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  • Gb7b5
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    Joined: Nov 5th, 2020
    Share Bitwig project between Windows and Mac computers
    Hi, My studio computer is a Mac and at home and on the road I have a Windows laptop. I have the same third party plug-ins on both. Bitwig runs fine with the plug-ins on either computer; but when I open a project from one on the other I get a "Plug-ins missing" warning and have to manually choose the plug-in. In so doing, the selected preset is not preserved nor are the tweaks to it. I'm just starting in with Bitwig so I'm wondering if there's something I should be doing to avoid this problem. I have been using Reaper for years and am used to just hitting 'save' on either computer and 'open' on the other to find the project in exactly the same state. Thanks to anyone who can advise me! Morton
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  • Joe A
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    Joined: Oct 1st, 2013
    Re: Share Bitwig project between Windows and Mac computers
    Hi Morton - There's a mention in the Bitwig manual (p.289) about it being sensitive to plug-in versions: Quote A yellow square indicates that the plug-in has a version conflict. This means that the plug-in found on your system is an older version of the one that was saved in the project. When this happens, you can try to resolve it yourself, or you can ask Bitwig Studio to ignore the conflict. To tell Bitwig Studio to ignore all plug-in version conflicts: click the Ignore all version conflicts button at the bottom of the plug-in list. End Quote Maybe that could have something to do with it? I couldn't find any other references to sharing Bitwig projects between Mac & Windows installations, but I've linked the thread to one of our Bitwig courses (above), just in case another Bitwig user might notice it and have encountered something similar..
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  • Gb7b5
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    Joined: Nov 5th, 2020
    Re: Share Bitwig project between Windows and Mac computers
    Hi Joe, Thanks for your research. Your answer pointed me to the Project Info pane which I had not yet learned about. No yellow squares there, but an issue to trouble shoot. The plug-ins have red dots signifying that they are not present on the system even though they are present in the plug-in browser and can be used without issue on tracks. If someone actually does share projects between Windows and Mac I would appreciate a heads up so that I know that it could work. In the mean time I will just have to render plug-in output to audio clips as a work around, and continue trouble shooting.
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