Bitwig and PreSonus have announced DAWproject, a new, open format for audio project files that’s designed to make it easy to share work between DAW programs.
DAWproject is a Bitwig-led initiative that’s designed to give musicians more options in the tools that they use. It follows the 2022 launch of CLAP, a free and open plug-in standard, launched in collaboration with u-he.
DAWproject is an open and free file format that makes it much easier to move from one DAW to another, so you can use a DAW that you prefer for specific tasks, or share files with people that may use different platforms. The developers say that this will eliminate complex and time-consuming procedures for moving projects, converting formats, and exporting or importing.
DAWproject files include all the most important information in a DAW-agnostic format. As of today, DAWproject is supported in Bitwig Studio 5.0.9 and Studio One 6.5.
“Every DAW is different, and that is a strength of our industry. Allowing users to take their work between programs is now easier than ever — and the right thing to do.”, says Claes Johanson, Bitwig co-founder and lead developer of DAWproject.
“With DAWproject, we are thrilled to introduce a new open format that allows users of different DAWs to work together seamlessly for the first time,” says Arnd Kaiser, General Manager at PreSonus Software. “We are proud to launch this groundbreaking new format in partnership with Bitwig.”
Here are the key features that DAWproject format supports, with a comparison to MIDI and AAF for reference. As you’ll see, DAWproject files cover a wider range of data relevant to DAWs and DAW-like applications.
Resources and Availability
DAWproject support is available now in Bitwig Studio 5.0.9 and PreSonus Studio One 6.5.