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Bitwig Studio 3.0 Beginner Tutorial - Installation, Setup, and Getting Started

Tutorial | Feb 17, 2020

In this tutorial, I will guide you in setting up Bitwig Studio on your computer, installing packages, selecting your sound card and Meti controller, and starting a new project. I will also show you how to use keyboard shortcuts and the left side of Bitwig Studio's info pane, which is contextual and changes depending on the selected track. We will also cover the transport display, loop function, and the help menu for instruments and effects. Overall, this tutorial will provide a beginner-friendly overview of Bitwig Studio and its features, with the goal of making music production more accessible to everyone.

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Questions & Answers

Maybe you dont watch the video, here are some important takeaways:


1. How do I download and install Bitwig Studio?

To download and install Bitwig Studio, go to bitwig.com and click on "Download" in the top left corner. Select your operating system, and download the installer. Once you have downloaded it, run the installer and follow the instructions to complete the installation process.

2. How do I save money on Bitwig Studio?

If you want to save money on Bitwig Studio and support the creator's channel, you can use a voucher code provided by the creator. Go to their website, use the link to the Bitwig store, and enter the voucher code during checkout to receive a 10% discount on the regular price.

3. How do I find and use keyboard shortcuts in Bitwig Studio?

There are multiple ways to find and use keyboard shortcuts in Bitwig Studio. One option is to hover over a button or option and check the contextual help at the bottom for any available shortcuts. Another is to use the control+enter method to search for shortcuts. A third option is to go to the dashboard, select settings, and then select shortcuts to see all available shortcuts and customize them if desired. The fourth option is to go to an instrument or effect track and press F1 to access an interactive help menu that also displays available shortcuts.

4. How do I create an instrument track in Bitwig Studio?

To create an instrument track in Bitwig Studio, select an audio track and then click on the "Instrument" button in the left side info pane. Give the track a name and a color, and then select the "Active" option to enable it. Click on the "Browse" button to select an instrument or effect plugin, and start creating your sound.


This is what im talking about in this video. The text is transcribed by AI, so it might not be perfect. If you find any mistakes, please let me know.
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[00:00.000] My last Bitwig tutorial or beginner tutorial from two years ago was actually pretty horrible
[00:06.800] and I want to make a new one for this year 2020 and also the new Bitwig version 3.0.
[00:12.760] So let's grab a coffee and enjoy the ride!
[00:21.880] If you want to save some money on Bitwig Studio and the upgrade plans and you want to support
[00:27.000] my channel and my content, then go to my web page, use the link to the Bitwig store, use
[00:32.200] my code and save 10% on the regular price.
[00:38.200] So before we dive into Bitwig Studio, you have to install it on your computer if you
[00:44.280] haven't already.
[00:45.640] So if you need to Bitwig Studio and you haven't installed it and you think about maybe trying
[00:51.200] out Bitwig Studio for yourself, then the best option you have is to actually download
[00:56.160] the demo version.
[00:57.160] And you do this by going to bitwig.com here on the website and you click on download
[01:01.640] here on the top left corner and then you just download the installer and it's one installer
[01:07.840] for all Bitwig versions.
[01:09.400] So if you think about maybe upgrading later, then you don't have to download another
[01:14.360] version.
[01:15.360] It's all in this installer here.
[01:17.400] So you can choose between Windows, Mac OS and Linux so all platforms are supported which
[01:21.920] is very nice.
[01:24.320] If you think about upgrading to a version where you can actually save your project because
[01:29.520] in the demo version you can try out everything but you can't save.
[01:33.560] If you think about upgrading to maybe 16 track here, as you can see it's a new version.
[01:39.640] 16 track is only 99 USD or euros but the downside is not everything is included.
[01:48.520] So you can see here is a comparison chart between 16 track and Bitwig Studio full version.
[01:54.280] And that's also when you scroll down here to the full feature comparison chart where
[01:59.640] you can see the differences between 16 track and Bitwig Studio in all the small details.
[02:05.080] Right?
[02:06.080] Everything is listed here.
[02:07.760] So if you're on a budget and you want to have Bitwig Studio actually or you want to
[02:15.440] use it actually, then you can try out the 16 track version here or you can go to buy and
[02:21.720] just buy the full version which is 399 USD or 379 euros.
[02:31.080] And also if you want to have it a bit cheaper then you can use of course my code.
[02:36.120] So if you go to buy now here and then you come to this page and you just activate your
[02:45.400] voucher code and type in polarity and then you get a 10%, 10%, you get a 10% cheaper.
[02:59.560] Right?
[03:00.560] So that's something you can do and also support my channel with this code.
[03:05.880] So a win-win situation.
[03:09.440] Okay, so when you download the Bitwig and install it on your PC then maybe you are created
[03:15.600] with this screen here where you have your username at the top left.
[03:19.600] You have settings, tap and packages and help.
[03:23.320] And the first thing you want to do is of course to install or select your sound card.
