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Bitwig 8- Track is the lite version of the Bitwig Studio DAW. As it loads, you can see all the wonderful goodness that the full version comes with, but they are not available in this taster edition. From what I could see... this thing has some serious awesome features in full mode!
This little baby is so user friendly! Straight out of it's little digital download box, the whole setup is so great to use. Even knowing what I am not able to access in the full version, there is still a ton of great stuff to work with in this kit.
Now I have always used my DAW to simply record instruments into... dabble with midi instrumentation a little... pretty straightforward stuff.
I watched a 9 minute video on just some of the things you can do with Bitwig as it was installing and BANG! I was dropping samples in from its already loaded library, splicing and rearranging clips, dropping in drum sounds, creating drum patterns and looping the parts straight away. Within 15 mins, there was the basis of a really cool sounding song.
My only regret is the money and time I have spent upgrading my DAW and recording all my songs to it.
I want the full version of Bitwig Studio.
I want this as my main DAW now.
This came with my Nektar LX49+ midi keyboard. A keyboard that is build to handle Bitwig 8 Track / Studio effordless.
Bitwig 8 track is great DAW, with huge limitations. These limitations are gone when you buy Bitwig Studio. Yet, this DAW is suprisingly 'light'. And that is actually a BIG pro! Since I wanted to be more mobile, I am using Bitwig Studio on my laptop, instead of my main desktop. Since this is limited to 8 tracks, it's great to use it with a Launchpad. ( Just like Ableton, there are some good scripts available for the Launchpad )
It kinda looks like Ableton, but has it's own way to handle things. I cannot really describe it, but you'll notice when you are playing around with it.
FL Studio is actually my main DAW. But this is a great performance DAW, to carry around. Even with it's limitations. For those looking for a main DAW, try 8 track! And when you are convinced, buy the Studio upgrade!
Haven't used it much.
Came free with my midi so can't say :/ But I do know only 8 tracks can be used with it in one shot, and my projects peak more than 150 things. So you'll have no option but to struggle and bounce things to audio after every 8 tracks. As far as the looks go, Bitwig looks to me like a combination of Ableton with Logic Pro X.