However at the end of pattern 2, I want to jump back to pattern 1; at the end of pattern 4, I want to jump back to pattern 3. Essentially, I want to have multiple loop points in a song. Renoise only facilitates a single loop point via the interface. To my knowledge the loop points can’t be changed with midi or pattern instructions.
In every tracker I’ve used since 1992, Soundtracker/Protracker/Octamed/ScreamTracker/FT2/Impulse Tracker/Milky/MPT have a “Position Jump” (mostly Bxx) command.
Look under “Seq. Triggering -> Trigger (or schedule) -> Sequence XX ->”
so for your example you want to bind “Seq. Triggering -> Schedule -> Sequence XX ->Sequence 01 [trigger]” and “… -> Sequence 03 [trigger]” and press the MIDI commands sometime during playback of pattern 2 and 4
As for looping you want to turn on the pattern looping (comma) - you can also bind this to MIDI of course.
Infact for your example why not combine 1&2 and 3&4 into 2 double length patterns and turn pattern looping on and off by MIDI? but for more complex setups than that example, try what I’ve mentioned.
The pattern jump in the past was a solution to circumvent lack of memory while this today no longer is an issue.
Renoise supports the pattern-break command (FBxx) but when it regards jumping to specific other patterns, it is simply assumed you just use another sequence slot and add a pattern there.
Nothing much mystery about that idea and back then, Renoise was most likely not produced as a tool for live usage.
You can map sequences to your midi gear now as Radian explained, but as i can see when you are playing guitar, this can be quite ackward business as you would need a few footpedals to jump to specific sequence positions then…
Though, some possibilities will become available in 2.6 requiring you only one footpedal to do the same job.
Or for now: use one footpedal with extra buttons allowing you to change the midi-channel and assign different sequence loops to different channels.
This is still only one footpedal allowing you to program 16 different jump-points.
Still a solution where you have to practice a lot though.
I suppose I just want to loop sections, jam a bit … tap a button towards the end of a section and it’ll move onto another section. I want sections to be 2,4,8, or 16 patterns long and loopable - so I can jam on a chord progression for 20 minutes if I wanted to.
I suppose I could join the group of patterns into one section - is there a way to tell a pattern to loop forever?