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Presonus Studio One Impact

Ever wondered how they get those Hi-Hats to change pitch in Hip-Hop? Don’t Sleep on Studio One Impact!

I spent a little time in Studio One messing around with Impact the other day, which is Studio One’s drum machine (similar to Akai MPC, Native Instruments Maschine Studio, or The Beat Thang). This plugin comes with every Studio One version, pretty basic yet still very useful. The features in ImpImpactact is pretty kool. Some of the things I love to do is first drag samples from my hard drive or from the “Loop” section in Studio One browser on to any pad. Yup, just that simple. After I drag my samples over, I can route them to their own separate channel or track as either stereo or mono for further processing. So if I need to add a compressor or reverb specifically to that channel I have that option. I also love playing around with the pitch feature as shown in the video above.

But somehow I’ve never managed to access the features located to the bottom of the plugin until this one particular song. My goal was to go after the ADSR (Attack, Decay, Sustain, and Release) type functions I’m use to when working in Battery 4 or Maschine Studio. I discovered the toggle feature that works like the on/ off or cut-off type deal. The only thing different here is that you have to actually play the note or the sound you wish to record followed by the same note to cut it off. Or you can just simply use your mouse to insert your ideas in the piano roll.

Automating the pitch is a piece a cake. In the video I also talk briefly about how this works. Presonus has worked really hard to produce awesome tools and really easy to use.