Many music producers out there use probably one of the big DAWs: Cubase, Pro Tools, Ableton, Logic or even Reason, FL Studio. Almost all of them are available for the Microsoft Windows platform and for Mac. Logic was available for Windows as well until Apple acquired its manufacturer – so it became a Apple-only product. All of these DAWs have its specific strenghts and are hard to compare – because some of them fit better for live performance and others fit better for large arrangements.
Last year, a new start-up from Berlin called Bitwig announced that they’re producing a new DAW called Bitwig Studio. The interface of Bitwig Studio has heavy influences from Ableton. This is not a surprise, yet are the founders of Bitwig some ex-employees of Ableton (another Berlin-based company known for building the excellent Live performance DAW). Bitwig introduces some very interesting new features. Another advantage is the fact that Bitwig will be the very first professional commercial DAW which supports the Linux operating system.
There is just one problem: the waiting for the product itself. They’ve launched a closed beta long time ago and there are absolutely no news about when the product is about to be released. While they showed up some new features at the Frankfurter Musikmesse two weeks ago, there were no news about the release date. Well – let’s keep waiting for it. The preview looks promising.