Firstly, apologies if this is in the wrong place.
I am an old skool user of Scream Tracker and Impulse Tracker, but haven’t made music for about 15 years.
I really want to get back into it and Renoise seems like the best thing for me, it looks a lot like the interface I am used to.
My questions are:
I don’t quite understand the model of this software - seems like there are multiple releases of various versions… can I just pay for a copy of Renoise, download it, and that is it? Or is it some kind of SaS (Software as a Service) where it’s always updating and I pay for a licence which runs out after 12 months or something? It’s very confusing reading about it.
I understand that although it’s a tracker, it may not be possible to import my old Scream Tracker or Impulse Tracker files. That’s not so much a problem in terms of samples, but is it possible to at least grab the patterns from them?
How easy is it to get hold of decent quality samples - I wrote a lot of stuff back in the day on the aforementioned programs that I’d love to use to record proper albums nowadays but the 8-bit quality of samples made them crackly and lacking in bass. What I’d really like to do is import my old tracks and replace the samples with decent quality versions, but if importing tracks is not possible, then at least good quality samples to replicate my old stuff, without having to worry about copyright… I don’t know what the laws are around this.
I think that’s all for now, maybe more questions will arise from the responses to this but I hope you guys can help me, I really want to get back into it but not sure where to start, Renoise seems to be the best place but I’m a bit lost!