Electronic Musician

Bitwig Studio 3

Si is editor of Future Music and Electronic Musician magazines

$399 bitwig.com

Strengths

+ The Grid makes Bitwig an even more powerful creative tool
+ Has lots of potential to grow
+ Perfect learning curve – accessible to beginners and experts alike

Limitations

- Current crop of effects modules is a little hit-and-miss

It’s a little over five years since version 1 of Bitwig Studio first hit hard drives, which makes it still a relative infant in DAW terms. The application has come a long way in that time, though, throwing off the shackles of its inevitable Ableton Live comparisons – the two share a number of original developers and some significant workflow similarities – by adding multiple features that have bolstered Bitwig’s reputation as possibly the most creative DAW on the market.

The most significant of those additions has been the flexible modulation system introduced for Bitwig 2. This allows any device, be it native or third party, to have an unlimited number of additional modulators attached, selected from an impressively diverse line-up of LFOs,

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