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Version 2.5 beta available :-)
Old 8th January 2019
Version 2.5 beta available :-)

Looks to me like a small but functional update

Clip blocks in the arrange window looks like a typical Bitwig thing, non-linear.
The sample pack sounds good. Maybe open a new thread to share sample packs?

More info here: Bitwig | Announcing Bitwig Studio 2.5

Clip Blocks
Whether building an arrangement or crafting a performance, clip launching is essential to any modern DAW. And with the added concept of Clip Blocks, new arrangement possibilities are now available. Leaving a blank slot between groups of clips defines separate clip blocks that Bitwig Studio’s Next Action feature can jump between. These blocks can be treated as sections, allowing clips to automatically navigate the arrangement.

Improved Audio Editing
From the start, an audio clip in Bitwig Studio could contain any number of audio events. And with version 2.5, audio editing has been streamlined while preserving the advanced options.

So editing clip parameters (like start and end time) are now seamlessly connected to events that happen at the same times, adjusting them as well. Changing the tempo of audio events also automatically resize their clips, when appropriate. Saving clicks between the clip layer and the events underneath makes the advanced options all the more powerful.

Note FX Selector
Bitwig Studio's various note FXs can expand a musical line by arpeggiating, harmonizing, delaying, echoing, and more. And with the new Note FX Selector device, endless layers can be swept through with one simple knob. Whether creating small variations or taking a performance to new places, this device puts the whole musical journey within arm's reach.

Browser Search Improvements
A few framework elements have been improved as well. Browser search results are now ordered by relevance, and plug-ins are scanned faster. Some import and snapping methods have been improved, and only one copy of each plug-in is shown by default. And more than 50 functions have been added as user-defined key commands. Because the less the user is thinking about workflow, the more it is doing for them.

New Sound Content: Analog Waves
Coinciding with Bitwig Studio 2.5 is “Analog Waves.” Designed in collaboration with Boxed Ear, this package comprises 60 Sampler presets, each made with hundreds of full-frequency oscillator waveforms. From rumbling lows to guttural mids and sparkling highs, a full-bandwidth sound is the best way to bring analog sources into a digital environment.
By wrapping all 760-some samples into a single multisample, one click will load all the pure and layered oscillators the sound sculpting can begin.
Old 9th January 2019
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Changes in Bitwig Studio 2.5, Beta 2

The states of Browser panels are saved for projects and templates
Expanded Browser folders are remembered
Shift-clicking a folder's triangle icon in the Browser Panel will expand or collapse all folders at the same level
Better categorization of actions in the shortcuts editor
Sets VST3 channel information (helps handle how certain plug-ins function)

Consolidate now continues clipped notes when there are notes on other keys/channels
Regression Fixes
Bit-8 device: was only outputting one channel when width was set to 100%
Reversed raw audio events might get shifted when resizing left clip boundary
Mouse interaction for creating new fades on audio clips/events was obscured

What's New in Bitwig Studio 2.5

New features
Slide-content editing gesture, for shifting the content of clips from the Arranger Panel (and audio events from the Detail Editor Panel)
Concept of clip blocks, for addressing different groups of Launcher clips with new Next Action options
New device: Note FX Selector, for setting up multiple note FX layers and dynamically switching between them

Optimizations on Mac, providing much improved application launch time and better overall performance
When dragging the start or end of Arranger audio clips, contained audio events that overlap are also adjusted
Changing the tempo of audio events via the clip inspector also resizes the clip
Follow Playback option is now set locally within each timeline editor panel
Can now zoom to the current selection by pressing the Z key (pressing it a second time zooms out to the full length of the current editor)
Zooming in and out is faster in the Arranger Timeline Panel
When audio files are added to the arrangement as Raw audio, clip length matches the audio file
When searching in either Browser, closer matches are sorted to the top of the results
Quicker scanning of plug-ins, including less chance that plug-ins will show dialogs during scanning
Ability to filter out plug-ins that exist in different versions (by preferring 64 bit over 32 bit, and/or VST 3 over VST 2) in either Browser
Option to temporarily show filtered plug-ins in either Browser
Added numerous functions (available as user-defined shortcuts) for navigating and controlling your arrangement
All selector devices (Instrument Selector, FX Selector, Note FX Selector) now display which layers are currently active and which are suspended
Record buttons in the Clip Launcher Panel are now shown in red
AKAI APC40 mkII: added option to "scroll by pages" as default (making "scroll by one track" the option when holding SHIFT)
Old 8th February 2019
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2.5 Beta 5 is up!
Old 13th February 2019
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2.5 beta 6 is available!
Old 14th February 2019
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Seems to be a few VST GUI issues reported with B6, B7 will be out soon.
Old 15th February 2019
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2.5 beta 7 is out...
Old 21st February 2019
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I hope this gets released soon. I love Bitwig, but the launch time on Mac is killing me.
Old 26th February 2019
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2.5 Beta 8 is out!
Old 6th March 2019
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2.5 Beta 9 is out!
Old 12th March 2019
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2.5 is out - no more beta! (now roll on 3 beta 1 )
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