asked Nov 28 '17 at 03:40 by Tvrdoglavi (39)

Bitwig is driving me crazy. It has to be the most unintuitive piece of software I have ever seen. I have spent a couple of hours trying to figure out how to get a sound out of a newly created project. Demo projects sound fine. So do the two templates. But when I create a new project from scratch I just can't figure out how to get a a sound out of Bitwig. I went over all the help files and there is nothing there on how to do it. There are no tutorials that show how to do it, all the ones I found load up a prepared project. This is really frustrating. It's clearly not a bug, just poor design. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

I created a new video with more details and explanation of the problem. Hopefully this will help troubleshoot the issue.


answered Dec 07 '17 at 23:35 by Tvrdoglavi (39)

That's really weird, getting a sound is really simple, add a polysynth to a track, play / input / record some notes. Alternatively you can drag some sample into an audio track.


answered Nov 28 '17 at 06:35 by ejgallego (104)

That's what I expected, but it doesn't seem to work that way. Audio samples don't preview, synth tracks don't make a sound. The only way I am able to get sound out of Bitwig is by opening a demo project or a template. Audio outputs are set up correctly. I am just perplexed by this. It's not like I never used a DAW. I've used Cubase, Sonar and FL Studio while on Windows. I must be missing something here, I just can't figure out what that is.

  — (Nov 28 '17 at 13:07) Tvrdoglavi

Are you sure the audio engine is on in your project? Note that BitWig allows several projects to be opened, but only one can use the audio engine at a given time. Can you see the "play" button?

  — (Nov 28 '17 at 16:38) ejgallego

Yes, i turned the audio engine on and there were no other open projects. I tried it a number of times.

  — (Nov 28 '17 at 20:36) Tvrdoglavi

Weird... specially given that the demos do work. I guess the usual stuff applies, check rounting, meters, etc... Maybe you could post a video?


answered Nov 28 '17 at 22:04 by ejgallego (104)

I'll try to make a video but it may take a couple of days.

  — (Nov 29 '17 at 12:53) Tvrdoglavi

I made a video:

  — (Dec 02 '17 at 01:31) Tvrdoglavi

Oh that's weird, hard to see what's going on from the video, maybe the outputs are not routed correctly? What does clicking on the master track shows? How about the right side output menu?

  — (Dec 02 '17 at 01:39) ejgallego

Shouldn't the sound just go to output without having to do any special routing? If you create a new project from scratch like I did in the video, do you have sound when you click on a sample preview for example?

  — (Dec 02 '17 at 03:15) Tvrdoglavi

Yes, things have always worked fine for me.

  — (Dec 02 '17 at 08:30) ejgallego

So if I understand things correctly, doing the following should produce sound from Bitwig:

  • Create new project
  • Start audio engine

At this point, clicking on a sample in the sample browser should produce a sound from the preview. As you can see in the video I made, this is not the case. Am I missing something here?


answered Dec 05 '17 at 19:46 by Tvrdoglavi (39)

edited Dec 05 '17 at 19:47

Can you show your audio settings + in and output routings?

  — (Dec 05 '17 at 21:34) fredrik

Wow, that is frustrating.
Good news is: your expectations are correct. Bitwig operates as you would expect (like any other DAW) on both Windows and Linux for me (on ALSA, Jack, and WASAPI.) I assume you've already tried reinstalling Bitwig and deleting any preference folders?

If reinstalling doesn't fix it, you could set one of the working templates as your startup project...just as a temporary workaround.

P.S. Just found this thread which suggests changing the 'Output Monitor Selector.'


answered Dec 16 '17 at 02:50 by Starscade (21)

edited Dec 16 '17 at 02:58

Output Monitor Selector gives me only one choice: Speakers It's exactly the same when opening new project or a template. I guess I'll just have to use templates as a starting point for projects. There is barely any difference between new projects and templates.

  — (Dec 17 '17 at 15:55) Tvrdoglavi

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Asked: Nov 28 '17 at 03:40

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