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studio one or pro tools

Which is better, studio one or pro tools :(

My studio one came with my purchase of FireStudio


RemyRAD Sun, 01/09/2011 - 05:00

So have you tried both? Only you can really decide what workflow is the most practical & comfortable for you. A lot of it has to do with what you want to do. How many clients and/or record labels are asking you to have ProTools projects? Why not Sony Vegas? Adobe Audition? I've heard & read nothing but good things about the Presonus software. Not as comprehensive as ProTools but what do you want to do? A lot of audio for video? A lot of audio postproduction? Video editing? Your question is sort of like asking what's the best thing to buy at a grocery store. I only want the best from the supermarket whatever it is.

What the heck time is it?!
Mx. Remy Ann David

BobRogers Sun, 01/09/2011 - 05:27

There are a lot of considerations that go into choosing a DAW, but there's one really huge one that's staring you in the face. You already own Studio One. It's paid for. It has been getting good reviews, so it's worth a reasonable amount of time learning it's ins and outs. If you don't like something about it you will have a rational basis for choosing another DAW.

anonymous Fri, 03/09/2012 - 13:03

If your mixes don't go past you stick with studio one if you have projects that go to studios with pro tools get pro tools and if you have the financial resources get pro tools mp and a m audio interface you can run pt when you need to and use studio one when you want to (but not at the same time) but I perfer studio one I learn new stuff everyday with it

Joej Thu, 07/23/2015 - 02:10

Both are excellent DAW's and I have used both and found studio one to be better for me. I like that in the pro version of studio one you have the additional mastering option. Yea you can master in protools but in studio one if you find something that needs to be tweaked in the mix while in the mastering phase you can just click on the song tab and it takes you right back to the mix making it much faster in easier to make corrections than in protools. Some will argue that protools is better because it is industry standard and if your mix has to go to professional studios or mastering houses for pro results you need protools. Not true there are work arounds. Another point to point one may want to consider is weather or not you want to pay 199.00 annual licensing to be able to take advantage of an update. Read avids policy prior well there are a few gray areas. In closing it is best to try different ones and find what works best for you. Studio one has just released version 3 . A nice new feature in version 3 is the arranger tool it allows you to move parts of the song around in your mix without destroying the present structure of the mix thus, enhancing your creativity . I hope this helped


Joej Fri, 07/24/2015 - 06:22

Yea I agree completely Makzimia. Another studio one + for me was not having to worry about a dongle. Real pain in the arss when you need your DAW on two different rigs and not to mention what you have to deal with when the dongle goes bad. I also found the learning curve not bad switching from protools.

DonnyThompson Sat, 07/25/2015 - 04:11

I had a chance to toy with Studio One a bit; I never used it seriously, because shortly after I got it ( it came with my VSL1818) I ended up with Samplitude, and that became my go-to exclusive DAW platform.
But, from what I recall, S1 seemed like a well-designed program, and fairly easy to jump into and get things happening without much hassle; I think it would be a good entry level program - for those who are new to digital multi-track production. ( I'm not saying that it's only good as an entry level DAW.. I'm sure there are guys who turn out a pro product with it... I'm just saying that it seemed very easy to get started on, and fairly quickly, too.)

Pro Tools never really gave me all that much of a hassle either, except in the earlier years, when their midi implementation was almost zilch.

I've never had much trouble getting around most popular DAW programs - several nights ago I did a session with Logic, and while I wouldn't ever consider myself to be a pro with it, I was able to record, group, assign outputs, buses, VSTi's, etc., without much trouble. LOL... the computer itself gave me more headaches than Logic did - because I haven't worked on a Mac in over 2000 years.

I think that once you get a decent handle on one platform, the basics of the others are pretty much the same; some functions might be located somewhere other than what you've grown accustomed to, or sometimes each will use different nomenclature for the same commands ( "mix to file", "bounce to disk", etc.) but on the surface, I think they are all laid out in similar ways.

Not that there aren't deeper commands - and some features, too - that are on some platforms and not on others, and that's where I think they start to separate from each other. I'm fairly competent at the basics for PT, but there are " power users" out there who have become so knowledgeable about the platform that they've discovered ways to do certain things - things that I'm not even sure Avid originally intended.

Samplitude is also a very deep program - I think its Object Based Editing is brilliant - yet, even though I've been using it almost every hour of every day for over a year now, there are still new things I discover about it all the time ( Kraznet's YouTube vids are a goldmine!!) and there are more than just a few things about it that I still don't know yet.

There are many pro DAW users who will actually find and develop their own chops on a platform, and quite often, they keep these things pretty close to the vest; it's not really any different than what engineers have been doing for years - in all the formats - each cooker has their own little trick bag, certain things that they'll do to guitars, or vocals, or drums, etc., or it could even be a routing or busing thing; tricks that they don't tell anyone about, because those things separate them from their peers, and they can become desired for certain production methods and styles - things that other guys might not know, or be able to do.

I think the key is finding one DAW that you like, that allows you to be as creative as possible, that is powerful enough to do the things you need it to do, yet isn't so complex that you end up spending more time trying to find out how to do things, than actually doing them. Speaking only for myself, I want my platform to support my creativity - not to get in the way of it. ;)

IMHO of course.


Sean G Tue, 08/11/2015 - 07:51

I know this is an old inactive thread that has been re-activated recently so to speak.
So I'm going to chime in with my 2 cents...
Definately Studio One 3 Pro for me. I found when I first started out using DAW's everyone said go the PT route, its industry standard and everyone uses it.
It was such a steep learning curve after a while I found I was spending more time researching the how-to than actually hitting the record button.
No wonder they run big dollar courses to learn to use it to its full can get lost in there!!!
Whereas, SO has a much more streamlined approach to the whole process and targeted to the medium-to-expert level compared to PT which I feel is more targeted to the expert.
Joeyj hit the nail on the head when he raised the point of not needing a dongle for SO. It makes it easy to grab your laptop and interface for any off-site recording and be out the door, as you can activate SO up to 5 times after purchase on different machines and only have to worry about your Ilok for 3rd party plug-ins, if you udse them.
You could get away with just using the SO plug-ins as there are a whole suite of them included in SO Pro.
Its also worth noting that keeping a couple of activations up your sleeve for any future PC upgrades down the track is a wise idea. Especially if you are currently running the 32-bit version and upgrade to 64-bit version down the track. Just download the 64 bit installer and activate it with the same product key and Bob's your uncle....
I also liked the fact that I could try SO demo in full function mode prior to purchasing it, even with 3rd party plug-ins.
When the trial period ended I felt comfortable to purchase the full SO Professional as I already knew my way around it pretty well and anything I did prior even in the demo mode was still there upon activation.
As mentioned earlier by RemyRAD its about finding what you are most comfortable with and works best for you.
We all have different tastes and preferences and also brand loyalties.
Stick with what you have / know, learn it inside and out and get the best from it.
If you one day feel youv'e outgrown it so to speak, then look at what your options are.