How to use the Channel Strip plugin in Studio One 4

The following tutorial shows the user how to use the Channel Strip plugin in Studio One 4.

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On the modern days of audio mixing, the digital tools that engineers use in order to shape the recorded sound are called Plugins. Plugins can emulate the behavior of vintage analog pieces of gear, or simply act as clean/linear digital signal processors, performing tasks such as equalization, compression, limiting, expansion, gating, time-domain effects, etc. Studio One 4 comes with a variety of proprietary plugins that can help the user mix a music production completely “in-the-box”.

For the purpose of this tutorial, we will explain how to use the Channel Strip plugin in Studio One 4:

  1. Open or create a new Studio One 4 song:
How to use the Channel Strip plugin in Studio One 4
The picture above shows a Studio One 4 song.

 

 

2. Open and maximize the MIX tab:

How to use the Channel Strip plugin in Studio One 4

 

 

3. From the inserts list of the track, select “Channel Strip”:

How to use the Channel Strip plugin in Studio One 4

 

 

The Channel Strip window will open as:

How to use the Channel Strip plugin in Studio One 4

 

 

It is easy to see from the previous picture, the Channel Strip plugin has several parameters that can be explained as:

  • LC: When selected, the high-pass filter turns ON.
  • Freq: This knob lets the user select the cutoff frequency of the filter.
  • Compress: This knob adjust the compression amount from 0% to 100%. At the same time, it adjusts the threshold from 0 dB to -20 dB and the ratio from 2:1 to 10:1.
  • Expand: This knob adjust the expansion amount from 0% to 100%. At the same time, it adjusts the threshold from -6 dB to -24 dB and the ratio from 1.5:1 to 2.5:1.
  • Fast, Medium, Slow: These buttons select the RMS averaging speed, slower speed may reduce artifacts with some audio material.
  • Adaptive Q: When selected, the bandwidth will change depending on the boost or cut applied.
  • Low, Mid, High: These sets of knobs, let the user adjust the gain and frequencies of each band.
  • Gain: Adjusts the overall gain of the plugin.
  • Auto: When selected, the output gain is automatically set to guarantee that a 0 dB input signal will output a 0 dB output signal.

 

For the purpose of this tutorial, we will use the Channel Strip plugin to low-cut the signal at 80 Hz, gain up the mid frequency of 3000 Hz by 4 dB and gain down the output by 1 dB. The Channel Strip plugin should be set as:

  • LC: ON.
  • Freq: 80 Hz.
  • Compress: OFF.
  • Expand: OFF.
  • Fast, Medium, Slow: MEDIUM.
  • Adaptive Q: OFF.
  • Low, Mid, High: 4 dB mid boost at 3000 Hz.
  • Gain: -1 dB.
  • Auto: OFF.

 

4. Apply the previous configuration, and the Channel Strip plugin should look like this:

How to use the Channel Strip plugin in Studio One 4

 

 

At this point we have successfully explained how to use and configure the Channel Strip plugin in Studio One 4. The tutorial has now finished.

 

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