Building upon the success of version 2, Bitwig Studio 3 offers a significant update to the production and performance DAW designed for the electronic and recording musician. Upgrades to the software include: The Grid, which is a modular sound design environment sporting 150+ modules with lightning-fast workflows; the Poly Grid device, where you can create synthesizers and sequenced patches; and the FX Grid device, for creating audio FX with optional voice stacking. Other notable upgrades include automatic project backups, a realtime ruler, Ableton LINK 3, a resigned instrument inspector, VU meters, and a reworking of the audio engine for timing improvements on all platforms. With over 80 instruments and plugins and over 10GB of world-class content, Bitwig Studio 3 has arrived as a professional digital audio workstation for Windows, Mac, and Linux, providing superfast workflows that are fully customizable and well suited for sound design, recording, and live performance.
Bitwig’s recording environment utilizes an object-based system for editing tracks, clips, virtual instruments, effects, and individual notes. Built-in parameter spectrographs provide visual feedback of how your settings influence parameters such as gain, velocity, panorama, and much more. In addition to the traditional linear multitrack recording view, the software offers an arranger clip launcher, for experimenting with non-linear looping while producing, and a mixer clip launcher view for live performance.
The program supports audio tracks with time-stretching and transient detection, instrument tracks with per-note micropitch control, and hybrid tracks that can accept both audio and MIDI instrument information. This enables bouncing note clips to audio in place and slicing audio to send to a sampler or drum machine. Multiple tracks can be edited simultaneously using layered editing, and automation can be applied at both the clip and track level. A suite of virtual instruments is included as well as full support for 32- / 64-bit VST and VST3 plug-ins. Each plug-in is opened as a separate process to prevent Bitwig Studio from crashing in case the VST plug-in crashes. A Unified Device System allows any device parameter, nested device, or plug-in to be modulated with macro controls, LFOs, note expressions, and envelope followers, as well as hardware parameters.
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