I just want to point out that the claims of lack of speed in LUA are greatly exaggerated IMO. I have yet to see a tool (released or gifanim prototypes) trying to do something where the current speed would not suffice in practice. Especially considering that it's a scripted extension.
When using a slow playback speed (BPM and LPB slow) you will not notice speed problems. However, if you use a fast playback speed you may experience problems of execution, more than talking about speed, I would speak of precision.
For example, a composition with patterns with a high resolution. This is many lines playing very fast with few notes. Even using timers you can find precision problems, for example, by illuminating a marker, in the GUI of the tool. In this case, use a low resolution in each pattern and there will be no problems.
From what I have seen, the LUA code is read very fast, even though the functions are enormously long. Another thing is how long it takes the computer to finish executing this function. Here it depends on how well it is written apart from what it is for.
I suppose that FFX also refers to problems of time with the issue of programming tools.
For MIDI input (play live) or VSTis playback, I have not noticed anything significant. Everything is going very fast. Some users have complained about specific delay problems with the MIDI input. I guess it will depend on the hardware too.
I read a comment that playing in real time when recording, for example a piano, then it does not sound as it played. This has never happened to me. Maybe it's a problem of bad configuration or hardware.
By the way, this topic is being diverted...
I regret the closure of the company, and above all, the sadness of its loyal customers. I guess not everything is because of piracy. It is that there is a lot of competition, a lot of "substitute product" and it has to compete with all that. Blaming piracy today no longer makes sense; piracy is one more thing. Companies will know that it will always be there. The business model to follow will have to keep this in mind as well.
In addition, the really high prices of some DAWs, which are designed for people with a lot of money, and the ways they have to protect some programs, with online subscriptions, costly activations etc, are things that bother customers. It is very easy to say that the prices go down. But if they do not sell so much per copy, it may be the cause of a high price and this that just also feeds more piracy.
Interestingly, a lot of pirated software is the most used, and that also serves to people end up buying that product, because it is used by everyone. I have no idea about the reasons for the closure. Maybe they are restructuring to sell another type of product? A facelift, to sell another brand. Sometimes changing brands to sell a similar product is a good strategy.
The day that Taktik decides to announce in the forum that he is retiring and that he will not continue with Renoise will be horrible news. If Renoise dies, to which tracker do you migrate, Radium? There is no other DAW like Renoise. VSTi and DAWs based on pianoroll are many. If one company fails, you have another...