A Pure Data Grid block

Pure Data (or just Pd) is an open source visual programming language for multimedia. A Bitwig Grid block which runs Pure Data inside would allow advanced synthesis, for example complex resonators.

Ableton Live has incorporated Max/MSP. Bitwig could just integrate Pure Data since it is the younger sister of Max but BSD licensed, so entirely possible to use in a commercial application.

What problem(s) would this feature resolve?

It would remove the constraints of the great Bitwig Grid. Some things are not possible to do, like one sample feedbacks, since the blocksize is limited in grid.

How does this feature fit in Bitwig as a product?

It would open the possibility for third party developers to expand the possibilities of the Grid, and therefore Bitwig.

Is there already an alternative way to achieve this on Bitwig?


Could it be implemented using Bitwig components or APIs, without Bitwig team’s support?

Don’t know, probably not.

Could it be provided by a VST or something else reasonably integrated with Bitwig?

Don’t know, probably not.

Are there other products that offer this feature?

Relevant links (optional)

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A great idea I had myself in the past. There is a project which can load Pd patches into phones called MobMuPlat. Along the same principle this could be realized, just with the much nicer Bitwig UI elements!

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Very interesting: MobMuPlat - Mobile Music Platform

Let me add this: We do have experience with libpd integration and can certainly assist if Bitwig needs support. We also have been in contact with the team before and have visited them. They support us with developer licenses.

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Just curious, who is “we”?

Regardless of the answer, it is great to know that you and the Bitwig team are in touch already.

The Center for Haptic Audio Interaction Research

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Timothy Schoen has put together a new VST and AU wrapper to PureData called PlugData. I have just started using it. Maybe Bitwig could approach hime for collaborative purposes… GitHub - timothyschoen/PlugData: Pure Data as a plugin, with a new GUI