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Modular Concepts: Voice Stacking [Bitwig Studio]

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Modular Concepts: Voice Stacking [Bitwig Studio]

Voice stacking is a special Bitwig feature for multiplying and shaping notes and more. In this episode, we’ll look at classic "unison," and then dive into voice stacking and how to use it. We’ll see audio FX and note FX that use voice stacking (thanks to The Grid), and we’ll close by remixing the factory grand piano so it loops forward and backwards, simultaneously. Come get familiar with voice stacking, another Bitwig difference. 👩‍🎤 🔀

0:00 Welcome
0:15 Polyphony sets your playable voices & behavior
0:51 Voice Stacking duplicates each triggered voice and puts easy modulation in your hands
2:05 Good ole unison, a way to thicken oscillators by copying and detuning them
5:22 Voice Stack Spread ± sets any parameter’s range for all stacked voices
7:43 The Voice Stack modulator offers more options, including manual mapping
9:45 …or Value mode, for setting one step that perfectly scales…
10:49 …OR just manually map each voice to make it #perfect
12:10 Good for Bitwig devices, and CLAP plug-ins that support it 💪
13:35 FX Grid + voice stacking = multiband filtering or more
15:12 Note Grid + voice stacking = layers of modulated notes
16:22 Check the "Three Sisters" preset, where each note triggers all three Sampler modes
18:05 Challenge: Turn the multisampled "Grand Piano" into a pad
19:21 First, edit all zones to loop and crossfade
20:18 Second, make Start and Length loop-scanning macros
21:22 Third, Dynamics is fun when backwards — let’s hear the air
23:43 Finally, voice stack the sampler and spread the speed ↔︎

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