Understanding Audio Setup in Studio One

The audio setup dialogue is where you’ll configure your audio hardware. Here you can set options for sound card, sample rate, bit depth, multicore processing and many other useful settings. Audio Device Here you will choose which soundcard you want to use with Studio One. You may use either an internal sound driver, or an external audio interface if you …

Calderdale Live TV sound effects

I recently designed some sound effects for Calderdale Live TV. It includes logo reveal audio and various other bits and pieces of sound design. Check it out! http://calderdalelive.tv/

Music for New Interactive Story

Some music of mine is to be included in the new video game / interactive story “Citadel of Shadows” It’s a psychological horror / mystery title. Have a listen!  

Bussing in Studio One

Bussing simply means routing audio from one or more tracks to an “auxiliary” track in order to process them as a single unit. Think of it as putting an audio signal on a “bus”, to send it from one place to another. For instance, if you wanted to put a reverb on 10 different tracks, you might use bussing. Rather …

How to use Audio Bend in Studio One

Audio Bend is similar to Elastic Audio in Pro Tools or Audio Warp in Cubase: it’s a way of bending, stretching and molding audio around in time without affecting the pitch. It is very useful for manipulating an out-of-time performance or can be used creatively to achieve brand new sounds.   First, click the Audio Bend icon to show the …

Track Organization in Studio One

If you often find yourself working on projects that wind up having 30+ tracks in them, you’ll more than likely need some way or organizing the project into more manageable chunks. Happily, Studio One makes this extremely easy.   As a composer specializing in classical music,  I often find myself writing extremely large orchestral scores with 50 or more tracks. …

How to use Sidechain Compression in Studio One

Sidechaining refers to the practice of using the signal level of an input to control the compression level of another signal. When the external signal is stronger than a specified amplitude (threshold), the compressor acts more strongly to reduce output gain on the sidechained track.  It is useful in a variety of situations including: Creating a pumping effect in electronic …

How to Program MIDI CC Automation in Studio One

MIDI CC Stands for Musical Instrument Digital Interface Continuous Controller. The MIDI protocol contains a bank of parameters that can be set and varied over time. These parameters include things like Program Changes, Portamento, Volume, Sustain, Tuning and a host of other variables. Each one is assigned a number (eg. Modulation = CC1 , Pan = CC10, etc) To view …

MIDI Learn in Studio One

MIDI Learn is the ability to assign DAW and plugin controls to physical knobs and faders on a MIDI control surface. Very useful for dynamically controlling filters, panning, volumes, delays and many other parameters that may change over the course of a track.   Make sure your control surface or keyboard is set up properly in Studio One. In this …

Impact Tutorial- Basics

Impact is a multichannel sample player configured as a virtual drum machine. In this tutorial, we’ll learn how to build custom drum kits and use some of the included processing elements of Impact. Impact has a lot in common with hardware drum machines such as the Akai MPC. Drum sounds are assigned to each of the pads and then triggered …

New collaboration with U.S rapper “exfad”

Washington based rapper and hiphop artist “exfad” has released a track today featuring my keyboard playing. Its a Spanish flavoured tune called “Bonnie and Clyde”. Have a listen!

How to set up MIDI scale snap in Studio One

Some of us users of Presonus Studio One really mourn the lack of MIDI tools available out of the box. I for one, miss some of the advanced MIDI tools available in Ableton Live. Happily, there are some third party alternatives we can use and this article demonstrates one such way I have found to be useful. You will need …

MIDI Scale Snap presets for Studio One

One thing I really love about Ableton is its MIDI plugins (in particular- MIDI scale snap). Since my primary DAW (Studio One) doesn’t have anything similar out of the box, I went about researching a way to re-create that functionality. Using a tiny, free plugin by good guys at the piz (http://www.thepiz.org/), I found a way to do it. Load …

New collaboration with Hip/Hop artist “Wedlock”

Hey. I’ve just finished orchestral arrangements of two hip/hop tracks by Virginia based artist “Wedlock”. These will be featured as bonus tracks on his upcoming album “Revisionary” Have a listen!    

Soundtrack to “Umformung” wins award at Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival

My music written for the film “Umformung – The Transformation” has won Best Background Score at the Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival. That brings the total number of its awards to nine. Have a listen to that soundtrack here: Soundtrack to “Umformung- The Transformation” by Paul Cecchetti- Composer