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Studio One: The Browser

PreSonus Studio One Tips & Techniques By Robin Vincent
Published July 2021

Getting to know the Browser.

Studio One was one of the first DAWs to attempt to make the act of browsing for files a feature rather than a chore. The Browser’s presence and impact has swelled to take in all sorts of file‑based functions and probably has a raft of features that you weren’t even aware of.

 Along with your audio files, samples, MIDI clips and loops, the Browser contains all your software instruments and effects plug‑ins, anything you’ve sent or received from the Cloud, and an integrated shop where you can buy more PreSonus plug‑ins, sounds and gear. While everything that gets used in your song or project appears under the Pool tab.


Did you know that your Function keys are mapped to different tabs in the Browser? I bet you thought it was just F5 that opened and closed the Browser, which it does, but F6 will open it on the Instruments tab, F7 on the Effects tab, F8 for Loops, F9 for files, and F10 for Pool. And you can use the Function keys to swap between tabs while the Browser is open.

The Instruments tab houses all your software instruments, and can display them as a list, or in tiles with screenshots.The Instruments tab houses all your software instruments, and can display them as a list, or in tiles with screenshots.Then, with any of the content in the Browser, you can drag and drop it wherever you want to use it, assuming it’s a suitable place. So you can drag effects onto audio or instrument tracks; you can drag them onto mixer channels and effects buses. If a bus doesn’t exist, it will create one for you. It’s the same with dragging instruments into empty space in the arrangement window; it will create a track for that instrument. Audio and MIDI clips can be dragged directly onto the timeline and they can be dragged back into the Browser in the same way. The Browser can function as a very natural part of your workflow.

Instruments & Effects

The tabs for Instruments and Effects work in the same way, but one contains your software synths and...

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