Renoise v1.8 beta (Pc/Mac/Universal)

Renoise 1.8 Beta is now available.
Over 70 improvements and new features have been added!

Renoise is the next generation of music tracker software, combining studio quality sound and virtually infinite expandability with a clear and concise interface putting every parameter and option literally at your fingertips!

While using proven music tracker concepts and technology with a pedigree running back to the days of the Amiga, Renoise supports MIDI and embraces modern and limitless VST/VSTi plugin technologies, therefore achieving power and precision every electronic musician has been dreaming of, all in one affordable piece of software

Through over 5 years of development we listened to our users, implementing their suggestions and considering their complaints. The result; powerful and reliable music software that suits your needs

INTERFACE: Quick, consise and user friendly, offering the information you need, exactly when you need it, fully configurable, allowing you to truly personalise your working environment.

MIDI: Full MIDI and MIDI sync (master/slave modes) support. Will fit right in with your current studio setup.

VST PLUGIN AND VST INSTRUMENTS: Renoise offers full support for VST 2.0 technology, including synths, effects and DSP processors, allowing near infinite expandability.

ASIO SUPPORT: ASIO multi I/O cards support, giving users extremely low audio latency and the ability to route tracks to the hardware channels.

SAMPLER: Integrated sampler and sample editor with full sample editing capabilities and high quality playback (32-bit floating point, interpolated).

INSTRUMENT EDITOR: Integrated instrument editor with graphical envelopes, allowing users to tailor the playback of samples and sample collections for their specific needs.

DSP EFFECTS: Real-time DSP engine with internal effects (reverb, echo/delay, compressor, distortion, flanger, phaser, EQ...) with unlimited number of effects per track.

MASTER AND SEND TRACKS: Unique send and master tracks, allowing users to apply full effect chains to any and all tracks of their choosing. Want to EQ all 50 tracks with little cpu workload increase? Not a problem.

AUTOMATION: Automation of effects, instruments, VST and MIDI via curved envelopes. A comfortably visual way of altering parameters over time.

HI-FI WAV RENDERER: 32-bit, 96 kHz, 2 quality modes (near perfect and perfect), with ability to render each track into separate file. Perfect for mastering.

FILE FORMATS: Imports and plays most popular song / module / instrument / sample formats.

Renoise is a self-contained music studio in one solid software package. When you register, you get many features available to registred users only;

* A professional quality wav renderer (export/render to wav)
* Full ASIO support
* A fully realised manual detailing every aspect of the software
* Fast and friendly user support
* A chance to suggest and vote for new features
* Beta test the new features you voted for!

Other than these obvious traits, you can sleep well at night, knowing you supported our hard work and let us know how much you appreciate the results of our labor. We put over three years of development into this software to make sure you were served the very best. Three hard years of hard hard work. You as a musician will never have to suffer through such a development process, and honestly you shouldn't care - as long as the product you are using is solid.

Our team is always expanding and currently counts 7 members, a guarantee that this project will stay in development for many years to come and won't fade away like so many have. Many tracker projects promised the world, but were developed too slowly or were simply abandoned. Your goal as a musician should be composing music; not listening to empty promises and waiting for their fruition. So here is what we offer. True reliability!

We understand the contemporary realm of audio equipment and software and the many, sometimes obscene, expenses it forces on the modern musician. We believe music is a right, not a privilege: Our current selling price is a staggering €49,99* Euro (excl. VAT), including one full version upgrade! We challenge you to find a package offering features in the same range as Renoise at a comparable price! Even a set of audio cables can be less affordable than this!

Highlights: Mixer, Recording, Line-In Device, Full Undo/Redo, Open Fileformat

* Added a Mixer, for a fast access and total control of all used DSP effects and volume levels within Renoise. DSP effects can be easily accessed and modified (copied/pasted/ moved/deleted by keyboard shortcuts or drag'n'drop). Mini sliders (DSP parameter controls) can be optionally shown in the mixer strips for those DSP devices parameters, that you want to control via the Mixer. All components of the Mixer (mute/solo, panning, faders, volume, routings) can be hidden to get a better overview.
* Introduced PRE/POST volume/pans: All tracks have now two sets of volume/pan parameters: The first one (PRE) is automatable, and will be applied prior to all other DSPs (how it used to be in earlier versions). The second one (POST) is not automatable, and was introduced for the final mixing/mastering process: It will be appied after all DSP devices, giving you the final control of the tracks volume without having to worry about already created automations.
All volume and pan parameters can also be MIDI mapped.
* Recording in the SampleEditor, which allows to create new samples on the fly, directly in Renoise. Signals can be either recorded cleanly (with no DSP FX), or be routed in realtime through any tracks DSP chain.
* Added a "#Line-In Device" (registered users only), which allows you to directly route any of your soundcards physical input into a DSP chain in Renoise.
* Undo/redo is now available for all operations (with no exception).
* New open (XML) file format for all exported Renoise files (except samples). To view the XML files for songs or the other documents, simply open the newly saved files with an unzip tool. Songs and instruments are still self contained, so nothing (except the new file extensions) has changed for those who do not want/need to edit/view the file contents. The new open file format will allow third party developers to easily write extension (Instrument or Pattern generators) or converters (from / to other file formats) for Renoise.
* Unicode support: If you have the "Arial Unicode MS" font installed, nearly all characters you can think of can now be displayed in Renoise (for example in the Disk Browser). Japanese characters are supported without the "Arial Unicode MS" font, as soon as you have installed the operating systems default fonts for Japan language support.
* Patterns can now be rendered into separate files as well (registered users only). This way you can easily create sample loops out of your songs, to use them in other programs.

