[LAD] OT: Bitwig beta for Linux reviewed

Ralf Mardorf ralf.mardorf at alice-dsl.net
Fri Mar 8 20:31:50 UTC 2013

On Fri, 2013-03-08 at 22:14 +0300, Louigi Verona wrote:
> Ralf, what do you mean Linux can't do loop and play? I have no problem
> muting individual loops in kluppe or giada or sooperlooper.

Hi Louigi,

for Qtractor I e.g. experienced that when I play a part of a song as
loop, that hardware synth, software synth and audio after a few minutes
are completely out of sync, when using Qtractor. As we all know, jack
transport can't do loop play. Qtractor and Rosegarden can't mute
individual clips, it's only possible to mute tracks, perhaps it can be
automated, but for easily arranging a song it's better to be able to
mute and unmute clips by click. You can't see the difference between
clips with own data files and clips that share the data file with other
clips for Qtractor (for Cubase such clips are called "ghosts" and they
are shadowed). IIRC Muse can mute individual clips, but Muse never was
able to run on my machine. I tested it for different distros, in
different years.
The way recording is handled, when recording in loop play, is not that
manifold as for old proprietary sequencers.

However, we can use those FLOSS Linux apps, but just a few people can
test Bitwig.


@ the topic:
We already have some software that does run on Linux and I'm sceptic to
read that Bitwig should provide all kinds of features we are missing for
Linux at the moment or missing for any OS at the moment. A tester wrote
that there are technical issues, that VST and AU are supported and the
audio binding should be less good, than it should be for Ardour. Bitwig
should be an native Linux app, but seemingly it isn't.

Bitwig quasi should be what many people, including me, are waiting for.
But I don't trust those folks, they already made that much noise, I only
know from Gates, Apple and Zuckerberg, when they present something that
is ready for the market. I'm seemingly not the only one who is sceptic,
when taking a look at the graphic design of Bitwig.

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