The newest major DAW on the market, with a focus on a quick workflow and allowing you to do what you want, when you want it, and how you want it done.
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Pro Great modulation system
Pro Supports expressive MIDI - MPE
Makes use of the Seaboard, Linnstrument, Continuum and other modern expressive controllers.
Pro Easy automation
The easiest DAW to do automation in. All you have to do is press record and start moving knobs, and that's it.
Pro Touch screen support
This software has big, responsive, easy-to-handle controls that work really well on a touchscreen. Additionally, it has a tablet mode that re-organizes the UI to make it much simpler and perfect for smaller screen devices. This is both a mobile touchscreen app and a DAW at the same time! It even has a built-in keyboard/drumpad.
Pro Highly modular
Pro Cross platform and highly compatible
The Bitwig DAW runs on Mac, PC, and, Linux. This DAW also has the distinction of being one of the only DAWs that can run 32 bit and 64 bit plugins at the same time.
Pro Dual sequencer
The ability to run two sequencers at the same time, while swapping out sounds gives you great flexibility to complete a song.
Pro Supports multiple midi instruments on one track
Being able to add multiple midi instruments on the same track is a nice feature. It allows for much easier setup for VSTs like Cthulhu. It's also nice to be able to have multiple instruments setup that can be toggled.
Pro Very intuitive/user-friendly
Pro Open multiple projects
Pro Very efficient preset browser
Pro Many high quality free sound packs
Pro Very active development
Pro Supports sf2 samples out of the box
There is an instrument called Sampler which can correctly load sf2 instruments as a multisample preserving all individual sub sample settings and zoning. You do NOT need a VST to play soundfonts and you don't need to extract the sf2 samples! This is unique among all popular DAWs.
Pro Very good integration with Eurorack
Pro Create custom Synths/FX in the Grid
Create any style synth, wavetable, fm, analog, and fx in the grid.
Pro Ableton Link Support
Pro You can write your own controller support in Java
Pro Plugin Crash Protection
Plugins can be sandboxed.
Pro Powerful devices/presets/sample browser
Pro Very powerful voice stacking mechanism
Pro State of the art time stretching
Con No Native Video Playback Monitoring
Doesn't have video playback monitoring for film / Tv and Gaming video audio.
But can use MTC with 3rd Party Video Monitors or other DAW with video monitor capabilities.
Pricey in comparison with other major DAWs.
Con Unreliable for professional production
Full of random bugs. Bad performance when using many tracks.
Con Very bad performance when working with several tracks
Con UI gets frozen, VSTs crash all the time
Very frustrating to work with.
Con Non-free software
Con No LV2
Has no support for LV2 plugins.