So, I have been a longtime CakeWalk / Sonar user, but with them announcing no more development, I have been looking at alternatives. It didn’t take me long to settle on PreSonus Studio One 3 as the most likely candidate, and I have downloaded the demo version (fully functioning for 30 days) before making a decision.
Runs on both my Mac and Win 10 machines. I thought I would try the freedoms on windows 10 today. I’m using the ASUS bluetooth dongle, and have updated the sticks to v7. Reset my windows bluetooth devices and connected all four sticks. Opened StudioOne. Went to Options, External Devices, and selected Add New Keyboard. Each of the sticks showed as FreeDrum, FreeDrum (2), FreeDrum (3) and FreeDrum (4). Added a new keyboard using each of those inputs so I now have four freedrum midi devices.
Loaded MT PowerDrums instrument. Set input to ALL. Armed the track for RECORD, and all working well. All four sensors operating at the same time, foot and stick doing what they are supposed to. Couldn’t actually get this to work in Sonar since it couldn’t cope with the sensors all having the same name - I could only get one to work at a time.
I also then loaded multiple copies of session drummer as an instrument as well. Set the inputs to each instrument to each of the freedrum senors, and all worked great. So each stick/foot can have its own instrument, and hence different sounds, all playing and recording simultaneously.
So a big thumbs up for StudioOne and all four sticks working fine with no need for renaming in the firmware. So far everything I have tried has worked well. Looks like I’ll be moving over from Sonar.
Haven’t tried the FreeDrums on StudioOne on my Mac yet, but can’t see why that wouldn’t work as well.