Bitwig has proved to be a really worthy alternative to Ableton Live which not only managed to hear out and implement features some people have been asking in their DAW of choice for ages but also add an arsenal of cool new ones in a reliable package. Bitwig Studio 2 is just around the corner and below you’ll find the exiting new features and changes.
BITWIG STUDIO 2
Price: $399/€379 (the upgrade from Bitwig Studio 1 to Bitwig Studio 2 is priced at $169/€159 and is free for anyone who purchased Bitwig Studio 1 on, or after, December 10th, 2016).
Available: February 28th (Bitwig Studio license holders can apply for a beta license here)
Supported Audio Formats: WAV, MP3, Ogg, AAC, WMA, FLAC (audio export is WAV-only).
Platforms: Windows, OSX/macOS & Linux
Bitwig offers one of the industry’s most flexible and powerful modulation systems and the upcoming update takes it to the next level with 24 new modulators. Each device in Bitwig Studio 2 has modulation slots where you can load individual modulators An unlimited number of them can be added to a device by simply clicking an empty Modulator slot and choosing the one you want from the browser. Assign the modulator to any number of parameters and interconnect them for truly dynamic and expressive sound design possibilities.
When using internal Bitwig instruments, many modulators can be set to polyphonic mode – enabling per-voice modulation – something previously only seen in closed systems.
- Spectrum Analyzer – Simply put, it gives you a visual representation of the audio material you feed it. It allows for a freely selectable secondary input, so you can directly compare the frequency graph of two separate audio sources.
- Phaser – Pretty self explanatory.
- Pitch Shifter – This pitch shifter shifts your pitch up or down one octave, with precise fine-tune and grain control.
- Treemonster – Zero-crossing amplitude controlled ring modulator with a life of its own (should be interesting to give this a spin)
- Multi Note – Basically a chord plugin which can generate up to 7 notes based on the note you send into it, with pitch and velocity settings.
- Note Harmonizer – This plugin will transpose notes in real-time to harmonize with a chord playing on another track.
- Note Length – Transforms all notes to a defined length and velocity. In its second mode it can generate a fixed-length note when the key is released.
- Note Echo – Rather than affecting the audio signal this device allows you to work directly on the incoming MIDI notes.
- Note Latch – Holds the last note until a new one is sent or the unit turned off.
- Note Velocity – Transform velocity on incoming notes using a curve – or go ahead and use modulators for some dynamic velocity effects.
- MIDI CC – This device can be used to send CC data to external hardware or plug-ins. Add it to a Hardware Instrument device and you have instant access to your hardware’s parameters directly from Bitwig Studio.
- MIDI Program Change – As the name implies, this device allows you to control program changes of your hardware or VST plug-ins from Bitwig Studio.
- HW CV Clock Out – Allows you to send CV clock to audio outputs, with individual time settings.
- HW CV Instrument – Sends notes as CV and gate to an output on your audio interface, to control analog synths, eurorack modules and other hardware.
- HW CV Out – This is a simple device to send a CV signal to an output on your audio interface.
General workflow improvements and device updates are also part of Bitwig Studio 2 along VST3 support which is another welcome addition.
NEW LICENSE MODEL?
By the looks of it they have decided to move on to a 12 month free update model in favor of getting new features out as soon as possible rather than holding them until the next major release. This reduces time a feature is added to the software until it’s available for use. You’ll need to shell out $169/€159 yearly if you want in on the new stuff. You’ll still be able to use your software normally if you choose to stay away from this upgrade plan and there are no subscriptions so you can leave your plan expire and only grab it once again if a new feature catches your attention.
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