It seems that over and over again, people who test Renoise, view the potential it has and what it currently offers. However, Renoise is "paralyzed" right at a rather busy time on the part of the rest of DAWs, that causes that Renoise is obsolete in a short time. S1, Ableton Live, FL Studio, Bitwig, Pro tools, Cubase, all are programs that have improved recently, at least in the last two years... Some examples:
- Presonus Studio One gave a very important leap with its version 3.
- FL Studio with version 12, with a lot of changes
- Cubase with version 9
- Bitwig recently with version 2
Renoise changed version 3.0.1 to version 3.1 (January 2016), with some significant changes. But there seems to be something in common in the rest of DAWs: The look and the GUI, the use of colors, layers, the order and speed of handling... The use of multiple screens and high resolutions has led to drastically improve the DAWs crowd GUI. That means investing a lot of time in changing the entire GUI to gain advantages. Renoise is obsolete for this reason. While other developers are not wasting time, Taktik is investing his time in another project, leaving forgotten Renoise. This makes the situation worse.
The launch of Redux already augured a bad future situation. For Renoise there is nothing worse than investing time in other software. Already happened with Redux, and is happening in the last months. Probably, next year there will be a review of Renoise, with some patches, that have already been solved many months before. It's a bit strange situation. What it is good to quickly solve an error if you do not release a version with corrections for clients. In the end it all comes down to time and money.
No time is invested in Renoise, result: it becomes obsolete. Renoise does not get to amass money to continue its development, result: it is obsolete. At the moment, it seems that they are happening the two things.
They should switch to a model similar to a purchase model similar to bitwig studio, they'll get constant motivation! ;-)
That is not possible, simply because Taktik is alone as a programmer. He would need to hire at least one other full-time programmer, and Taktik would only work at Renoise, not another project.
Ok, repeating over and over, sorry for that, but there is a problem with Renoise: It is semi-dead, in zombie stasis. So, technically outdated in some ways for some more people. Some extra buys won't change anything, it's up to the dev(s).
Unfortunately it is true. It is only patiently waiting for Taktik to finish his other project and have his spare time for Renoise. Meanwhile, many of your regulars customers are desperate, and the fault is of Renoise, for being so good DAW and with a very great potential. I think the best thing for Taktik is to start thinking seriously about changing the GUI from scratch from Renoise. It's a big job, but it would be the only way to maintain a tracker these days, since the current GUI is not fine on some things and a simple adaptation to higher resolutions would still drag the old GUI with its problems. 2020 is just around the corner and with Renoise everything is going too slow. And people get older!!!
At bottom the problem is not competition, but Renoise currently has no development. It's stopped. And that can not be. Renoise deserves more attention, because it is very worthwhile!