Note: Read this comment before the last of Danoise. He got ahead of me
Hi Finnishcoffee. I'm going to be honest. In my case, the price of Renoise for Spain is: 58,00€ (+ VAT 12,18€) = 70,18€ (euros). I suppose in other countries the price will vary. I have a licence for Renoise and other licence for Redux. I bought Redux to support Renoise's project, although I know I was not going to use it widely. And I do not have the money either, I had to save. And honestly, I did not like that the team of Renose spending time in Redux. Because it is development time not invested directly in Renoise, but it is a small team and needs to be financed in some way, I suppose...
Now compare the price of Renoise with other DAWs. Then you will see that Renoise is the DAW more cheaper. Therefore, the problem is not the cheap price of Renoise, but rather their purchasing power. If you can not buy it, I suggest you save. The reason is that version 3.1, without any future update, already has a value much higher than 70 €. You are lucky to buy it at a price that is contained. You buy a DAW with 14 years of history. It is no small thing. If you ask for more complicated things, maybe you should save more money, and buy other software in the future.
If you want to compose and record live with VSTi, I suggest you do it per steps. Play one instrument. Ends. Then another, and so it goes completing its composition. I only use a midi keyboard for everything. But maybe you can connect more keyboards or midi devices and routing (more money).
However, it would be a great help to create a keyzones for a keyboard midi only for control various VSTi in the same time and have a visual aid. It would be more sophisticated than using XRNI renoise instruments and his keyzones section, but it would be advanced level already. Danoise says something about it, but it looks very complicated to control with the view. Maybe other users who have multiple connected midi devices can help, since they will be more involved in the matter...
Right now I have a 61-key midi keyboard with 16 additional pads (Novation Launchkey 61). I do not know if I can assign the keys to a VST # 1, and the pads to a VSTi # 2... So with the keyboard playing a multi-octave instrument, and with the pads, the percussion, for example. The problem is to assign each pad the specific percussion within the VSTi. All this I see already convoluted.
Regarding the updates, it is true. Many of the renoisers are older with age and tired sight. In the forums is full of comments of complaints about the lack of faster updates, because users get older, I included, and is desolating... And we also need a Renoise to accept larger screen resolutions so as not to break the view. I'm sure the developers know it. Something they are doing behind closed doors to solve it... even with his small team.
MUX cost 59€ (per Paypal, checked). That's why I put the price. It seems like an out of place solution, more so it can cost more than the DAW Renoise itself.
And then another reflection: If it can hurt to buy Renoise's license, how much will it hurt to buy several VSTi of a certain quality? Because the prices of these are not cheap precisely...
Edited by Raul (ulneiz), 08 November 2016 - 13:22.