Bitwig announced the launch of Bitwig Studio 2.2, their second major update since the release of version 2 in February 2017, with some interesting new features and more sounds ready to use…
Bitwig Studio offers a number of ways to integrate with other technology: MIDI, MIDI Clock Master/Slave, MTC, CV & Gate and hardware audio clock; Ableton Link is the latest addition to this versatile feature set.
Link enables musicians to play in sync together across various software applications, platforms and mobile devices.
Bitwig Studio 2.2 supports Ableton’s Link technology out of the box, allowing users to connect multiple instances of Bitwig Studio via network connection (Wi-Fi and Ethernet), and to a vast range of music software such as Ableton Live, Reason, NI Traktor, NI Maschine and Serato DJ, as well as a growing number of iOS and Android apps.
Take a quick look at this intro video:
TIME SHIFT DEVICE
This device allows for fine-grained time adjustments anywhere in the device chain, useful for getting things in time or as a creative tool in the mixing process.
Bitwig Studio 2.2 comes with four new modulator devices. Three of them are designed to transform other modulation signals in numerous exiting ways, and with the Audio Rate modulator you can do true audio rate frequency modulation.
POLYNOM: The Polynom allows you to feed modulation signals into a mathematical formula (y(x) = x⁰+x¹ +x²+x³) to achieve sophisticated and flexible transformations.
QUANTIZE: Reshape any modulation signal and give an edge to smooth curves with the Quantize modulator.
SAMPLE AND HOLD: A real classic in the analog synth world, the Sample and Hold modulator introduces chaos and breathes life into your modulation setup—randomized or ordered.
AUDIO RATE: Grab any audio signal in your project as a modulation source. The power of true audio rate modulation at your fingertips.
ON-SCREEN KEYBOARD PANEL
This input panel is now available on more display profiles. It’s a handy way to play notes directly on screen, using touch screen or mouse. It allows for multidimensional polyphonic expression (or MPE) input and doubles as a visualization of note playback.
DUAL DISPLAY (STUDIO/TOUCH)
Connect a touch screen to your existing setup and enjoy the best of both worlds: excellent touch input optimization on one screen, and full feature view on the other.
With Bitwig Studio 2.2 you will find an expanded sound content collection with some classic sounds.
Rare Organs and Keys is suitable for keyboardists at any level, and lovers of harmony and melody. It includes samples of three rare, vintage organs – every note of every dry register sampled individually (drawbar) – and carefully crafted into virtual instruments ready to be played in Bitwig Studio.
Enjoy the historic sounds of “Farfisa Syntorchestra,”, “Philicorda” and the very rare model “VOX Continental Baroque.”
Besides the vintage organs, there’s also a Bösendorfer grand piano added to the update, professionally sampled in stereo, every key in up to three velocities, and crafted into a multisample instrument.
Berlin based artist Fingalick created fantastic sound examples of how the classic sounds of Rare Organs and Keys can be used in a contemporary musical context. Tune in on our Soundcloud page to check them out.
Pricing & Availability
Bitwig Studio 2.2 is available as a free update for all Bitwig Studio 2 license holders.
Upgrade from Bitwig Studio 1 to Bitwig Studio 2 MAP: 159 EUR / 169 USD
Bitwig Studio 2 MAP: 379 EUR / 399 USD
A demo version is ready to try at the Bitwig website.