Chord Stacks in the New Studio One 5.5

Chord Stacks in the New Studio One 5.5

What’s new on the latest version of Studio One 5.5? Chord Stacks!

 

This blog is part of our new series of tutorials based on the new features included in the latest update of PreSonus Studio One 5.5

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Chord Stacks in Song Mode

Are you a trained musician?

Have you studied music theory?

If your answer was no, this is for you!

Chord Stacks, the new feature included in the latest version of Studio One 5.5 will let you stack notes within a key to create chords.

The “smart” part of this, is the fact that Studio One will tell you exactly which chord you are creating by simply hovering the mouse on top of the desired note.

This way, you will know where to place each note, without the need to know music theory!

Here we go!

 

  1. Open or create a new Studio One Song:

For the purpose of this tutorial we have a Song that contains a single instrument track.

Chord Stacks in the New Studio One 5.5

 

 

2. Double click on the MIDI clip to open the piano roll editor:

Chord Stacks in the New Studio One 5.5

 

 

As you can see, there are no notes added, yet!

 

For the purpose of this tutorial, we will create chords by stacking notes on the scale of D major.

 

3. Locate the “Scale” option:

Chord Stacks in the New Studio One 5.5

 

 

4. Click on the Scale checkbox to enable Scale mode:

Chord Stacks in the New Studio One 5.5

 

 

5. Locate the two Scale dropdown menus under the Scale option:

Chord Stacks in the New Studio One 5.5

 

 

6. From here, select D major:

Note how the small piano image now shows blue dots on the notes from the D major scale, meaning the piano roll is locked to D major.

Chord Stacks in the New Studio One 5.5

 

 

The same happens on the actual Piano roll:

Chord Stacks in the New Studio One 5.5

 

 

For the purpose of this tutorial we will stack notes to create a D major triad chord, consisting of 3 notes.

 

 

7. Using the pencil tool, create a D note on the piano roll:

Chord Stacks in the New Studio One 5.5

 

 

So here we start the chord stack!

 

8. While holding the alt key, click and drag the D note and hover it to the next note above:

Chord Stacks in the New Studio One 5.5

 

Note how Studio One is smart enough to let us know if we stack those two notes (D and E), we would be building a Dsus2 chord.

This is not the chord we are looking for… What we need is a D major chord that consists of 3 notes which are D, F# and A.

Therefore, we should not leave the new note at E.

 

9. Undo the last action, and instead click and drag (holding Alt) to hover on top of  F#:

Chord Stacks in the New Studio One 5.5

 

Note how Studio One tells us, if we leave the new note at F#, we would be building a D major chord!

Now we must do one more note in order to create the D major triad chord. This note is A.

 

10. Repeat the previous step to create the note on A:

Chord Stacks in the New Studio One 5.5

 

Once again, Studio One tells us that if we stack D over F# over A, we are in fact creating a D chord!

 

And that is it!

We have successfully used the Chord Stack feature in Studio One 5.5 to create a chord without any music theory knowledge!

Now you go ahead and repeat this to create more chords and chord progressions for your new songs!

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