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Bitwig Studio

Bitwig Studio 1 was hello, world! Version 2 brought program-wide modulators and CV integration. Version 3 saw the birth of The Grid, our modular sound-design environment. And for version 4, new musical timelines have arrived.

This means comping for audio clips, both in the Clip Launcher and the Arranger. A new set of Operators, for changing the chance, recurrence, and more of any note or audio event. Random Spread for any expression point (like per-note pitch, or audio panning) with perfect control. And Native Apple Silicon support on Mac, even allowing Intel and ARM plug-ins to work side-by-side.

Welcome to Bitwig Studio 4.


Magnetic Drums

Magnetic Drums has tools for every beat-making workflow: audio loops, ready-made kits, and pre-programmed patterns. This sound package contains over 300 high–quality acoustic drum loops and 55 one-shots recorded live at a professional studio studio and processed with vintage equipment like tape machines and hardware compressors.

The loops include multiple variations per rhythm — including fills and breaks as well as isolated parts of the kit — allowing you to choose which bits of the groove you want to use and how to arrange them. We've also sliced and diced the loops into 38 Drum Machine presets, and then "remixed" them over 100 note clips that cover various styles, from drum & bass, hip-hop, house, funk, lo-fi and beyond.


Audio Comping, Anywhere the Clip Goes

Since the invention of studio recording, our task has been to create the perfect performance. Comping allows you to combine the best parts of many takes, and Bitwig Studio provides this and more.

Bitwig Studio inspires you to take greater control of your music, giving you access to every aspect of your production. Streamline your creative process and quickly evolve your ideas into complete songs, tracks, and compositions. Record and arrange, improvise and perform, or do it all at once.

Each take is given its own color so from the first swipe of a take lane, the sources are clear. To swap in a different take, just tap it. Then press the up or down arrow to cycle thru the other takes. From the composite lane, move a boundary by clicking, adjust gain by dragging, or fix timing by sliding.

Since we have a Launcher and an Arranger, comping lives inside the audio clip. So if you are composing in the Launcher, just click to enable comp recording right there. Or just drag clips in either direction with your takes safely inside. Even open the layered editor when multiple comps belong together. Comping works wherever you are, now and later.

And since all good techniques deserve a new trick, right-click any audio clip to Fold To Takes. If you ask for an eight-bar comp, the entire clip will be spooled into take lanes, and the comping can begin. Or just drag audio in to add a new take lane. The stranger the sources, the newer the result.

Operators: Maybe the Best Loops Don't

Modulation has always been a centerpiece of Bitwig Studio. Modulators have been there all along, putting device parameters into motion. And now with Operators, sequenced note and audio events can become electric too. This leads to clips that go to different possibilities and timelines, either by programming, by performance control, or by destiny.

Chance makes each event more or less likely.

Repeats allow each event to retrigger at a set rate, or just divide the note length into any number of pieces. Yes, you can ramp the timing of these (and the velocities for note repeats). And a Slice at Repeats option is available to print out the individual events.

Occurrence sets conditions for each event, like: Is this the first loop of the clip or not? Is the performance-control Fill button turned on? Or did the previous event play, or was it silent?

Recurrence thinks of each event as its own looping timeline. So pick a cycle length (say, every four loops of the clip), and then check-off whether the event plays on each of those four passes.

Add it all up and what do you get? How about a steady stream of 16th notes each with a 50% chance, producing a consistently different rhythm each time. Or a cymbal on beat 1 that plays every fourth clip repeat and never on the first trigger. Maybe connecting two notes so that either the first one plays or the second, but never both. Or maybe you use repeats to create audio polyrhythms, or to simply "ratchet" a single note into dozens of retriggered events with a timing ramp.

And when you need to take your chances on something certain, you can Expand a clip, printing out two, twenty, or however many cycles of the original as a new clip. This lets you see all the nested patterns and relationships that Operators can bring to a "simple" loop, or even start a precise edit without the randomness. Putting down the dice is an equally valid choice.

