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v1.5 of The Huge Book of Studio One Tips & Tricks Now Available

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Version 1.5, a free "point" update for owners of previous versions, takes this best-selling e-book up to yet another level. Over 280 tips cover workflow, signal processing, MIDI and note events, mastering, sidechaining, controllers, guitar, bass, and Studio One’s virtual instruments. 156 free presets and files get you started immediately — then, learn how to modify them for your own custom applications. 175 audio examples demonstrate the tips. This profusely illustrated e-book gives tips and tricks that go beyond the basics, so you can maximize Studio One’s potential in your projects.




Available at Sweetwater


Errata (fancy author word for "known issues") in version 1.3:


  • Chapter 2, fig. 2.77, the right panpot of the dual panpot should pan to the right, not to center.
  • The Multiband Image Enhancer.multipreset included in the free files folder is not the right preset. The correct one is attached.


FX Chain that was not included in my PreSonus blog post for August 18, 2023:


  • The PhaseTone Warper.multipreset is attached below.


FX Chain that was not included in my PreSonus blog post for September 8, 2023:


  • The Tilt EQ.multipreset is attached below.

Multiband Image Enhancer.multipreset

PhaseTone Warper.multipreset

Tilt EQ.multipreset

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Version 1.5 Contents 


Chapter 1 | General Techniques / Workflow


Chapter 1 | General Techniques / Workflow

Why Mono Matters for Mixing
LCR Mixing and Panning Explained
How to Choose the Right Envelope
Event Envelopes and Dynamics Processing
Better Vocals(with Phrase-by-Phrase Normalization
How to Normalize Comped Takes
How to Use “No Overlap” Mode
 “Commitment” Recording and Track-to-Track Recording
Old School, Tape-Style Variable Speed
How to Play Faster—By Playing Slower
Play Faster with Tape Stretch
Add More Inputs to Your Audio Interface
Useful Features I Totally Missed
Convert Stereo to Virtual Mono
Emulate Pro Tools Multi-Mono Mode
Virtual “How Does It Sound in a Car?” Tester
Four VCA Channel Applications
Pads that Loop Perfectly
Before You Master: Mixing for Vinyl
How to Load DX and DXi Plug-Ins
Tempo Changes for Already Mixed Songs
The Advantages of Alternate Mixes
Use the Listen Bus for Dim Solo
Super-Simple Dim Solo Functionality
The Pre-Main Bus
Create the “Barberpole” Audio Illusion
Songwriting with Impact XT
The Complete Guide to Archiving
The Virtual Back of the Tape Box
Track Matching with the Project Page
Sound Design for the Rest of Us
Studio One Sings!
Why the Performance Monitor Is Cool
 “Automating” the Unautomatable
How to Use Aux Channels
Your Virtual Listening Room
How to Use Groups
Instant Soundtrack
Instant Inspiration 
Mastering the Micro-Edit View
Easier Voiceovers with the Lyrics Track 
Two Ways to Create an S-Shaped Fade
Basic Video Editing
Import JPG/PNG Files into the Video Track
Custom Colors: Not Just Eye Candy
Set Up the Quantum Interface Preamps with One Track
FL Studio Meets Studio One
Mixing à la Studio One


Chapter 2 | Signal Processing


Studio One’s Secret Equalizer
Pro EQ Refinements
Studio One’s “Varigraphic” Equalizer
Multiband Dynamics EQ Meets EDM
Create “Virtual Mics” with EQ
Virtual Pop Filter
The Best Flanger Plug-In Ever? (with Presets)
Authentic ADT/Automatic Double-Tracking (with Preset)
Delay-Free, Pseudo-Stereo from Mono (with Preset)
PnP (Plug ’n Play) Mono-to-Stereo Converter (with Preset)
Melodyne Envelope Flanger
Up Your Expressiveness with Upward Expansion (with Preset)
Tremolo: Why Be Normal?
Multiband X-Trem (with Preset)
OpenAIR: Much More than Just Reverb
Limiter2 Deep Dive
Vocal Repair Kit (with Preset)
Rockin’ Rhythms with Multiband Gating
The Studio One “Drumcoder” (with Preset)
In Praise of Saturation
Console Emulation
Fill the Pipeline: Make Hardware Effects Part of Studio One’s World
Using the CTC-1 with Mid-Side Processing
Flanger Lab (with Preset)
The Dynamic Brightener—Reloaded (with Preset)
Mid-Side Processing with Studio One Artist
Using EQ3 and Reverb with Artist-Based Mid-Side Processing 
Magic “Moving” Stereo
Slapback Echo—Elvis Lives!
Attack Delay—Done Right
So…What Does the CTC-1 Really Sound Like?
EZ Vocal Plosive Control
Add Lookahead to the Fat Channel Compressors
“Talk Box” Emulator for Guitar (with Preset)
Create Your Perfect Vocal Channel Strip Preset (with Preset)
Lively Up Your Drums (with Preset)
Studio One’s VCA Module
Frequency Splitting in Artist
That Vintage Airy Sound (with Preset)
“Pump” Your Pads and Power Chords
Authentic 60s Flanger for Artist
Beyond “New York”-Style Compression
Five One-Stage EQ Fixes
Mega-Modulate the Vocoder
“Table” Filter Response
How to “Focus” Effects
Mic Your Synth—Virtually (with Files)
Solve Vocal Problems with the De-Esser
The “Drenched” Chorus (with Preset)
The Surprising Channel Strip EQ


