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Renoise is the most powerful and modern tracker sequencer there is.
The Renoise sequencer data editor is based on the "tracker" principle, which features a grid in which moments in time go from top to bottom, with note trigger data for (multi)sample instruments, VSTi's and MIDI sent on each row possible. It has the ability to use MIDI, Rewire, VST effects and VSTi instruments, as well as a powerful set of built-in effects and automation control devices.
- the workflow is much faster than any DAW: Renoise mainly lets the user use the computer keyboard for entry of the sequencer data. A customizable skipped number of steps on entering note trigger sequencer data and continous paste makes creating logically timed sounds easy. Renoise features many keyboard shortcuts, for example the keyboard shortcut to interpolate from value A to value B with any effect/instrument parameter in the sequencer data. This makes entering a crescendo / decrescendo in automation or velocity a matter of a few keyboard hits. The keyboard configuration and shortcuts can be fully customized. Multiple automation parameters can be controlled via one "hydra device" effect parameter.
- many built-in powerful automation tools and effects, sample editor, full MIDI support, as well as VST effect and VSTi instrument implementation: Renoise features options for sequencer data command following, visual track lane following, note-following, level-following and very customizable LFO following automation for as many (VST/built-in) effect parameters or VSTi instrument parameters or MIDI commands as desired.
- feature requests can be posted on the Renoise forum and when suitable they are actually implemented: New features can be requested and discussed on the Renoise forum. The exciter, for example, is a built-in effect that got implemented by my request. The exciter will make your sound bright and shiny by adding adjustable subtle harmonic distortion in stereo or mid/side processing over 3 individual frequency bands.
- the Renoise demo version has acceptible limitations and lets you create / save / load Renoise projects like in the registered version: There are only 7 limitations on the demo version which do not limit use of the sequencer to get started and create and save a full song with samples, VST(i)s and MIDI.
- there are good beginner tutorials ( youtube/LearnRenoise ) and a good manual which explain Renoise.
Renoise absolutely is a must-have or at least something to have tried for anybody who creates electronic music. Renoise is the sequencer you will have overnight success with after getting used to it.
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.