Personally, I'm just not sure there is room for another Ableton. Maybe I'm right and there is - I really don't mind being proved wrong. Some people are saying Bitwig is actually Ableton 9 under another guise. Others say that the creators used to work for Ableton years ago. Legal issues have been raised, although I can't see a marketing battle working out after Cubase and Logic went head to head years ago about OS platforms and nothing positive ever came of that.
Bitwig looks cool and there are a few different functions, like having session style clips in the arrangement, bouncing in place (a feature I've waited for for a while now) and other variations on many Ableton familar ideas. Tell you what, if they manage to eliminate the Ableton audio/midi latency, I'll be very interested.
This could go either way, Ableton could come down in price and we could have some healthy competition, or one DAW just gets stomped out by the other, leaving anyone who bought it a few years down the line with a hole in their pocket and out-of-date unsupported software gathering dust on their hard drives...
• 64-bit compatible
• Native Linux support
• Dual monitor support
• Split view between Arrangement and Session views
• A resizable clip matrix
• Overlaid automation on clips
• Automation on a per-note basis in the piano roll
Check out the site for more info: Bitwig Studio Website.
What do you guys think?