I absolutely love Renoise. I come from a digital composing background, with fond memories of AdLib Tracker 2. I haven't once regretted my decision to purchase Renoise, and I recommend it at every opportunity.
Although I started out making chiptune-style music, I'm interested in branching out to other genres. I'm looking for polyphonic and realistic instruments that make use of more effects. I'd like to explore composing classical music. But I don't know where to start looking for good XRNIs. The ones that come with Renoise are so limited.
Some people out there might suggest that I pick up a commercial DAW with more marketshare, but I'd rather work in a familiar tracker interface that even gives me API access to write my own interface extensions (I could go on with many of the other wonderful features in Renoise). I'd like to test to see if the tracker workflow can be applied to music of high quality classical music.
Here are some examples of some of the types of instruments that I'm looking for:
- Realistic orchestral instruments: Brass, woodwinds, strings, percussion.
- Hip-hop instruments: lead, drums.
- Dub-step instruments: lead, drums.
- Synth instruments: lead, pad, bass, drums.
One last thought regarding VSTs: I much prefer working with XRNIs wherever possible because they're more portable (I'm working on a collaboration with someone who may not have access to certain VSTs). Also, with XRNIs there's no configuration necessary to ensure that an external plugin is set up properly.
I'm willing to pay for quality XRNIs if that's the best option available. Thanks for your suggestions, and I hope you'll pardon my rant.