Bitwig Studio 3
Welcome to Bitwig Studio 3, the innovative music creation and performance software.
A short list of what’s new in Bitwig Studio 3, including new worlds of modular expression:
- The Grid, a modular sound design environment sporting 154 modules and lightning-fast workflows
- Poly Grid device: for creating synthesizers, sequenced patches, and more
- FX Grid device: for creating audio FX with optional voice stacking
- Automatic Project Backups, each time you re-save a project
- Realtime Ruler, showing timelines in minutes and seconds
- Ableton LINK version 3, supporting start/stop synchronization
- Global GUI Contrast settings, making the interface pop on any monitor
- Redesigned Instrument Inspector, offering polyphony, two mono voice modes, and more
- VU Meters in Routing Choosers, showing the signal you are looking for
- Reworked audio backends, sporting timing improvements on all platforms
Further details below.
"...Bitwig has delivered what could be argued as the most fun, creative and powerful DAW on the market today."
Enter The Grid
Modularity has been at the core of Bitwig Studio from the beginning. Devices can be nested, clips are containers, modulators exist everywhere, and practically anything can be dragged anywhere. But with Bitwig Studio 3, we are zooming out so you can push in.
The Grid is an open modular environment that powers a family of new devices in Bitwig Studio 3: Poly Grid and FX Grid. With a vast library of modules and a supersonic workflow, you’ll be creating your own unique sounds immediately, and in high-fidelity. Simply add a Grid device to your project and start patching. It’s fun.
The Grid includes:
- Fully-modular sound design
- Fantastic sound quality
- 150+ modules
- Any signal, anywhere
- Lighting-fast workflow
- 4x-oversampled, stereo signal path
Construct a polyphonic synthesizer from scratch in one session. Create an adaptive audio effect with your signature sound. Experiment with generative drones until you find a new way to perform. Or simply create the undefinable. Patching is effortless, giving full reign to your creativity.
Sounds of The Grid
A great entry point into this new world is any of the 200+ Grid factory presets. Load a Grid device (either the Poly Grid instrument or the FX Grid audio effect), and enjoy a diverse collection of preset patches. And before you explore the patches in depth – these presets are good examples – first load them up and just start playing.
Start with the playlist below to get a taste.
The technology powering The Grid is as it should be: working, felt, and transparent so you can focus on the big, sonic picture. Here’s a taste of what we’ve done.
All signals are created equal. In The Grid, all signals are interchangeable so any out port can be connected to any in port. While this is rarely the case in other programs, Bitwig Studio has made it so. Try something crazy; you (probably) won’t get electrocuted.
Every signal is stereo. Yes, every audio cable is stereo, but so are all control signals as well. By altering any of these control signals, their corresponding audio will be affected. And plenty of modules are ready to help you Stereo-ize your signals…
Getting more with less cords. For signals that are needed regularly, we have the option of pre-cords. These clickable icons appear beside in ports allowing common connections to be made wirelessly. And with The Grid’s quick workflow gestures, new modules can be dropped directly onto ports, automatically wiring them into your patch. Work smart instead of hard.
Phase is the place. After pitch, timbre, and loudness, phase is the essential element of sound, capable of driving basic time functions, complex modulation synthesis, and so much more. With a dedicated category of phase modules, we have made these concepts freshly accessible and newly relevant for modern music production.
Efficient workflow also means finding the information you need, when you need it. So every module in The Grid has an interactive help view that both describes every parameter on the module and allows you to keep tweaking the settings. And simply selecting a module will display all incoming and outgoing signals in the Inspector Panel. The details are always at your fingertips, right when you need them.
Audio and So Much More
Best of all, this new system is a completely native part of Bitwig Studio, giving you so much more to work with than audio.
- Grid devices can be nested or layered along with other devices and your plug-ins, and they are controllable from the same Open Controller API.
- Song position is available as a sample-accurate signal, locking your work in The Grid to your project’s timeline.
- Draw Arranger or clip-based automation for any parameter in your new grid patches, even in combination with Bitwig Studio’s existing modulators.
- Modules like envelopes, LFOs, and sequencers all have modulator outputs as well. And just as Bitwig Studio’s modulators can control any parameter in The Grid, any grid signal can be used to modulate child devices.
- Your hardware modular rig is completely integrated, with dedicated grid modules for sending any control, trigger, or pitch signal as CV Out and receiving any CV In.
That's just scratching the surface.
Show me the Modules
The Grid offers some 154 modules (and counting) for realizing your modular dreams. They are plenty diverse so here is an overview by category:
- I/O (18) - Terminal modules for signals entering or exiting this Grid device, such as Velocity In, Audio Out, and CV Pitch Out
- Display (7) - Visualization and note-taking modules, such as Oscilloscope and Spectrum
- Phase (14) - Modules that output wrapped phase signals, such as Phasor, Ø Scaler, and Ø Formant
- Data (10) - Lookup modules that are read with incoming phase signals, such as Pitches, Probabilities, and Ø Window
- Oscillator (7) - Periodic signal generators based on waveforms or samples, such as Pulse, Swarm, and Sampler
- Random (4) - Aperiodic and randomized signal generators, such as S/H LFO and Dice
- LFO (3) - Periodic low frequency oscillators, such as LFO and Transport
- Envelope (4) - Modules that produce or extract an envelope, often with a normaled amplifier, such as ADSR and Follower
- Filter (6) - Frequency-dependent amplifiers, such as Low-pass LD, SVF, and Comb
- Shaper (6) - Various linear and nonlinear waveshapers, such as Quantizer and Wavefolder
- Delay (5) - Delay functions, some allowing patched feedback, such as Mod Delay, All-pass, and Recorder
- Mix (10) - Signal routing and mixing modules, such as Mixer, Split, and Stereo Width
- Level (17) - Amplitude-based functions, values, and converters, such as Attenuate, Bend, and AM/RM
- Pitch (5) - Modules that produce pitch values, such as Pitch Quantize and Zero Crossings
- Math (18) - Basic arithmetic operators, such as Subtract, Minmax, and Round
- Logic (20) - Comparators and other modules that output logic signals, such as Clock Divide, =, and XOR
Behind The Scenes: Modularity
Coinciding with our announcement of Bitwig Studio 3, we’d like to take a moment to look back at our perspective on software and how it has informed our journey, up to today and beyond.