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User Reviews by KVR Members for Bitwig Studio

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9.00
Reviewed By tommyzai on 7th May 2014
OS: Version: 1.0.8.
Last edited by tommyzai on 7th May 2014.
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*Disclaimer: I'm a songwriter, producer, and educator. My writing style may read like a billboard ad, but my user review is sincere and authentic. I only appraise a product I consider extraordinary, hence the high rating. I don't work for the developer. In fact, I rarely work at all. :-) I hope you find my review useful. — Tommy Zai

INTRO

Bitwig Studio is a slick new DAW that effectively combines the best features of linear and live-based music production software. It's still a baby at v1, but I'm sure it won't be long before we can call it "full-featured." It boasts a fresh, new coding and has a clean interface that is user friendly and doesn't get in the way of creativity. The inspector is very intelligent and neatly designed. It has three main views (arrangement, mixer, and edit). Experienced eMusic trackers will feel right at home with the relationship between arrange and mix (clip) page, which can appear on the same page or may be toggled between. The relationship between these two views is really tight. The edit view is where you can alter MIDI clips and edit audio. The mixer is easy to configure and is responsive. During my demoing, I discovered all the usual DAW stuff and some pleasant surprises along the way. Bitwig Studio offers many basic workstation features; however, its real strength is in music creation.

FAVORITE FEATURES

  • Streamlined application footprint at 300MB.
  • Clean interface and fast, but detailed workflow — looks and feels nice.
  • Fast loading time and library scan with crash prevention when plugins fail (kept safely and conveniently in individual containers).
  • Effective browser and sample clip management.
  • Single clips can host multiple audio files, which is great for loop manipulation.
  • Clip animation during selection.
  • View options play nice together.
  • Histogram to illustrate parameter changes in real time.
  • "Hybrid" tracks allows users to bounce sections of a MIDI instrument track to audio — very cool.
  • Global modulation.
  • Assignable LFOs to set up modulation intensity.
  • Global overdubs.
  • Layered MIDI editing for simultaneous multiple tweaking.
  • Jack support.
  • Automation.
  • Responsive channel strips and VU meters.
  • Extremely stable considering it's a v1 release.
  • Open API enable scripting options.
  • Innovative, energetic developer.

OTHER THOUGHTS

  • Track grouping would be a nice feature.
  • Rewire would be a nice feature.
  • Wish it had a scalable, customizable GUI color scheme option.
  • I heard there might be some sort of internet collaboration coming soon.
  • Using this DAW did not scare away my muse.

SUMMARY

Bitwig Studio is a dream DAW for any eMusician, producer, DJ, etc., who yearns for a hybrid platform that falls somewhere between the likes of Logic/Cubase and Live — leaning a bit more towards the latter. Bitwig Studio effectively bridges that gap and adds much, more. It does a great job of enabling and inspiring creativity without sucking the life out of it. This DAW is clearly, "Designed by musicians, for musicians." Although this might not be the workstation choice for dedicated old-time, linear chaps, it will certainly appeal to those who are comfy working in a hybrid, loop/clip-based environment. Tommy Zai gives Bitwig Studio two thumbs up. Thank you Bitwig, for creating such a groovy, new DAW. One can only imagine the power packed by later versions.

*I'm sure later updates will bump my rating up and over 10.

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19 January 2012 at 8:43pmPat2070

This looks exciting! MAybe it will be the new king in town?

29 January 2012 at 4:09ampinbot

This does look like something I might buy! I can't wait to see how this program progresses!

30 January 2012 at 10:08amBill H.

Has anyone tried contacted them? I asked them (politely :) ) a few questions about sound quality and stability, no answer after more than a week.. :(

3 February 2012 at 3:45pmRadioSmash

Looks alot like Ableton Live... Interesting.

9 February 2012 at 5:40pmvonvalley

looks like something that the linux audio production world has been waiting for a long time. Interesting.

30 April 2012 at 4:43pmResonanceMan

still waiting for the Beta. I suggested a few features they should definitely have. Fingers crossed!

5 June 2012 at 8:55amSonnyBonnier

Any news?

11 October 2012 at 2:44pmdanboid

Seeing as there is to be a Linux version can anyone confirm Bitwig will support JACK?

I wonder if those who signed up as beta testers and got chosen had to agree to an NDA?

11 October 2012 at 2:57pmArtales

Yes it does support JACK.

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