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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.
- 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.
Reviewed By mortfell
May 17, 2017
This is a very special piece of software. It's obviously not for everyone, and the developers know that.
That being said the scope of what it can do is unbelievable
They nailed it, best tracker ever IMO.
Reviewed By EnergyCrush
April 23, 2016
I've just discovered DDFM Metaplugin, which provides stable VST3 and side-chain functionality that can be used within Renoise. Awesome.
I've been using Renoise for 14 years (since v1.28), and regard it as my primary DAW for composition. I primarily write EDM, Ambient or Glitch in a home studio using plugins (monitors or headphones on a laptop). I also sing, but don't use Renoise for vocals/recording (currently using Reaper for that).
One liner: It's an amazing composition tool with a highly functional workflow geared for getting ideas down quickly and working to completion (sans raw audio).
- Incredibly efficient and streamlined workflow for modern sequencer-based composition using plugins and short audio files.
- Very responsive and consistent support/engagement with customers, including vote-driven feature requests.
- Solid VST support (I've seen a crash now and then, but Renoise has been one of the most reliable VST hosts I've ever used by far).
- Great price with several fantastic out-of-the-box effects processors (and a few fun sample-based instruments to get you started).
- Includes many very powerful automation tools, including a LUA-based formula modulator that can be linked to *any* available control.
- Huge and helpful customer base (if you ever need help figuring something out, there are lots of active users who've figured a lot of things out).
- Includes Rewire support.
- It can sample/edit audio, but not ideal for working with vocals or long audio files (waveforms are not displayed in the tracks, not enough visual cue).
- Have seen cases where Renoise has mishandled plugin behavior on 'Stop', or after note cutoff on a track, that causes high CPU until stopped.
- Does not work as a plugin for other Hosts/DAWs (there are others that do to enable this composition style - yes, this is totally a con).
I've looked into a few other trackers, but nothing has been as polished and complete as Renoise.
Trackers aren't great for every music workflow, but I've found Renoise to be an unparalleled sequencer for modern composition. Workflow subtleties, like the fact that notes are assumed to keep playing on a track until hitting a cutoff, make them ideal for sound design and construction using external plugins. In almost every major DAW on a Mac or PC, composition like this commonly requires drawing every unique note and it's duration using a mouse, and the sheer pain of that experience has not been taken seriously enough for DAW-makers to incorporate this style of composition (nor really take the time understand why accommodations to their own workflow are both ineffectual and unsavory).
In my time using Renoise, I've used many versions/tiers of other DAWs or hardware sequencers:
- Reaper (current).
- Ableton (current).
- Reason (v3-6).
- Pro Tools (v9).
- Cubase (v3-7).
- Various others (Sonar/Cakewalk, Studio One, ACID, etc.).
- An Akai MPC-1000 (current).
- An old Alesis MMT-8 (loved that thing...).
Most have unique merits, but none have been as near to a complete and reliable solution for me as Renoise for composition. For vocal work, I'm currently using Reaper. Don't want to start off poking at the DAWs other people use and love, but if you ask, I'll respond with my personal experiences in some cases.
Reviewed By TheBellows
August 24, 2015
It works quite different than any other DAW as it's a tracker.
It's perfect for samples, has lots of powerful built in effects and tools, supports VSTs, it's stable and very effective when you know how to use it.
If you mainly use your DAW for live recordings it's probably not the best choice, but even for that, with combinations through Rewire, it may be a great companion.
It works in Windows, Mac and Linux, it looks good, it's inexpensive and has great support.
If i could bring one thing to a desert island i'd bring Renoise.Read more
Reviewed By Didas_94
July 1, 2015
this application is very powerfull...
Many plugins effects.
You could sample your VSTi.
Very Very stable.
the special feature is the Tracker, this notes editor can feel weird if you don't know tracker, but after having used it, it's like another daw just less colored and more hexa number. So for classic composer it's not necesseraly the good interface (it's more complexe to see chord and arranged)
A very very good soft for Electro composer and live Electro musician.Read more
Reviewed By excuse my arrogance!
May 23, 2015
First review, .
Using Renoise version 3.
I have used Studio One, Ableton Live, Tracktion and all had their quirks. I demoed renoise and got used to its vertical spreadsheet in a few day's and starting to apreciate the workflow more and more.
Why do i like it because i have got a recording scetchpad which is a very good sampler at the same time and can record my mic input straight into memory without setting up anything. The sampler is really well integrated in Renoise.
In fact i feel like i'm back in the days of having an AKAI S3000XL sampler in software format which was fun playing around with samples. To me Renoise feels like a recording instrument aswell.
I can load kicks snares and everything into the same sampler form the browser and tweak the samples with a sample editor cutting, normalizing fading xfading everything is there. Setting up the looppoints is abreeze when turning on the pingpong loop setting which is reversing and forwarding the loop. You can merge a stereo file into a mono file for more easy looppoints finding with the push of a button.
It is as intuitive as the workflow in Ableton live but then with good sound quality! Yes i know science has proved all DAW's sound the same, but for me it is not ableton sounds bad period. Studio one sounds ok and tracktion aswell but Renoise has got a pristine sound engine compared to them. The sound is detailed and has depth into the overall mix. When i use the same instruments (geist drums and trillian for bass) Renoise kicks ass! Renoise mixes from the 2 the best. trillian bass sounds in Renoise more detailed and sounds more pronounced beside the drums. Best sounding DAW for me see for yourselve and try to compare with your current DAW i'm sure you will hear a difference.
Renoise is a creative workhorse once you get to grip with it. Try it and try to forget the lineair approach! You may love Renoise in the end just give it some time. One good point for the tracker approach is that you miss visual reference which forces you to trust your ears over your eyes.
Only gripe i have with Renoise is that i can't record my vocals or guitar parralel to my song. I have to record it in the sampler and align it manually. I do hope that Renoise will add an option in the sampler when hitting record the transport starts at the same time so the recorded sample will play along with the song without aligning it manually.
For recording vocal phrazes the sampler is perfect for recording along the song there must be something improved.
Really enjoying Renoise, it is just plain fun to record with.