Bitwig has released a freebie for Bitwig Studio owners, Bass-08, a virtual instrument based on the legendary Roland TR-808 drum machine.
The main presets offer full sets of instrument controls, like those on the original 808. So when changing a macro for Tuning or Decay, an entirely different set of samples is loaded. Additionally, a few Pitched presets make certain elements chromatic, various clips have been included for dropping straight into the Launcher, and individual drum pieces can be loaded from the various multisample files, whether into a Drum Machine chain or straight into The Grid.
Part of the package are 20+ Bitwig clips, pairing the Bass-08 instrument with drum patterns of various styles and genres. Access these patterns by calling up the right-side Browser Panel, switching to the Clips tab, and searching for 808. Each clip provides a good starting point for any new sketch or just to jam out.
If you own a Bitwig Studio, 16-Track or 8-Track license with an active upgrade plan, the Bass-08 sound package is now available for free in the Package Manager (you’ll need Bitwig Studio 3.3.1 or later).