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Studio One vs Pro Tools

Studio one vs pro tools

Studio one vs Pro Tools 2019 comparison

Studio One vs Pro Tools  is our consideration for today. And beyond 2019 of course! We will also highlight Studio One 4 as well.

A digital audio workstation (DAW for short) is an electronic device or application software that is used to record, edit, and produce audio files. Using a DAW, you can create musical compositions, songs, speech or sound effects.  Today the big question is Studio one 4 vs pro tools. Day by day, digital workstations become more advanced and add more powerful features. Version 4 of Studio One has been making a good name for itself. But pro tools already set the bar high. Artist have been using both tools widely if you know what I mean.

Studio One vs Pro ToolsSo, which DAW should you use for making music and composing?  Actually, there are many digital audio stations such as Magix Acid, Ardour, Renoise, Ableton Live, Bitwig Studio, Avid Pro Tools, Cakewalk Sonar, PreSonus Studio One, Cockos Reaper, Apple Logic Pro,  Image-Line FL Studio, etc. Among all these, I prefer to use Pro tools from Avid and Studio One by PreSonus. I believe that these two are perfect for both beginners and advanced users. Because of so much competition I did a quick recap of Studio One vs Pro Tools.

Before we get started, here’s an excellent review of the two platforms by Alex Scott over at




Novation Launchkey 49 USB Keyboard Controller for Ableton Live and Studio One:

This has been used almost flawlessly with Ableton Live and Studio One set up. You might want to grab it if you go the Studio One rout.

  • MK2 version of Novation’s 49-note USB keyboard controller for Ableton Live and Studio One
  • 16 velocity-sensitive RGB pads, 8 knobs, and dedicated navigation and control buttons
  • Software for Mac and PC and sustain pedal 1/4 inch jack socket,7 segment 3 character LED display,pitch bend and modulation wheels,16 full-colour RGB backlit velocity sensitive drum pads
  • Software for Mac and PC, Including: Ableton Live Lite, XLN Audio Addictive Keys, Novation Bass Station and V Station virtual instruments and over 4GB of Loopmasters samples; 2-year limited warranty on manufacturing defects


Studio One 4 vs pro tools

Pro Tools:

The latest version of Pro tools is 2019.5. You can use pro tools for both Microsoft Windows and macOS and create amazing audio. Therefore, composing, recording, editing, mixing music, and making audio has never been so easy and enjoyable for me.

Package includes: You will get 1 GB Collaboration Cloud Storage, 2 GB high-quality loop library, and more than 60 virtual instruments, effects, and utility plug-ins. The Avid Marketplace will connect you with others in the audio community.

Pricing: Pro tools has several plans such as one-year subscription, monthly subscriptions and Perpetual License (Physical Box). Based on your needs and demands, you should select your subscription plan. For me, at first, it was the one-year subscription( download).

Keyboard shortcuts: One of the things I prefer in pro tools is the keyboard shortcuts that make saves my time and energy. You are also allowed to move around the MIDI notes by using both the keyboard and keyboard shortcuts.

Audio Editing and workflow:

In my comparison of PreSonus Studio One vs Pro Tools, I felt that Pro tools has better workflow when it comes about audio editing. You can quickly cut a music track and then move the part or cut sessions around. This simple ripple editing option is absence in Studio One.

Video editing: As for the video editing, I prefer Pro tool more than the Studio One tool because of its simplicity.

Importing tracks: Another amazing thing I like in pro tools is its import functions. You can import a set of tracks or small sessions into your existing sessions for excellent editing.

