One DAW, Two Sequencers

Within Bitwig Studio are two independent sequencers:

  • The Arranger Timeline (or Arranger) is a linear sequencer that operates across a standard musical timeline. This is the place for sketching and producing full-length songs or other works.

  • The Clip Launcher (or Launcher) is a nonlinear sequencer where you can accumulate a bank of musical ideas and then mix and match them. Clips in the Launcher can be organized into groups called scenes, either for triggering those clips together or for composing in blocks (such as verse, chorus, bridge, etc.).

The Arranger Timeline and Clip Launcher contain completely separate data. Editing clips on the Arranger Timeline has no effect on those stored in the Clip Launcher, and vice versa. But the Arranger Timeline and Clip Launcher do interact in several critical ways:

  • Clips can be freely copied between the Arranger Timeline and Clip Launcher. When selected together, multiple clips can also be copied back and forth, and scenes can as well.

  • The result of all triggered Launcher clips can be recorded directly to each Arranger track, allowing you to capture an improvisation that can be edited later.

  • Except when recording the Clip Launcher's output to the Arranger Timeline, only one of these two sequencers is active at any given time. So on a track-by-track basis, you choose whether the Arranger Timeline or Clip Launcher is in control and can trigger its data.

  • By default, the Arranger Timeline is the active sequencer for each track.

  • Each track can play only one clip at a time.

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