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How To Stack Synths In Studio One's Multi-Instrument Environment

PreSonus Studio One Tips & Techniques
By Robin Vincent

A control can be linked across multiple Mojito synths using Macros.A control can be linked across multiple Mojito synths using Macros.

Studio One's Multi-Instrument environment can make even the simplest instrument sound like a million dollars! Find out how...

Studio One has had its Multi-Instrument environment since version 3. It's a remarkable place where you can build complex and multi-faceted virtual instruments that combine sound sources, audio plug-ins and MIDI effects. It's often used as a means of mixing a couple of instrument sounds, or to split and layer sounds across a keyboard. But in this workshop, we're going to look at the value of stacking up multiple instances of the same synthesizer to create sounds so fat you'll be tempted to spell them with a 'ph'.

Multi-Instrument

First of all, let's generate a Multi-Instrument track. You can do this in a couple of ways:

  • One is to stumble into it by accident, by dragging a second instrument onto an existing instrument track. This will bring up a dialogue window asking if you want to Replace the current instrument or Combine it. If you choose Combine, the Multi-Instrument is automatically created for you and the editor will open showing the two instruments side by side.
  • The other way is to drag a New Multi-Instrument from the browser to a new track — you'll find it at the top, under Multi–Instruments in the Instruments tab. This gives us a blank Multi-Instrument environment into which we can drag the synths we want to use.

Let's start with a nice fresh blank Multi-Instrument and take it from there.

In this workshop, we're going to look at the value of stacking up multiple instances of the same synthesizer to create sounds so fat you'll be tempted to spell them with a 'ph'.

Monster Mojito

The aim is to create one heck of a bass sound with the simplest of Mojito patches. So, drag in a Mojito from the browser, retaining the default patch that plays a simple triangle wave. Drag in a second...

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Published September 2019