A pretty simple example:
One of the things I was going to setup was my 303 emulation. We’re talking about a most simple monophonic synthesizer here.
A 303 uses the same exponential envelope for volume, filter cutoff and resonance, plus the accent. That means, I’d actually be able to trigger all affected params with a single envelope. I’d just have to assign all parameters to the same envelope. Additional modulation would be lenght of the envelope + depht. I’m dropping the description of additional stuff to setup here, to keep it easy.
So, summary for the common setup: 1 envelope, 2 envelope modulators, 4 assigned params
The current Renoise way:
- To achieve the exponential curve I need, I need two Modulation Faders.
- Those two Faders have to be setup for volume, +2 for cutoff and 2+ for resonance. +2 for accent.
That’s already 8 actual envelopes. Those now also need 2 envelope modulators. Still, I can do that via 2 Macro buttons. But I have to assign those to all the envelopes. This means, in Renoise it needs:
8 envelopes, 16 assigned paramters and 2 envelope modulators
Well, this is only a part of the whole setup, but I guess, it makes things clear. Remember, we were talking here about a monophonic sound. If this was a synth for playing chords, with 8 notes we’d easily have reached 64 envelopes, 128 params and 16 envelope modulators used in the background.