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KVRer
23 posts since 19 May, 2017

Post Sun Nov 22, 2020 2:24 pm

How to transpose a sequence (in a clip) on-the-fly using a piano keyboard or a grid controller etc.

This took me a long time to work out, on and off, combined with help from this forum and from Bitwig support, so I decided to write it down for others. What I wanted: to record a sequence in a clip and then press a key on a keyboard and transpose said clip to that new note root whilst playing "live". That way I could do a sequence with drums, and play the sequence up and down whilst accompanying myself using a different keyboard for leads/chords etc. Mainly for playing in real time rather than recording.

1) Generate an instrument track (containing e.g. "Polysynth") and record a clip which contains your musical sequence. Accept MIDI input from "All ins" etc.

2) Add a "note pitch shifter" in front of the Polysynth - see attached screenshot

3) The note pitch shifter has a window towards its bottom right hand corner called "Semi" and in the screenshot is set to 0. There's a green dot showing on it too. Adjust it to each semitone you want to shift it to and then right-click "add to controller or key" and then press the corresponding key on your keyboard. Do the same for the next semitone etc. etc. until all 12 are added for the bottom octave of your controller keyboard, or you have done it for root/thirds/fifths/octave and done the assignments against a grid controller perhaps. The other attached screenshot shows the mappings, in the mapping browser on the right hand side (press the pointing finger/hand icon in the bottom right hand corner of Bitwig)

Now when you play your clip, you can move the root pitch up and down that bottom octave's worth of keys.

The part I hadn't grasped is that the "Semi" window can have controller inputs assigned to it - you just change the value, assign the key, then repeat until you have what you want. Easy! I have added a .bwproject to show how I did it.

If you know any, please do add other/better/alternative approaches or corrections.
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KVRAF
3150 posts since 3 Oct, 2013 from Budapest

Post Sun Nov 22, 2020 2:45 pm

^^^ Note Harmonizer?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mscdXBkfP5E
but the easiest with Reason Rack and PolyStep sequencer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFWmvua ... e=youtu.be
"Where we're workarounding, we don't NEED features." - powermat

KVRer
12 posts since 24 May, 2012 from Almería, Spain

Post Fri Dec 04, 2020 1:53 am

svervs wrote:
Sun Oct 18, 2015 4:44 am
Too bad this thread never took off ... :shrug:
Anyway here's another one I've just discovered:

EQ: Alt-dragging a point adjusts the Q, and keeps the dB.
Now this work with the wheel of the mouse. Alt+drag do nothing

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KVRAF
5674 posts since 9 Jan, 2003 from Saint Louis MO

Post Fri Dec 04, 2020 8:32 pm

Workaround to get multiple stereo audio streams out of an FX Grid and/or to "insert" devices/plugins inside a grid patch!

Create this Chain preset:

Chain, named "Mod Receiver", with mix = 0
two Macro modulators (or a single Macro 4) set to bipolar
Stereo Split
in the L and R chains, put a DC offset.
Assign the two Macro modulators to the DC Offset in L and R channels.

(You could of course make a mono variation, just skip the Stereo Split and use a single DC Offset inside a chain with mix = 0.)

Now for the fun part:

1. Inside the grid, for each output: add a Stereo Split and two Modulator Outs.
2. In the PreFX chain, add a Mod Receiver.
3. Assign the two Modulator Outs to modulate the macro knobs on the Mod Receiver.
4. Anywhere in the project, add an Audio Receiver that points to the Stereo Split inside the mod receiver.

You can add multiple Mod Receivers listening to as many modulator outputs as you like.

To insert VST plugins or other Bitwig devices into a grid patch:

Steps 1-3 above.
4. Inside the Mod Receiver's chain after the Stereo Split, add the devices/plugins of your choice.
5. Inside the grid, add an Audio Sidechain that points to the output of the last device in the Mod Receiver.

You can also use this for feedback patching that mixes grid modules and devices.

