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Up and Running with Studio One
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Preparing songs for mastering and navigating the Project page


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Up and Running with Studio One

with Josh Harris

Video: Preparing songs for mastering and navigating the Project page

Now it's time to prepare our song for mastering. Generally speaking, mastering involves treating a stereo mix, or what we like to call a final mix. Sometimes, mastering involves treating just a single song or several songs in the case of an EP, which can be three, to four, to five songs. And then, a full length album which can be anywhere from 10, to 12, to 14 songs. What we're looking at is our song session. And before I export this mix for mastering, underneath the Song tab I'm going to change the Song Setup.
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  1. 2m 20s
    1. Welcome
      49s
    2. What you should know before watching this course
      30s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 1s
  2. 12m 56s
    1. Navigating the Start page
      1m 32s
    2. Setting up your artist profile
      2m 11s
    3. Configuring your audio devices
      2m 51s
    4. Working with external devices
      2m 18s
    5. Exploring other options
      4m 4s
  3. 19m 53s
    1. Creating a new song
      2m 46s
    2. Navigating the Browser
      2m 1s
    3. Navigating the Transport
      1m 44s
    4. Dragging and dropping instruments, loops, and effects
      2m 59s
    5. Configuring and recording an instrument track
      1m 23s
    6. Configuring and recording an audio track
      2m 39s
    7. Punching in
      1m 56s
    8. Recording to track layers
      2m 35s
    9. Navigating the Inspector
      1m 50s
  4. 31m 40s
    1. Quantizing MIDI
      3m 21s
    2. Editing MIDI
      2m 21s
    3. Consolidating MIDI regions
      2m 7s
    4. Converting MIDI to audio with Track Transform
      2m 50s
    5. Taking advantage of the Studio One editing tools
      3m 55s
    6. Arranging bundled content
      3m 53s
    7. Comping your takes
      3m 25s
    8. Trimming audio, creating fades, and changing region gain
      3m 42s
    9. Tuning audio with Melodyne
      4m 34s
    10. Creating Folder Tracks
      1m 32s
  5. 19m 18s
    1. Navigating the Mixer
      2m 52s
    2. Setting up and routing FX and buses
      4m 23s
    3. Working with FX chains and presets
      3m 8s
    4. Recording and writing automation
      3m 34s
    5. Exporting your mix
      5m 21s
  6. 19m 59s
    1. Preparing songs for mastering and navigating the Project page
      5m 14s
    2. Utilizing EQ, compression, and limiting
      5m 23s
    3. Making changes to your original mix during mastering
      3m 25s
    4. Exporting the finished product
      5m 57s
  7. 8m 13s
    1. Publishing to SoundCloud
      2m 51s
    2. Uploading your song to Nimbit
      1m 59s
    3. Accessing user-generated content with PreSonus Exchange
      3m 23s
  8. 1m 8s
    1. Next steps
      1m 8s

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Up and Running with Studio One
1h 55m Beginner Mar 25, 2013

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Start making music with the powerful, intuitive controls in Studio One and these lessons from producer and remixer Josh Harris. Josh begins with a tour of Studio One's Start Page, the creative hub of the program, where you set up your artist profile and audio devices. He then shows you how to set up and start recording a new song, including punching in and using track layers. The course then moves into editing audio and MIDI, where Josh explains the most important of the editing functions: comping, trimming and time stretching audio, quantizing MIDI, and editing MIDI velocities. He also covers mixing with effects and chains, showing how to speed up the process with presets and automation, and explores Studio One's unique feature set used to master your recordings. The course wraps with tips to connect with your audience and share your music with the world, including publishing to SoundCloud, promoting songs on the Nimbit Store, and using PreSonus Exchange.

Topics include:
  • What is Studio One?
  • Creating a new song
  • Setting up your artist profile
  • Adding instruments, loops, and effects
  • Recording your tracks
  • Editing MIDI
  • Tuning audio with Melodyne
  • Mixing and mastering
  • Distributing your music
Subjects:
Audio + Music DAWs Mixing Music Production Mastering
Software:
Studio One
Author:
Josh Harris

Preparing songs for mastering and navigating the Project page

Now it's time to prepare our song for mastering. Generally speaking, mastering involves treating a stereo mix, or what we like to call a final mix. Sometimes, mastering involves treating just a single song or several songs in the case of an EP, which can be three, to four, to five songs. And then, a full length album which can be anywhere from 10, to 12, to 14 songs. What we're looking at is our song session. And before I export this mix for mastering, underneath the Song tab I'm going to change the Song Setup.

I need to change the song end for measure 158 to measure 27, otherwise, we will be exporting silence. Next, underneath the Song menu, I will choose Update Mastering File. And Studio One will default to naming the exported file 0501, which is the same name as our session. It actually adds a -master.wav as a suffix. I will click yes and an offline export occurs.

Next, I will select the Project button, and a new project window pops up, asking me to name my new project. I will click on this box here and Studio One defaults to its own file hierarchy. In other words, Studio One like to place project and song information in the documents folder on your hard drive. But since we're using exercise files, I'm going to change the pathing and choose the Exercise Files folder on my desktop as my destination folder.

And within that, I will select Projects, click Open, and now, my resulting project will be placed in the Exercise File folder. I will change the sample rate to 48, because that's the sample rate of the song. And I will now name this project 0501 to correspond to our chapter. Click OK. And what you're looking at is a blank project page. Now, the nice thing about Studio One and the way that it's set up, is that you can seamlessly float between the song that you have open, the start page, and the project page. Now it's time to import my song for Mastering. I hit F5.

Opens up my browser and I have my exported mix O5O1 master. I drag it on to the timeline. And I also included an extra song called Urban 1 so that we have more than one song to work with when it comes to demonstrating mastering. I'll drag that on to the timeline, hit F5, and I'll expand my view by hitting the E key on the keyboard. As you can see, I have two songs now on the timeline and I can also see their names up here in the Track Column. If I click on urban one, urban one is highlighted, and the urban one name is up in this upper box above the inserts.

If I click on 0501 master, the song name changes, and 0501 master is highlighted. Moving from left to right, we have our inserts column here. If I'd like to add a plug-in to an individual track, I click on the plus sign and I can choose chorus and then on my second track I have the ability to add a plugin as well that is track specific. So as I toggle between my first track and my second track you can see that the plugins I chose are there.

I'll remove them. Next, we have the insert column for the master fader. Sometimes during Mastering, you may want to apply EQ or compression to the overall collection of songs as opposed to the individual tracks themselves. And there is also an area to apply plug-ins post fader. We have the audio spectrum meter and peak meter in here, and I'll play a little bit of the first song, so that you can see the metering in action. (MUSIC).

To the far right, we also have a phase meter, and when I play that, you can see there will be a little bit of graphic activity going on letting us know if the mix is in phase. (MUSIC). (MUSIC). As I look at my track column, I'm not crazy about Studio One's default name of my track 0501 master, so I'll double-click, and name it Song In a Minor.

There, that's much better, and you'll notice that the name changed in the audio regions window as well. I also have the same functionality within this audio region as I did in the audio regions when working in songs. I can change the gain of my region by simply pulling that button down. Or I can create fades, just like we did in song sessions by clicking and dragging. It's important to spend a few minutes getting comfortable preparing your songs for mastering from the song page.

And it's equally as important to spend a few minutes navigating the project page, so that you become very comfortable with its layout.

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