Ideas Tab Now Supports Markdown!

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We have just rolled out a great new feature for the Ideas Tab in Lilac Writer! You can now format your text using Markdown formatting within the text. After you save, you will see your text displayed with headers, bold, italics, and other special formatting.

Markdown is easy to read and easy to learn. It is very, very popular with writers who want to stay focused on the words. We hope to roll this out for Lyrics very soon as well.

Here are basics:


# Header Level 1 (HTML H1 tag)
## Header Level 2 (HTML H2 tag)
### Header Level 3 (HTML H3 tag)

Bullet Lists

* Create a bullet list with asterisks
* Next List item
* More list items
* A list must have a blank line before and after

Numbered Lists

1. Create a numeric list like this
2. Just start the line with a number and period
3. Include a space before your item text
4. Leave a blank line before and after your list


Use two spaces at the end of each line for line breaks to the next line.

Add two spacesĀ 
at the end of each line
to create a
linebreak like this!

To learn more about the Markdown syntax, please visit the Markdown page by John Gruber.

Studio One 2 Explained

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My new video series is out! Studio One 2 Explained

Since early 2010, Presonus Studio One Pro has been my go-to software for recording and music production. I got started with Studio One because I was looking for something that had great sound quality along with a fast and easy workflow. Sometimes modern pro audio software gets so technical it is hard to stay in the creative zone when writing, composing or mixing. To me Studio One version 1 was refreshing in the way the the features were presented and the simplified workflow. Another big selling point for me was fully cross platform and 64-bit capable.

In 2010, I worked with Groove 3 to release two volumes of video training for Studio One. Studio One Explained and Studio One Advanced provided comprehensive coverage of up to verion 1.6 of the software. Since then, I have produced several other video training titles but those have been very popular because the number of Studio One users has expoded over the past year.

In November 2011, Presonus released Studio One 2 which added signifant new features to the product. The most celebrated is a deep integration of Melodyne into the editing workflow. This industry leading feature provides the very best pitch editing cabablity in the world as a feature of Studio One. This along with the new Audio Bend functions for editing and correcting timing, comping tools, and updated user interface and hundreds of other enhancements has brought another wave of new users who are switching to Studio One or taking a second look.

With all the new features, I felt it was time to update Studio One Explained to cover all the new features. The entire series was completely rewritten and shot with entirely new video. Like the orginal, it covers music creation workflow end to end highlighting the new features.

There are 57 video tutorials that span over 6 hours of training. You can check out the entire outline on the Groove 3 website:

It is available for download, on DVD or Streaming directly from

If you watch it, let me know what you think!

I am already working on another series that goes even deeper into Studio One 2 features and applications... stay tuned!

Free Plug-ins List

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This is my carefully compiled list of free plug-ins. These are mostly professionally developed, cross-platform, and useful! I was saving this for a possible series on this very topic, but here it is from my research notes:

Flux Stereo Tool (essential stereo panning control for every S1 user)

Flux Bitter Sweet (very cool transient manipulator)

iZotope Vinyl (add some vinyl pops and clicks to your track)

Voxengo Tempo Delay (one of many cool, free plug-ins from Voxengo)

Audio Damage: Rough Rider, Pulse Modulator and FuzzPluss

Elysia Niveau Filter (the filter section of mpressor... automate this!)

Anwidasoft DX Reverb Light (nice reverb)

Camel Crusher (I can't believe it's free)

Luxonix LFX-1310 Multi effects (another great free effect)

Martin Eastwood MVerb (another nice free reverb)

Brainworx (Brainworx makes some of the best mastering plug-ins for stereo, mid-side manipulation these free plugs are great if you know how to apply them)
bx_solo, bx_cleansweep, TT Dynamic Range Meter

Studio Devil British Valve Custom (Terrific free Marshall amp simulator, extremely usable)

Ohm Force Fromage (resonant filter)

ValhallaFreqEcho - psychedelic delay, flange and chorus

Melda Media MNotpad

Studio One Tricks: Track to Track Bounce Trick (Firestudio SPDIF Loopback)

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If you ever wanted to record the output of a track or bus onto another track then you will find this trick interesting. You can't normally do this in S1 but with a Firestudio and a bit of creative routing, you actually can. First you need a SPDIF input and output and an RCA to RCA cable. This will work for FS, FSM and FSP units because they have SPDIF I/O. Warning! Don't do this if you don't understand the routing. You could create a feedback loop if you route this incorrectly.

1. First close everything and open UC. Make sure that the UC mix for the SPDIF out is disabled:

2. Preferably with your Firestudio turned off, connect SPDIF Out to In with an RCA to RCA digital cable. This wire is your new Bounce bus!

3. Now back to your S1 Song Setup. Configure stereo "BOUNCE" outputs and inputs using the SPDIF loop back. Make it your default if you want.

4. Now you are ready to bounce something! Create a new track and set the input to BOUNCE. On the source track set the output to BOUNCE.

5. Rewind and hit record:

With the Export Stems feature of S1 this type of routing is not really necessary. But if you came from other systems where you can record internally, then it is comforting to have the option.

Studio One 2: Mono Input - Stereo Track!

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Here is another very subtle but useful new feature of Studio One 2. When recording to a stereo track you can now select a mono input. Why is this useful? The most obvious application is when using a guitar amp plugin like Ampire XT. With this setup you can record your guitar with while monitoring with glorious stereo effects. In the past you needed to either monitor in mono while recording or put Ampire on an FX bus. This option simplifies the use of Ampire or pretty much any guitar amp simulator. Little tweaks like this that make your creative life easier are what Studio One is all about!

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