Expression Spread, with a Splash of Total Control

Bitwig's engine uniquely allows expression automation for notes and audio.
And since randomness was in the air, we brought a visualized Spread range to any expression point. Yes, you can give note velocities randomization, but you could also give each piece of a chord its own panning. Or create a note that starts in tune and then drifts to a random pitch. Or give each slice of an audio clip a slightly randomized gain.
We trust you'll find the right use(s) for it.

With the editor open, all destined random values are visualized when the clip starts. And then again, the new values appear when the next loop cycle begins. When the interface and sound is this tightly connected, you've harnessed the chaos and can just make music.

You can even cast the dice yourself by clicking the Seed field of any clip. If you like what you hear, that same "random" pattern is now locked in for all Spread parameters — and any events with a Chance Operator. No risk, no problem.

Native on Apple Silicon, and your VSTs can come

When new computers arrive, software must follow. Apple is making their own M1 processors, so now Bitwig Studio runs natively on Apple Silicon.

Some more good news is that your Intel and ARM VSTs can live alongside each other. Bitwig has always handled plug-ins differently, hosting them separately from the DAW. Because if a plug-in has to crash, it is better that Bitwig keeps playing. And now this means mixing VST architectures as well, and just as safely.

Each platform is different, and we support three of them (greetings, Linux penguins!). So whether it is Apple Silicon, a full multitouch interface for Windows and Linux, or native CV and MPE support for everyone, Bitwig is the DAW that connects all these technologies as soon as you have them.

And Then Some

Bitwig Studio is now localized in Chinese, Japanese, and German. The interface remains the same, but functions, labels, and in-app documentation — including the Interactive Help for our 300+ devices and modules — can be displayed in any of these languages.

No matter which editing tools and devices you use, it all becomes audio in the end. With version 4, our export options have improved, allowing you to select from lossless formats (WAV & FLAC), familiar lossy options (OGG & MP3), and a new contender (OPUS). So select part of your arrangement and bounce it to one or more formats. Or pick your top-level group tracks to export stems in a flash. No reason to complicate it.

Chances are you have more than one music program on your computer. (We do.) So on the import side, you can now import data from your FL Studio (FLP) and Ableton Live (ALS) files into Bitwig. Your clips and arrangements should make it over pretty cleanly, as well as VST plug-ins. And if you are coming from Auxy, you can now export your work directly as a Bitwig Studio project. Because maybe the best demo song is one you already made.

And some other improvements have come along too. Content sliding (and gain handles for audio) is available directly at the clip and event level with visual handles that appear while you work. To make audio easier to read, waveforms are now shown in a Perceptual scale (or switch back to Linear in the Dashboard). And most of our Grid and Polymer filters have a smoother response now for extreme resonance and modulation cases.

Design sounds. Build instruments. Make music.

Customized Workflow To Match Any Style

Bitwig Studio is the single solution for realizing any musical idea across every stage of production.

Record and Arrange

Streamline your creative process and quickly evolve your ideas into complete songs, tracks, and compositions.

Improvise and Perform

Take your music out of the studio and onto the stage.
Bitwig Studio is built for live performance, let your music flow, always on the beat.

Design Sounds

Bitwig Studio is a sound designer's dream, with modular device architecture and a wealth of instruments and effects.

Browse a rich library of presets and sounds, or build your own instruments and FX from scratch using The Grid.
Bitwig Studio offers intuitive tools to record, edit, and arrange any material.

Powerful Editing Tools

We want to help you make your musical ideas happen, in as few steps as possible. Focus on the music, not the tool.

Audio Editing

The Detail Editor optimizes audio editing by letting you make edits within a clip. This allows you to stretch, split, pitch, pan, copy, reverse, add, move, and rearrange audio as you choose.

