Bitwig Studio 4 is the single solution for realizing any musical idea across every stage of production. Streamline your creative process and quickly evolve your ideas into complete songs, tracks, and compositions. Now with Native Apple M1 support!
Bitwig Studio 4 offers intuitive tools to record, edit, and arrange any material. Take your music out of the studio and onto the stage. Bitwig Studio is built for live performance, let your music flow, always on the beat.
Bitwig Studio 4 is a sound designer’s dream, with modular device architecture and a wealth of instruments and effects. Browse a rich library of presets and sounds, or build your own instruments and FX from scratch using The Grid.
Powerful Editing Tools
They want to help you make your musical ideas happen, in as few steps as possible. Focus on the music, not the tool.
The Detail Editor optimizes audio editing by letting you make edits within a clip. This allows you to stretch, split, pitch, pan, copy, reverse, add, move and rearrange audio as you choose.
Expressive MIDI Support
In addition to standard note-editing features and per-note expressions such as velocity, gain, pan, timbre, and pressure, Bitwig Studio features unique tools like quick actions, micro pitch, and sophisticated layered editing, and is a forefront runner in supporting MPE.
Keep your audio material in time regardless of project tempo using Bitwig Studio's state-of-the-art time stretching. Let Bitwig Studio analyze and automatically stretch your audio, or take full control and use our advanced stretching and editing tools.
Instruments & Effects
Polymer starts simple: pick an oscillator, a filter, and an envelope generator. Swapping out Grid modules within a dedicated synthesizer is both fast and quick, helping you craft production-worthy sounds from minimal controls immediately.
The Bitwig Studio Sampler is a powerful tool for playing and manipulating audio. It boasts several playback modes, advanced looping features with crossfades, endless modulation possibilities, a massive multisample editor, and more.
Meet Phase-4, a four-oscillator synthesizer powered by phase modulation and phase distortion. This unique synth can do classic, modern, and beyond.
EQ+ is a feature-packed graphical equalizer with up to 8 bands, mouse gestures, and excellent visualization and algorithms.
The Drum Machine is a container device that you can fill with sonic goodness. It's never been easier to create unique and great-sounding kits.
Individual controls for step velocity, note length, and pitch. 17 note patterns, and three modes for handling octaves. Full MPE support. Even modulate the timing for shifting patterns. Holding chords has never been so musical and dynamic.
Micro-pitch is a Note FX device that allows you to re-tune your note streams in new ways. Transform scales, fine-tune individual notes, shrink or expand octaves, or even slice the octave into a different number of pieces. Play something unimaginable, today.
Inject a bit of virtual analog grit into your sounds with the Amp device, a remarkable piece of amplifier-simulation technology.
Enter the Grid
The grid is a sound designers dream. It can be a synth, an audio effect, or most things you can image.
The Grid is a modular sound design environment, open for you to build your own creations from scratch.
The modulation system in Bitwig Studio allows you to use Macro controls, Note Expressions, LFOs, and Envelopes to modulate any device, VST plug-in, or hardware parameter. With 30+ modulators (and counting) the potential for creative expression is endless.
Bitwig Studio offers a state-of-the art modulation system, that is not only advanced and flexible, but also intuitive and genuinly fun. Watch the video playlist below to get started:
Bitwig Loves hardware and they love software too. That's why they want to blur the boundaries between the two! Let Bitwig Studio control your hardware, or let your hardware control Bitwig Studio, or both, via MIDI, CC, CV, Gate, analog and MIDI Clock, and MIDI Timecode. Enjoy a collection of straightforward tools that allow you to take advantage of the best of two worlds, and that scales with your setup.
Building a DAW from the ground up allowed them to think differently and solve old problems in new ways. Bitwig Studio is made for the future...
Bitwig Studio handles VST plug-in hosting in a unique way, allowing for different hosting modes and plug-in crash protection. With plug-ins, the audio engine, and other processes running in separate threads, a technical issue won't bring your whole project down.
With extensive touch-screen support (multi-touch with unlimited touch points, gestures, pen support, and simulated pressure), Bitwig Studio is on the forefront of new ways to create music. Overall, the user interface of Bitwig Studio is touch-friendly; in addition there is a dedicated tablet display profile, perfect for any touch screen, or devices such as Microsoft Surface computers.
Rich Library of Sounds
Bitwig have partnered with some of the best sound designers in the business to give you several thousand quality presets, Clips, and samples right out of the box. Extend your library with offerings from hand-picked partners and artists, who have painstakingly created loops, presets, and sampled instruments for Bitwig Studio. All are high quality and free to use.
Over 2,000 sounds and factory presets, including Drum Machines, Acoustic Drums, Multi-Sampled Instruments, Instrument Loops, Sound Effects, Various Synth Presets, and curated Artist Collections. Right out of the box!
Get Parallel Aggressor from BABY Audio
BABY Audio is a young plug-in manufacturer with a team from all around the world. They describe themselves as "a collective of passionate optimists with wildly different musical preferences and diverse life backgrounds, united by a joy for creating audio products and researching new technologies." In other words, they’re a perfect match for us!
Parallel processing plays a fundamental part in getting a "big" mix sound. By processing multiple copies of the same track and blending them together you can add more punch to a mix – in a more natural-sounding way. Parallel Aggressor is based on this simple concept.
The plug-in splits your audio into three equal copies that can be processed separately to squeeze out every drop of sonic juice from your track. Parallel Aggressor comes loaded with 25 presets created by BABY Audio and some notable friends.
Parallel Aggressor loads seamlessly as a VST or VST3 plug-in in any project in Bitwig Studio, and it's compatible with macOS or Windows.
