Working with VST plugin windows is tedious, whereas working with Bitwig native devices is easy and immediate. If it were possible for third party plugins to provide a GUI directly inside the DAW window, without having to deal with floating windows, we can benefit from a significant workflow improvement.
Floating windows are tedious to work with.
From the Bitwig website:
- “Streamline your creative process”
- “Building a DAW from the ground up allowed us to think differently and solve old problems in new ways. Bitwig Studio is made for the future…”
The feature can be achieved only partially, and this request expands on it.
Currently, VST plugins are given a default wrapper view, which allows for easy access to the plugins first few parameters.
Also, VST plugins are given Remote Control pages to surface important parameters on a preset or plugin-per basis.
Where these lack is in their:
- lack of variety of GUI elements (we are provided rotary knobs, but no reverse knobs, or graphs or metering widgets)
- lack of bespoke design (custom layout of GUI elements)
No. Hypothetically, the CLAP standard could be improved to allow plugin developers to code an alternative GUI view that would fit inside a devices view, but Bitwig would still be involved at the level of implementing the CLAP spec.
Not without the above hypothetical integration.
Ableton allow Max for Live devices to provide a ‘devices view’ type immediate GUI (but not for third party VSTs).
FL Studio provides the Patcher, which provides a ‘native’ GUI builder experience to users, but does not solve the problem of floating windows.
Previous brainstorm on bitwish: Native UIs for third party plugins - #13