User Guide for PreSonus Studio One

User Guide for PreSonus Studio One

v1.0.0 // 2020-March-10 – Download PDF

Configuration guide for Windows and macOS to use with our Editor & Librarian plug-ins


In this little PreSonus Studio One User Guide, you will find the instructions to get our plug-in to work with PreSonus Studio One with ease. This is universal tutorial for all of our plug-in, but we are using our Roland JP-80×0 plug-in in this guide.

Checkout the plug-in user manual prior to this guide, so you have the knowledge to setup the plug-in properly.

Also, as we are not PreSonus Studio One experts, we engourage you to read the Studio One manual in order to fully understand your DAW.

We hope you have taken all the necessary precautions prior to using our product, like making a full backup of your synthesizer memory.


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Open your DAW and enter Options. We will make sure that MIDI ports are disabled for those ports, where your synthesizer is connected at. This will ensure that your DAW won’t crash and we won’t be getting double data in to the DAW processing loop.

Windows: Studio One -> Options …
macOS: Studio One -> Preferences …

Navigate to “External Devices” tab and click Add… [1] to open Add Device dialog. Next we are going to select New Instrument [2], input the Manufacturer [3] and Device Name [4].

Windows: Set the MIDI Out to JP-8000 vMIDI Out [5].

macOS: Set the MIDI Out to physical MIDI device [5] where the synthesizer is connected.

Make sure channels 1 & 2 are enabled [6].

Now we will do almost the same for the Master Keyboard:

Add… [1] – New Keyboard [2] – Manufacturer [3] – Device Name [4] – MIDI Channels enabled [5].

Windows: Choose the JP-8000 vMIDI In [6] to route the cloned MIDI data to DAW.

macOS: Choose the physical MIDI Device [6] where synthesizer is connected.

If you want to set it as default input, check Default Instrument Input [7].

Note #1: If you have more than one master keyboard in your setup, you can do the same procedure for each of the keyboard.

From the image below, you can see how my setup looks. Click OK to finish.

NOTE #1: You can check our support site for additional guides like Setting MIDI Devices to learn how we added JP-8000 vMIDI In and JP-8000 vMIDI Out ports in the DAW.

Insert the plug-in

Drag and drop the plug-in from the Instruments pool to the arrangement. See image below.

Plug-in window will now appear. 


Now we can select the Physical MIDI input port which receives MIDI data from your synthesizer.

And then we choose the Physical MIDI Out port which sends data to the synthesizer MIDI input.

Plug-in will now attempt to establish connection with the synthesizer, so it might take some time if your settings are not right or if you chose a wrong MIDI port by mistake. You should see plug-in saying PROCESSING… somewhere in the plug-in interface and also ABORT PROCESS button will appear.

If all of the settings are correct, you will see “Plug-in is ready to go!” [1] message in the plug-in display.

If something is wrong with your settings, plug-in will say “No response from JP!” [1] and that indicates something is wrong with your synth settings, MIDI device or Studio One Preferences.

Once the connection is in, you should sync the data with your hardware. Usually this function can be ran from the patch librarian tab / page of the plug-in & “Sync Data From HW” button. Check the plug-in user manual to learn more.

We can now close the plug-in window and move on.

NOTE #1: Check troubleshooting from the plug-in, daw or synthesizer manual if you can not establish connection. You can also seek help from our support site if you can’t find out what is causing error in your setup.

Automating Plug-in Parameters

Click “Show Automation” – See image below.

Click “Display: Off” menu to reveal more options. Choose “Add / Remove …

Choose parameters [1] from the list which you need to automate and click << Add [2] to move the in the plug-in list.

Once you have added the necessary parameters, click Close to finish parameter configuration.

Pick a parameter you want to automate and start drawing in OR move the knobs in the plug-in while recording to make automation! Before you start to pursue with MIDI blocks, read the next chapter!

Assign MIDI tracks to Studio One arrangement

Now, in order to send MIDI notes to the synthesizer, we need to have MIDI tracks in the DAW. Click the + -sign to add new tracks. See image below.

Input the name of your tracks and the number of tracks you need. In this case I am calling the tracks JP-8000 MIDI, there are two tracks I am creating, and they are now being pointed to the Instrument we defined earlier in this manual. Ascending mode is on, so it will create tracks for channel 1 & 2 once we click OK. See image below.

Now we have two new MIDI tracks in the arrangement window, each set to different MIDI channel so we can play both JP layers individually!

Note #1: You should always put MIDI blocks in the MIDI tracks because our plug-in can not talk to DAW about delay compensation. This is because we do not generate any audio with our plug-in.

Finishing it up!

Final step is to add Audio track, so we can hear the synthesizer in action. In this case we will add new Audio Track by clicking the + -sign. See image below.

Now input the name of the track, set type to Audio, select if it is Mono or Stereo from Format menu and choose the Input where the synthesizer Audio Jacks are connected to. Click OK.

Once the Audio track appears in arrange, toggle on mixer by clicking “Mix” in the bottom right corner. Toggle on monitoring for the Audio track we just created. Now the setup is ready, and you should hear the synth while making some MIDI blocks and you have some sort of automation (if needed).

Note #1: You might have routed your Audio Output from the synth itself to external mixing desk or speakers, so make sure you power those units on. Otherwise there won’t be any sound because our plug-in does not transmit any audio data to the DAW.

Thats it for the PreSonus Studio One user guide. We hope you find this useful.

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