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 Renoise by Renoise is a Virtual Instrument Audio Plugin and an Audio Plugin Host for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. It functions as a DSSI Plugin and a LADSPA Plugin. It can host VST Plugins, Audio Units Plugins, DSSI Plugins and LADSPA Plugins. It supports ReWire.
Product Renoise
Developer Renoise
Price (MSRP) €65
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Can Host
Can Host
ReWire Mixer/Synth Application
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Renoise is a complete, expandable Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) with a refreshing twist. It lets you record, compose, edit, process and render production-quality audio using a tracker-based approach.

In a tracker, the music runs from top to bottom in an easily understood grid known as a pattern. Several patterns arranged in a certain order make up a song. Step-editing in a pattern grid lends itself well to a fast and immediate workflow. On top of this, Renoise features a wide range of modern features: dozens of built-in audio processors, alongside support for all commonly used virtual instrument and effect plug-in formats. And the software can be extended too: with scripting, you can use all of your MIDI or OSC controller to control it in exactly the way you want.

Features highlights:

  • Cross-platform: Renoise runs on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. If you want to use Renoise on all of them, that's possible too! A Renoise license covers all platforms, so there's no need to register a separate copy for each.
  • Tracker Interface: Quick. Once you get rolling with the keyboard shortcuts, there is no stopping you. There are no annoying floating windows. Every widget stays where it belongs.
  • Plugin support: Plugins provide you with a vast array of effects and synths. With Renoise, all of that is within reach. Renoise supports VST, AU, LADSPA and DSSI.
  • ReWire Support: Connect and synchronize Renoise with other ReWire-capable audio applications. Combine the best aspects of both trackers and sequencers.
  • Multi-Core Support: Take advantage of all the cores in your system to boost performance, allowing you to add much more and heavier DSPs, tracks, VST FX and VST Instruments than before.
  • Automatic PDC: Plug-ins and external inputs have varying amounts of delay, making your tracks sound really sloppy. With Automatic PDC, instruments and effects in your productions will be tightly synced.
  • 26+ Native DSP FX: With over 26 native effects included, Renoise has all the essentials you need to tackle any production: reverb, delay, filters, compressors, EQ, distortion, flanger, phaser and more. Use as many of them as you like.
  • Powerful Sampler and Sample Editor: Edit and playback samples with the Sample Editor. Actually the whole tracker is one big sampler with a vast amount of sample mangling possibilities.
  • MIDI: Connect Renoise to hardware synths or VST instruments to send and receive notes and controllers changes. Sync Renoise in either master or slave mode.
  • Lua Scripting API: Renoise contains an API (application programming interface) which enables you to customize and extend the application by writing scripts in the Lua programming language.
  • External Audio Recording: You can record your sound card's line-in in the Sample Editor. Capture perfectly synched or manually triggered external audio directly into a sample slot. Or route the external signal through the Line-In Device into the DSP Chain.
  • Mixer: Renoise's flexible answer to the traditional mixer. Also doubles as an interface for the DSP Chain.
  • Track routing: The Send and Master tracks pave the way for unique routing options. Whether you route a single channel or 50 channels to a Send track full of effects, your PC's CPU will hardly know the difference.
  • Meta Devices: With meta devices like the Signal Follower, LFO, X/Y Pad, Meta Mixer and more, you can modulate or control other device parameters instead of manipulating audio. They can even be linked between different tracks, making for complex and powerful sound design possibilities.
  • Automation: Draw curves to tell effects and instruments how their parameters should change during playback.
  • Rendering to WAV: Export your songs to WAV. Up to 32-bit, 96 kHz, with either cubic or sinc interpolation. Renoise can also save the separate tracks and patterns.
  • File formats: Renoise accepts many sample and song formats. See: supported file formats.
Discussion: Active


3 September 2013 at 9:46pmJoeCat

Great to see another positive review for Renoise. I still use Live, but for the money, Renoise should be on everyone's list as a creative tool to supplement or (just maybe) replace their DAW, even if they've never used a tracker. It's robust, easily configurable, well-supported, lightweight, and just plain fun.

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