Studio One has been gaining ground for several years, and it’s now a DAW of real power and maturity, not merely matching its rivals in most respects but going beyond them in a few areas.
Version 4 added “Harmonic Editing” of monophonic and polyphonic audio and MIDI tracks, enabling a song or individual elements within it to be automatically shifted to a user-defined key and chord progression. New MIDI editors for drums and patterns were included, too, along with a good assortment of workflow enhancements. Version 4.5, meanwhile, includes more than 70 new features, many of which have been implemented in response to user requests.
Studio One has long been a DAW with the potential to genuinely change your musical life, and version 4 only reinforces that position. If you’ve still yet to try it, there has never been a better time.