asked Jan 06 '15 at 04:01 by Gaudreau (116)


I am trying to record using my sustain petal but when I record and playback, the notes don't get read as sustained notes. How can I program Bitwig to recognize my sustain petal to hold notes?

No worries, it's all good with the CC64 automation!

  — (May 20 '15 at 15:47) riot ♦♦

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Sustain handling is still pretty broken in 2.2.3. You should not have to enable automation write to get it to record. Also, when you stop playback it should also stop sustaining, otherwise whatever notes happened to be playing at the time are sustained forever.


answered Feb 04 '18 at 12:41 by magicalhobo (31)

Has anyone found an answer to this issue?! Today's date is 7-12-2018. Current Bitwig is 2.3.5 and I'm STILL having no sustain pedal OR mod-wheel recognition, from my beautiful AKAI MPK261 MIDI controller. And it works in other DAWs and hardware synths.

Can anyone at BItwig help!!!? I'm totally NOT into doing MIDI editing as a fix.

Thanks. Shawna


answered Jul 13 '18 at 01:49 by BassRocket (40)

I've been working around this - for me, it's been a case of consolidating/bouncing once before playback, because it seems like the sustain pedal automation is live even after recording. You can also apply the Legato setting on the bottom left hand menu when you're looking at a midi clip, but it's a bit long-winded doing it like that if you have to go through and ensure all the notes you want are being held.


answered Jan 06 '15 at 14:51 by MellowVenom (309)

So it means that there is NO WAY of recording/editting sustain peDal information??? I just hope that there is a setting or something that I haven't noticed....

Sorry for being blunt, but if this is true, HOW COULD THAT BE POSSIBLE?!?!?!?! It's a quite expensive DAW!!

This has to be fixed in the next update!


answered Apr 20 '15 at 08:08 by asam001 (0)

No, it does record and you can edit it - but it is actually a problem with other DAWs too.

It works exactly as it should as far as I can tell - it's just that if you leave it active you're likely to reset it and mess it up. I just went into BitWig, recorded myself playing with the pedal, made sure my foot was off, and have subsequently replayed it several times without any problems whatsoever. As long as that instrument isn't active and you accidentally record later with the sustain pedal doing nothing, it doesn't have that problem.

I'm actually struggling now to recreate the circumstances in which the sustain pedal information does mess up.

I've noticed that making sure my foot is off the sustain pedal before I stop the recording is a good way of ensuring this doesn't happen, if that helps.


answered Apr 22 '15 at 02:08 by MellowVenom (309)

edited Apr 22 '15 at 02:10

Thank you, NoCrooner.

It does record the pedal info when I play the keys with pedal at the same time. And it plays okay for a while. But after I do some things, I come back and play that block, the pedal info is gone. And I can't record the pedal info over the already-recorded midi.

You say you can edit it, but where do you edit it? I looked through the manual and I can't seem to find how to.

And I have to say, that this is not a problem with Logic. It records and edits just fine.

Obviously this is a problem that we want to be fixed. I love Bitwig and I don't want to go back to Logic to play keys.. Please fix this!

PS, Now it doesn't record the pedal info at all. I have no idea what to do.


answered Apr 26 '15 at 15:29 by asam001 (0)

edited Apr 26 '15 at 15:36

I think it sounds more like a problem with your sustain pedal than anything else - I did admittedly have the same problem you're talking about but I can't recreate it now, everything seems to be working like I expect it to.

Maybe try a new pedal to see if that solves it?

I don't work for BitWig by the way. I'm just another user.

  — (Apr 26 '15 at 16:59) MellowVenom

Thanks for the replay! Mmm, my sustain pedal works just fine with Logic and Pro Tools. When I am not recording on Bitwig, it works fine, too. I believe there's something unstable in that area...

I know you're not Bigwig staff, I just thought some people at Bitwig must be seeing this entry and I was trying to let them know! lol

  — (Apr 27 '15 at 17:55) asam001

Yeah, in that case you're probably right and I just got lucky that mine is working so well. Sorry I couldn't be of more help - I hope you find a solution soon.

  — (Apr 29 '15 at 13:38) MellowVenom

You can edit the sustain pedal data just like any other midi CC automation. Open the arranger/automation editor and select MIDI -> CC64 as automation parameter. If you need more help on automation, read chapter 8 of the manual. :)

Missing automation can be caused by overdubbing and depending on the automation write modes (touch, write latch) - that is all mentioned in ch.8.

  — (May 20 '15 at 15:45) riot ♦♦

Got an issue with sustain, I cannot record / playback sustain pedal correctly. CC64 is visible in the clip automation lane after recording but play back is awful, a deep depaling noise is heard. Works fine with 2 other daws. I use BwS 1.1.8, Nord keyboard with up to date firmware. What can I do ?


answered Jun 03 '15 at 11:36 by arfntz (11)

This is actually a bug we fixed for 1.2 Beta 6, where the sustain pedal is recorded as analog value. In theory quite nice (it enables half pedalling) but is often misinterpreted by synthesizers (and then they generate "Pedal Noise")

We integrated steeper (0 -> 127) curves for the sustain to work correctly (this is actually one of the few bits where analog recording isn't doing good ;)

  — (Aug 27 '15 at 16:35) riot ♦♦

Very nice improvement, I'll be back using Bitwig Studio :) Thank you.

  — (Sep 01 '15 at 10:48) arfntz

Ohhhh. 1.2.6 Nice :-)


answered Aug 28 '15 at 09:03 by Ulrich (575)

I have the same problem in 2.0!. Sustain is recorded (and working properly while recording) but it is not played back. The problem is connected with starting recording when sustain data is present on track (and it's overwritted with new data). Only solution is right now to restart Bitwig. Please do smth about this!


answered Apr 29 '17 at 22:59 by Spendel (41)

My sustainpedal is also not always being recorded. Had some quite sad moments after good takes with this... In every other DAW Sustainpedal information gets always perfectly recorded - while this is almost a deal breaker at the moment i still think i'm doing something wrong...

Windows 10 / SL88 Grand / Latest Bitwig


answered Oct 22 '17 at 22:37 by Bühler (11)

edited Oct 22 '17 at 22:38

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