Microsoft Surface + Bitwig Studio

Nearly one year ago, Bitwig discovered the Microsoft Surface, the light and powerful hybrid laptop tablet running Windows 10 featuring several input modes: keyboard, mouse, trackpad, multitouch, and pen. We immediately saw the opportunity for a major leap forward in music creation and performance. By taking advantage of Microsoft Surface features, Bitwig Studio becomes the heart of a studio or stage. Testing the Surface Pro quickly convinced the Bitwig Team that the time has come to deliver a groundbreaking multitouch experience.

Our developers set to work on a multitouch prototype of Bitwig Studio to share with Microsoft. The potential of Bitwig Studio integrated with Surface Pro was immediately recognized by Microsoft, and a vibrant discussion began about the future of music software between both companies. In the months that followed, Bitwig delivered the world's most advanced multitouch experience for music software, Bitwig Studio 1.3

With Bitwig Studio and Microsoft Surface, the next level is now at your fingertips.

Beneath the Surface

Thavius Beck

In this video Bitwig Certified Professional Thavius Beck folds Surface into his creative process, using Bitwig Studio among other software. We see how its versatility has changed the way he composes, performs, teaches. This video from Microsoft clearly shows us why Microsoft Surface is the ultimate solution for musicians.

"To be able to have something with that much horsepower, where I'm not running scaled-down versions of applications I normally use is definitely game changing."
- Thavius Beck, Bitwig Certified Pro

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Microsoft Surface Book

The Surface Book is the first of its kind. Paired with Bitwig Studio, this innovative and perfectly crafted laptop is a creative powerhouse, designed to adapt to the way you make music – with touch, a Pen, or a mouse.

"We’re even more excited to see the creative industry leaders Musicians care about invest in new and innovative software experiences designed for Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 that enable new creative possibilities for music making on a laptop.

Today, we’re excited to acknowledge the announcement of our partnership with music industry leaders who have designed new music making experiences for Surface Book and Surface Pro 4.'ve never made music on a laptop like this before."
- Microsoft Windows Blog

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Bitwig at Microsoft Keynote | Summer 2015

Placidus Schelbert Announces Bitwig Studio Multitouch Prototype

Managing Director of Bitwig, Placidus Schelbert, took to the stage at the Microsoft Keynote during Summer NAMM, 2015. In his brief introduction Placidus highlights the beginnings of the Bitwig collaboration with Microsoft, and the unique opportunity revealed when Microsoft Surface and Bitwig Studio are combined.

Surface is transformed into a true instrument of its own kind, placing the controls precisely where they belong: front and center, a one-of-a-kind command control experience for the next generation of artists and producers.


Thavius Beck Performs with Surface Pro 3 and the Bitwig Studio Prototype at Summer NAMM 2015

Bitwig Certified Professional Thavius Beck was among the first to take the latest development from Bitwig for a spin – A Bitwig Studio prototype running natively on Microsoft Surface Pro 3 with complete multi-touch integration.

In this video, Thavius offers the very first public demonstration of a Bitwig Studio prototype optimized for Microsoft Surface.

Filmed in collaboration with Microsoft and A3Exchange during the Microsoft Keynote at Summer NAMM in Nashville, TN.

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Microsoft Surface with Bitwig Studio

The best way to understand what this moment means for artists and producers is to try out Bitwig Studio on a Microsoft Surface. Our friends at Microsoft have installed Bitwig Studio in every Microsoft Store throughout North America, so you can experience the groundbreaking technology for yourself.

If you don't already have Bitwig Studio, visit The Bitwig Store online.

And for the ultimate laptop, visit our friends at Microsoft.


Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux
Windows Mac OS X Linux
Bitwig Studio: "professional grade" software for creation and performance of your musical ideas on stage or in the studio. Yes Yes Yes
Audio Driver Support Wasapi
Core Audio
Multi-Monitor Support Up to 3 Up to 3 Up to 3
High Resolution Support/Retina Yes Yes Yes
Flexible Window Scaling Yes Yes Yes
Tablet Display Profile Yes Yes Yes
Radial Gesture Menu Yes No Yes
Multi-touch Input Yes No Yes
Pen Input Support MS Surface Pro and Surface Book Series No No
MPE (Multidimensional Polyphonic Expression) Yes Yes Yes