Nektar Impact and Panorama Keyboards: Now With Bitwig 8-Track

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Nektar has announced a cooperative effort with Bitwig, offering a new “slimline” version of Bitwig Studio, Bitwig 8-Track, to all Nektar customers, free of charge.

Nektar Impact and Panorama series keyboard controllers previously have had fairly deep integration with Bitwig Studio, providing the user an experience similar to that of using a dedicated workstation.

Bitwig 8-Track includes the entire collection of Bitwig Studio devices for use on up to eight project tracks with audio or MIDI. And content is also included, providing a selection of presets and sounds hand-picked from the flagship Bitwig Studio Library.
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Free LinnStrument Update Adds Multidimensional Polyphonic Expression, User Firmware Mode

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Developer Geert Bevin let us know that Roger Linn Design has released an update to the firmware for the LinnStrument, adding support for the new Multidimensional Polyphonic Expression specification, a new User Firmware Mode and more. Continue reading

Free Bitwig Studio & Music Production Course

This series of videos, created by Brian Bollman, is a free video course on working with Bitwig Studio.

The comprehensive series, embedded above, is already up to 266 videos. It covers the ins and outs of Bitwig Studio, but also covers synthesis, the foundations of sound, audio interfaces, basic music theory, effects, production and more.
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Bitwig Studio 1.2 Debuts At NAMM 2015

Bitwig_Studio_1.2_GroupTracksAt the 2015 NAMM Show, which starts Thursday in Anaheim, CA, Bitwig is previewing Bitwig Studio 1.2.

Here’s what’s new in Bitwig Studio 1.2:

  • Group Tracks: In the next major update, you can improve the navigation of numerous tracks in every view of your project, while consolidating the signal flow of multiple sources through a single Group Track. The feature introduces a new style of editing in the Arrange View called “Meta Clips.” Meta Clips allow for easy editing of clips from multiple tracks in group track timelines. Group Tracks also expand upon Bitwig Studio’s Multi-out VST functionality, providing a convenient way to setup tracks for multi-timbral VST instruments, and useful functions to organize and consolidate your entire mix.
  • Audition Browser: To accelerate the browsing workflow, all devices in Bitwig Studio 1.2 feature an Audition icon. By clicking Audition, a user’s entire catalog of sound becomes available. Browse, audition, swap and insert anything from presets and samples to full clips of sounds during playback. The Audition Browser can be hidden from view to save screen real estate. Bitwig Studio’s advanced browsing eliminates the boundaries between devices to offer a meta view of all available sounds in one category.
  • Factory Content Update: The update adds three new demo songs, over 500 fully-mapped presets, and optimization of every preset in their Library.
  • Support for High-DPI and Retina Displays: Bitwig Studio 1.2 is now optimized for Macbook Retina and Windows High-DPI displays for a graphical user interface that is sharper than ever before.

Bitwig Studio 1.2 will be a free update for all Bitwig Studio owners. It is expected to be in beta testing in February.

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.

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Arturia & Bitwig Announce Producer Pack Hardware + Software Bundles

arturia-producer-packArturia and Bitwig have teamed up, announcing three Producer Pack bundles, that combine an Arturia KeyLab keyboard controller, the Analog Lab sound collection software suite, Mini V and Bitwig Studio, for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux.  Continue reading