Released back in 2014, Bitwig Studio (first version) was the first music production software to combine linear and non-linear sequencing on Windows, Mac OS, and Linux.
Also read: Bitwig Studio Review @ ProducerSpot (first version)
Combining cutting-edge technologies like plug-in crash protection and a highly flexible user interface, alongside a lightning-fast workflow experience for keyboard, mouse, and touch screens.
Today Bitwig proudly announces Bitwig Studio 2!
INTRODUCTION TO BITWIG STUDIO 2
From the beginning, the idea of modularity has been central to Bitwig Studio. While digital audio workstations (DAWs) aren’t known for taking a modular approach, creating Bitwig Studio from the ground up allowed us to rethink previous assumptions. This led us to focus not just on individual devices but on strengthening the ways they interact with and support one another. Within the Bitwig Studio 1 cycle the concepts of Nested Device Chains as well as Modulator Devices made it already one of the most flexible DAWs in the industry – in Bitwig Studio 2 the modularity concept has been developed further. The entire modulation system has been reworked and the idea of modulators has been reclaimed.
Bitwig proudly presenting their next step on the journey towards a fully modular device architecture.
KEY FEATURES OF BITWIG STUDIO 2
Bitwig Studio 2 comes with 25 brand-new modulators! Besides the standard modulators like envelopes and LFOs you’ll find more others such as Random, Select-4, and Math.
Each device in Bitwig Studio 2 (internal devices and external plug-ins) has individual modulation slots where an unlimited number of modulators can be added to a device and assigned to any number of parameters.
Furthermore, the Modulators can also be interconnected for truly dynamic and expressive sound design possibilities. When using internal Bitwig instruments, many modulators can be set to polyphonic mode – enabling per-voice modulation – something previously only seen in closed systems.
Apart from totally re-conceptualizing the modulation system and introducing an entirely new class of Modulator devices and more standard device collection.
Here’s a list of the new additions:
- Spectrum Analyzer
- Pitch Shifter
- Note Echo
- Note Harmonizer
- Note Latch
- Note Length
- Note Velocity
- Better Hardware Integration
Bitwig team done a lot of work under the hood to revamp MIDI handling in Bitwig Studio; improving sync, note timing and adding MIDI Time Code.
Bitwig Studio 2 introducing a set of devices that will seamlessly integrate hardware via MIDI and CV/Gate:
- MIDI CC
- MIDI Program Change
- HW Clock out
- HW CV Instrument
- HW CV Out
- Fades and Crossfades
Bitwig Studio 2 introduces fades and crossfades for audio clips not only in the arranger timeline but also the audio editor and for audio events inside clips – for truly fast yet flexible editing. Naturally, the curve slopes of all fades can be adjusted.
Bitwig Studio 2 now supports the VST3 plug-in standard – including per-note expression and sample-accurate automation.
Bitwig Studio 2 comes with a lot of enhancements to the existing devices, improving both sound quality and usability. Several devices now include a spectrum analyzer and dynamic display panels. Many devices were re-organized, re-designed, and new features were added. Bitwig Studio 2 also comes with improved visualization of parameters, movement, and signal flow.
Since Bitwig Studio first came out, Polysynth has been our go-to synth for musicians and sound designers. Bitwig Studio 2 Polysynth’s features now even more oscillator mix and filter waveshaping modes. These new modes open up new possibilities for sound exploration; adding complex overtones and frequency modulation options to your sound palette.
Smart Tool Switching and improved Editor Workflow
You can now achieve many standard tasks without having to swap tools: depending on where you click, you can select multiple objects or time segments, edit fades or zoom and scroll.
The Dashboard handles many tasks that were previously available only in menus and other windows – such as locating and opening projects, configuring settings, installing packages and accessing help resources.
Bitwig Studio 2 introducing a new notification system, showing different types of messages in a clear, streamlined, and non-intrusive format.
New Menu System
Bitwig Studio 2 now features a context-aware menu system to keep the focus on the task at hand.
AVAILABILITY AND PRICING
Bitwig Studio 2 will be available from selected retailers worldwide and from bitwig.com. A free demo version will be available for download upon launch at www.bitwig.com.
- Bitwig Studio 2 Upgrade from Bitwig Studio 1: 159 EUR / 169 USD (MAP)
- Bitwig Studio 2: 379 EUR / 399 USD (MAP)
Grace period for customers, that purchased Bitwig Studio 1 on, or after, December 10th, 2016They will get the Bitwig Studio 2 upgrade for free.
12 MONTHS FREE UPGRADES
Alongside the announcement of Bitwig Studio 2 a new license model is also available.
Starting with the release of Bitwig Studio 2, our customers get 12 months of free updates, upgrades and email support when purchasing Bitwig Studio. After the 12 months, they can renew their upgrade plan for 159 EUR / 169 USD.
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Also read: Bitwig Studio 2 Review