I’m new here - I’ve been a long time bedroom producer, making stuff mostly for my own enjoyment and have gone through a fair number of different Music sequencers and apps (Music Studio 7 -> Orion Platinum -> Tracktion -> Ableton Live)
I have come to realise I have no musical talent, all my songs sounding like garbage, I, however, do still like to remix and mash-up tunes - taking songs that I like and re-editing them to cut out the bits I don’t like and emphasise the sections I do.
Up until now I have been using Ableton Live for this (creating and editing loops in the Live part and then importing them in to the arranger part for mixdown).
Having previously been an XP whore, I have been slowly moving over to Linux and Ubuntu as I like the flexibility it gives you and all the bash stuff is great (plus MythTV and XBMC of course). I haven’t been able to get Ableton to work well under Wine in Linux and anyway, since it isn’t a Linux native app, I don’t want to support it if I am using Ubuntu. Consequently, I want to find an app that I can use on Ubuntu to carry on my music doodlings. After having a hunt around, I have narrowed the choice down to a few apps (Ardour, Renoise, energyXT and Traverso).
This is where my questions (finally) come: I was wondering if creating mashups and remixes using Renoise is possible and recommended? It is clearly a very powerful sample player, and from reading various posts and topics (yup, I did a search) there are lots of people making remixes, but I am guessing they are using Renoise song files to start with and have access to lots of little samples.
I was wondering how feasible it is to import a whole song as a sample and then use Renoise’s various sample mangling features (pitchshift and sample start/stop editing etc) to create multiple tracks with various looped parts of that large sample, to build together a remix, possibly with playing a few samples from a few other songs, beatmatched in time. For the overall effect, think what Sasha did with his two most recent albums (Involver 1 and 2) - how he mangled songs together to create new ones.
So, so simple questions making it easier to answer:
How feasible is it to remix/mashup a song in Renoise without the source samples, just the final song?
Is there a sample size/length limit?
Is it possible to beat sync / time stretch two different samples (think Ableton Live’ elastic audio)?
How powerful are the timestretching algorithms?
Should I be using a more Audio DAW based solution instead like Ardour or enegyXT instead (where I can chop samples up and re-arrange them and stuff)?
I’d love to find out that Renoise is good for this, since I am very much into text editing, .conf files and the like and am moving away from the GUI and to me, Renoise seems the nearest I can get to editing a text file to make music. It’s just a shame I need to learn Hex first…
All answers much appreciated. Sorry for the long post, I do tend to ramble.