Bitwig Studio 3.3 released: DAW update adds Polymer, a “fun and quick” hybrid modular synth

Bitwig loves a good point release update, and its latest - which brings its eponymous DAW to version 3.3 - has just been released. 

Leading the charge is Polymer, a hybrid modular synth that’s designed to be “fun and quick”. Choose an oscillator, filter and envelope generator and you’re good to go - you can swap out Grid modules at will and create “production-worthy” sounds using just a few controls.

There are further parameters to play with beyond the three main modules, and Polymer supports a multitude of synthesis types. It can also host Bitwig Studio’s new Wavetable module - also available in The Grid - which offers more than 120 wavetables and three unison modes.

The Grid is getting a number of other new and improved devices, too, including two new modulators (Vibrato and Ramp). Bitwig Studio 3.3 offers workflow improvements - free content scaling, for example, means that whatever you select in the timeline can be stretched directly by ALT-dragging the right-hand boundary (you can also type in a percentage using the Scale command).

You can find out more about the 3.3 update on the Bitwig website. It's available now as a free upgrade for everyone on an active upgrade plan.

If you're new to the software, meanwhile, the good news is that you can save up to $100 on it right now. The full version of Bitwig Studio is currently available for $299 (regular price $399) or €379 (regular price €379), while the 16-track version is down to $79/€79 from $99/€99. These prices apply until 10 January 2021.

Ben Rogerson
Deputy Editor

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it. 

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