November 2021 - 4.1 BETA Update
Notes help us make music, triggering our sounds both on the timeline and in performance. But what if notes did more? As signals that dance and curve, notes can truly be a creative force in Bitwig Studio. Operators gave new behavior and animation to sequenced notes, and with Version 4.1, eight new note effects are bringing a wealth of performance-ready possibilities. So with 20+ processors now included, we say…
Let There Be Notes!
While each note effect device has a focus of its own, some themes emerge. Many add randomization to each note that passes through. A couple of these musical tools make notes more similar, and others diversify them. Most of these devices put notes into motion, including three different kinds of “note repeats.” And this is all before you try two effects together, or add Bitwig's modulators to the mix.
Meet the New Note FX Devices
- Humanize gives feel to incoming notes. It does this by loosening their velocity, their timing, and even their chance of occurring. So this is equally appropriate for giving a little slush to each note of a chord, or for automating the “Chance” of notes flying out of an Arpeggiator, and more.
- Quantize holds notes until the next beat, with optional “Forgiveness.” Where Humanize can add timing variation to incoming notes, Quantize tightens the rope and groups notes at the next beat grid interval. But this obvious utility opens a world of other possibilities with its “Forgiveness” parameter. This could mean letting notes that are slightly late thru to preserve some humanity, or to open the threshold pretty wide and create wholly new rhythms.
- Ricochet treats notes as balls that bounce and collide. Do you want to play a game? Imagine each note is a ball, fired off into a room. When balls bounce off the walls — or hit each other — a new note is triggered at that velocity. And in addition to various physical parameters, “Spatialization” uses each ball’s position to effect that note’s panning (↔︎) and timbre (↕︎) expressions.
- Dribble bounces notes, until gravity wins. It bounces each note, relative to the velocity of the incoming note. The main parameter is “Damping,” which when all the way down means bounces stay the same length forever — another kind of note repeat. And the heavier the “Damping,” the shorter each bounce becomes. And don’t miss the “Shortest Bounce” parameter, for either removing or enhancing the ‘zipper’ effect when notes get too close to the floor.
- Randomize adds chaos to any note expression, including pitch. Since Bitwig's audio engine does ‘true polyphony,’ this could mean randomness on the “Pan” position of each note. Or variety added to each notes “Timbre” or “Pressure,” particularly for MPE control sources (or compatible plug-ins). And while randomizing “Pitch” might seem of limited use, setting it to “Quantized” pitches would give you a drum groove whose notes occasionally shift from snare to tom, and so on.
- Strum fragments your chords, playing them one (or more) note at a time. Like the Arpeggiator,Strum is a device that collects all played notes and then pushes them out one at a time. Sequences can even be defined, with up to four steps for alternating between strumming up (lowest note to highest note) or down. And with the bonus “Stride” parameter, you can define how many notes are played at a time, in case you want to try more than one. But you could also think of this as a musical speed limiter, so try putting it at the end of a busy note stream to calm things down.
- Bend bends every incoming note from a different starting pitch to the pitch that was played. Every note has the same relative starting point, so this is like an alternative version of glide or portamento. And bending all notes before an Instrument Layer means each layer will receive an identical pitch curve.
- And Note Repeats retriggers each note. In its simple mode, this is a flexible, modulatable version of the Repeats Operator, setting a speed, gate length, velocity decay percentage, and chance for each note retrigger. There is even a performance-ready “Disable” parameter, for flipping the repeat effect on and stuttering any notes already playing. But then come the pattern modes that shape the coming repeats into rhythmic patterns. “Burst” puts all notes in a row, and “Euclid” gives them a nice pattern, as if provided by nature herself. And with the various accent options, the results become richer for each note played.
Every device is a tool offering new musical possibilities, and 70 new factory presets showcase some of what can be achievable with each of them. But these note effects are made to mix and match. Try a Dribble to make your chords kinetic, followed by a Strum to clean things up as a speed limiter. Or Bend a single note into Multi-note so that all notes glide together, then Humanize the output so they aren’t perfectly aligned. And when taken together with the Arpeggiator, Micro-pitch, HW CV Instrument, or your favorite plug-in — new ideas are just waiting to be found.
- Color palettes are now available for clips and layers, and yes, users can create their own palettes too. So if you want to turn an image into a palette, just drop a JPG or PNG into the Bitwig Studio window.
Track MIDI output is now directly available in the track (and or via the HW Instrument device when you need delay compensation).
- Bitwig Studio’s Sampler now has a Release chain, where each note release triggers an instrument of your choice. So you can now import an SFZ file with both press and release samples, or try out a synth or VST to make any sound newly responsive.
- Multi-note (Note FX) still turns individual notes into chords of up to 8 notes, and it now offers “Chance” and velocity “Spread” settings for each of the 8 note slots. And modulating the enable switch or the pitch of each note is now realized immediately as well.
- Note Length (Note FX) can still trigger an instrument or layer on note release, and like the new options in Sampler, you can now select whether the note on or note off velocity is used.
- Note Filter (Note FX) will still “Keep” only notes in a set pitch and velocity range, and it now has a “Reject” mode as well. So once a range is defined, just duplicate the device and flip the mode to get all the other notes. And then the note processing can begin…
The Bitwig Studio 4.1 beta is available for download today. Anyone with an active Bitwig Studio upgrade plan can download the installer from their account. The official Bitwig Studio 4.1 release is planned for this year.
The new Bend, Humanize, Quantize, and Randomize devices will be available in Bitwig Studio 16-Track.