I don’t know anything about renoise or folk music. But if I learned renoise and maybe listened to some folk music I would be able to answer. But right now I don’t have any clue about it so I just post here because I like posting in random places.
On another note: Yes it is is possible to make folk music with renoise. Like with any other sequencer program. You may record some instruments live with some other programs, but that isn’t neccesary either. Totally sequencing guitars or other more melodic instruments might be bad soundwise (so you are better off recording them by phrase) but I don’t think this makes it less folky. Folk electronica is a genre I would like to listen more. Hey why not? There is folk-other-genres already, like folk metal.
If you interpret my post correctly you would know that it says exactly the same as yours but in a few lines less. I’m really sorry if it hurt anyone but what I meant was that anything is possible and the only way to get a result is to try.
I have read and heard great things about Quantum Leap Gypsy which has nice sounding acoustic guitars, violins and accordions and also really interesting playing styles for all instruments, so Gypsy should work great for making folk. The downside is that it costs a lot but maybe it’s worth it.
if it helps, it is possible to make Folk music with trackers in general, it should work very well in Renoise then.
A very good one that I know is Irish Eagle by Cosmiq (he’s around here sometimes). It’s one of my favourite XM’s, open it in a tracker and have a look at it. I think it’s close to what you’re looking for.
Whatever you want to make with Renoise, it is possible.
It just depends on how you do this.
If you know the good tricks with the effect commands and how to cut your samples precisely you can achieve anything you desire.
And if anyone does not trust my word for it… download the following few modules and just observe what this guy does with four tracks and 16 effects.
If there is any good example to learn the best tricks with effect commands it is this guy.
To be able to load this stuff in Renoise, unpack, rename MOD.[filename] to [filename].mod and you will be fine.
There is a VSTi called RealGuitar, It sounds good and I imagine it would be very useful for folk music, it has a lot of options like being able to adjust the speed of the strum and automatic chord progressions…etc if that floats your boat.
Sounds way better than Slayer and others I’ve tried.