hi interesting post i use to think the same as you …but ive noticed that producers every day are using more ducking (basically what we made in renoise signal follower+hydra+gainer)
I can totally appreciate what you are saying. It’s awesome to have that path, and it probably solves the issue for several Renoise users. I love that Renoise has built-in several core effects, as well as extensible utilities that in many ways goes beyond other DAWs. It’s noted on several respectable ‘top x plugins’ lists that the best place to start for entry level musicians are the often very decent tools already built in to your DAW. This got me off the ground for years, when Renoise was literally the only thing I could afford.
Now I rely on the functionality built into VST plug-ins because I need my core toolset to work everywhere. I depend on my plugin developers to keep relatively up to date, and I depend on my DAW developers to do the same. Tracking is how I cut my teeth and how I prefer to write, and at the end of the day, Renoise is and has been the only serious option for modern Trackers. This is where I feel responsibility lies, and where I feel Renoise has actually failed myself and others. This is where pride in my conversations telling other musicians how I write ends, and why I haven’t convinced anyone else to pick it up now in years. It will die, and that means ultimately the hardcore users lose as well.
If Renoise developers honestly don’t believe they can or will make it a priority in their lives again, then I’d ask them please to open source it, before someone else actually does eat their…OUR…lunch. Strong as the community is here, the amazing investments users have made, it’s a shoe-in for active development.
But that’s only true if Renoise devs open up the chest and share the key. I get it, it’s unlikely, but this is honesty, not politics.