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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Keyboard Shortcuts (for Presonus Studio One, but also for other Daws)



Hello and welcome to this week's article!
Today we're going to talk about keyboard shortcuts, which means assigning a function of the Daw to a key or combination of keys of our keyboard.
Obviously every Daw has a (at least slighly) different serie of key commands: some Daw that are particularly greedy have them mapped in a totally different ways than the others (cough cough... Cakewalk...) in order to make sure that once you got used to theirs, you won't switch comfortably to another Daw, while other producers tend to use a more "standard" approach, to make sure that even if you come from another Daw, you will feel more or less at home.

Presonus Studio one is particularly good in this, since it lets you choose between several keyboard mapping schemes (like the one of Cubase, Pro Tools, Logic...), so that you will be able to use the shortcuts you're used to from your previous Daw, and obviously it lets you customize everything with ease if you want to create a custom mapping that suits your needs.

Here you can find a map of the Studio One standard keyboard Shortcuts; we know that is impossible to memorize all of them, and only by using them with time we will get acquainted, neveretheless we have chosen the 10 most important keyboard shortcuts to know (in our humble opinion) to really improve the speed of our workflow:


1 - Select arrow tool

F3 - Show Console

Alt+X - Cut

Ctrl+Z - Undo

Num pad * - Record

Spacebar - Play/stop

Q - Quantize

O - Preroll

R - arm track

G - consolidate parts


There are also layouts like the one in the image, that can be printed or purchased on sticker paper, ready to be attached to your keyboard to help you finding the right key for the right function.

I hope this was helpful!


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