Modulation Machines from the Bitwig Community

Device chains with a life of their own

Bitwig Studio 2's modulation system is perhaps one of the most flexible and powerful of its kind. Thirty different modulators can be added to any device, freely and flexibly assigned to any parameter in the device chain, and of course inter-connected for hyper-creative fun.

Since the launch of Bitwig Studio 2 we've seen a number of users take the modulation system and modular concept of the software to an entirely new level, building fantastic creations and constructing completely new device types. Below are some highlights.

Ultra Chord

Polarity Tools

We start things off with a fantastic example of how the modulation system can be used together with the new note effects to achieve great results.

With Ultra-Chord, Polarity uses buttons and a number of different modulators to build a user interface for musicians to manipulate harmonies and the rhythm of incoming notes.

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One-Note Music

Falko Brocksieper

Falko Brocksieper has used modulators together with various note effects in his one-note music machine. In his video a single sustained note is played, and the device chain generates melodies and variations, random yet harmonic. We could listen to this for hours.

Building a synth voice from scratch

Aleksej Komarov

The Bitwig device DC Offset can be used to manipulate sound in many ways. With the use of modulators the DC Offset device can be turned into an oscillator. In this video Aleksej Komarov, also known as Style Mistake, shows you how.

In this no-speech tutorial, Aleksej goes through all the steps of building a basic synth voice, with key tracking, amp envelope, and even a noise generator.


Home made Vocoder

Aleksej Komarov

The flexibility of Bitwig Studio's device structure allows for many creative solutions, for instance a DIY vocoder.

Impossible you say? Nothing is impossible. Aleksej Komarov (alias Style Mistake) built a vocoder using an array of Audio Sidechain modulators in an FX Layer device.

DIY Saturator 1 & 2

Aleksej Komarov

Aleksej returns with a fantastically creative use of modulators, the DC Offset device, and mathematics to build a saturator device chain from scratch.

Watch these videos to take a deep dive into the wonderful world of device chain tinkering. This is probably the closest you can get to soldering without using a soldering iron.

How To Build A Basic Modular Synth using Modulators

Mathieu Pé

Mathieu Pé is another device chain wizard who took on the challenge of constructing a synth from scratch using the devices and modulators in Bitwig Studio 2. Watch his tutorial to learn how he did it.


Aleksej Komarov

Ever wanted to play an entire drum kit from a single knob?

Yeah, us too. Aleksej Komarov built a device chain to do just that.

Making Coffee with Bitwig Studio 2

Mathieu Pé

With a bit of creative thinking you can now use Bitwig Studio to control real world objects. We're big fans of coffee, so this application of a CV Out device (and the almighty button modulator) is particularly appealing to us.

If you can think it, you can build it.


Installation Instructions

Many of the examples on this page are available to download as presets. Here's how you install them:

Windows: Copy *.bwpreset file to C:\Users\*username*\Documents\Bitwig Studio\Library\Presets\

macOS: Copy *.bwpreset file to ~/Documents/Bitwig Studio/Library/Presets/

Linux: Copy *.bwpreset file to ~/Bitwig Studio/Library/Presets/Multi-Note/

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