Bitwig has announced the a beta is now available for its upcoming Bitwig Studio 2.5 update.

The third point update this year brings a few select features that were either requested or inspired by the Bitwig community, including performance improvements, streamlined audio editing and a few framework improvements.

Clip Blocks

Bitwig Studio 2.5 Clip Blocks

Whether building an arrangement or crafting a performance, clip launching is essential to any modern DAW. And with the added concept of Clip Blocks, new arrangement possibilities are now available.

Leaving a blank slot between groups of clips defines separate clip blocks that Bitwig Studio’s Next Action feature can jump between. These blocks can be treated as sections, allowing clips to automatically navigate the arrangement.

Improved Audio Editing

Bitwig Studio 2 audio editing

From the start, an audio clip in Bitwig Studio could contain any number of audio events. And with version 2.5, audio editing has been streamlined while preserving the advanced options.

So editing clip parameters (like start and end time) are now seamlessly connected to events that happen at the same times, adjusting them as well. Changing the tempo of audio events also automatically resize their clips, when appropriate. Saving clicks between the clip layer and the events underneath makes the advanced options all the more powerful.

Note FX Selector

Bitwig Studio 2.5 Note FX Selector

Bitwig Studio’s various note FXs can expand a musical line by arpeggiating, harmonizing, delaying, echoing, and more. And with the new Note FX Selector device, endless layers can be swept through with one simple knob.

Whether creating small variations or taking a performance to new places, this device puts the whole musical journey within arm’s reach.

Browser Search Improvements

A few framework elements have been improved as well. Browser search results are now ordered by relevance, and plug-ins are scanned faster. Some import and snapping methods have been improved, and only one copy of each plug-in is shown by default.

And more than 50 functions have been added as user-defined key commands. Because the less the user is thinking about workflow, the more it is doing for them.

New Sound Content: Analog Waves

Coinciding with Bitwig Studio 2.5 is “Analog Waves.” Designed in collaboration with Boxed Ear, this package comprises 60 Sampler presets, each made with hundreds of full-frequency oscillator waveforms.

Bitwig Analog Waves

From rumbling lows to guttural mids and sparkling highs, a full-bandwidth sound is the best way to bring analog sources into a digital environment. By wrapping all 760-some samples into a single multisample, one click will load all the pure and layered oscillators the sound sculpting can begin.

Get “Analog Waves” from the Bitwig Studio Package Manager and start crafting your unique sounds today.

The Bitwig Studio 2.5 Beta installer is available to everyone with an active Upgrade Plan from their Bitwig user account.

The release of Bitwig Studio 2.5 is scheduled for Winter 2018.

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