Bitwig Studio was always aimed squarely at electronic music production. Wherever there's a choice of panel content, a group of icon buttons is provided to switch between the alternatives. The interface is beautiful, but the amount of information on display may overwhelm anyone who just wants to make a simple beat. My compositional methods tend to revolve around building generative systems: arpeggiators and other note generators feeding into layers of modulated instruments and effects. That collection continues to grow: The new Irrupt Audio Eurorack package of drum, bass, and synth sounds made from analog modular gear was added in Bitwig Studio 2. For a more familiar perspective, the Mix Panel Layout supports a full-window mixer where we can bring in a Launcher sub-panel at the top.
The screenshot Editing a clip full-window: pitch expression top and send automation bottom. As you would expect, audio files, presets, clips and so on can be dragged in either direction between a Browser view and the current project. Well, I can think of a couple of things. Transient Control is for transient shaping to increase the definition of a sound. Again, it's worth making a quick comparison with Live: in releases before Live 9, full automation was only supported at the complete track level in the Arrangement, while clips could carry envelope data to modify or offset the fixed or automated setting of a parameter. The histogram updates to show what you're doing, as does the note-editing panel. Automation editing is clear to read and edit but again, misses out on the finer details, i.
These can be assigned to functions like pitch, pan, sustain — anything that glows blue for monophonic modulation or green for polyphonic. The effects in my personal opinion as someone who isn't the greatest mixer in the world can be a little complex to me because they use a lot of terminology that isn't really shared in other daw's but I'm sure a more experienced mixer would have no problem figuring them out but the ones I do understand sound incredible. Bitwig sports a Browser Panel, which provides access to the usual variety of file-based resources: devices, presets, samples, clips and so on. The new modulation, remote control and mod assignment tools in action Bitwig Studio comes with a bunch of effects and instruments and rather like Live, these exist in chains along the base of the window and have minimalist rather than skeuomorphic interfaces. Streamline your creative process and quickly evolve your ideas into complete songs, tracks and compositions. In Conclusion The best thing about Bitwig 2.
The mixer view is a welcome separate feature which is easily enabled via F4 or the M key. This system made assigning modulations a simple case of clicking a modulator and dragging the destination to adjust the depth of the effect. Bitwig Studio has been out for a good while now, and although there were a number of features missing in the 1. Upgrade price from V1 could be a little lower. Similarly, while Polysynth has been significantly improved for version 2, the selection of built-in instruments remains fairly functional. I'm not saying this is necessarily bad, given the diversity and power of the effects on offer.
As a sound designer, I have thousands of sounds saved for various synths. A sliced-and-diced clip, with re-ordered, re-pitched and reversed audio events. I could probably fill this entire review with a list of Bitwig Studio features that seem inspired by counterparts in Ableton Live, but in the end that's not very productive; it makes more sense to treat Live's general structure and workflow as a starting point for a particular approach to audio recording and performance, and see what Bitwig does that might be new, different and compelling. Even if you don't feel a compelling need to jump to Bitwig in this early incarnation, it's certainly something to keep a close eye on. I've been a user since 1.
Clips are aligned so that their left-hand boundaries coincide, regardless of where the clips are in the Arranger — they can even be in different parts of the same track. I use it in conjunction with the Maschine Jam and it's a blast coming up with fresh and fast ideas for new compositions. Having said that, Bitwig are trumpeting two features which are potentially significant. Bitwig has always promised an even more powerful modular system in the future, granting the users access the behind the scenes and allowing them to modify the available devices or even create new ones. . Bitwig uses the term 'project' to refer to a main sequence document plus associated audio files. An icon button in the left margin switches between this mode and the more familiar single-clip editing mode.
However, the latter differs from Live in that it can split the window into two sections: a Maschine-style clip launcher and a Logic-style timeline. The Event editing mode will be new for Live users. In the starting session, Tab flips between Arrange and Mix, bringing up layouts looking very like Ableton Live's Arrangement and Session views respectively. The 'arrangement with launcher' view, although unfamiliar, is the most useful if you're working with a combination of Arranger and Launcher clips, since the state of both sets of clips is visible at the same time, showing the state and internal playback position of Launcher clips, as well as the global Arranger timeline. Bitwig Studio is the best alternative to ableton live and has some advantages over it. Bitwig also supports editing of multiple overlaid clips, a mode it refers to as layered editing. You might think that Bitwig already had a pretty powerful ring mod effect and you would be right but this thing is something different and well worth playing around with as it can give you some really unique sounds.
Its basically a lot like plugins like massive but in Bitwig I can use any sort of modulation source like an lfo or audio from another track to modulate any number of parameters within a device chain which in my experience has allowed me to come up with sounds that I never would have come up with in other software just because It's so easy to experiment in Bitwig without having to draw 50 something lanes of automation. The gui is super sleek and the search function is probably the fastest one i've ever used in any software and the ability to tag any sound based on its characteristics and mark some of your favorites makes it super fast to call up a plugin or preset you might have without having to scroll through and open a bunch of folders like you typically would do in Logic or Ableton. The start, stop and loop points for automation can be 'free', meaning that they're decoupled from the corresponding points for audio playback; this setting is independent for each automated parameter. There's even a triple-screen profile for those big Hollywood soundtrack projects. So wie es im aktuellen Zustand ausgeliefer twird 1. Again, the bundling of effects made some of the presets shine: one particularly mad preset placed an arpeggiator in front of the organ, and a note-triggered ladder filter downstream, generating some lovely rhythms. The layout of the instruments suffers a little from being overly crammed in places though their saving grace is how simple the internal modulation system is to use.
Not only is audio passed from one device to another, but modulation sources can be shared as well. The pitch control points can be snapped to semitones, so your chords can at least start and end in tune. The views expressed are those of the contributors and not necessarily those of the publishers. Polysynth has gained a high-pass filter, feedback loop and improved unison capabilities too - in all a far more interesting synth than the vanilla subtractive instrument we saw with version 1! Above the macro knobs are controls to save and restore preset states for the entire device, taggable by sound category and creator. I would prefer to have a midi channel like in ableton live. A small preview sub-panel at the bottom provides a little more information about the selection, including whether third-party plug-ins are 32- or 64-bit: Bitwig will happily load and run both.
Not only does this mean the developers had time to learn a lot from competing products, it also makes it easier for them to adapt to newer technologies. While individual editing of note attributes might provide plenty of expressive power, it is likely to be a tedious process for any non-trivial quantity of music. Downloads happen in-app which is much smoother than dumping you out to a web browser and overall the experience of Dashboard is very efficient and easy to get to grips with. Although most tutorials on you tube show it in an electronic music context. Included sample content There is a sensible amount of sample content provided in the Bitwig Studio factory library.