All the discussion related to piano roll, arranger, more accuracy, better newbies support, etc… for future improvements in Renoise is also related to other sequencers. For example, an audio/midi sequencer like Project5 (a special version of Cakewalk Sonar for electronic music) could also offer a tracker based interface… You always find the piano roll, the arranger, the event editor and maybe a drum editor. But I still wonder why all these very known packages don’t add a simple tracker-like editor. It’s not too hard, especially when you only support some basic features.
But the market concentrates more on VST2.0 plugins for fx and virtual instruments. New versions of the known sequencer packages always offer new VST Instruments, support for external hardware, better latency, etc.
But all the other things related to “how to enter event data” are forgotten.
For example, in most applications the piano roll looks like same as in an earlier version 10-15 years before. Besides the thing of “I (don’t) like the pr”, there could be a lot of improvements in a pr editor. There is still no piano roll implemented, which you can additionally edit like a tracker with your computer keyboard only. It would be simple to support something like this or make a fusion of tracker and piano roll to a complete new thing.
But I don’t see similar improvements in those tools since years.
So, it would be great to have a special plugin format, where you can easily add your own editors in a host application. Surely, you could use a VSTi and build your editor in it… but it’s not suited for that (therefore not really integrated in the host) and you can’t send midi events back to the host… and you also need audio output in your plugin (mixing engine, resampling, etc.).
Rewire and the other Steinberg technology (I’ve forgotten the name) for synchronize different applications is a good start… but not the solution I think of at all.
Perhaps we have such a plugin format in future… e.g. you could buy a special Renoise plugin that offers full tracker like feeling in your host application and looks like it would be native implemented there.
So everyone could create his own editing suite in one application. And the same sequencers would look very distinctive between different people.