asked Feb 10 '14 at 17:25 by ZenPunkHippy (suspended)

The current version of Bitwig does not support sidechain input to 3rd party VST instrument or effect plugins. Will sidechain input be implemented in the future?

Sidechaining is possible for 3rd party VSTs though Audio Modulator device as long as VST device has external controls for its parameters.

Here is the image showing how this is done:



answered Feb 10 '14 at 21:41 by stylemistake (1.1k)

edited Feb 10 '14 at 22:20


Thanks, that's useful technique but it's not really what I was referring to.

[Stating the obvious]

The most well known example of plugins that process external audio input are compressors, and we can't use the sidechain features of these plugins unless Bitwig exposes the inputs and allows audio routing between tracks / devices directly in to 3rd party plugins.

It would be nice to know if this will be implemented at some point.

  — (Feb 10 '14 at 22:00) ZenPunkHippy

In this case you can probably workaround it with JACK and external VST hosts. It's not convenient though. P.S. You should have been adding this to the comment section of my answer, not post this as an answer, just to keep things clean.

  — (Feb 10 '14 at 22:09) stylemistake

OK, thanks - I'll keep the threading in mind for future posts :)

Yes the JACK method is overly complicated. I can deal with it, but most users are typically musicians first and studio techs 2nd ...

  — (Feb 10 '14 at 22:21) ZenPunkHippy

I've asked the same question a while ago (and quiet recently again). Sidechain will be supported in a future version. Even before 2.0 if I am not mistaking.


answered Feb 11 '14 at 18:02 by Solidtrax (919)

Might be stating the obvious here, but just in case, and for anyone else reading, you can do sidechain compression using Bitwig's Dynamics device. You just throw it in and pick your source.

But yes, it's a good point about the routing to VSTs like the Glue. It would be nice to know what sort of timescale that's on, assuming it's due to be a feature at some point.


answered Feb 11 '14 at 10:45 by wiggy (290)

yes but since there are no options for multiple outputs from drum machines, the bass we want to side chain gets compressed by both kick AND snare. in ableton there is a way to EQ the incoming signal with out affecting the track- a sort of EQ that lets the 2 and 4 go if thats where the snare is.

i really hope this is high on the priority list.

  — (Apr 25 '14 at 02:53) konfront

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