Bitwig Studio 4.3 arrives with new convolution and delay effects and support for the CLAP plugin standard

Bitwig loves a point release update, and its latest - Bitwig Studio 4.3 - includes a couple of new headline effects plus support for the freshly-minted CLAP plugin standard.

Convolution is, as you’d expect, a convolution processor. It comes with 270 impulse responses that are designed to recreate a wide variety of spaces - from 12th-century cathedrals to studio effects and more abstract environments.

There’s more to Convolution than reverb, we’re assured: you can adjust the colour and tone, or draw your own envelope to reshape the impulse itself. You can also drop any audio in and use that as an impulse.

Moving on, Delay+ is described as a ‘boutique’ audio effect that combines familiar controls and a few new ones. There are ‘Blur’ options that range from light, animated feedback to full-on reverb, and a Ducking control that will quieten your “delay cloud” when strong signals are present.

Elsewhere, there are new modules for Bitwig’s Polymer modular synth and The Grid, its sonic playground. Union is an oscillator that blends three waveshapes into one output, while Low-pass MG is a Moog-style filter and mix bus. There's also Perfect Drift, a new package of more than 100 presets and note clips designed to show off what these new modules can do.

There are updates to other modules, too, along with a few refinements designed to improve the overall Bitwig experience.

Finally, we have support for CLAP, the new next-gen plugin format that Bitwig recently launched alongside u-he. This ‘CLever Audio Plugin API’ is described as a new open standard for audio plugins and hosts, and promises modern features, innate stability and rapid support for developers. And, because it’s open-source, there are no barriers to entry for developers. 

Bitwig Studio 4.3 available now for anyone with an active Bitwig Studio licence and active upgrade plan. New users, meanwhile, can currently take advantage of Bitwig's summer sale, which sees the full version of its DAW reduced to $299/€299 (a saving of $/€100) and Bitwig 16-Track down to $79/€79 (a saving of $/€20).

Find out more on the Bitwig website.

Ben Rogerson

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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