We look at how to improve our workflow with the magic use of key commands, also known as hot‑keys or keyboard shortcuts.
In this month’s workshop we’re going to look at how we can improve our workflow with the magic use of key commands, also known as hot‑keys or keyboard shortcuts. Whatever you want to call them, Studio One has many ways of letting you use your QWERTY keyboard to speed things up.
In Mac world we’re often talking about Command (Cmd) and Option (Opt) keys either by themselves or as modifiers to other key combinations. In Windows world these same keys are known as Control (Ctrl) and Alt. Shift appears to be universal. I’ll be using Cmd/Ctrl and Opt/Alt to refer to these identical key functions. I’m going to assume that you are savvy enough by now to know what I’m talking about, where they are on your keyboard and which one refers to you.
You can save and export keyboard mapping schemes and even load up ones from Cubase, Pro Tools and other DAWs if you find them more familiar.
Most basic commands to navigate through different windows and views are dealt with by the Function keys. The three main Studio One views are toggled using F2 for the Editor, F3 for the Mixer, and F7 for the Browser. Probably no surprises there, but what might be a surprise is that the Browser has a bunch of other Function keys assigned to it that let you be a little bit more specific about what you’re seeing. For example, F6 toggles the Browser and opens the Instruments tab, F7 opens the Effects tab, F8 the Loops, F9 the Files and F10 the Pool. So you can go directly to the right part of the Browser on a single Function key and then toggle it closed again with the same key.
F4 opens and closes the Inspector for...