Back in the old Amiga days I used OctaMed and OctaMed Sound Studio. I loved these programs and released a lot of music made using them. I switched to Cubase many years ago and then recently have found Renoise and I love it. Its totally the way I like to make music, BUT I cant get on with arranging my songs at all.
In Octamed you had a block list window, and in that window you could add, copy, delete blocks. These blocks were the building blocks of your song. When you had created a whole bunch of blocks you then opened up the song arrangement window and inserted these blocks into the order needed to make your song. You could try different things, move things around, delete and re-insert blocks no problem, your blocks would remain in this “pool” called the block window and it was happy days. These 2 windows were seperate, one for your pool of block and one to arrange the blocks.
Now, in Renoise, the block creation and song arrangement window are the same thing. So if you want to make a bunch of blocks and experiment a bit its start interfering with your song arrangement. The block numbers change and worse still if you remove a block (pattern) from the song its gone forever!
Aside from this, I LOVE renoise, but really, compared to flow I am used to with Octamed, the arrangement features of renoise and not great. And before you go accusing me of being an out of touch old git or something I would like to add that many other of my fellow musician friends feel the same way as me and many have ditched renoise because of it.
So, I’m not here just to moan! I would genuinely like some help. If I could get my head round a decent workflow here I would be extremely happy. I have tried searching for tips and videos regarding arrangement in renoise but have found nothing of any value.