Bitwig Studio is a dynamic software for creating and performing your musical ideas in the studio and on stage.
Here's a quick overview of what Bitwig Studio is all about:
A professional Digital Audio Workstation for Windows, macOS, and Linux
Super-fast workflow for sound design, recording, live performance, and beyond
A complete package with 80+ instruments and effects
Enjoy over 10 GB (and counting) of world-class sound content from Bitwig and selected partners
Out-of-the-box support for standard audio interfaces and controllers
A unique and highly flexible modulation system for unbound creativity
Excellent hardware integration
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. Welcome to the next generation of music creation and performance software.
FLEXIBLE USER INTERFACE
Customized workflow to match any style.
Bitwig Studio features a flexible panel-based user interface; you choose what to see based on the task at hand. Switch effortlessly between three main layouts: Arrange, Mix, and Edit or see them all at once on up to three monitors.
Your limitless creative space.
The Detail Editor optimizes audio editing by letting you make non-destructive edits within a clip. This allows you to stretch, split, pitch, pan, copy, reverse, add, move, and rearrange audio as you choose. Edit multiple tracks in the same view, isolate your view to one clip, or expand it to see everything in the entire track.
EXPRESSIVE MIDI SUPPORT
The most expressive DAW in the industry.
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 micro pitch and sophisticated layered editing, and is a forefront runner in supporting MPE.
MPE stands for Multidimensional Polyphonic Expression. By supporting the MPE standard, Bitwig Studio is among the first DAWs capable of capturing and utilizing the precise features of the most advanced MIDI controllers on the market today, such as Roli Seaboard and the Linnstrument.
OPEN MULTIPLE PROJECTS
Limited to one idea? Think again.
The bassline from your last session could be the missing piece of your current project. The rhythm section in your latest song perfectly carries over to the next. No need to close anything or dig through complex file structures. With Bitwig Studio, open multiple projects at the same time and drag-and-drop between them.
FADES AND CROSSFADES
Your fast workflow, faster.
Create fades and crossfades for audio clips directly in the arranger timeline or audio editor. Additionally, you can create fades for audio events inside clips—for truly fast yet flexible editing. Naturally, the curve slopes of all fades can be adjusted.
Easily edit fades by hovering the mouse cursor over clip or event boundaries and then dragging the fade handle when it appears. Crossfades are automatically created when you move clips so they overlap.
We speak with your hardware.
Hardware integration is a large part of what makes Bitwig Studio unique. MIDI handling, note timing, and latency compensation are aspects of this. Other prominent features include MIDI Clock Sync and Ableton LINK. But where Bitwig Studio really stands out is our collection of hardware integration devices.
With Bitwig Studio you get a whole array of devices dedicated to controlling your external hardware, either via MIDI and CC or CV, Gate and Clock, sent directly to your audio outputs.
Keep your audio material in time regardless of project tempo using Bitwig Studio's advanced 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.
ABLETON LINK SUPPORT
Effortless sync across ecosystems.
Since its release, Ableton LINK has changed how musicians sync workstations across technologies, and Bitwig Studio is part of the network.
Make Bitwig Studio the centerpiece—or cornerstone—of your production and performance setup. This new technology ensures everything is running in time and on the beat.
Browse, Audition, Insert, Swap
The Pop-Up Browser makes auditioning and selecting Devices, Presets, VSTs, and Samples fast, intuitive, and inspiring. With powerful search, filter, and collection tools it’s never been easier to locate, or discover, the sound you're looking for.
The Pop-Up Browser is nothing less than your own personal content management system.
VST PLUG-IN SUPPORT
Your VST collection will feel right at home.
Bitwig Studio plugs right into your existing setup. With modern software architecture, 32-bit and 64-bit VST plug-ins are natively supported, no third-party bridging necessary.
We also support the VST3 standard, with per-note expressions and sample-accurate automation.
Never again will a single plug-in take down your entire project. The “sandboxing” feature built in to Bitwig Studio ensures plug-in crashes will not interrupt valuable production time, or your performance on stage. Bitwig Studio protects your workflow while efficiently running your VSTs for non-stop creativity.
Music at your fingertips.
With a touch screen and the dedicated touch display profile, the full power of Bitwig Studio is literally at your fingertips. We’ve developed complete multi-touch functionality to quickly identify gestures for the most unique and intuitive workflow ever: multi-touch support, our unique radial gestures menu, touch keyboard, and pen control (Microsoft Surface Pro, Surface Book and Surface Studio).
OPEN CONTROLLER API
Control scripting with ease.