[03:27.800] So you have to do this by going to settings here, go to audio and then you select your
[03:33.120] device or at least the driver model select to ASIO and then you go to device here and select
[03:39.720] your sound card which is hopefully supported by with an ASIO driver.
[03:46.000] In my case here it's voice meter virtual ASIO because I use voice meter here to actually
[03:50.840] record the output of Bitwig Studio and my microphone and so on.
[03:58.080] So I have to use an virtual ASIO driver to get everything recorded inside OBS.
[04:06.440] So I have to select your voice meter virtual ASIO.
[04:09.280] Okay?
[04:10.280] The second thing you want to do is maybe if you have a meti controller and a meti keyboard
[04:15.960] you go to controllers here and go to app controller and then you can select an hardware
[04:24.480] vendor here company and they make my case it's an archive MPK249.
[04:32.880] So I go to archive here and select the MPK249 and click add and then you can select an output
[04:42.520] port here which is the MPK249 and an import port and I'm ready to go basically, okay?
[04:53.120] And here we have some other options where you can choose your Windows settings and also
[04:58.600] the scaling because you can scale Bitwig Studio to your screen resolution but I show you
[05:05.000] this in a minute.
[05:06.240] So this is not so important but maybe you want to select your single display or if you
[05:12.560] have two displays or in my case I have three displays here but I want to record everything
[05:18.680] on one Windows we can see it actually so I have a single display large here selected.
[05:25.400] And yeah, also you can change the contrast to your likings if you wanted a bit darker
[05:31.000] or a bit brighter then you can select this here.
[05:33.920] We have also something like metering mode here but that's not important right at the moment,
[05:40.000] right?
[05:41.000] So what you also maybe want to do is to install packages.
[05:45.520] This is all the content you get with Bitwig Studio.
[05:49.080] And you have some categories here, collections, essential collection is installed here in
[05:54.800] my case and also when you go to artist collection you can install my polarity tools here.
[06:04.160] And maybe the essentials collection is maybe interesting for you.
[06:10.360] So you can install also your some Bitwig factory device presets which is also pretty helpful
[06:16.200] because you have all the presets to the devices in Bitwig Studio ready to go so if you
[06:23.480] want to try out the grid maybe and you don't know what to do with the grid you can try out
[06:27.600] some presets and play around with it.
[06:29.480] So make sure you install here on the essentials collection the Bitwig factory device presets
[06:36.240] which are also contains some of my presets I made last year.
[06:41.400] So yeah that's it.
[06:45.600] Now we want to start a new project so we just click here on new project and we see something
[06:51.520] like this and maybe we go to the top bar here and click right on this top bar where you
[07:00.680] get some options.
[07:03.160] And I want to increase interface scaling here a bit so you can see it better right.
[07:09.360] So it's the same resolution but everything is pretty much upscaled.
[07:14.640] So it's just for the screen recording you don't have to do that but maybe if you are on
[07:19.240] a 4k display and you want to see everything better then you can use this to scale the
[07:24.640] interface.
[07:25.640] You can also switch your display profile and send some of the windows from Bitwig Studio
[07:32.480] to other screens as you can see you're moved to display 2 and 3 and so on.
[07:37.760] So let's start with the buttons here at the top you can see we have a lot of buttons
[07:42.400] and you may be noticed that when you hover over these buttons we have some kind of tool
[07:49.400] tip and you can see exactly what these buttons are and what they do right.
[07:56.040] And also on some of the buttons we have some small little triangle here at the bottom right
[08:01.200] corner and this means there's a menu behind it.
[08:04.800] So when you click file here you have a menu with all these options and you have also a
[08:12.800] play menu here where you can enable groove and the metronome if you want and also here
[08:18.200] with the add button and the edit button there are all menus behind it.
[08:23.200] So in these menus we have some pins here at the right side and also of course a shortcut
[08:28.320] where you can use the keyboard.
[08:31.680] But these pins are interesting because when you have something like maybe quit you want
[08:36.520] to quit Bitwig Studio all the time then you just click this pin button here and you
[08:42.240] have now this quit option one level up basically in the menu with a button here right and
[08:51.000] I can click this and close down Bitwig Studio with just a click of a button or maybe you
[08:56.640] want to open a project all the time then maybe click this and now we have open project
[09:02.200] button here at the top in the button bar.
[09:07.160] Between all these buttons we have this transport window or transport display and in here you
[09:15.080] can change the BPM of your project or the speed the playback speed of your project.
[09:21.640] You can just click here and drag to change the speed or you can double click and type in
[09:27.480] your desired speed and you can change of course the position of your playhead or you can
[09:37.320] just double click here in the arrangement window it's also possible and we have something
[09:44.160] like a metronome here where you can activate it just by a click.
