The Future of MIDI

Multidimensional Polyphonic Expression or MPE is a term that applies to a new class of controllers called PMCs (Polyphonic Multidimensional Controllers). The arrival of this technology has sparked a controller revolution, with hardware now capable of sending multiple dimensions of finger movement control - not only from left or right, but also up, down, pressure, and beyond.

The movements of each individual finger is effortlessly captured. In Bitwig Studio MPE is as easy to record as the two-dimensional movements of a standard MIDI keyboard. Furthermore, Bitwig Studio's unique modulation system allows you to easily assign any of these new controls to any parameter, of the built in Instruments and Effects, as well as third-party VST instruments.

Many Bitwig Studio presets have been optimized for multidimensional control, resulting in a level of expression equivalent to playing acoustic instruments. Bitwig Studio is MPE ready, out of the box.

Setting A New Standard

Over the past years, we worked closely with hardware manufacturers such as Roli and Roger Linn Design to develop and define this new standard. Our shared goal was to realize the potential of premium controllers equipped with MPE functionality, combined with state-of-the-art software. The result is a totally new experience in performance and recording, featuring the unparalleled craftsmanship of the Linnstrument and Roli controllers, seamlessly integrated with Bitwig Studio.

We owe a big thank you to Roland Lamb from Roli, who took the lead in this movement and invited all the key stakeholders relevant to this discussion to the table. Thanks to his efforts the industry now has a standard instead of various home grown solutions.

Roli is breaking new ground with their Seaboard and Rise controllers, "bridging the gap between acoustic and digital music". The unique surface of the controllers allows for unrivaled artistic expression in the digital era.

We are honored to work with Roger Linn, a distinguished member of the industry and a legend in his own right. Watch this message from Mr Linn, with a demonstration of the expression capabilities of his LinnStrument controller, recording in Bitwig Studio.

September 22, 2020

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