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Arturia Bitwig + BeatStep + Mini V Combo

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Advanced integration of the Keylab with Bitwig (common work between the Arturia and Bitwig engineers). Everything a producer needs to produce electronic music...

BITWIG STUDIO

Bitwig Studio is a dynamic software solution for music creation and performance to realize all of your musical ideas in every stage of production.

From sound design to music creation, discover the new standard in customized workflow. Bitwig Studio inspires you to take greater control of your productions, giving you access to every aspect of your workflow as needed. Streamline your creative process and quickly take your music from ideas to complete songs, tracks and compositions. With Bitwig Studio, you’re in command of a workflow that works best for you.

Record and arrange, improvise and perform, or do it all at once. Choose between several display profiles. Design your own sounds with dedicated container devices. Combine built-in instruments, effects, and VST plug-ins. Bitwig Studio’s unified mapping system allows you to modulate any device or VST parameter using macro controls and modulator devices.

Explore a new world of creative possibilities, including audio and note expressions, histogram-based value editing, layered editing, extensive bounce-in-place functions, automatic slicing, smart controller integration, and the Open Controller Scripting API. Every feature in Bitwig Studio was developed by musicians, for musicians. Welcome to the next generation of music creation and performance software for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.

 

Features

 

WINDOWS, MAC OS X, LINUX

All for one, one for all.

The next generation of software for sound and music creation is available on all three major platforms: Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. Produce, share, and collaborate from completely different machines. When it comes to which operating system you wish to use with Bitwig Studio, the choice is yours.

INTEGRATED USER INTERFACE

Customized workflow to match any style.

Today it’s possible to make music with any DAW. What sets each one apart is workflow, how quickly you can realize your ideas, and the freedom to choose how you produce and perform. In Bitwig Studio, use the Clip Launcher alongside your arrangement to draft your song‘s layout on the fly, or use it exclusively as a performance tool. This is one of many features that demonstrates Bitwig Studio’s seamless integration of multiple views into your workflow as needed, the way you want it.

PLUG-IN SANDBOXING

Damage control.

Never again will a single plugin take down your entire project. The “sandboxing” feature built-in to Bitwig Studio ensures plug-in crashes will not interrupt valuable production time, or better yet, your performance on stage. Choose 32-bit, 64-bit, or choose both. No third-party bridging is necessary to run your favorite plugins side-by-side. Bitwig Studio protects your workflow while efficiently running your VSTs for non-stop creativity. 

 

UNIFIED MODULATION SYSTEM

Modulation redefined.

Modulating one parameter from the next often means losing hands-on control – until now. Bitwig Studio is hard-coded with a Unified Modulation System, allowing you to easily link any device parameter, including nested internal devices and VST plug-ins, without losing hands-on control. Never before has modulating virtually any parameter between devices been so simple. Nothing is locked, so you can manipulate on the fly to find the perfect range of modulation. Make your devices take on a life of their own, create dynamic relationships between sounds, and hear your music begin to breathe.

Watch the video...
 

OPEN MULTIPLE PROJECTS

Limited to one idea? Think again.

The bassline from your last session could be the missing piece of your current project. The rhythm section in your latest song carries perfectly over to the next. No need to close anything or dig through complex file structures. With Bitwig Studio, open multiple projects at the same time and drag-and-drop between them.

OPEN CONTROLLER API

Your controller just became a lot smarter.

“Smart controller“ takes on a new meaning in Bitwig Studio. The Open Controller API is accessible not only to you, but also to third party manufacturers for complete integration of your favorite controllers like never before. This feature allows you to freely edit existing control maps direct from the companies that design your controllers, or to easily create your own. Get the most out of your gear with hands-on control of parameters that mean the most to you, and take full advantage of every pad, knob, button, and key at your fingertips.

 

DETAIL EDITOR

Everything in its place.

