There has been talk around that “Renoize needs to advertis things good so make popular fun times with develop sofware post tracker remix”. I have something to add to this.
Recently my other software Reason released a new commercial dedicated to advertising their product to the unwashed masses. The result?
Not too many people seem to be happy with the way the product is being advertised. Many people complained about the line “If anyone tells you they’re making music for their own sake, it’s bullshit!”. Others complained about the simplistic representation of the features of the product, and still others complained about the ‘instant gratification’ angle the commercial tried to play off. There were also parallels to Apple’s “App for That” tagline.
I’m not too happy about the ad either, but mainly that’s because of the massive underrepresentation of the potential of the product and what makes it different from everything else. But in order to appeal to the ‘unwashed masses’, they had to pretty much explain the bare-bones of what goes into a modern music sequencing software.
I just feel that if Renoise dev would ever do something like this, however unlikely, they run the risk of trying to explain a complicated product in a few, easy-to-understand words, and therefore make a false representation of the capabilities of the product. If they advertise the product the way it is (“You can even alias slots in the Pattern matrix!”), it would only appeal to people already ‘in the loop’, and therefore miss the intended audience.
I still feel that Renoise is a niche software that people will find when they are ready for it. I found out the program itself from excavating Venetian Snares bios, and I was ready to put whatever I had into learning the new workflow. (Still working on that by the way) Trying to force it on a market that doesn’t even know what the EQ in their car is for isn’t really going to change its nature or its community. Hey, maybe that Reason commercial might bring in a couple aspiring producers and whatnot, but I don’t feel that there’s going to be a major shift in the community there, so why should that occur in this one?