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Currently one of the only trackers powerful enough for VST-based production
Yes, trackers are not visually pleasing to those who got started with a piano roll and thus can see chords easily, but if you have the time and patience to get used to a more vertical-based workflow and work on your own visioconstruction skills, you'll realise it's one of the fastest ways to bolt out sequences (barring using a MIDI piano and recording MIDI to a DAW).
Didn't use Renoise that much to be honest. Before Renoise I used Jeskola Buzz and it was a huge step upwards, but after Renoise I quickly switched to Ableton Live because it simply has more to offer. However, I do still sometimes sync Renoise and Ableton together because it offers a very interesting and different way of making music and I like the fact that the sequencer runs from top to bottom, which is what I was used to with Jeskola Buzz for many years and Fasttracker 2 before that. Always get fun results from using Renoise. Great piece of software
As good as any other DAW out there!
I first started making music in 1995 with a piece of software called *FastTracker - I was heavily, emotionally invested in something called *the demoscene, a bunch of talented and creative guys who made, basically, music videos. Music making softwares in those days did not look like anything like today's horizontal-UI-based DAWs, FastTracker looked like Excel to everyone who did not understand what they are seeing. To us who used it on a daily basis, in looked like the same, only with meaning.
Renoise is a *tracker, such as FastTracker, a DAW where progression is vertical instead of horizontal and where the underlying math looks more prominent. If you can get over that (and also the thing that notation is a tad bit different and you really are working in a spreadsheet, to give you an overall view of things to come), this baby is amazing. Compact, fast, solid, works with most VSTs, does not crash often (I had my weird problems with my EMU0202 sound card, though, when you try to quit Renoise, you often have to resort to a force quit) and I made a full EP on it. My problem with it, though, is that in the long run I needed to work with vocal tracks and that is something that I simply could not solve neatly (maybe because I completely overlooked a feature?) and also in terms of visuals I liked an approach better which gives me visual oversight on the whole length of the track down to the sample level without clicking too much.
TLDR Renoise is as good as any other DAW out there. Main point of difference for me was the underlying logic and the lack of the horizontal track view. If you can live with it, this will be an amazing flagship in your arsenal.
THIS MY DAW
4.8 out of 5
very fun and great. not like fl studios where everything slides around and makes horrid noises, and not like ableton where...
- version 1.5.2
- solid and tight. hard to do anything you didn't mean to do
- you won't forget about automations
- multiple effects and whatnot won't mess it up
- looks really cool
- feels great to type music instead of click it
- great key combs for pattern control (ctrl+right, ctrl+right, ctrl+dn, ctrl+left. switched two sequences.
- great startup speed (fruit guy too slow)
- friendly tool tips (and no anime dance thing)
- 2005 great disc browser with quick playback
- customizable theme and key combs
- many time signatures (pretty much as many as you need, you 71/35 freakhead)
- speed control and tick system is great and in tact
- many transposes (and not just a knob eagh)
- beat slicing and GREAT pattern commands (0B00)
- stereoexpander and singlepole lp
- has toggleable backup saves
- idk how to buy 2005 1.5.2 ver instead of 3.0
- hexadecimal. helpful in having more numbers but sometimes hard to calculate.
- 2005 sample editor is rather lame (no timestretch, etc)
- 2005 crashes
- 2005 playbacking samples sometimes stop because they long (reasonable)
- 2005 effects are ok
- 2005 reverbs are usually bleh
- clips sometimes (probably just me)
- 2005 hard to make GREAT sounds without vst plugins
anything with 2005 could either just be a problem from 2005 or maybe it's still there. download the demo, that's all i can use because idk how TO BUY 2005 FVERSON.]
overall, it's you. it's not renoise. renoise is a hot friendly smart caring guy and it's you. renoise has done nothing wrong, and never will. get the right sounds -- get the right sequences -- u ho.
Great modern tracker
If you like the tracker interface, this is the DAW for you. Full VST support, external midi, all the stuff you need. Great sample/instrument-editor can sample a full VST-instrument with one button. Instrument editor/Sampler also available as VST plugin if you use other DAWS, worth a check: Redux.
The single most important Music tool i will ever use
I love renoise it's great it is easy to use and customization you can script within it and the automation is very good. the reverb is excellent with renoise you are right into the detail it's fast and great for sample mangling.