The Window Body

So the window header is always the same (aside from the project tabs), and while the footer's content and arrangement depend upon the current display profile, the set of controls is consistent. These two areas give you control of the program and its behavior so they are generally static. Not so with the window body.

The window body's purpose is to display your work so that you can edit it in different situations. To that end, the body's appearance is always changing, giving you the tools you need to perform specific tasks, but certain areas of the window body are designated for consistent usage.

The central portion of the Bitwig Studio window is reserved for the central panel. The panel(s) shown here is defined by the window's current view (either Arrange, Mix, or Edit View). The central panel cannot be hidden, so if all other panels were disabled, the central panel would take up the entire window body.

Below the central panel is the secondary panel area. This area is where a second panel can be loaded for editing your project's content. Again, the selection of available panels is determined by the window's current view and the display profile being used. Most secondary panels can be vertically resized.

On the right side of the window body is an access panel area. This area is usually reserved for panels that deal with things other than the content of your project. Typical access panels are the Browser Panel (which gives access to the Bitwig Studio library and outside files), the Project Panel (which gives access to the project's metadata and dependencies), the Output Monitoring Panel (which gives access to your hardware routings), and the Mappings Browser Panel (which gives access to both MIDI controller mappings and project-specific computer keyboard mappings). Each of these panels can be horizontally resized. When no panel is loaded in this area, the central and secondary panels simply reclaim the space.

On the left side of the window body is an area usually reserved for the Inspector Panel. In certain display profiles, however, the Inspector Panel is included in the access panel area. This panel is not resizable.

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