10. Processing MIDI with Note FX
1 Bitwig Studio 8-Track includes many Note FX plugins (ie, MIDI effects) for controlling instruments. There’s a Note FX slot on our FM-4 synth’s upper-right – click on it to add one, then click the blue + that appears. In the new Browser window, find the Note FX category and click that. In the Note FX on the right, choose Arpeggiator.
2 Click OK. Our new Arpeggiator is now visible to the right of FM-4. If we now hold down a sustained chord on our keyboard controller, we’ll hear the notes repeating in a cycle. Let’s change the number of steps in the pattern (bottom right) to 16. It won’t sound different just yet, though…
3 Create an interesting pattern by dragging the height of the top Velocity sliders. Copy our pattern above, or draw in one of your own. We’ll now record a simple descending two-note MIDI chord over the first five bars of our project.