A single pattern of a song would pretty much be the entire song (instruments, tracks, effects) - only without the other patterns.
That is why I have emphasized the "pattern-track". Pattern, track, and pattern-track are 3 distinct things. Strictly, you can save a single pattern as a song (and the song includes the rest of elements, like the instruments (samples), phrases and others.) I think the problem here is to import specific data from other songs. Steps:
- Create a new song "A".
- Compose new music in this song "A".
Time later... ok! I want to import a piece of another song "B" into my song "A". Would it be possible? What are the limits? The elements would be these 4 (at least): "entire track", "entire pattern", "a specific pattern-track", "a chain effect for track", all of the other song "B". A chain effect is already possible with presets.
The clearest case is when a composer wants to make an album of several songs and that the songs "sound the same". The subject of the mixer, it would depend on the track, right? In a preset is included the pre process (Vol, Pan, Dly, Width and route)?
Then, in the case of the track, it would be necessary to add more sequence patterns, if the target song does not have enough (modify the song).
Then, in the case of the pattern, it would be necessary to add more tracks, if the target song does not have enough (modify the song).
Then, in the case of the pattern-track, It would only be necessary to import the data written in the pattern editor, notes, volume, panning... (does not modify the song, more tracks or more patterns)
In any case, it would be necessary to preview the items to be imported. Importing specific data from another song would be great. For example:
- Pattern editor, select a track: right clic of mouse -> Import A Track Of Other Song... (a floating window appear for select other song and preview and select the track for import)
- Pattern editor, select a pattern: right clic of mouse -> Import A Pattern Of Other Song... (a floating window appear for select other song and preview and select the pattern for import)
- Matrix editor, select a pattern-track: right clic of mouse -> Import A Pattern-Track Of Other Song... (a floating window appear for select other song and preview and select the pattern-track for import)
Something like that? How to preview what you want to import?
Even the window could include a selector of consecutive elements, to import down or to the right, with overwriting or added function.
I also miss import options integrated in Renoise....
Should not this topic be on the Ideas & Suggestions Forum?