At the moment we can create phrases out of a selection if the selection only contains a single instrument. Ideally, it would be >cool if we could do >single instrument phrase creation, but that seems to be a hard puzzle to figure out for the devs & toolmakers …cool, so let’s skip that headache for a second, the limit can be circumvented by the ‘render & slice’ tool in a way ( http://forum.renoise.com/index.php/topic/43907-new-tool-30-render-and-slice/ ).
What I’m proposing here is a tool which you can use on a certain track in a song (wherever the cursor resides), using a single instrument (maybe set which instrument to take into account in some kind of gui, ignore possible otherinstruments) and have it create phrases on a per pattern basis (be able to set the range of beginning and ending pattern) and have all phrases collected in a new instrument B)****.
Preferably the tool compares the results and skips creating more then 1 phrases out of identical matches, maybe it can use code from the ‘alias identical tracks’ tool for this recognizing business ? ( http://forum.renoise.com/index.php/topic/33186-new-tool-28-alias-identical-tracks/ )
Why this tool?
For me this would be a great tool for creating new content out of already finished song files. Load up an oldie, find the amen rinse-out drum channel ;), run this tool and have all the patterns worth of programming collected inside an instruments phrase slots.
To be able to ‘create phrase from selection’ like we can do now, but have the resulting phrase added to current instrument.
If all of the above is too ambitious to automate, this bonus suggestion would allow you to manually go to each pattern and run a keyboard shortcut for adding new phrases under each other.
Oh lawd, please