PLEASE NOTE: Yes, I do know Abelton Live will do this. It’s also somewhat expensive compared to Renoise, so if I can do this in Renoise I would rather.
What I want to do is have a song loaded and playing, say some background drum and/or bass guitar, and be playing live piano along with it. During playback, I want to be able to switch patterns in realtime. Example: One pattern has verse 1, one has chorus, verse 2, etc. If the song has already passed verse 2 and I want to do verse 2 again, I can switch to that pattern mid-stream.
I have Reaper (yes, I paid for it… yes, I’m too honest for my own good) and I could set loops and jump-to flags, but when I do it cuts off the sound which is currently playing rather abruptly. I exported a song as MIDI, loaded the MIDI in Renoise and I noticed that when the song is playing you can grab the scrollbar in the pattern window (far left) and scroll up and down, and the sound that was playing right before you started scrolling does not stop abruptly. What I want to know is, is there a way to (A) set up MIDI CC commands to jump to a certain pattern, or ( set Renoise somehow so that hitting up/down arrows on the computer’s keypad will jump up and down the pattern list?
Also, yes I know I would have to use ASIO to play live instrument. If I can switch patterns during playback without using the mouse to scroll up and down I’ll pay for it gladly.