Beginners guide to recording your first audio track in Bitwig Studio
Step 1 – Audio Interface
Make sure you have your audio interface connected and installed before launching Bitwig Studio.
Each input of your interface device can be routed to any audio track within Bitwig Studio for you to record into. So if you have a two input audio interface, then input 1 and input 2 as defined in Bitwig Studio would be those two actual inputs on your interface.
Step 2 – Setup your audio device inside Bitwig Studio
If you use a Mac you will choose your audio device as a ‘Core Audio’ device and select how many inputs and outputs you have on your audio interface,
If you use a PC you will want to select the ‘ASIO’ device driver that came with the audio interface as this offers the best quality and lowest latency when recording.
Decide whether you want to add mono inputs or stereo inputs (or both) for recording onto your tracks in your project.
Step 3 – Add your tracks
You can add as many audio tracks as you like. You are only limited to the number of recording tracks as your audio interface allows you via the inputs. So for instance if your audio interface has two inputs only, then you are only going to be able to record two tracks at any one time. If your interface has 8 inputs, then you can record up to 8 tracks at any one time (great for bands).
All you need to do is add the number of tracks you are going to record in your next session and assign which input will go to which track when you hit record.
Step 4 – Check your routing
Here you can choose which input you will be recording from and onto which track. Simply choose the input number from the I/O dropdown boxes on each track you have added as shown here.
Step 5 – Arm your tracks
Before you can record onto the tracks added, you need to ‘arm’ each track for recording. Meaning you are selecting the tracks that will be recorded onto when you hit record. If you don’t arm any tracks, nothing will be recorded.
Step 6 – Hit Record
Once all your routing has been set and you have your tracks armed (dont forget to set your project tempo too and maybe enable the metronome to give you a false beat) you can simply hit record to start recording from your inputs on your audio interface into the tracks on Bitwig Studio.
Step 7 – Edit your recorded tracks
When you hit stop to finish your recording, you will be presented with tracks full of audio data that you have performed. These are call events and you can double click these events to edit the audio waveformes directly such as gain, pitch, quantising and much more. There may be another guide to come on this topic so watch this space.
Step 8 – Mix your masterpiece
You have done it. You have recorded your first piece of material into Bitwig Studio. Once you have edited it all and happy with your recordings, you can mix your tracks togethers by setting your volume on each track and adding effects to the chain such as EQ, reverb, Compression and Limiting. Again this is another topic to be looked at but at least you now know how to record audio into Bitwig Studio.