Note Out module for The Grid

Note Out module for The Grid to export information that instruments and other devices can use as input. The Note information expected includes gate, pitch, velocity, release velocity, pressure, timbre, and output channel.

With this feature users could translate all these beautiful generative patches which are possible in the Grid to the beautiful world of instruments (including VST instruments. Instead of being limited to the Grid sounds, it could drive external destinations.

It would also enable all sorts of MIDI mangling which can’t be solved with the existing Note FX devices.

What problem(s) would this feature resolve?

Currently it is easy to create unique and sophisticated Note information in The grid, but it is between difficult and almost impossible to use that information in Bitwig, outside of The Grid.

How does this feature fit in Bitwig as a product?

It extends the modular Grid beyond audio into the MIDI and controller world.

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

There is a Bitwig Preset: Grid Note Out popularized by Polarity Music. It’s a workaround involving using the Replacer device for converting CV/Gate information into notes.

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

Not natively, only as a preset.

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

Can’t make it any more ‘integrated’ than using Replacer device in place of a module, and that’s a poor solution as pointed out above.

Are there other products that offer this feature?

Other Hosts and standalones, but not as nice and easy as it would be in The Grid. Max/MSP, Pure Data and M4L within Ableton Live.

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I’m almost in disbelief, but this one can be closed, because it’s finally here in 4.2


Wow, nice. I know lots of folks have been waiting for this! :slight_smile:

From Testing Notes for Bitwig Studio 4.2 Beta

New Grid module: Note Out (I/O), for creating note output

  • Gate In port triggers a note to be created
  • Pitch In, Velocity In, and Channel In can either be set with fixed values, or provided with signals
  • When Enable All Expressions ( toggle) is on, Timbre In, Pressure In, Gain In, and Pan In ports are available for signal control of all note expressions
  • When Enable All Expressions ( toggle) is off, connections to these additional expression ports are remembered but inactive
  • As with any module, multiple Note Out modules can be loaded, helpful for sequencer or “groovebox” style patches, or whenever you want to group notes onto different MIDI channels, etc. etc.

This is the first feature implemented since Bitwish was created! A new #archive:implemented subcategory has been created.

Just for the record, this was the 20th most voted feature request. 17 votes have been liberated and can be used now to support other requests.

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