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Polarity: Bitwig Tutorials Overview

polarity tutorials

In this post I link all my available Bitwig Studio Tutorials on youtube. Most of them even with time markers for the video to jump exactly to the right position in the video. The Site will be updated and is also a guide for me to see where there are gaps or missing pieces. Maybe its also nice for me to revisit some of the videos and exchange them for better ones. You can follow me on youtube if you havent already or support me on patreon. Thanks!

Bitwig Beginner Quick Start

  • Beginner Bitwig 3.0 Course These 5 videos are made with Version 3.0 and a bit newer (2020) and more in depth than the last one.
  • Beginner Bitwig - how to start a track as a noob? You have to start somewhere. I try to give some basic advice on how to start in bitwig as your first music daw. Questions? ask me :) This is a short, how to go from zero to something in the shortest amount of time. This Tutorial is made in Bitwig 2.0, so its a bit older (2018).

Bitwig Devices explained

I dont really like to make videos for each device, because it only tells you how the device works and not what you can do with it. Knowing how a car works doesnt makes you a good driver. But a lot of people favor these videos for whatever reason. Here we go:

Bitwig Tips and Tricks Videos

Small and useful tricks you can only do in Bitwig Studio. This is your second stop after the beginner tutorials. Most videos have multiple small tutorials inside. Alot of people actually like these kind of videos, because they give you interesting short tips in one video. You can watch the Bitwig Tips and Tricks youtube playlist here.

Bitwig Tutorials (Non Grid Tutorials)

These are Tutorials that are not Grid related. Your usual production & daw tips and tricks with practical approaches. You can watch the playlist on youtube here. From newest to oldest sorted.

Bitwig Grid: Modules explained

Here I try to explain individual modules in various contexts. A module by itself is quickly explained and usually has only one simple function. But in combination with other modules it can work wonders. You can watch the full playlist on youtube.

Bitwig Grid: Solutions

These videos are concerned with providing solutions to practical problems. So how do I build a bass or a pad. How do I sequence things. How to build a reverb. Here I ask questions that come up in everyday life and try to answer them. You can watch the full playlist on youtube.

Bitwig Grid: Beginner Course

  • coming soon

Bitwig Grid: Generative Beginner Course

You can find it on the Blog or on a playlist on youtube How to start in the grid, apply pitch and gate signals and how to go from synth to self running. In this tutorial I show you how to build generative patches by yourself. The whole thing is designed as easy as possible and should invite you to participate.

  • Beginner 1: Transform your Synths into generative Patches I often notice in conversations that the basics are not in place for everyone. That’s why today we are refreshing everything from the bottom up. We start with a simple synth and turn it into something generative.

    • 0:00 intro
    • 0:45 how to open the grid / initial patch
    • 2:19 how to play the grid as an instrument
    • 2:50 what are pre-chords?
    • 3:57 disable pitch pre-chord and modify the incoming pitch signal
    • 5:21 using the pitch quantize module to stay in key
    • 9:34 ADSR Envelope module and how it works
    • 14:24 gate signal pre-chord & modifying gate signals
    • 16:04 generating gate signals inside the grid / gates module
    • 17:38 generating pitch signals inside the grid / pitches module
    • 22:08 using the transpose module to change notes randomly
    • 24:04 phase pre chord / phase in module
    • 24:27 altering the phase for rhythms / bend module
    • 24:53 the phase signal
    • 25:36 modulating the bend module
    • 26:37 wrapping up
  • Beginner 2: A deeper look at signals and how to fake them This video takes all this a step further, and shows how you can fake some of the signals used to generate notes and gate signals.

    • 0:00 intro
    • 0:33 recap from the last video
    • 1:44 closer look at the signals / gate phase pitch audio signals
    • 9:30 using pitch signals as gate
    • 13:40 generating notes with the LFO
    • 15:24 limit signals to a range / value scaler
    • 18:05 disrupt signals to make them more interesting
    • 23:33 phase modules
    • 24:23 uni and bi polar signals
    • 29:07 wrapping up / what we learned
    • 32:31 making generative music is hard
  • Beginner 3: Modulations, Audio FX & simple Sequencing Making the patch fancy by adding modulations, fx and simple sequencing.

    • 0:00 Intro
    • 0:35 modulation with serial envelopes
    • 5:17 sync envelope triggers to a clock
    • 9:16 using external audio effects in the grid
    • 13:13 internal audio effects in the grid / reverb with mod delay
    • 15:56 grid reverb with all-pass devices
    • 17:09 phaser in the grid with an mod delay
    • 21:29 simple sequencing of grid patches & the LFO
    • 24:30 make the LFO slower than 32bars
    • 27:28 outro & preview

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