[09:50.360] If it's too loud then you go to the play menu here and it can change the metronome loudness
[10:02.760] and you can of course deactivate it and this is here for the automation this is maybe
[10:07.160] something I explained later because I have to explain automation first because you know
[10:13.200] how why you want to use something like this. Also important is the loop button here you
[10:20.400] can activate and deactivate the loop as you can see here now we have this range here
[10:24.160] defined as a loop and when you hit play and this loop is activated this range is basically
[10:31.920] looped in a looped playback so if you deactivated the playhead plays above the section here
[10:42.200] and if you have activated you actually loop this small section here you defined and you
[10:48.200] can define the section by changing this here the numbers here in the transport or you
[10:54.120] can actually click and drag this here on the arrangement window itself make it smaller
[11:01.320] or bigger so if you work on a small section of your song you can just loop it and hear
[11:08.280] it all the time and yeah the loop function is something you need basically in every process
[11:17.240] you do in that bit of studio so this is pretty important right also you don't need to actually
[11:23.080] press this button here you can use the keyboard so the space key on your keyboard is actually play
[11:30.280] and if you press space again it stop okay so you can pretty much remember this so you don't have
[11:40.680] to use the buttons here at the top you can use keyboard shortcuts and I highly recommend to learn
[11:46.920] some of the shortcuts you don't need to learn all the shortcuts but some of them are pretty important
[11:52.360] because it's so much faster to work with them right so how do we know which shortcuts are
[11:57.800] possible and that's pretty easy we have multiple options to find it out and the first one is
[12:04.680] at the bottom here you can see there's an info bar basically and when you hover over something
[12:12.680] for instance here the loop region you can see contextual information or help you can click
[12:19.720] you can drag we can shift drag we can middle click and we can middle drag for instance
[12:24.840] or when I hover over the track here I can click drag control click out click double click
[12:33.800] so you can see contextual help down there and also small shortcuts keyboard shortcuts are shown
[12:41.320] there okay so the second option we have is to actually just use the keyboard command control
[12:48.040] and enter so we hold control and then repress enter and we get something like this here and you
[12:55.480] have a search at the bottom for instance if you want to open a track just type in open and you can
[13:01.080] see we have here the option to open a file and at the right side we see control and oh so if you
[13:09.320] use this shortcut you can open a file of course right and there are all kinds of
[13:14.920] options here I think all options here inside Bitwig Studio you can search for it and can find
[13:22.040] the keyboard shortcut there so it's control and enter it escape you can leave this so control
[13:30.680] hold control press enter or return and then you're in here you can search for something
[13:36.200] and find your keyboard shortcut there okay so this is the second option the third option is you go
[13:46.120] to your dashboard which is here or file and dashboard or you click on the Bitwig icon here at the
[13:53.000] bottom at the top you get this overlay we had in the start and you go to I think it's settings
[14:04.040] yeah it settings and then shortcuts and if you're all the possible shortcuts inside Bitwig Studio
[14:10.520] you can also search for it open a file and you can define it here or you can define multiple
[14:18.280] yeah keyboard shortcuts for something if you don't like control and oh maybe you click
[14:24.040] delete this and hit plus button and then you hold control and oh and then you click add and then
[14:31.480] you have a new shortcut defined for and Bitwig function okay you can also use of course
[14:37.640] meaty and your meaty keyboard so you want when you want to have something on your meaty keyboard
[14:43.560] on a button or something like this you can define it here and can create a mapping
[14:49.720] instead of a keyboard shortcut so three options you have at the bottom here this help menu
[14:57.560] then you have the control and enter method and dashboard and settings shortcuts and define your
[15:07.320] keyboard shortcuts here or just look for already predefined shortcuts okay so three options
[15:17.080] there's also a fourth help menu which is also only available for instruments or effects so when
[15:24.600] you hear an attract and you have for instance loaded up and pull your synth you just select this
[15:31.160] by clicking on the instrument and then you hit f1 and then you get something like this here
[15:37.880] when you get an help menu which is also interactive so you can for instance change the setting here
[15:44.200] of the pull your synth while you are watching the help or reading the hub so it's interactive
[15:52.680] it's pretty helpful and it explains everything you don't have to look at the manual basically
[15:59.080] or if you want to read the manual you can just do by going to the dashboard and go for help here
[16:05.880] and there's documentation getting started guide flying nurse german japanese and also some user
[16:14.120] guides and also a controller scripting guide so everything is inside Bitwig studio you don't have
[16:20.200] to go to the internet or write something in a forum or read it or so on it's everything inside
[16:26.120] Bitwig studio so just delete the pull your synth here it's what's just for demonstration
[16:32.440] so this is already a lot of information so I try to slow it down a bit but we have to proceed
[16:40.040] with the left side of Bitwig studio which is some kind of info pane and this section here also
[16:49.000] depends on what's selected inside Bitwig studio so when I select an audio track it looks a bit
[16:55.960] different than when I select an instrument track or when I click into the arranger window it also
[17:01.800] looks different so it's contextual right so when you go to instrument here we select an instrument
