Support more than 2 audio channels for tracks. This would allow for advanced spatial audio work for e.g. ambisonics, Dolby Atmos, etc.
- First order ambisonics B-format requires 4 channels, third order 16 channels, sixth order 49.
- Popular film scoring formats are e.g. 5.1 (6 channels) and 7.1 (8 channels).
Users are limited to stereo or simple (amplitude-based) surround sound with Bitwig stock features, surround pieces cannot be exported as multichannel files.
Bitwig being at the forefront of experimentation, this would be very on-brand.
It’s already possible to do some surround work in Bitwig, by using modulators and sends/audio receivers. Because of the lack of multichannel tracks however, no ambisonics/object based audio is possible without relying on third party products, and the workflow is very cumbersome and limited.
It is possible to create a Grid preset synced with a Reaper instance that provides the multichannel features – see Bitwig Preset: Mono AmbiEncoder 3o public.
Yes, Reaper offers up to 64 channels. Protools, Logic, and Nuendo also support multichannel tracks.