The Project Panel

The Project Panel is one of the "access panels" in Bitwig Studio.

The purposes it serves are cleanly divided over three tabs.

Info Tab

The Info tab (shown above) allows you to fill in several metadata fields to describe your project. While you can use each of these fields as you see fit, their purpose is to help you store information and notes about each project file.

Sections Tab

The Sections page shows all Arranger cue markers and Launcher scenes in one list, displaying the name and color of each, as well as the position (for cue markers) and the number of contained clips (for scenes).

Selections made in this tab act the same as when actual Arranger cue markers or Launcher scenes are selected. For example, pressing RETURN triggers whatever is selected. Or right-clicking selected Arranger cue marker(s) allows you to Loop Selected Region, setting the Arranger Loop Selector to match the selected marker range.

Files Tab

The Files tab lets you view and manage the audio files that are used by the current project.

The central focus of this tab is the list of audio files. At the top of the tab is a search field for narrowing the files being shown based on their name. And when one of the audio files is selected, an info pane will appear at bottom. This pane displays information about your file selection and offers a few options for auditioning files, similar to the Browser Panel (see The Browser Panel).

To the left of each audio file listed is either a yellow square, a red square, or a blank space. This indicates the file's status.

  • A file with a blank space to its left is stored within the project's folder.

  • A yellow square indicates that the file being used is external, or located outside of the project folder.

  • A red square indicates that the file is currently missing and cannot been found. At the right edge of each missing file is a magnifying glass icon. Whenever a project has a missing file, its icon in the project tab section will include an exclamation point (!).

Files of all statuses will be shown when the Show All view button is enabled (it is the default). The other view buttons, External and Missing, show only files of those statuses when selected.

To search for a missing audio file: click the magnifying glass icon to the right of the file's listing. In the open file dialog that appears, navigate to the folder you would like searched, and then click Open.

To search for all missing audio files: click the Find All button at the bottom of the audio file list. In the open file dialog that appears, navigate to the folder you would like searched, and then click Open.

To replace one audio file with another: mouse over the file listing to be replaced, and click on the Replace button that appears on the right. In the open file dialog that appears, select the file you wish to replace it with, and then click Open.

To delete unused files from the project folder: click the Delete Unused button at the bottom of the audio file list. In the dialog that appears, uncheck any files that you want to keep, and then click Ok.

To move external audio files into the project folder: click the Collect and Save button at the bottom of the audio file list. In the dialog that appears, select whether regular external files should be collected, and whether files within Bitwig Studio packages should be collected. Then click Ok.

The Collect and Save function, found under FileCollect and Save . Depending on the options you have chosen, you can use this to quickly move all used audio files into the project folder.

Plug-ins Tab

The Plug-ins tab lets you view and manage the VST plug-ins that are used by the current project.

This tab is laid out very similarly to the Files tab. In this case, the central focus of the tab is the list of VST plug-ins. There is still a search field above the list. And to the left of each plug-in listed is either a yellow square, a red square, or a blank space.

  • A plug-in with a blank space to its left is operating normally.

  • A yellow square indicates that the plug-in has a version conflict. This means that the plug-in found on your system is an older version of the one that was saved in the project. When this happens, you can try to resolve it yourself, or you can ask Bitwig Studio to ignore the conflict.

    To tell Bitwig Studio to ignore all plug-in version conflicts: click the Ignore all version conflicts button at the bottom of the plug-in list.

  • A red square indicates that the plug-in used in your project is currently missing and cannot be found. When this happens, you can manually install the plug-in in question and make sure that the plug-in's location is known to Bitwig Studio (see Other Settings for information on the Locations page of the Dashboard).

Plug-ins of all statuses will be shown when the Show All view button is enabled (it is the default). The other view buttons, Version Conflict and Missing, show only plug-ins of that respective status when selected.

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