Bitwig Studio Gets First Major Update

bitwig-1.1Bitwig has released Bitwig Studio 1.1, the first major upgrade since the release of the new DAW for Linux, Mac & Windows earlier this year.

Bitwig Studio 1.1 delivers controller integration; latency compensation for plug-ins and hardware; the option to create elaborate sidechains and presets with multi-in/out VST technology; new routing options and more.

Here’s what’s new in Bitwig Studio 1.1:

  • Advanced VST Multi-Out Sidechain Support
  • True Latency Compensation
  • Advanced Routing Capabilities (Audio/MIDI)
  • Track, Chain, and Device Deactivation
  • 6 New Devices: Audio Receiver, Note Receiver, Note MOD, De-Esser
  • Multiband FX2 and Multiband FX3
  • New Modulation Parameters
  • Enhanced Timestretching Capabilities
  • Updated Controller API
  • Tap Tempo
  • Crossfader

Here are the official video intros to Bitwig Studio 1.1:

The Note MOD Device is one of six new devices found in Bitwig Studio 1.1. It lets you modulate virtually anything from per-note parameters such as velocity, note value, timbre and more.

Now it is possible to save your multi-out VSTs with embedded plug-ins and devices. Sidechain one voice off another within the VST or anywhere else in Bitwig Studio.

Multi-in VST technology is supported as well, with device slots for any available VST inputs, and saving allowed for using your custom designs in the future. Use a combination of your favorite devices and multi-out VSTs to create highly elaborate routings within a preset which you can recall.

For full details on Bitwig Studio 1.1, see the product site.

26 thoughts on “Bitwig Studio Gets First Major Update

  1. Looks awesome but extremely complicated. Can’t understand what’s going on and everything looks too crammed. Too much blinking stuff all around.

    1. Things I love about Bitwig:
      You can modulate everything, and the way modulation works
      Bitwig’s latency compensation is perfect
      Mix view integrated with the Arrange actually makes sense
      I love the modular layout.
      Editing audio inside an audio clip (this is huge)
      Running on both my mac and linux machine
      Looping RAW audio (c’mon Ableton, such a simple thing)
      Bitwig’s tech support was very helpful when I first got started with it
      Saving my multi-out vsts with bitwig devices to make crazy presets that I can recall all the time now.
      The automation and simple curves
      The controller library and scripts for all my gear (so good)
      The histogram 😀
      Great factory devices (ladder and polysynth are my favs)
      and, oh yes… the price!

      They move so fast, and it is cool how often they add new features. Like christmas every other week!

      Anyway, I have no idea why anyone would hate on this.
      I am totally in love with Bitwig Studio.

        1. chances are better to see a ableton employee here.20 times the size of bw and they gotta be doing something to keep busy cause theyre certainly not updating live these days. XD

  2. The DAW world isn’t a great place to be if you’re a noob. The video’s didn’t show anything remotely ground breaking in terms of sound manipulation and craft. I don’t see why I would be “jumping ship” like the kids call it. Best of luck to em.

  3. So, has bitwig actually improved? I remember a lot of backlash for its bugs. I still haven’t tried it yet. I’m curious to know if it’s any good. What are your current thoughts on it?

    1. People are insane if they expected version 1 of a brand new DAW which runs on three platforms, to be bug free. Don’t forget that it took Ableton 2 years to get the bugs worked out of Live 8 – and it’s a mature DAW.

      The fact that Bitwig is good enough to get Live users to check it out at all is a huge accomplishment.

      Based on discussions I’ve had with one of the Bitwig developers, version 2 of Bitwig is where the app is going to get to where they’ve envisioned it. I’m still a Live user, but I’m going to keep my eye on Bitwig to see how it develops.

      1. A good product doesn’t need to constantly wave the flag of its yet inexisting version 2 in order to convince people. That sounds like the product is not good enough.

  4. Bitwig is great! I find the workflow really productive once you get into it and learn the shortcuts. I have been going between bitwig and live and found myself making far more music as a result of breaking old habits.

    One small shortcoming… How do you make a sine-wave natively?
    FM4 is very close when you turn the matrix parameters down to zero and sculpting the saw-square in polysynth with the filter can also get nice results.

    The problem here is for people new to music production who want to learn synthesis in the native environment. A sinewave is fundamental in my opinion.

    Also has anyone worked out how to make the sampler round robin say when its in a drum rack slot?

  5. Im too invested in Live, have been using it weekly since version 4. Im sticking to what I have. I don’t have time or patience for new things (unless its hardware…that inspires me most). im happy with what I have. Works a treat.

    1. I have 6 tracks of Polysynth only, on a 2012 MBP Retina, and with only about fifteen total Bitwig-native plug ins added in I am maxing out my CPU.

      With that said, I have not been this excited about a sequencer since I moved to Logic in the 90s. I am migrating from Ableton and I cant do it fast enough.

      The thing that has changed everything for me: the modulation. I know Ableton can do it..but it is clunky and takes too much time. The level of immediacy and creativity is insane in Bitwig.

      And I am not ashamed to admit that I do not like the Live interface, in all its minimal-tastic glory. YMMV

      1. the live interface does my head in. the functionality seems great but the interface doesn’t inspire me at all. Bitwig is slightly more inspiring to me. plus the audio features seem better.



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