Master and Publish (Studio One Professional)
The Project page is a dedicated mastering solution that is integrated into Studio One Professional. Here, you can burn industry-standard Red Book audio CDs, create high-quality MP3 albums, and much more. Songs and audio files are arranged as a sequence of tracks on a continuous timeline.
You can apply effects to individual tracks, as well as to the master output track, in order to achieve sonic continuity throughout the Project. The integrated Browser makes importing Songs, audio files, and audio effects fast and easy. High-quality master output metering is displayed at all times, including Spectrum, Peak/RMS, and Phase meters. These tools will help you know at a glance exactly what is going on in your Project.
As mentioned, Songs can be imported directly into your Projects without having to export a Song mix. After a Song has been imported into a Project,you can go back and change the Song mix, and the Project will be automatically updated. No other DAW offers this kind of seamless workflow.
To see the Project page in action, click here.
Mastering can be tricky, as our ears easily deceive us. For instance, most people will report that example A sounds better than B, even if the only difference between the examples is that A is 1dB louder on average than B.
For this reason, having a standard way to measure ‘loudness’ across the tracks in your Project can be critical. Above the device rack for each track you will find the Loudness Information dropdown, wherein loudness can be measured in a number of standard ways, including Dynamic Range, R128 Loudness, and left and right channel peaks, RMS, and DC levels.
Digital Distribution is Built In
Studio One Professional enables you to upload songs, art, and metadata to the SoundCloud™ Web service directly from the DAW.
A basic SoundCloud account is free. (There are fees for large upload sizes and amounts.) Using your SoundCloud account, from within Studio One Professional’s Project (mastering) page, you can upload instantly to multiple sites including FaceBook and MySpace pages. Visit www.soundcloud.com for complete information.
Metadata is an important addition that is required for commercial and Web distribution. It can promote you and your Songs as Web tags and act as a copyright notice. It also makes your Project look very professional!
You can enter metadata for the entire album and can add your name at any time after creating a Project file. In addition, you can add detailed descriptions (including an image, musical genre, and artist Web-site link) for each Song or group of Songs. Studio One Professional takes care of updating the running-time data field for the Project and tracks it as your progress.
You can create versions of your Project for distribution on CD, DVD, and vinyl, as well as creating MP3s. You can even burn a CD from within Studio One Professional for your homies and your grandma. Album and song art can be added to the Project and will be included in any exported digital release.
Studio One Professional adheres to the Red Book CD standard to assure compatibility with the majority of duplication services. The Red Book standard defines things like the number of tracks, intertrack pause durations, mastering level, recording resolution, and sampling frequency. Studio One Professional “knows” that. You will be gently nudged if you exceed certain limits.