Note FX Spotlight: Video Tutorials On Bitwig Studio 4.1

Our favorite music tech creators welcomed the release of Bitwig Studio 4.1 with helpful demonstrations about what our eight new Note FX do and some great ideas for how to use them in your sound design or production process. Here's a round-up of video tutorials that will teach you how to use 4.1 Note FX to do more than embellish simple note sequences. As you'll see, Note FX can also make groovy rhythms, glitch-hop basslines or intricate synth voices.


Alckemy Neuro: #Bitwig 4.1 Beta Review "One Note to Rule Them All!"

This beta phase tutorial from Alckemy Neuro covers more than the new Note FX. In addition to demonstrating some combinations of Note FX, Neuro points out new features like the Release Box in the Bitwig Sampler. As you’ll see from his example, this provides easy ways to create call-and-response phrases by triggering a series of sounds with just one note. Just add another Sampler (or any other Instrument) into the Release Box, and it’ll trigger whenever the note stops.

Corrado Cocco: Using Bitwig 4.1

While Note FX can be used to embellish or generate melodic phrases, Bitwig Certified Trainer Corrado Cocco shows that they can also serve as excellent aides in the sound design process. In "Using Bitwig 4.1," his second video about the new update (the first is here), Cocco creates an intricate synth voice from layers of Instruments with different Note FX chains. The new devices make some layers play arpeggiated chords and create panning and vibrato in others, and the end result is an otherworldly synth sound teeming with details.

TÂCHES TEACHES: Complex Rhythms Just Got Way Easier in Bitwig 4.1 and Note Repeats Is Pretty Great

If you never want to manually program drum patterns again, check out this tutorial from TÂCHES. It's an update to an earlier "Tâches Teaches" video he made about using sequencers in The Grid to generate Euclidean drum patterns. This one provides a much simpler method: Just use Note Repeats! Tâches creates simple 4/4 kick patterns and 16th-note hi-hat lines with Note Repeats and puts the device's Accent and Rotate functions to practical use by offsetting different percussions sounds. He also demonstrates how the Humanze device can provide an alternative way to apply swing on specific tracks or sounds. This is an A+ demo of a quick, easy and very handy method for making groovy beats. A few days later, he made a follow-up titled “Note Repeats Is Pretty Great.”

Polarity - Forget the Piano Roll!

Bitwig power user Polarity addressed some users' feedback of this update in his first video about the 4.1, "Forget the Piano Roll!" In addition to making clever Note FX chains for bassline patterns or subtly evolving piano melodies, Polarity responded to users who requested new functionalities with the piano roll. (We hear and see you, too!) "You paint in a pretty basic pattern [to the piano roll] and then you make it interesting by adding devices and modifying these notes inside the device chain," he explains. "It's so easy to do that in Bitwig than in all the other DAWs." Following the update’s official release, Polarity released a second 4.1 video: A roundup of tips and tricks.

These are a great place to start. You can find way more tutorials about Bitwig Studio 4.0 and 4.1 by clicking on the video below to see the full playlist on YouTube.

Bitwig Studio 4.1 Tutorials Playlist

December 7, 2021

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