Bitwig has released Bitwig Studio 3.2, an update that focuses on greater control and sculpting possibilities for all sounds, whether coloring audio sources or reinterpreting note messages in new and adventurous ways.
Here’s what’s new in Bitwig Studio 3.2:
EQ+ – Along with 14 filter options and up to eight bands, EQ+ also has an Adaptive-Q option to narrow the width of bands as their gain increases, in addition to global frequency Shift and Gain controls, “soloing” a band while dragging it for precise editing, and different oversampling modes. Sculpting a sound is now more like drawing the spectrum than twiddling knobs.
Saturator – Bitwig Studio’s new Saturator is a unique waveshaper that works in the log domain, just like our ears. Bitwig says that, with Saturator, richness can be added to any sound in just the right places.
Arpeggiator has added a number of features and possibilities. Along with controls for velocity and note length, each step now has a pitch control which functions like step sequencing new patterns on top of the notes being held. And for those using MPE-enabled or other advanced controllers, micro-pitch changes are now tracked, and per-note pressure messages will update note velocities for more dynamic performances.
Note FX Selector and audio FX Selector have all gained voice modes, for dynamically triggering different layers. Whether each note of a chord needs a slightly different preset or a totally different VST, these modes will handle the details without any fuss. The same is true for a few arpeggiators set to do polyrhythms or a pile of audio effects that should be swept through.
Keyswitches turns a range of notes into controls that target specific layers (good for film scoring with different sounds and articulations).
CC mode uses any control change message to sweep through the available layers (like using mod wheel to cycle through various note FX), and Program Change does the same with those kinds of MIDI messages (common from pedal controllers, etc.).
Note Delay waits up to two bars (or five seconds) before passing notes to a layer. On the modulation level, the ADSR, AHDSR, and Note Sidechain modulators all have similar Pre-delay controls now. And within The Grid, the start or release of signals can now be suspended with the Logic Delay module. In addition, the new AHD on Release modulator animates any parameter note release for instant responsiveness. Sum it up, and creating growing sonic landscapes has been made simple on every level.
In addition, the update delivers workflow enhancements, updates to Grid modules and more.
Bitwig Studio 3.2 is now available. It is available to download for anyone with an active Upgrade Plan for Bitwig Studio. Bitwig Studio 16-Track and Bitwig Studio 8-Track will also get updated, but the new devices are available only in the full version of Bitwig Studio. See the Bitwig site for details.