can you make specific samples record to seperate tracks while playing them on a drum pad or from the keyboard?
Not with specific samples, no.
You can do it with instruments, though: MIDI > Input Device > Assigned track
I see so I would have to assign pads on an external device to seperate midi tracks, that makes sense.
I guess in renoise 3 you have seperate fx chains for samples so I should probably upgrade soon
If you’re using drum pads, you can define a key-range too for each instrument.
So each pad could be made to play a specific instrument on a specific track.