http://forum.renoise.com/index.php?/top ... e__st__400Well, Pattern XP... I was excited when I first heard about it, seemed like a brillant feature addition, but *sigh* ...
Unfortunately this is a feature which has been implemented in a completely wrong way. Already the extra window with a checkbox tree is awkward, there should have been up/down arrows in the top row showing the machine names and (just as in Renoise) plus/minus buttons to display/hide parameter columns. But the main flaw is that it doesn't show the contents of other machine's own patterns at the current song position, as one would expect (like it can be arranged in Buzé), but instead it offers to combine multiple machines in one pattern. May seem not that different on first sight. But then these patterns have exactly the structure we want to get rid of in Renoise. In sequencer view the information which machines occur in a particular pattern is obscured. Using this feature makes things even worse than in Renoise, because several patterns playing alongside each other can have access to the same machine, and the notes coming from different patterns at the same time will cancel their competitors out or cut each other off. As the setup which machines are used can even change in every single pattern, this whole concept has a tremendous potential for confusion.
It just contradicts the original song structure model of Buzz, which we mentioned here again and again being the one to go after for Renoise. It's a pity. The way it actually should have been done is to offer a zoomed-in sequence view, where the actual content of each pattern is visible (as suggested in "Zoomable pattern editor" thread here). This would also show what happens beyond pattern borders, a very nice touch in Renoise.
I just look at the success that FL Studio has had, they must be making millions of pounds a year in profit - if Oskari could dedicate more time to Buzz, he could turn it into something incredible, like FL Studio is, only better (i.e. not 'like' FL Studio in terms of how it works, as successful as FL Studio is).