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Electric Keys – A New Bitwig Studio Sound Package

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Electric Keys for Bitwig Studio

As Bitwig has grown and Sampler has evolved into a multisampling powerhouse, Bitwig content also goes deeper and launched the new and enhanced Electric Keys sound package. Three classic keyboards, multi-sampled: a Rhodes electric piano, a Wurlitzer electric piano, and a Clavinet (both with open strings and Muted). The Electric Keys sound package brings the original sounds to life and repurposes them as modern performances in Bitwig. 

The classic Rhodes electric piano has been an iconic component of modern music for years. Recorded with five velocity layers and equipped with phaser, tremolo, and chorus, the standard Rhodes preset offers a lot, with a couple presets with added audio character (Rusty Rhodes &  Amped Rhodes), as well as a repurposed Up and Down the Rhodes preset, which attacks each note and then explores them with a delayed arpeggiator floating along.

The Wurlitzer e-piano multisample delivers the warmth and soulful sound of the original electric piano, with every note captured at five velocities. And joining the standard Wurlitzer are additional color presets (Crispy Wurlitzer & Tremo-synced Wurly), as well as Wander-litzer, which drives hard octaves in the left hand while the right strums more gently.

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The growl and bright staccato of the Clavinet sound has been an integral element in music over the past decades and till this day. We’re bringing you that distinctive tone with Clavinet and a separate Clavinet Muted. Again, some more colored options (Multitap ClavPyau! Clavinet, and Clavo-Strato-caster) are joined by the granulated Clavulostratus and Muteation, which randomizes the articulation of each note played so that the sound is ever-changing and always brash.

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The 39 clips are made to both guide you thru the presets and inspire. Explore different chord progressions, idiomatic licks, and musical variations. These can be a great starting point for both exploring or creating new music. To explore the clips, just click any plus button (+) on an instrument track in the Clip Launcher, and explore the Electric Keys sound package there.

Whether loading a fully-formed clip, a flexible preset, or dropping a raw multisample into The Grid, these resources breathe new life into the classic instruments.

If you own a Bitwig Studio, 16-Track or 8-Track license with an active upgrade plan, the Electric Keys sound package is now available for free in the Package Manager. 

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Download Instructions

  1. Open Bitwig Studio
  2. Go to Dashboard > Package Manager
  3. Navigate to Essential Collection > Electric Keys
  4. Click the “Install” button to download and install the package
  5. In the Pop-up Browser, select the Presets tab and search in the Bitwig Studio Preset Location for “Electric Keys”

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Bitwig Studio 4.3 Brings Space and Tone with Convolution: Create Realistic Reverbs with Impulse Sounds

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Bitwig Studio 4.3 Brings Space and Tone with Convolution: Create Realistic Reverbs with Impulse Sounds

Do you focus on the processors when looking for new sounds, or does it matter what type of generator you’re using? Bitwig Studio 4.3 (Beta) has arrived, bringing space and tone, as well as a convolution device for real and imagined spaces, a new delay that loves the limelight, and some downright electric components for our synths.

Bitwig Studio 4.3 has brought with it a wealth of new features, including Convolution. This powerful tool allows you to apply the sonic characteristics of any physical space or effect to your sounds.

Whether you’re looking for realistic reverbs or want to add an extra dimension to your music, Convolution can take you there. In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at what Bitwig’s Convolution can do and how you can use it to create stunning sounds!

Convolution – Your Sound is Going Spaces

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Convolution – Your Sound is Going Spaces

The new device from Bitwig Studio, Convolution, offers a world of possibilities for sound design. With its ability to take any sound and imprint it with an impulse, it can create environments and effects that would otherwise be impossible to achieve.

The included content features a range of impulses from 12th-century cathedrals and legendary studio effects to more abstract spaces. This opens up a wealth of possibilities for creating realistic reverbs and otherworldly sounds. Whether you’re looking for realistic or otherworldly effects, Convolution has you covered.

