Installing the Free Bitwig Randomizer Extension
Tutorial | Jul 11, 2022
I recently discovered a free Bitwig extension that helps me to quickly generate names for my projects and randomly select samples and presets from the browser. I can just click the 'Select Random Item' button to pick a sample or preset, and then I can use the 'Random Name Generator' to create a name for my project. All I need to do is download the "Randomizer.bv extension" file and put it in the "Documents/Bitwig Studio/Extensions" folder. I think this is really helpful and makes my workflow easier.
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Questions & Answers #
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What is the Bitwig extension that can be installed for free? #
The Bitwig extension that can be installed for free is called the Randomizer. It helps to generate names for projects and also provides a random selection from the browser. It is available on the IO page and can be installed by downloading the randomizer.bv extension file and placing it in the Documents/Bitwig Studio Extensions folder.
How does the Randomizer help with sample selection? #
The Randomizer helps with sample selection by providing a button to select a random item from the browser. This allows users to preview sounds with the keyboard and randomly select samples or presets without having to make a decision.
How can the Randomizer be used to create a project name? #
The Randomizer can be used to create a project name by using the Random Name Generator. This combines the current date with a random name and can be adjusted by turning off the date in the controller settings. The generated name can be used as a project name and saved as the file name.
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[00:00.000] Hey folks, welcome back to another video.
[00:02.760] Today is about a Bitwig extension you can install and it's completely for free that
[00:08.480] helps you to generate some names for your project and also gives you a random sample
[00:14.920] or preset from the browser.
[00:18.520] And it's available here on this page, IO page, and you can see we have here the randomizer.
[00:25.760] You can unfold this and then you can select, for instance, you have randomized browser
[00:31.120] selection, which is the first feature here.
[00:34.840] And let's say you are in the sampler here and you want to select a sample and you're
[00:40.600] not really sure what sample to pick, right?
[00:43.080] And then you can click this button here, say, select random item, then select some sample
[00:50.640] here from the browser.
[00:52.640] Of course, can preview here with the keyboard, can also hit this multiple times, we get different
[01:01.160] selections, so it helps you kind of randomized sample selection.
[01:07.640] And not only that, you can also go here to the presets if you want to, right, with all
[01:13.200] the presets instead of samples.
[01:15.780] And then you can also select random item here and then select some presets at random.
[01:22.600] And sometimes it's really helpful to, yeah, get over the making a decision, basically,
[01:29.760] get over this and just go with the flow and just go with some something random lead you
[01:35.160] to interesting results, maybe.
[01:38.160] And I really like this.
[01:39.840] And then if you're OK with that, you can also click your add current item or just click
[01:45.680] I think it's the same thing.
[01:49.160] And then when you made your track and you want to save it or you want to save a preset,
[01:53.400] let's say you want to save preset to library, right?
[01:57.640] And then you need the name.
[01:58.840] And then you can do this here with a random name generator, you click generate and then
[02:02.920] it's combining here to current date with the random name.
[02:09.000] You can also do this here multiple times.
[02:11.960] If you don't like the date, you can also switch this off.
[02:15.800] You have to go to your controller settings and to the corner, chronic panel randomizer
[02:20.600] here and you can just deselect prepend date for file name.
[02:25.000] And then you have just a name, right?
[02:29.720] And yeah, you can then maybe also use this here as a as a file name for your project.
[02:37.720] I really prefer using the data here, I have to say.
[02:42.640] And just copy this and save as and then put this in and then you have a project name,
[02:51.160] at least something, something interesting, something random, you can rename it any time
[02:56.760] after that if you maybe have a name that suits your project better.
[03:03.240] But for the moment where you just need a name and maybe a date, then this is completely
[03:08.880] nice to have in my opinion.
[03:11.520] So how do you install this, right?
[03:13.280] So you go to the Bitwig, to the GitHub page here, I link to that in the description below.
[03:20.600] Go to the GitHub page and then there's a release releases button on the right side.
[03:25.640] You can see there's only one release.
[03:28.880] Click on that.
[03:29.960] And then you can see the randomizer dot bv extension file and you can download this
[03:35.240] to your download folder, of course.
[03:37.960] And then all you have to do, you have to put this file into your documents, Bitwig studio
[03:46.240] extensions folder, and then you can just put it there.
[03:51.040] Super simple, actually.
[03:52.520] And then you don't need to restart Bitwig, it just takes a moment.
[03:56.040] You maybe can see here the spinner on the right top corner, the spinner spinning.
[04:02.080] And then after a while, it becomes available inside Bitwig studio.
[04:06.360] Then you have to go to your settings page here to the controllers, right?
[04:10.360] You can go settings, controllers.
[04:13.800] And then you have to add a new controller.
[04:17.640] Click that.
[04:18.800] As a hardware vendor, you select here the mechanic panel option.
[04:24.040] And then you can see your randomizer.
[04:26.280] It's basically a controller, a controller script.
[04:30.600] And then you have this new page here, you can't select any media input because you don't
[04:34.280] need that, and you can select your prepend date for file name or not, just how we like
[04:41.840] And then it should be available here on the right side on this IO page, where you have
[04:48.440] to just unfold this, and then you have it here all the times.
[04:53.560] Also, what you generate here is saved with your project.
[04:57.680] So you have this available anytime you open the project again.
[05:01.920] So it's a very nice Bitwig extension, very useful.
[05:07.400] And I think there are more features coming to this, I guess.
[05:11.960] But for now, it's very useful, at least for me having here a random name for the project,
[05:17.800] for presets I do every day.
[05:20.320] And I have to think about some, you know, I have to come up with some weird names for
[05:26.080] It's very nice to have.
[05:28.760] And I really wish Bitwig integrates something like this into Bitwig Studio natively here
[05:36.600] when you say save, save as or save that you have a new project, or even when you create
[05:43.480] a new project, right, you have your new three, maybe give us date, a random name, a random
[05:49.360] string or something like this could be sometimes really helpful, in my opinion, okay.
[05:55.440] So that's all for today.
[05:57.720] I want to show you give this preset or this extension a try.
[06:02.000] It's very helpful.
[06:03.960] And yeah, also thanks to the creator itself, maybe he can put up some donation button here.
[06:13.120] I think it's possible on GitHub itself.
[06:16.160] So yeah, thanks for watching and have fun with it.
[06:20.280] Until next time, see you and bye.