When I’m editing a pattern I can hear the notes as I enter them using the keyboard, but when the song is playing, they don’t play as I enter them.
If I enable follow mode, the notes play as I enter them – but this feels completely out of control. I hit the notes on the wrong rows and have to go back and edit. By that time who knows what I actually meant to enter? Not me.
So, with follow mode off, I’d like to play the song and hear notes as I enter them. I just can’t find a way to do this.
The reason for this is that I don’t want to interrupt the playback, because I want to decide what notes to enter based on what I’m hearing and how the song feels, and I only know that when it’s playing. When it stops I lose the place.
In the old days in Impulse Tracker I used to keep the pattern looping and enter the notes just behind the playback cursor. This helps me see where I am in the pattern and editing becomes something between playing live and composing. It sounds horrible while you’re entering the notes but it’s great when it loops back round and everything resolves perfectly into place. Also you can race the play cursor and write the part in one loop and this feels somehow like winning. Playing live and then editing feels like admin, I have to tell you.
I’ve tried Renoise a few times over the years and it’s great. I put some time into learning its ways and forgetting my 90s habits, but I’ve finally realised that this quirk is what’s stopping me getting further than putting a few ideas down. If I could get this one thing to work it would be huge. Everything would be perfect. I absolutely promise you the album I’d make would be monstrous.
How do I do it!?