Expressive MIDI Support

In addition to standard note-editing features and per-note expressions such as velocity, gain, pan, timbre, and pressure, Bitwig Studio features unique tools like quick actions, micro pitch, and sophisticated layered editing, and is a forefront runner in supporting MPE.


Keep your audio material in time regardless of project tempo using Bitwig Studio's state-of-the-art time stretching. Let Bitwig Studio analyze and automatically stretch your audio, or take full control and use our advanced stretching and editing tools.

Bitwig Studio comes with 8 different time stretch algorithms to cover all your musical needs, including the renowned Zplane Elastique in four flavors.

Instruments & Effects

Here's a taste of the vast and ever-growing device library that comes with Bitwig Studio. With over 90 different instruments, audio and note FX, container devices, and signal routers you can translate any idea into music.


Polymer starts simple: pick an oscillator, a filter, and an envelope generator. Swapping out Grid modules within a dedicated synthesizer is both fast and quick, helping you craft production-worthy sounds from minimal controls immediately.


The Bitwig Studio Sampler is a powerful tool for playing and manipulating audio. It boasts several playback modes, advanced looping features with crossfades, endless modulation possibilities, a massive multisample editor, and more.


Meet Phase-4, a four-oscillator synthesizer powered by phase modulation and phase distortion. This unique synth can do classic, modern, and beyond.


EQ+ is a feature-packed graphical equalizer with up to 8 bands, mouse gestures, and excellent visualization and algorithms.

Drum Machine

The Drum Machine is a container device that you can fill with sonic goodness. It's never been easier to create unique and great-sounding kits.


Individual controls for step velocity, note length, and pitch. 17 note patterns, and three modes for handling octaves. Full MPE support. Even modulate the timing for shifting patterns. Holding chords has never been so musical and dynamic.


Micro-pitch is a Note FX device that allows you to re-tune your note streams in new ways. Transform scales, fine-tune individual notes, shrink or expand octaves, or even slice the octave into a different number of pieces. Play something unimaginable, today.


Inject a bit of virtual analog grit into your sounds with the Amp device, a remarkable piece of amplifier-simulation technology.

Enter The Grid

The Grid is a sound designer's dream. It can be a synth, an audio effect, or most things you can imagine.

The Grid is a modular sound design environment, open for you to build your own creations from scratch.
It's also an expressive instrument with hundreds of high-quality patches for you to explore, ready to play. It's sophisticated yet easy and fast at the same time.
Explore it, build it, play it.

Modulation Heaven

The modulation system in Bitwig Studio allows you to use Macro controls, Note Expressions, LFOs, and Envelopes to modulate any device, VST plug-in, or hardware parameter. With 30+ modulators (and counting) the potential for creative expression is endless.

Hardware Integration

We love hardware. We also love software. That's why we want to blur the boundaries between the two.

Let Bitwig Studio control your hardware, or let your hardware control Bitwig Studio, or both, via MIDI, CC, CV, Gate, analog and MIDI Clock, and MIDI Timecode. Enjoy a collection of straightforward tools that allow you to take advantage of the best of two worlds, and that scales with your setup.

Modern Foundations

Building a DAW from the ground up allowed us to think differently and solve old problems in new ways.
Bitwig Studio is made for the future...

Crash Protection

Bitwig Studio handles VST plug-in hosting in a unique way, allowing for different hosting modes and plug-in crash protection. With plug-ins, the audio engine, and other processes running in separate threads, a technical issue won't bring your whole project down.

Touch Support

With extensive touch-screen support (multi-touch with unlimited touch points, gestures, pen support, and simulated pressure), Bitwig Studio is on the forefront of new ways to create music. Overall, the user interface of Bitwig Studio is touch-friendly; in addition there is a dedicated tablet display profile, perfect for any touch screen, or devices such as Microsoft Surface computers.

A Rich Library of Sounds

We've partnered with some of the best sound designers in the business to give you several thousand quality presets, Clips, and samples right out of the box.

