Migrating From Synths To Samples

Hello Renoise forums! Hopefully you guys are relatively helpful around here. I have a few beginner questions I need to ask.

I have been using synthesizer based programs (mostly Reason 4) for my music for a few years. I discovered this program when it was mentioned on some other random forum when I Googled something about how to make IDM music or whatever. I have downloaded the demo, played around with it, and quickly got the hang of the whole tracker interface.

This would be a great addition to my sound, the precision of parameters and modulation are what drags me in, but there is still one thing holding me from taking out my debit card. I find it hard to fully express myself with sample based sounds mainly because I am used to the flexibility and pliability of software generated waveforms. I am fully aware that I have the option to use Rewire, but there are many features that apply to samples only. If I do buy this program, I wouldn’t exactly know where to start.

So anyway, to sum it all up, does anyone have any pointers to start me off in the right direction with these samples I am oh so foreign to?

Renoise can also use VST plugins for both instruments and effects, and there is a pretty huge community out there for them, with many incredibly good freeware plugins available.

The KVR plugin database is a great place to start looking:
(Had to shorten it since the forum doesn’t handle the full link properly)

You also have sites like gersic.com which lists free plugins exclusively:

A few off the top of my head that I enjoy:
MDA synths and effects: http://mda.smartelectronix.com
Voxengo effects: http://www.voxengo.com/group/freevst/
Kjaerhus Classic Series effects: http://www.kjaerhusaudio.com/classic-series.php
Arguru Stardust compressor/enhancer: http://aodix.com/pagestardust.html
Arguru Voyager synth: http://aodix.com/files/voyager1_1.zip
E-Phonic Drumatic: http://www.e-phonic.com/plugins/drumatic3.php
E-Phonic Invader FX synth: http://www.e-phonic.com/downloads/invader.zip
E-Phonic RetroDelay: http://www.e-phonic.com/plugins/retrodelay.php

And of course, my own Glitch effect :) http://illformed.org/plugins/glitch/

Oh yeah, forgot about VSTs. But…


Sometimes, in rare cases, having a Mac is annoying. Does anyone know some Mac AU/VST sites? (Never mind, some of those sites are Mac compatible) Thanks anyway, though.

(And my question still technically has not been answered.)

Ah, whoops! I saw you mention Reason and strangely I instantly thought of Windows.

Here’s a search on KVR for only Mac AU and VST plugins:

Hi,I’v used Orion Platinum for years (from beta 0.9) and It’s a great with it’s internal synth and Vst/Vsti compatibily,last year I discovered Renoise and I found It’s great,yes at first time,if you don’t ever use a tracker it’s a little bit difficult,but if you want work with samples,I think it’s the best way,it’s give to you complete control of everithing,and don’t forget you can use vst and rewire.


I’ve just switched to a Mac Mini, as a sort of experiment. My old laptop (see sig below) got too hot and crashed frequently at gigs, so I’ve decided to try something different. I now have a total of 1 plugin installed :slight_smile:

Samples are great, but you have to choose your samples with care, or create/record them yourself. If you do that, you’ll grow attached to them, and inspiration will hit you even before you start composing music.

I make 80% of my sounds using only a sine, square or triangle. It CAN be all you need.

On the other hand, I’m gonna buy Albino 3, so… hey… soundwaves only go THAT far, I guess… I recommend buying/dloading a decent softsynth, the possibilities with Renoise Automation Device are endless!

I own this myself. I actually bought Albino 2 a day or two before they released Albino 3, so in good faith they gave me a free upgrade. Really great synth anyway that is capable of some incredible sounds.

I am on mac and have a lot of good, free, AU soft synths (plus a few I paid for too). Having said that, if you want to get the hang of samples, the best thing is to leap in and play about. Alternatively then just use a sine, saw, square, etc as your base sample and you are in familiar territory.