Carlo Libertini is a Melodyne audio editing specialist with Music Marketing Inc. of North America. He’s also an audio production engineer with twenty years’ experience, and performs trainings, demonstrations, and services for top studios and institutions across the country.
In between production responsibilities he conducts online training seminars, collaborative production meetings, software demonstrations, and video tutorials.
Carlo is Pro Mix Academy’s resident Studio One expert, too! Here he shows us how to add effects plugins to tracks!
Using plugins is part of what makes mixing in a DAW so convenient and efficient. You can have literally hundreds of incredible sounding effects at your fingertips without the burden of purchasing, storing, and maintaining expensive outboard gear. Especially as a beginner, you’ll be using plugins exclusively to mix!
One of the ways we can add plugins to tracks in Studio One is by using the Browser, which is found in the lower right-hand corner of the edit window.
From the Brower’s homepage, you’ll find Effects. Clicking on this will allow you to navigate all of the plugins you have installed on your system, including those that come with Studio One by default. You’ll also be able to sort through them by manufacturer, type, and more.
The built-in Studio One effects are not only very high quality, but resourceful in terms of CPU usage. Some third-party plugins can strain your system with heat CPU loads, whereas PreSonus plugins are optimized for Studio One!
When you find the effect you’re looking for, simply click and drag it onto the desired track! You can even bring in a preset automatically by expanding the plugin from the Browser and dragging the preset name onto the track. This is a super convenient way to get up and running quickly with effects in Studio One.