What the plans for Ubuntu Studio?
I see 11.10 is the lastest release and it is transitioning to XFCE with no plans to utilize Unity.
The recommended release is 10.04 according to the wiki.
UbuntuStudio is actively being maintained - the UbuntuStudio team are currently preparing for their 12.04 release (at the time of writing this, beta 2 is available for download).
If you look at the mailing list - they are actively tracking and fixing bugs.
They have just announced a new Art Lead - Dick MacInnis
UbuntuStudio 12.04 is going to be a LTS release and will include new and updated packages (see the link for details).
No, it appears it is not dead yet but it could use an active maintainer. See the launchpad answers post for more information. Someone needs to update their wiki. However, they are planning to use XFCE because it is lighter weight and some prefer it over Unity.
Source: Launchpad Answers