6. Ex­plor­ing the Ar­ranger Time­line and Clip Launcher ar­eas

Computer Music - - Make Music Now / Bitwig Studio 2 8-Track -

1 Un­like tra­di­tional ‘left-to-right’ mu­sic pro­duc­tion en­vi­ron­ments, Bitwig Stu­dio 2 8-Track of­fers a nifty means by which clips may be launched in a non­lin­ear fash­ion. Click Mix in the lower-left cor­ner or punch your key­board’s Tab key, and the main panel changes…

2 Here, we have ver­ti­cally ar­ranged tracks into which mul­ti­ple clips may be loaded and played back in sync with the project tempo. Each hor­i­zon­tal row of clips is re­ferred to as a Scene, and launched by click­ing that Scene’s play but­ton. Cur­rently, only the de­fault Au­dio 2 track and the Leg­end 909 track from our pre­vi­ous tutorial are vis­i­ble.

3 Our orig­i­nal MIDI clip isn’t vis­i­ble, be­cause Bitwig dif­fer­en­ti­ates be­tween Launcher Clips and Ar­ranger Tracks. Hit Play and you’ll still hear the MIDI clip – it’s just not vis­i­ble in the Mix view. This might seem con­fus­ing, but Bitwig Stu­dio has a neat trick up its sleeve. Hit Tab to go back to the Ar­ranger Time­line.

4 Look at the but­tons above the Leg­end 909 Nor­mal track’s header. Click the left­most Show Clip Launcher but­ton (six squares). This re­veals Bitwig’s Clip Launcher along­side the Ar­ranger Time­line. Open the Tool menu (found just to the right of those two but­tons) and choose the Knife tool.

5 Go to the MIDI clip on the time­line. Find where bar 2 be­gins and click on the line in­di­cat­ing bar 2, beat 1. You just have to get close – the cur­sor will snap to the cor­rect po­si­tion. Click­ing there with the Knife tool slices the clip into two. The right­most seg­ment is se­lected – rightclick and choose Delete to ditch that bit.

6 After re­s­e­lect­ing the Pointer tool, grab the re­main­ing MIDI clip and drag it to the same track’s first slot in the Clip Launcher sec­tion. This cre­ates a clip in the Clip Launcher area. Click the lit­tle play but­ton on our newly cre­ated clip, and it will play/loop in­def­i­nitely, while caus­ing the orig­i­nal to be­come ‘greyed out’.

7 You can switch the play­back fo­cus from the clip back to the track by click­ing the but­ton just be­tween the Clip Launcher sec­tion and the time­line. We’ll leave ours as it is. Let’s add some au­dio loops to our project – go to the Browser and click the Sam­ples but­ton up top.

8 We don’t have a lot in there. Right-click on All Sam­ple Lo­ca­tions and choose

Add Sound Con­tent Lo­ca­tion. Now we can add any folder from our com­puter’s di­rec­to­ries. We’ll add the CM Loops folder, where we’ve made a few loops for you to use. It now ap­pears in the Browser.

9 There are only a few, but you can al­ways add more. To au­di­tion a given loop, select it and click Play. Down at the bot­tom of the browser, we see in­for­ma­tion about the file. If you tog­gle the se­lec­tion ar­row and speaker but­tons, your files will be played au­to­mat­i­cally when se­lected.

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