asked Nov 27 '15 at 02:47 by ulrikjanusson (166)



I am coming from Ableton Live and I there is one feature there that I cannot figure out in Bitwig. In Ableton it is possible to set an audio file to Warp-mode and then to "Master". That makes it so that when you are adjusting your warp-markers (or onsets in Bitwig) it does not stretch the audio file. Instead the beat and the audio is matched by adjusting the tempo in the master of the song.

OR another way of looking at it: what I want to do is to be able to take a audio file of some live musicians and then figure out where the first, seecond, third and forth beat is in every bar, even when the tempo is drifting. I want to put that into Bitwig so that when I add a kick on beat one and a hihat on beat two, it matches. Even when the human players are drifting in tempo.

I also want to be able to do the same thing with MIDI-files or MIDI parts that I recorded freely into Bitwig, without a metronome. OK, but this is part two of the question.

Does anyone know the answer to part one?

Would be great!


Nick, thanks fopr your swift response. Here is my slow follow-up.

I looked at the stretch options but that does not solve my problem. I am familiar with "warp modes" from Ableton. That is not what I am after. Disregard my using of the wrong terminology. I will instead try to describe what it is I want to do.

  1. I want to grab my guitar
  2. I want to record a song with lots of feeling and an unsteady bpm
  3. I want to show Bitwig where the 1, 2, 3 and 4 of the beat is WITHOUT AFFECTING THE UNSTEADY BPM, I LIKE UNSTEADY
  4. I want to add some drums that I am programming with a drumset on a MIDI-channel, WITHOUT AFFECTING THE UNSTEADY BPM, I LIKE UNSTEADY

Now bullet points 1 and 2 I can do (more or less :-). How do I do 3? I assume I can do 4 without any trouble.

Thanks in advance!


answered Dec 03 '15 at 13:59 by ulrikjanusson (166)

I've been playing around with the demos creating mashups, and this is my #1 most wanted feature. If this was added I would buy instantly.


answered May 11 '16 at 09:49 by Ottworks (474)

Same here, sometimes it is exactely the "unsteady" that makes the groove.


answered Mar 06 '17 at 12:15 by IAmLostForWords (91)

I have now understood that Cubase Pro has the most advanced tempo detection, being able to look at several tracks at once, for example an unsteady bass, and unsteady guitar and an unsteady piano and from that extract an unsteady beat that is the best fit for the beats of all three tracks. To have that in Bitwig would be a dream.

  — (Mar 06 '17 at 14:49) ulrikjanusson

answered Jul 29 '16 at 13:53 by bahramnaseri (7)

Thanks for trying to help out! Unfortunately these videos does not deal with the case of an unsteady "human" tempo as described in my question.

  — (Jul 30 '16 at 16:37) ulrikjanusson

Sorry, I meant "as described in my comment above"

  — (Jul 30 '16 at 16:39) ulrikjanusson

Also looking for this feature, for exactly the same reason.


answered Mar 03 '17 at 10:14 by leegee (65)

This feature is badly needed in Bitwig. At least in Ableton you could rely on your cut points being 'authoritative' and not shifting around like sand while the tempo changes. It is possible in Ableton as the OP said to align a clip to the grid in this way, and the project tempo conforms to how much space (bars) the clip takes up on the grid.

I have emailed tech support about this too, as it is the number one workflow pain point for me. I'm also working with a lot of audio generated from live sessions or improvised playing without a click. Even with arps and beats that are locked to a tempo, Bitwig doesn't detect the tempo.

Just being able to keep the file as raw, then set the beats/bars and time signature, should give enough data to calculate a project tempo. It seems in just about every other DAW you can do this.

Let's keep up the pressure to bring this to the top of the feature requests!


answered Dec 08 '19 at 19:29 by optimysterie (23)

FYI you can use Melodyne 4 to capture both changing tempo map and an averaged tempo (plus the time signature) from a file. It does this automatically. I'm using that to set the (average) tempo on the master track tempo automation lane.

At some point in the future we might be able to import the tempo map into this automation lane. I tried exporting the midi from Melodyne but Bitwig could not open it.


answered Dec 08 '19 at 23:21 by optimysterie (23)


Warp markers are not the same as onsets. I think you are a bit confused here. An onset defines a point in a sample where an attack is detected. A beat marker (or warp marker as it is known in Ableton) associates a sample time (e.g. in seconds) with it's corresponding beat time. It sounds like you want to add beat markers. To do so select the Stretch option in the detail editor when working with audio.


answered Nov 27 '15 at 23:10 by nick (753)

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