Hi all! (-:
It’s my first post here, so let’s start with the obvious stuff: Renoise ROCKS! I’ve never seen such a cool music software. I liked Impulse Tracker (even registered it long ago), but Renoise is the next step in tracking.
What makes me love renoise is the ability to use VST instruments, some of which are really great (Rainbow 2 and Triangle 2 are my favorite). After having heard what those VSTis are capable of, I almost promised that I would never use a sample again (okay, maybe a drum loop here and there).
But, alas, I have a problem here.
Renoise 1.11 worked just the way I liked: I could tweak an instrument (or create it from scratch) in Rainbow 2, then its settings would be saved together with the song and recalled after reloading it, sounding exactly the same between sessions. I was very happy with it, but Renoise 1.11 had serious stability problems on my WinXP laptop: it would crash on startup most of the time with an “unhandled exception in audio”.
Renoise 1.2 looks much more stable (never crashed up to now), but -ouch!- it doesn’t save VSTi settings anymore! I just get the default sounds, losing my tweaks. So I tried to use an automation track (really cool idea, by the way) but, as I feared, only the parameters shown in the automation box are saved, the others are reset to their defaults. This might be okay for some little synths (like the JX220), but the Rainbow 2 has LOTS of parameters, and I wish I could be able to save them all, like before.
Hence my little suggestion for the next version of Renoise: would it be possible to save all the VSTi parameters together with the automation track, even if they are not shown there?
By the way, I also noticed that the CPU usage meter is totally messed up in 1.2. It looks more precise when I use Renoise as “Administrator” (still goes far beyond 150% even when Renoise works and responds just fine), but when I use it as an unprivileged user, it shows 11000% and over!
Well, that’s all for the complaints… I know they are frustrating for a developer, but hey – without these little bugs, Renoise would be perfect to my eyes (and ears). So thank you for having read so far, see you next time, and happy tracking meanwhile. (-: