First announced nearly two years ago, Bitwig Studio is finally available for purchase.
Described as 'a dynamic software solution for music creation and performance', Bitwig Studio is the brainchild of a development team including a number of former Ableton developers.
The program's customised workflow is designed to streamline the music production process and is based on a dual-window interface featuring traditional arrangement sequencing and performance-oriented clip launching (think Ableton Live).
One of the most exciting announcements is that along with OS X and Windows, Bitwig Studio can also be run on Linux operating systems. The audio engine is state-of-the-art with full multi-processing support, a unified modulation system, 32/64-bit VST plug-in bridging, and VST plug-in crash protection.
Bitwig Studio also comes with over 50 included devices. Conventional Instruments (Polysynth, FM-4, Organ, Sampler and analog-style Drum Modules) and FX (Delays, Equalizers, Compressors), as well as Container devices (to build parallel instrument or effect chains), Note FX, and Modulator devices (additional controllers like LFOs, envelope followers and step sequencers for modulating any other device).
Here's a full list of features from the Bitwig website:
- Cross-platform DAW (Windows, Mac OS X, Linux).
- Intuitive non-linear sequencing for the studio and beyond.
- Full multi-core and multi-processor support.
- ST 2.4 support with built-in 32/64-bit bridging and plug-in crash protection.
- Proprietary time-stretching technology.
- Multi-display support for up to 3 displays.
- Tabbed document interface for multiple projects open at once with drag-and-drop between them.
- Over 50 included devices, including conventional Instruments (Polysynth, FM-4, Organ, Sampler and analog-style Drum Modules) and FX (Delays, Equalisers, Compressors), as well as Container devices (to build parallel instrument or effect chains), Note FX, and Modulator devices (additional controllers like LFOs and step sequencers for modulating any other device)..
- Unified Modulation System: Use Macro Controls, Note Expressions, LFOs, and Envelope Followers to modulate any device parameter, including nested internal devices and even VST plug-ins.
- Advanced layered editing.
- Note and Audio expressions, including per-note Micro-Pitch Control.
- Dynamic Object Inspector: Select multiple notes or events and edit them together with the interactive parameter histogram, easily adding variations as you go.
- Automatic sample slicing to both Sampler or Drum Machine.
- Multiple audio events per clip: Automatically cut up samples and rearrange them on the fly in the Detail Editor.
- Dedicated Device Panel Mappings with colour-coded knobs and buttons for an overview at a glance.
- Support for various MIDI controllers out of the box.
- Sound Content: Over one thousand presets and sounds, 3 GB of factory content: Drum Machines (808, 909… Percussion), Acoustic Drums, multi-sampled instruments like Wurlitzer, Rhodes, Vibraphone, Marimba, Acoustic and Electric Bass, Sampled Drum and Instrument loops, Various Sound FX, and additional partner content.
- Open Controller API: Create and customise functionality for virtually any MIDI controller, including scripting access to nearly every feature of Bitwig Studio.