Bitwig 3 is officially here, and the Grid is what it’s all about
The Bitwig 3 update has officially launched, and it introduces a variety of incredible new features and improvements.
The biggest new addition in Bitwig 3 is the new Grid system, it’s a native modular software system allowing for almost unmatched sound design capabilities directly in a DAW. The Grid is an incredibly intuitive system, particularly for those who may not be comfortable with modular environments yet, as it takes a lot of the complex patching aspects out of the equation. The modules are categorized thoughtfully, and you can simply switch between any of the categorized modules without having to un-patch, remove the module and add a new one. It also offers various direct connections in and out of the DAW, allowing you to create a control system for your existing synthesizer and much more.
The Grid comes in two forms, Poly Grid – the instrument, and FX Grid for creating your own unique effects from scratch. There are already over 150 modules to choose from, they handle stereo/mono signals automatically, and are capable of 4x oversampling for an incredibly clean sound. It also comes with a host of presets to help get you started quickly.
Help where you need it…
One of my favourite features in the new Bitwig 3 Grid, is the interactive help tooltips. Each module has a pull-up page with a quick reference guide of what all the parameters on the module do. This makes the entire system incredibly intuitive for newcomers to step in with little to no knowledge on modular synthesis.
Bitwig 3 is compatible with Ableton Link, allowing you to connect the two to make use of Bitwig’s advanced, yet user-friendly modular system alongside your Ableton projects.
Bitwig 3 is a fully-fledged DAW with some similarities to Ableton, so any users coming from Ableton should find their feet quickly.