BITWIG STUDIO tightly integrates with Nektar Panarama P4

Bitwig Studio is obviously the next big thing. For those that don’t know the story, Bitwig was started by former programmers / employees of Ableton. Long story short, Bitwig sort of picks up the pieces where Ableton stands. It sort of reminds me of an old LL Cool J album title “Bigger and Deffer”. Yes, that’s pretty much where BitWig stands. The mere mention of Bitwig to those in the know usually sparks talks of game changing proportions in beat making and clip launching creativity.

Bitwig Studio seems to have a host of integrated controllers if thats your thing. If you say well, Ableton has tight integration with PUSH. Well, Nektar (Panarama P4) & Livid (Base) are already on that bus. I met with both Livid and Nektar while at NAMM and believe me, BITWIG was the dominant topic of discussion.

Nektar’s Panarama P4 seems gave us a cool overview of how the P4 integrates so tightly into Bitwig that you barely and hardly ever need to look at the computer screen or grab the mouse. The colorful display gives a good bit of information such as clip names and the like. With pads, keys, faders and a host of buttons all mapped to key functions in Bitwig with the P4 is certain to be huge.

Lets check out the BBoyTechReport – Bitwig Studio and P4 demo on the show floor at NAMM

Here is a video of Bitwig / P4 integration direct from Nektar

Bitwig Studio will be available in a couple of months for $399.99 at 


  • Cross-platform DAW (Windows, Mac OS X, Linux)
  • Intuitive non-linear sequencing for the studio 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
  • Tabbed document interface for multiple projects open at once with drag-and-drop between them
  • 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).
  • 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
  • Advanced layered editing
  • Note and Audio expressions, including per-note Micro-Pitch Control
  • Dynamic Object Inspector: Select multiple notes or events and edit them together with the interactive parameter histogram, easily adding variations as you go
  • Automatic sample slicing to both Sampler or Drum Machine
  • Multiple audio events per clip: Automatically cut up samples and rearrange them on the fly in the Detail Editor
  • Dedicated Device Panel Mappings with color-coded knobs and buttons for an overview at a glance
  • Support for various MIDI controllers out of the box
  • Sound Content: Over one thousand presets and sounds, 3 GB of factory content:
    Drum Machines (808, 909… Percussion), Acoustic Drums, multi-sampled instruments like Wurlitzer,
    Rhodes, Vibraphone, Marimba, Acoustic and Electric Bass, Sampled Drum and Instrument loops,
    Various Sound FX, and additional partner content
  • Open Controller API: Create and customize functionality for virtually any MIDI controller, including scripting access to nearly every feature of BITWIG STUDIO
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