Bitwig‘s press division just released the official release date for Bitwig Studio: March 26, 2014…
It looks like Bitwig Studio will be available from the very beginning aswell for Windows, as for Mac, as for Linux.
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Ableton AG just announced the most anticipated update of their flagship Live and a hardware device named the Push controller. Both releases are expected to be available in the first quarter of 2013, though Ableton did not officially provide an exact release date as of yet.
According to an interview Gerhard Behles gave the Deutsche Welle in 2010, Ableton sold more than 1 million copies of Live until then.
Live 9 Features
- session automation:
automation is now recorded in clips. Automation can be moved between arrangement and session view and vice versa. Edit automation with curves.
- updated browser:
sth. many ppl. wanted to see: searching and finding instruments, effects, samples, packs VSTs is now made easier than ever before. Instant search as you type. And sort by various categories.
- updated and new effects:
the effects have been reworked. Ableton added an analogue modelled Glue Compressor and a Convolution Reverb (Max4Live), Ableton updated the EQ8 to display a spectrum view and the Compressor to feature Gain Reduction
- new features:
audio to MIDI. Melodies and Drums can now be extracted to MIDI. Harmony-to-MIDI extracts notes and chords from audio stems.
- Max 4 Live:
the integration of M4L that has started in 2009 has now been completed. M4L is now part of Ableton Live Suite
- tons of new sounds
Ableton Live 8.3 Update
Berlin based music software company has just released the Ableton Live Update 8.3, now featuring Soundcloud integration and autoupdate. Ableton Live now comes with 6 months premium membership for SoundCloud.
Ableton Live Lite For Soundcloud Members
For all the SoundClouders Ableton gives away for free a copy of Ableton Live Lite 8.3. This might be especially interesting for producers using a different DAW like
Emagic’s erm Apple’s Logic, Steinberg’s Cubase or Propellerhead’s Reason at the moment. This offer is valid until May, 31st. If you don’t have a SoundCloud account, it’s time to get one, now :-) You may also register at SoundCloud using your Facebook account.
The device is named AnalogKick 1.0 and was done by Peter McCulloch.
The author says: “AnalogKick is a bass drum synth based on the design of the TR-808’s bass drum, and is capable of producing sounds quite similar to the original.”
In contrast to the original 808 the emulation adds some nice-to-have’s:
- FM and distortion, as
- change the tuning curve of the oscillator envelope to adjust the snappiness of the attack.
- key-following, to use it as a percussive synth with FM.
You recorded a nice sample from an external source (name it a bass synthesizer or anything else). After recording you see that the sample’s gain is too low.
- copy that pattern from the pattern view to the arrangement view
- consolidate that sample in the arrangement view (
CTRL+ Jon Windows or
CMD + Jon Apple)
- increase the sample’s own gain to
- the tiny downside: bass samples get often distorted. If you don’t like auto-distortion take Solution 2 ;-)
- get yourself Audacity
- load that recorded sample from Ableton into Audacity
- go to
Effects -> Normalize
- et voilà: gain set to 0dB and no distortion
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.