Bitwig Studio 5.1 Now Available, Adding 10 New Modules

Bitwig has announced Bitwig Studio 5.1, an update that adds 10 new modules, is now available

Bitwig Studio 5.1 introduces 10 new modules — four filters and six waveshapers — with 10 different sonic personalities. Some emulate classic structures, but most achieve their own, unique sonic qualities.

They can be loaded into the new audio FX containers Filter+ and Sweep or used as patch modules within The Grid. The filters — plus a brand-new oscillator — are also accessible as modules in the semi-modular synthesizer Polymer, which means they’re all accessible in every edition of Bitwig Studio. Additional voice stacking modulators have established a corresponding category, and important workflow improvements make audio editing faster and the mixer smarter.

Here’s what’s new in Bitwig Studio 5.1:

  • Sound Design Tools: Filters & Waveshapers – 5.1’s filters and waveshapers offer more options for coloring sounds. All are available both as Grid modules or housed within the new Filter+ and Sweep devices. A cast of three new Character filters bring distinct personalities that can make a simple waveform dynamic and fresh, and a new formant filter speaks for itself. The six shapers provide different flavors, with each changing at various intensities.
    • Fizz can sparkle, shimmer like a phaser, or vocalize like a formant filter. Two cutoffs give control over the main filter and the filter inside the feedback circuit.
    • Rasp adds brightness — and resonate nodes — around its cutoff frequency. Additional modes and controls mean the filter can go from nasal to throaty, or take a scream down to a whimper.
    • Ripple is a hyper-resonant circuit allowing both playful feedback or elemental destruction, with three modes: Earth, Wind, and Fire. Tends to lock onto harmonics. Good for acid sounds — or acid rain.
    • Vowels is a morphing formant filter with various models, pitch and frequency offsets.
      Push is a soft clipper with a detailed curve. Push it lightly for juice and harder to elicit harshness.
    • Heat is an S-shaped clipper that starts soft but can drive hard, adding some sizzle at high levels.
    • Soar is a soft wavefolder that makes the quietest parts loud. Can bring out subtleties or add a zippy, metallic edge.
    • Howl puts different parts of the signal into the loud focus. A glitchy and snappy finish.
      Shred is a non-linear wavefolder for subtle cancellation or big-time artifacts. Hissy and zappy.
    • Diode models the classic circuit with modern, zero-delay math. Internal bias and filter controls make it a warm, familiar option.
  • Sweep and Filter+
    • Filter+ and Sweep bring The Grid’s filters and waveshapers anywhere. These pre-patched audio FX combine modular slots, clear interfaces, and built-in modulators, bringing color and movement to any track. Each filter and shaper can be swapped out or bypassed to suit your needs, and right-clicking the device will convert your settings to a modifiable FX Grid patch.
    • Filter+ lets you pair any of 14 waveshapers with one of the 10 filters. It’s ready for any track, channel, or nested chain and even has stereo modulation options.
    • Sweep is an expressive, performance-ready filter bank with two filter slots, one waveshaper, and a routing knob for smoothly blending through several configurations.
  • Voice Stacking Tools
    • Bitwig Studio’s voice stacking feature allows any polyphonic device (and even compatible plug-ins) create multiple layers of sound. With 5.1, voice stacking is more powerful and easier to use.
    • Up to 16 voices can now be layered for each note played, and there are more ways to shape these stacks. Eight new modes can be found in the Stack Spread modulator, putting harmonic, rhythmic, and even randomized relationships onto any parameter.
    • Three new Grid modules make creating a spread mode easy and offer full mixer controls for each voice, anywhere you want it.
    • Any voice can be soloed for easy sound programming. And since Sweep and Filter+ are based on FX Grid, that makes three audio FX that can use voice stacking and polyphony.
  • Other Updates
    • Mixer – A smarter, more flexible mixer allows you to customize Bitwig Studio’s GUI so you can reduce visual noise and focus on the task at hand. Drag the track faders and meters taller to see levels in detail, or shrink track widths down to a sliver to see more at once. With multiple tracks selected, adjusting the width, volume, panning of one track will adjust them all. The mixer update also offers a cleaner layout with scrollable sections for sends, better placement of comments at bottom, and redesigned track headers.
    • Audio Quantize & Onset Threshold – Bitwig Studio 5.0 saw improved onset detector analysis of audio, and this new update brings improved audio functions. This starts with audio playback, now offering a threshold setting to control which transients affect stretching. This fine control is also built into various Slice functions (Slice In Place, Slice to Drum Machine and Slice to Multisample), and each visualizes its operation in a dialog and on the timeline display.
      A new Quantize Audio function is now available as well. From that dialog, you select the beat interval to match, which onsets to move, and the amount they should slide.
    • Bite Oscillator – Bite is a special dual oscillator available now in The Grid and Polymer. By giving its two morphing oscillators good anti-aliasing and connecting them to each other with feedback, a wealth of analog techniques are unlocked. Crisper hard sync. Audio-rate pulse width modulation, and with some very custom shapes. And exponential FM can go from polite to wicked in no time. Finish it off with volume controls for each oscillator, one for ring modulation level, and some pleasant analog drift when settings change.

