Audio pre-record

Having a buffer of audio recorded in the back so when you actually record something you can drag the front out and have audio where nothing was recorded otherwise.

What problem(s) would this feature resolve?

Losing a spontanious upbeat or precious transients on recordings.

How does this feature fit in Bitwig as a product?

Bitwig provides multiple features geared toward the creation of unrepeatable sounds. This is great, except when you produce an unexpected sound you wish you had recorded. Also, this feature would appeal to producers who rely more heavily in audio recording.

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

Alternatively recording a bar before, or record always.

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


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


Are there other products that offer this feature?

Studio One

Relevant links (optional)

Studio One 3 Pre Record Audio Input


7 posts were split to a new topic: [Draft discussion] Audio pre-record

Yes, audio pre-record is much to be desired. It’s the add-on feature that makes loop recording of clips really smooth-as-silk for workflow because the “before the one” transients of the first recorded loop are not cut off and lost forever.

Here is #Cubase reference (as Cubase is one program that implements this feature):


Imagine this, in combination with automatic quantization, to “pull” transients to the “1” of the first bar. Would be a banger for beatboxing, you couldn’t (slightly) miss the beat any more in your life.

I included this in my personal feature request list, too, which i put on Youtube
It overlaps with midi prerecord. Both would be awesome, if accompanied with the right amount of smart options in the preferences!

Polarity mentioned the Rolling Sampler plugin / standalone app in a recent video:

And the video, for credits: Bitwig: Convolution, Rolling Sampler and System Audio Bridge - YouTube

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Can you help me understand – how is this different from retrospective record? Or is also known as retrospective record? Ive already voted for retrospective.

This request is about pre-recording audio and MIDI capture is about pre-recording MIDI.

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lol it’s in the name, isnt it. I totally missed that. Thanks!

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This feature would make it so much easier for multiple reasons.
When i record drums for example, i often edit tracks to be in time on the grid but at each start of every take it cuts the hits of cymbals.
This would work so well with another feature where it would not remove the audio region if i move one region on another one but just disable it so that when moving audio regions around you would not lose what was there before. I can’t believe this is not in bitwig, it was in cubase 10 years ago and it was so useful.