Power Tools for Studio One 2 and Studio One for Engineers & Producers from Hal Leonard Publishing House.

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Publishing house Hal Leonard brings us two new books for Studio One users. Our reviewer initially wasn’t expecting very much. He now stands corrected.

by A. Arsov, Sept. 2013

Studio one, two, three… let’s go.


Publishing house Hal Leonard brings us two new books for Studio One users. Power Tools for Studio One 2 is written by Larry Oppenheimer and Studio One for Engineers & Producers by William Edstrom Jr. Both books come with companion DVDs in which you can find additional material that expands upon what is in the book. For a small price you get video pleasure along with the reading material. So, what do we get for our money?

Two months ago I got my Studio One, having spent ages using Cubase. During all those years I also checked out most of the other current DAWs on the market, so I think I can claim that I’m not a newcomer in this field. Studio One was love at first sight. The program is very intuitive – you don’t need a PhD to master it. But at the same time, it’s very deep and has much more to offer than what you see on first glance. I didn’t have problems understanding the whole working process and started effectively producing music with Studio One in just a couple of days. But here and there I came across some issues anyway without finding a way to solve them. Both books start from scratch, letting you know how to install the program and additional content. During the following chapters they both dig deeper and deeper, disclosing some things that even an experienced DAW user like me had overlooked, missed or simply found other ways to work around. While the both books cover similar material, there are enough differences regarding some tips and in-depth advice that it is not a waste of your time to read them both. Is there any big difference between the books? Is one better than other? Nope, both are well written, and the additional video content is very professional and instructive.


Power to the …

Power Tools for Studio One 2 goes into far more detail in some areas, covering some additional techniques that go beyond the essential ones. Therefore it may be a bit more useful for the more experienced user. On the other hand, if you are a novice in field of sequencers, you still should be able to follow chapters without any problem. The book will lead you from start to finish, from the “strictly for rookies stage” to the “experienced veteran” stage. It offers more, but it also costs more: 39.99 USD to be precise. So if you want more for your money, this is a good choice for you.


Engineers & Producers

Studio One for Engineers & Producers is far cheaper, costing 16.99 USD. It offers somewhat less instruction than Power Tools for Studio One 2. It also covers the full process, everything from installation to the mastering and exporting the album, but it doesn’t go into as much detail, mostly explaining the basics that you need to become a moderately accomplished user. It is recommended to have at least some basic knowledge of DAWs/sequencers as a prerequisite. So if you are on tight budget and want to know your new DAW a bit better, then this can be a good starting point.


Happy end


I would recommend that you get Studio One along with either book. Otherwise you will spend too much of your time browsing through the web,  searching for some getting-started video clips instead of laying in your bed, drinking warm milk and learning lessons while listening to the radio while you read.

If you are an old fashion fellow, one willing to spend some time with a book, then this is the just the thing for you. Even I, a video tutorial fan, find plenty of pleasure learning something that I didn’t know before

I acquired these books. I initially thought that I would just glance through them, being convinced that they wouldn’t offer me anything that I didn’t already know. What a mistake!




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