Hello there, this seems like a good thread to introduce myself too.
My name is Hugues and I have started making music with modplug tracker many years ago (before vst support). What I liked a lot in the original was the standard windows interface controls, and amazing speed because it was coded in assembler.
Later on, I really got stuck with modplug vst automation limit, it could not automate a lot of parameters from a lot of vst easily. And recently I purchased some hardware synths and effects which I want to record directly in a tracker. Like most good tracker users, I compose my songs without midi controller recording and found the piano roll editor of all daws a pain in the a__. But a daw was the only multitrack audio solution at the time. Good for audio but s____ at midi edition, I think having to click your way through your melody is unproductive.
After giving up for a daw with a tracker interface (does it even exist?), and syncing a tracker with a daw because of timing issue, latency and unstable setup. I thought renoise might be the right tool for me. Basically I want to enter notes in good old tracker fashion, send the midi notes to my hardware synths and record back from the synth in realtime audio. Along with standard tracker features, especially IT extensions support. Having an easy way to automate vst plugins is a necessity also.
Another feature I would like to have is standard windows controls or a skinable tracker so I can at least use standard fonts painted black on a white grid. Being a modplug user, I always had a hard time with the looks of most tracker, weird colors and strange fonts usually. Cool interface for the noob kid, but unnecessary disturbing for me. Having a standard interface is also a boost for performance. By the way, do you know what language was used for coding renoise? I guess C++.
A good sampler with comprehensive functions supporting standard tracker effects is taken for granted too.
I am not too impressed by claims of 32 bit audio or such, what I am looking for is a good resampling engine. How do you feel about renoise resampling options? which resampling technique do you use? which one gives the best quality in renoise?
Finally, what I really want is a all in one composing and recording solution for using a tracker with my hardware synth. Is it possible? Have you done it with minimal problems and setup headache?
I understand I could mess with the software and check out every feature to see if it meets my need. But I’ve already spent too much time with trackers claiming great features failing to deliver. So I reach out for your experience before taking the plunge.
Please tell me if something is unclear because of my english, I really like to have feedback on this.