Bitwig Studio is designed to offer unprecedented flexibility by eliminating boundaries at every step of music creation and performance to give you greater control over your workflow than ever before. The Detail Editor revolutionizes audio editing by allowing you to perform non-destructive editing within a clip, allowing you to stretch, split, pitch, pan, copy, reverse, add, move and re-arrange audio as you wish. Edit multiple tracks in the same view, edit notes using audio as a reference, isolate your view to one clip or expand it to see the everything in the entire track. Consider the Detail Editor your very own limitless creative space.

Go wild.

DYNAMIC OBJECT INSPECTOR

Build up your ideas, faster.

Start with a groove or motif, take the idea that inspires you from the start and quickly transform it into a complete composition. Bitwig Studio introduces new ways to keep up with your inspiration. Take the Dynamic Object Inspector, it allows you to select multiple notes or events and edit them together with an interactive histogram, easily adding variations as you go.

 

INCLUDED DEVICES

Made in Berlin.

Each device in Bitwig Studio was designed in-house using a modular system integrated in the application. The modular system will be available to anyone using Bitwig Studio in the future. A simple click will allow you to modify any existing device, or create your own. Our selection of current devices demonstrate the power hidden beneath the hood of Bitwig Studio, where limits are defined by the scope of imagination.

 

Sound Content

FACTORY SOUND CONTENT

Create your sound.

We’ve partnered with some of the best sound designers in the business to give you over a thousand quality presets right out of the box.

Make use of over 50 included devices, including conventional Instruments (Polysynth, FM-4, Organ, Sampler, and analog-style Drum Modules) and FX (Delays, Equalizers, Compressors), as well as Container devices (to build parallel instrument or effect chains), Note FX, and Modulator devices (additional controllers like LFOs and step sequencers for modulating any other device). Extend this collection with your favorite VST effects and instruments, and use them side by side with the internal devices.

See the full list of our devices in 
Tech Specs

 

 

TOLCHA STUDIOS

Clavinet, Rhodes, Melody Synth

Tolcha is an acoustic/electronic four piece band based in Berlin. Their sound is best described as an ever evolving future-vintage Sci-Fi movie score with a hint of Film Noir and a heavy Dub signature. The project originally kicked off as a 3 piece around the year 2000. Since the very beginning their live shows incorporated self produced synchronized videos – a signifier for the love of cinema, which is still the main inspiration for their music. 

After several visits to Tolcha's studio, three of their outstanding instruments can be found among our sound content packages: the String Orchestra, Clavinet, and ever-important Fender Rhodes.

tolcha.de 

DR. POWER'S WURLITZER

Four velocity layers of pure funk.

There are some sounds a library can't do without, such as the classic Wurly sampled to perfection. Our good friend Stephen Grawe let us sample his freshly refurbished Wurlitzer e-piano. Download the package within Bitwig Studio 1.0 to experience four velocity layers over five octaves of pure funk. 

 
 

SNEAKY

Acoustic Bass

Played by electronic/acoustic artist Sneaky (Manchester, UK), and sampled in the Tolcha studio, this package features acoustic bass that’s warm, realistic, and a bit dirty. You’ll find the samples as presets in the Sampler, sorted by articulations and playing styles. Some slides and sound effects are included.

Visit Sneaky at http://sneakytunes.tumblr.com

FREAK ASS E

Vibraphone & Marimba

Freak Ass E is a DJ, producer and instrumentalist from Berlin, and cool enough to let Bitwig sample two of his instruments for our library collection. When downloading packages from inside Bitwig Studio 1.0, be sure to check out the sounds of his vibraphone and marimba. 

 
 

NEKTAR

Acoustic Drums

The makers of the venerable Panorama controller line put their expertise into a superior collection of drum samples for Bitwig Studio 1.0.  

Nektar's Acoustic Drums features a large collection of acoustic drums using many articulations and a variety of sticks. The samples are saved in kits and Drum Machine presets consisting of a single drum with all the articulations and strikes included. 

