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Bitwig Studio (boxed) Reviews

4.0 stars based on 7 customer reviews
  • Jerett
    from Seattle October 24, 2016Music Background:
    I produce sounds in darkness

    It's worth just about every penny

    I've been using daws and the like for over 10 years. Bitwig is something like the younger brother of Ableton live. If your thinking that this is live's twin, it's not. Look at the price; Bitwig could be for you. Try the demo. No crashes eh? Oh, you like to bounce tracks? Oh, you have a data science background and would love to make music? Ok, you open your go to daw and notice that your missing audio files to your project because you were just trying to manage the space on your harddrive no? Yeah, I could go on for on for hours but I like to optimize my workflow. Have fun!

  • Customer
    from April 10, 2015

    State of the Art production software

    Bitwig Studio has been quite amazing for me. I avoided it for the first year it was out, knowing there'd be bugs, and honestly not really seeing what it was about. However, once they started fixing bugs and adding the new featured in 1.1 and 1.2, I knew it was worth checking out.

    What particularly motivated me was that they seem to just get exactly what producers need these days -

    1. Clean organization - not messy pop up windows (like Cubase), but resizable, dockable areas - yet without giving up flexibility, which Live does;
    2. plugin delay compensation - this is the main reason I switched back to Cubase from Live;
    3. Strong connection between clips and timeline arrangement - this has to be used to be understood; the ability to see and use both clip launching and timeline is crucial; maybe Live 'can' do some of these things, but with the screens split (or at best, on different monitors with the dual screen mode), but this is exactly what I wanted. Maschine is also very good and clip-based music production, and getting an arrangement from the clips, but then it falls a bit short for getting to a final track. So far, Bitwig has really let me keep things arranged into scenes, and never difficult to go back from the arrangement to edit a part and know I've got it stored separately from the timeline representation.
    4. Automation - I've been waiting since 2001 for something this easy to use; for example, whatever the last knob you touched was with the mouse, that will be at the top of the list of your automation parameters! No recording something to get it to show, or wading through three menu levels to set the automation lane. This is quick and intuitive and doesn't get in your way. Also I love how it cleans up your data points when you draw so that you don't have hundreds of points, just a point on the grid lines. I am sure other software can be customized to do this (or maybe not!), but Bitwig just gets the default behavior right. Having the automation per clip, and not only that, but still being able to be modulated by automation on the track (either multiplied, or added/subtracted, by the track automation for the same parameter), is also crucial.
    5. Audio clip editing - this is also a killer feature. Normally this is why one might get stuck in the arrangement view (or mixing down audio clips in a separate software). In Bitwig, you can add all different audio files within one clip, and re-arrange them and edit them non-destructively. Basically, it's giving all the power of any other daw's audio track, but in one CLIP.

    Basically, I feel like this is where audio software should have been by this time. It feels just about as close as software can get to letting you get your ideas down and edit them and work on them without getting bogged down in 'computer' land.

  • DRTY JRZ
    from Allene April 23, 2014

    Awesome

    I did check 5 stars saying "wow blown away" but there are still some bugs Bitwig needs to work out.
    However bitwig is incredible to use and in the last month it has been out i have been making music in different ways than i have ever before.

    Anyone who is looking for another DAW to get familiar with i 100% reccomend Bitwig

  • Morris Clyburn
    from Nebraska July 23, 2016

    828interface and Bitwig software

    I feel as though both my product are very good in had problems with the 828interface but Sweetwater was right on top of replacing it and helping me get it up and running . I like to thank Ian for his help and David Hess and also the others who nameshould I forgot sorry but thank you all it really means a lot to me . The Bitwig software I'm working on it this is all new to me so patient is a vertu !.but I can see all the the work it has to offer thanks for the recommendation Sweetwater Music!!
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  • Dan
    from Euless, TX May 2, 2015

    Bitwig Studio

    Love the product, has a bit of a learning curve .Manual is to general on some topics, and spars on others.EX. VST's,

  • Jeff
    from United States April 23, 2014Music Background:
    Lifelong Drummer, Singer, Songwriter, Producer

    Great Beginnings

    Pros: Next generation DAW with modular sound synthesis in the works, everything you would expect from a modern DAW, great bundles with MIDI hardware available and a development roadmap and team of developers with the right stuff to deliver a great DAW long term. Great Novation Launchpad Script out of the box, I own a LIVID BASE (5 Stars) Bitwig works very tightly with this device, Device latency (LAG) is non-existent and there is great online resources for all supported devices both from the bitwig team and from the respective hardware manufacturers.

    Cons: VERY Limited support for current hardware on the market. There is a list of known bugs, software issues & UX issues the developers are working on in addition to the development roadmaps items like a completely modular and customizable device architecture, LAN JAM and Cloud Collaboration. Audio engine supports and does work with Focusrite Saffire 6 USB, however when using this interface funny sound clipping and cuts occur that do not happen with latest gen USB audio interfaces.

    Other Thoughts: Knocked off a star because Bitwig has not really delivered 100% of the product they have been hyping for over a year, I do have confidence they will get there and the V 1.0 is already quite impressive. Updates are sent out weekly or sometime even more frequently to address bugs and items trending in the Bitwig online community.

  • Customer
    from January 20, 2017

    Don't waste your money on this

    This software have primising features but unfortunaly it's broken. Time-stretching is poor. There are plenty of show-stoppers bugs that havn't been fixed. The audio engine behaves in a very unpredictable way. Not ready for professional use.

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