Bitwig Studio 3 .1 delivers expanded pitch features, new modulation features, editing and workflow enhancements, and more.
EXPANDED PITCH FEATURES
More than thirty new tuning presets. These include theory-based tunings (such as overtone and undertone series, quarter-tone ET, and historic temperaments such as Pythagoras and Werckmeister), cultural tunings (including traditional Chinese instruments and Javanese Chromatic 7), artist-made tunings (including Wendy Carlos Optimized), and original performance-minded tunings that reshape the keyboard).
New Note FX Device: Micro-pitch. Micro-pitch is a new Note FX device for re-tuning note streams in a variety of ways. By making the world of tuning accessible, you can load or craft a world of sounds.
NEW MODULATION CAPABILITIES
New Modulator: Pitch-12.The new modulator,Pitch-12, provides a modulation signal when any note type is being pressed (C, D, etc.). This could trigger a unique effect on “out” notes, or take classic ideas in a new direction (like theConstant Portamentopreset, where every note glides from the same root pitch).
New Grid module: Transpose.Extending pitch control toThe Gridis the new and deceptively simpleTransposemodule. It improves a range of tasks, like stacking oscillators into chords, or creating just intonation intervals. Since every signal is stereo inThe Grid,Transposehas three stereo configurations, and while it’s a processor, it can even create chords when no input is provided.
Window Footer Shows Frequency + Pitch. Since version 3, the window footer has featured a wealth of helpful information. Now when you hover over or edit any frequency parameter, the equivalent note value (and whether it is in tune, sharp, or flat) is shown right beside the frequency. Because with a filter frequency or an EQ band, sometimes it is easier to think in pitch.
EDITING AND WORKFLOW ENHANCEMENTS
Quick Draw.WithQuick Draw, you can swiftly and effortlessly paint notes in the note editor. Simply hold the Alt key while using the pen tool to draw a series of notes on the current beat grid (for example, 16th notes, 8th notes, etc.).Quick Drawlocks to one pitch by default (think hi-hats, etc.), but it can also be used freehand to drag each note to any pitch, kind of like inputting notes with a step sequencer.
Quick Slice.WithQuick Slice, cutting clips, notes, and events is easier as well. Just select the knife tool and hold the Alt key. Now on click and drag, lines will appear at every interval of the beat grid, showing where cuts will be made on release. And then go straight to drum editing or whatever else you had in mind.
Slice In Place.The new functionSlice In Placeallows you to slice selected clips, events and notes either at detected audio Onsets, at inserted Beat Markers, or at a set beat interval.
Interactive Help Viewis coming to all devices.TheInteractive Help Viewis now available for all devices throughout Bitwig Studio. This puts documentation and notes of every instrument, effect, and modulator parameter right in the program. Select any device and hit F1 on the keyboard (or click Show Help either in the Inspector or from the Device menu) to focus on that one device, still fully interactive and with full descriptions in sight.
Cue Volume and Mix Control.The Studio I/O Panel now sports a dedicated —and mappable— Volume control for Cue output level. And an added blend knob lets you blend your cue buss and the master output. This is similar to a DJ mixer, which will be familiar to many. (Even if you aren’t using cue output for monitoring, this provides a level setting for clip previews from the Browsers.)
Wavetable WAV file Importing.Back in version 2.4, ourSamplerintroduced a new approach to wavetable playback with Cycles mode. With version 3.1, WAV files coming from other wavetable synths (like Serum) can now be imported directly intoSampler, including proper root settings for perfect alignment. So whether using the regular instrument or the Grid module version,Samplerimport is just a drag and drop away.
Note Chase.With this new note playback option, starting the transport in the middle of a note will sound the note. While the alternate behavior is good for some situations like performance, editing a project with the occasional long note is much easier when you can hit play anywhere in the timeline.
New Grid modules.Bitwig Studio 3.1 brings the module count inThe Gridto 159. In addition toTranspose, there are four newentriesto the Envelope category.Pluckis an envelope generator modeled after a plucked string, with a built-in amplifier for easy connection.Slope ↗andSlope ↘are modifiers for changing the curve or rising and falling signals (kind of like our uniqueTransient Controlaudio device, but for any Grid signal). AndFollowerprovides a symmetric envelope follower.
More Controller support.Many more controllers now work out-of-the-box in Bitwig Studio, such asNovation Launchpad Pro(using our new beat repeat API function),Arturia KeyLab MkII 49/61andKeyLab Essential 49/61, and thePreSonus Atom,as well as thePreSonus FaderPort 8 and 16as well asNektar SE25, SE49, GXandLX+.
Bitwig Studio 3.1 is out now and availablefor all customers with a Bitwig Studio license and an activeupgrade plan. For more information, visit Bitwig on the web.