As this is my first post on here, I’ll start with a hello. Hello!
Please do stop me if this has been discussed in the past, or even if it’s actually in Renoise and I’m just too stupid to have noticed. I’ve searched the Forum quite a bit but can’t find any references to it…
Anyway, I’m thinking about playback behaviour when you hot-switch between patterns. CTRL+UP/DOWN does this, and like Fasttracker and many other trackers, Renoise jumps instantly to the pattern you’ve chosen (cycling through intermediary patterns, if it’s a few patternlist blocks away from where you were) and continues playing each row in order, but now on the new pattern. So you’ve had half of the original pattern, then half of the destination pattern.
When I use AHX/THX Tracker live on the Amiga, I take advantage of the fact that when you change the pattern during replay (same key-shortcut, actually!), it plays through to the end of the current pattern before moving to the new one. This is really fantastic for live use, because you can set up a load of patterns that fit into oneanother reasonably well, then chop up the order in which they’re played on the fly - offering quite a bit of flexibility from the static order you have in a non-live situation. But, of course, you can plan ahead a little bit since you’ve always got time to find the next pattern…with Renoise’s pattern-naming feature, this practice just balloons in potential. A couple of other trackers work like this - when I nagged him, Xeron actually put it into HivelyTracker as an alternative key-shortcut, so there was always a choice between merging straight into the new pattern (as Renoise currently does) and playing to the end before moving to the new one (as AHX does).
Basically, Renoise is my dream-come-true audio package for both studio and live work, and if this was possible, as a toggleable option, I think a lot of people would be able to work with a degree of abstraction and improvisation that’d really free them up and allow them to keep their live stuff interesting and unexpected.
So what are people’s thoughts? Would this make anyone’s life easier? Has anyone else got experience of this from other trackers in a live situation? More to the point, is it a current feature of Renoise that I’m enormously too stupid to have noticed:D
Sorry to have made such a rambling explanation, but a lot of confusion often arises when I explain it to people. For people who aren’t so obsolete-tracker-fetishistic as me, a good analogy is Propellerheads Rebirth, which has similar pattern-switching behaviour (possibly mimicking all those expensive hardware samplers from the 90’s that I couldn’t afford, and never needed because I had an Amiga:P).
Thanks for reading, anyone who’s still awake at the end of this!