Technical Support

System Requirements

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How to configure Windows to get the best possible performance out of your PC

Change Power Option settings in Windows to High Performance

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How can I map my MIDI controller in Bitwig Studio?

Bitwig Studio offers default mappings for the most popular MIDI controllers and MIDI keyboards right out of the box. You can also manually map any controller easily and dynamically.

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How can I get involved?

Drop us a line anytime with your feedback and your ideas. We're happy to hear from you and try to answer every question we receive.

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How do I add a controller extension or script?

Most scripts come as single .js files (JavaScript), however many scripts need several files to work properly. The files need to be placed in a specific folder for Bitwig Studio to find it.

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When will the collaboration features become available?

Collaboration features are planned for future versions of Bitwig Studio. Network support is already built into the core of the software and the Bitwig Studio project file format is designed bearing collaboration features in mind. So collaboration is part of the DNA of Bitwig Studio. We are dedicated to further develop our own collaboration technology.

Does Bitwig Studio offer a groove/swing/shuffle function?

There is a master groove function that applies to all note Clips in a project. (Although, you have the option to turn it on/off for individual Clips.)

Can I access the Open Controller API in the Demo?

Yes, launch Bitwig Studio, open the Dashboard (click the Bitwig logo in the header of the application window), then go to Help > Documentation > Controller Scripting Guide

Why doesn't Bitwig Studio support Audio Units?

Since Audio Units are only available on macOS, Bitwig has focused development on integration and stability with VST plug-ins.

What is plug-in crash protection?

In Bitwig Studio, plug-ins run in a separate process. This means that other parts of the program are protected if a plug-in misbehaves. In other words: if a plug-in crashes, you won't loose your work.

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How do I use multi-out VST plug-ins?

Bitwig Studio supports multi-out VST plug-ins, and chains can be added dynamically. Add the plug-in to an instrument track and then click the double arrow icon in the top of the plug-in panel. You'll now see options to add multi-out chains.

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Which controllers are supported in Bitwig Studio?

Bitwig Studio supports a variety of controllers right out of the box, with dedicated controller extensions and scripts. There are also generic extensions that can be used to connect any controller.

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Community Controller Extensions and Scripts

A community controller script or extension is, simply put, a way for members of the Bitwig community to customize how hardware controllers should interact with Bitwig Studio.

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I upgraded my VST collection, now something is strange/missing. Why?

Try regenerating BWS's VST cache by deleting it. Do this by deleting the following files/folders:

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Is Bitwig Studio compatible with the new ARM based Apple Macs using M1 processors?

Yes, Bitwig Studio 4.0 and up works natively on the new line of Macs with Apple Silicon and previous versions work via Rosetta2.

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Does Bitwig Studio support scoring to video?

Bitwig Studio does currently not support scoring to video files directly, but depending on the exact use case, it might be a solution for you to sync video via a VST plugin like VidPlayVST.

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Early Access Program

You can now opt in to receive "Early Access" notifications within Bitwig Studio. With this option checked (found under Dashboard > Settings > Behavior > Update notifications), you will get a notification in Bitwig when a pre-release or beta update is available. So if you only want final releases, leave this preference turned off and continue working on music.

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How do I record Audio using WASAPI on Windows?

Windows' own built-in audio driver is called WASAPI and it is not supported for recording audio in Bitwig Studio. To record audio in Bitwig Studio on Windows, you will need to use another driver called ASIO.

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Legacy Sound Content

The sound package Electric Keys have replaced the packages Wurlitzer E-Piano, Rhodes Mark II E-Piano, and Clavinet E-Piano, and they are now marked as legacy content. Electric Keys features even deeper sampling of respective instrument, and a whole set of presets, and clips.

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Usage Data Collection Explained

Starting with version 4, Bitwig Studio, Bitwig 16-Track, and Bitwig 8-Track can send anonymous information about your computer and the usage of Bitwig Studio.

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Importing Ableton Live Sets (ALS)

Bitwig Studio version 4.0 can import some data from projects saved in Ableton Live version 8.1 or later.

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Importing FL Studio Projects (FLP)

Bitwig Studio version 4.0 can import some data from projects saved in FL Studio version 9 and later.

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Exporting Bitwig Projects in Auxy (.axbw)

Auxy is a popular beat making and song sketching app for iPhone and iPad. In Auxy, you can tap Export Bitwig Bundle to generate an .axbw file, which can be opened in Bitwig Studio. Your Auxy instruments will be bounced to separate audio tracks. Your note data will become separate Clips in the timeline, for which you can load any instrument of choice.

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