Just wondering what everyone’s top 10 list of amazing features they’d like to see added to renoise are
Here’s mine, arranged in order of personal importance! (taktik is going to kill me.)
Track freezing, so that with the click of one button, Renoise will render the output of a track to a temporary sample (not a visible instrument) and use that for playback until the track is unfrozen again
A grouped vst/i+patch panel that groups both VSTs and individual patches by some sort of meaningful tag
Audio tracks, so that long samples such as vocals will play properly starting anywhere in a song
Pattern zoom, so I don’t have to use 400bpm for a 100bpm track, screwing up VSTs’ timesynching
An arranger that allows you to move patterns around on a timeline… must allow multiple pattern overlapping, and (if implemented) audio tracks … timestreching optional
Proper device routing… so that you can create complex, layered effect chains, mix channels, etc
More metadevides, such as a sidechain metadevice, more LFO options, etc (metadevice SDK, anyone?)
Some sort of sample/beat chopper that allows the use of markers in a sample to denote where chopping should occur… and of course a 09xxlike pattern effect that will trigger from that spot
Stereo sample editing… right or left channel editing, % based mix paste, etc
VSTi Freezing, so you can freeze a range of notes from a VSTi to a multisample instrument
note: I know the topic says 5… I started with 5, but I just had to add more
1 - In the sampler: Remember what my recording input is 2 - In the disk op: If I haven’t double clicked on a directory to make it my home, please remember where I was and don’t default to ‘Documents and Settings’ 3 - In full screen mode: When minimised, please don’t force Renoise to open when I close my last window on the desktop
The problem a find with Dxx is that the command gets applied to every note across all columns in the track. Unless I’m missing something, this makes Dxx useless for me.
From a developmental aspect, the best way to deal with that problem is to create a “delay” column-type (along with volume & panning). I suggest the value being a percentage and not a “tick”…
With the XML format the way it is, pattern zooming could be tricky.
I’ve always thought the best way would be to control the speed using BPM/Resolution. So “BPM = 120, RES = 8” would mean that for every beat, there’s be 8 rows. If you need more resolution, make RES = 16. If you want swing/triplets, make RES = 9 (a multiple of 3 instead of 2). Using BPM exclusively would keep the tempo based VSTs happy.
(back to pattern zooming …) …
Rather than pattern-zooming … have pattern-folding? … this keeps the internal structure of the file format the same, and the only modification is on the interface level. So you could have a VERY VERY fast track speed, but you’re only showing every 4 rows.
spring cleaning: dedicated columns for delay, offset, retrig (with the goal of getting rid of special effects in the column and pan colums completely, that is, reducing them to a convenient shorthand, not a necessity when using multiple not columns). Also more effect digits, higher effect parameter resolution… ohhh, how about this -> effect columns that apply to just one note column instead of the whole track? So instead of like it is now
[note column1] [note column2] [fx column1]
it might look like this:
[track fx column1] [note column1] [note column1 fx column1] [note column2] [note column2 fx column1]
one (better two) more digits for beatsync (vs. current limit of 512)
dragging and dropping files and folders in disk op
being able to resize the top pane (for disk op. and instrument list… no idea what to do with the stuff on the left of the top pane though, I wouldn’t mind it being cut off / having unused space personally)
Improved / Bigger file browser and sample library. **
Subtick timing (improved tick resolution)
Improved, Non snapping Automation.
Easyer ways to pitchbend for midi/vsti synths.
** (Moving the file browser from the top frame to the middle frame would be perfect too for some bigger space, and adding the sample library as a expandabe thingy just like “adv. edit” would be really neat)
I’m not sure if you are aware of this already but you can also use the Dx command in either the volume or panning column for the same effect. Unless you are working with higher speeds than 16 and/or use the volume and panning columns for …volume and panning, then this should work as a solution.
I liked the BPM/RES and the folding ideas though and I think resolution and phasing out the old tick system should be the number one priority for the next version.