So I though a good reason to test the program once again. There are a few featurtes I was missing in open source DAWs I checked out so far (Ardour, Qtractor, Lmms):
- quick slicing
- drumpad or pad like sampler that could be triggered from a midi controller
This is exactly where it excels over thos three mentioned DAWs:
- Very quick slicing and then adding to a drumpad instrument or a multitrack.
- Midi editor switchable between notes & pad content ( = sample name) albeit the piano roll was not adjustable in its width to accomodate longer sample names.
- Fleximble routing & direct interfacing to Jack
But I was a bit disapointed about:
- the control over zooming and region selection (e.g. no zoom to selected region)
- the control over playback modes (play all, play region/selection, jump to start, etc.)
- From what I have seen, I can see some potential in the software for my personal use because it offers most functionality which scattered over so many different tools in the libre music production world:
- Beat slicing with Shuriken or Audacity
- Drumming with Hydrogen
- Sequencing with Lmms
- Midi editing with Qtractor
- Mixing with Ardour
- Bitwig needs to improve the user interface tremendously to make this more intuitive!
- I will certainly keep watching this software.
- Bitwig’s manual should be searchable and have more key words, e.g. transport control
- For my current status in music production, it will help me but its status does probably not justify the puchase, even if only 199EUR/USD .
- –> I will first learn more basics of production and then be better able to unlease the software.
- ==> But maybe I will execute a purchase and use the 14days revocation period to check it further…
- The impressions all came from a few hours of typical trial&error testing.
- This was done without consulting many manuals or checking only one ( Bitwig Studio is not Ableton Live: Onsets ) of the few online videos & tutorials that exist to explain the use of Bitwig