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Rating and Reviews: PreSonus Studio One Art 2

Get started recording, editing, and mixing your music with PreSonus Studio One Artist: a powerful, yet affordable DAW with an elegant single-window workflow.

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"Great for Newbies, Great Sound" submitted December 9, 2011

By a customer from mc.net
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Musical Background: Multi-instrumentalist, jsemi-pro
Music Style: blues, jazz
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Sound: Sounds great! The only DAW at this price with a 64-bit version, which is important for memory protection. Feature: The most useful features are extensive use of drag & drop, and a start page where you set top-level parameters. Best UI I've seen. Great for newbies. The worst feature is the fact that it doesn't accommodate plug-ins other than the ones that come with it, and those ain't great. I'd rather have a a track limit than no plug-ins, especially considering the ones that come with it ain't great. Seems to use a lot of system resources (Win 7HP /64). Ease of Use: This is where the product shines. I got versions of Cubase LE & Ableton Live Light with equipment I've bought this year, and they both suck. They've both got torturous UI's, & Ableton is for working with rap loops and other artificial electronica, but if you play a REAL instrument, IMHO, no way. Cubase is just tortuous to work with, and their support is NG. God help you if you catch a virus & have to reinstall. Let's say it's not made for the real world, and they've got a bad attitude. It can be viewed on their website. Look at what have to say about their licensing procedure. Stud 1 2 puts a license file on your machine that you just drag & drop into the app on reinstall. Nothing easier. Working with virtual instruments is a snap. In the editor window, you get a real keyboard on the left, so you just select the note value you want, from a dropdown, and use your mouse to place notes. What could be easier? After getting Cubase & Ableton for free, I actually bought this. Quality: IMHO, under the hood is where this product really shines. I'm a retired programmer, and I know how apps SHOULD work and look (think useability). Cbase & A'ton don't look good. Slow load time, no troubleshooting messages on load, so if you've got a problem, have fun finding it. There's that UI again! Better plug-ins and/or the ability to use third-party ones would've made this a 10. The basic program, however is a 10. Value: Even with its peripheral shortcomings, you can't do better at this price. Manufacturer Support: Excellent website, support gets back to you quickly. The Wow Factor: The appeal of this product is high. Anything comparable is much more expensive and harder to use. Overall: If you play an instrument, you want this.
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"Great Entry Level Tool with Quality Results" submitted May 11, 2014

By Paul Y in San Jose, CA
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Musical Background: 8 years, keyboards
Music Style: Rock, pop.
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Overall: At first I bought tbis brcause. I read the box cover and said cool. I didn't expect it to give me a $500+ performance like other high ends. One of my other associate who bought a $600 one was impressed. I like the fact that mixing and mastering was sooo cool. The sound quality of the final creation was a close competive one to even the best out there.
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