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  • Bitbox still miss a lot of fundamental functions

    It's sad to see this module not evolving as fast as it could, Releasing 3 firmware at the same time was maybe not the best idea, none of them are finish.

    Before adding new functions you should consider consolidate what is already there :

    Right now there is no easy way to use one trigger on another cell, i don't know why in a digital module. For each source you should be able to choose trigger 1, trigger 2, trigger 3, and any MIDI CC without using a multiple.

    Compressor is always on, and it's anoying because it make the sound bad. You should add a way to turn it off.

    When you load a sample, you don't know if the sound is stereo or not, waveform is always "mono"

    About the waveform, having a tactil screen is great but we can do nothing with it, scrolling into the waveform is useless as we can't choose with a finger where to put the playhead, neither cut/copy/paste

    There is no fast mode for pot, and you can't use tactil screen to help, which make working with long field recording very annoying

    When a cell is monitoring Input 1/2, monitoring is still mono. Why ? We should be able to work with left/right independantly.

    Having only one loop per cell is very oldschool, granular is in everymind those days, it should be there from the beginning of each sampler design. But ok, if the processor is not strong enough, keep one loop but make it easier to work with, add a "move loop" parameter to move start point + end point at the same time.

    In sample mode, "release" is not CVable

    Bitbox have a lot of potential but it rely on firmware, right now it look like a not finished product.

    I hope you will find time to fix this and get out of this forever update vortex. Good luck !

    (By the way, when you monitor a sample before loading it in a cell, pitch is 1.60 sem away from the real pitch of the sound. Bug ?)
    Last edited by Onosendai; 11-29-2018, 03:32 PM.

  • #2
    Thank you for your passionate email. After working in the software industry for many years, I can say the following with confidence:

    Software is never truly done.

    There is always something missing.

    As much as I would like to believe that we could implement one last set of features and call it finished, I don't see how that is really possible. We just did a review of all of the open wishlist items for bitbox. There were more than 100 items to consider and prioritize. We appreciate all these ideas. We are listening to what you have to say. There are so many things we could be doing. The real challenge is balancing the work between new products and new revenue streams and keeping existing products up to date with free updates.

    Regarding your specific points, these are all good ideas. In particular, I agree that manipulating long waveforms is currently annoying. Monitoring also needs work and that is a big job we have in the queue.

    Thank you again for your post and your support. We look forward to making our products better and better.


    • david goldberg
      david goldberg commented
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      Hey Aaron, can you tell us what is coming in a future update and when ?
      would love to think about my future setup and also if bitbox is going to stay in my live set.
      Would be very much appreciated !! love the module but i miss some basic functions and im sure lot of users would love to know when we can expect the update.

  • #3
    I agree man. This module has so much potential but it kind of just sits there not doing much at the moment. I’m holding onto mine and hoping that some software upgrades come soon to make it more interesting. But at the moment it’s not getting much of a work out.


    • #4
      Same here. I thought about selling both of them (I have a series 1 and 2). But I still hold on to them hoping that any day there would be the update that we’ve been waiting for. I now actually only use the Toolbox, and mainly for things like LFOs, clocks... but there is so much more potential. It’s rarely patched up with more than half of the jacks...


      • Kailan
        Kailan commented
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        I have the same thoughts and I hold this module because I hope there will be an update with more cv-controlable functions and easier workflow. For instance simply deleting a clip from a setup. I thought about to split the module in two and have eight sample clips and eight cv-in for each clip and more cv functions. I think, I will never use 16 clips at the same time but that`s of course individual taste.

    • #5
      Yeah. It’s kind of bums me out. I know developer have a lot of stuff going on but this is such a wasted module at the moment.


      • #6
        While I am in partial agreement, the BitBox sync'ed via the ToolBox and TRS cable has been really important for my live work. It solved a problem almost nothing else does which is sync'ed loop playback. I know the Disting MK4 just added clocked playback, so I'll have to try that out. This is still a fun module for me, and like I said, important to my music.


        • #7
          I am happy to say that we have just eliminated a couple of the requests from this list. Specifically:
          • The master compressor can now be disabled from page two of the global settings screen.
          • Previewing now works at the correct pitch.
          Please know that we reviewed all the bitbox requests to date and implemented many of the top ones, including ADSR, mute mode, and better previewing.

          Check out version 2.2.3

          Thanks for all your support. We appreciate it.