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Presonus Studio One 5.2 is A LOT

Nick Batzdorf

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For those keeping score, Presonus just came out with version 5 during January’s Believe in Music week. If we hadn’t had it up to here with the Spinal Tap jokes, we’d say this one is .2 more, i’nit?

Here’s a list of the new features. It’s *a lot*.

Version 5.2 Release Notes (March 9, 2021)

New features and improvements:

Recording and Mixing

o Increased buffer for Retrospective Recording
o Splitter available as a plug-in
o Micro view for Splitter in mixer
o Pan for multiple selected channels
o Improved tempo detection and approval
o External Instruments Transform

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Arrangement and Editing
o Live arranging with Arranger Track
o New Sound Variations system and mapping editor
o Assign Sound Variations with right-click
o Control Sound Variations via remote commands and macros
o Save Sound Variations map with instrument preset
o Auto import and conversion option for existing key switch maps
o Dynamic mapping for third- party instruments (via new API for developers)
o Score View: drum notation support
o Score View: guitar tablature support
o Score View: support for multiple voices
o Improved velocity range selection in Note Editor
o “Smarter” Arrow Tool behavior in Piano View

Live Performance
o Arranger Track on Show Page
o Chord Track on Show Page
o Automatic Patch changes on Arranger Sections
o Alternative playback modes for Arranger Sections
o Live arranging with Arranger Track
o Updated Performance View with new pages for Arranger Sections and Patches
o Show control from Studio One Remote

PreSonus Sphere
o Access Workspaces from Browser
o Upload and download via drag & drop for selected file types

General
o Compatibility with Apple Silicon based Macs (using Rosetta 2)
o ImprovedATOM SQintegration
oFaderPortintegration improvements
o Studio One Remote 1.6 update
o MIDI bank change UI improvements
o Safety and recovery options
o Full-screen mode for Windows

New commands

Arranger

o Stop at End of Bar
o Stop at End of Section
o Set Sync Mode 1 Bar
o Set Sync Mode 2 Bars
o Set Sync Mode 4 Bars
o Set Sync Mode End
o Set Sync Mode Off
o Goto Section 1..16

Audio
o New Clip Version
o Separate Shared Copies

Event
o Separate Shared Copies
o Convert Keyswitches to Sound Variations

Edit
o Show Tracks with Events

File
o Open with Options

Score
o Double at Interval
o Quantize to Notation
o Rebuild Score
o Send to Voice 1
o Send to Voice 2
o Send to Voice 3
o Send to Voice 4

Show
o Set Section Playback Mode Continue
o Set Section Playback Mode Loop
o Set Section Playback Mode Loop and Continue
o Set Section Playback Mode Loop and Skip
o Set Section Playback Mode Stop at End
o Toggle Section Playback Mode Loop / Continue

Sound Variation
o Apply Variation 1..20
o Find and Apply Variation
Track
o Unpack Selected Layers to Tracks

View
o Fullscreen

The following issues have been fixed:
● [macOS High Sierra] Crash on loading certain songs
● [macOS] CPU spikes when using “CharacterSaw” in MaiTai or changing the “Pre”
parameter value in Room Reverb on M1 driven Macs
● [FaderPort8/16] Control Link: autofill mappings are overwritten by static mappings
● [FaderPort8/16] Track visibility with Studio One is not synced
● [Score Editor] Wrong playback for tremolos on 8th notes or shorter
● [Sample One XT] Potential crash while adjusting sample boundaries
● Moving events in nested folders don’t display correctly
● Swing notes not been applied correctly in the pattern editor
● “Layers follow events” resets when duplicating track
● Preview in song tempo only works with first loop
● Show Page not changing presets in certain situations
● “Bounce selection” from bar 1 w/ external instrument inaccurate
● Vienna Ensemble load time regression
● Removing plug-ins from AUX channels won’t reset latency
● Failure to import very long MP3 files
● Preview in song tempo only works with first loop
● Sends are duplicated when recalling track with side chain
● Changing time signature not working for Scratch Pads
● VU Meter shows clip before 0 dbfs
● Quantize issues with late and early 16ths
● Multi-outs saved in a Instrument+FX preset or Musicloop are not recalled correctly

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