Bitwig have announced a new update to their Bitwig Studio DAW and performance software. Version 2.2 brings in a nice selection of additional goodies but the feature that everyone (or me at least) has been waiting for has arrived with Ableton Link.
It’s a little weird how the most interesting update to your software comes in the shape of a competitor’s technology. But Ableton Link is a genius sync technology that creates a ridiculously simple way of tempo synchronising multiple bits of software across multiple devices. Simply have the devices on the same network, hit the “Link” button, and they all follow each others tempo. Change one and the rest follow along. These things used to be really hard – Ableton Link makes it simple. And it’s not just Ableton and Bitwig, it’s also supported by lots of other software like Reaktor, Maschine, Serato, Reason and dozens of iPad and iOS apps. Have Bitwig Studio running on your desktop, Reaktor Blocks on your laptop and LaunchPad on your iPad all running perfectly in sync – genius.
The modulators in Bitwig are amazing. It’s a great system of realising the potential of modulation by pulling them out of regular devices and letting them breathe as their own form of device. Version 2.2 brings 4 new ones. POLYNOM is all about some weird mathematical formula in order to achieve sophisticated and flexible transformations. QUANTIZE can reshape any other modulation signal. SAMPLE AND HOLD brings some chaos to orderly devices. AUDIO RATE allows you to capture any audio signal as a source of modulation.
The Time Shift Device allows for fine grain time adjustments anywhere in the device chain.
The on-screen keyboard was previously only available in Tablet Mode, whereas now it’s available in more display profiles. Offering multiple keyboard and pad views with complete MPE support you can use it with a touch screen or simply with a mouse. This also feeds into a new display profile which gives a full display on one screen and a tablet style on another – allowing you to use a touch screen with a regular display more easily.
Version 2.2 also brings over 3GB of additional content in terms of multi-sampled instruments and presets.
The 2.2 update is free to all version 2 license holders and will be available in October. Until then you can try the beta version if you wish.
More information on the Bitwig website.