Discover the new standard in customized workflow. One nice feature of Bitwig's devices is that modulation is animated in real time in the interface. . Histogram editing is, incidentally, also available for automation in general. The system menu bar is almost empty, as Bitwig has its own menu system.
Again, it makes life for those with small screens much more pleasant, even with everything around it. Finally, audio samples can be consolidated into single clips, allowing the user to do all editing in a contained event rather than having lots of loose elements in the project timeline. Bitwig point out that assignable macro controls per device do have a range function so you can use up to eight macro controls per device which can each have a defined range for one or more parameters. Transient Control is for transient shaping to increase the definition of a sound. Design your own sounds with dedicated container devices.
The views labelled Samples and Multisamples allow you to browse installed packages, or your own specified directories, for audio files or multisample setups. Smart collections are, well… smart, as they automatically populate themselves based on user definable criteria. It can be resized horizontally, and can also take over the entire panel for a Launcher-only display. The modulation system is hugely inspiring, creative and implemented in a way that makes it accessible. Their support services are top notch and you get an email within a day actually getting clarifications from a human being about a problem you are having and possible solutions.
Version 2 sees changes to the toolbar. Discover the new standard in customized workflow. As it is pretty new and it is a new concept of daw it has also some shortcomings: no midi tracks for use with external midi gear. Fades and cross-fades for audio clips are now available not only in the Arranger, but also in the editor window and for events in the audio clips themselves — with adjustable fade curves. Dual Pan Dual Pan is a device for easy panning of the left and right channels with an equal gain and hybrid pan law. As an example, in the Settings you can customise Bitwig for all kinds of monitor setups, including tablets like the Surface. Part of the Mixer Panel, one of the possible lower panels in the Arrange Panel Layout in a Single Display Profile.
It also displays your projects and templates in one easy place, making it much quicker to get back to what you were last working on. I originally learned some of the basics in logic but got a live intro license just to see if a different way of working suited me more which in this case it did but ableton was so expensive that although i liked some aspects of the workflow it wasn't going to be in the budget so i looked for alternatives and found out about bitwig. Lastly the instruments are killer both the polysynth and the fm 4 have a multitude of sounds a lot of which are inspired from the underground scene specifically from the artists that are in their area Berlin which makes it a techno dudes dream. As a long-time Ableton Live user, I initially found the roughness a little frustrating, but soon warmed to features like the multiple editing modes and versatile device configuration. There you can get really granular by assigning one Modulator to modulate the parameters of another.
This kind of functionality makes it extremely easy to experiment with the structure of your song. So much for the features: the key question is how they perform when you come to do some actual work with the program. One is a modular audio and synthesis environment — the same one that's been used to build the factory devices, made available for anyone to create new instruments and effects — and the other is a facility to network multiple computers to collaborate on a single project, in real time. Choose between several display profiles. Automation editing is clear to read and edit but again, misses out on the finer details, i.
Many tools and options have been optimized in cleaned-up and easy to navigate new menus. Some Devices have Remote Control pages preset; Polysynth, for example, has eight Remote Control pages to scroll through for accessing 64 common parameters. It gives you highly variable rhythmic effect that can be subtly distorting or complete in its ring-modded decimation. 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. The window and panel layout scheme is rather complex, so it's deserving of a little explanation. Aside from the obvious advantage of being able to effortlessly pull data from other projects, this also means that you could in fact open a new project for the specific purpose of it being a scratch pad of sorts, keeping your main project nice and clean.
I still prefer Ableton over Bitwig, but I love to use Bitwig on my other laptop while I'm traveling. If the option to edit the track timeline rather than individual clips is enabled, then clips are forced to be shown in their correct timeline position — but, as compensation, you then get the option of editing note clips against an audio clip as a background reference. Clips can be freely copied between the arrangement view and the clip launcher, but they remain independent in both views. 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. The toolkit is rather minimalist, with pointer, range highlight, pencil, erase and cut tools. Comparing it to Live specifically, the linear arrangement view is currently missing a few features.
Bitwig raised the bar when it comes to modulation within the Daws. The centre area of the window is occupied by a familiar-looking horizontal track view which, as you might guess, displays notes on a piano roll, or audio in waveforms, depending on each track's contents. When pressed, any muted or soloed tracks should go back to their normal state. This is one reason why relative newcomer Bitwig has a hard task ahead of it. You right click and select Learn Controller Assignment then move the relevant controller which as a process is very easy. All of these devices allow the user to get really creative with sound design and mixing.
Streamline your creative process and quickly evolve your ideas into complete songs, tracks and compositions. The visual feedback almost made me feel that I was working with actual hardware. Preset states can be dragged into your library for archiving or future use. For a closer look we could switch to the Edit Panel Layout, which would present the clip in the main top panel and let us hide everything else. It features the optional smart grid as does the arrange view which ties the quantization amount to the zoom level setting.