Bitwig tips/tricks? Plus: PolarDesigner plugin opportunity for a F/OSS developer ..

Tony Scharf tony.scharf at
Fri Oct 15 03:43:35 CEST 2021

I’ve been using bitwig for about six months now.  There are some UI goofs, but aside from that it’s extremely solid.  I love their horizontal clip window, so you can see arrange and clips at the same time.  It’s great on a wide monitor.

The Grid is fantastic!  You can get lost in there pretty easily.  Great for building your own stuff.  It’s easy to build generative setups that build on themselves.  Like Reason without the cartoonish UI.

From: music-bar <music-bar-bounces at> on behalf of Jay Vaughan <ibisum at>
Sent: Thursday, October 14, 2021 11:02:15 AM
To: Music-bar <music-bar at>
Subject: Bitwig tips/tricks? Plus: PolarDesigner plugin opportunity for a F/OSS developer ..

Hey ‘barians,

I’ve recently been given a bit of responsibility for our plugin development at work, which means I’m on the “install all the DAW’s” mission, and tomorrow its all about BitWig, for which I have received a full license.

I’m a BitWig newbie, although I’ve done a few of the tutorials - but I just know there are ‘barians with a lot of experience with BitWig so far - have any of you got any tips/tricks for me, gotchas I should know about, or even more insight into how to get things working productively?  It’ll be in use with my Arturia AudioScope on MacOS, which should be pretty decent, lets see.

I’m going to be doing some work on Austrian Audios’ AmbiCreator plugin ( which requires multi-channel tracks (x4) - is this something that can be done with BitWig out of the box, such as is the case with Reaper?  I guess I’m going to find out in the morning...

Incidentally, all of Austrian Audio’s plugins are open source, in case anyone feels like taking a peek or two .. and in the spirit of such an endeavour, if anyone on music-bar were to get *really* motivated to make some contributions to any of these, well, we can discuss the hardware required to support such an effort ..

I’ll be setting up to do some of my first ambisonic recordings next week at Sky Studio, and probably take the rig to an open mic night at Cafe Tunnel here in Vienna .. pretty fun tasks, to be honest, but with a pretty analog scope. Might have to rig up some synths with speakers around the room, just for the sake of having automated testing sources, lol ...

Jay Vaughan
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