Beta versions of version 2.5 of Renoise are now available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. These Beta versions are exclusive to registered users - the first public 2.5 versions will be Release Candidates. The final version is expected to be released at the beginning of next year.
The price of Renoise will change from €49 to €59 when the final version is released (This is for a multi-platform license: Win, Mac, Lin). So if you buy Renoise 2.5 before the final version is released you will get Renoise for the old price. This covers upgrades up until and including version 3.5.
The new Renoise Pattern Matrix, both a bird's eye view and a song editor, is described as "the missing link that pushes Renoise's unique approach to music composition to the next level". It's the perfect companion to the "eyes on the details" appearance and capabilities of the Pattern Editor.
Renoise meta-devices (FX units that receive and transform parameters and other non-audio data) are now interconnectable across tracks. This opens the door to more modular approaches, like linking LFOs or key/audio signals all throughout your mix. Two new meta-devices round-up this "do anything" experience, giving the sound artist the freedom to connect and modulate all parameters with all others.
Version 2.5 also includes vastly improved MIDI mapping, automated rendering of plug-in instruments to samples, a native guitar & bass amp simulator FX, performance optimizations, GUI improvements and much more.
- Pattern Matrix: A birds eye view and editor of the song.
- Cross Track Routing for "Meta Devices" and new devices like the"Signal Follower", which allows you to sidechain other tracks parameters.
- Plugin Grabber: Render Plugin Instruments to Renoise Instruments, Samples.
- Vastly Improved MIDI Mapping.
- A Bunch of New Internal Effects.
- And much more.
A more detailed description of the new features and changes is available here.