More tips for mas­ter­ing Bitwig Stu­dio 2

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All ver­sions of Bitwig Stu­dio come packed with plenty of con­tent with which to play, and you’ve doubtlessly col­lected some of your own, too. That means your Browser is go­ing to be bristling with cool toys. As in­spir­ing as that thought is, it also means scrolling through the lot when you’re look­ing for a spe­cific sam­ple, De­vice, or third-party plugin. For­tu­nately, Bitwig Stu­dio of­fers some nifty or­gan­i­sa­tional tools to help you keep things tidy. You can, for in­stance, de­note spe­cific browser en­tries as Favourites, after which you can ac­cess them with a sin­gle mouse click. You can also fil­ter through your col­lec­tion ac­cord­ing to cat­e­gory or cre­ator. Bet­ter still, you can cre­ate in­di­vid­ual col­lec­tions that al­low you to pop­u­late the list in the same way as Favourites.

Housework is never ter­rif­i­cally ex­cit­ing, but get­ting to know Bitwig’s or­gan­i­sa­tional fea­tures will save you time when in­spi­ra­tion is hot.


Us­ing a sam­pler to com­pen­sate for a lim­ited track count is an old trick from the days of the hard­ware project stu­dio. Bitwig Stu­dio 2 8-Track’s Sam­pler can per­form sim­i­lar du­ties, while also al­low­ing us to process tracks in in­ter­est­ing ways. Sim­ply ex­port au­dio clips, then drag them back into a mul­ti­sam­pled patch in the Sam­pler. Trig­ger them in the same po­si­tion in your ar­range­ment where the orig­i­nal au­dio be­gan. When you’re happy, ditch the orig­i­nal tracks.


Bitwig Stu­dio 2 8-Track en­ables you to eas­ily slice up any drum loop and map its var­i­ous in­di­vid­ual drum sounds to pads on the in­cluded Drum Ma­chine De­vice. All you have to do is drag the loop onto the Drum Ma­chine pad on which you’d like the first slice to ap­pear. You’ll be given a hand­ful of slic­ing op­tions to choose from. Select your pre­ferred one and watch as the Drum Ma­chine is pop­u­lated with your per­cus­sive pieces.


One of our favourite Bitwig Stu­dio fea­tures is its abil­ity to in­te­grate with the hard­ware world. Oh, sure, lots of DAWs can speak flu­ent MIDI, but few come ready to play with mod­u­lar and vin­tage syn­the­sis­ers right out of the box. In­deed, Bitwig Stu­dio’s CV In­stru­ment does ex­actly that, al­low­ing users to send CV and gate sig­nals to their ana­logue hard­ware gear.

It should be noted that to prop­erly se­quence notes, the au­dio in­ter­face be­ing used to route such sig­nals must be DC cou­pled. Al­ter­na­tively, you can use a mo­d­ule such as the ES-3 from Ex­pert Sleep­ers to act as an in­ter­me­di­ary.


CV con­trol is an in­te­gral part of us­ing hard­ware mod­u­lar syn­the­sis­ers, and as men­tioned in the pre­vi­ous tip, Bitwig Stu­dio 2 and Bitwig Stu­dio 2 8-Track al­low users to trig­ger and con­trol hard­ware syn­the­sis­ers from within the DAW.

Also note that many other mu­si­cal toys – such as ef­fects ped­als and rack-mounted ef­fects de­vices – of­fer CV in­ter­fac­ing in the form of ana­logue pedal in­puts. If you have such a de­vice, it’s worth check­ing its specs to see what kind of sig­nal the pedal in­put re­quires – you might be able to con­trol it with one of Bitwig Stu­dio’s many CV De­vices.

Use the Slice to Drum Ma­chine fea­ture to au­to­mat­i­cally chop up rhyth­mic loops, ready for play­back Bitwig Stu­dio 2 8-Track in­cludes many CV de­vices that al­low you to in­te­grate your mod­u­lar and vin­tage synths

Bitwig’s browser can be te­dious if you’ve got lots of sam­ples and plu­g­ins – do your­self a favour and get or­gan­ised!

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