The almost-released new entrant in the DAW world, Bitwig Studio, is finally announcing a real release date, March 26, 2014. After nearly two years of development, the software will arrive on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.
Bitwig’s team will be on the NAMM convention floor this week showing off near-final versions of the software, including an Open Controller API that allows “custom controller integration above and beyond standard static MIDI control templates”. We’re hoping it will be a bit more of a dynamic mapping interface than Ableton Live’s – something more like the power of Traktor and Mapulator. Here’s what the press release says about it:
Dedicated mixer control, clip launching, step-sequencing, device navigation and dynamic device parameter mappings – Bitwig’s Open Controller scripting API offers unprecedented possibilities to integrate hardware and software. The API, documentation and the scripts are accessible to everyone, from the end user to third party companies.
Bitwig is also announcing that Nektar, Livid Instruments, and Novation will have controllers that integrate into the DAW – we’ll find out which at tomorrow’s opening of the show.
In terms of price, the software will run USD $399.99 MAP, €329 EUR (including VAT) for a boxed version – or you can download it for USD $399 / €299 EUR