You can easily adjust color and tone, or draw your own envelope to reshape the impulse itself. Plus, since we support “true stereo” (four-channel) files as well as loading any audio as an impulse, you can drag and drop anything onto Convolution and see what impossible space you land in.

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It’s like entering a time machine where you can explore how different rooms would’ve sounded in the past, or how future spaces might sound.

Bitwig’s Impulse Responses allow you to take your sounds to different places around the world. With 270 options, you can choose from reverbs recorded in ancient train stations, French cathedrals, monk meditation halls, and private attics.

You can also use Convolution and these Impulse Responses to imbue your tracks with the tones of iconic hardware studio gear like vintage spring reverbs pedals, and digital FX units.

These options provide a wealth of possibilities for creating unique and interesting soundscapes. Whether you’re looking for a realistic or more experimental sound, Bitwig’s Impulse Responses offers something for everyone.

  • A straightforward device with quick adjustment controls for reverb, coloring, or anything else convolution can do
  • Supports loading 1-channel (mono), 2-channel (stereo), and 4-channel (“true stereo”) impulses
  • An impulse browser visualizes all impulses in your library, along with their length, category, and channel count
  • Tune resamples the impulse, changing its pitch and length by the set amount
  • The Start and End Time positions within the impulse can be adjusted visually, similar to Sampler
  • Volume Envelope sets a start, mid-point (time-adjustable), and end gain levels, that can be quieter or louder than the original impulse for effects or reshaping it altogether
  • Brightness offers a tilt EQ, which favors the high end when turned to the right, or the low end on the left
  • Pre-delay time, Wet Gain amount, and dry/wet Mix parameters are also available
  • The Wet FX chain allows any Bitwig devices and VST plug-ins to be added for processing only the wet output portion

Bitwig Studio 4.3 Delay+ – Fashionably Late

Bitwig’s latest audio effect, Delay+, is a powerful tool for shaping sound. With a familiar layout of controls, it’s easy to get started with Delay+. But where this plugin really shines is in its ability to transform your sound.

By manipulating the delay time, feedback, and cross-feedback, you can create entirely new sounds that will add interest and depth to your music. With its simple but effective interface, Delay+ is a must-have for any serious musician or producer.

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Bitwig Delay+

Begin by setting the delay time in seconds or beats, and then nudge each channel a few milliseconds for immediate stereo. Choose from five Blur settings to transition from a lightly animated feedback to a fully evocative reverb. A Ducking option maintains control by lowering your delay cloud when powerful signals are detected.

  • A souped-up delay, with hardwired modulations and a pre-stocked feedback loop that eats the latency of other devices/plug-ins
  • Standard delay options for delay time (either in seconds, or beats plus offset for triplet, dotted, or things in between), Feedback amount, low- and high-pass filters for controlling feedback, and a dry/wet Mix control
  • For delay time changes/modulations, a Time Update Rate parameter is available, as well as two Time Update Model settings:
  • Repitch – Maintains audio output during delay time changes, making pitch effects audible
  • Fade – Hides pitch artifacts during delay time changes
  • Like oscillator detuning, a Detune parameter is available in milliseconds, along with a Stereo Detune toggle to invert the right channel’s detuning
  • Four Pattern options for the channel configuration:
  • Mono – Flattens the incoming signal for processing, and offers a Pan control for direction within the effect
  • Stereo – With a Width control and optional Cross Feedback (for left → right channel feedback, and vice versa)
  • Ping L – Ping-pong, starting on the left side, and with Width control
  • Ping R – Ping-pong, starting on the right side, and with Width control

You may place the Pitch Shifter, Flanger+, or any VST plug-in in the feedback loop of our nested architecture. So, whether you need a little slapback or a colorful wash of sound, Delay+ has you covered.

The New Polymer

At first glance, Polymer and The Grid may appear to be very different beasts. Polymer is a powerful synthesizer with a wide range of sounds, while The Grid is a sequencing tool that is designed for live performance. However, the two devices share a common core: they both use the same modules.

