Wavetable synthesis joins the Bitwig Studio family in version 3.3 as well as Polymer, your time-saving Synthesizer design device & much more.
In the beginning, there were big discussions about how much Ableton Live is in Bitwig Studio. Since version 3 this chapter can definitely be closed. The modular architecture has moved in Bitwig. With Bitwig Studio 3.3, the Synthesizer core is expanded again. This time, however, less modular deep but simpler.
Bitwig Studio 3.3 introduces Polymer a new device that resembles a semi-modular Synthesizer. It consists of three slots (oscillators, filters, envelopes), each equipped with numerous selectable variations. This device is a kind of template for your own Synthesizer with 140 possible combinations (7 OSC, 5 filters & 4 envelopes). Mainly, it takes away time-consuming patching of always-returning modules. Too simply no problem. You can go deeper by expanding it with the Bitwig-style modularity.
A very helpful device in my opinion. Especially for all musicians who love the Bitwig workflow but don’t want to deal with the complexity of modular synths.
Now Wavetable Synthesis has also landed in Bitwig Studio. The new module brings wavetable synthesis to the Grid and Polymer. It lives from the modular engine which is much more fun than in a regular DAW. Flexible not only on the audio but also on the CV side. The virtual CV connections allow you to set the wavetable deep in motion. It includes over 120+ wavetables in five categories. Plus you can import any WT file (Serum, WaveEdit…) to the oscillator. That opens up a lot of new sound possibilities.
The new Bitwig Studio 3.3 update also introduces two new modulators. Ramp modulator is a perfect partner for the new wavetable oscillator with options to set the time, curve, and direction. Plus, an optional looping option makes it even more tempting. Vibrato is a new musical LFO controllable via the mod-wheel by default. But you can switch it easily to poly pressure or manual control.
New Editing & Workflow Features
Not only sound updates, but also a wide range of new editing & workflow features. This includes a new project section page, free content scaling, or new modulation enhancements. Any single modulation routing can now be scaled by a modulator. Therefore, each modulation routing now has various curves, either for shaping the signal or making it responsive across only part of a knob range.
Bitwig aims to preserve your transients. Version 3.3 extends this thinking to fades, allowing you to fade in from where your audio starts or to go back before it begins, automatically extending the clip and keeping the sound as edited. And adjusting crossfades, sliding edit boundaries, and adjusting gain only take one click now.
Improved devices, and new additions: a new skip step option in the arpeggiator, a sub-oscillator, one-channel pan knob, octaver, and Velo Mult for velocity sensitivity. Last but not least, five grid modules now support stereo processing and the micro-pitch device got a new EDO mode, dividing any musical interval into a set number of pieces.
In short: Bitwig Studio 3.3 is a solid update that once again contains a lot of new creative and inspiring functions. It will be a free update to everyone with an active Upgrade Plan for BS. The Beta is available for download as of today and the official release is planned for Q4 2020. It is available now for 379€.
More information here: Bitwig
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