The A-Z of Studio One aims to give tips and tricks in a fun walk through the alphabet, it will include some basics, intermediate and advanced tutorials for Studio One.
An Audio Track is one of the two types of tracks in Studio One that you need in order to record. (The other is an Instrument Track. We’ll get into those in a later tutorial.) Just like in most every DAW, an audio track is the container in which we store audio recordings. It can also store automation data, grouping data, audio plugins, and more. Audio tracks are also great for adding loops (drums, music, fx) to your productions. Let’s see how we go about creating audio tracks and look at some of the features found on an audio track.
Creating Audio Tracks In Studio One
There are a few ways we can create audio tracks:
- Navigate to the Menu and select selecting Tracks -> Add Tracks from the dropdown;
- Navigate to the Menu and select Track -> Add Audio Track from the dropdown;
- Simply click [T] on your computer keyboard to open the Add Tracks popup menu;
- [Control]/[Right]-Click on the blank space in the Track Column, then select Add Tracks for All Inputs. This creates audio tracks for every input on your interface;
- [Control]/[Right]-Click in the blank track area in the Arrange View and select Add Audio Track from the popup menu. It will let you choose between Audio Track (Stereo) and Audio Track (Mono).
The Add Tracks Menu
The contextual menu that pops up when you add audio tracks will give you several options to choose from including:
- Track Name
- Number of Tracks to Add
- Any FX presets that you want to auto load for those tracks
- Color (and even Auto Color – which chooses colors in a progressive pattern for each successive track)
Once the tracks are created, there are several other options that are available for each track. I’ll go over each item quickly, so you’re aware they are there and then I’ll cover then in more detail in future tutorials.
Inputs/Outputs can be configured from within the audio tracks. Even if you choose Add Tracks for All Inputs when creating your audio tracks, you can still change these options. In fact, there are three places from which you can make input/output assignments:
- The Console (F3) – This is the most obvious place to me. There are individual boxes just above the fader for inputs and for outputs and these are easily selectable.
- The Inspector (F4) – This small menu window to the left of the track area becomes active for a track when you select that track. You can select inputs and outputs as well as record arm, solo, mute, time stretching formats, groups and more from the inspector.
- The Track Area – If you select a track and resize it to medium or bigger, you will see the input and output selectors and the mono/stereo selectors.
Each of these 3 options also includes a Record Arm button, Solo/Mute buttons, and Pan knob. Other features can be found in each area as well. We’ll get into these in future tutorials.
Needless to say, Audio Tracks are an essential part of studio production in Studio One…even if you’re a bedroom producer and are only doing straight electronic music. Audio tracks are the foundation of loop-based music production and full-band recordings alike.