Integrating Hardware with Bitwig Studio

Bitwig Studio makes it fun and easy to integrate external hardware and build a powerful, flexible hybrid setup that combines the best of both worlds. You can connect and combine hardware instruments, controllers and FX, in order to control external gear with Bitwig devices or vice-versa.

Using External MIDI Gear

Watch and learn how to connect your hardware synthesizers to Bitwig Studio, sync drum machines and groove boxes, or control external gear with MIDI CC with step-by step instructions. We'll also show you how to use Bitwig's Note FX and modulators to add powerful new features to external instruments, letting you create unique and custom devices that take your hardware to the next level.

0:57Connecting external synths
3:10Latency compensation
3:44Basic MIDI features
7:13Note FX
8:10Sync hardware to Bitwig
9:18Sync Bitwig to hardware
9:53External MIDI controllers
11:36External MIDI sequencers

Meet Our MIDI Devices

Bitwig Studio HW Instrument

The HW Instrument device passes notes on to your connected gear via MIDI. Select your external gear via the output chooser, pick a MIDI channel, and enable MPE if you so desire. You also have the option to send out MIDI Clock signals. The Return section allows you to route audio from your external hardware straight into the device, and it has built-in tools for latency correction.

Bitwig Studio MIDI CC

Use the MIDI CC device in conjunction with HW Instrument to send CC (continuous controller) messages to your external gear. This is typically used to change hardware parameters in real time, directly from MIDI CC's eight knobs. Apply automation and modulation to taste.

Using External Audio FX

It's just as easy to integrate hardware FX to Bitwig Studio as it is to use our stock audio FX. We'll walk you through how to connect your pedals and other external FX to Bitwig Studio so that you can use them as an insert FX on an audio track or as a send effect.

0:33Connect your hardware
1:16HW FX Device
2:52Insert FX
3:21Send FX
Bitwig Studio HW FX

The humble HW FX device is a simple audio router, allowing you to send and receive audio to and from external sources, right in your device chain.

Integrating Your Modular Setup

Learn to use Bitwig's dedicated devices to expand the functionality of your CV-enabled hardware, such as Eurorack modular synths.

0:00The possibilities of Bitwig and CV
0:37Connect your hardware
1:20HW CV instrument
3:58HW Clock Out
5:53HW CV Out
7:27HW CV In
Bitwig Studio HW CV Instrument

Use the HW CV Instrument device to send any notes in Bitwig Studio as Pitch (CV) and Gate signals to your analog gear. The audio-in routing allows you to receive your audio back into the device, with built-in latency compensation. Tame hard-to-tune analog oscillators with the Tuning feature, which creates a pitch offset curve.

Bitwig Studio HW CV Out

With a single knob, HW CV Out generates a DC signal you can use to control anything in the analog world. Automate and/or modulate the knob to get software control and precision of analog hardware.

Bitwig Studio HW Clock Out

This device sends out a clock pulse via a hardware output for syncing things like analog sequencers and LFOs. With the additional reset pulse, you can make sure all your gear is running on time and in sync. HW Clock Out also features extensive options for pulse speed and width, built-in latency compensation, and shuffle.

It Goes Both Ways

Sending signals out of Bitwig Studio is just one-half of the equation. There are also ways for the program to receive signals from your hardware, including notes, CC, and MPE messages from a keyboard or controller. On top of that, there are two types of modulation: MIDI and CV.

Bitwig Studio MIDI

The MIDI modulator can be used to assign CCs, pressure or bend data to any device parameter in Bitwig Studio.

Bitwig Studio HW CV In

With the HW CV In modulator you can capture CV from external sources like LFOs, sequencers, and beyond to control any device parameter in Bitwig Studio. Includes gain and smoothing settings.

Bitwig Studio The Grid

Connecting Hardware
via The Grid

Our open sound design environment, The Grid, gives you further possibilities to bring the worlds of hardware and software together. Audio, MIDI, CC, clock, and CV signals can be sent in and out with ease, crossing and blurring all boundaries.

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