[17:08.920] track where you can create actually a synthesizer or a sampler or something like this
[17:13.640] when you click on this we can choose here at first the name of the track so for instance we want
[17:20.680] to create a bass line or bass track so we can type in bass one or something like this
[17:26.200] we can also choose a color for this track and you can see color changes here at the left side of
[17:35.000] this track and also when we create a clip on this track with double click here for instance here
[17:41.880] you can see this clip has a default color after track color so when we create new clips
[17:49.880] all the new clips have the same color as we defined for the track you can of course
[17:57.880] select one clip and then change only for this clip to a different color but the default color
[18:05.400] is always the track color okay so now we can rename the track we can define colors for the clips
[18:15.000] and the track itself we can also select here this check mark by active which means
[18:23.240] when we disable this option this track comes completely disabled which also means it saves CPU
[18:32.840] power so when you have a lot of instruments and effects on this track you can deactivate it or
[18:38.600] disable it and then it frees up CPU power and memory power and also when you save your project
[18:45.720] and load up your project again later on the whole chain everything what's in there is not loaded
[18:53.480] so the project loading time is pretty fast but if you select this track and select the active
[19:04.440] option here again then it loads up all the contents all the samples then we have something here
[19:11.800] like this and inside here we have a plus button if you press this you get this kind of browser
[19:20.680] overlay and inside here you can select instruments at the right side and also effects
[19:30.440] so in this case this instrument track is completely empty so bit we assume that the first
[19:37.640] plug-in you want to use is an actually instrument so when you click this plus button which is
[19:43.080] basically the same as this plus button here down below so you can see when I click this we are
[19:49.080] pretty much switched down there so I can also click here so now bit we assume that the first
[19:56.120] plug-in should be maybe an instrument because you want to create a sound at first so it's
[20:04.840] select pre-select basically here the device type to instrument or note effects so with this filter on
[20:14.200] you can see only instruments here at the right side and note effects okay if you deselect
[20:23.240] here go to any device type then you can see we have a lot of more options here at the right side
[20:28.200] but this is pretty nice to have to have instrument note effects so we can load in an instrument
[20:34.360] there so maybe we go for a bit with internal instrument which is called polysynth it's also
[20:40.120] something I really like so when we press some keys on our keyboard here you can hear
[20:47.480] nothing happens right so we have to go to the track we have to make sure to select the right
[20:54.200] keyboard here meet the keyboard or meet the controller we just defined at the start of the video
[20:59.240] and when you leave this menu open here and press some keys on your keyboard you can see
[21:03.240] where we have some media information so everywhere you see this small little yellow square
[21:11.240] we have media information coming in so we can select this so we have now selected the right
[21:19.560] input for our track which is our keyboard but still nothing happens when we press some keys here
[21:25.320] right so we have to press actually this small button here which is called the track monitor
[21:30.920] enable this option to audition the track input okay so let's click this
[21:38.840] and now you can see you're also the small yellow square is lighting up
[21:43.960] and we have actually meet the information coming in from the keyboard to bitvic studio to this track
[21:53.000] another thing is that when you have to deactivate it and you have this auto monitoring activated
[22:00.040] this means that when you want to start to record this track and hit this arm button here
[22:07.960] you can see this also becomes active so with this check mark you can couple basically the record
[22:13.880] or arming button with the track monitoring button so in this case bitvic assumes that when you
[22:20.120] want to record your media keyboard you actually want to hear what your media media keyboard is playing
[22:27.720] so it sends the media information to the police and into this track so it activates basically the
[22:35.960] track monitoring for you when you have this disabled then you can switch this on and off
[22:42.600] separately right so when you have this on then it's coupled so to play something in the chain
[22:50.120] you have to use the track monitoring if you want to record something you have the arm button
[22:54.120] and if you want to have both you can just use the auto monitoring check mark to have it coupled
[23:01.240] right so when we have this on here on press record we can hear our media keyboard playing
[23:06.280] and also record the notes here inside the clip right when we have the arm button off and just
[23:16.280] only the track monitoring on and press record we just hear the keyboard playing but nothing is
[23:25.080] recording basically so that's the difference okay so let's continue on the left side because
[23:33.880] there are a lot of more options here so we have the input and we have of course the output so you
[23:39.320] can route the audio output of the chain so what's coming out here of the police and or what's what's coming
[23:46.680] you can route it to different tracks to some buses and in this case it's going out to the master
[23:52.600] output which is this track here which is basically what comes out in the end that's your that's your
[23:58.680] mastering chain and yeah then we have the auto monitoring which I have just explained then we have
[24:06.520] panning where you can send the sound to the left and to the right we have the loudness here
[24:11.960] and also if you look down here to the help info bar at the bottom you can see we have
[24:17.720] click and drag and we have also double click to set to default so when you have changed something
