Exploring the Power of the Clock Quantizer in Bitwig Studio
Tutorial | Apr 20, 2022
I love the clock quantizer in Bitwig Studio, as it allows me to quantize signals to a steady trigger so that I can create interesting rhythms. I demonstrated how it can be used to delay manual triggers, to quantize two triggers, to create vinyl crackle, and to extract grooves from drum loops. I highly recommend using the clock quantizer to create interesting rhythms in your music.
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Questions & Answers #
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What does the clock quantizer in Bitwig Studio do? #
The clock quantizer in Bitwig Studio is a module that can quantize signals. Rather than quantizing the steps in which the signal changes its value, it quantizes the point in time, meaning it delays the signal until the next event in the quantization signal happens. This allows for more interesting rhythms and synchronization of signals.
How can the clock quantizer be used to create interesting rhythms? #
The clock quantizer can be used to create interesting rhythms by selecting values where the division of the signals does not result in a natural number. This often results in unexpected delays in certain triggers, allowing for a more interesting rhythm. The clock quantizer can also be used to extract grooves from drum loops and modulate the clock freely without worrying about getting out of rhythm.
What are the advantages of using the clock quantizer? #
The clock quantizer is a great way to quickly sort out erudic rhythms and give structure to generative experiments that can then be rapidly adapted to songs and traditional structures. It is also a great way to create interesting rhythms and synchronization of signals.
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[00:00.000] Hi, my name is Polarity, good to have you back.
[00:04.500] The clock quantizer in Bitwig Studio is probably my most favorite module, there's actually
[00:10.260] no grid patch in which does not appear, so I want to dedicate this video to that module.
[00:17.660] There will probably be a simpler, less complicated video on my Bitwig guide channel, but here
[00:24.780] I just want to express my appreciation a little more.
[00:29.060] As the name suggests, the module can quantize signals, not in which steps the signal changes
[00:35.860] its value, but rather when the state changes.
[00:40.380] It quantizes the point in time, so to speak.
[00:44.380] And the great thing is that you can choose which other time signal you want to quantize
[00:49.900] something to, and in most cases, for me, that's a steady trigger every 16 node of a bar.
[00:58.860] The surprising thing about the module is that I haven't found any UREG module that does
[01:05.060] exactly the same thing as the clock quantizer, and even in BCVREG, I only found one module
[01:13.780] thanks to the BCV Guru Omri Cohen.
[01:17.260] I can't hardly understand why, since the module can quickly sort out erudic rhythms.
[01:25.900] In this example, I quantize a manual trigger to an 8 node of a bar signal, and you can see
[01:32.820] in the top oscilloscope when I trigger a signal.
[01:37.700] In the middle scope, you can see the quantization signal, and in the bottom scope, you can see
[01:44.100] that the manual trigger is delayed until the next event in the quantization signal happens.
[01:50.220] In other words, we delay our triggering so that it fits into the rhythmic grid.
[02:00.220] Let's replace the manual trigger with something else.
[02:03.220] I take a second trigger module and quantize it to the first.
[02:08.420] It gets interesting here when we select values where the division of the signals does not
[02:13.660] result in a natural number.
[02:16.500] This often results in interesting rhythms, because some triggers are delayed, and others
[02:22.260] are allowed to pass, because they fit exactly the quantization signal.
[02:29.380] You can play with all kinds of signals and try to quantize them.
[02:33.540] There are no limits to the possibilities.
[02:36.740] Often the module can be seen as a sort of organizer, cleaning up your wild rhythmic experiments
[02:43.580] and giving them structure.
[02:45.820] This allows generative experiments to be quickly adapted to the songs and traditional structures.
[02:52.700] You should also note that the gate length of the signal to be quantized is lost during
[02:57.420] the process, and is replaced by the length of the clock signal.
[03:02.180] If you want to change this, you have to make a little extra effort in the quantize
[03:06.460] the gate of as well.
[03:09.260] In this example, we use filtered noise and the delay to create vinyl crackle.
[03:16.460] We use the crackle as a signal and try to quantize it with our clock signal.
[03:24.540] As a result, we get interesting random triggers that are perfectly synchronized.
[03:32.140] You can also find on my channel a video on how to use the clock quantizer to extract grooves
[03:40.780] from drum loops and make use of them.
[03:44.620] The link is in the description.
[03:55.420] These four percussion sounds each play their own rhythm.
[03:59.940] Play too wild for a groove.
[04:19.860] If we quantize each signal to a clock signal, it quickly becomes more orderly and the
[04:26.380] nice groove appears.
[04:34.500] Perfect or fast and interesting drum patterns.
[04:40.780] You can now modulate the clock freely and don't have to worry about getting out of rhythm.
[04:58.340] I hope you learned something from this video, and maybe you also want to try out the clock
[05:04.140] quantizer in Bitwig Studio.
[05:06.500] It's a great module and I use it a lot.
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[05:15.140] Thanks for watching and bye.