Bitwig has announced that beta testing has started for Bitwig Studio 4.0, an update that comes with audio comping, Operators for note and audio events, Spread values for expression automation points, and lots more.

Bitwig Studio 1 was hello, world! Version 2 brought program-wide modulators and CV integration. Version 3 saw the birth of The Grid, our modular sound-design environment. And for version 4, new musical timelines have arrived. This means comping for audio clips, both in the Clip Launcher and the Arranger.

A new set of Operators, for changing the chance, recurrence, and more of any note or audio event. Random Spread for any expression point (like per-note pitch, or audio panning) with perfect control. And Native Apple Silicon support on Mac, even allowing Intel and ARM plug-ins to work side-by-side.

Additionally, Bitwig Studio is now localized in Chinese, Japanese, and German, export options have been improved, and you can now import data from your FL Studio (FLP) and Ableton Live (ALS) files into Bitwig.

Other improvements include content sliding (and gain handles for audio) directly at the clip and event level with visual handles that appear while you work, Perceptual scale waveforms to make audio easier to read, and most of the Grid and Polymer filters have a smoother response now for extreme resonance and modulation cases.

Bitwig Studio 4 Beta is available for download for everyone with an active Bitwig Studio upgrade plan.

The official release is planned for the end of Q2/early Q3. It will be a free upgrade to everyone with an active Upgrade Plan for Bitwig Studio. All new features except comping are also part of Bitwig Studio 16-Track and 8-Track.

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