asked Mar 27 '14 at 22:37 by Matt_Riley (501)


Is there a way to change time signatures in the course of a song? Example: 2/4 at bar #16 and 4/4 at bar #32?


Is this request on the road map for the forseeable future ? This feature is the one, single thing left that has me going "my previous DAW could do this whereas Bitwig doesn't" ...

  — (Feb 23 '15 at 20:59) igorski81

Today is a favorable day! I’ve been felt slightly, that they bring me this news in some near days. Many thanks for developers of Bitwig Studio. I’m looking forward that, and It is long in coming!...(´o`)

  — (Jan 19 '18 at 15:40) TAUL

Note that time signatures arrived in Bitwig 2.3 [finally !!!] so this question is basically solved as of today.

  — (May 17 '18 at 03:49) ejgallego

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I find it a little bit puzzling that this still isn't implemented as a feature by now (a year and a half later this question was posted). It's pretty basic.


answered Dec 29 '15 at 01:24 by mathisen (154)


It is "basic" from a user point of view, but I am not sure that it is easy to implement this without breaking what has been done before, if it has not been thought at the beginning. I write this from my very little experience in coding.

  — (Dec 29 '15 at 12:29) pakunoda

Agree. BWS is a high quality, innovative product, but, until they are able to support time signature changes within a project, it's still a groove sequencer rather than a DAW (in my opinion). Expensive lesson for me - but it's ok, I've moved on.

  — (Dec 30 '15 at 15:56) SMAustinTexas

I know.. And it makes me wonder: are there any more "basic features" they've left out?

  — (Dec 30 '15 at 16:05) mathisen

It's extremely disconcerting for me. It's forced me to move from BW to alternatives for one project, and it's annoying to switch back and forth. I will start reconsidering BW as my primary DAW when they've put this and step recording in.

  — (Dec 31 '15 at 21:14) brucethehoon

As of 1.3.0 RC1, this is still not available but I agree that it's a necessary feature add. Playing live (keyboard player and band leader), I definitely need access to Time Signature changes via Scene launch but also have the occasional need for Time Signature automation in the middle of songs or as section transitions. So, I'm all for this feature being pushed up the feature add list!


answered Oct 16 '15 at 23:38 by mcphable (191)

edited Oct 16 '15 at 23:39

Frankly, as much as I really like BitWig Studio, I won't use it - or spend any more time learning it - until they add the capability to change time signatures within a project.


answered Nov 07 '15 at 14:16 by SMAustinTexas (61)

Why can't I score for film and TV in Bitwig? This.


answered Jul 21 '16 at 00:48 by brucethehoon (271)

Bumping this thread. I was really enjoying the demo until I ran into this issue. My primary use for Ableton is to run backing/click tracks for my band live. Each song is in it's own scene, and it's important to be able to trigger tempo and time signature information with each scene. I found a sorta' clunky work-around for the tempo (automating master track clip), but without time signature, Ableton is still necessary.

It would be so nice when clicking on a scene to have tempo and time signature options right under the scene name in the inspector window. I will sell Ableton the day that happens.



answered Mar 21 '16 at 22:43 by Rane (51)

This is definitely a deal breaker for me as well. As a composer of contemporary, avant-garde and classical music among others, this is absolutely crucial, I cannot make my click tracks in Bitwig unless I can automate time signatures as well as tempo.


answered Jul 01 '16 at 16:54 by Nathnainiel (51)

Time signature changes coming in Bitwig 2.3. Hear, hear!


answered Jan 19 '18 at 13:04 by mfies (51)

Was just getting ready to purchase when I thought to look up this feature. Sad that I will have to purchase one of the other programs.


answered Jul 20 '16 at 23:11 by 7omr (34)

No, at the moment (version 1.1.6) there is no way to automate time signatures. Someday I wrote a request to tech support and they said that it's on their wishlist. But of course they didn't state when it will be implemented ;)


answered Mar 11 '15 at 12:50 by Triple-U (56)

That's a good feature request, Matt. I'd be curious, too, as this is an important part of music theory. Another very important feature for achieving natural sound is a tempo track. I'm currently exploring whether Bitwig has that.

I'm on the fence about shelling out the money for Bitwig at the moment - need symphonic sound suggestions from folks and need that tempo track. Your feature would be a nice-to-have but a pretty important one for a production of any scale...


answered Mar 12 '15 at 23:13 by gerg (96)

@Gerg- Right click the tempo of the track @ top of screen -> add automation lane.

  — (Mar 25 '15 at 21:56) a_m_gardner

Tempo automation is different than Time Signature automation. Having both would be awesome!

  — (Oct 16 '15 at 23:36) mcphable

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