 
 

Tech Specs

EXTENDED FEATURES

Cross-platform DAW (Windows, OS X, Linux)

Intuitive non-linear sequencing for the studio world and beyond

Full multi-core and multi-processor support

VST 2.4 support with built-in 32-/64-bit bridging and plug-in crash protection

Proprietary time-stretching technology

Multi-display support for up to 3 displays

Unlimited Audio Tracks

Unlimited Note Tracks

Unlimited Effect Tracks

Unified Modulation System: Use Macro Controls, Note Expressions, LFOs, and Envelope Followers to modulate any device parameter, including nested internal devices and even VST plug-ins

Note and Audio expressions, including per-note Micro-Pitch Control

Automatic sample slicing to both Sampler or Drum Machine

Record and edit both track and clip automation in absolute and relative modes

Support for numerous MIDI controllers out of the box

Multiple tools for specific tasks and editing workflows

Macro Controls per device, as well as dedicated Device Panel Mappings with color-coded knobs and buttons for an overview at a glance

Advanced layered editing

Open Controller API: Lets you create and customize functionality for virtually any MIDI controller, including scripting access to nearly every feature of Bitwig Studio

File import: WAV, MP3, AAC, WMA, FLAC, and Ogg Vorbis

A PDF Manual is included with the Bitwig Studio application in English and Japanese

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

Windows, Mac OS X, Linux

5 GB free disk space required. Minimum 1280 x 768 pixel screen resolution. Minimum 2 GB RAM, 8 GB recommended. Multicore CPU. Windows 7 or later. Mac OS X 10.7 or later, 64-bit CPU Linux Ubuntu 12.04 or later, 64-bit CPU.

BITWIG STUDIO DEVICES

Complete Listing of Devices Included with Bitwig Studio 1.0

AUDIO FX

25 Devices

Blur
Chorus
Comb
Compressor
Delay-1
Delay-2
Distortion
Dynamics
EQ-2
EQ-5
EQ-DJ
Filter
Flanger
Freq-Shifter
Gate
Ladder
Peak Limiter
Resonator Bank
Reverb
Ring Mod
Rotary
Tool
Transient Control

INSTRUMENTS

9 Devices

Polysynth
Organ
Sampler
FM-4
E-Tom
E-Snare
E-Kick
E-Hat
E-Clap

CONTAINERS

9 Devices

Drum Machine
FX Chain
FX Layer
Instrument Layer
Mid-Side Split
Multiband FX
Replacer
XY Effect
XY Instrument

MODULATORS, GENERATORS, NOTE FX, ROUTERS

11 Devices

Audio MOD
LFO MOD
Step MOD
Test Tone
Arpeggiator
Diatonic Transposer
Note Filter
Note-Pitch Shifter
Transposition Map
Hardware FX
Hardware Instrument

 

BeatStep is highly versatile, capable of triggering clips in such applications as Ableton Live, it also allows you to play drums in conjunction with such applications as BFD or EZDrummer.

BeatStep is also a 16-step analog sequencer for creating all kinds of musical phrases to be sent to analog synthesizers, MIDI drum machines, MIDI keyboard devices, or computer programs. Its vast connectivity allows you to interface BeatStep with a computer or iPAD using USB, a drum module using MIDI or an analog synthesizer equipped with CV/GATE.

 
 

 Artists speak about BeatStep

 

It's not a toy. The BeatStep is a solid step sequencer, easy to use and extremely fun to play with. Although it has plenty of applications, I do love it to go on with other analogue synthesizers as it allows me to get all of those incomparable musical nuances I was looking for.

 

Aki Bergen
 

 Artists speak about BeatStep

 

I fell in love with a little new toy, the BeatStep. So simple and so effective. I hate complicated technology and the BeatStep is as simple as one would wish. Plus the benefit of great sequenzing and controlling possibilities including a CV/Gate connectivity to get my old synths back from the attic in the studio.

 

Oliver Huntemann
 

 Artists speak about BeatStep

 

Arturia's BeatStep will definitely be connected to my DAW , Love the fact it can be both Midi controller and a Sequencer , will make building Drums part in your track more creative and fun task then before.

