KRISTAL Audio Engine
|Original author(s)||Matthias Juwan|
|Initial release||January 31, 2004|
|Stable release||1.0.1 / June 4, 2004|
|Operating system||Microsoft Windows|
|Type||Digital audio editor|
KRISTAL Audio Engine (commonly referred to as KRISTAL or KAE) is a digital audio editor, multi-track recorder and sound mixer, operating on a Windows compatible PC, able to manage up to 16 separate channels of audio.
On December 24, 2004 the KRISTAL development team announced that they were working on the successor to KRISTAL Audio Engine 1.0 (codenamed K2) based on a new infrastructure. Among other things the development team planned to include cross-platform support for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X. On September 18, 2006 it was announced that KristalLabs Ltd. a privately held start-up company co-founded by the lead developer of KRISTAL, Matthias Juwan, and Wolfgang Kundrus, who had previously worked on Cubase and Nuendo, had taken over all work and rights to the source code of K2.
On April 2, 2009 it was revealed that K2 was unveiled at Musikmesse Frankfurt and the entirely new DAW was now officially known as Studio One. It was also revealed that Studio One was developed in cooperation with PreSonus.