Jokes apart, I’ve spent more time getting used to an audio program before realizing it doesn’t fit than actually making music!
As I said, I’d like to stick with Renoise but it lacks some MIDI controlled parameters I need for making music . So I’m looking for a polyvalent , good quality and free vsti sampler (used a cracked version of Halion in the past but doesn’t seems very stable on renoise ). In particular, I’d like Soundfont support, key mapping and ability to map pitch bend, modulation , loop editing, triggers. I’m not saying I want to replace Renoise, it seems great for programming sequence and mess up with a sample precisely but I’m not into electronic stuff yet .
Is there such vsti out there? What’s your opinion about these?
I sold my akai z8 after renoise 2.7 as although nativity we don’t have soundfont support, renoise does all the others that you’re asking for… Your controller is what sends pitch bend and modulation, renoise can handle receiving these messages, and renoise definitely has loop editing and triggers!
I feel like a billboard for this software but if you use windows or linux, extreme sample converter will convert any of your soundfonts straight to renoise XRNI files.
I know Renoise already has these features except that I cannot send a pitch bend command to a sample instrument in live recording, so I have go through a vsti that have controllable pitch bend parameter. If only instrument enveloppe could be automated through midi cc , that would work but currently you can’t midi map instrument envelope.
But Shortcircuit is not suitable for drums. Its slow attack envelope or rather some kind of fade-in destroys attack transient of sample. Check yourself, load some 808 kick and render it from Shortcircuit. Compare it to original sample.
In the latest v1.1.2 available on the Vember Audio website, the lowest possible attack you can set for the amplitude envelope is 0.977ms. This doesn’t seem like a lot, but it’s definitely enough to add some unwanted smoothing to the start of the sample. You might not detect it in all sounds, but for sounds that rely on the attack being sharp and instantaneous in order to really ‘snap’ (an 808 kick drum, for example), this attack smoothing transforms them into a dull ‘thud’ instead.
Hey thanks a lot for this info dblue! I really did not know this.
This might explain some others issues I had when starting to use SC, which I attributed to a psychological illusion back then. Turns out it wasn’t! This indeed makes SC less optimal for drum sounds.