You should seriously consider installing/using the 64-bit version if...
- You are already using an x64 OS (Win XP, Vista, 7 x64/OSX 10.6 Snow Leopard)
- You have all the relevant x64 drivers you need for your hardware (soundcard in particular) already officially available (out of beta).
- If you have more than 4GB of ram, you will be able to access all of it if you are running an x64 OS. You probably should use the x64 version of Studio One. 4GB of RAM would be a bare minimum for an x64 OS. 6 - 8GB of RAM or more would be better still.
- You use large sample Libraries of use plugins that use a large amount of ram; Kontakt or Spectrasonics plug-ins, etc. These plug-ins really do benefit from having more ram available to them, but they are still perfectly functional with less ram available to them on an x86 OS.
- You do not want to run two versions of Studio One(x86 and x64) on the same Windows x64 OS. They will happily co-exist, but the x86 version will not utilize more than 4GB of RAM like the x64 version will. Also any x86 software will run on the WoW64 layer in Windows, which may add a small performance penalty.
You might want to avoid installing/using the 64-bit version if...
- You do not have more than 4GB of ram or even less ram. You would still be able to run an x64 OS and run the x64 version, but with 4GB or less it may be better to use an x86 OS and the x86 version.
- You have a large collection of x86 plugins and do not want to use bit-bridging to get them to work. The best option would be to run the x86 version on an x64 OS alongside the x64 version.
- You have no real need or see no real benefit in using Studio One with x64 plugs in general.
Will my 32-bit plug-ins work in the 64-bit version of Studio One v2?
Studio One v2 Pro 64-bit does not currently host 32-bit plug-ins. One option is to try using the popular Jbridge, which many Studio One users have found success with. However, PreSonus does not officially support this configuration.
Please do not contact us for support of JBridge, as we are not the manufacturer of this software, and cannot offer support the use of this software with Studio One. Some users report success with JBridge, however, and it may be a solution that works for you.
If you continue to have issues with a specific plug-in, please contact the manufacturer of the plug-in with any further concerns you have with their product.