After downloading & testing the most of the trackers on Windows (PC), I must say that a new tracker is born : “SunVox v1.1” (last version in November 2008)
For me, it is a tracker interesting, not easy for using it BUT I love sounds (VERY VERY NICE !!!). Could you add the same sounds in the next version of Renoise 2 please ? Furthermore, the “Piano Roll” is nice
I second that. Once I found out that there are basic chip samples included with Renoise, I realised there’s no need for a native softsynth.
This SunVox program is quite interesting tho. I especially liked the ability to draw icons for patterns instead of giving them names, and of course MODULAR ROUTING!
What I didn’t like is the lousy visual feedback during playing, like not being able to see the sounds being triggered in the ‘routing view’ and only being able to see one pattern (practically a track) at a time. The latter is practically what renders Buzz and similar programs useless to me, cause having everything laid out at the same time is one of the basic comforts of tracking, imo.
the more trackers, the better. Renoise can’t just be the tool for every tracker lover: for example, BUZZ users always have complained about missing features in Renoise which would be completely useless to most of non-BUZZ users, so if there would be another BUZZ clone, it would be good also for Renoise, which could focus to something else.
let’s hope this will not be another dying-soon project
I’ve been having the odd peek at sunvox for quite a while. Despite some awkward flaws that shouldn’t last to later versions i do really like it. I find the arranger really usable.
You can make multi column patterns and arrange them one after the other as usual or layer up patterns in a more daw-ish way. You might use 5 columns for an 8 step drum pattern, 2 columns for a 32 step bass part and 3 columns for a 64 step chord progression and layer them together in the arranger. You could even make each of the patterns 1 tracker column each if you wanted.
Id buy some mobile hardware for it but there is no list of phones/pdas that it runs well on and it can apparently be a bit picky or stuttery on some hardware that shouldn’t have trouble with it on paper.
Yes we really need …the ability to use patterns of different lenghts …makes it far more easier to mess with oddd timings etc …a 4 /3/7 bar loop all stacked above ( or under ) each other in the arranger
Just played around with this software and here are some of my findings:
The timeline needs some getting used to when you are used to the Renoise arranger.
But it surely works quick with a great overview.
The option to build your own Synth with loose modules is just great! could be better
The pattern icon thing is a bit strange, but it works.
Maybe some more colours would help.
I know you leave the drawing editor by any click in the program, but maybe an exit button makes it a bit more clear.
The colour scheme could be a lot better. The patterns need more contrast and the record box in record mode is not very clear. Bug
A little bug I found with the scroll bars around the timeline window.
if you drag them and release the mousebutton while not on the bar, they wil keep being selected and follow your mouse.
Is it wrong to be in love with a piece of software so badly?
I don’t even give a sh-t it hasn’t got vst-support.
The pattern arranging is über fun and refreshing (making you’re icons, + the way you can see the patterns being attached to the original). If this would be imported into Renoise this way (+ color changing + replacing the icon-creating with regular naming of a pattern) I’d simply go mad. Haha.
The piano doesn’t bother you being there (all of the time) at all. Choosing the octave range makes it a lot easier to put notes in when using a keyboard.
Though, kind of strange the synths and the effects are not separated in some way. And the thing I’m really missing is some sort of equalizer.
Final thought; it brings you the pattern arranging of a sequencer and the awesomeness of a tracker.
Worth checking out.