this may either sound obvious or not to you all, depending on how much you are familiar to OGG encoding and ZIP handling.
Since version 1.8, Renoise can load OGG samples. This mean you can release your big songs to the public by preventively encoding all samples to OGG, thus saving up to more than 90% of filesize.
For example, my song “Breath” is 35,413KB un compressed, and 1,592KB with samples compressed to about 100Kbps.
So what to do?
First of all, you need an OGG encoder:
I suggest you to use oggdropXPd (freeware), which lets you encode files by simply dragging them on its little window.
Now you need to get the sample files from the XRNS file:
for this task, WinRAR (shareware) is excellent, but any other ZIP utility is good enough. Simply open the XRNS file with this program, and extract the SampleData folder somewhere.
Now you have to:
- drop SampleData subfolders contents (.WAV) on oggdropXPd so you will get the corresponding .OGG files from it on the same folder where WAV files are
- delete the SampleData folder in the XRNS archive
- remove WAV files from the uncompressed SampleData subfolder
- add the uncompressed SampleData folder to the XRNS file
- you have done it!
It really just needs seconds to be done so, if your song has not VST instruments, please follow these simple steps and share your music with us!
OGG format is a lossy format! This means that the sound will loose quality when the WAV file is saved to OGG format. So be sure to backup your song before releasing it as OGGed-XRNS! If you need to save space on your HD while composing, use FLAC format. You will save less space, but you will not loose quality when saving the song
added some more info based on the comments below