Pan Automation in Studio One 4

The following tutorial shows the user how to apply Pan Automation in Studio One 4.

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Just as any other Digital Audio Workstation software, Studio One 4 gives the user the possibility of automating the panning of each track by programming the behavior of the associated pan potentiometer. This is specially useful during the mixing stage of a production in which the engineer might need to modify the relative position of each element on the stereo field for aesthetic purposes.

This tutorial will present a step-by-step guide on how to automate panning in Studio One 4:

 

 

  1. Open a Studio One 4 song with at least one track:

Pan Automation in Studio One 4

 

 

2. Locate the options on top of the track names at the left of the screen:

Pan Automation in Studio One 4

 

 

3. Click on the “Show Automation” button:

Pan Automation in Studio One 4

 

 

As soon as it is clicked, the track display will switch to the following:

Pan Automation in Studio One 4

 

 

4. Click at the menu labeled “Display: OFF” and a dropdown list will appear as:

Pan Automation in Studio One 4

 

 

5. Click on the “Pan” option and the track will now look like this:

Pan Automation in Studio One 4

 

 

Note the light green line on top of the track’s waveform. This line is the pan automation line. The user can automate the position of the pan pot by modifying this line as needed.

For the purpose of this tutorial, we will edit the pan automation line by using the paint tool.

 

6. From the top tool menu, look for the the Paint Tool:

Pan Automation in Studio One 4

 

 

7. Click on the paint tool and it will light as blue:

Pan Automation in Studio One 4

 

 

8. Using the paint tool, draw a new shape for the automation line in order to edit it:

Pan Automation in Studio One 4

 

 

Note how the new automation line has changed. These changes represent changes in panning due the position of the pan pot.

If the user presses the play button, the track will playback and the pan pot will move following this automation line because the automation mode is set to read, as noted on the following picture:

Pan Automation in Studio One 4

 

 

At this point the user has learned how to automate panning in Studio One 4. The tutorial has now ended.

 

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