[24:23.320] and you make a double click you set it to zero to be again so default setting and then we have
[24:30.920] the record or arm button we have the solo button when you have multiple tracks here and all the all
[24:35.720] playing you can make it solo so you only have only here this one track can also mute some of the
[24:44.760] tracks here and often overlooked feature is also the shift click option to clear something
[24:52.040] so for instance when we have your multiple tracks and I just duplicate this here for the demo
[24:56.680] and everything is on solo and you want to deselect all these buttons here you just
[25:04.600] hit shift and hold shift and just click on one option and then it clears out every other
[25:12.120] solo button so you don't have to click it manually so I think that's it for the inspector panel
[25:18.840] so we can hide the inspector panel on the left side here by clicking this small icon at the bottom
[25:24.440] left and you can bring it back in by clicking again so if you don't want it you can just hide it
[25:30.120] right so we proceed to the device panel which is this area here and the device panels also
[25:38.920] contextualized by or contextual with the tracks here when we select different track you can see
[25:46.120] the device panel also changes so in this case we have this instrument track here which is called
[25:51.720] base 1 and we have defined our MIDI keyboard as an input to play with the Polysynth and
[25:59.720] on the device panel we have the Polysynth installed as an instrument and we can also
[26:06.760] shorten the Polysynth here by double clicking on the on the front panel as you can see here
[26:14.200] and it's pretty short it just says the name and you can also hide these small blasts
[26:19.960] areas here by the small button so now we have pretty short and after this Polysynth you can
[26:27.400] insert here another effect which is called reverb we can also shorten this and this is something
[26:35.400] like you can do in a traditional door like logic or a cubase where you have your instrument
[26:42.600] and then you have an effect as an insert so one thing after the other and you can also
[26:52.200] apply multiple stuff here so maybe just add and delay so we have multiple inserts in
[27:00.440] in serial but inside bitwix studio we can nest devices so we can say
[27:07.000] maybe let's put the reverb inside the Polysynth and also the delay and then close the
[27:15.560] Polysynth and then now we can save the Polysynth with the preset and included in this
[27:22.360] preset is not only all the settings for the Polysynth but also the settings for the reverb and
[27:28.680] the delay so we can make the Polysynth preset much more richer than the Polysynth itself okay
[27:37.800] so this is a benefit you can nest devices so in this case it's the Polysynth and we have
[27:43.320] effects inside the Polysynth and also we have the special box here at the top which is called
[27:50.040] node when we apply some node fx for instance here an appriciator so we can select this
[27:56.120] and now we have an appriciator inside the node fx box okay so now when we press the key
[28:14.440] we change the nodes before it goes into the Polysynth with the appriciator
[28:19.560] and the benefit of having the appriciator inside the Polysynth instead of just dragging it
[28:28.440] out here in front of the Polysynth which has the same effect
[28:35.800] what with the appriciator inside the node fx box we can also save the Polysynth with the
[28:41.880] preset and have the appriciator already included in the preset so we can combine different
[28:49.400] modules or devices from pitwick studio to one big synth or one big patch okay so this is pretty
[28:59.160] special to pitwick studio and I think you can do something like this to some extent enabled in
[29:07.240] life but here's basically a first class feature of pitwick studio itself to have such modularity
[29:15.080] inside the device panel so you can nest devices inside each other and create much more bigger
[29:22.680] devices itself that's also the reason why pitwick studio has simple devices so a lot of people
[29:34.040] complain there's a lot of devices of pitwick studio are so simple and that's not so feature rich
[29:39.480] but the point is you have to combine them you have to use multiple devices nest them combine them
[29:47.560] into much much bigger and better devices in the end and then you save a preset and load it up the
[29:55.240] next time you need it so for instance here we have now Polysynth here and maybe you are not
[30:04.120] not so happy with the sound here maybe we change something a bit
[30:15.320] so now we have an appriciator with this synth we have also an reverb here and a small delay
[30:22.120] okay so we close this down we select the Polysynth here and now we have control and G
[30:29.080] for grouping so now we created a group an instrument layer here with one layer and on this layer
[30:37.240] is our Polysynth with the reverb and the appriciator inside okay and now we can go in here and
[30:44.120] create another instrument again another Polysynth and solo this and now we create another sound
[31:02.440] okay and now we can unmute this other synth here
[31:19.240] so now we have basically two layers of Polysynth playing together different sounds
[31:23.960] and you can create much more richer stuff this way so in another DA you have to actually use some
[31:33.560] kind of synth which allows you to create multiple layers or you have to route different tracks
[31:43.880] together or you have to activate multiple tracks to actually use multiple synths in unison right
[31:51.320] so in this case here we can just select one layer hit control and D duplicate it and have
[31:58.280] now 20 Polysynths playing different stuff right so it's pretty easy in a bit week to come
[32:04.280] up with such complexity can also send multiple layers to different speakers
[32:16.280] pan something right and left so we can combine everything basically and now with this instrument
[32:24.360] layer with multiple Polysynths which all have different reverbs and delays on it can also add
[32:31.800] another effect here at the end can add reverb again and
[32:36.440] basically close this down and also save this as a preset and maybe load up this instrument layer
[32:47.560] later on when you want to create a track and remember hey I made a nice little patch a nice
