I can’t imagine not using Renoise, but there was a time that we all had to. What did you use Prenoise?
I was an Adlib Tracker 2 junkie, but made the switch since I could create more versatile FM style music in Renoise. I still fire up AT2 up every now and then to listen to my old stuff, but haven’t written on it in years. It was a really fun retro tracker once you got used to it.
this one did come along earlier…
aw what the heck, I like to spray my tracker history, because I’m proud of it
I began on the Amiga With OctaMED, but didn’t like the interface.
Pro tracker was my partner very long.
I wanted to go deeper so I bought Digibooster Pro (really good Amiga tracker)
but when things got more serious I had to find something else to use my hardware with. Amiga died so, what would you do.
I tried Fasttracker, but was more outdated then Digibooster Pro.
So I ran it emulated on my PC to get the reverbs and stuff reall time.
Made a couple mods on an Amiga and a 286, I don’t remember how.
OS X Renoise
OS X Renoise is important because migrating away from Windows for me was inevitable. There was a few months when I had both Windows and OS X and there was no Renoise for OS X. I would fallback on MadTracker more than Renoise during that time. Had the OS X port not come along I don’t know what I would have done.
music2000 (playstation) for three wonderful years
fruityloops for about 2 months
renoise - god knows how i found it - never heard of trackers before v1.8 but i instantly picked it up - have tried others since but never been able to use them in anyway near the way i can with renoise
fooled around lots, but started somewhat seriously with fruityloops. then moved to ableton and used that to this day as my main tool (with renoise). then i got into cubase for more professional mixing type stuff, and to track live off the floor. picked up reason more as an instrument than a sequencer, just send midi to it and audio out and such (or rewire).
I started on Amiga using Noise- and SoundTracker… StarTrekker… then MED V1. A loooong long period using OctaMED V4 (which was awesome and quick to use, plus had MIDi-support and builtin-soundsynthesis). Then for a few years I used Amiga SoundStudio for MIDI-stuff which had it good and bad sides, and later on tried pc-trackers like SoundStudio, FT2, ImpulseTracker, Buzz… which all are/were lousy excuse for trackers. Aside these I also did quite many tunes on THX2 aka AHX.
Its been a long and interesting 20-years voyage in tracking. Notable is that I never used ProTracker except tried them when a new version came out. All versions were unusable for me and I always went back to MED/OctaMED.
My first app music composing application I ever tried was a demo version of Scream Tracker from a friends music magazine. Did not understand how to use it, but eventually we worked out how to load a sample. Hehe, those where the days.
Then later some years I got addicted to Impulse Tracker. Never got into the Fast Tracker program, only used it a few times.
Then few years ago I tried Renoise, and it was quite good, but still it was not the same feeling like IT had. So in frustration I wasted my time trying to learn FL Studio… Sad but true I could not find FL intuitive enough to use my time in.
1 month ago I came back and tried Renoise again, and I must say its been improved alot since last time. I like it, and probably will stay with it for years to come (i hope).
The tracker usage mileage for me starting from somewhere around '86
Rockmonitor 3, 4, 5
Also used Turbo assembler routines, but they were not surrounded by a fat ass tracker-gui.
Protracker 2, 3
A few i forgot…
Various lousy mod-editors (speaker only crap) including FastTracker 1 (that was a big piece of shit)
Impulse Tracker 2.06 -> 2.15
Renoise 1.28 -> Renoise 8.0 (by that time i’m already retired)
I’ve experimented with several soft but most of them are not worth mentioning.
I started with SoundClub - a freeware sequencer written by some Estonians. (actually I started with 2 cassette recorders)
After that I tried making music with cooledit by chopping samples.
So there was a bunch of programs I tried out after that, and ended up with Reason witch I used for many years.
Then I realized how pointless is to keep piles of refills on my hdd for one program. And if I made backup of my songs and all those reason refills and samples, after format it was a total nightmare… (who ever has used reason for some longer period, knows what I’m talking about…)
Now I’m very satisfied with having Renoise.
Also I use Ableton Live as well but it just a “tool” for me.
What the heck are those last 3? Never heard of those… Or I just don’t catch your humor.