Extend your library with offerings from hand-picked partners and artists, who have painstakingly created loops, presets, and sampled instruments for Bitwig Studio. All are high quality and free to use.

Make our sound content library your take-off point for your own sound design and music creation.
Browse, learn, create.

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User Reviews Average user rating of 4.29 from 5 reviews Add A Review

Bitwig Studio
Reviewed By Bucnasty
April 26th, 2023


Switching from Ableton everything made sense and was intuitive. Workflow is much smoother for me.

I dont use The Grid so i cant attest to that.

+ The browser is Godly making it very easy to have everything organized (Specifically the 5.0 beta is awesome for organizing).

+ Stability. Never had Bitwig crash on official releases. Plugin Sandboxing is next level.

+ CLAP integration.

+ Modulate everything.

+ Audio Comping is very easy.

Some requests i have for the devs.

- MIDI Capture / Comping (I'm not that great of a keyboard player).

- A Single button for Low latency mode.

- Better Piano Roll functionality (Scales, etc.).

- I really miss a Slicer (Ableton Simpler) device.

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Bitwig Studio
Reviewed By ThrashJazzAssassin
April 26th, 2023

Unbelievably slick, smooth and intuitive. Everything is so well thought out, it's a joy to use.

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Bitwig Studio
Reviewed By grubezebro
July 5th, 2022

It's simply the best DAW. It's the most coherent, logical, not bloated as many others. Sounds great and let's you create great sounding stuff easily. UI simply makes sense, the simplicity of using modulations and the way they're visualized makes you be able to understand more and create more. After using Ableton and Logic for some time I finally found the perfect one for me. And pricing really makes sense. Just go ahead and buy it.

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Bitwig Studio
Reviewed By Fraggle
May 7th, 2022

Bitwig is perfect for my needs.
It is what Ableton should have evolved into.

I used Ableton from version 4 to 11 - I even read the manual cover to cover way back in 2005 -

Max4live was it's Achilles heel. This was because, if you were an artist and mainly interested in spending your time making sounds and songs - you just wouldn't invest the time in learning how to program M4L devices. As a result, if you wanted the flexibility that M4L offered you had to buy those devices. But since version 4 max for live devices had (on a regular basis) crashed live.

The workaround was to constantly save projects, especially just before you inserted a M4L device.
unfortunately, opening projects with such devices also caused Ableton to crash (about a third of the time I opened such a project).

I read in many places that my experience was common, and cannot fathom why it was never fixed.

maybe it just cannot be.

simply and succinctly- bitwig does not crash on me and I get more freedom in creative sound design.

the grid is for artists like myself that want the power of modular without the infuriating time sink of the Reaktor/M4L learning curve.

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Bitwig Studio
Reviewed By melodyz
January 1st, 2021

I will give it a 4 because its so cool. The modulators and clip area is why its great. They do provide the Grid which is pretty cool as well. If you have ever used VCV Rack then the Grid is for you.

Been using it for about 1 year now up to most recent version. Here are the cons - There are still some bugs in it and it needs better workflow enhancements to avoid using the mouse so much when selecting devices and layered devices etc. Moss scripts for various controllers saves Bitwig. Without his scripts I dont think Bitwig would work as well for me as I want to use an integrated controller. They should take his scripts and make it a permanent part of Bitwig.

And even then Bitwig is still not flawless. The more you use it the more you find these small oddities here and there as to things not displaying correctly or plugins not responding 100% correctly. You just need to be aware going into it. Bitwig does eventually respond to support emails but they dont address if they are going to do anything to address your issues or feedback. Its all on their timetable if and when they update. At least they take feedback requests. My advice is every user should immediately report to them when you find these bugs or oddities. Do not settle with these quirks until Bitwig runs flawlessly for you.

The point is there is currently no perfect one fit solution DAW. But Bitwig comes closest IMO.

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