Join Evan Sutton for an in-depth discussion in this video Assigning physical hardware controllers, part of Up and Running with Bitwig Studio.
- So far in this course, we've entered information into Bitwig using our mouse and our musical keyboard. There are other ways, however, to get physical with some of the parameters that we might want to move along and really experiment with, that are gonna take this piece to the next level. What I'm gonna do here, is assign one of my knobs and faders that I have on my MIDI keyboard here, to a couple of parameters inside of Bitwig. Let's start out with the echo sound for Acido Domingo here. So I'm going to go ahead and right click on the knob that I want to assign, I'm gonna go down to Learn Controller Assignment, and when I click, you're gonna see we get these two little green parenthesis guys moving around.
That means that it's ready to learn. All you have to do, is move the controller that you want to assign. It's as simple as that. You can see that I'm now controlling it with my fader. I don't recommend using things like pitch bend or mod wheel, or things that are almost always assigned to musical gestures on synthesizers, because those things are always going to have a different role, depending on the synthesizer you've chosen. Keep in mind that this controller that we just manually assigned is not going to change, depending on which track we arm. That is going to stick there. So, I can take this here and I can be playing my lead, (electronic music) but I'm still moving that echo send, OK.
So, just keep that in mind. So now what we can do, is we can listen to this, and we can add some echo as we go, and we can really experiment with it. (electronic music) Let's move the fader. (electronic music) So I might have gone a little overboard, but I'm getting some ideas for where I might want this effect to take place.
Another thing I'm hearing is that we could really use some reverb on those claps. (electronic music) How about some echo? (electronic music) Alright, that's a lot of fun. There's another way we can assign controllers, however. So, we just assigned an individual controller. But many of the devices in Bitwig, actually have this great facility called macro control.
What that allows us to do, is assign one controller to multiple destinations, and have them move in different orientations and in different amounts. We can create these big rich movements. You may remember doing something similar to this with the modulation objects. So why don't I jump on over to my Arp track, let's look at the devices here. And, I'm going to jump over to my Polysynth. So let's go ahead and click on the Show, Hide, Presets, and Macros. So, I'm gonna go in here and I'm going to see that we have a bunch of macro knobs.
We can actually save presets for these macro knobs, but we're not gonna do that. We're just gonna do one. We're gonna keep it simple. So, if I click on the assign arrow for any of these guys, I can assign this knob to any of the parameters inside of the device. Let me hide the browser here, so we have a little more room. So, anything that's ice blue, I can assign this controller to. For example, maybe we can turn up the frequency of LFO number two. Let's turn that up, I'm just clicking and dragging upward. OK.
And, let's also turn up the release time, and turn down the attack time. When I pull down, what that means is that as this knob goes up, the attack time goes down. OK, so let's also pull down the attack time on our filter envelope, and maybe we'll turn the noise up. And change the mix a little bit. I'm sort of experimenting here, we can see what happens. How 'bout the sync. So let's click to get rid of that and let's take a listen to what we have.
(electronic music) Let's have it also modulate the filter cutoff frequency. (electronic music) How about resonance, as well. That will really help it cut in, alright. Here we go. (electronic music) That's nice, cause what we can really do is make it so that when this knob is all the way at zero, or all the way up to 100 percent, it's always in a useful range.
And that's really fun. So now what I'm gonna do, is right click and I'm gonna say Learn Controller Assignment. I'm gonna assign it to one of my knobs on my keyboard. So now, I can do this manually, as the track flies by. It's a lot of fun. (electronic music) Let me pull this up a little bit. (electronic music) It's also gonna be fun in the breakdown, here.
(electronic music) This is a great way to clue the listener in that somethings gonna happen. (electronic music) It's a lot of fun to play with. This is great for performing live. This is the basis of a lot of types of electronic music, is having these knobs and doing these movements. It's a great way to get hands on, and to really have a good time while you create these sounds.
- Setting up
- Recording and overdubbing MIDI
- Editing MIDI
- Sampler and synth programming
- Editing audio
- Making songs out of loops
- Adjusting volume and panning
- Basic mix techniques using EQ and compression
- Creating scenes for live performance