“Smart controller“ takes on a new meaning in Bitwig Studio. Freely edit existing control scripts direct from the companies that design your controllers, or create your own. Get the most out of your gear with hands-on control of the parameters that mean the most to you, and take full advantage of every pad, knob, button, and key at your fingertips.
Tracks, Chains, and Devices can be deactivated to save CPU power
Plug-in Delay Compensation
Jack support including Jack Transport on all platforms
Micro Pitch in Note Editor
7 Display Profiles for up to 3 monitors
Dynamic menu system
Smart tool switching
Built-in help section
Dashboard with easy access to projects, settings, and other resources
BITWIG STUDIO DEVICES
In Bitwig Studio, devices are virtual instruments, audio effects, and other tools to create and process sound.
Each device in Bitwig Studio was designed in-house using the modular framework that is the foundation of the application. Our selection of devices demonstrate the power hidden beneath the hood of Bitwig Studio. This extensive array of devices will cover all your sound design needs, from the subtle to the extreme.
Below are some highlights; scroll down farther for the complete list.
Phase manipulation synthesizer.
Meet Phase-4, a four-oscillator synthesizer powered by phase modulation and phase distortion. Drawing inspiration from legendary digital synths like Yamaha's DX7 and Casio’s CZ series, Phase-4 is capable of vintage sounds that we know and love, but it goes further, greatly expanding on these phase manipulation concepts.Check out the sound examples below:
The Polysynth is a very capable and great-sounding subtractive synthesizer. With two flexible oscillators at its core, it offers numerous blending and modulation options, drive, feedback, and a lush filter.
Flexible and powerful amplifier simulator.
Inject a bit of virtual analog grit into your sounds with the Amp device, a remarkable piece of amplifier-simulation technology. The Amp consists of pre and post sections with individual EQs, a drive section with 8 drive types, and a cabinet simulation offering advanced cabinet, coloring, and mix settings.
A UNIVERSE OF MODULATORS
A new modulation paradigm.
Bitwig Studio has one of the most flexible and powerful modulation systems of the industry, offering nearly endless possibilities; a big step towards a fully modular device architecture.
Each device in Bitwig Studio 2 (whether internal or an external plug-in) has modulation slots where you can load individual modulators. Bitwig Studio 2 comes with 30+ brand-new modulators; from standard modulators like envelopes and LFOs to more unique modulator types like Random, Select-4, and Math.
Add an unlimited number of modulators to a device, and assign each modulator to any number of parameters with ease and flexibility. Modulators can also be interconnected for truly dynamic and expressive sound design possibilities.
Bitwig Studio offers many ways to connect and control external hardware. Our dedicated hardware devices can send and receive MIDI notes and clock, CC, CV/Gate, or analog clock. This allows for advanced control, combining the strengths of two worlds.We're dedicated to giving you the best in terms of control and usability—with creativity always in focus. Combine our hardware control devices with audio and note effects, and the extraordinary modulation system of Bitwig Studio, for incredible creative fun.
HW INSTRUMENT AND MIDI DEVICES
Make Bitwig Studio your MIDI powerhouse.
The HW Instrument allows you to send notes and MIDI clock from your project to hardware such as synthesizers, drum machines, and the like. You can route the audio back into the same track for convenience, and even let Bitwig Studio automatically set latency compensation.Additionally there are several other MIDI devices for other use cases, such as MIDI CC that can send continuous CC to any hardware, enabling automation and modulation for next-level hardware-software integration.
HW CV INSTRUMENT
Digital control of analog hardware.
With this device, you can send notes from Bitwig Studio as CV and Gate through an audio output on your audio interface, to control analog synths, eurorack modules, and other CV/Gate-ready hardware.Send audio from the oscillator back into the device to tune things properly, with a detailed pitch offset graph.
HW CV OUT & HW CLOCK OUT
Immediate and creative control.
HW CV Out is a simple device to send a CV signal to an output on your audio interface—essentially a software knob to control hardware via automation, modulation, and expression.With the HW CV Clock device, you can send CV clock and reset to audio outputs, with numerous time settings.
A device in a device in a device in a device...
Device Nesting is a powerful feature for sound design with any combination of Bitwig devices and VST plugins. From Container Devices to FX slots, virtually anywhere you imagine another device could go, it probably will.Nesting Devices means that you can place a device in a device in a device... theoretically, this can go on forever. There are many cases where this technology is extremely useful. Nested devices can be moved together in or between projects and of course saved and recalled as one preset.
ALL BITWIG DEVICES
82 devices and counting.
Below is the complete list of all devices you get with Bitwig Studio. We are continuously adding things to the list, so be sure to check back and stay tuned for product news from us.