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Reviewed By loft_electronics on 31st August 2013
OS: Version: 7
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If I had to keep only one piece of music software, it would be Renoise.

I've been using it for over ten years. For a long time it was something I dipped into now and then, as I surfed around looking for a DAW to love after leaving Logic. I kept coming back to Renoise, and for the last two or three years can't be bothered with anything else.

It is excellent for composition. Once you get your head around the interface (and I was not an old tracker fiend) you won't want to go back to the clunky DAWs. It's not meant for recording, and not exactly perfect for mixing either - so it's good to have a regular DAW around to export stems to and record into if you need it. But for composition, magic. You can work with VSTs etc, but it also allows you to work with samples in a way which is impossible with - say - Logic or Ableton. I have shown it to many, many people, and they always go "Wow! It's like the Matrix!", but so far not a single one has tried it for themselves. It seems to put people off by looking complex, but it really isn't. So a big advantage is you look cleverer than you really are, just by using it.

Favourite things, in no particular order:

No visual representation of sounds makes you use your ears, not your eyes.

Best sampler ever.

Amazing routing options, allowing pretty much anything to control pretty much anything else.

Funny in-built features, like the ability to rip patch from a VST to a sample patch, so it will work wherever you go (and save CPU).

Lovely, funny user group.

Excellent, uncoloured sound.

Can be installed to a memory stick and therefore entirely mobile.

For some reason I can't define, unlike any other DAW, it simply isn't irritating. It's neutral, extremely functional, and you never get the feeling that it's making the music for you or dangling novelties in front of your eyes. Once you've got the hang of it, it sort of disappears and you feel like you're making your music all by yourself again.

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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.

7 June 2015 at 5:28pmDeist

Renoise IS fantastic. Not very popular (might never be) for two main reasons I suspect: one is of course that most musicians (well, people really! Musicians usually being people, they commonly present the same drawbacks) are too dumb, lazy and narrow/simple-minded followers to even consider trying it out and getting used to something else than their cherished piano-roll display (of course, every other guy having known and experienced the tracker method is well aware of its own advantages!! Not necessarily saying that one is better than the other, they compliment themselves (or should anyway -- aren't there a plan to implement a piano-roll view at some point in the future in Renoise as well IIRC?) but nobody should ignore the tracker view does allow features and possibilities either very difficult and just plain annoying to use with a piano-roll).

The 2nd reason on the other hand is in my opinion completely on the Renoise devs to blame: as long as Renoise won't allow something as _fundamental__ as modular MIDI chaining (not sure how to put it precisely, but I'm of course refering here to the astonishing and pathetic fact that it is still impossible to use a third-party arpeggiator, sequencer or ANY other pure MIDI control plugin really inside Renoise!!!!!! Sure, there are many to choose from within Renoise own scripted extensions, but clearly no freeware add-on would blatantly claim to be able to cope against say, Kirnu Cream or Cthulhu from Xfer, right?). Come on dev guys, this is like DAW 101 stuff! Can't believe after all these years of development (more than a dozen already!!!), such a basic and absolutely VITAL feature still remains inexistant in Renoise 3 (or is it? Not 100% sure, as I haven't tested v3, but I seem to remember having checked out the What's new features list without finding it). I've been planning to /invest/ the massive sum of around 50$ needed to purchase Renoise for YEARS now, and though like with any other DAW there ARE always a few details nagging me (missing bits and other), THIS is the one reason that has stopped me thus far. Soon as it gets implemented, I'll finally gladly jumb onboard.

I love Renoise (and not just because I love trackers!), but I can too easily spot and overhear the general DAW community (whose opinion, let's face it, is that any tracker is more a gadget and a beginner's tool, and can never NEVER be nothing close to a true professional DAW) laughing their ass out at this quite obvious gaping void in Renoise features list, conforting them in their spiteful opinion of it.
Were I a part of these guys, I know I'd laugh too...

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