Bitwig Studio 4.3 Now Available with new convolution and delay effects and support for the CLAP plugin standard

 

Bitwig Studio 4.3 has arrived, a free update that adds a convolution device for real and imagined spaces, new delay effects plus support for the freshly-minted CLAP plugin standard.

 

New in Bitwig Studio 4.3:

 

Convolution, a convolution processor comes with 270 impulse responses that are designed to recreate a wide variety of spaces – from 12th-century cathedrals to studio effects and more abstract “environments”.

 

And there’s more to Convolution than reverb: you can adjust the colour and tone, or draw your own envelope to reshape the impulse itself. Addtionally, you can drop any audio in and use that as an impulse.

 

Next, Delay+ is described as a ‘boutique’ audio effect that combines familiar controls and a few new ones. Delay+ can either add a little character or fully transform your sound as it ping-pongs along. Set the delay in seconds or beats, then nudge each channel a few milliseconds for instant stereo. There are ‘Blur’ options that range from light, animated feedback to full-on reverb, and a Ducking control that will quieten your “delay cloud” when strong signals are present.

 

 

Two modules are new for Bitwig Polymer modular synth and The Grid, its sonic playground. Union is an oscillator that plays it straight, blending three waveshapes into one pleasant, drifting output. And for filtering, Low-pass MG honors Mister Moog by imitating both his classic filter and mix buss. Additionally, there’s Perfect Drift, a new package of more than 100 presets and note clips designed to show off what these new modules can do.

 

There are updates to other modules, as well, along with a few refinements designed to improve the overall Bitwig experience.

 

Lastly, we have support for CLAP, the new next-gen plugin format that Bitwig recently launched alongside u-he. This ‘CLever Audio Plugin API’ is described as a new open standard for audio plugins and hosts, and promises modern features, innate stability and rapid support for developers. And, because it is open-source, there are no barriers to entry for developers.

 

Bitwig Studio 4.3 available now for anyone with an active Bitwig Studio licence and active upgrade plan. New users, meanwhile, can currently take advantage of Bitwig’s summer sale, which sees the full version of its DAW reduced to $299/€299 (a saving of $/€100) and Bitwig 16-Track down to $79/€79 (a saving of $/€20).

 

Find out more on the Bitwig website.

 

 

AJH Synth introduces Tap Tempo VC-LFO Eurorack Module

 

AJH Synth has introduced the MiniMod TAP TEMPO VC-LFO, a skiff-friendly, 12hp Eurorack low frequency oscillator.

 

The company calls it “a modulation powerhouse”, because it features 16 waveforms, 15 with ‘wave form twist’ PWM-like control, random sample & hold type waves, and CV control over all functions.

 

 

It can serve as a clock source, or can be clocked by external pulse/gate signals, with a clock multiply/divide function, along with a built-in VCA, controlling both bipolar (LFO type) and unipolar (envelope-type) outputs.

 

TAP TEMPO VC-LFO is designed for everything from simple expression-controlled pitch vibrato, to clocking or being clocked by sequencers for time-synced modulation, and generative patches, where randomness and/or time control is needed to be shared between different modules.

 

Find out more info on the AJH Synth website.

 

 

 

New ABBEY ROAD ONE: Film Scoring Selections Thematic Horns

 

 

Spitfire Audio has introduced Abbey Road One: Film Scoring Selections Thematic Horns, a new virtual instrument that captures the sound of an 8-piece horn section.

 

What they say about it:

 

“From the forlorning main theme of Braveheart to the thunderous horn section used in The Batman original theme, as well as countless other themes spanning the entire history of cinema, the horn has proven itself to be the irreplaceable heart of orchestral scoring. Horns play myriad roles, from chorale accompaniment to strings, through to punchy main themes that transcend anything the rest of the orchestra has to offer.

 

The first of our film scoring selections to feature two legatos, this library provides an agile section of eight horns, capable of going from speedy playing with fast run articulations across dynamics to slower, stately and more lyrical performances all with the sound of cinema – Abbey Road Studio One and London’s A-list players – right out of the box.”

 

The instruments were ecorded in the unmistakable acoustics of Abbey Road’s Studio One, where classic scores like Star Wars, Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter were recorded.

 

Thematic Horns is a fully-fledged, stand-alone library. Thematic Horns and all of the Abbey Road One Selections loads directly into all major DAWs (VST2, VST3, AU, AAX & NKS-compatible) without the need for any additional software.

 

JOINTS

 

Tied Performance

Lyrical Legato

Long

Long Sforzando

Very detached

Detached

Held

Marked

 

MIXES

 

Mix 1

Mix 2

 

MICROPHONES

 

Vintage 1

Vintage 2

Pop Close

Pop Room

Close

Tree 1

Tree 2

Ambient

Outriggers

Spill

 

Abbey Road One: Film Scoring Selections Thematic Horns is available now for £49 / €49 / $49.