asked Dec 04 '13 at 12:05 by mealiedl (1.1k)

Will Bitwig Studio support ReWire?

There is no ReWire support planned, but if you want to route audio and MIDI between different applications, you might want to take a look at the JACK Audio Connection Kit, which is available for OSX, Win and Linux.


answered Dec 04 '13 at 12:05 by mealiedl (1.1k)

Jack seems to be unavailable on Windows though - at least in Beta 9

  — (Jan 03 '14 at 13:23) ThomasHelzle

I intend to use Bitwig Studio with Congnitone Synfire and its DAW drones. For this I'd really prefer to have Rewire available. Will it perhaps be possible in a later revision of Bitwig Studio?


answered Dec 30 '13 at 12:50 by HiEnergy (31)

I've used Cubase as my main DAW and experimented with Ableton Live as the slave using Rewire and it is a breeze. I would love to see Bitwig implement Rewire, though I have no experience with the JACK audio connection kit. I'll give it a try and see what happens.


answered Jul 22 '18 at 20:35 by vintiquesound (21)

Bitwig seem to like to implement technologies that can be used on every platform that Studio supports, and I suspect they won't jump on ReWire for this reason. Just like Audiounits, they would be great for those on a platform that can take advantage, but they then lose feature-parity across all versions.


answered Sep 07 '18 at 10:54 by MCMiller (11)

Learning it's Bitwig aim to maintain feature-parity which is behind the lack of ReWire support helps put this apparent shortcoming into it's proper context. When seen from this viewpoint, this is clearly a positive attribute. The JACK application is something which I have not used, but it seems the way to incorporate Studio with other DAWs...

Please does anyone have any suggestions by way of specific precautions, before trying JACK out with my system: PC i7 4770k, Windows 8.1, Reason 10, Live 10, Focusrite 6i6 mkII, Korg's microKontrol & padKontrol


answered Feb 16 '19 at 23:12 by sublimation (11)

If Rewire & JACK audio do the same thing, and JACK is a newer iteration of the same type of software solution, then I'd be more than happy to learn how to use it to slave one software to another. My main gripe is simply that Rewire worked right out of the box for me, was simple to use, and seems to be a standard for many DAWs and other related software. I'm downloading JACK audio for Windows as we speak and will experiment.


answered Feb 24 '19 at 22:54 by vintiquesound (21)

Jack is much more flexible than Rewire. Rewire is a technology that works 100% in the background, that means you cannot set up anything. The only thing you need to do, is starting your software in the right order. With Jack you have to start a kind of audio router (audio driver) which offers Ins and Outs to the different audio applications. Start the router first, then run your Apps. It works with any audio apllication that can choose its driver. You can even choose Jack I/O from within the system settings or Skype for example. As said: Highly more flexible, but you have to configure it manually, start the router manually, safe your configurations manually, and so on. If it runs, it runs great. You do not have much to learn, as there is a GUI which is more or less easy to learn by doing. But I hate the idea, to safe all the different projects and router configurations all together in one place, and reopen them every time you want to use it. Maybe you can mae the Jack Router an auto-open item on startup. And then adjust your Default Projects in your DAWs. And hopefully stick with it, and not need to change anything. This is not a modern approach. But if you work with Linux, you probably have no problem with configuration and setup. You probably spend half of your day anyways with configuring the system.


answered Mar 15 '19 at 00:48 by micsinger (11)

edited Mar 15 '19 at 00:52

I remember that Rewire was originally developped by propellerheads software, for their first programm called "Rebirth RB 308" in the late 90s. That was one of the first Roland 303, 808 and 909 emulations in Software, and the few DAW Companies could not wait to offer it in their Audio Workstaions. So it is an old standard, and hope that Bitwig is not wasting their time with it. It is time for something new, like a network audio standard. Ableton did an effort with Ableton link. And I guess, that Bitwig is working on something similar that is probably (hopefully) also working over ethernet (and even internet). For the meantime the Jack Router is a good workaround.


answered Mar 15 '19 at 01:02 by micsinger (11)

Ehm, actually no.

With Linux I did my configuration 4 years ago and it continue to work after 3 major releases.

Jack and the ecosystem of software autoconfigure itself when restarted, once you have defined which ports x connects with y.

But yes, this require that you understand your musical equipment.

But hey, personally speaking I am a stupid keyboard player so I study music, piano technique, synthesizers manuals because each keyboard is pretty much different, etc... What to say, I spend a lot of time understanding. And then I play for years... more or less the same for Linux....

I understand that other people can be less prone to understand what they do or should do...

A matter of choice....

Now I have to go to recompile my kernel to send an email...

Best regards,



answered Mar 15 '19 at 09:26 by fsciarra62 (1.0k)

edited Mar 15 '19 at 09:28

Though I didn't ever compile any kernel to send an email, I studied the same whole lot of shit with music gear. And I haven't ever managed using the Jack OSX Router in a meaningfull way. Maybe my Mac Pro Quad Core with 16GB Ram is too slow. But I have only crackling and noise, when I try to route Audio from Bitwig to Logic Pro. Yes I know, I could try different setting, figure out which sampling rate to use in the whole configuration, then adjust the buffer size and so on... On the other hand, It seems to me, that Jack OSX Linux is under much stronger active development than Jack OSX. You just need to watch the Version numbers. Jack OSX is still version 0.xx. And it has had its last update many years ago. There haven't been any updates since 2013/2014 and MAC OSX Lion. At least it seems to me, after 10 minutes research. The latest download site on does not even show a version history... And another important thing: Jack Router OSX shows in the preference panel only up to 48 khz sample frequency, which is too small for serious mixing. It is probably better than to mix inside Bitwig itself. Or to export/reimport the audio files...


answered Mar 26 '19 at 17:10 by micsinger (11)

edited Mar 26 '19 at 17:28

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