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01Tra­di­tion­ally in track­ers, sam­ples that were trig­gered be­fore the pat­tern you were currently edit­ing wouldn’t play un­less you re­turned to the pat­tern they were trig­gered on and lis­tened all the way through that pat­tern again. To mit­i­gate this, Renoise has the Au­toseek but­ton, which can be found in the Sam­ple Prop­er­ties.

02Un­leash your in­ner Brian Eno and in­tro­duce an el­e­ment of ran­dom­ness to your mu­sic with the MaYbe com­mand. Us­ing the Y Ef­fects Com­mand, you can set the prob­a­bil­ity of whether any par­tic­u­lar note will play. Us­ing the com­mand with the prob­a­bil­ity set to 00 is em­ployed across mul­ti­ple lines to force only one of a num­ber of pre-de­fined notes to play.

03In­side the Sampler tab, you can un­cover Renoise’s built-in Slice tool, which lets you di­vide up your sam­ples into smaller com­po­nents. One com­mon use for this is to par­ti­tion a drum loop into in­di­vid­ual drum hits. Hit the Slice but­ton and place your mark­ers, or use the Auto-slice but­ton for beat or tran­sient de­tec­tion. Renoise au­to­mat­i­cally as­signs the slices to Key­zones.

04One of the more pow­er­ful features in Renoise can be found in its nested track group­ing. While good for or­gan­is­ing your tracks, ef­fects placed at the group level af­fect all tracks be­low it. Cru­cially, you can nest mul­ti­ple groups in­side an­other group and you can con­tinue to do this up to six lay­ers deep, open­ing up a world of pos­si­bil­i­ties and awe­some flex­i­bil­ity.

05In the Mod­u­la­tion sec­tion of the Sampler tab, you can cre­ate com­plex mod­u­la­tion for ba­sic sam­ple pa­ram­e­ters such as vol­ume, pitch, fre­quency cut­off, res­o­nance and drive. Each mod­u­la­tion de­vice is placed in se­quence and af­fects the next by the type of op­er­and se­lected be­tween them. Time spent here can reap sig­nif­i­cant sonic re­wards.

06Ef­fects Com­mands sep­a­rate track­ers from other DAWs, so know­ing them is es­sen­tial to un­lock­ing the power of Renoise. Com­mands per­form tasks, from ma­nip­u­lat­ing sam­ple au­dio (trig­ger­ing sam­ple off­sets or por­ta­mento glides) to au­tomat­ing track ef­fects and even con­trol­ling song play­back. Click Help

» List Pat­tern Ef­fect Com­mands to see them all.

07One of the most rev­o­lu­tion­ary features in Renoise is the Phrase

Ed­i­tor, found in the Sampler tab. Here you can cre­ate any­thing from a sin­gle hit, chord or arpeg­gio, to a break­beat or com­plex har­mony. Th­ese pitch- and vol­ume-in­de­pen­dent Phrases are then trig­gered as you would do any other in­stru­ment in the main Pat­tern Ed­i­tor.

08Gain quick and easy ac­cess to your favourite mod­u­la­tion and FX pa­ram­e­ters by as­sign­ing them to one of eight Macro knobs. Mul­ti­ple pa­ram­e­ters can be as­signed to the same knob, mean­ing you can, for ex­am­ple, si­mul­ta­ne­ously shorten the length of a sam­ple while in­creas­ing its re­verb. The re­sults can then be recorded into the pat­tern as au­to­ma­tion.

09With the mul­ti­tude of na­tive ef­fects, meta and rout­ing de­vices on of­fer (and their as­so­ci­ated pa­ram­e­ters), it can be hard to keep track of your favourite com­bi­na­tions. When you find some­thing you like, pack it into a sin­gle Doofer (other DAWs call them racks) and save it as a pre­set. There’s the added bonus that Doofers also come with their own macro con­trols.

Get a grip on mul­ti­ple tracks in your project by nest­ing groups in­side groups – you can go up to six lay­ers deep!

Renoise takes the hard work out of slic­ing sam­ples

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