As a sampler/sequencer, with 1337 scripting abilities at that, Renoise is awesome. Let me explain why it does not function as a DAW for several reasons.
- No visualization of sequence
Sure, the hardware samplers like MPCs didn’t have too much of this either. But there have been DAWs for decennia now that visualize MIDI (somewhat) and audio (perfectly). For instance, in Ableton or whatever DAW, I can line up the transients of 3 kick samples and it sounds great together. Renoise can’t do this (not even with delay unit, because 1ms is minimum and there are no comma’s ?!), I’ll just keep messing with LPBs and Delay column values forever.
- No MIDI routing
Ok there is midi routing, but just for input. MIDI plugins are simply not supported. You can’t have a plugin get one key, and output another, to anywhere. No choice.
- No MIDI compliance
I have made several topics about this, which were probably all filed as a [nobug]. Notes go from 0-127 in MIDI spec. Renoise will just cut off everything above 119, even when that MIDI note is going to a plugin that is able to handle it. The option to ignore Renoises ‘octave’ for MIDI input is still nowhere to be found which can make working with both pc keyboard and different MIDI inputs disturbing. There’s also the velocity above 127 (with pc keyboard velocity option ‘off’) that makes certain plugins crash.
- No proper live recording
Renoise. Great for step sequencing. Live input of staccato notes, not so much until you set LPB higher, and patterns become longer and longer.
I’m just using Renoise for some time calculation scripts right now, and mastering, because it hosts 32/64 bit stuff like no tomorrow. I’m not mad at all. More like sad because I can’t have the CV type routings in another program that might be better suited as an allround DAW.