Should I download the 32-bit or 64-bit version?
The advantage of 64-bit is mainly being able to use more than 4 GB of RAM, and that the 64-bit version runs slightly faster. Whether you are using a 32-bit or 64-bit version, Renoise's internal audio precision remains !exactly! the same.
- To run the 64-bit version, your OS must be a 64-bit one. If in doubt, use the 32-bit version. It will always work on any OS.
- If you rarely or never use plugins, and have a 64-bit OS, go for the 64-bit version of Renoise as well. The 64-bit version can use more than 4 GB of memory and will perform a little better.
- If you use a lot of plugins, your OS is a 64-bit one, and most of your plugins are available as 64-bit plugins, then you might also want to go for the 64-bit version of Renoise.
- When ReWire is an important part of your workflow, make sure that both the ReWire host and slave (Renoise and some other application) are both either 32-bit or 64-bit. ReWire does not work across the "bit boundary".
What about my old 32-bit or new 64-bit plugins?
Renoise 2.8 also comes complete with a native plug-in bridge, allowing seamless usage of 32-bit instrument and effect plug-ins inside the 64-bit Renoise process, and vice versa. The plugin bridge works with all supported platforms and all plugin formats: VSTs on Windows, OSX and Linux, AudioUnits on OSX and LADSPA/DSSIs on Linux.
This means if you are running the 64-bit version of Renoise, you will also be able to load your old 32-bit plugins. When running a 32-bit Renoise !on a 64-bit OS!, you can also make use of installed 64-bit plugins. I.e. on a 64-bit OS you will be able to load 64-bit and 32-bit plugins. On a 32-bit OS, you can only load 32-bit plugins.
Please note that such bridged plugins will run a little slower. Furthermore, external plugin editor windows will grab the keyboard focus away from Renoise on OSX and Linux. Whether that's relevant to you of course depends on your workflow, so just give both versions a try to decide what's better for you.
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