The Freeze Track tool adds ‘track freezing’ functionality to Renoise.
The tool will render down a single instrument track into audio files on a pattern by pattern basis. By basing the rendering on individual patterns, the pattern sequence remains flexible and therefore reordering and rearrangement of patterns in the song sequence is still possible.
Freezing and unfreezing the selected track can be performed from the main ‘Edit’ menu or the ‘Track menu’ sub-section of the pattern editor menu.
After rendering, the original source track is disabled and a new ‘frozen track’ and ‘frozen track instrument’ are created.
The instrument will contain multiple samples, each of which is a rendered pattern. Autoseek is enabled by default on these samples so playback will start from any point in the song.
The new track will have notes automatically added to trigger the correct rendered pattern sample at the correct time to give the same overall sound as the original source track.
Unfreezing a track performs the reverse process (deleting the frozen track and instrument, while re-enabling the original track).
This tool is useful for exchanging songs with other users who do not have the same VSTi’s and/or reducing overall CPU usage.
Points to note:
- Note that due to the way rendering occurs, any patterns that exist but are not in the sequence list cannot be rendered. These will be ignored.
- Due to the limitations of the number of notes in an instrument, the tool is limited to freezing songs with a maximum of 120 patterns.
- Automatic unfreezing can only occur when neither the frozen track and instrument have been renamed.
(more tools still to come…)