Long time Renoise user here. First of all I want to say fantastic job with 2.5 - I’m really loving it. I think the interface changes are great; definitely a wiser use of space even if it’s subtle. All of the new features are so good, but the one I’m most excited about and have been waiting the longest for is the pattern matrix. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
However I have one suggestion (forgive me if it’s possible and I somehow missed it). I think it would really be beneficial to be able to create blocks in the matrix that “reference” eachother. What I mean by this is the ability to link boxes in the matrix together and to specify they are the same chunk of track data, appearing in various parts of the pattern sequencer. Think of it like how a pointer is used in programming.
The reason I suggest this is that the power of the pattern matrix concept is the ability to build up songs and progressions from smaller, reusable pieces instead of just single patterns. As I write music I may create many musical “themes” such as a particular melody line for the chorus of the song. The chorus may appear in several places in the song. My intention is that everywhere the chorus appears, it is the same musical theme. Now let’s say I decide I want to modify the chorus slightly. It would be nice if I could edit it once, in one place, and everywhere else it appeared in the matrix would be linked, so they would all update too.
I think that adding this one feature would really allow the pattern matrix to take sequencing songs in Renoise to the next level.
Thanks for such a great product.