There's another reason why I made the step towards Bitwig (and please correct me if I'm wrong, I'd be delighted to hear insights on this
Of course, if you compare Bitwig v1.x featurewise to other DAW's, it may not have the complete toolset found elsewhere (yet). But as DAW's have envolved over the years, so have the underlying programming paradigms. Nowadays modern Applications are fully built around a DDD (Domain Driven Design) and an archtitecture called MVC (Model View Controller), which is in fact a total modularisation of the whole ecosoystem of an application. If I would build a DAW from scratch, I would surely make use of these principles, and (as far as I can judge from the outside) Bitwig is built upon this modularity. It's not the fault of other DAW's that they are built the way they are, but making use of those (in comparison) fairly new programming structures gives Bitwig a headstart over other DAW's that don't incorprate those principles.
In practice this means: Everything is modular. Imagine the Core as a flexible Grid System that can take unlimited modules in any size that you can plug in and plug out.
Maintaining those modules makes bugfixing and updating a breeze, because unplugging and inserting such a module won't effect the system itself. Depending on the module, you can even remove it without breaking anything. Normally you don't need to backtest the whole system when you bugfix, a good unittesting system and an automated build system ensures that this certain module will work as expected.
Developing new features is easy and fast, as you concentrate on developing a new module that will just fit in the grid system. Feature upgrades are fast, and because of the modularity, again, new features won't touch and break the system as a whole.
This should make Bitwig a very extendable and adaptable system, and may be the reason why those bugfixes and new features roll out so fast. Compared to other DAW's where fixing and updating always means backtesting literally everything
, this is a solid foundation for the future IMO.
And, as I said, I'd love to hear any insights on this