Finally, a few notes to help you interact with Bitwig Studio.
Any interface control (like a knob or curve control) can be set with the mouse by clicking and dragging upward or downward. You can CTRL-click (CMD-click on Mac) on the control to set its value with the keyboard. Double-clicking on the control restores its default value.
Any numeric control (one that directly shows you numbers) can be set with the mouse by clicking and dragging upward or downward. You can also double-click on the control to set its value with the keyboard.
Any control at all can be fine-tuned with the mouse by SHIFT-clicking the control and dragging. If you have already clicked the control, you can also press SHIFT after the fact to engage this mode.
When a button is tinted orange, that control is active. The inactive form of a control uses a neutral color, such as white, gray, or silver.
Many key commands remain available while you are clicking and dragging an item. These include the commands for toggling panel visibility or switching the current view.
Only one visible panel will ever have focus at a given time. Focus follows the panel that was last clicked or activated. Panel focus is indicated by the outer rounded rectangle being tinted silver. Key commands that target a specific panel are available only when that panel is in focus.
Enabling CAPS LOCK causes your computer keyboard to transmit note messages. While this can be a quick way to enter notes, it will also disable many normal key commands. If your key commands are not working, make sure that CAPS LOCK is disengaged.
Many of Bitwig Studio's functions already have computer keyboard shortcuts assigned, but you can modify these shortcuts and even assign them to MIDI controllers as well.
To globally make or modify keyboard and/or controller shortcuts: call up the Dashboard, click the Settings tab, and then click to load the Shortcuts page. From here, you can select between computer Keyboard and MIDI Controller assignments, and then scroll to browse the categorized program functions, or type to search them by action name or assignment. From this preference tab you can also save and switch between various keyboard mapping sets (via the Choose mappings menu).
To assign keyboard and/or controller shortcuts for a particular project: use the Mappings Browser Panel (see The Mappings Browser Panel).
- 0. Welcome to Bitwig Studio
- 1. Bitwig Studio Concepts
- 2. Anatomy of the Bitwig Studio Window
- 3. The Arrange View and Tracks
- 4. Arranger Clips and the Browser Panel
- 5. The Clip Launcher
- 6. The Mix View
- 7. Introduction to Devices
- 8. Automation
- 9. Working with Audio Events
- 10. Working with Note Events
- 11. Operators, for Animating Musical Sequences
- 12. Going Between Notes and Audio
- 13. Working with Projects and Exporting
- 14. MIDI Controllers
- 15. Advanced Device Concepts
- 16. Welcome to The Grid
- 17. Working on a Tablet Computer
- 18. Device Descriptions
- 19. Credits