I’ve just begun using Renoise, but have been making sequenced music since '95. Wish I took this up sooner, as I’ve been wondering how to get the sound/style I want (a Max/MSP minimalist granular glitch beats / odd tempo / pretty melodies), and Renoise handles that beautifully, without me having to know how to code. It does handle samples in a way that I just can’t believe, and the contributions that people are making for devices that can do these VERY specific actions are just amazing. Coming from Reason (and other DAWs), this one makes sense for the style(s) I’d like to hone in on. No, I probably won’t make more natural styles of music in Renoise, but for what I want and love to make, wowee man!
Losing the piano roll method hasn’t been overly terrible, and it’s all slowly starting to make sense to me. On top of that, the interface of Renoise. I LOVE it. Also, it’s running on my Late 2012 Mac Mini so well in Mojave. Like, if I wanted to do this in Reason right now, it wouldn’t actually work - and my setup is very minimalist. So, very happy to get the sounds/style I want in a beautiful. No crashes, no issues unless I want to fill out a sampler as a full-scale beautiful synth (multi-sampled). I just don’t need that kind of clarity.
I’ve been trying to emulate this DAW that I have that doesn’t seem to be getting any updates and runs less efficiently than Renoise. It’s called 2020 the Semi Modular Beat Machine. A beautiful minimalist DAW.
I believe I can create most, if not all, of the functions in Renoise without the hassle of coding it myself. I mean, right down to the granular, glitchy goodness. With Michael Norris’ Spectral/Granular Audio Units and the Repeater. I’ve got it pretty much nailed. The fact that I can use free and stable Audio Units for my music system and use them as a native effect. Too much! This tracker is top notch. I can even make it look similar to 2020 if I want.
And the sound! I can master right in the box to emulate the style that I want? Damn! I let that tracker interface scare me away, but why? Amazing DAW.
Enough yakkin’ back to creating.