This means that when something new comes along, everybody wins. For example, Bitwig 4.3 introduces two new modules: Union and Low-pass MG.

Union is an oscillator that plays it straight, blending three waveshapes into one pleasant, drifting output. And for filtering, Low-pass both his classic filter and mix buss. These new modules are sure to please both Polymer and The Grid users alike.

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The New Polymer

But plenty of other features has also arrived. The low-pass SK filter is now Sallen-Key, with 16 modes on tap. Bitwig Studio Comb filter gained a Damping control for a touch of finesse. ADSR and two other envelopes now have added modes for Digital precision, or Analog simplicity and feel.

Plus all filters get a Q Limit to rein in their resonance, and all oscillators have more phase mod range for more brittle, digital sounds. So whether starting a sound in Polymer or growing a world in The Grid, new sounds are at hand.

Also new in this version are four Flexible Modulation slots per patch into which any source can be placed. A flux capacitor couldn’t make it easier to dial in the right amount of FM or AM modulation.

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Bitwig Studio 4.3 is now in beta and can be tested by anyone with a Bitwig Studio license and an active Upgrade Plan. The installers are available in your user profile. Bitwig expects to release 4.3 in Q2 this year. As always, this is a free update for all license holders with an active Upgrade Plan.

Bitwig Studio 4.3 includes a number of new features and improvements, such as a new MIDI controller script API, support for the Akai MPK249 and MPD226 controllers, and improved CPU performance.

Bitwig Studio 4.3
Bitwig Studio 4.3

For a full list of changes, see the Bitwig Studio 4.3 beta release notes. To get started with the beta, simply download and install the software from your user profile. Note that you will need to have a Bitwig Studio license and an active Upgrade Plan to access the beta installers. If you don’t have an Upgrade Plan, you can purchase one from our online store. Thanks for testing!

NOTE: Do not use a beta version to work on important projects! Project files created or saved with the beta cannot be opened in previous versions of Bitwig Studio. So if you are opening working projects, save copies of them for beta testing (instead of saving over your original files).

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Bitwig 4 Beta is Released

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Bitwig 4 Beta

Bitwig Studio 4, bringing new musical timelines to new horizons. Beta starts now and is available in your account. The changelog and release notes are available here.

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The Bitwig Studio 4 is available for download as of today. Everyone with an active Bitwig Studio upgrade plan has access and is invited to download the installer from their account.

The official Bitwig Studio 4 release is planned for the end of Q2/early Q3. It will be a free upgrade to everyone with an active Upgrade Plan at that time. All new features except comping are also part of Bitwig Studio 16-Track and 8-Track.

Pricing and Availability

The Beta available in your account.

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Bitwig Studio 3.3 is Out

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Bitwig Studio 3.3 is Out

Just as real instruments offer expression without distraction, Bitwig Studio 3.3 aims to extend and focus the musician’s workflow. For professional sound design, a hybrid modular synthesizer. For permanent access to scenes and markers, a new project Sections page. For cleaner editing, free content scaling and transient-preserving behaviors. Oh, and a world of wavetable.

Bitwig Studio 3.3 Updates

  • Polymer: The hybrid modular synthesizer built to be fun and quick
  • Polymerics: A new sound package with 200 presets, exploring the vast sonic terrain that Polymer has opened
  • A world of wavetable in The Grid and Polymer including a new package with 139 wavetables
  • The new Sections Page gives you permanent access to scenes and markers
  • For cleaner editing: Free content scaling for audio and notes, improved handling of fades and Clip boundaries, and transient-preserving behaviors
  • New modulators, new modulation routing curves
  • And lots more.

Pricing and Availability

Bitwig Studio 3.3 is a free upgrade for everyone with an active Upgrade Plan. Now’s a great time to upgrade and renew your Bitwig Studio license. Limited offer is valid until January 10, 2021.

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