Managing Your Content

Content management and file management can become unwieldy when working with digital audio workstation software due to the sheer volume of loops, effects, song ideas, individual tracks, and so on. In Studio One, you only need to locate your preexisting content once, after which all of the locations are remembered. Any content you create using Studio One is similarly managed. In Studio One, your content is kept in distinct categories.

The following describes the process of managing your content using the Studio One/Options/Locations (Mac OS X: Preferences/Locations) menu.

User Data

Any content you create using Studio One is automatically stored in the location you specify. This includes Songs, Projects, Effects Presets, and all of the files these categories contain. All of your creative output can be logically organized and kept in a single place, which makes future location and backup a breeze.

When creating a new Song or Project, the User Data folder is the default save location. While we recommend using this location, you can specify any save location when creating any new Song or Project.

Engage the Auto Save Documents option to automatically save any open document at a specified interval of time.

Engage the Ask to Copy External Files when Saving Song feature to be given the option to consolidate any outside files to the central data folder when saving a Song.

File Types

All supported file extensions are listed in the Studio One/Options/Locations/File Types (Mac OS X: Preferences/Locations/File Types) menu. Only these supported file types are displayed in the Browser.

It is possible to add file extensions to this list by clicking on the [Add...] button. In the pop-up menu, you can choose an icon, enter the file extension, and provide a description for the file type. Select a user-added extension from the list and click on Remove to remove it.

Sound Sets

Preconfigured packages of loops and samples are bundled with Studio One. The Browser’s Sound Sets folder makes finding this content quick and easy. These packages also contain information about each content vendor, which is displayed in the Browser when a package is selected. Click on the Visit Website link in the Browser for more information about the vendor and the content they supply.

Instrument Library

Studio One includes a native virtual instrument called Presence XT that utilizes a cross-platform sample library format, as well as standard libraries in Giga, EXS, Kontakt (version 4 and below), and Sound Font (SF2 and SFZ) formats. Using the Instrument Library function, you can tell Studio One where your sound sets are located, giving you access to them as presets in Presence XT.

To add sound library file locations to your Instrument Library, in the Studio One/Options/Locations/Instrument Library (Mac OS X: Preferences/Locations/Instrument Library) menu, click on the [Add...] button and specify a file location, then click OK. You can specify as many locations as you need.

For more information on the Presence XT built-in virtual instrument, refer to the Presence XT section.

VST Plug-ins

When Studio One starts for the first time, most of your plug-ins are located automatically and are ready to use immediately. If Studio One fails to find certain plug-ins, adding them is easy.

To add any missing VST plug-ins, navigate to the Studio One/Options/Locations/VST Plug-ins (Mac OS X: Preferences/Locations/VST Plug-ins) menu and click on the [Add...] button, then specify a location and click OK. You can also drag-and-drop any folder from the Explorer/Finder into the Locations list. Studio One then scans these locations at startup, including searching for new plug-ins you’ve added. You can always add more locations if needed.

AU, VST 3, and ReWire-enabled plug-ins and applications have their own pre-set file path in the OS and do not have to be located manually.

Failed Plug-ins

If any plug-in fails to start correctly when scanned at startup, a notice appears next to its name in the startup message list, and a warning message is shown. If the plug-in continues to fail at startup—for instance, if it is not authorized correctly or a required iLok key is not present—Studio One puts the plug-in in a blacklist and ignores it at startup from that point on.

To reset this blacklist and force Studio One to scan missing plug-ins again at startup, navigate to Studio One/Options/Locations/VST Plug-ins (Mac OS X: Preferences/Locations/VST Plug-ins) and click on [Reset Blacklist]. The next time you start Studio One, the previously blacklisted plug-ins are scanned again. If the issues that caused the plug-ins to fail the scan have been resolved, the plug-ins are made available.

VST Format Support

Studio One Producer and Professional support VST 2.4 (including VSTXML for hierarchical parameter structure) and VST 3.


Studio One Version 4.5

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