Retrospective MIDI capture: In pro tool, you will find retrospective MIDI capture. When I worked hard and forgot to press the record, I don’t need to worry. Pro tool will automatically save my work. You will also get the feature in other DAW such as Logic, Live and Cubase.



iConnectivity mio10 Advanced 10×10 MIDI Interface With Smart USB Hosting, Network MIDI, and Multi-Computer Capability


  • 10×10 5-pin MIDI ports
  • USB Host Port supports a USB MIDI Class-Compliant device (add your powered USB hub and connect up to ten devices)
  • Ethernet Network MIDI power – use with wired and wireless MIDI networks
  • PC- and Mac-compatible
  • Works with up to two computers at the same time! (Or use it stand-alone.)
  • Configuration software (download for Mac/PC) makes it simple to create and save routing/merging/filtering presets. One is stored on the device and remembered when you power up.
  • Plug-and-play – no drivers to install (it’s USB MIDI Class-Compliant)
  • 56 user-configurable 16-channel MIDI ports

Logic Pro X:

Studio One:

You can use Studio One in OS X and Windows. The version 3 of Studio One comes with new sound design, composing features, and many more. A new audio engine and redesigned project page are added in the recent version 3.5.

Higher speed: One of the reasons why I love Studio One is undoubtedly its speed. The speed of Studio One is great than the other software. You may think that it is laborious to create an instrument by dragging and dropping, then again create another audio. But when you add all the instruments together, you will find that the overall length of the project reduces a lot.

Drag and Drop features: The drag and drop features will make your work easy while editing.  By simply dragging and dropping, I can create amazing instruments. For example, while video editing, you just need to drag the video file onto the arrange area in the song.  Then add a video to the Song, and open it up in the video player.

User-experience and workflow:

The cool thing I prefer about Studio One is its user-interface which is very easy to use. You do not need to restart the entire song while switching the audio interface in the middle of your work.

Latency: Imagine a situation, when you instruct to transfer your data, but the process needs time. Nothing is more bored than the delay of transferring data. Latency refers to this delay before a data transferring starts after getting instruction for its transfer. The version 3 of Studio One uses dual audio engine principle that helps you to track both audio and virtual instruments with low latency. Therefore, the software is fast and speedy. In many digital audio stations, you need to depend on the second layer of audio monitoring software that causes extra time.

Does it crash? : When comparing Studio One vs Pro Tools, a crash can happen more or less depending on your computer system. Therefore, I worked a bit smoother in Studio one vs pro tools. There were a few minor crashes on pro tools in my comparison. Both music software tools were put on the same system for this test.

Subscription fees:

Because of the pricing models this year, many companies have gone the subscription rout to get their products out the door cheaper. In theory at least.

Once you buy the Studio One software, you only need to spend money when you feel that Yes, “I should upgrade my features”. You may choose a reasonable subscription for more features and services. The software is perfect when you compare the service and price together.

Presetting tracks: In Studio One, You can create a template and save plug-ins preset chains for a long time so that you can use that track for future work or your current audio work.

Retrospective MIDI capture: Studio one does not come with the Retrospective MIDI capture feature though it has similar features like pre-recorded audio. However, by spending $ 6.99, you can get many features in the plug-in the “Capture MIDI” which is only for the MAC users.



At a glance: Studio One vs Pro Tools chart.

Because of the new pricing structures in 2019, we made a quick chart for you to look at.

  Avid Pro Tools Studio One
Publisher Published and released by Avid PreSonus
Designed for Microsoft Windows and macOS. OS X and Windows.
Pricing £550 / $ 699 £279  / €384  / $449
Up gradation and subscription It has 3 types of plans including one-year Annual Upgrade and Support Plan If you need more features of new version, then you can upgrade that. Otherwise, you do not need to spend your money each year.
Pros ·         Great option for video auditing also



·         Good for audio editing

·         64-bit architecture

·         Offline bounce

·         Intelligent CPU Management

·         Keyboard shortcuts for MIDI navigation

·         Great speed



·         Smooth workflow

·         Well-featured sound library

·         Powerful extended FX chains

·         Amazing new graphics

·         Upgraded browser

·         Useful “MIDI”

·         Less crash

·         Keyboard shortcuts for MIDI navigation

·         Track presets

·         Can save a template for future use

Cons ·         One Window design will not suit in small monitor



·         Exponential Technologies or ET is not true sampler in the software

·         Offers no simple ripple editing option



·         Do not have retrospective MIDI capture

As you can see, there’s a few noticeable differences between these two DAWs. Even still, Studio One is now playing with the big dogs and is a serious contender to Pro Tools.

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