MIDI comping

Comp recording aka Comping allows to record several takes of a section and then select the best fragments for your track. Bitwig provides comping for audio tracks but not for midi tracks.

What problem(s) would this feature resolve?

Recording multiple takes on a midi keyboard or another controller manually articulated is tedious, especially if you are not a genius. It is much better to record multiple takes one after the other without having to start and stop the recording every time. And then just select the midi sections you are most happy about.

How does this feature fit in Bitwig as a product?

Bitwig introduced audio comping in 4.0. However, midi comping is still missing. From a musician or producer point of view, the difference is quite arbitrary because they might be recording with midi as much as audio or more.

In terms of UX (and possibly code), the building blocks are there thanks to audio comping.

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?


Could it be provided by an STV or something else reasonably integrated with Bitwig?


Are there other products that offer this feature?

Tracktion, Studio One, Cubase, Reaper, Sonar

Relevant links (optional)


2 posts were split to a new topic: [Draft discussion] MIDI comping

Implement comping of expression over an existing midi clip. This would allow the musician to concentrate on the original performance or use both hands then go back a number of times while building or editing the expression, pitch bend etc. This can be acheived automating Midi CC I believe but could make a nice addition to midi comping


Yes! This would be a heavily used feature by me. I look forward to it being implemented.

Thanks Bitwig guys!!!


I’m recording a drum part using a hybrid setup with a real hi hat but all other drums electric, so MIDI comping would be amazing right now!


If Bitwig implements MIDI comping, I will be leaving Ableton Live and use Bitwig exclusively.

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It seems very mundane, being able to do a bunch of takes, then save the best one.

I’m really looking forward to this feature.


nothing in v5…

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Yes!! MIDI Comping would be epic.
If they made it the same way they do it in logic would be great. or like track alternatives you can merge together or both.

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That would be THE feature for me right now. Yesterday I made a session with a friend. I played Bass in Audio comping mode and he played midi keys. We had to make a break and copy the whole loop 20 times in a row, that nothing of the recorded material goes lost. Not a very elegant and efficient way. I’m in demo mode now, but plan to buy Bitwig. Please don’t let me down with this feature :smiley:


MIDI comping, please!! Love the audio comp workflow, but I do a LOT more live MIDI recording than audio. I can adapt my MIDI workflow to audio takes as needed, but it would be awesome to have MIDI comping!

20+ year cubase user here - just made the switch after debating this for years. Did the trial version for 3 weeks and I’m sold – this is my new DAW, for sure, and the support offered by Bitwig is already lightyears… ahead of some other well-known brands that have frustrated me for a couple decades. Steiny should be knocked off their high horse, and I think this is the DAW to do it. Thank you!

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came here incredulous that this isn’t a thing. it makes no sense after so long that audio would have comping and midi not!

the workaround i found is using a session clip to make an endless recording while your loop is playing. at least it’s possible to record while looping without loss somehow.