Bitwig and audio


Sorry if this is the wrong forum to post this in, but I thought maybe another Garuda user would have the answer. Am new to Linux and also MIDI (any music production for that matter) Im trying to get my MIDI keyboard to work in Bitwig but no matter what I do. I can not get sound other than something that sounds like interference or something when I have stereo selected in output on HW instrument. Ive tried AlSA, jack, pulseaudio and pipewire. My mpk mini 3 registers as I can see on bitwig when i press a screen. So im just not sure what im doing. anyone have advice, and sorry if this was wrong to post this question here.


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Can you describe your method for adding the keyboard?

This article indicates you need to add the keyboard in the settings menu:

1. Open the Settings menu and select Controllers.

2. Click the Add drop-down menu, select your controller, then close the Settings menu. If your device isn’t listed, select Generic MIDI Keyboard.


Amigo, hang in there and let's start with configuring the system for pipewire. Easiest and best to use the garuda tool for this -- garuda assistant. If you have trouble getting this to run from within your desktop environment, pull up a command terminal and type:

sudo -E garuda-assistant

and give your password. Click on the 'system components' tab. In the upper left area labeled 'audio', uncheck everything except: 1. 'Pipewire Support' 2. 'user in realtime group'. Then go down almost to the bottom left and uncheck 'Pulseaudio-bluetooth...'. Click Apply at the bottom right.

Close garuda-assistant. logout and reboot the computer. Login and open the volume control in your desktop environment. I apologize for making you do this -- I have to do it everytime I boot or reboot before I fire up Bitwig Studio because the sound driver for my device does not properly initialize the audio interfaces and so I get no sound unless I do this. Lower the volume to like 70%. Click the mute icon. Then unclick the mute icon and bring the volume all the way up to 100%. Close the volume control.

Disconnect your MIDI keyboard then open Bitwig Studio. Go to settings, click on audio. At the top, for 'Driver model' select 'Pipewire'. Then immediately below it, to the right of the panel, click 'NEW'. Make no changes, except to Block size, dragging the blue line indicator to the extreme right. Below it, you should see '2048 samples ...'
This setting is for testing purposes. When we get audio working, then I will show you how to tune this setting to balance latency versus buffer overruns that cause audio dropouts.

Verify that you see something that looks reasonable under 'Output Busses' at the bottom of the panel.

Close settings and create a new project. Click '+' to add a new track, and in the panel that appears, at the top right of the panel click on 'samples' and pick a sample to add as a track. Then click the play button. Hopefully you get sound.

If so, open up settings, click on 'controllers' , and delete the controller for your MIDI keyboard. Under 'controllers' you should now only see 'add controller' . Avoid clicking on that yet instead now plug in your MIDI keyboard. Click on 'Add controller' and select your keyboard. Then on the right side of the keyboard panel you will see a symbol that looks like a circle with 5 dots at the top which represents the historic MIDI plug. Click the very top option menu and make sure you select '.... DAW OUT' . Below it, select '...MIDI OUT' Then immediately below this, on the third option select '...DAW IN', and finally 'MIDI IN'. Close settings.

Add new track, click on the top right 'Presets', pick an instrument and add it to your project. Now play the keyboard. Do you hear anything at all. Are there still audio dropouts.

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