 

Guy J
 

 Artists speak about BeatStep

 

The new beatStep is extremely intuitive and has helped my creative process and workflow exponentially. Not to mention making programming fun again!

 

Doc McKinney
 

 Artists speak about BeatStep

 

It's not a toy. The BeatStep is a solid step sequencer, easy to use and extremely fun to play with. Although it has plenty of applications, I do love it to go on with other analogue synthesizers as it allows me to get all of those incomparable musical nuances I was looking for.

 

Aki Bergen
 

 Artists speak about BeatStep

 

I fell in love with a little new toy, the BeatStep. So simple and so effective. I hate complicated technology and the BeatStep is as simple as one would wish. Plus the benefit of great sequenzing and controlling possibilities including a CV/Gate connectivity to get my old synths back from the attic in the studio.

 

Oliver Huntemann

 Press Clipping

"Bottom Line: Hugely Powerful Controller and Software, Great Value - it’s easily become an essential piece of gear"
Create Digital Music
"The best compliment for Arturia and the BeatStep is probably that I did not send back the test unit, but I am going to buy it."
Digital-notes.de
"This lightweight, desktop controller can be used with just about any instrument you own, whether it's software or hardware-based, using MIDI and CV:Gate signals"
Electronic Musician
"Put simply, your wish is BeatStep’s command."
Keyboard US
"This has to be the runaway bang-for-buck hit of NAMM 2014. whether you need drum machine-style groove entry or a primary sequencer for your modular synth rig, you’re covered."
Keyboard US
"Fun, useful, flexible and packs a big punch for the price"
KR Home Studio
"A very powerful and fast controller, taking only little space in your studio, perfect for your travels it will allow you programming and execution "LIVE" "
Meet Music Magazine
"BeatStep has to be the runaway bang-for-buck hit of NAMM 2014. Whether you need drum machine-style groove entry or a primary sequencer for your modular synth rig, you're covered."
KeyBoard
"Fun, useful, flexible and packs a big punch for the price"
Future Music
"With its excellent build quality, its multiple types of connections and the richness and simplicity of setting mainly via MIDI Control Center, BeatStep is undoubtedly a success."
Audiofanzine
"If you’re looking for something that can infuse some of the analog sequencer variability and groove to your productions, the BeatStep can get you there."
Resident Advisor
"Basically as a tool it's got plenty to offer for the price. It certainly has a role in most setups."
Sonic State
"We love Arturia, you love Arturia, and it seems the French masters of hybrid synthesis are about to spread more love. BeatStep is likely to be one of the most important tools you'll want in your electronic arsenal"
Futur Music
"If you have external midi equipment, analog hardware, an iPad or a laptop, for that matter, then you probably owe it to yourself to give the BeatStep a test run. The easy to work the features and the low price bodes well for the future if Arturia with BeatStep could setting a trend ball rolling."
Studio magazine
"What makes BeatStep controller an especially interesting surprise from Arturia is the fact that being a step sequencer with USB connection it also has a cv / gate output that makes it easy to use with analog synthesizers."
Studio magazine
"Beatstep is a great controller, at a great price!"
Audio Technology magazine
"The BeatStep is a David in a Goli- ath market. It may be small, yet it is mighty good and opens a door to in- spiration and creativity in both music creation and live performance."
CanadianMusician
"An excellent MIDI controller that unites the worlds of software and hardware at a price that's hard to ignore"
Music Tech magazine
"If you’re a laptop performer in the market for drum pads, a flexible control surface and a hands-on step sequencer, the Beatstep could be exactly what you’re looking for!"
Sound On Sound
"Arturia deserve accolades for creating something that stands out from the crowd."
Ask Audio Magazine
"The BeatStep is well built, well designed, compact and just plain enjoyable to use. Add to this the step sequencer and the fact it retails for under $100 and it seems we have ourselves a bit of a winner."
Ask Audio Magazine
"BeatStep is a MIDI Controller and Step Sequencer in one. Solid. Small. Cheap. Great pads. Easy to use - All I can say is I love this piece of hardware for what it is."
BeatFlakes
"BeatStep is only slightly larger than half an A4 page but feels substantial"
Computer Music
"Bottom Line: Hugely Powerful Controller and Software, Great Value - it’s easily become an essential piece of gear"
Create Digital Music
"The best compliment for Arturia and the BeatStep is probably that I did not send back the test unit, but I am going to buy it."
Digital-notes.de
"This lightweight, desktop controller can be used with just about any instrument you own, whether it's software or hardware-based, using MIDI and CV:Gate signals"
Electronic Musician
"Put simply, your wish is BeatStep’s command."
Keyboard US

