Audio comping, note operators and more arrive in Bitwig Studio 4
Bitwig Studio version 4.0 has been released with some powerful composition tools alongside a bevy of improvements like smoother responses for built-in filters, MP3 exports and localization in Chinese, Japanese, and German.
One of the important additions is comping, a new feature of Audio Clips that greatly facilitates vocal and other musical takes. If you have vocal recordings with several takes, those takes can all live within a single Audio Clip, keeping the overall track layout nice and tidy. And switching between parts spread across those takes is as easy as selecting the desired parts. Since this is a feature of Audio Clips, it's available from the Launcher and the Arranger.
Another new feature, note-based Operators, provides users with event-based triggers for note events such as randomization (Chance) and retriggers (Repeats). These types of operations have long been a hallmark of music trackers like Renoise and Bitwig Studio makes them easily accessible per note (or selected notes), even adding Occurrence and Recurrence operations to trigger based on when a note is played within a composition or its contained loop. A new "Expand a clip" option also lets users render the changes as new clips.
Bitwig Studio also now runs natively on Apple's newer ARM-based M1 chips. Impressively, VST plugins which don't run natively on M1 run alongside the DAW separately in a way that keeps it safe from plugin crashes. In the event of a plugin crash, it can be restarted or replaced with ease.
The latest version also helps ease the transition from some other DAWs, letting users import projects from FL Studio and Ableton Live. Meanwhile, Auxy Music Studio users can export directly to Bitwig Studio format.