Bitwig Adds Support For Maschine Jam

Bitwig and Native Instruments have teamed up to introduce the Maschine JAM Control Script for Bitwig Studio.

The advanced control script allows you to not only control the Maschine VST(i) but also control Bitwig Studio and to seamlessly switch back and forth between the two.

The control script lets you record from the step sequencer into Bitwig Studio in real time while making full use of the advanced performance effects in Maschine VST(i).

Key Features:

  • Clip and scene launching
  • Advanced sequencing capabilities
  • Mixing incl relative fine editing (via shift) and metering
  • Device parameter access
  • Vertical and horizontal scene layout

See the Bitwig site for details.

18 thoughts on “Bitwig Adds Support For Maschine Jam

  1. man – I remember way back when bitwig first came along with their big announcement about saving the world or whatever…

    … but that didnt really turn out so well

    damn shame, too – Ableton hasnt really upped their game that much either…

  2. Totally true.
    Both DAW developments seem to be pretty dead.
    They should take an example of Cockos with their great and ever evolving DAW Reaper.
    Weekly updates : insane.
    Just my 2 cents.

    1. just to add – Reaper has become my DAW of choice, after switching over a few years ago

      customization options are insane… and almost any feature you can think of is already there and implemented in numerous user-configurable ways

      it doesnt have a clip-launching mode yet, but I can even see that happening someday… although it seems a bit odd coming from a linear DAW background, it does fit with the “everything and the kitchen sink” attitude over at Cockos

  3. Ableton released Push II and link, those are actually huge steps.
    Poor Bitwig is enslaved to an Ableton clone that was so badly coded that needs an update every month or so. The amount of bugs and the design flaws it has are truly unvelieble.

  4. to be fair, they have roughly a 10th of ableton’s manpower (don’t press me on that, could be less), don’t take a whole lotta money to live but rather feed their baby bitwig, like basically any startup has to, plus a young daw means there are mountains of bugs to fix before they can bring the next very highly anticipated features with 2.0 – which is exactly what they’re busy doing and always have been. believe me, those lads are fighters and stand fully behind their daw. stability just isn’t very shmexy to report that’s why naturally users get anxious. no reason though. they’re on track.

    it’s a waiting game like with any other software pushing the envelope… but it’s absolutely worth it. believe. AMAZE, wow. such daw. 😛 (disclaimer: pls use whatever suits u best, ymmv, that’s just mho, bla, but don’t lash out against bitwig without knowing enough).

    1. Bitwig has been a startup for almost 8 years already. They started to work on this preoject in 2009. It doesn’t matter how much manpower they have, users only care about a product that works right away, not the case with Bitwig. Too many people complaining about its problems, from a user base that it’s practically inexistent in size. They destroyed their own reputation, too many lies about the release, and the release was catastrophic. And now they keep struggling with a product that refuses to leave beta status. And the updates, god. They want to convince the world – and themselves – that having an update every month is a positive thing. It’s exactly the opposite: they have to release an update every month because their product is total crap, still in version 1.3 after 8 years of coding.

  5. @Cheetah:

    nice exercise in “how many hyperboles can i fit in a post”. don’t only take grumpy trolls on kvr into account, it skews your perception. for every nit-picky user who feels they have to drag ALL of bitwig and the team into the mud to feel better, there are 20 mature users in the real world getting over themselves and actually making music and enjoying the unique features. that’s the way of the internet. if you’re not vigilant it corrupts your mind with negativity and plants utopian expectations and before you know it you paint everything fresh and promising black just because it’s not “perfect” yet. spoiler: it never will be.

    maybe you should have a go at making a daw under various constraints beyond your control?

    1. awwww, there there, it will be ok…

      looks like someone got their feelings hurt pretty badly over this one. A bit silly if you ask me.

      Its just a piece of software. Relax.

      1. no, a bit silly is to inject yourself into the conversation without anything productive to say but an ad hominem, if you ask me. my feelings weren’t hurt, i just happen to care to defend a software that many hold dear that a random internet warrior arbitrarily called a “total piece of crap” and uttered similar baseless accusations against. post-truth is an ugly thing so i fight it, that’s it.

  6. @Cheetah
    I’m really impressed with how far Bitwig has come in such a short time to be honest. Sure they don’t have every feature of all the other DAWs but they certainly have some unique ones that I think separates them from the competition (e.g per note expressions, modulation system, layered editing, plugin sandboxing, bounce in place, cross platform…). So claiming it a Live clone is unfounded I think. Sure it also has some bugs but then again which DAW on the market doesn’t? I personally find it much more stable than others I have used in the past and I guess the plugin sandboxing helps a lot there. It is obviously hard to write a DAW that has to interface with so many external things like VST plugins and all kinds of hardware. I imagine your bad experience (which has obviously made you very bitter!) may just be an unlucky combination of those things. For many of us it works flawlessly. In fact, I can’t remember the last time it crashed on me…

  7. I guess in reality all companies will have some development time before they release their initial 1.0 version – this is expected isn’t it? I have seen how the product has matured since 1.0 and in this time frame at least it is impressive IMO. Ableton is probably 17 years old by your definition! If you compare what Bitwig has achieved (in this suposedly 8 years) to what Ableton did in (let’s say 17 years but don’t quote me!) it is really impressive! Bitwig does many things that Ableton Live doesn’t do (and vice versa of course). For me I love many of the unique features and the fast workflow. There are some things that are so easy in Bitwig that would be almost impossible in Ableton. Of course your mileage may vary depending on exactly what you want to do and your workflow and setup etc but I find, for me personally at least, Bitwig has found the right balance. My productivity is way higher. But it’s ok if you prefer another DAW – I won’t try to convert you 😉 Each to their own…

    1. Well, if we want to compare, Ableton released 9 versions in 17 years. Bitwig released 1 version in 8 years. It’s a bit too much time for a version 1, don’t you think?

      1. you realize versions are arbitrarily set by the developer right? you could release 1000 versions in a week if you wanted to, but that doesn’t measure anything about the product.

        1. Versions also show how skilled developers are. Bitwig took 8 years to deliver a version 1. You might thing, wow, the product has to be incredibly amazing. No! It’s still beta, that’s why they release fixes every month, because the quality is crap. They coded it and they don’t even know how to fix it.

  8. I was using Reaper for years, and also Live for a short while.

    For what I do, bitwig feels the most comfortable.

    It has great forward thinking design and a super functional GUI, unlike Reaper for example, which for all the wealth of features available, has the feel of an overgrown garden. I still use it, but Bitwig’s multitrack clip editor and the great stretching interface are superior to Reaper’s.

    Also native Linux support is big for me. Audio performance is way better on my Linux than Win7 installation.

    Right now it feels just a bit expensive, considering it’s a version 1 software against some hard competition.

    For my part, this is good news. I will probably be buying a Jam when they start popping up used.

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