Bitwig has announced that Bitwig Studio 2, the first major update to the multiplatform DAW, is now available.
Bitwig Studio 2 expands on the modularity introduced in version 1 with Nested Device Chains and Modulator Devices.
In Bitwig Studio 2, the modularity concept has been developed further. The entire modulation system has been reworked and the idea of modulators has been reimagined.
Key Features Of Bitwig Studio 2
Modulators – Bitwig Studio 2 comes with 25 new modulators, from standard modulators like envelopes and LFOs to more unique modulator types, like Random, Select-4 and Math.
Each device in Bitwig Studio 2 (internal devices and external plug-ins) has individual modulation slots where an unlimited number of modulators can be added and assigned to any number of parameters.
Furthermore, the Modulators can also be interconnected for additional sound design possibilities. When using internal Bitwig instruments, many modulators can be set to polyphonic mode, enabling per-voice modulation—something previously seen only in closed systems.
- Audio Sidechain
- Beat LFO
- Classic LFO
- Envelope Follower
- HW CV In
- Note Sidechain
Apart from totally re-conceptualizing the modulation system and introducing a new class of Modulator devices, Bigwig also has expanded the standard device collection.
Here’s a list of the new additions:
- Spectrum Analyzer
- Pitch Shifter
- Note Echo
- Note Harmonizer
- Note Latch
- Note Length
- Note Velocity
- Better Hardware Integration with a new set of devices that will integrate hardware via MIDI and CV/Gate:
- MIDI CC
- MIDI Program Change
- HW Clock out
- HW CV Instrument
- HW CV Out
- MIDI Song Select
- Fades and Crossfades for audio clips not only in the arranger timeline but also audio editor, and even for audio events inside clips—for truly fast yet flexible editing. The curve slopes of all fades can be adjusted.
- VST3 Support—including per-note expression and sample-accurate automation.
- Device Updates – Several devices now include a spectrum analyzer and dynamic display panels and many feature improved visualization of parameters, movement and signal flow.
- Polysynth Updates – updated with several oscillator mix and filter waveshaping modes. These new modes open up new possibilities for sound exploration, adding complex overtones and frequency modulation options to your sound palette.
- Smart Tool Switching and improved Editor Workflow – You can now achieve many standard tasks without having to swap tools; depending on where you click, you can select multiple objects or time segments, edit fades or zoom and scroll.
- Dashboard – The Dashboard handles many tasks that were previously available only in menus and other windows – such as locating and opening projects, configuring settings, installing packages and accessing help resources.
- Notifications – the new notification system shows different types of messages in a clear, streamlined and non-intrusive format.
- New Menu System – Bitwig Studio 2 now features a context-aware menu system to keep the focus on the task at hand.
- Controller API improvements – A new scripting engine gives better performance, and you now get improved and immediate feedback while scripting. You can now also write scripts in Python.
Pricing and Availability
Bitwig Studio 2 is available now via selected retailers and in the Bitwig webshop. A free demo version is ready also available.
- Upgrade from Bitwig Studio 1 to Bitwig Studio 2 MAP: 159 EUR / 169 USD
- Bitwig Studio 2 MAP: 379 EUR / 399 USD
- Renewal of upgrade plan after 12 months: 159 EUR / 169 USD
Bitwig Studio 2 Absolute Beginner’s Guide
For the Launch of Bitwig Studio 2, Bitwig and AskVideo.com have teamed up with Bitwig Certified Professional Thavius Beck to create the Bitwig Studio 2 Absolute Beginner’s Guide, which is available in our webshop.