OK, I am a traitor I don’t *just * use Renoise for musicmaking…I also use AXS, an old tracker (from newstyle) with somewhat limited editor, but excellent controls for performance and realtime recording.
AXS was Fasttracker to me, in the transitional phase until Renoise came along. Been using the software since 1998, I know the keyboard inside-out and I think Renoise could benefit from a few of the controls, since they are uniquely suited to live performances and jam sessions…
In AXS, the active pattern can be “shifted/rolled” by pressing SHIFT+INS/DEL. This is great for re-arranging drumbeats in realtime, moving 1st beats to 3rd position, and back etc…
An example of what happens when pressing SHIFT+INS, or SHIFT+DEL with a “pattern” of just 5 in length
00| C#1 | — | A#2
01| A#2 | C#1 | —
02| — | A#2 | —
03| — | — | —
04| — | — | C#1
As you can see, pressing SHIFT+DEL shifted the initial notes up one position, as a result the first C#1 was moved to the bottom.
Furthermore, in AXS the step size also determine the UP/DOWN arrows step size on the keyboard. Simple stuff really, but it enables you to make really interesting stuff with a basic melody or rhythm (adjusting the key repeat rate can be important to make this trick work). Would it be simple to make Renoise work in a simular way? I think so.
Finally, AXS has shortcuts for mute channels 0-9, by using SHIFT 0-9 (although Renoise with 1.27 has two “mute” modes, this functionality could also be transferred, possible with the addition of an extra modifier such as CTRL)
OK, can’t think of any more right now.
But these suggestions are “production proven” in the sense that I’ve been benefiting from them in years.
The actual keyboard shortcuts that I describe are taken straight from AXS, so if any of them conflict with Renoise shortcuts, just go ahead and change them. These suggestions are simply pointers.