sequence recording?

is there a way i can play a part of a song on a vst using my keyboard or a midi device and have it record so i can use that in part of a song instead of having to use the standard tracker part? some things i play seem to difficult/fast/complicated to configure note by note on the tracker,

Set up a few (empty) patterns, choose a track where you want to record, hit record toggle in the gui, press play so the pattern is running (either with metronome and/or pre-count enabled), get your keyboard freak on.

You can also set-up some quantizing settings beforehand.

this tool works in 2.8, might help as well? :

http://www.renoise.com/tools/auto-clone-patterns

thank you :)