Bitwig has got in touch with us to announce their next major update, Bitwig Studio 2.5.
For this update, the Berlin-based team chose a few select features that were either requested or inspired by the community. Some features lean toward performance, others streamline audio editing, and a few framework improvements.
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
Finally, 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.
Get the ‘Analog Waves’ from the Bitwig Studio Package Manager and start crafting your unique sounds today.
The release of the new 2.5 version is scheduled for this Winter. All the users with an active Upgrade Plan can download the Bitwig Studio 2.5 Beta installer from their Bitwig user account.