Bitwig Studio 4.1 update brings inspiring new Note FX to the DAW

Image Credit: Bitwig Studio

Music software Bitwig Studio’s version 4.1 upgrades the DAW with new Note FX, presets and colour palettes.

Popular DAW Bitwig Studio’s quick sampling abilities make it a hit with hip-hop producers. The music software has just had an upgrade, to version 4.1 – let’s take a look!

What’s new in Bitwig Studio 4.1?

The most eye-catching part of the update is new Note FX that let you morph your notes in creative, inspiring ways. The eight effects range from familiar DAW features like Humanizing and Quantizing to crazier effects like “Dribble” and “Ricochet.”

There’s 70 factory presets to get you started. Bend slides notes to meet the next pitch. Randomize changes the note expression and pitch; Strum breaks up chords; Dribble bounces notes.

Note Repeats re-triggers a sound, and Ricochet transforms notes into balls bouncing around a room, colliding to change timbre and move the panning about.

In other changes, the Bitwig Studio Sampler now has a Release chain, and Track MIDI output is now available.

There’s also a brand-new sample package which celebrates the new Note FX, with 56 preset combinations you can use when playing live.

The presets come as Note FX devices in a Chain container, with Remotes pre-mapped; they can be loaded into an Instrument track; or as Instrument presets with Note FX devices. The repeating notes make intricate rhythms in real time.

The update looks great, too, with colour palettes now available for clips, tracks and layers into which you can drag and drop a JPG or PNG for your own customisation.

Image Credit: Bitwig Studio

If you have Bitwig Studio 16-Track, only Randomize, Humanize, Bend and Quantize Note FX are available to use. The update can be downloaded by anyone with a Bitwig Studio Upgrade plan. Check out Bitwig Studio here.

I write about music for RouteNote, sharing fun stuff, news, and tips and tricks for musicians and producers. Also a saxophonist and hater of marmalade.

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