Sorry for the clickbait title. I'm a trackerboy; last one I used seriously was Fasttracker II back in the 90's. I've always been yearning to get back into making music, but the workflow of DAWs like Ableton with their piano roll sequencing never really jived with me. I love the precision and speed of working with tracker-based notation and just couldn't get into piano rolls.
Renoise looks like the perfect DAW for me: tracker-based, able to use VST plugins and control MIDI. No longer am I a slave to just samples.
However, looking through the forums, I am sensing that Renoise is in a bit of a state of flux. It appears that development has been paused on it, with no real idea of when the next update will come about. As a new user, this seems OK to me, as I've also been reading that Renoise is actually being used as people's main DAW at the moment. I reckon that the software must be in a pretty solid state for people to consider it their main tool for music creation.
But there is still a bit of doubt in my mind about Renoise, so I pose the question to the experienced users: what exactly needs updating in Renoise? During my research in the forums, I've found a couple of concerns users have, namely, lack of sidechaining, as well as the GUI needs major revamping.
Are there other things about the software that a new user should be aware of? I am not super-experienced with music creation, so maybe some issues are things that will not really concern me.
I am asking this question, not to incite argument or bad vibes, but, being a geezer, I am trying to choose software so that I don't have to keep moving to other tools because of deficiencies, thus, needing to re-learn a bunch of stuff.
Is Renoise the only tracker-based DAW out there for Mac?
Thanks for any response.