Studio One 4.5 boasts massively improved grouping functionality. Here's how it works.
The Group feature in Studio One has long felt a bit like a function that was essential but not always useful. It was lumped together with other track-management features such as Folder Tracks, VCA Faders and Sends to offer alternative ways of pulling tracks together and finding order in the chaos of large projects, but grouping never felt very versatile. When you grouped some tracks together everything worked in unison: press mute on one track and they would all mute, move one fader and they all moved. Sounds useful, right? Yes, except that you had no say over which attributes the tracks within a group shared: it was all or nothing except for pan position — which, for unknown reasons, was never allowed to join a group. This all-in approach could mean you had to continually dissolve and then reform groups just to make a few individual changes.
There were workarounds, of course. It was often easier to drop the tracks for a drum kit into a folder track, simply so that you could set them all to record-enable with a single click, than it was to create a group and lose individual control. Alternatively, if you wanted only to control the faders across a range of tracks, you would tend to go the VCA route rather than subject them to the overriding power of the group.
Thankfully, in Studio One 4.5, groups have had a bit of an overhaul and if you've not considered using them before, or have found them less than useful, it's definitely time to give them another look.
The idea behind groups is to...