asked Mar 13 '15 at 00:33 by gerg (96)

edited Mar 13 '15 at 00:36

For a long time I've sought a DAW suitable for taking in MIDI output from another program (a score composer) and editing and mastering, suitable for symphonic work. Most of the programs out there are for drum loops and have very little provision for application of music theory. Bitwig is the sole exception, so as a software developer myself I felt obligated to reward the Bitwig developers for a high-quality, well thought-out implementation that caters to serious musicians.

Music aside, I'm very impressed with the quality of the software engineering and architecture, evidenced by the ability to install packages in the background. The system runs very smoothly and belies the serious thought given to its design.

I've evaluated Bitwig and found it the only Linux-platform solution adequte for editing, mixing, and mastering symphonic renderings and look forward to diving in.

For now, i think one of the nicest answers to the previous answer ;) is that u-he released their great plugins for Linux. Check them out:

You can also import Sound Fonts in Bitwig Studio using the Sampler. If that doesn't float your goat enough, the german Wikipedia article on Soundfonts has some nice pointers to software:


answered Apr 08 '15 at 13:16 by riot ♦♦ (1.8k)

edited Apr 08 '15 at 13:18

The first major struggle will be, it appears, to get some normal, traditional instruments into this thing.

What it comes with is drum- and synth- heavy. If percussion's your thing, this is a GREAT product. And drums are needful, indeed. But music needs more...

But where are the woodwinds? Where's the brass? Where's the piano.

To solve this, I'll be searching for a VST that will facilitate the interfacing of a sound font (quickest path toward a symphony).

On Windows there was a handy little VST for CuBASE called Cakewalk which did precisely this. The challenge ahead is to find something similar for Linux.


answered Mar 13 '15 at 01:18 by gerg (96)

We'll deliver more and more content, but generating it in a way that makes everyone happy takes some time - so bear with us (and the community, once we add the collaborative features!), and you'll get all that and much more =)

There are some nice (even free) VST instruments out there that complement the builtin packages nicely, but you can also "get your hands dirty" and build your own device chains. The available components already allow for a wide variety of instruments.

  — (Sep 04 '15 at 14:53) riot ♦♦

Great choice for linux.

I'm using linux since 1999 and oways struggled with midi but i didn't want to change my OS. Since bitwig came along, a whole new world opened for me. Since then i'm in love with it :-).

For native linux vst's you can take a look on a page Dave Philips is maintaining.

Their al also options to make use of lv2 instruments via jackass plugin i think but haven't got experience with it.

For piano-like stuff,and others classical instruments, pianoteq is a recommendation. Emulation of electrical piano's, acoustic piano's, vibraphones, celeste, xylophone, harp, ...

And ofcourse their also free soundfonts available also of very good quality.

On , you'll find also links to free sample libraries and other stuff.


answered Sep 04 '15 at 18:54 by genlog (27)

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