having just switched over to linux, i would have agreed with everyone up until a few days ago.
fundamentally a synth either generates or reads a waveform right?
renoise does that already.
then it sends the signal through filters, effects, and can be routed around right?
all there natively, and in a modular fashion i think you’ll find.
even better than a dedicated synth, you have a whole bunch of thirdparty plugins out there to mix and match with, and in this case you dont have to put them in the chain after “the synth”,… put them where ever you want to.
throw in the great meta devices and you’re looking at quite a flexible synth.
need an arp? just use the tracks as normal.
the only thing missing is the ability to map multiple waveforms to one key,… an xrni issue.
but then again, surely you guys are seperating your frequencies to make them easier to control right? making the mapping issue only a slight inconvenience.
with renoise having rewire and jack support you can run 2 or more instances of renoise,… one for your composition and one dedicated as a synth.
look at renoise sideways for a second and i think you’ll see that it already is quite a powerful synth if you want to use it as such. add in the mapping of multiple samples to a key and youve got a killer unlimited synth capable of loading or generating practically any sound.
i think the devs should pay more attention to the arranger and xrni structure, which in turn will improve renoise’s abilities as a synth.