[32:55.240] little preset there and I want to use it now so that's the power basically of Pitwick to have
[33:03.160] modularity see me modularity and be able to save everything as a preset and reload it every time
[33:11.800] you need it right so just delete this here and we want to go back here to our Polysynth and I
[33:20.040] show you another thing so now we have the Polysynth here which has a pretty nice sound and you
[33:29.240] can come up here with the modulators modulator section by activating this button and now you can
[33:36.040] insert here some modulators so for instance the usual stuff is maybe use an LFO you can see
[33:43.320] this nice visual here you can click on it and have all the options you need and say maybe I want
[33:48.920] to modulate this cut off right you click this handle here and then you define what you want to
[33:56.520] modulate you see it's slightly blue if you click it it's gone if you click it again you can see
[34:04.040] everything that's modulable is slightly blue so you can modulate here to cut off a bit
[34:10.680] also maybe the resonance okay
[34:13.800] maybe we use a random modulator here and modulate the pitch
[34:27.640] a slight amount go here for hertz and as you can maybe here and see all these modulators
[34:49.720] are polyphonic so if you use multiple voices in your instruments for instance if I press multiple
[34:56.840] keys here you can see I press two keys where two voices now three voices and they are modulated
[35:05.320] differently by the random modulator here in the pitch so this is pretty nice to have also to create
[35:13.640] more complexity you can modulate modulators so when we have this random modulator here you can
[35:21.240] click this handle and you can go to the LFO here and can maybe modulate the rate of the LFO so
[35:31.240] this way we can create much more complexity than just using modulator to value modulations right
[35:41.640] also important to know is we can modulate stuff here in the policing but also when you nest the
[35:49.800] devices inside the policing for instance here a reverb again you can use the modulator in front
[35:56.760] of the policing to modulate stuff inside the reverb which is inside the policing so here we can
[36:03.240] modulate now the mix offset mix knob of the reverb so maybe go here for this we can see it better
[36:14.440] okay so when you nest the devices down then you can also apply modulators from top to down so if you
[36:29.400] have for instance here a policing and after the policing you have maybe a reverb you can't
[36:38.520] modulate stuff this way you can see it's not green it's not possible to modulate actually stuff
[36:47.080] here you have to nest it inside the policing we can modulate top to down okay can also modulate
[36:56.040] stuff from inside to the outside so when you have a modulator here on the reverb
[37:00.040] you can actually don't modulate stuff outside of the of this box so you can always only go from
[37:11.400] the outside to the inside or on the same device this is also nice to know and maybe a lot of people
[37:20.520] get confused by this but it's not so hard to understand basically so we have modulators we can
[37:30.360] modulate stuff on the synth itself they are all polyphonic you can modulate other modulators
[37:36.440] and you can modulate devices that are nested inside the device where the modulators are attached to
[37:42.600] so another specialty of the modulators are for instance if I go here for an LFO this one here
[37:54.520] you have a lot of options here for for instance here we start with hertz so you can change the speed
[38:00.520] in the unit of hertz but you can also go here for yeah divisions of your
[38:07.560] speed so we have 150 bpm and you can go for a 16th note here and you can sync it to your song tempo
[38:16.440] basically you can also do something like pitch of the current note so now we have now no
[38:24.760] modulation happening or no rate happening but when you press key on the keyboard here for instance
[38:30.520] the C4 we have now applied the pitch or the frequency of C4 I don't know which hertz frequency it is
[38:43.000] but now we have basically the LFO modulating in the same speed of the frequency of the note we
[38:49.000] are inputting so this can be an interesting effect so I have basically algebraic modulating the
[39:03.160] cut off now okay okay so now we explain some modulators so there's a lot of more modulators here
[39:11.480] and this list for instance you can use something like a macro knob you get this small knob which
[39:21.080] looks exactly like these other buttons here but you can use this to apply some modulations to
[39:28.280] different or multiple knobs here down in your patch you can use this to yeah control multiple
[39:37.800] knobs basically and yeah this gives you some kind of interface options to your patch to your
[39:46.600] preset but you can also switch on the remote controls here down below there's another button
[39:52.840] and it looks something like this and this is basically made for for your keyboard when you have
[39:58.680] a pretty generic MIDI keyboard a lot of these keyboards have 8 8 knobs for you to control and that's
[40:08.040] exactly for that so you have here 8 8 parameters defined and you can steer it with your controller
[40:17.000] but you can also go in here and see all the multiple pages because you can apply or create
[40:23.800] multiple pages of this and you can create something here for this preset of this patch by hitting
[40:29.960] this plus button and you can see where if now here a new page and inside this we can just click
[40:40.120] this remote handle and now we can click on something we want to control with it so for instance I want
[40:47.320] to control this macro knob here okay so now we can use your keyboard use knob 1 and exactly control
[40:55.480] this remote control which controls this macro knob and this macro knob controls multiple
[41:01.400] different parameters or something you want to have to control in your patch right so this way
[41:09.640] you can pretty much create interesting macro remote controls to your keyboard and as I said you
[41:18.280] can have multiple pages so you don't have to decide just for 8 knobs you can for multiple pages
[41:24.600] which between the pages and so on so it gets pretty complex fast if you want okay so you don't
