Althought I have been using conventional sequencers for long, I have no experience with trackers and I wonder if Renoise could be the software I am looking for. I want to create complex polyrythmic/polymetric pieces therefore I need a software able to provide a different number of steps on each track and/or able to provide a different tempo on each track. Is it possible with Renoise or should I look for another software?
No, tracks with varying lengths or tempo are not possible ATM
But possible workarounds involve the free Phrazor plugin (a phrase sequencer) or EnergyXT (modular host plugin). Both work fine within Renoise.
Also, there’s an ongoing discussion about how the concept of “clips” will be supported in Renoise. It’s definitely going to become a built-in feature.
If the purpose is to create and modify loops in realtime, it can be done using delays.
Simply record the duration of the loop into a delay with a fully wet signal, and feedback of 100%, and use automation to set the beginning and end points.
The delay will not handle more than 32 beats, but since the overall tempo can be lowered, very long “loops” are possible.
with the note delay command (0Dxx or Dx on volume/panning column) you can delay the playing of a note of x ticks. this will allow you to place a note “wherever” you want.
unusual polyrhythmics such as 7-16 require that you write sections in a completely separate process. one idea is to use the “view patterns continuously” option, so that you can visualize more than one pattern at a time, or use patterns of 7*16 lines, otherwise, you have to take in count the possibility that one of those sections do not end at the end of the pattern, which is not a tragedy, after all.
if the two sections also have to be played at different and not-multiple BPM’s… well… then you would need the feature this thread is about, or you would need to sample one section and put it as a sample into another.
on a side note: is there any example of such a polyrhythm you can show me? I would really listen to it. Also, do you know of any sequencer which is able to do this?