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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