asked Jul 08 '18 at 23:50 by GeertKars (21)

I want to make the step from windows to linux

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Hello, You are doing well, GNU/Linux is more stable, secure and fast than Windows, and some one else, there are two "Distros" (GNU/Linux version): Distro with a collection of applications and plugins for professional audio production. DAWs, audio editors, instruments and pluginsVST plugins (integrated), etc. Distro with a collection of applications and plugins for professional audio production. DAWs, audio editors, instruments but with VST support is not on base installation, you can install it after.

You can download, burn and start a Live DVD or make a pen drive without erase windows or mac os to do a testing.

My configuration: Lenovo W530, Ubuntu Studio, Novation Audio Hub 2x4, Nektar Impact LX25 + (Nektar DAW Integration custom designed for Bitwig)... Fast, pure and no problems ;-) .



answered Jul 14 '18 at 05:40 by tirrel (31)

edited Jul 14 '18 at 05:41

Hi there I'm on Linux mint 18.3 really happy with Bitwig I work as a developer with Linux, I would like to have more patches for the synths (Poly, Phase 4 and FM4) since they really sound great. I'm using a Focusrite Scarlett 2i/2 and it works pretty well. I wonder how many Linux bitwig users are there?


answered Sep 13 '18 at 15:29 by boriscy (21)

Hey, it's very much worth it. Just take it one step at a time and don't give up. You'll run into things, but you'll tackle them as you go.

If you have daily operations, keep a second machine on which you can do them, so that your linux system becomes a hobby environment. You cannot just switch to a GNU/Linux system. Alghough the software can do everything you want, you currently do not have the knowledge to do configure everything that way. If your Linux system bugs out on you, and trust me it will, it can take hours when a problem occurs, hours that your jobs / family / etc. don't allow you to spend.

Highly educated Linux people will tell you that they could have fixed those issues in minutes. This is true. But not for you, yet. If you don't mind reading, you will soon, after which you'll ditch the Windows / Mac system like the surveillance ridden trash it really is. ;)


answered Jan 23 '19 at 23:50 by Lammers (21)

edited Jan 23 '19 at 23:53

That's a very realistic answer, and the way I did it too. The Linux people are too often misleading about how easy it is to do the jump, especially if you're not that techy to start with.

  — (Jan 24 '19 at 07:45) Taika-Kim

I switched to Linux from win7 a year ago and am delighted with the solid, reliable performance and all the great open source software. Linux has matured a lot in the last 10 years, which must be the best kept secret in tech these days. I'm an engineer developing hardware for EV's. I'm running Bitwig on Mint 18.3/Cinnamon and it is fantastic. I installed kxstudio to mess around with jack and guitarix, but that really isn't necessary. The low-latency kernel isn't necessary either. Just install Mint and Bitwig, and set Bitwig to interface directly to ALSA in the audio options. I play keyboards and guitar and Bitwig has everything I need, and it is really good! If Roli ever ports their Seaboard to Linux I will add that to my setup. I've installed Mint on 5 machines (3 laptops and 2 desktops) so far and everything works perfectly. My bluetooth mouse, Scarlett 2i4, xps 15 9550, even a 12 year-old Dell D830 core2 duo 2.4 ghz laptop with 4 GB ram runs Bitwig rather well, although my needs are modest and I only use a few tracks and plugins. I've got an old rme Hammerfall that I almost threw out since it is unsupported on win7, that runs great with Bitwig at near 0 cpu utilization just running audio thru it. That leaves plenty of overhead for plugins. I have a bash script to install all my apps automatically, if anybody wants it I can post it somewhere.


answered Feb 04 '19 at 17:20 by dirtcooker (21)

I am an Ubuntu user and bought Bitwig because it supports linux (not solely because of that but that was very important for me. But recently I faced issues with my laptop touch screen and linux. As I can not have any hardware controller this is a no go for me. But if you do not plan to use touch screen .... well it’s a wonderfull OS...

[EDIT] With ubuntu 18.04 / 18.10 and wayland as display protocol (which you can choose before opening a session), multitouch is working as expected \o/ [/EDIT]


answered Aug 10 '18 at 13:52 by pitrackster (21)

edited Jan 17 '19 at 09:31

I have a dual boot Mac/Linux system and love it. KXstudio running on top of KDE neon is fast and stable. I have more plugins to choose from on my Mac partition, but on Linux it runs better, and with so many built-in tools I don't really miss many of the plugs.


answered Sep 20 '18 at 00:16 by MCMiller (11)

I use Bitwig on Ubuntu and it works great. There were some recent issues with multi-touch that have seemingly come up as a result of recent changes in Gnome (works partly in Wayland but not in XOrg).

I tried to switch back to Windows briefly but found that the limited functionality of Windows was hard to deal with. Bitwig + JACK is an amazing combination.


answered Jan 09 '19 at 12:08 by scazan (11)

I used Ubuntu for some time and was super happy about it, but went back to Windows to use Eastwest Composer Cloud. I got even 30% better Bitwig performance under a Linux low-latency kernel than Win7.

A lot of things will be confusing with Linux at start, it's not so easy than Linux fans say in my opinion. Things like setting the fan speeds, CPU power saving things, etc mostly need to be through the command line console. So prepare to read a lot of tutorials on the internet to learn it all.

Still, I think I might go back to Linux again now that I quit my EWCC subscription.


answered Jan 17 '19 at 09:18 by Taika-Kim (126)

I have Bitwig 2 running in both Windows 8.1 and Xubuntu-core 16.04 (doesn't matter what flavour of Ubuntu you choose; Bitwig's gonna work). Both Bitwig installs look and function exactly the same and are no different to use. Only difference is you can't create macros in Linux.

That's about all there is to it as far as Bitwig being different in Linux. It's not. If you want to use Bitwig in Linux and are currently using it in Windows, go right ahead (caveat: unless you are can't live without macros in Win; I don't use any in Win or Linux for now, but have experimented in Win). The only thing you'll need to get used to is the operating system, not Bitwig. (And the operating system is definitely worth getting used to, IMHO. :))

I'd go for something lightweight like Xubuntu. Less bloat the better when you are doing audio/video. You can install other things as you go, but IMPORTANT NOTE: in case no-one's made it already; Windows apps and .exe files and VSTs are not going to work in Linux. You can use an app called WINE to make (some/most/all of) them work, but may as well stick with Win if you are going there.

There is plenty of audio stuff and goodies in Linux and Bitwig and that may be all you need anyway.


answered Feb 04 '19 at 16:23 by Bucky (21)

edited Feb 04 '19 at 16:42

Most of the above posts don't reflect my experience with linux at all. I'm using Mint but I've also tried several other distros including dedicated audio ones.

Linux can work very well for audio, but maintaining it in a state where it actually does is taking me far too much time - I'm seriously considering moving back to MacOS for audio. Unless you are a computer professional already versed in linux arcana, OR have very simple needs I can't recommend it - much as I would like to.

If you ONLY use your linux install for audio work, don't update, (and stay offline, since you won't have security updates) then you can avoid quite a few problems, but that's not a viable way of working for me.

For context of this experience, I use a linux machine for work/email/shopping./browsing etc and its absolutely fine.

I am experiencing very poor performance with the linux version of Bitwig - however the MacOS version is ok, and Reaper on linux is fine. Maybe some of the experienced bitwig on linux people here might like to respond to my question here:


answered Jul 10 '19 at 16:11 by halfshavedyaks (21)

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