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Studio One: The Show Page

PreSonus Studio One Tips & Tricks By Robin Vincent
Published February 2021

The Show Page is designed for live performance, and combines the roles of virtual instrument host, mixer and backing‑track player.

The Show Page is designed for live performance, and combines the roles of virtual instrument host, mixer and backing‑track player.

With Studio One, PreSonus have endeavoured to provide you with the tools to take your music from conception through to delivery with the Song and Project Pages. With version 5 they have a whole new destination for your music. The Show Page takes your songs, tracks, and projects on the road and into the realm of live performance. It’s similar to performing platforms like Main Page, Forte and Gig Performer, but comes with a fresh take on managing your set and some very useful integration with Studio One. You can create setlists with all your tracks, players, singers and instruments, both virtual and external, all mixed, controlled, and ready to play live. You can step out onto that stage with your gig sorted and your sound ready to go.

The Basics

The Show Page looks and feels like a stripped‑down version of Studio One. You have your browser on the right, the mixing console, and what look like tracks on an arrange page. It’s a familiar space that helps you get to grips with it fast. I should stress that this is a performance tool and not a creation tool: this is not where you write tracks or produce music so you won’t find an editor or sequencer here.

So, thinking with your gig head on, you don’t add tracks, you add Players. A Player can be one of four things hidden behind three options; you can select Backing Track, Real Instrument, or Virtual Instrument.

Backing Tracks are audio tracks. Now I’m old school enough to remember when backing tracks were MIDI files but in the Show Page, Backing Tracks are all about audio. It could be an entire mix that you’re singing along to, or it could be just a recording of a single instrument or stem. You can have as many as...

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Published February 2021

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