I must correct my previous info. I was playing a little bit more with it, and found out more:
128 notes on channel 1, 128 notes on channel 2, 4 notes on channel 10 - that you can trigger via the 32 pads.
You switch between the channels by pressing either the Synth 1, Synth 2, or Drum x button on the Circuit. Then you use the Octave Up/Down buttons to reach the other octaves.
adds up => 260 triggers / toggle action s in Renoise can be mapped via the midi learn function.
I assume that you want to use 128 of them for (velocity sensitive) midi note input and I just reserved channel 1 for it. On channel 2 you can use the 128 notes to trigger some function in Renoise. (It works with muting/soloing tracks, start/stop playing, going into edit mode, and more)
Then each synth track has eight “macro” knobs that send midi CC data in their particular channel (1 or 2), and Drum 1/2 and Drum 2/3 also have the eight macro knobs assigned that send 16 different CC values on channel 10.
sums up to => 32 different midi CC faders that can be assigned to faders in Renoise. (It is also possible to use them for navigation within the sequencer, choosing tracks, etc.)
Additionally there’s the filter knob that sends CC74, on channel 16 - no matter which track or channel you choose on the circuit. Here I assigned the master track volume.
I think it is fun to navigate Renoise by using the knobs. Totally different feeling than the cursor keys. And the possibilities to control Renoise via midi are great. Press [CTRL] + [M] in Renoise to see what’s doable.
There’s one thing that I am missing so far. That is making a selection [shift]+[cursor down], cut [ctrl]+[x], paste [ctrl]+[v], delete [del]. There are some ways to manipulate parts of your song via midi control, but I found no way to make a selection (not yet).
Map-ability for every single menu command, and also very cool would be a way to assign the simulation of a custom keyboard input (strings, key combinations, etc.) to a midi trigger. Switching between midi maps via midi trigger would be another nice to have.