In the song sequencer, it’s possible to group patterns into sections, but I have an idea to make this feature MUCH more useful for live performance.
Imagine if you could set each section to loop endlessly or to move ahead to the next section automatically.
In the screenshot below, I have a song where I want the intro to loop the first two patterns over and over until I tell the song to move ahead to the Verse 1 section.
Then we automatically move from Verse 1 to the Chorus. After the chorus, we go to the Break which can loop endlessly (to support an extended guitar solo or whatever), but when we’re ready to dive into Verse 2, we just push the song ahead.
This would just require two settings to be added to the Section feature.
One that says “loop this section until the user inputs a command to move forward”,
or one that says "move through this section automatically (the default functionality as it exists now).
Then, the individual sections could be assigned to a simple MIDI controller, allowing the musician to switch between whole sections of the song, greatly simplifying live performance.
I’m mainly a guitar player and singer, and when I perform live, I’d like to be able to easily switch between patterns without a lot of input and hassle. Ideally, I’d map a footswitch with the 4-5 main sections of a song and switch between them while I play.
What do you think? Is this possible? Would this functionality add value for you?
If only we had a “go to pattern” command, similar to “pattern break”, you could set up each section to loop internally indefinitely and then manually cue up the first pattern in whichever sequence you want to go to next when ready.
Making Renoise more advanced
1+ from me, IF, you can put a randomizer on that
Lemme restate to see if I’m understanding you correctly -
In the song above let’s say each numbered section were mapped to a midi controller. You press 1, it plays section 1, press 5 while 1 is playing and it finishes the currently playing section then switches to 5 automatically without breaking time.
If I’m not mistaken all of this is already possible. If you click the loop bar of a section, the whole section will be looped.
You can jump out of it by starting a new scene or section by starting triggering the first scene of a section.
all of those functions can be midi mapped. So it’s possible to switch Loop on/off for all of your sections via a button press and also start them. you could combine both on the same button to loop and start them. this essentially makes renoise behave like ableton live when only triggering scenes.
My mistake, the loop command can not be mapped via Midi! Only the Start/Trigger command
I would like to three things though:
1.) being able to collapse sections (adding a little triangle / fold icon in the black empty space next to the section title)
2.) Input Box for how many times a scene should loop / retrigger itself before moving on to the next one.
3.) Skip Option! Let us mute/strike-through Scenes and whole sections, so they will just be ignored on playback.
All great suggestions. I think there’s a lot of potential in this idea.