Bitwig Keyboard Shortcuts

    Keyboard shortcuts: they save time, but they're hard to remember. To help with the latter, I've put together this page as a reference to some of the most useful Bitwig 3 keyboard shortcuts.

    Try bookmarking this page and opening it up when working on a Bitwig project. In no time you should develop muscle memory for the most useful shortcuts.

    These shortcuts are up to date as of Bitwig 3.3. Quick legend: ⌘ = Cmd, ⇧ = Shift.

    Operating System

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    Mac


    Single-Key Commands

    a

    Automation Editor Panel

    b

    Insert from Library

    d

    Device Panel

    e

    Detail Editor Panel

    f

    Folded Note Lanes

    i

    Inspector Panel

    l

    Clip Launcher Panel

    m

    Mixer Panel

    o

    Arranger Panel

    q

    Quantize

    t

    Focus Track Header

    z

    Zoom to Fit

    .

    Larger beat grid

    ,

    Smaller beat grid

    /

    Adaptive beat grid

    Tab

    Next mode


    Cursors

    1

    Pointer

    2

    Time Selection

    3

    Pen

    4

    Eraser

    5

    Knife


    Notes on the Grid

    ⇧ + ↑

    Up by an octave

    ⇧ + ↓

    Down by an octave

    ⇧ + →

    Nudge note right

    ⇧ + ←

    Nudge note left

    Ctrl + ⇧ + →

    Stretch note

    Ctrl + ⇧ + ←

    Shrink note

    ⌘ + D

    Duplicate note selection

    Ctrl + D

    Duplicate note selection

    Alt + →

    Select next note

    Alt + ←

    Select previous note

    ⇧ + Alt + →

    Extend selection to the right

    ⇧ + Alt + ←

    Extend selection to the left


    Clip

    ⌘ + L

    Loop region

    Ctrl + L

    Loop region

    ⌘ + J

    Consolidate

    Ctrl + J

    Consolidate

    ⌘ + E

    Split

    Ctrl + E

    Split

    ⌘ + Alt + D

    Slice to drum machine

    Ctrl + Alt + D

    Slice to drum machine

    Alt + Q

    Quantize w/ options

    ⌘ + B

    Bounce in place

    Ctrl + B

    Bounce in place


    Adding Tracks

    ⌘ + T

    Instrument track

    Ctrl + T

    Instrument track

    ⌘ + ⇧ + T

    Audio track

    Ctrl + ⇧ + T

    Audio track

    ⌘ + Alt + T

    Effect track

    Ctrl + Alt + T

    Effect track

    ⌘ + Alt + G

    Group track

    Ctrl + Alt + G

    Group track


    Time

    ⌘ + ⇧ + X

    Cut time

    Ctrl + ⇧ + X

    Cut time

    ⌘ + ⇧ + V

    Paste time

    Ctrl + ⇧ + V

    Paste time

    ⌘ + ⇧ + D

    Duplicate time

    Ctrl + ⇧ + D

    Duplicate time

    ⇧ + Backspace

    Remove time

    ⌘ + ⇧ + P

    Insert silence

    Ctrl + ⇧ + P

    Insert silence


    Snapping

    ⇧ + /

    Snap to events

    ⇧ + ,

    Snap to grid

    ⇧ + .

    Snap to grid offset


    Transposing

    Alt + +

    Semitone up

    Alt + -

    Semitone down

    ⇧ + Alt + +

    Octave up

    ⇧ + Alt + -

    Octave down


    General/Miscellaneous

    ⌘ + ⇧ + B

    Export audio

    Ctrl + ⇧ + B

    Export audio

    ⌘ + ,

    Settings

    Ctrl + ,

    Settings

    ⇧ + Alt + M

    Micro-pitch editing


    ⌨️ Quick tip before you go: Commander

    For a way to easily access the different commands in Bitwig, try out Commander by hitting Ctrl + Enter. Then just start typing the command name. Magic! ✨

    Screenshot of the Bitwig commander

    I hope this page proves helpful! Let me know here if I forgot your favorite shortcut.

    And remember, in case you're not happy with the default shortcuts, or would like to shortcut-ize something that doesn't have a shortcut, just go to the Bitwig settings, under Shortcuts.

    Thanks for visiting, come back often. Let your sound be heard & keep on creating!