I suffer with a Neurodiverse condition affecting memory and recall, lots of episodes of dreaded “brain fog” and I have been able to adapt to Hex - it is so, so efficient for so many sequencing tasks. For example, I like to “swing” my beats and rather than type in a fixed percentage of swing or use a slider, being able to delay each 16th note by a different amount for a wonky feel is amazing. The cut command for dictating EXACTLY when a sample is to fade out or end is also great. Who needs MPE when you can glide notes per note lane? Learn what you need and then how to do it in Renoise, no other DAW offers this level of granular control.
Piano roll is a deceptive tool. To create an arpeggio in Renoise spanning 3 octaves and using 6 different notes can take very few note lanes - yet this would take up a fairly tall window of piano roll. In addition, from the poor memory perspective, being able to reference melodies or progressions from one track while writing on another is a god send.
Sidechain is overrated. I will tell you what is not overrated, the Signal Follower device - why just duck the bass with a kick when you can open filters, affect FX sends, adjust dry/wet on FX all with a signal generated by a single instrument.
I do not think a single other DAW offers the innate modulation capabilities of Renoise. Want to LFO a parameter? Go for it, want granular per step control of the LFO phase and reset? Go balls deep.
Ive never understood dropping samples into a linear time line to write drums or using samples that way at all… label your tracks, adjust step jump parameter, drop kicks onto every 4, 6, 8 steps. If you label your tracks then seeing the waveform is trivial.
My personal complaints? I would like to set project key so that notes that should be flat do not show as sharps. Being able to modulate between tracks without needing to modulate a track “to the right” would be nice. Being able to highlight a selection and expand or compress the contents in the time domain, like grabbing a bunch of 1/4 notes, expanding the selection to be 1/2 notes would be grand - or compressing the selection down to be 1/8 notes. Mapping the Instrument Automation device similarly to Macro mapping in the sampler - i.e. click slider one, click parameter in a VST would be nice. A native frequency shifter, pitch shifter and “parallel” FX container would all be nice.
Pie in the sky desires are granular playheads, native FM, native synthesis a-la Bitwig grid and native wavetable support in the sampler yes. But, in a pinch, all can be sourced externally in VST and to be honest - keeping Renoise “light” and efficient should be the overriding principle here.
As for OP, his post reads like a college student applying to run the marketing campaign for a MIDI Chord pack
company. Adds nothing and speaks from basically no experience, a theme consistent in all his posts thus far.
I’ve tried other DAWs and always come back to Renoise.