Bitwig Studio V2 - Music Creation System for Mac, Windows, and Linux (Upgrade from 8-Track, Download)

Bitwig Studio V2 - Music Creation System for Mac, Windows, and Linux (Upgrade from 8-Track, Download)

Bitwig Studio V2 - Music Creation System for Mac, Windows, and Linux (Upgrade from 8-Track, Download)

Bitwig Studio V2 - Music Creation System for Mac, Windows, and Linux (Upgrade from 8-Track, Download)

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Product Highlights

  • Multi-Track Recording
  • Fades and Crossfades
  • Improved Editor Workflow
  • Arrangement and Mixer Clip Launching
  • Hybrid Audio and MIDI Tracks
  • Layered Editing and Clip Automation
  • 32-/64-Bit VST and VST3 Support
  • Unified Modulation System
  • Context-Based Pop-Up Browser
  • Open-Source JavaScript Controller API
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Bitwig BITWIG8TRK-2.0UPG overview

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Featuring an intuitive layout that adapts to each step of an artist's workflow, Bitwig Studio V2 - Music Creation System for Mac, Windows, and Linux offers a significant update to the production and performance DAW designed for the electronic and recording musician. Upgrades to the software include a re-conceptualized modulation system with over 25 added modulators, 17 new devices (audio, note and hardware), updated remote control facilities, dynamic displays, and better hardware integration with improved MIDI handling and editor workflows.

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 setting changes influence parameters such as gain, velocity, panorama and more. In addition to the traditional linear multi-track 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 micro-pitch 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.

Workflow enhancements include multi-monitor support for up to 3 monitors. The 9GB factory content includes 2,000 presets and sounds, such as drum machines (808, 909, percussion), acoustic drums, multi-sampled instruments (Wurlitzer, Rhodes, vibraphone, marimba, acoustic and electric bass), instrument loops, various sound effects, and an Artist Collection Package. A context-based pop-up browser system allows for simple tagging and searching for music content. The software supports many popular MIDI devices out of the box, such as full integration with Nektar's Panorama and Impact controllers, and also provides an open-source JavaScript API for programming controller functionality.

What's New in Version 2

New Features and Updates
  • A re-conceptualized Modulation System
  • Numerous device updates, including dynamic displays, and spectrum analyzers
  • Remote controls
  • Fades and crossfades
  • VST3 support
  • Better hardware integration
  • Smart tool switching
  • Improved editor workflow
  • MIDI timecode support
  • New menu system
  • Dashboard
  • Notification system
  • Adjustable track height in arranger
  • Controller API improvements
New Modulators
  • 4-Stage: Advanced envelope that can be synced to tempo and looped
  • ADSR: Inspired by and modelled on old analog classic synth envelopes
  • AHDSR: Attack-Hold-Decay-Sustain-Release envelope with slope settings
  • Audio Sidechain: Allows you to use any audio input (in the track or external) as a modulation source
  • Beat LFO: A simple yet powerful beat-synced LFO with expressive controls for wave shape and timing
  • Button: A simple button to control any parameter
  • Buttons: Two buttons, freely assignable to any parameter
  • Classic LFO: A highly configurable LFO with numerous available waveforms and polyphonic capabilities
  • Envelope Follower: An envelope modulator controlled by audio input
  • Expressions: Assign up to four expressions (velocity, timbre, release, pressure) to any parameter in your device chain
  • HW CV In: Modulate parameters in Bitwig Studio 2 from hardware via CV using this Modulator
  • Keytrack: Modulate any parameter by key of incoming notes, with curve settings
  • Macro-4: Four macro knobs in one modulator
  • Macro: A simple macro knob
  • Math: A choice of adding, subtracting, multiplying or min/max-ing two parameters
  • LFO: A free-running LFO that can be shaped in many ways
  • MIDI: Allows you to modulate any parameter using MIDI CC, Pitch Bend or Aftertouch data from an external source
  • Mix: Control a parameter with two faders and a crossfader to create complex interconnecting relationships
  • Note Sidechain: Allows you to use any note input as a modulation source
  • Random: Useful for giving a parameter a random value every time you play a note, at a given time interval or to provide some smooth sweeping chaos
  • Select-4: Select-4 is a morphing modulator, letting you set four stages, with each stage modulating any number of parameters – you can then morph between the four stages using a fader
  • Steps: Modulate any parameter with a step sequencer – you can set speed, number of steps, and direction
  • Vector-4: An X/Y matrix where each of the four corners can be assigned to control any parameter
  • Vector-8: Similar to Vector-4 but with eight assignable points
  • XY: Assign each axis to any parameter and use as a X/Y pad with great expressive potential