[41:33.800] need all this but you can do it if you want and I delete this here because I don't need it
[41:42.440] yeah that's the remote controls basically one way to control your patch and yeah these
[41:50.040] modulators are also pretty interesting and you can go basically nuts with this and create
[41:55.880] pretty interesting sounds because modulation is live and the more you modulate the better the sound
[42:02.280] is at the end and the more you get insane okay what else to learn so we can create
[42:15.960] synth patches you can also have something like containers which is a special thing here
[42:23.640] I think you can go for yeah container yeah you have a lot of container options here containers are
[42:32.760] not auto effects and are also not instruments but they can contain other devices for instance you
[42:40.600] have here a drum machine which lists as a container the drum machine itself it's basically can't do
[42:51.320] nothing but you can inside these cells here can insert for instance a sampler okay inside the
[43:01.720] sampler key you can then load a kick drum for instance and then you can play it on your keyboard
[43:09.000] or on your on your pads on your drum pads on the keyboard and use it as a drum machine and you
[43:15.560] don't have to you click on plus here then insert the sampler and then insert the sample you can
[43:22.120] also just drag the sample into here and then you have automatically a sampler created inside okay
[43:31.400] can also delete this and select multiple samples and just drag it in here and you have multiple
[43:38.120] cells defined mid samplers in inside with with the loaded samples right you can pretty much create
[43:45.880] trumpets pretty fast with this device so this is a an example for container they're also
[43:55.080] different containers for instance they are something like an instrument layer which I showed
[44:02.200] before where you can layer multiple instruments playing in parallel there are also instruments selector
[44:09.080] which looks the same so we have here a polysynth maybe and the second layer is phase 4
[44:18.840] and now when you play only the polysynthes playing but you can switch to the phase 4 and now the
[44:24.760] phase 4 is playing and the other devices are going to sleep mode as you can see here is the moon
[44:30.600] moon symbol so you can switch between multiple instruments okay
[44:42.280] also have for instance here an LFO defined maybe and just modulate this so you can
[44:49.400] modulate between the layers you can have unlimited layers and switch all between the layers and only
[45:01.080] have one synth or one instrument active and all the rest is basically sleeping and saving CPU power
[45:08.840] so this is something you can use there's also something like FX layer
[45:13.240] here where you can drop in multiple effects for instance when we have a polysynth and you want
[45:22.920] to press one note but you want to create a chord you use a multi note note effect
[45:32.680] and then we can create this way some kind of chord so we press one key but this multi note
[45:39.880] creates multiple notes okay and then you can put this into a note FX layer for instance
[45:51.400] you can have multiple of these in parallel so maybe we have one layer is an aperture
[45:58.840] triad and the other one is a multi note so you have an aperture and a multi note outputting
[46:12.520] multiple notes and then they are outputs in parallel I hope that makes sense
[46:18.520] so with the note FX layer you can layer up effects note effects okay so these are the containers
[46:28.440] containers and there's a lot of more containers but you get the idea it's basically just a dump
[46:36.840] container where you can apply or insert some instruments and effects and combine them in
[46:43.320] different ways so we have FX layer FX selector chain and I think these are
[46:51.000] legacy devices so they are removed sometime in the future note mod step mod it's all replaced by
[46:59.000] modulators and I think you can hide this by include legacy devices here so these are the
[47:07.160] basically all the containers we have and also stuff like that's pretty interesting too
[47:14.120] we have some containers here for instance we have something like a replacer
[47:25.720] replacer where you can send in an audio signal and every time a peak occurs you can send out
[47:32.360] a MIDI note so when you have a long a kick drum or a drum loop and you want to trigger on every
[47:40.440] hit want to trigger something like a synth or something then you can use it for this
[47:47.560] then you have something like stereo split where you have your signals split it into the left
[47:52.520] and the right channel and you can apply effects on the left and the right channel separately so
[47:57.880] you can have a reverb on the left channel and a delay on the right channel if you want
[48:02.120] something like this maybe this sounds pretty weird but
[48:17.080] so you can split the signal into left and right then we have something like mid-side split
[48:24.360] so you have a mid-signal and all the side information so where when you have a stereo signal
[48:32.200] you can completely remove the mid-signal the mono signal when you left with the side
[48:38.040] information or you can remove the side or you can put in an EQ only on the side information
[48:46.040] and remove maybe the low frequencies here and the mid-signal we remove the top end
[49:01.000] something like this okay and there are other options just for just for the examples
[49:12.120] yeah we have multi band FX2 FX3 so you have the signal divided into bands low band mid band
[49:20.200] live band you can insert their different modules
[49:28.760] transient control transient shape I hear in the mid and the top end we put in a reverb for instance
[49:35.160] something like this and you can treat treat your signal or all kinds of ways
[49:49.560] which can be interesting for multi band compression or something like this
[49:56.920] you can also insert of course VST effects if you want so it's not it's not only for bitric
[50:04.440] devices then we have containers what we have now XY instrument where you can
[50:15.640] morph between different boxes here where you can insert instruments
[50:19.800] I made something like this two days ago so I have like in every box here I have a sampler
