It has been announced that the voting should start again, once the 2.0 goes gold.
Well, that’s important.
Because our decisions will (again) help shape the most versatile, geek-friendly and ‘the-edge-of-the-art’ music app on the market so far (I just hope most users will agree with this definition).
Therefore I’d like to sharpen this community’s attention to what we’re going to vote for, while there’s still time to let it boil over in our highly electrified brains.
You would probably agree if I said that tracking means to most of us - ‘easily do stuff other apps sweat or suck at’ - or - ‘be (much) more creative in (much) less time than with other apps out there’.
OK, do you remember where this tracking freedom came from? It came from simplistic, most logically straightforward (and therefore not so user-friendly) interface approach.
I mean, we couldn’t do sophisticated sample editing in ImpulseTracker, but did it stop us from making music? No! Contrary: it helped us!
No, we couldn’t ‘visually arrange’ long WAV’s quite comfortably in FT2 - but if we could, wouldn’t it take significantly more time that it did, to make a track?
Tracking was always about 'being able to do more music with less stumbling over trivial technicalities.’
Renoise has always kept this spirit.
Now we’re asking for more - what? Comfort? Or more Renoise? There is a huge difference.
Comfort means something we can already do, but we just ask for a more easier way of doing it.
Whereas ‘more Renoise’ would mean things that are essentially not there yet, but might take this program to newer venues (still maintaining the tracker worldview).
As far as l understand, there are several key features most likely to end up on the future request list. Among them, the arranger thing, the xrns structure and some more tweaks.
I don’t want to stress any feature as more or less important right now.
I just want to make us think (again), about what’s more important for us as (aspiring) computer musicians:
is it the things we really can’t work without, or things we already can achieve in Renoise, but they require more mind- and fingerwork?
I mean, think about it.
Do we want an arranger just because our guitar piece is longer than whole song, and we can’t be bothered to cut it up?
Or do we want a bigger offset because we cannot be bothered to increase bpm’s and step length?
Excuse me, are we still tracking or what?
I remember nagging very much about the improper routing as it was in the past versions of Renoise.
Or when I couldn’t send notes and a carrier signal to a vocoder plug.
Yeah, I did nag. And I already felt ashamed for it, because of how sharp this tracker already looked. In fact I remember paying $55 for it and feeling ashamed for other companies not charging as much for their - way more inferior to Rn - apps.
Still, those were the features I could not emulate, or go about using other Renoise features. They were sort of essential to the core engine.
But with the arranger or the offset - dude, I just don’t see a problem there, really. Wanna see me laying a 20 minute guitar take over a song? Or slicing it up in 99 pieces in sampler editor? No problem with that.
Working with a program I usually teach myself to think this way: ‘Ok, there isn’t a simpler way to achieve this. But can I achieve the same thing using it’s other features?’
And that’s why I’m still using trackers (instead of the hyperbloated ‘pro’ apps.) And you know what? I still manage to make a living from it, occasionally.
So, I’d say: fellows, let’s just vote for the stuff we really can’t do without. Let’s not ask Renoise to follow our ‘customer whims’ like a malformed mass-market crap.
Among the features that are supposed to simply increase our - already more than there - ‘user comfort’, let’s think about the features that can’t be anywhere but in trackers.
Thik about the ways we can use Renoise in a live situation, for example. Think about instant pattern launching, or scripts for hot-key transport control. Ok, xrns layers, envelope control.
I mean, don’t just ask for comfort features or minor tweaks for gossakes! There is so much comfort in there already, you can ditch a week of work and not notice!
Let’s forget the trivial, and bring forward the edgecutting things, folks.