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Reasons I Love Bitwig Studio - The User Interface

Jan 04, 2021

Bitwig Studio Grid

The year 2020 saw Bitwig Studio become one of the trendy options for digital audio workstations. To me, a long time Bitwig user going back to 2015, this was awesome to witness. The competition in this area is very strong and the Bitwig team has managed to carve out a place for themselves by offering a great product with tons of features and regular updates.

This is the first post in a series that will explain why I love using Bitwig for those of you who are thinking about making the switch. Here are 3 things that I love about the Bitwig Studio user interface.

1. The Help

Digital Audio Workstartions (DAWs) are complex. There is no getting around that. Bitwig tries to ease the complexity by providing hints for every component on screen when a user hovers the mouse over it.

Want to know what this knob does? Hover over it and look at the status bar at the bottom of the window. Bitwig also offers a details help window that can be overlayed on the screen by pressing the F1 key. These help windows go over every parameter that is available and often has links to tutorial videos back on the company Youtube channel.

2. The Browser

Bitwig makes it easy to browse your library of clips, samples, presets and plugins no matter where you are. The same interface is available in both a windown when adding something new to the project or as a sidebar that can be toggled. The sound preview feature that is available when browsing samples makes finding the right sound in your library less of a hassle.

3. Drag and Drop Support

This is another quality of life feature that I absolutely love. Drag and Drop suport is available basically everywhere in this program.

For example, you can drag a .wav file from the browser in the sidebar and drop it directly on your track or in the grid launcher. You can also drag that .wav file into a new channel to create a Sampler device, drag it into an exisiting Sampler and replace the old sound while keeping the parameters, or drag it onto a Drum Machine pad. This also works when dragging files from external programs like Windows Explorer, Finder or even the Splice app.