Bitwig keep drip feeding us information about Bitwig Studio, and every morsel of information makes it look that much cooler…What you’re seeing in this new video from Bitwig is an implementation of the completely open Bitwig Studio controller API. This allows communication between the software and a standard MIDI controller that’s much, much deeper than standard MIDI commands. This is a Native Instruments Maschine MK2 controller operating purely in MIDI mode, with bi-directional communication enabling step sequencing inside Bitwig Studio:
Some Extra Details
Whilst we’re content to wait and see what happens with Bitwig Studio for the most part – after all, there’s not a lot else we can do! – I wanted to clarify a couple of points that we know a lot of you will be wondering about in a very concise manner, so we fired a few questions over to Bitwig and these are the important facts for now:
OD: Can you briefly tell me a little bit more about what functions of Bitwig Studio are going to be accessible by the API, and how semantic it is? It’s impressive that you’ve got that level of input and feedback happening directly in the software for sure…
Bitwig: Nearly everything in Bitwig Studio will be accessible using the API and if something is missing it is easy to add for us. The full list will be included in the API documentation we will publish.
OD: Would the behaviour in your new video be something a user will be able to do via point, click, and basic logic rules, or will hooks and handles and a lot of other stuff I don’t understand be involved?!
MIDI and Music Production
Despite not having changed sinced the mid 80s, MIDI capability has taken on an entirely new focus in the past couple of years. Nowadays DJ software is either thriving or struggling to stay afloat on the strength of its MIDI implementation; what can be done and how easy it is to do it is the first question everyone asks. MIDI’s been a mainstay of production software for as long as it’s been around, though, and so those of you have come into production from an interest in digital DJing are often surprised at what’s possible with MIDI and a DAW.
We’ve found a lot of you still aren’t completely comfortable with MIDI as a concept – check out our explanation video if that includes you – and we often get requests for ‘mappings’ for things that don’t need to be mapped or would take far longer to distribute and load up than to do yourself!