Articulations manager

When using physical modelling/hypersampled instruments (Kontakt, VSL, Spitfire, etc) it’s very common to change the articulation with a note at the very low end of the midi keyboard.

Eg:

  • C0 will give you stacatto
  • C#0 legato
  • Etc.

In Bitwig there is nothing to manage this and users are forced to actually write those notes.

What problem(s) would this feature resolve?

Using articulations with actual midi notes is inconvenient as it requires the user to either remember or look up which note will select the desired articulation and then find it on the piano roll. This would solve that by providing a more transparent way of visually representing the articulations and thereby making it much quicker and easier to automate changes of articulation.

How does this feature fit in Bitwig as a product?

It would make Bitwig more attractive to users of the many VSTs which use articulation switches. It is consistent with existing behaviour such as in Drum Machine wherein note lanes will be named after the devices on the pads to make it easier to see what each note is doing.

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

You can use midi notes already to switch articulations, but this is inconvenient for the reasons described above.

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

No.

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

No.

Are there other products that offer this feature?

I think the best implementation I’ve seen is from Studio One where it’s called Sound Variations:

This is how Cubase does it:

This is how Logic does it:

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Just threw in my vote. I use a lot of different NI and Kontakt libraries so this feature would be amazing!

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