[50:26.600] with a sample inside and there's all these samples on textures mode so some granular
[50:35.720] some granular synthesis and then I morph between all these different samples slowly here
[50:43.160] and I can also use my mod build on the keyboard to change the speed the speed of the morphing
[50:50.840] basically right and this gives some nice sounds
[51:20.920] so this can be pretty interesting to just use all your presets and put different presets into
[51:35.000] different boxes here and then just yeah morph between them but you don't have to modulate this
[51:41.000] here with the X and Y knobs here you just can use your mouse to morph around or maybe make something
[51:51.640] else so this is just an example there are also okay what's left
[52:02.440] FX layers also interesting when you want to put multiple effects maybe on a sound
[52:09.880] so you have a Polys synth here and you not only want to re-bub you want also delay and you want
[52:18.600] everything in parallel blade basically so maybe you ring modulator here and go for c4 which is
[52:28.920] also pretty nice when you see something like this here or when you can drag here a multiple
[52:35.000] parameters you can just control click and then hit control and a to select everything and then
[52:44.120] just put in the node so for instance c4 c3 and then it uses the corresponding hertz basically
[52:56.920] here so pretty nice so this way you have the same input signal multiplied to three channels and on
[53:19.080] each channel you have a different effect maybe with mix on 100% and maybe use a tool device
[53:32.760] that you have a tri-signal or you can just use the mix knob here or use an LFO on this one
[54:03.560] yeah you can create pretty much everything you can dream of inside Bitwig just in this section and I
[54:16.200] I didn't even touch the grid yet so you can see I'm pretty happy with Bitwig studio
[54:23.160] and I just explained the containers so the left thing is basically the right section here which I
[54:35.400] used for samples here and the right section is basically just the browser where you can search for
[54:41.640] devices presets samples with the samples and so on you have also something here like a project
[54:49.640] meta data where you can meta data where you can change title see which files you used when you
[54:58.520] have audio samples inside here you can see which files are missing can use collect and save where
[55:05.160] Bitwig collects all the samples from everywhere on your hard drive and saves it into the project
[55:10.440] folder can see which plugins you used inside the project so that's pretty interesting then you
[55:17.000] have your some studio IO where you can select different outputs when you want to have the master
[55:25.560] on a different output then maybe some of the tracks or you can use your controller script and see
[55:34.120] MIDI mappings so we can see now we have here everything green slightly green overlay and for instance
[55:44.680] if I click here at the way it's now MIDI input and I can select some some key or some slider on my
[55:51.880] keyboard here and now I can change the slider with my my keyboard so that's just basic MIDI mapping
[56:01.320] in general this right right browser here is basically the left over are an old version of the new
[56:09.080] browser context browser here but everything you find in here you can also find in here but sometimes
[56:17.960] it's pretty helpful to actually have your samples always list here ready to drag in right so when
[56:26.200] you drag in a sample here on the track itself it becomes an audio file and if you drag in a
[56:32.040] sample not on the track so instead here in the front then it creates a sampler with a sample inside
[56:42.040] so it's also important where you drag stuff okay so sometimes you can make here a note clip
[56:51.800] create some some kind of sound okay and then you're gonna go here to the sampler or just
[57:07.000] create an empty sampler and just drag this note clip into the sampler and in the background it
[57:13.480] bounces basically the audio to an audio sample and puts it into the sampler right so this is
[57:20.600] something to know also important naming when you name samples for instance
[57:31.560] if you just delete this create the empty sampler and then we have this base clip here and I name it
[57:40.200] base sound and I plate your C2 and I write this into the sample sample description here C2
[57:52.840] and also write 150 EPM with this naming convention bitwig recognizes which
[58:03.240] root node you are using basically so when I drag this in here I can see bitwig sees it's C2
[58:13.960] actually as a root node so you don't have to tweak it yourself and also when you drag in the sample
[58:21.000] or base sound 150 PPM drag this inside here I think you can see here in the temple I made a data
[58:33.480] it's also seeing this as 150 PPM so when you have drum loops and exported with 150 PPM in the title
[58:42.680] bitwig automatically sees this this is temple information let's apply this to this clip and you
[58:51.000] don't have to do it for yourself right so I think that's it for this video it's already too much
[58:57.320] information in the end I think but I want to stop here there's much more to explain but I already
[59:03.560] have a lot of videos on my channel explaining some of the concepts inside bitwig studio and there are
[59:10.200] also additional videos coming for actually producing music inside bitwig studio where I also explain
[59:17.800] the arranger and the clip launcher and how to use it to create actual tracks so but for this first
[59:25.880] beginner tutorial I think it's enough and it's already pretty long I don't know how long
[59:31.640] one hour or something like this but yeah as I said in the beginning of the video let me know
[59:38.920] why you want to use bitwig studio and I give out some a track licenses if you have some questions
[59:45.240] about some of the stuff I explained ask me in the comments I try to answer everything
[59:51.480] also if you think I made some mistakes somewhere let me know if you don't like my English it's
[59:57.640 --> 01:00:07.400] pretty bad I know and yeah see you in the next video thanks for watching leave a like
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