Modulation Machines from the Bitwig Community
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.
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.
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
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
DIY Saturator 1 & 2
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 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.
Making Coffee with Bitwig Studio 2
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.
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/