Presonus Studio One Pro: Set up a hardware control surface for more expressive control
OBJECTIVE: Control various parameters within Studio One Pro using a hardware control surface.
BACKGROUND: Studio One Pro’s “Control Link” protocol makes it easy to define controllers on a control surface, then assign
them to parameters within the program. In this example, we’ll use Line 6’s KB37 as the controller, but the same principles apply
to any control surface.
1. In Song mode, click on “External” in the
Console navigation column (to the left of
2. Under External Devices, double-click on
the external device you want to set up as a
controller. When the Device Control Map (a
representation of the controller) appears,
click on “MIDI Learn.”
3. On the hardware controller, turn the
controls and push the buttons you want to
assign. As you do this, they appear in the
Device Control Map.
4. Click on the small arrow in the label
below a control, and assign the control
type (knob, fader, button) from the pop-up
menu. This is also where you can remove a
5. Double-click on a label and type in the
desired name. When you’re done with
assignments and naming, click on MIDI
Learn again to exit setup mode.
6. To assign a physical controller to a parameter,
click on the parameter (the screen
shot shows Filter Cutoff). Its name and current
value appears in the upper left Parameter
7. Move the physical control intended to
control the parameter; the control name
appears in the right Parameter Window.
Click on the “Link” symbol between the two
parameter windows—the hardware control
is now linked to the software parameter.
¦ In Step 1, if the mixer isn’t visible, type F3.
¦ In Step 7, an alternative assignment method is to drag the “hand”
icon in the left parameter window on top of the desired control in
the Device Control Map.
¦ Assignments are context-sensitive—for example, if you make one
set of assignments to the mixer and another to the Impact drum
synth, controls will affect the mixer if it has the focus, and Impact
if it has the focus.