The Berlin based company Bitwig has eventually presented some details about their upcoming music software BitwigStudio. Bitwig Studio is targeting at professional and semi-professional musicians for producing and using live.
Features in Version 1.0
In addition to what people would expect like VST support, there seem to be some groundbreaking new features to be coming already in version 1.0:
- dual heading for the use of several displays
- Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X and LINUX support (!!)
- working on multiple documents
- multiple automizations
Upcoming Features After Version 1.0
Bitwig also announced features to be upcoming after version 1.0:
- LAN multi-user jamming
- multi-user music production via Internet
- Native modular synthesizer/effects system
The Bitwig company has been founded by former Ableton developers in 2008. They are located in Berlin/Germany.
Closed Beta Test
Although there is no reliable information at the moment about release dates, you can apply here for a beta test starting soon.
Update [Jan 28, 2012]
Forum threads indicate there is a tiny chance that Ableton might sue Bitwig for cloning parts of Live’s GUI, in legal terms for violating the protection of registered designs.