New Devices
  • Audio FX
    • Spectrum analyzer: Delivers a visual representation of the audio material you feed it – allows for a freely selectable secondary input, so you can directly compare the frequency graph of two separate audio sources
    • Pitch Shifter: Shifts your pitch up or down one octave, with precise fine-tune and grain control
    • Treemonster: Organic zero-crossing amplitude controlled ring modulator with a life of its own
    • Phaser: High-quality phaser, by popular demand
    • Dual Pan: Control panning for individual channels of a stereo signal
    • DC Offset: A utility device to add DC offset to an audio signal, for instance to generate audio signals from modulation
  • Note Effects
    • Multi-Note: This chorder device will generate up to 7 notes based on the note you send into it, with pitch and velocity settings
    • Note Echo: Allows you to get creative with note echoes and loops
    • Note Harmonizer: Transpose your notes in real-time to harmonize with a chord playing on another track
    • Note Latch: The Note Latch device will simply hold any note you send into it until it receives the next note - or until you click its stop button
    • Note Length: This device will transform all notes to a defined length and velocity – in its second mode, it can generate a fixed-length note when the key is released
    • Note Velocity: Transform velocity on incoming notes using a curve and use modulators for some dynamic velocity effects
  • Hardware Integration Devices
    • MIDI CC: This device can be used to send CC data to external hardware or plug-ins – add it to a HW Instrument device to get instant access to your hardware's parameters
    • MIDI Program Change: As the name implies, this device allows you to control program changes of your hardware or VST plug-ins from Bitwig Studio
    • MIDI Song Select: A device used to send MIDI song select messages to external devices, for instance to change patterns on a drum machine
    • HW Clock Out: Using the HW CV Clock device you can send CV clock to audio outputs, with individual time settings
    • HW CV Instrument: Use this device to send notes as CV and gate to an output on your audio interface, to control analog synths, Eurorack modules and other hardware
    • HW CV Out: This is a simple device to send a CV signal to an output on your audio interface
Key Features
  • Native cross-platform DAW (Windows, macOS, Linux)
  • Intuitive nonlinear sequencing for the studio world and beyond
  • Modular device structure with advanced nesting and routing
  • Multi-touch support for Windows and Linux, with a dedicated Tablet display profile
  • Full multicore and multiprocessor support
  • VST and VST3 support with built-in 32-/64-bit bridging, plug-in crash protection, delay compensation, and flexible multi-out and sidechain capabilities
  • Multi-display support for up to three displays
  • Unified Modulation System: Use Macro controls, Note Expressions, and LFOs & Envelopes to modulate any device, VST plug-in, or hardware parameter
  • Advanced Layered Editing mode
  • Support for various MIDI controllers out of the box, with native MPE support for next generation controllers
  • Open Controller API: Create and customize functionality for any MIDI controller, with scripting access to nearly every feature of Bitwig Studio
  • Bounce and Bounce in Place for Clips or time selection
  • Context-based Pop-up Browser, with support for selected VST preset formats
  • Extensive hardware integration with MIDI sync, MIDI Time Code, as well as analog Clock, and CV out
  • File import: WAV, AIFF, MP3, AAC, WMA, FLAC, OGG Vorbis, and MIDI
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Bitwig BITWIG8TRK-2.0UPG specs

System Requirements
Mac OS X 10.9 or later
64-bit capable Intel CPU
Minimum 4 GB RAM
Minimum 9 GB free disk space
Minimum 1280 x 768-pixel screen resolution
Decent internet connection for bundled content (not included with installer)
Windows Windows 7, 8, 10 (64-bit)
Dual-core AMD or Intel CPU or faster with SSE3 support
Minimum 4 GB RAM
Minimum 9 GB free disk space
Minimum 1280 x 768-pixel screen resolution
Decent internet connection for bundled content (not included with installer)
Linux Requirements Ubuntu 16.04 or later
64-bit Dual Core or better x86 CPU with SSE3 support
Minimum 4 GB RAM
Minimum 9 GB free disk space
Minimum 1280 x 768-pixel screen resolution
Decent internet connection for bundled content (not included with installer)
Support VST(i): VST 2.4 and VST3 (32-/64-bit support)
AU: No, possible in future version
OSC: No, possible in future version
ReWire: No
PulseAudio: Yes
LV2: No, possible in future version
Audio Formats Support File Import: WAV, AIFF, MP3, AAC, WMA, FLAC, OGG Vorbis, and MIDI
File Export: WAV, up to 32-bit/192 kHz

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