Get to Know the Spectral Suite Devices

The four devices included in Bitwig's Spectral Suite (out now with Bitwig Studio 4.4) think about audio differently than most processors. They break down incoming signals into individual frequency bands, divide the bands into categories, and then regroups them into channels, where you can treat them with chains of FX of your choosing. Take a tour of each device (Loud Split, Transient Split, Harmonic Split and Freq Split) to learn the basic controls and how to use these powerful audio FX to unlock your audio.


Transient Split

In a way, Transient Split is the simplest of the bunch, because it breaks sound into two channels: One for the percussive portion of the sound, and another for the tonal aspects. In this tutorial video, you'll learn how Transient Split works and how to use it, whether you want to apply different FX to specific parts of a sound or remove reverb from a loop. We also give you a few examples of how Transient Split can transform audio, no matter if it's a drum loop or a synth arpeggio.

  • 0:00 How spectral devices think differently
  • 1:08 Transient Split overview — what does it do?
  • 2:22 Adding different audio FX to the transients and tones of a drum loop
  • 3:49 Blend and Bias parameters
  • 4:59 Sonogram view
  • 5:16 Decay parameter in Sonogram view
  • 5:53 Smoothing parameter for tones
  • 6:18 Sonogram Tilt control
  • 7:30 Percussive versus Noise algorithms
  • 8:35 Example 1: Using Transient Split on a synth arp
  • 11:40 Example 2: Adding FX to a drum loop

Loud Split

What is Loud Split? What does it do? And how do you use it? Mastering this advanced Bitwig Studio Spectral Suite device is easy, thanks to its simple mixing controls and overall structure. Create a reverb without adding a single plug-in or device to the signal chain, just by tweaking the Rise, Fall and Knee parameters. Or quickly make a custom distortion that targets just the loudest parts of a sound.

  • 0:11 What is spectral analysis?
  • 1:00 How Loud Split is different from a compressor
  • 2:11 Loud Split controls overview: Thresholds
  • 3:29 Knee setting
  • 4:05 Rise and Fall time parameters
  • 5:25 Relative Loudness Mode
  • 6:08 Example: Make a thin band ring out with a delay
  • 7:26 Tilt parameter

Stay tuned for more tutorials on the remaining devices in Spectral Suite.

August 1, 2022

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