Bitwig Studio 1.3.5 digital audio workstation tested


Bitwig Studio is a well-thought-out complete package for producers of modern music and for creative electronic composers. The detailed documentation makes it easier for beginners and those switching from other programs to get started (see the "Documentation and Help" box). It is virtually unique in Linux in terms of use as a live instrument. Apart from the still incomplete support for the current version of MIDI in Linux, the Bitwig DAW proves to be well integrated and stable. The quality of the software and documentation created by full-time developers, the samples provided, and the speed of development all explain why Bitwig Studio is a proprietary application.

Documentation and Help

As you would expect from commercial software, Bitwig doesn't just invest a lot of work in developing the program, it also keeps the help and documentation up to scratch. This includes a manual written in plain English, particularly for videos, demo songs, and some step-by-step instructions. You will find an overview on the Bitwig Studio website [2]. The community area [3] contains additional information and numerous tips and tricks. Bitwig provides an API [4] for the Studio controller interface for programmers.

Bitwig also made version 1.3.5 of Studio available the day before this article was submitted for publication; it contains bug fixes and various improvements to detail.

The Author

Hartmut Noack works in Celle and Hannover, Germany, as a lecturer, author, and musician, and he has always thought that free software and homemade music fit together just fine. You can download some of the results of his work with free music software on his web server at

Buy this article as PDF

Express-Checkout as PDF
Price $2.95
(incl. VAT)

Buy Linux Magazine

Get it on Google Play

US / Canada

Get it on Google Play

UK / Australia

Related content

  • Bitwig Studio for Linux

    Bitwig Studio is the first complete music workstation offered as a commercial product for Linux. Now, Linux finally offers music production software that has, up to now, only been available on other platforms.

  • Tracktion T6

    The Tracktion digital audio workstation is finally taking off as it reaches version 6.

  • Audacity 2.1

    The Audacity free audio editor is evolving from a hobby app into a professional sound tool.

  • FOSSPicks

    After building a 3D printer last month, Graham's home is now filled with cup holders, phone holders, cable holders, and tiny PLA boats. This month, Graham explores Zrythm, Mumble 1.3, NoteKit, Kirogi, monolith, pastel, Nu Shell, PacVim, Stunt Car Racer Remake, and more!

  • MIDI with Linux

    A MIDI keyboard is a useful extension to any audio workstation. Learn how to connect a MIDI instrument to your Linux sound studio through a MIDI interface device.

comments powered by Disqus

Direct Download

Read full article as PDF:

Price $2.95