Bitwig Studio 1.2

Following rigourous testing, and an epic period of development, the moment has arrived. Introducing the next level of Bitwig Studio, and our most significant free update so far, Bitwig Studio 1.2

Those of you currently using the 1.2 Beta will discover a very welcome new addition, a major update to the Bitwig Studio Factory Library. Our Sound Team has set a new standard and taken a fine-toothed comb to every existing preset, resulting in a hands-on browsing and macro control experience unlike anything you've experienced before.

Also included, 500+ brand-new fully mapped clips and presets from our esteemed partners at Detunized, Overclock Inc, Mode Audio, Prime Loops, and Sample Magic. Each collection uniquely demonstrates the power of the devices available in Bitwig Studio 1.2

In March 2014, Bitwig Studio was introduced to the world as "The Next Generation of Music Software." Since then, you've witnessed Bitwig implement countless new features to meet the demands of a better workflow and something different. Today we take a quantum leap forward to present you with the official release our next major update, Bitwig Studio 1.2

Group Tracks

When building up a Bitwig Studio project, the individual parts can start to get out of hand. In most cases, ways are needed to get a handle on the mix in the most efficient way.

Group Tracks is a tried and true way to quickly manage multiple parts of a mix at once. Grouping tracks that have common mix or tonality settings can be set in groups to minimize large sections of a project.

For example, all the drum and percussion tracks have been balanced off each other perfectly, but against the entire mix, there are more adjustments to be done.

Group all the drum percussion tracks into a single Group Track, and their relationship remains the same while the group can be balanced off the rest of the project mix with a single fader, send, mute, solo button or chain of devices

Device Chain

Pop-up Browser

You created the part and now you need the proper sound, groove, or melody. To accelerate the browsing workflow, all devices in Bitwig Studio 1.2 feature the Audition icon. This advanced browsing feature appears in a new window that uses Bitwig Studio's tagging system to eliminate the boundaries between devices.

The result is a meta view of all available sounds in one category. Searching for the right bass? It doesn't matter if it's a Polysynth preset or a sample, you now have the freedom to audition all your content in place while playing on the fly.

Use the Pop-up Browser to find the right sound quickly and to get back to what is most important, making music.

Audio Mod

Visual Display

Open some of your favorite audio devices in Bitwig Studio 1.2, and you quickly will discover a new window into a visual environment illustrating the dynamics of sound over time. The Visual Display makes use of scale, light, shade, and volume on an XY grid to visualize sounds.

The result can be found on the Audio Mod, Compressor, Dynamics, LFO Mod, Peak Limiter, and Transient Control devices. The Visual Display allows for quick analysis of device settings as they affect sound, not to mention, it looks cool.


Bitwig Studio 1.2 is optimized for Macbook Retina and Windows High-DPI displays for a graphical user interface that is sharper than ever before



The ultimate goal for controllers is to offer an unparalleled connection to the sound being played or created.

In the past few years, multi-dimensional controllers have pushed the boundaries of MIDI, and created a gap between the degrees of freedom they are capable of and what DAWs and plug-ins were designed to utilize.

Multi-dimensional controllers send gestural data that most software is not equipped to deal with, which limits the creative use of multi-dimensional controllers.
Music instrument manufacturers and music software editors alike share a strong interest to agree upon a set of conventions that enable an improved user experience of new controllers, allowing to achieve more with electronic music than before.

This is where MPE (Multidimensional Polyphonic Expression) or "Expressive MIDI" comes in. By supporting this preliminary standard, Bitwig Studio 1.2 is among the first DAWs capable of capturing and utilizing the precise features of the most advanced MIDI controllers available on the market today.

Expressive MIDI allows for natural articulations for a significantly deeper connection to the sound. With Bitwig Studio 1.2 and Expressive MIDI controllers, you have the power to create tremolo or vibrato with even the movement of your fingers

Per Project Mappings


Bitwig Studio makes every effort to eliminate the boundary between controllers and those who use them. This is immediately noticeable from community designed controller scripts or the newly enhanced MIDI mapping functionality.

The depth of these mappings can get extremely detailed, and keeping track of their unique settings in each project is no small task.

In the 1.2 update a new finger-pointing icon in the lower right of the project window.

Pressing this icon reveals a new mapping panel. The mapping panel keeps track of any parameter mapped to a controller or computer keyboard and is completely editable.



Project Templates eliminate repetitive tasks by predefining the most commonly used project setups for the style of production you work with most often.

It's clear that every project is different, but making several custom Project Templates containing various devices and routings can offer a great starting point for any production.

To create a Project Template, simply set up your project as you like it and save it as a template using the new "Save as Template" command in the file menu.

Then from Bitwig Studio, go to Preferences>General Select "Use a Template for New Projects" and navigate to the saved project you wish to use as your default template for new projects or choose from other templates via the "New from template" command.

Short cuts

Extending on the freedom that exists throughout Bitwig Studio, you can now customize shortcuts.

It's easy to see the work we've done already, the shortcuts for anyone to change, and all the parameters to which can be freely assigned.

To create custom shortcuts: Open Bitwig Studio 1.2, then go to Preferences/Shortcuts.


The following additional features can be found in Bitwig Studio 1.2 as well:
• Device Inspector
• Delay-4
• Expandable Clip Height
• High-DPI and Retina Display Support • Jack Support + Jack Transport
• Poly to Mono Modulation Mappings
• Pressure Note Expression
• Roger Linn "LinnStrument" Support • Roli "Seaboard” Support