This is just some rambling, but very positive rambling…
I’ve been using Renoise for a few years now, and absolutely love it. But I’ve also been using Ableton for even longer, and have made numerous albums with it. Obviously they are very different programs with very different sets of features / workflows / etc.
The only extent to which I’d used both “together” was re-wiring Renoise into Ableton, and recording output from the Rewire channel into Ableton so I could eventually close the Renoise section of the song and finish things with Ableton alone.
I’ve known that Redux existed since its release a couple years ago. I think I misunderstood what it was, or was just too lazy to explore it (I think my basic train of thought was “I already own Renoise, so Redux isn’t a thing I’d need”…)-- all this despite the fact that I’ve also repeatedly thought this whole time: “Man, Renoise is the best Sampler I’ve ever used, it’s really too bad I don’t have this functionality when I’m working in Live, unless I setup Rewire and route stuff back and forth to use both…”
That’s why I’m saying, today, that I am a complete idiot! I somehow TOTALLY MISSED THE MEMO that Redux is literally just the Renoise Sampler in Plugin form. HOLY SHIT.
I demo’d it yesterday and bought it within 10 minutes. It is EXACTLY what I needed / wanted for my Ableton work: the ability to use the Renoise Sampler in all of its glory, as a plugin inside my host, Ableton.
And even better, it draws from the exact same User Library I’ve already built through all my Renoise work (I had no idea it did that, it’s literally just the same User database as Renoise)-- so all of my Renoise instruments, effects chains, effects presets, everything, is right there! I had some dumb, uninformed notion in my head that Redux was some “other” product that was separate from Renoise. I didn’t know it was literally just an extension of Renoise, in plugin form.
So, now you see my subject line, and the truth of it – I’m an idiot, Redux is PERFECT!
I couldn’t be happier. I just wanted to share that here. I really should stay up on press releases, I’d have figured this out two years ago