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Cells! Preview Realtime performance tool for Renoise

#1 User is offline   mxb 

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Posted 03 December 2011 - 12:26 PM

Public beta has been released. Read/download here



Cells! is a real-time performance tool for Renoise. It enables users to trigger samples quantized and synced to tempo.

Video from Beta 1 (See below for later video):



Note: The screen capture application makes the GUI a bit more sluggish than it really is. Also the audio and video go out of sync towards the end.

Current status is beta 4 and shows some of the new features added since the video:

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The current feature list includes:

  • Quantized triggering of cells (4 beats, 2 beats, 1 beat, 1/2 beat, 1/4 beat)
  • Realtime tempo adjustment of playing cells
  • Beat position indicator
  • Seperate audio outputs for main playback and cueing
  • Multiple playback tracks
  • Each playback track has the following:
    • Multiple playback cells (with tooltip if full sample name and length in beats)
    • Current cell playback position indicator [new]
    • Volume control (with tooltip of current value)
    • Panning control (with tooltip of current value)
    • Resonant filter [updated]
    • Bass kill switch
    • Selectable routing to 'A' or 'B'
    • Mute button
    • Send to cue audio out

  • Samples are stored in instruments and can be loaded / unloaded while Cells! is running
  • Cells can be either one-shot or looping playback mode [new]
  • Crossfader for mixing between 'A' and 'B' sources
  • Crossfader cut buttons (non-latching) for 'DJ-style' cuts and drops [new]
  • Main playback and cue output volume controls
  • BPM control
  • Tempo nudge up and down for mixing into/out of other sources [new]
  • Extensive midi maps (over 230 functions and counting) [new]
  • User specified number of tracks (6 to 16 tracks; default of 8) [new]
  • User specified number of cells per track (6 to 16 cells per track; default of 8) [new]
  • Equal redistribution of 'A' and 'B' tracks (left half of tracks get set to 'A', right half to 'B') [new]


Note that some features have been added/changed since the video. These have been identified with [new] or [updated] as required.

Despite the large feature list, Cells! remains CPU efficient. To give you an idea of how well it works: I can run 12 tracks of Cells! in realtime on an Atom netbook with only 512mb of ram and using the internal sound card. This was on the Linux version of Renoise.

Many thanks to Void Pointer for making the following video for me with Beta 4.1:



It shows the newer features (e.g loop position indicators and one-shot samples) and has much better audio/video sync.

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Coming 'soon'...


edit: soon...

This post has been edited by mxb: 13 December 2011 - 11:38 AM

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Posted 03 December 2011 - 12:43 PM

No more need for Ableton. BRILLIANT!
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Posted 03 December 2011 - 12:45 PM

you're building Ableton Live in Renoise? :D
all joking aside, that looks pretty damn amazing. i can't imagine the amount of work you put into that :)

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Posted 03 December 2011 - 12:51 PM

Holy shit. Crazy!
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Posted 03 December 2011 - 12:59 PM

View Posttaktik, on 03 December 2011 - 12:51 PM, said:

Holy shit. Crazy!

now what i am wondering is: did you ever imagine someone would do this when you guys released the scripting api?

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Posted 03 December 2011 - 12:59 PM

Wow, can't wait to see where this goes
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Posted 03 December 2011 - 01:14 PM

Amazing scripting there mxb! :yeah:
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Posted 03 December 2011 - 01:34 PM

Good going! I can see why you left the cell device behind...

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Posted 03 December 2011 - 01:38 PM

View Postdanoise, on 03 December 2011 - 01:34 PM, said:

Good going! I can see why you left the cell device behind...


Is it really left behind though? This seems like a completely different tool, no slicing?
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Posted 03 December 2011 - 01:49 PM

Well, according to mxb's recent status, it is:

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Cryptic Clue #1/7: Cell Device is dead! Long live Cells!

So, Long live Cells! Posted Image
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Posted 03 December 2011 - 01:53 PM

Mmm, personally I see more potential in the slice grid from cell device, than what I'm seeing in the preview here, cue'ing up loops.
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Posted 03 December 2011 - 02:10 PM

@jonas: yes, I agree to a certain extent. I would also love to see more tools that favor creation over manipulation. But on the other hand, Cells! is something a lot of people have asked for, and the way mxb has put this thing together is nothing short of amazing!!
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Posted 03 December 2011 - 02:11 PM

Sweet mother of Jesus on a burning pogo-stick!
The decision to add scripting into renoise is really starting to pay off in a big way.
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Posted 03 December 2011 - 03:52 PM

Whaaaaaaaat?! :drummer:
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Posted 03 December 2011 - 05:30 PM

i never imagined we had this in only a year of scripting :)

! amazing !
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Posted 03 December 2011 - 05:36 PM

'shopped.

Fake.

:)
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Posted 03 December 2011 - 06:16 PM

After watching this video something strange happened inside my knickers. :blush:
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Posted 03 December 2011 - 06:45 PM

View PostConner_Bw, on 03 December 2011 - 05:36 PM, said:

'shopped.

Fake.

:)

Nah, in secret he is just controlling Ableton Live with midi commands from his script :P
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Posted 03 December 2011 - 07:36 PM

View PostkRAkEn/gORe, on 03 December 2011 - 05:30 PM, said:

i never imagined we had this in only a year of scripting :)

Indeed!! Really impressive. :yeah:
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Posted 03 December 2011 - 08:40 PM

HOLY ...

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Posted 03 December 2011 - 09:57 PM

Looks great! :)
If I understand it right, you can select per track a sample bank, and each sample of it is ready for playback?
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Posted 03 December 2011 - 11:33 PM

In french : C'est de la grosse tuerie :w00t: :w00t: :w00t:

I'll be able to use this in Renoise :

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Each time I come on the forum, I discover Renoise potential...Not only a tracker, but a complete and powerfull music workstation, nice users, nice devs, and everything ! Even the software price is cool :lol:


Thank you ;) If any tester needed, I'll try to help.


@cie: For what I understand, you can do what you're speaking about. The nice features are that samples are launched synched to the main beat, and the fact you can (again, if I understand correctly) cue (with a dj headphone) preview "slices" to create cool live sessions. Adding other tools, features and mappings already in Renoise, you've got something quite ultimate :lol:

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Posted 04 December 2011 - 05:50 AM

This is huh..wow...
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Posted 04 December 2011 - 11:05 AM

I appreciate this is jumping the gun a bit but I had a quick thought, the ohm64 / ohmrgb looks like a very good candidate for a Midi controller

http://lividinstrume...ware_ohmrgb.php
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Posted 04 December 2011 - 11:23 AM

Looks very promising ;-)

Are you using the same method as Gridpie http://tools.renoise.../tools/grid-pie
= writting patterns dynamically in a empty seq line?
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