KVRer
2 posts since 4 Jan, 2018

Post Mon Dec 21, 2020 1:39 am

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Hello everyone,

I've been planning to do this for a long time. This thread is now 5 years old and has 15 pages. Some of the presented tips are no longer valid, some only apply to some specific versions of BWS. OTOH some great tips are buried between things of less value. Would you be interested in having access to a compiled list of all these tips? I was thinking of doing a searchable, sortable spreadsheet, like this one:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/ ... sp=sharing (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/12eEHc0Ilf9gEM1NuRkBZG8knbbvZuyMkaT5Ebyv9o4Y/edit?usp=sharing)

It's just a beginning, since it's a tedious work. But I'm sure that I'd be able to add tips for one page of this thread per day. So it should take just a little bit more than 2 weeks to have it all combined.
What do you think? Is it worth the effort? I don't want to do it for myself only, but if anyone else will benefit, I'm willing to do it. I may even give access to a few people and we can colaborate.
Besides, any suggestions are greatly appreciated. What should the categories and subcategories be? How can I tell which tips apply to which versions of BWS, etc. ?

KVRian
565 posts since 17 Jan, 2005 from London

Post Mon Dec 21, 2020 4:24 am

+1

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KVRer
23 posts since 19 May, 2017

Post Fri Jan 01, 2021 8:12 am

It sounds very useful especially because it can be produced to be a searchable form somehow. Any form of simple spreadsheet approach would certainly be very handy, but the ability to sort/search/categorise as per your proposal would add a lot of value.

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KVRist
93 posts since 18 Nov, 2011 from Ukraine

Post Sun Jan 10, 2021 2:52 pm

Hey guys, I'm new to Bitwig, and it's a great audio station, but time after time, I got some questions, and here is one of them.

Can I save track a height as default? I don't like the default track height and want to increase it. Didn't find it by myself.

KVRist
156 posts since 6 Jul, 2004

Post Sun Jan 10, 2021 4:49 pm

almazmusic wrote:
Sun Jan 10, 2021 2:52 pm
Hey guys, I'm new to Bitwig, and it's a great audio station, but time after time, I got some questions, and here is one of them.

Can I save track a height as default? I don't like the default track height and want to increase it. Didn't find it by myself.
It seems like you can't.
I saved a template with my screen set up the way I like it, and when I reloaded the template, everything was set back to default.
And this place if for tips and tricks, post general questions in the normal chat. :D

KVRer
6 posts since 28 Nov, 2020

Post Fri Mar 12, 2021 7:25 am

Did you know that you can build master preset Pages in the grid?

If you plan on building a grid device with multiple instances of "the grid", I reccommend running it in an "Note FX Selector". I tried to build something with a "Master Modulator", a Modulator that changes parameters in different Instances of "the grid" instantly. I came up with the solution to make an additional grid in the grid selector.
Its basically a dry audio signal rooted to a macro-knob that goes out to a audio lane, but it's pure signal. Then you can reroute this signal into the different grid instances, hook it up to a module-out to macro to your destinated manipulated module in the grid, and you are golden.
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KVRist
107 posts since 18 Sep, 2020

Post Sun Mar 14, 2021 2:38 am

Grid Summing: a quick shortcut to mixing multiple signals by leveraging modulator superposition.

1. Add a Level module, this will be the sum output
2. For each input signal that needs summing: route to a modulator and modulate the Level knob

When multiple modulators are modulating the same parameter the resulting offset is the sum of their values. At audio rate this becomes a summing mixer! What's more, feedback is allowed, it will automatically insert a 1-buffer delay where necessary to make this work.

Use case: I wondered what it would be like if FM-4 allowed modulating the mod matrix, so I made a FM-4/Phase-4 hybrid in the Grid and needed four separate sums of each of the 3 oscillators. The mod matrix on the right (green-yellow) is driving phase inputs on the left.

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