I have created a .midi file and I have loaded into Bitwig. The tempo starts off at 120bpm and at a certain point I want to change it to 140bpm, but I cannot find how to do that.

Can I do this on Bitwig?

  • Do you want to do it manually through a controller or automatically through automation? Jun 15, 2016 at 14:47
  • @Archundia I'm guessing automation. I'm not sure. I want the song to start off at a tempo and when it reaches a certain point, I want the tempo to increase to a specific bmp Jun 15, 2016 at 14:49
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    I dont have the software so I can't carve a good answer, but found this: answers.bitwig.com/questions/334/… Seems that it is done through clips in the master track, similar to Ableton, but the implementation is slightly different. Also see reddit.com/r/Bitwig/comments/244lsd/… Jun 15, 2016 at 17:17

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tl;dr Automate it from the Master channel

You could just go to your master channel, click the 3-lines/automation lanes button and click the big gray button and select Transport then Tempo. Then you just double click or pen in the points like any automation.

Alternatively you could right click the tempo at the top and click "Add Automation Lane", and then go to your master channel and click the three lines (hotdog?) for opening up the automation lanes, and click the ALL button in the lower left.


I don't have a Bitwig installation to test, but from the user manual, the tempo indication in the display section (the section with blue figures and indications) of the window header is "a control for the project's current tempo". Again, I have no way of testing this, but my understanding is that in your current play position (indicated in the same display section) you can click on the tempo indication and set it to the desired value, which will be applied to the current play position.

I gather this actually creates a tempo setting MIDI event at the current position, as I could not find any dedicated MIDI event inspection and/or editing.

  • when the tempo is changed (at any point in the track), it changes the tempo for all points on track. The only way (that I know of) is to use track automation on the master channel.
    – shark8me
    Feb 17, 2022 at 2:27

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