using the 32 bit depth. So while there is no distortion in that bit rate, it still warns you.

Even more frustrating with the export window is that while you made your selection to export, and chose “Between Selected Markers”… that’s actually not the case. And choosing “Between Song Start Song/End Marker” will also give you a 10 minute file.

Instead, what I do is select all the audio parts on the track I want as a new mixdown, then right click on one of the tracks and choose “Mixdown Selection”. It will then create a new mixdown on a new track

From there you can Choose “Export Selection” and it will prompt you to save a Wave file in the location of your choice.

Of course, this is just me having found ways to do what I need it to do and there’s probably better ways, but as a start, this is where I’m at right now.

Weird Stuff

Sometimes your track/event becomes mute. This will mean that choosing “Mixdown Selection” will actually mixdown nothing and you’ll have an empty bit of audio. Not sure why this is and it’s very unhelpful. If it happens, right click on it, and choose “Unmute Events” and try your mixdown again if need be.

Also, as a side note, I also use LoopBack to route audio around the Mac. It’s amazing. I have used SoundFlower in the past, but Loopback smashes the pants off it. It’s worth spending the small amount of cash on it.

It just doesn’t sound right?

Sometimes you may be a weird echo and this could be because you are monitoring your sound card playback through S1. If this happens, unclick the little blue box with the white speaker and it should sound clean again.

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