Bitwig Studio 3.1 Released With MicroPitch Note FX Plug-In, New Grid Modules And More

The latest update, which is free for existing users, brings a raft of upgrades and improvements to this popular DAW. Here's what's new, and how to get it.  

Bitwig has released Bitwig Studio 3.1, a free download for existing users, with some new modules and a raft of workflow and utility improvements. Here's what's new. 

Pitch is a fundamental cornerstone of music, and Bitwig Studio 3.1 is tuned up with new exciting ways to work with pitch and scales. Based on Bitwig Studio's unique way to work with micro-pitch information, our new Note FX device Micro-pitch lets you dynamically retune notes, import existing scales and define your own.

New Features

  • New device: Micro-pitch
  • New modulator: Pitch-12
  • New Grid modules: Pluck, Slope â†-, Slope ↘, Follower, Transpose
  • Interactive Help view is coming to all Bitwig devices
  • Quick Draw, Quick Slice and Slice in Place
  • Note Chase
  • Cue Volume and Mix controls
  • Sampler imports standard wavetable WAVs
  • Improved tempo detection for audio files
  • New controller scripts and Bitwig controller scripts are now open source


Micro-pitch is a new Note FX device that allows you to re-tune your note streams in new ways. Fine-tune individual notes, transform scales, shrink or expand octaves, play notes that you would never have imagined. Is 440 tuning not doing it for you? Try 432. As with all devices in Bitwig Studio, Micro-pitch parameters can be automated and modulated, which opens up extraordinary possibilities for musicians and sound designers. You can load Scala (SCL) files directly into the Micro-pitch device, or explore any of the 30+ presets we've assembled for your enjoyment. The presets are based on historic (Pythagoras, Rousseau) and cultural (Chinese, Javanese) temperaments, as well as the works of Werckmeister, Harry Partch, Wendy Carlos, and more. The Micro-pitch device works with MPE-Ready VST plug-ins, as well as with Hardware via CV.

Hollin Jones was classically trained as a piano player but found the lure of blues and jazz too much to resist. Graduating from bands to composition then production, he relishes the chance to play anything with keys. A sometime lecturer in videographics, music production and photography post production, Hollin has been a freelance w... Read More


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