Step Sequencer

In SEQ mode, your pads become enables for each step in your sequence. The 16 encoders will adjust pitch for the associated step. 16 memories allow for instant recall of your favorite patterns while the pad scale modes, seq playback modes and time division functions allow for realtime performance changes.

Add to all this, MIDI, USB and CV/GATE connectivity and you have a sequencer that can be used with all types of gear, including analog synths , software instruments, and MIDI hardware.

Percussion Controler

With 16 velocity and pressure sensitive pads, the BeatStep is the perfect compact percussion instrument. The ultra sensitive pads allow for great dynamic performances. The 16 encoders can be assigned to adjust parameters that allow further real-time control over your drum sounds.

General purpose control surface

The BeatStep pads can be configured to be MIDI CC buttons or assigned to send Program and Bank Change messages as well as note-on and note-off messages.

With the 16 encoders, 16 pads/buttons and 16 preset memories, you can come up with multiple ways to use the BeatStep in any live or studio environnement. You can trigger clips in Ableton Live or use the encoders to adjust effects settings in your favorite DJ app. The transport buttons can be MMC controls or MIDI CC to start and stop your DAW. It can be the MIDI Clock master or slave to external clock.

Using an iPad with the Camera Connection kit, you can turn the BeatStep into one of the most flexible iPad app controllers as well.

Details

1-Data Knob

In CNTRL mode this sends MIDI CC#7 (Volume). In SEQ mode it can TRANSPOSE your sequence up or down and change the RATE of the playback.

2-Encoders

Fully assignable in MIDI Control mode and used for adjusting pitches in SEQ mode. The 16 encoders offer you plenty of creative options.

3-Transports

The tranport controls can send MMC messages to DAWS or MIDI CC. They will of course start and stop the sequence as well.

4-Mode Buttons

The mode buttons allow for direct, hands-on control of the mode used functions.

5-Super Sweet Drum Pads

The 16 pads are velocity and pressure sensitive. The RED and BLUE backlights allow you to see your operating mode and give you the performance feedback you need.

Main Features

16 backlit pads :Red = MIDI CC mode
Blue = SEQ mode
Velocity and pressure sensitive pads
16 assignable encoders with 2 modesMIDI CC
NRPN/RPN
Transport ButtonsSends MIDI clock with Start/Stop (internal sync)
Sends MMC play and stop messages.
Data DialVolume MIDI CC7 – Control Mode
Rate – in SEQUENCE mode
Seq Transpose – SHIFT+Data Dial
Kensington Lock
MIDI CC mode – RED LEDS
16 user presets
Multiple pad modesNOTE data
MIDI CC data
Program Change with Bank
Step Sequencer – BLUE LEDS16 user step sequences
Step play modesForward
Reverse
Alternate > <
Random
Time divisions
1/4th, 1/8th, 1/16th, 1/32nd
Internal or External Sync
Direct MIDI channel select
Pattern Length = 1 -16 steps
Sysex functionsSwing 50%-75%
Gate Time
Legato playback mode
User Scale setting
ConnectivityMini USB in/out (DC in for standalone operation)
3.5mm MIDI output
3.5mm CV & Gate outputs

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