I had been a diehard Pro Tools user for about ten years, (after switching over from Cubase). I studied Pro Tools at Berklee College of Music to learn all that I could about this digital work station. With that being said, I was fine with Pro Tools up to version 11. With version 11, though, I found that Pro Tools was getting bloated with a lot of features that I did not need or want.
On their next release of version 12, Avid, the company that makes Pro Tools was turning Pro Tools into a subscription-based service. I really hate subscription-based software mainly because I feel that I am beholden to Avid, even if the latest release is full of bugs. My distrust for Avid became deeper seated as they began to look more like a money grab company than a company that was trying to be the best in the industry. So, I decided to look elsewhere for a digital audio workstation (DAW) that best meets my needs.
After researching many companies and DAWs, I came across PreSonus Studio One version 3 Pro. I had heard great things about it and decided to delve more deeply into this DAW as PreSonus seemed to show a lot of promise. After using version 3 for a while, I really liked it a lot! The flagship feature of the PreSonus Studio One is the workflow. However, I still missed a few of the features I had with Pro Tools. But with the superior workflow of PreSonus, I decided it was worth it to make the switch from Pro Tools.
Now PreSonus is at version 4.5 with Studio One Pro, and this latest update (which is FREE for all version 4 users) is blowing Pro Tools out of the water! Less keystrokes, and ease of use make version 4.5 an amazing update! A lot of people say, “Pro Tools is the best because it's the industry standard". But, in my opinion, it is not a better DAW, and that "Industry standard" title will soon change. A lot of major studios have already left Pro Tools because of the software is buggy. This new update will definitely bring engineers and studios over in droves.
I understand that a lot of studio Engineers and Producers do not want to spend the time learning a new DAW, however, you don’t want to get stuck using old technology! In the long run it will lead to faster mix sessions and with better results. The reason I say better results is that when you can do more, you usually do more. I believe (and I was taught this in school) that all DAWS pretty much sound the same and I will accept that, but when you look at less time spent doing the things you need to do the most, like side chaining as an example, the more likely you are to use everything at your disposal and that can and should create better mixes. Also, if you can accomplish more in less time, you are free to engineer more songs, therefore making PreSonus Studio One more profitable.
Pro Tools (as I saw at the NAMM show last January 2019) is really frustrating the top dogs in the industry. Most say if their studio wasn't locked on Pro Tools they would likely switch. Pro Tools has been lacking as of late and the industry will surely switch over more sooner than later. Fantastic job PreSonus! Your latest release is definitely heading in the right direction!
Drew Puzia is a multi-award winning Mix Engineer at SoundBurst Studios in Las Vegas. Drew is certified in Audio Engineering from the world renowned Berklee College of Music. His experience spans over three decades in the music industry and he has recorded and mixed countless musicians in many genres of music. Drew is the founder of SoundBurst Studios online mixing and mastering services.