In Bitwig-Studio you can create quite complex filter-, routing-, and layering-setups that come quite handy when playing live or controlling several plugins/synths using only one masterkeyboard. In this quick-tip I show you how to create a key-split function where the split point can be adjusted while playing using a macro knob.
Start with a new Instrument channel and add an Instrument layer plugin from the Conainers-Section
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The first track with my new volca sample, recorded and mixed with bitwig studio
I recorded a new song only using bitwig-studio devices this weekend
This track evolved from a recorded volca bass jam session. Except for the bass line all synths are softsynths from bitwig-studio
I recorded a new jam session using my volcas, my kaospad mini, bitwig-studio and my launchpad.
The bass sequence was created using the stepsequencer in bitwig and is played on the volca keys. (dont let your self fool by the name, the keys can make really awesome basslines)
The arpegios are created using the volca bass and the kaospad mini. I used the bitwig arpeggio note effect and enter the notes using the launchpad.
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Volca Bass vs Yamaha B55 - Analog gear from now meets analog gear from the late 70's
The session was recorded and mixed using Bitwig-studio.
I have a lot of sfz samples on my harddisk but unfortunately the only sample format the internal sampler from bitwig studio can use is the built in multisample format. I played a bit with the fileformat and found that it´s a zip-container with all the wav-files and a xml file that describes how to map the samples to keyboard regions. Thats very similar to the structure of a sfz sample so I wrote a simple converter script in java that can be used to convert sfz to multisamples.
The program is far from perfect and I consider it more as a prototype than a final program - so be warned. I also haven´t implemented more advanced features like velocity zones or groups yet.
You can download the sourcecode from my github repository at
or a compiled version here: Sfz2Multisample-1.0-SNAPSHOT.jar
to use it open a terminal and start the program with the filename of the sfz file as a parameter
java -jar Sfz2Multisample-1.0-SNAPSHOT.jar sfzfilename.sfz
the program then creates a multisample with the same name.
I made a new version of the sfz2multisample tool! see the new SFZ2Multisample Project Page for more info
Part II of my song "the long dawn" recorded using bitwig-studio, a lauchpad and my mininova
For this session I used the novation launchpad step sequencer for bitwig to create sequences for my volca synths (hence the name)
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Since I wanted to play with the bitwig controler api for some time now I took the challange and wrote a midi mapping for the controller.
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