Audio Engine Improvements: Smoother, Faster, better Routing

* Smoother automations, processed per tick instead of per lines, giving you at TPB 6, 6 times smoother parameter changes than before
* Tight BPMs to improve compatibility with other Software, when using exported/rendered samples from Renoise: BPMs are now played back exactly as they where typed in. In previous versions, the BPM was quantized to tick resolutions.
* Higher volume resolution in the volume column: 0-0x7f,0x80, instead of 0-0x40
* The tick delay (DX) and tick note cut command (FX) can now be specified in the volume and/or panning column.
* Changes in routing sheme (good ones): All tracks are now by default routed to the master track (not the first physical stereo channel of your sound card), which allows you to easily change the routing for all tracks by just changing the routing of the master track.
* Virtually unlimited number of samples per instrument
* Added a CPU overload prevention option in the Audio preferences: When active, the player will automatically panic and stop when reaching a specific,configurable CPU amount for a specific, configurable time

VST(i) Improvements

* Renoise is now compatible to the new VST 2.4 standard
* Improved VST timing (VSTS with own Sequencer should run more reliable row...)
* The DSP list got a "search box", so that you can quickly access VSTs or native Effects

Pattern Editor Improvement

* Pattern syntax highlighting: Volume/Pan/Offset/Pitch effects can now be shown in different colors in the Pattern.
* Tracks can now be cloned (including all pattern data or not)

Sample Editor

* Added a "Snap to Zero" option, for selections and loop based operations
* Better keyboard navigation support: You can now control, view and edit in the sample editor without touching the mouse.

Disk Browser

* Flac, Ogg, MP3 and M4A files can now be previewed in the DiskBrowsers "Sample" section. To preview or load MP3 and M4A, Quicktime 7.0 must be installed.
* Samples can be viewed and loaded directly out of XRNS songs
* All filetypes that Renoise can read, are now visible in all Browser categories.
* Multiple samples or instruments can now be loaded at once, by holding down the Shift key while selecting entries in the Browser, or holding down Shift while navigating the Diskbrowser via the arrow keys. To create a multi sample instrument, drag and drop the selected samples into the sample slots of an instrument.

GUI Improvements

* Keyboard focus: Sub parts of the GUI, like the automation views or the Disk Brower can now have exclusive keyboard focus, which means that you no longer need to press magic modifier combinations to access simple tasks like directory / file browsing.

By default, everything will work as it used to be. To enable the new focus behavior, you either have to click on the to be focussed sections with the middle mouse button, or by holding down the Alt key while clicking. Even in focused mode, there still exist a lot of global keyboard shortcuts. When for example the Patterneditor is focused, nearly all old key combinations will work as usual.

Note that "shift" is now used everywhere to start and modify selections. To change instruments quickly use "Alt" + the Arrow keys instead of "Shift" and the arrows.

You can also set (advance) the keyboard focus via the Control+Tab (Windows) or Option+Tab shortcuts without having to touch the mouse.
* View snapshots: The global view layout (which parts of the GUI are visible or hidden, which editors are selected) can now be stored/recalled via a single keyboard key hit. There are 7 presets available, which can be by default stored/recalled via F1-F7.
* Added a window menu on top of the interface
* Advanced Edit operations are now in a collapsible side panel next to the Pattern Editor
* The preferences are now in a separate dialog, which can be accessed from the window menu
* All automations (of Tracks or Instruments) can now be zoomed in/out to allow easier navigation/editing in large patterns. You can now also select / copy and paste parts of the envelopes by either using the mouse or the new keyboard shortcuts, as soon as the automations are focused.

And even more...

* The Keyjazz option (polyphone/monophone note input) is back: You can now en/disable polyphone recording of notes in the transport section.
* Added a dialog to show a summary of all MIDI mappings that are currently set.
* The DSP and automation list views and the VST drowdowns have now a quick-find field, which lets you show only entries which match the given search string
* The custom or default keyboard shortcuts can now be printed from within any browser. Press the new "Print" button in the keyboard preference pane to do so.
* Added a "Mute Src" option for the native Delay DSP effect, to use in send tracks without playing back the dry signal
* Added a command to skip loading the song template when creating a new song (Ctrl + Shift + N)
* Increased the maximum beat sync value to 512
* Added a color picker to the theme preferences and a bunch of new texture sets
* Moved the song comment view into a dialog
* "Follow automations on song position changes" is now a preference
* The "Record MIDI Note Offs" option has been removed from the MIDI preferences. This option is now always on.
* Some old advanced edit operations (like Delete Instruments) can now be found in the Edit window menu.