After the last couple of posts about the relationship between Bitwig Studio (the new non-linear DAW in development by the German startup with the same name) and Ableton Live, I have received word directly from Bitwig that clears the fog further.
Read the original posts here:
1. Bitwig Studio and Ableton Live (9?)
2. Ableton Live and Bitwig (follow up)
Bitwig has told me that:
- The two DAWs, while somewhat similar on the surface, are two entirely different applications.
- The two companies have no relationship to each other.
Bitwig Studio has nothing to do with Live 8 or Live 9 technically or otherwise. Ableton and Bitwig are completely separate companies and Bitwig Studio has been newly developed from ground up using our own framework.
So what does this mean? Well, for one thing it makes the future DAW landscape even more exciting since we now have both the next version of Live (9 hopefully) and a completely new player on the field to look forward to!
Which software are you most excited about? Holding your breath for Bitwig or keeping your stakes with Live?
Check out this update on Bitwig Studio as well:
One more update on Bitwig Studio (AU and Max/MSP)
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Live 8 is a rats nest of problems. After 3.5 years (?) it’s high time Ableton sorted it out.
Well, hopefully the release of Bitwig Studio will give them some incentive to be a little bit more open about their plans for Live 9?
I’m holding my hopes for Bitwig, especially interesting if they are different in more aspects then what appears.
I agree that it would be really nice to see some innovation in the realm of DAWs, especially in terms of blending the linear / non-linear workflow along the live / studio production axis. However, I also think that Bitwig is deliberately trying to not be too different since that would make it much harder for users of existing DAWs to learn and adapt to the new interface.
I suspect Bitwig will look pretty familiar in the first few versions and then gradually shift and evolve into something new, by slowly incorporating new ideas and thoughts.