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Announcing Bitwig 2.4 DAW Software
Old 12th July 2018
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Announcing Bitwig 2.4

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Announcing Bitwig 2.4

Bitwig is proud to announce the second major update for this year: Bitwig Studio 2.4

This new version of Bitwig Studio comes with a completely overhauled Sampler and major workflow improvements, which greatly advance Bitwig Studio’s production and performance functionality.

BITWIG STUDIO 2.4 FEATURES

Sampler


With Bitwig Studio 2.4, our Sampler is reborn. It now comes equipped with granular and wavetable techniques, which open up infinite sound design possibilities for the stage or the studio. Along with visual crossfading and a revamped multi-sample editor, Sampler has gone from trusted sideman to solo act.

Repitch represents a traditional sampler mode so its Speed control dynamically changes the playback time and pitch, even allowing negative speeds for record-scratch effects and more.

Cycles preserves note pitches while using Speed changes to warp the sample, and an additional Formant parameter dynamically shifts the sound's character. This is done by generating wavetables from the sample audio and stretching this to play incoming notes. Even metallic variations can be made when keyboard tracking is disabled.

Textures uses a granular synthesis approach, preserving the samples' original pitch while allowing for independent controls for Speed, Grain size, and grain Motion. Its uses range from pleasantly cloudy to downright abstract.
Additionally, each mode can be set to freeze (❄ icon). This puts the sample playhead under your control, letting you grab the parameter directly or use Bitwig Studio's numerous modulators to innovative effect.

Updated Multisample Editor
We made working with multiple samples easier and the results more interesting.

A revamped multisample editor has different ways of viewing your zones, depending on what the situation requires. You can also freely create groups, which make editing multiple zones a breeze. A new Select parameter decides which samples will be triggered as each note is played. And both the velocity and select parameters can transition across zones, blending multiple samples and creating endless sonic combinations.

Additionally, three modulation sources are available which have per-zone modulation amounts, in case particular zones should adjust the cutoff frequency or anything else. And each instance of Sampler can be set to play its audio directly from disk, freeing your RAM for other tasks.

Taken along with additional features like bidirectional ping-pong looping and edits that snap to zero-crossings, Sampler is a new machine, ready for modern music production and open to wild sound design possibilities.

Channel Support

MIDI coming into Bitwig Studio now preserves its channel data by default. Layered editing can now work by channel with intuitive view/edit modes and various options for how notes are colored.

Channel data can be useful to hardware MIDI devices, VST plug-ins, or internal Bitwig Studio devices, like Instrument Layer. And the new Channel Filter and Channel Map devices can make channels dynamic within a chain. Whether you are using MIDI or not, channels can be a welcome addition to your workflow.

ParSeq-8

ParSeq-8 is a unique parameter modulation sequencer, where each step is its own modulation source. It can use the project's clock, advance on note input, or just run freely in either direction. As it advances, each step's targets are modulated and then reset. It’s a great way to make projects more dynamic, whether in the studio or on the stage. (Along the way, our Steps modulator got some improvements such as ping-pong looping so check it out too.)

Note Counter

Use Note Counter to create cycling modulation patterns as each new note arrives.

Other Device Enhancements

Sampler, Channel Filter, and Channel Map aren't the only devices to receive attention. Our audio degrader, Bit-8, has gained new quantization methods and parameters, providing dirtier or even cleaner modes of destruction. Joining our other layer devices is Note FX Layer, good for creating parallel note effects. And with hovered parameters and their values now displayed in the window footer (beside all available click actions), devices have been reworked in ways big and small.

On-screen Controller Visualization

On-screen visualizations of hardware controllers now appear directly in the Bitwig Studio window. So when you turn a knob on your controller, its effect is visible right on screen.

New controller takeover modes also define how the hardware controls and software parameters interact, and these on-screen visualizations show you the full relationship at a glance.

Resize and color

Change track widths in the Mix view or change scene width in the Arrange view, and enjoy larger clip views and waveforms. You are in control of what and how much you see. In Bitwig Studio 2.4, you can also give scenes their own color to help you manage complex projects.

AVAILABILITY

Beta testing is about to start.
Bitwig Studio 2.4 will be released this summer, and it is a free upgrade to everyone with an active Upgrade Plan.

Learn more about Bitwig Studio 2.4 and watch our announcement video on: Bitwig | Home

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Old 20th July 2018
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Bitwig Studio 2.4 Now in Public Beta

Bitwig Studio 2.4 Now in Public Beta

We're excited to announce that the Beta of Bitwig Studio 2.4 is now ready for testing.

Here are some of the highlights of what's new in Bitwig Studio 2.4:
  • Revamped Sampler: Our Sampler received a big makeover with new features, granular and wavetable playback modes, and a new multisample editor with groups.
  • MIDI channel support: Tracks and layers are now channel-aware and multitimbral.
  • Modulation workflow improvements: Modulation mappings can now by copied between different sources and targets.
  • Device updates: New Note FX Layer, Channel Filter, and Channel Map devices, as well as new modes in Bit-8.
  • Modulator updates: New parameter sequencer (ParSeq-8), Note Counter, and improvements to Steps.
  • And more...

AVAILABILITY
Everyone with an active Upgrade Plan can download the Bitwig Studio 2.4 Beta installer from their Bitwig user account.

The full list of changes as well as more information on the new features is available our website, and within the changelog when downloading the installer.

For more information and to download visit: Bitwig | Announcing Bitwig Studio 2.4

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