Just a couple of comments to some arguments:
- Skale has a faster userinterface, and is easier to use because it’s like FT2.
Wether this is true, is probably a matter of taste anyway. With Renoise 1.3 we focus on improving the userinterface. The improvements are both visual, functional, and speed. We can talk again after that…
- Skale is free, just like FT2 and IT2.
FT2 wasn’t free. Neither was IT2. FT2 was shareware, they asked for a bit more than half of what a Renoise registratino costs (if I remember the sum correctly, and with the current dollar value, and NOT adjusted to the general price increase the last decade). IT2 asked for a little more, 30$ (found that on the web just now) for a wav-writer. Indeed, that’s what we are doing too.
FT2 was used by thousands of people, but only very few actually contributed as they were politely asked. FT2 is no longer developed. I’m not saying there’s a direct link there, but it’s not unlikely that there would be a FT3 if the support had been better.
- Skale is free, however unlike the most popular trackers in the past.
Yes it is. And Renoise is not. Renoise gets continuously improved with a high amount of direct interaction with our users. Skale is moving slowly towards a stable version 1.0 in a year? Two? I don’t know.
- Renoise is just like the Micro$oft of the tracker world, run by a large company with many highly paid programmers and a large marketing team.
ROFL . I actually saw something like this somewhere a while ago. And I admit, speaking for myself, I do feel a little guilty when I have the privilege of being part of developing such a great music program, instead of having some random boring part time job, beside my studies.
Seriously: taking money from you isn’t about being greedy. It’s about getting resources for webspace, server etc, and freeing our own time to develop Renoise further. And we’re not asking for that much.
- Should I use Skale or Renoise?
We want you as a user of our program Renoise. But it’s your choice.