Modularity has been at the core of Bitwig Studio from the beginning. Devices can be nested, clips are containers, modulators exist everywhere, and practically anything can be dragged anywhere. But withBitwig Studio 3, we are zooming out so you can push in.
The Gridis an open modular environment that powers a family of new devices in Bitwig Studio 3: Poly GridandFX Grid. With a vast library of modules and a supersonic workflow, you’ll be creating your own unique sounds immediately, and in high-fidelity. Simply add aGriddevice to your project and start patching. It’s fun.
Fully-modular sound design
Fantastic sound quality
Any signal, anywhere
4x-oversampled, stereo signal path
Construct a polyphonic synthesizer from scratch in one session. Create an adaptive audio effect with your signature sound. Experiment with generative drones until you find a new way to perform. Or simply create the undefinable. Patching is effortless, giving full reign to your creativity.
SOUNDS OF THE GRID
Load ‘em Up, Let ‘em Rip
A great entry point into this new world is any of the 200+ Grid factory presets. Load a Grid device (either thePoly Gridinstrument or theFX Gridaudio effect), and enjoy a diverse collection of preset patches. And before you explore the patches in depth – these presets are good examples – first load them up and just start playing.
We Focused on Technology; You Focus on Sound.
The technology poweringThe Gridis as it should be: working, felt, and transparent so you can focus on the big, sonic picture. Here’s a taste of what we’ve done.
All signals are created equal.InThe Grid, all signals are interchangeable so any out port can be connected to any in port. While this is rarely the case in other programs, Bitwig Studio has made it so. Try something crazy; you (probably) won’t get electrocuted.
Every signal is stereo.Yes, every audio cable is stereo, but so are all control signals as well. By altering any of these control signals, their corresponding audio will be affected. And plenty of modules are ready to help youStereo-izeyour signals…
Getting more with less cords.For signals that are needed regularly, we have the option ofpre-cords. These clickable icons appear beside in ports allowing common connections to be made wirelessly. And withThe Grid’s quick workflow gestures, new modules can be dropped directly onto ports, automatically wiring them into your patch. Work smart instead of hard.
Phase is the place.After pitch, timbre, and loudness, phase is the essential element of sound, capable of driving basic time functions, complex modulation synthesis, and so much more. With a dedicated category of phase modules, we have made these concepts freshly accessible and newly relevant for modern music production.
Signals at a Glance, and More
Efficient workflow also means finding the information you need, when you need it. So every module in The Grid has an interactive help view that both describes every parameter on the module and allows you to keep tweaking the settings. And simply selecting a module will display all incoming and outgoing signals in the Inspector Panel. The details are always at your fingertips, right when you need them.
AUDIO AND SO MUCH MORE
A New World of Possibility in Bitwig Studio
Best of all, this new system is a completely native part of Bitwig Studio, giving you so much more to work with than audio.
Grid devices can be nested or layered along with other devices and your plug-ins, and they are controllable from the same Open Controller API.
Song position is available as a sample-accurate signal, locking your work inThe Gridto your project’s timeline.
Draw Arranger or clip-based automation for any parameter in your new grid patches, even in combination with Bitwig Studio’s existing modulators.
Modules like envelopes, LFOs, and sequencers all have modulator outputs as well. And just as Bitwig Studio’s modulators can control any parameter inThe Grid, any grid signal can be used to modulate child devices.
Your hardware modular rig is completely integrated, with dedicated grid modules for sending any control, trigger, or pitch signal asCV Outand receiving anyCV In.
That's just scratching the surface.
SHOW ME THE MODULES
The Atoms of Sound Design
The Grid offers some 154 modules (and counting) for realizing your modular dreams. They are plenty diverse so here is an overview by category:
I/O(18) - Terminal modules for signals entering or exiting this Grid device, such asVelocity In,Audio Out, andCV Pitch Out
Display(7) - Visualization and note-taking modules, such asOscilloscopeandSpectrum
Phase(14) - Modules that output wrapped phase signals, such asPhasor,Ø Scaler, andØ Formant
Data(10) - Lookup modules that are read with incoming phase signals, such asPitches,Probabilities, andØ Window
Oscillator(7) - Periodic signal generators based on waveforms or samples, such asPulse,Swarm, and Sampler
Random(4) - Aperiodic and randomized signal generators, such asS/H LFOandDice
LFO (3) - Periodic low frequency oscillators, such asLFOandTransport
Envelope(4) - Modules that produce or extract an envelope, often with a normaled amplifier, such asADSRandFollower
Filter(6) - Frequency-dependent amplifiers, such asLow-pass LD,SVF, andComb
Shaper(6) - Various linear and nonlinear waveshapers, such asQuantizerandWavefolder
Delay(5) - Delay functions, some allowing patched feedback, such asMod Delay,All-pass, andRecorder
Mix(10) - Signal routing and mixing modules, such asMixer,Split, andStereo Width
Level(17) - Amplitude-based functions, values, and converters, such asAttenuate,Bend, andAM/RM
Pitch(5) - Modules that produce pitch values, such asPitch QuantizeandZero Crossings
Math(18) - Basic arithmetic operators, such asSubtract,Minmax, and Round
Logic(20) - Comparators and other modules that output logic signals, such as Clock Divide, =, and XOR