At long last we’ve reached the launch day of Bitwig Studio, the self-proclaimed “next generation of music software” for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. Starrted by a group of former Ableton employees, the new DAW hopes to stake out a strong claim on the production market with a set of features that directly respond to many of the frustrations of working on other platforms.
The demo version of Bitwig Studio is available now for download on any OS, with the limitation of not being able to save or export any work – but all the other features are unlocked.
Some of the standout features included in Bitwig 1.0 include:
- isolated VST sandboxing: an instrument crashing won’t crash the whole DAW
- linked modulation system: link any controls together for macros, grouped assignments, etc.
- open controller API: allows a code-based integration of your controllers (similar to Virtual DJs VDJScript)
- MIDI histograms: easily create new grooves and ideas with some controlled chaos
There’s also a load of included instruments and FX – the full list is on their Tech Specs page.
Bitwig Studio is out now, and costs $399 / €251.26 / £208.33 for a full version of the software.