Bitwig Announces Studio 3, Featuring the "Grid" Modular Synth Builder

This time last year, Bitwig announced a huge update to Bitwig Studio 2, which then offered more software synths, improved time-stretching capabilities, and more. Then, in September, they added a re-tooled Sampler that packed powerful granular and wavetable synthesis tools into an easy-to-use instrument. It was such an impressive addition that we put it in our favorite music software releases of 2018.

Today, the Bitwig continues to broaden the sound design capabilities in its flagship DAW with the announcement of Bitwig Studio 3. And the major new feature is the Grid—a modular synth builder that allows you to patch virtual modules to create unique sounds and rhythms.

Bitwig explains:

The Grid is an open modular environment built in to three new devices: Poly Grid, Mono Grid and FX Grid. While all Grid devices work in the same way, each allows for different configurations. Want to build a polyphonic synth? Start with Poly Grid. Need an adaptive audio effect with your signature sound? FX Grid will chew up incoming audio, either gently or otherwise. In the mood for cascading drones? Mono Grid is a great workbench for you. And when your idea morphs, just take what you've made and move to a different device.

Watch the company's announcement video below. Bitwig will be premiering Studio 3 in full at NAMM next week, with an expected release in spring 2019.

Bitwig Studio 3: Enter The Grid

According to Bitwig, the Grid includes:

  • Fully-modular sound design
  • Fantastic sound quality
  • 120+ modules
  • Any signal, anywhere
  • Lighting-fast workflow
  • 4x-oversampled, stereo signal path

For all the latest product releases coming out ahead of next week's NAMM convention, check out our ongoing NAMM 2019 coverage.

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