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As you probably notice in the last couple of movies, the Options dialog box has some other tabs that allow you to set some other important preferences. I'll access this box by choosing Preferences in the Studio One column because I'm working on a Mac. If you're working in Windows, choose Options from the Studio One column. We're looking at the Options dialog box and we're looking at General Preference Settings. What I have up here is the command telling Studio One what to do when the program is launched. It defaults to do nothing, which is where I actually leave it because sometimes I'm working between projects and songs.
But we do have a list of actions from the pull down menu and they are Open Last Song or Project, Open Default Song or Project, or Create a New Song. Again, this is a personal preference and you'll decide, as you work in Studio One more and more, how you'd like it to behave when a program is launched. I will leave the Language set to English. Although, there are some other options available in the pull down menu. The next tab we have are keyboard short cuts, otherwise known as key commands. You'll notice that we have a drop down menu here under Keyboard Mapping Scheme called Studio One, Studio One Alternate, Cubase, Logic, ProTools, and you can certainly import a preexisting set of key commands that you exported from another program.
I leave my keyboard mapping scheme set to Studio One, but if you have spend time working in Cubase, Logic, or ProTools, you may want to spend a few minutes trying out these key commands. I don't believe that every key command from Cubase, Logic or ProTools is covered. But you should find when selecting Cubase, Logic or ProTools, that most of the common commands will be the same. Next, I'll move over to the Locations tab and underneath this tab we've got several different submenus. First, is User Data. User Data Location refers to the pathing for all of your user data, songs, projects and presets.
You can certainly change this and assign a different path by clicking on this box right here and it will pull up your browser. For now, I'll leave it in its default setting inside the documents folder. Beneath the User Data Location window, there's an Auto Save box. Now, I've unchecked this box because we don't want Studio One to Auto Save in the middle of these movies. But generally speaking, I would leave this on and I would leave it set to Auto Save every five minutes. I typically leave the Ask to Copy External Files When Saving Song box unchecked because I don't want Studio One to continue to create duplicate copies of external files every time I save the session.
We move over to the next submenu tab, and we have file types. These are all the different file types that Studio One can read and recognize, and as you can see it is quite a long list. Sound sets refers to Studio One's bundled content. And as you can see, there's a pathing of where the bundled content was installed. And much like User Data, you can click on this box here, and change where you want Studio One to install the bundled content. Instrument Library shows the pathing of where Studio One installs its virtual sense. And VST Plug-Ins will show the pathing of where any third party plug-ins that you may use from other manufacturers.
We covered Audio Setup in the previous movie, as well as External Devices. Underneath the Advanced tab, we have several submenus, Editing, Automation, Audio, MIDI, Devices and Services. I like to leave these in their default setting because I feel that Studio One is already optimized for a good workflow. Preferences are a key to streamlining your workflow. Especially, when you're working in a program for the first time or a program that you're not that familiar with. So, make sure you don't skip this step of the process before you begin creating your new song.
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