For the past year (maybe even two) I’ve been thinking about switching over to Ableton live for the arrangement part of creating my tracks, while retaining Renoise for sequencing and rendering drum patterns, for two main reason:
 I’m beginning to think that vertical visualization of midi sequencing and waveform displays in a top to bottom fashion is superior when dealing with really really dense multi-layered production.
 I suck at creating melodic content and the top to bottom approach combined with a piano roll (wah wah he said piano roll, I know I know) looks a lot easier for me to comprehend.
Pretty much all the music I’ve made in Renoise in the past two years hasn’t really exceeded about 6-8 tracks, and a few send tracks, maybe 2-4. Mostly I’ve been working with maybe commands, phrase randomisation, and random lfo’s that turn off and on specific effects and devices to create evolving sounds and progressions which is fine, I can make some really crazy shit that way particularly percussive stuff, but there have been times where I’ve actually attempted to sit and write a track note by note with little to no randomisation and found that I usually end up getting lost in all the tracks. Scrolling left to right through 20-30 or more tracks on a 15" laptop screen full of midi notes can get pretty intense. I’ve actually got an old spare computer monitor that I’m hooking up to my laptop with a HDMI cable to give me an extra 15 inches of screen space so I’ll have loads of room soon enough but I’m still curious about using a vertical DAW like Ableton and if it really is better for arrangement or not?
I know ultimately that one approach isn’t necessarily “better” than another and that really it’s gonna come down to personal preference at the end of the day, but I’d be interested to hear some other peoples thoughts on this topic.