Bitwig has announced the Bitwig Studio 3.1 update. After releasing Bitwig Studio 3 earlier this year, they’re keeping up the momentum with some very promising new features. If you like to experiment with tuning, you’re in for a treat. And if wavetables are your thing, Bitwig Studio 3.1 will have something for you, as well.
Bitwig Studio 3.1
2019 has been a good year for users of Bitwig Studio so far. Version 3, which came out in July, introduced the Grid and further cemented Bitwig’s status as “the modular DAW”. Only a few months later, Bitwig Studio 3.1 is almost ready, and it, too, comes with some exciting new features.
The new Micro Pitch Device allows for alternative tunings. It can import scales via SCL files, and this weren’t Bitwig if its parameters couldn’t be modulated. 30 presets are included. It is accompanied by the Pitch-12 Modulator, which triggers a modulation signal for each note that is played.
The sampler can now import wavetable WAVs, which should open up interesting sound design possibilities. The new version includes a bunch of new grid modules, as well: Pluck, Slope Up, Slope Down, Follower and Transpose.
In terms of workflow improvements, the update introduces Quick Draw and Quick Slice. They let you draw notes or slice audio to the beat grid by holding down the ALT key and drawing with your mouse. Sounds like a quick and easy method! Slice in Place can slice audio clips, events and notes to onsets, beat markers or beat grid settings. According to Bitwig, the tempo detection has also been improved.
To better integrate your hardware, Bitwig Studio 3.1 includes new controller scripts for Novation Launchpad Pro, Arturia KeyLab mkII, Presonus Faderport 8 and 16 and the Nektar SE series, GX series and LX+ series controllers.
So when will it come out?
Bitwig hasn’t given us a definitive date yet, but they’re saying that Bitwig Studio 3.1 should arrive in a few weeks. If you’re a registered user, you can participate in the beta testing of the update. You’ll find the installer in your user profile.