June 7, 2014

Bitwig Studio 1.0 Digital Audio Workstation

The perfect digital audio workstation combines elements of a freeform music artist as well as the programming side of a systematic engineer.  How any company is able to create such software is beyond me – yet no matter how good it might seem, there is always a way to make it better.  While many young producer might struggle to learn the layout of various DAWs, such as Reason or Ableton, there seems to be a common thread between them that makes them the best choice out there.  One of them has to do with color.  The use of different colors help us find and denote things quickly.  A counter example of this would be a spreadsheet of data that has to be sifted through.

Another thing that is found in the nicer DAWs is a sense of modularity in the layout.  Being able to change toolbars and move the locations of certain functions is actually really nice.  There are some advanced features that only deserve a place on a drop down menu – while common functions need to be put in a clicks reach, like the master clock tempo.  Eventually designers will find a way to make complicated software very simple to use.