[LAA] Renoise 2.7 BETA - Back To Beats

Dac Chartrand dac at renoise.com
Sun Mar 13 18:26:10 UTC 2011


March 13th, 2011 - The metronome swings back. Renoise 2.7 transitions from the developer-heavy focus of the previous release to more musical concerns such as Sampling, Instruments, Automation, and Native DSPs.

As part of a beta promotion, Renoise 2.7 is available at €40 for new users. We're lowering the entry barrier to our beta cycle, known as the feature improvement phase before the final release. Already registered? Then why not bump your version for €32 in the Backstage?


Renoise's internal instruments have been re-engineered. The focal point is a new keyzone editor that supports overlapping, velocity, and key release mappings. The Sample Keyzones editor brings with it user interface refinements, improved drumkit generation, better tuning options, new sample properties, and loop modes. Live instrumentalists can also tap into new realtime rendering modes and MIDI input routing, making Renoise on a laptop a formidable replacement for your old sampler.

New Slice Markers push Renoise's breakbeat insanity one step further. With the click of a button, your break is sliced and keymapped. Amens away! More than just a beatslicer, creatives will soon discover custom offsets and the power of aliases for controlling longer recordings like vocals and soundscapes.

The revamped Automation Editor now provides a zoomable overview of the entire song, as well as vastly improved envelope resolution. Navigating is smooth, dragging and drawing easier, so simple yet so useful.

Internal FX get an injection of winning with a new Comb Filter and a Multiband Send that lets you surgically redirect a single sound source to 3 send tracks. New draggable gain and frequency handles in the native EQs add flavour and finesse to the tools. Other changes include improvements to DSSI, MIDI optimizations, hardware-compatible solo mode, adjustable audio headroom, pre-count, ameliorations to the Lua API, and numerous other changes in every aspect of the app; no stone was left unturned in this release.

Full changelog with screenshots here:

* http://www.renoise.com/new


In the last Renoise iteration the core dev team included: Eduard Müller (Taktik), who may have worked on version one of some other Berlin based DAW. Erik Jälevik, whose previous gig was lead C++ programmer at Last.fm, and his prize-winning university project "Beatrak - An Application for Automatic Beat Tracking and Cataloguing of Music Collections" ain't too shabby. Lucio Asnaghi (kRAkEn/gORe), a seasoned Linux developer whose other work include Jost, the Jucetice project, and more.

Welcome to the newest contributor: Kieran Foster, aka dblue, aka author of the dblue/illformed Glitch VST. Kieran has been the official Renoise support liaison for the last year and is relocating to Berlin to brainstorm and work with the others at Renoise HQ. Interesting times ahead!


Renoise is a sophisticated music sequencer and audio processing application for Windows, Macintosh, and Linux. It's a unique all-in-one music production environment for your personal computer.

Renoise's rock-solid stability makes it ideal as a live jamming tool. You can map almost every part of the interface to a MIDI controller, run your guitar through a Line-In Device and distort it with native effects, or just use it as a drum machine; a sampler on steroids.

Renoise's open API allows programmers to easily extend Renoise. With a few lines of code you can add the features or tools that you always wanted but never dared to ask for.

Renoise is based on mod trackers. Mod trackers are characterized by displaying and editing music in an easily understood grid known as a pattern. These patterns are akin to sheet music, but are displayed alphanumerically instead of with musical notation.

Renoise boasts full ReWire and Jack support, FX and instrument VST/AU/LADSPA/DSSI plug-in support, automatic plug-in delay compensation, multi-core load balancing, MIDI I/O, OpenSoundControl, audio recording, flexible audio output, graphical & numerical parameter automation, modular parameter routing, and much more.

Due to its keyboard driven workflow, it makes the creation of desktop music far quicker than in a traditional MIDI-based sequencer. For experienced users, and those who don't necessarily want to be bound to piano roll systems to make music, it offers a refreshing approach to composing and is one of the most efficient ways to do so using a computer.

Instead of spending hours cobbling beats together with a mouse, why not do it in seconds with just a few keystrokes in Renoise? Whether you're an audio veteran or just starting out, Renoise is a fantastic addition to any bedroom or professional studio.

Got laptop? Use Renoise.

* http://www.renoise.com

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