Chapter 3 | Guitar and Bass


Widen Your Mono Guitar—Without Phase Problems
Harmonic Tremolo (with Preset)
Wox Customizable Wah Pedal (with Preset)
Stereo Cabs in a Single Ampire (with Files)
Layer Emulated Bass with Guitar on Stage (with Preset)
The Secret of Virtual Octave-Divider Bass
Multiband Dynamics for Bass
QuickStrip Bass FX Chain (with Preset)
15 Seconds to a Great Bass Sound
“Amp Enormifier” FX Chain (with Preset)
Dynamic Brightener for Guitar
Guitar Sustainer
Bi-Amping the Ampire (with Preset)
All About Ampire’s Virtual Miking
Using 3rd-Party Cabs with Ampire XT
How to Save CPU Power with Amp Sims
Create Ampire Cabs(with Pro EQ3 (with Presets)
Amp Sim Sweetener (with Preset)
Multiband Distortion for Guitar (with Preset)
Metal Guitar Attack, Studio One Artist Version
Metal Guitar Attack, Studio One Pro Version 
Access 342 Ampire Cabs
Why You Want to Match Ampire Preset Levels
Amp Sims: Garbage In, Garbage Out
The Guitarist’s Hum Buster (with Presets)
Spruce Up Your Mono Guitar’s Image (with Preset)
Multiband Harmonic Tremolo (with Presets)
The Surf Guitar Sound (with Preset)
Virtual “Nashville Tuning”
Compress Only the Bass’s Midrange
Two Crucial Tips for Quantizing Rhythm Guitar
Humbucker-to-Single-Coil Conversion with EQ (with Presets)
De-Esser Meets Amp Sims
Deconstructed Guitar—a New Approach to Tone (with Preset)
Frequency-Selective Guitar Compression
Smoother, More Flexible Autofilter Control
Lead Guitar Editing Hack
Higher-Def Amp Sim Sounds 
Acoustic Guitar Simulator (with Preset)
3 Special FX for Lead Guitar
Make Bass “Pop” in Your Mix


Chapter 4 | Drums and Percussion


Kick Drum Replacement Made Easy
Transient Shaper for Kick and Snare
Zero-Latency/Zero-Artifact Transient Shaper
Transient Shaper FX Chain (with Preset)
 “Pumping Drums”—With No External Sidechain
Crazy Snare Enhancements
Make Impact XT Drums More Expressive
10 Mai Tai Percussion Sounds (with Presets)
“Bigness of Huge” Drum Sound (with Preset)
Punch Up Analog Drums with the CTC-1 Mix FX
SuperKick—Tune and Enhance Your Kick Drum
A Slick Trick for Thick Kicks
Trolling for Slices
Drum Replacement with Melodyne
Percussion in Motion
“Melodify” Your Beats
Unlock the Power of Impact XT’s Multiple Outs
Better Drum Stretches with Melodyne
Fix Boring Acoustic Drum Loops
Improve MIDI Drum Loop Flow


Chapter 5 | MIDI and Note Events


Polyphonic Glide with Any Synth
Why Overlap Correction is Totally Cool
“Strums” Made Easy with Step Recording
Pedal Power
Patterns: Not Just for EDM
MIDI Guitar Setup with Studio One
Using Jam Origin’s MIDI Guitar 2 Software with Windows
Create Polyphonic MIDI Guitar Parts with Melodyne Essential
How to Clean Up MIDI Guitar Parts
The Songwriter’s Assistant (with Preset)
The Amazing Robot Bassist
End Boring MIDI Drum Parts
Percussion Part Generator, Option 1
Percussion Part Generator, Option 2
Melodic Percussion Enhancement
Hi-Hat Humanizing 
Chord Track: Parallel? Narrow? Bass? Say What?!?
Studio One’s Session Bass Player
Slick Tricks for Stack and Strum
MIDI-Accelerated Delay Effects


