Still, thanks to some foam padding, the Bitstream, its power supply and a USB cable can all fit in snugly, and the case will be a godsend for people who gig regularly or move about a lot. Documentation could be better. Sell one like this. If you can’t be bothered with all this configuration nonsense, you’ll be pleased to hear that the software comes pre-packed with a bunch of settings for classic hardware and software. Sign in for more lists. The Bitstream can be programmed from the front panel using its buttons and rotary encoder, but if you’re using it with a computer, it’s easier to set it up using the included software instead. Below these you’ll find a two-axis joystick, the highly unusual Automation section, a row of mute buttons and a dinky little crossfader.
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Reason users, however, can rejoice – the Bitstream features a special Reason mode that intelligently maps your Reason modules, which we’re happy to report works very well indeed. At first glance, the Bitstream looks pretty cool.
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Below these you’ll find a two-axis joystick, the highly unusual Automation section, a row of mute buttons and a dinky little crossfader. Cons Poor build quality. The Bitstream 3X is a control surface that offers a little bit of everything. Back to home page.
Downloading the Mackie Emulation user libraries from the Wave Idea website gives you thousands of presets, cmf we found actually getting the Mackie Emulation mode to work properly to be a tricky task indeed. For additional information, see the Global Shipping Program terms and conditions – opens in a new window or tab.
Ultimately, this is a controller that doesn’t quite live up to its potential. However, there’s a heavy bias towards old hardware, so if you want to control your more up-to-date software, you’re better off using the 3X in Mackie Control emulation mode.
We had further woes trying to set the unit up to work with Ableton Live 5 and found that the instructional PDF on the website missed out some important information that we later located on the Wave Idea forum.
Seller assumes all responsibility for this listing. It does have some cool features and the Reason integration is great, but that suspect build quality is a real problem and the documentation could be better – as mentioned, there were omissions in the Live bitsrream PDF we downloaded from the website, and many of the page numbers in the printed manual’s index are incorrect. Back to home page Return to top.
Thankfully, the unit can be USB-powered too, so btstream don’t need the wall wart unless you’re using it without your computer. See full item description.
CME/Wave Idea Bitstream 3X review | MusicRadar
Dec 28, Useful for live performers. Still, nitstream to some foam padding, the Bitstream, its power supply and a USB cable can all fit in snugly, and the case will be a godsend xme people who gig regularly or move about a lot.
With luck, there’ll be a ‘Mk II’ version that improves matters, but at the moment, there are far better control surfaces on the market. The Bitstream can be programmed from the front panel using its buttons and rotary encoder, but if you’re using it with a computer, it’s easier to set it up using the included software instead. There were other problems, too: Add to watch list Add to wish list. These are arranged in standard mixing desk style – you get a row of eight faders with a set of four knobs sitting above each one.
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The sexy black exterior and uniform grey controls give it a ‘military chic’ vibe, while the rows of knobs and buttons are reassuringly high-tech. It will only be included with the first units, though, so if bitstrem want one, get on the case as it were. Sell one like this. To the left of the display there’s a rotary encoder, while to the right sits a small but workable ribbon controller.