I notice it is possible to bounce a selection spanning multiple tracks containing different instruments, but only the note events are copied inside the phrase, not the actual samples! This is with either bounce or copy selection.
Also, instead of having the magick work on the currently selected instrument, could there be an option that copy/bounces to new instrument? So it’ll copy the samples from the instruments that are inside the pattern selection to a new instrument.
Yeah, it’s currently only written with bouncing one instrument at a time… Merging multiple instruments onto one new one would be something of a tall order, considering all that instruments can be now in Renoise 3.1! Not impossible, but would be fraught with corner cases. What could be done more easily however is allowing copying of multiple different instruments’ notes into their respective phrases (i.e. all notes from Inst Awithin the selection go to a new phrase in Inst A). In terms of bouncing in such a situation, I’d imagine that you’d create a phrase per instrument per track. So if Track 1 had notes from 2 different instruments (A and B ), it’d create a phrase for each against each instrument, create two note columns in track 1 and apply Inst A’s phrase in the first column, Inst B’s in the second. (I think this is possible with the new per note column effects columns?). If this hypothetical selection spanned multiple tracks, and there were notes for Inst A and B in other tracks, a phrase would be created with those notes against the appropriate instrument and place in those tracks for each track the instruments appears on. In my eyes, this would be the best way to handle tricky selections whilst still ensuring that all notes are routed through the right channels.
So in the case of
Track One: Inst A Notes, Inst B Notes
Track Two: Inst A Notes
Track Three: Inst B Notes, Inst A Notes, Inst C Notes
Bouncing the lot would give you
Track One Inst A Phrase 1 (Note Column 1), Inst B Phrase 1 (Note Column 2)
Track Two: Inst A Phrase 2
Track Three: Inst B Phrase 2(Note Column 1), Inst A Phrase 3(Note Column 2), Inst C Phrase 1 (Note Column 3)
Starting to sound a bit tricky , but worth doing since such a facility could definitely improve folk’s workflows. I’ll have a look at it tonight after work if I have time!