Chapter 6 | Virtual Instruments


Under-$10 Sound Set Solid-State Drive
Keyswitching and Sound Variations Made Easy
Upsampling for Better Fidelity
Synth+Sample Layering
10 Presence XT Techniques
Keyboard Meets Power Chords (with Preset)
Presence 12-String Electric Guitar
Poly Aftertouch: Ready for Prime Time
The Really Grand Piano (with Preset)
Studio One’s FM Synthesizer (with Presets)
5 of My Favorite Mai Tai Features (with Presets)
How to Use Virtual Synths as Signal Processors
Three Primo Piano Sounds (with Presets)


Chapter 7 | FX Chains 


What You Need to Know About FX Chains
Make a Splitter for Studio One Artist
How to Use FX Chain Transition Curves    
Ten FX Chain Splitter Tips
Rotating Speaker (with Preset)
Vintage (Through-Zero) Tape Flanging (with Preset)
“Sparkler” Sound Enhancer (with Preset)
Mid-Side Processing Made Easy (with Preset)
“Glue” Compressor (with Preset)
Imaging Phaser (with Preset)
Customizable Phaser (with Preset)
EZ Squeez One-Knob Compressor (with Preset)
Blues Harmonica (with Preset)
The Air Machine (with Preset)
The “Tightener” for Mixing (with Presets)
The “Resonator” for Mixing (with Presets)
Stereo Separator (with Preset)
The Vinyliser
Channel and Effects Routing
Sweet Multiband Chorus (with Preset)
Bucket Brigade Delay (with Preset)
Vocal QuickStrip (with Preset)
Tape Emulator (with Preset)
Ultimate TremPan (with Preset)
Do “Vintage” EQ(with Pro EQ3 (with Preset)
Mono-to-Stereo Frequency Splitter (with Preset)
Filter Shape Shifter (with Preset)
Multiband Image Enhancer (with Preset)
VoxTool (with Preset)
Combi-Band Processing
Multiband Limiter (with Preset)
Mixmaster Magic FX Chain (with Preset)
The De-Stresser (with Preset)


Chapter 8 | Reverb


Dual Band Reverb (with Preset)
TonalVerb (with Preset)
Studio One’s Hybrid Reverb
Back to the 60s,(with Preverb
Rhythmic Reverb Splashes
Mid-Side Room Reverb (with Preset)
Reverb Chord Progressions with Harmonic Editing
Virtual Room Mics (with Preset)
Synthesize—not Sample—OpenAIR Reverb Impulses
Cool Reverb Trick, Bro!
EZ 80s Gated Mixverb Drums
Universal Gated Reverb
Purify Your Reverb
Shimmer Reverb (with Preset)
Enhance Your Reverb’s Image


Chapter 9 | Sidechaining


Ultra-Tight Rhythm Section
Sidechained Spectrum
Smoother, Gentler Sidechain Gating
Creative Autofilter Triggering
Center-Stage Reverb


Chapter 10 | Controllers


10 ATOM Controller Tips
Komplete Kontrol Integration
Control Ableton as a ReWire Client with ATOM SQ
Using a Touchscreen with Studio One


Chapter 11 | Mastering


Hit LUFS Targets with the Digital Release Menu
The Limiter2 and Mastering
K-System Metering
Streaming: Limiter2 to the Rescue
What LRA Means for Mastering
Easy Project Page Song Level Matching
Balancing True Peak Levels
Project Page Meets Bluetooth
Mastering for Vinyl: A Real-World Project
My Craziest Mastering Salvage Job (So Far)
Project Page Surgery
Mix Referencing with Master Matching
Don’t Ignore the Free VU Meter Plug-In
Super Stereo and Mondo Mono (with Preset)
The Artist Version Remix: Super Stereo/Mondo Mono


Chapter 12 | Theory


Understanding LUFS, and Why Should I Care?
What Phase Meter Readings Mean
Understanding Panning Laws
How to Test Audio with the Tone Generator and Spectrum Meters


Appendix: Tips in the Real World

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found this forum and i hope this is the spot to contact you about being able to get the update to your tips ands tricks eBook v1.4

i see it on sweetwater.  do not see it on the personus site but i understand that they will not to displaying the boof until the end of this month (feb '23).  is there a way to get the update?  i have both of the previous versions, the latest one i get in nov 2019 (the Big Book of tips and tricks).


lynn seacord

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21 minutes ago, chuckwow said:



found this forum and i hope this is the spot to contact you about being able to get the update to your tips ands tricks eBook v1.4

i see it on sweetwater.  do not see it on the personus site but i understand that they will not to displaying the boof until the end of this month (feb '23).  is there a way to get the update?  i have both of the previous versions, the latest one i get in nov 2019 (the Big Book of tips and tricks).


lynn seacord

Yes, you've come to the right place! Please check your private messages. 

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No problem, I've needed to do this for several people. Please contact me via Private Message with your preferred email, and I'll make sure you're covered. I'm very proud of this update, it's a substantial revision - so I want to make sure that all previous owners get their free update, regardless of where they bought it.

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