Basic Setup Guide for Spark & PreSonus Studio One

* A free version of Studio One has been previously included with Spark products. Studio One is not a Positive Grid product and quantities can be limited. Promotions and bundles may end at any time.


  1. Connect your Spark to the computer via a USB cable and make sure it's powered on.

    *If you're on Windows, please download and install the driver first. 

  2. Go to Windows Control Panel > Sound, and set the Spark as the default audio device for Playback & Recording.

    Make sure the MUSIC VOLUME knob on the Spark is turned up, and test the basic audio playback with YouTube or iTunes.

    *Mac users please skip this step.


  3. Launch Studio One, select 'Run Studio One Prime' and activate Studio One Prime.

  4. Select 'Configure Audio Device'.


  5. On Mac, set 'Playback Device' and 'Recording Device' to 'Spark MINI USB'.
    On PC, set 'Audio Device' to 'Positive Grid USB Audio Device'.


  6. After that, click OK to exit.


  7. To record the audio from Spark into Studio One, open a new session (song) and add a new track ('Type' must be "Audio"). Input and Output should be both set to 'Main'.


  8. Under the 'Record Input' list, find the 'Audio I/O Setup' option.


  9. Select 'Add (Mono)' to add new input, and select OK.


  10. Once set up the input and output in your DAW, we recommend NOT to engage the input monitor in the DAW for your guitar sound.

    Instead, we recommend monitoring your guitar sound directly through Spark (we also recommend recording the guitar tone straight out of Spark). This will give you a more direct and immediate response to your guitar playing than monitoring through the computer.

    As for your DAW, engage the record button for the audio track so the signal will be recorded.

  11. Hitting the Record button at the lower bar will start the recording.



For more in-depth information about Studio One, we recommend you check out PreSonus' YouTube channel.

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