The latest Bitwig sound package contains 65 instrument presets and 18 audio FX. Some make use of the filters and waveshapers added to the Character category, the formant filter Vowels, or the edgy oscillator Bite, while others take advantage of Bitwig’s powerful voice stacking features. You’ll also find presets for the FX Grid-based containers Sweep and Filter+, so you can get interesting movements for these devices right out of the box.

Audio Demos:

Pricing and Availability:

Bitwig Studio 5.1 is available now. It’s a free upgrade for all Bitwig Studio license holders with an active Upgrade Plan.

14 thoughts on “Bitwig Studio 5.1 Now Available, Adding 10 New Modules

  1. blah blah modules again who cares. more blop blip blop and unfinished and undeveloped music, sponsored by bitwig and 10 sec reverbs and random triggers woohoo.
    started off as the most innovative, ending up as the most stagnant. bitwig.

    1. What a stupid comment… Did you actually read what is new before writing this? Do you have any experiences with Bitwig?

      1. I sure do. Started with Bitwig 1.1 or so. Lots of promises back then. Stopped using it a few years ago when it stopped being a DAW developer and became a DAW-extension developer. I return from time to time to test if there have been any important changes to its editors and there’s been none. It’s all about devices, and now I see, always has been.

        1. It’s possible that you have some experience with it but are not so smart, talented, don’t know what you are talking about and or is just your opinion worth nothing to most, it will also explain the strong emotion you are having toward a software company 🙂

  2. Sometimes I’m not sure if Bitwig is trying to be a Production DAW or a Synthesizer… Hoping the next bout of development focuses in on new functional features and enhancements.

      1. I have 25 years with Cubase, but for the last few years Bitwig became my main DAW. It is super flexible, stable, … Yes, it is missing some features, but none of them are “show stoppers”… They also came with open source DAWproject format, which is currently supported by StudioOne… It is definitelly something totally different than Reason, however I know some people who create great tracks just using Reason…

        1. I know it can be a linear DAW like Cubase but I prefer to use it more like Ableton live with clips and loops and lots of automations. When I need a linear DAW I prefer to use Reaper because it reminds me more of a Nuendo or Logic style where you can basically reprogram everything if you want to

  3. It’s a Dawstrument, a software modular with a DAW built in, a music production system (as they call it!) It’s pretty unique and lots of fun, you can concentrate on what it doesn’t do or you can use it for what it is, people have no problem with that in hardware, but for some reason everyone wants software to be a jack of all trades…it’s great to see one developer daring to be different!

  4. Funny to read how unimpressed people are with a pretty modular DAW adding “modules” in an update, a .1 update I might add. Clearly, you either want what “you” want which is everyone and every piece of anything ever created, or you just dont use Bitwig and are unable to see the benefits of the additional devices alongside the slew of other workflow and DAw enhancements they’ve added over the last year. Until they add “midi capture” or “scales” to the piano roll, they just dont cut it cause Ableton has it.

    Maybe take a look at Abletons 12 and see how much they’ve done to get close to what Bitwig already is. Browser, Piano roll “modules” or whatever they call them. Can finally see the arranger and mixer at the same time. Still waiting for that Session view/arranger view they have in Bitwig and Logic Pro.

    No DAW will ever be enoughf or anyone so take it as it comes and just make music. I do wish they’d add scales to the piano roll:)

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