Adding this here, as I have a question on using Bitwig with the Digitakt.
OK - There’s some history here, so let me explain…
I’ve been using Bitwig for a few years, and very happy with it.
However there is one annoying thing about it that I’ve been unable to fix.
I set up my DT so that all the instruments I record go through it. I did this so I can sequence them with the DT. For example, I have a midi controller sending notes to the DT, and a track in Bitwig that receives the midi notes from the DT. It works great, and the autochannel on the DT allows me to change midi tracks easily (Midi A-H, tracks 9-16).
Here is the problem, and I’ll use one track as an example. I set up Midi A on the DT to drive Omnisphere, and it works great. I mapped the 8 encoders to parameters in Omnisphere (CC 70-77), and to focus on one of those I routed the first encoder (70) to volume in Omnisphere. Again, works great, and I can sequence Omnisphere, and use P-Locks for volume, or just tweak the volume as needed without looking at the DAW. So far so good!
If you are still with me, here is the problem.
When I record into Bitwig, I get 8 channels of automation added on the first note I play. This is because the DT sends the initial state of the CCs (70-77), and if you recall in my example the first one is volume. Meaning that every time I record I have to delete the 8 automation lanes, and the volume is initialized to 0 <<<< Gee, why would that be a problem . There is no way to turn this off in Bitwig, and I’ve gone round and round with their tech support on this (and yes the “automation write” toggle is off).
Bitwig claims that this is a problem with the DT, and that CCs (mod wheel, pitch bend, etc.) are part of the performance, and thus always recorded There is NOT a way to only record notes, which is what I want.
Anyway, I find it very weird that Bitwig does not have a way to record notes only (I came from FL Studio which can do this). The only way (Bitwig tech support claims) to fix this is to write my own controller script (which I have done with limited success), or fix it in the DT.
What are your thoughts on this? Anyone else record through the DT to Bitwig? Do you always want things like the mod wheel recorded? Do you want/expect 8 lanes of automation added every time you record? Any advice, or things I could try to work around it?