Ahead of the 2017 NAMM Show, Bitwig has announced a major update to their namesake DAW, Bitwig Studio 2.
Bitwig Studio 2.0 features 24 brand new modulators, new devices, improved hardware integration, VST3 Support, device updates, an improved interface and more.
- Modulators – Bitwig Studio 2 comes with 24 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 to a device and assigned to any number of parameters. Furthermore, the Modulators can also be interconnected for more sound design possibilities. When using internal Bitwig instruments, many modulators can be set to polyphonic mode – enabling per-voice modulation.
- New Devices:
- Spectrum Analyzer
- Pitch Shifter
- Note Echo
- Note Harmonizer
- Note Latch
- Note Length
- Note Velocity
- Better Hardware Integration – The developers have done a lot of work under the hood to revamp MIDI handling in Bitwig Studio; improving sync, note timing and adding MIDI Time Code. They are also introducing a 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
- Fades and Crossfades – Bitwig has added fades and crossfades for audio clips not only in the arranger timeline but also in the audio editor and for audio events inside clips . The curve slopes of all fades can be adjusted.
- VST3 Support – Bitwig now supports the VST3 plug-in standard – including per-note expression and sample accurate automation.
- Device Updates – existing devices have also been updated, improving both sound quality and usability. Several devices now include a spectrum analyzer and dynamic display panels.
- Polysynth Updates – Polysynth’s feature set has been updated, adding 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.
- New Menu System – Bitwig Studio 2 now features a context-aware menu system to keep the focus on the task at hand.
Pricing and Availability
Bitwig Studio 2 will be available February 28th, 2017.
- Bitwig Studio 2 Upgrade from Bitwig Studio 1: 159 EUR / 169 USD (MAP)
- Bitwig Studio 2: 379 EUR / 399 USD (MAP)
- Grace period for customers, that purchased Bitwig Studio 1 on, or after, December 10th, 2016. They will get the Bitwig Studio 2 upgrade for free.
A free demo version will be available for download upon launch. Additional features and details are available on the Bitwig website.