If Renoise gets discontinued for some reason, trust me on this one, someone somewhere will see its purpose and carry it on either with a new code base or purchase the code base from Taktik or build it from scratch using today's frameworks like JUCE or Max MSP and C++. After all these years once the rights are transferred getting it done via a crack team will certainly not be an issue becos the technology exists and it's well disseminated.
As of now just like FXPansion maybe it's a rights thing or a marketing thing to infuse and attract new blood to a product line...whatever, Renoise has a really strong user base even if raw numbers don't overtake the big guys. This kind of dedicated user base kept the scene alive so long and it will continue regardless.
Geist is selling second hand for less than a 100 quid and it's a discontinued product. It's feature set is nothing like Renoise and though it's unique on its take it cannot even host plugins or call itself a daw with even 25% of what Renoise does. Do you really need updates with a software as powerful as Renoise. The most important thing, the workflow is bang on. By that argument, why do we use Kontakt or any of such powerful plugins right? Becos Renoise allows it, you can do plug and play, but now you can also say that why don't Renoise also have KSP scripting engine or feature 50 GB sample libraries but that is not the focus of Renoise, let NI do that, you cannot do Beatmaking or tracking or audio production on Kontakt alone, so that is one purpose which Kontakt fulfills, it's a small but industry standard niche. Same thing for audio wave files and time stretch algos, these keep coming every few months or so, really, just let those vsts do their thing and just plug and play. You will thank Renoise later because of its rock solid stability due to choicoest features only and letting everything else plug in and stay that way.
Finally one more thing, I urge all electronic musicians to also become great instrumentalists and music theorists and learn to play Jazz etc it will take your mind away from this feature lust and help you both learn and make music rather than just twiddle with sound parameters all day. I used to be a manual geek for a number of years now, these days I read them really fast (my latest purchase DR 880 in 15 minutes flat, creating patterns step time and real time, guitar FX and routing, 160 page manual), my background in computing certainly helps as well as my familiarity with various audio softwares, but end of the day even with that kind of convenience I still see a very similar feature set pattern and over the years so will you. Music has nothing to do with hardware or software, if you can hear it in your mind you will find a way to realise it even if you have only 30 year old gear or age old outdated software.
Once you start making music or learning music deeply gear becomes only one part of the entire puzzle.
Edited by encryptedmind, 29 September 2017 - 00:46.