Renoise 2.6 running on Mac OS X
Original author(s) Eduard Müller (Taktik) and Zvonko Tesic (Phazze)
Developer(s) Eduard Müller (Taktik), Lucio Asnaghi (kRAkEn/gORe) and Erik Jälevik
Initial release 2002 (2002)
Stable release
3.1 / January 12, 2016 (2016-01-12)
Operating system Windows, Mac OS X, Linux
Type Digital Audio Workstation, Tracker
License Proprietary

Renoise is a digital audio workstation (DAW) based upon the heritage and development of tracker software. Its primary use is the composition of music using sound samples, soft synths, and effects plug-ins. It is also able to interface with MIDI and OSC equipment. The main difference between Renoise and other music software is the characteristic vertical timeline sequencer used by tracking software.


Renoise was originally written from the code of another tracker called NoiseTrekker, made by Juan Antonio Arguelles Rius (Arguru). The then unnamed Renoise project was initiated by Eduard Müller (Taktik) and Zvonko Tesic (Phazze) during December 2000. The development team planned to take tracking software into a new standard of quality, enabling tracking scene composers to make audio of the same quality as other existing professional packages, while still keeping the proven layout that originated with Soundtracker in 1987.[1][2] By early 2002 stable versions (such as 1.27) were available. Over the years the development team has grown to distribute the tasks of testing, administrative, support and web duties among several people.[3]


Renoise currently runs under recent versions of Windows (DirectSound or ASIO), Mac OS X (Core Audio) and Linux (ALSA or JACK).[4] Renoise has a long list of features, including full MIDI and MIDI sync support, VST 2.0 plugin support, ASIO multi I/O cards support, integrated sampler and sample editor, internal real-time DSP effects with unlimited number of effects per track, master and send tracks, full automation of all commands, Hi-Fi wav/aiff rendering (up to 32-bit, 96 kHz), Rewire support, etc.

Supported sample formats


Supported effects standards


Renoise also features a Signal Follower and cross-track routing.[5] The Signal Follower analyzes the audio output of a track and automates user-specified parameters based on the values it generates. Cross-track routing sends the automation of any Meta Device to any track. Computer Music magazine considered the combination of these two features to "open up some incredibly powerful control possibilities", and demonstrated how the signal triggered by a drum loop could control the filter cutoff frequency on a bass sound.[5]

Renoise includes many features such as an arranging tool called the "pattern matrix", full cross-track modulation routing, built-in effects including a signal-follower metadevice that allows sidechain functionality, automatic softsynth-to-sample instrument rendering, and improved MIDI mapping.[6]


Renoise is available as either a demo or a commercial version. The demo version excludes rendering to .WAV, ASIO support in Windows (DirectSound only) and a few other features. Also, the demo version has nag screens. The commercial version includes high quality WAV rendering (up to 32 bit 96 kHz) and ASIO support. The commercial version is notably cheaper than competitive digital audio workstations (DAWs) such as Ableton Live and Propellerhead Reason while meeting many of the same needs.


The Renoise development team works with the Renoise user community online to pool ideas for new features. By registering, a user is permitted to download beta versions of the software and can contribute to the bug testing and feature improvement phase before the final release.

With the introduction of Lua scripting in version 2.6, users can expand Renoise. They are encouraged to share their work on the centralized Renoise Tools page.[7]

On 22 December 2013, Renoise 3 entered beta stage[8] and the final 3.0 version was released on 11 April 2014.

On 9 October 2015, Renoise 3.1[9] entered beta stage[10] and was released on 12 January 2016.

XRNS file format

The XRNS file format is native to Renoise. It is based on the XML standard, and is readable in a normal text editor. This open XML-based file format also makes it possible for anyone to develop 3rd party applications and other systems in order to manipulate file content.

3rd party tools

A project for creating PHP scripts utilities for needed advanced edit tasks has been set at SourceForge: XRNS-PHP project

In August 2007, a functional XRNS2MIDI script was published in version 0.11 by Renoise team member Bantai. It enables Renoise users, via an external frontend, to convert native songs into regular MIDI files (.mid) and thus exporting their work for use in conventional piano-roll sequencers such as Cubase or Reason.[11]

Since version 2.6, it is possible to extend Renoise capabilities by writing plugins in the Lua programming language. A specific tools site has been created to showcase these. Almost any aspect of the program, except realtime audio data mangling, can be scripted using the native Renoise Lua API.

See also


  1. MusicRadar Staff (2009-04-02). "Renoise Software Renoise 2.0". Music tech reviews. Retrieved 2011-02-20. A great tracker that everyone can and should try
  2. "Taktik and Phazze interview". No Error. 2002-08-03. Archived from the original on 2002-08-03. Retrieved 2011-02-20.
  3. "Renoise - Credits".
  4. "Renoise for Linux". Linux Journal. Retrieved 2008-02-04.
  5. 1 2 "Totally Trackers: Hot cross fun". Computer Music. Future Publishing (152): 76. June 2010.
  6. "What's new in Renoise 2.5".
  7. "Renoise 2.6 Could Set New Bar for Control, Customization, Openness". Create Digital Music.
  8. "Renoise 3.0 release notes".
  9. "Release Note For Renoise 3.1".
  10. "Renoise 3.1 Beta".
  11. "XRNS2MIDI: Translates Renoise songs into MIDI format". XRNS-PHP.
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