10 Bitwig Tips & Tricks Vol. 3

10 Bitwig Tips & Tricks Vol. 3

Welcome to Volume 3 of TÂCHES TEACHES' Bitwig Tips & Tricks! I'm TÂCHES and as always, I'm going to reveal some amazing, overlooked features of Bitwig Studio. Whether you're a Bitwig beginner or a pro, these insights will, without a doubt, supercharge your mastery of Bitwig 5.

Tip #1: Easily Access Modulation Amounts

When working with multiple modulators in Bitwig, it can be difficult to keep track of the modulation amounts on each parameter. To solve this problem, simply right-click on the parameter you want to modify and select the modulator. You can even add multiple modulators to the same parameter.

To see all modulation sources affecting a parameter, simply right click and you will be able to see not just what is modulating the parameter but also how much

Tip #2: Apply Edits to Multiple Layers

When working with drum racks or instrument layers, making edits to each individual layer can be time-consuming. To make changes to all layers at once, right-click on the parameter you want to edit, choose "Copy Value to All Layers," and the change will be applied to every layer.

Right click on any changed parameter to copy the values to all other layers

Tip #3: Adjust Velocity of MIDI Keyboard

If you don't have a MIDI controller and are using your laptop keyboard to play instruments in Bitwig, you may find the velocity to be too harsh. To adjust the velocity, press the "C" key to decrease the velocity or the "V" key to increase it.

C decreases the velocity, while V increases it. There is no command for cleaning your keyboard

Tip #4: Easily Switch Between Multiple Pairs of Monitor Speakers

If you have multiple pairs of monitor speakers connected to your sound card, you can quickly switch between them in Bitwig. Simply add a new pair of "Speakers" in the "Settings" menu, assign them to the appropriate outputs on your sound card, and you can then easily switch between speakers using the In/Out panel.

Setting up two or more speaker sets can allow you to easily reference your mix

Tip #5: Enable Host Automation for External VST Effects

Some VST effects may not have an interface for modulation or automation within Bitwig. To solve this, right-click on the parameter you want to modulate and enable host automation. This will allow you to control the parameter using Bitwig's modulation options.

Some plugins will allow automation and modulation of parameters but they must be "enabled"

Tip #6: Reference Other Channels for EQ Adjustments

When mixing two objects that need to sit well together, like a kick and a bass, it can be helpful to reference one channel while making EQ adjustments on the other. In Bitwig, you can pick a reference channel in the inspector panel of the EQ device, allowing you to make EQ adjustments based on the frequencies of the reference channel.

Overlaying the frequencies of one channel onto another can help with mixing

Tip #7: Visualize Sound Shapes with Oscilloscope

For precise editing of sounds, especially kicks and claps, it can be helpful to have real-time visual feedback of the sound's shape. In Bitwig, you can add an oscilloscope device to the sound and adjust the scaling and gain to visualize the shape of the sound waveforms.

Oscilloscopes can help you better visualise the timing and envelope of your sources in real time

Tip #8: Additional Fades for Audio Clips

In Bitwig, you can add fades to audio clips to make edits like shortening high hats. These fades can be further edited by adding additional fades on top of them, allowing for smooth volume fades or other adjustments without affecting the original fades.

You can fade events inside clips and then apply additional fades to the actual clips themselves

Tip #9: Additive Automation

Bitwig allows for additive automation, where you can draw in additional automation lines that are added to the main automation. This allows for more nuanced and complex automation movements within a single clip, giving you greater control over your sound.

You can combine automation with the additive and multiplicative modes

Tip #10: Applying Swing to Audio Clips

Swing can add a rhythmic feel to your tracks, but it typically only affects MIDI notes. However, you can still apply swing to audio clips by consolidating the individual audio events into a single clip. This way, you can use swing to give your audio clips a more groovy and humanized feel.

Bitwig's 'Swing' will act on audio files so long as they are events in a clip

That's a wrap for today's tips and tricks. I hope you found them helpful in your Bitwig production journey. Happy creating!