Simple Pianoroll


A simple piano roll for Renoise with many useful shortcuts. Just right click in the pattern editor and choose "Edit with Pianoroll ...". Its also possible to map this to a keyboard shortcut.

More Information / How to use it / All shortcuts:


Dragging notes currently not possible, please use arrow keys.

  • Piano roll workflow (inspired by FL piano roll)
  • It supports Renoise's native HDPI support
  • Polyphony support (automatically adds note column, if needed)
  • Note preview via Renoise inbuild OSC Server
  • Ghost Track
  • Many useful keyboard shortcuts (inspired by FL and Reason)
  • Can display notes with note cut effects and delayed ones
  • Scale highlighting can be changed (None, Minor scale, Major scale, Instrument scale, Automatic scale)
  • Many useful options to change the behavior for your own taste
  • And more...

Update history

26.07.2021 v1.8:

  • feature: add little transport buttons (play, loop and stop)
  • feature: add note row highlighting, when note is playing and preview
  • feature: add display support for Qx fx command
  • improve: add AZERTY keyboard mode
  • improve: add shading settings for piano roll
  • changed: remove playing note highlightings, when playback stopped
  • changed: note click audio preview can now be hold
  • fix: default value for display time of key info bar
  • fix: render retrigger effect on line 1 and when note length shorter 1
  • fix: wrong note highlighting, when note was shorten with cut effect
  • fix: broken centering of the grid
  • fix: crash when note instrument value is not valid

11.07.2021 v1.7:

  • feature: add "Edit with Simple Pianoroll ..." to pattern matrix context menu
  • feature: keyboard status info bar (to show current used key combos + action)
  • feature: add key repeat support (helpful for moving or transposing notes)
  • feature: new shortcut to change note length of selected notes (ctrl + left/right)
  • feature: add note rendering support for retrigger effects (Rx)
  • enhanced: change key action on release to on pressed, so shortcuts work more fluidly
  • fix: set note length via shortcut was sometimes not possible
  • fix: paste cursor for copy / cut and paste
  • fix: try to fix stuck notes, when using shortcuts
  • fix: visual state of pen mode state
  • fix: bad "00" volume value, when changing note sizes
  • add more information's to the osc client settings

24.06.2021 v1.6:

  • feature: audio preview mode: play notes on step with mode or new shortcut (ctrl+shift + click on a free spot)
  • fix: hide non used piano roll grid elements for patterns shorter than grid width
  • fix: when select all notes on a specific step, even select non visible notes above and below grid
  • fix: also process notes above and below the piano visible grid
  • enhanced: add option to disable note preview during song playback for new notes or when notes get clicked or changed
  • enhanced: refresh key modifier states, even when tool window is not in focus
  • enhanced: use official Renoise icons for same functionality (vol, dly, pan column on / off)
  • add prompt for reset to default button
  • toggle piano roll visibility via keyboard shortcut

23.06.2021 v1.5:

  • feature: add automatically scale highlighting (currently only major scales, works also for minor scales)
  • feature: add instrument scale highlighting (currently only major / minor supported)
  • feature: add customizable scale highlighting: None, Major, Minor
  • feature: add simple note hint function to show octaves and fifths of selected notes (can be disabled)
  • feature: add follow play cursor, when pattern length is greater than grid width (can be disabled)
  • feature: add some new options to change special note column behaviors
  • feature: add a small help / feedback button to preferences
  • feature: add a different keyboard rendering style: "list"
  • change: fillPianoRoll function now process all notes in a pattern, not only the visible ones
  • change: set last selection play cursor, when play from mouse position was used
  • fix: sometimes wrong note properties, when selected
  • fix: sometimes wrong rendering of note cut effects

06.06.2021 v1.4:

  • feature: change note button rendering (now possible to see note cut effects and delayed notes)
  • feature: add velocity shading for note colors in piano roll
  • fix: corrected random number gen for humanizing function
  • fix: corrected humanizing for delay
  • fix: allow changing ghost note state for selecting notes via ghost note button
  • fix: corrected click events for overlapped notes
  • fix: corrected max delay value for delay input field
  • fix: allow lowercased hex values on input fields
  • several minor fixes

24.05.2021 v1.3:

  • bugfix: disable grid size step settings (not ready yet)

23.05.2021 v1.2:

  • add preferences, so some grid and OSC settings can be changed now.
  • Vel, Pan now works with Renoise special Hex values like Z8, R4, and so on.
  • New shortcut to play from mouse cursor (CTRL+Mouse click on a free spot)
  • Some fixes

16.05.2021 v1.1:

  • add ghost note drawing / handling
  • new shortcuts for play selection
  • some minor bugfixes

15.03.2021 v1.0:

  • new match note value shortcut (alt + n)
  • fix stuck notes when using QWERTY notes play
  • several smaller fixes

21.02.2021 v0.9:

  • render odd bars darker
  • simple mute / unmute notes (alt+m / alt+shift+m)
  • add own QWERTY playing for piano roll
  • allow words bar and beat for note length input
  • some fixes

19.02.2021 v0.8:

  • new shortcuts to set note length (ctrl + 1..9)
  • new shortcuts to double or halve note length (ctrl + 0 / ctrl + shift + 0)
  • bugfix: wrong current instrument when pattern is empty

15.02.2021 v0.7:

  • block loops are now visible in piano roll
  • invert selection (new shortcut)
  • quick chop (new shortcut)
  • enable / disable note preview button
  • pen mode button
  • single note can now be deselected via ctrl
  • scale (dbl/hlv) can now be used on selections
  • notes can now be selected via piano keyboard control (using ctrl and click one of the keys)
  • several fixes

08.02.2021 v0.6:

  • copy, paste, cut shortcuts
  • fix for note overlapping
  • simple humanize button for velocity, pan and delay
  • ghost track
  • some changes, so it can be uploaded to the official tool page
  • show some hints in Renoise statusbar when doing some commands like cut, paste and more
  • some more fixes

03.02.2021 v0.5:

  • new duplicate notes shortcut (ctrl+b)
  • move selected notes left / right
  • added a timeline
  • improved volume / pan and delay column controls, values can now be set for selected notes
  • piano roll correctly refresh now on undo or when the pattern get changed outside the piano roll
  • there are now better undo descriptions for several cases
  • many bugfixes

28.01.2021 v0.4:

  • improved readme on github with more infos about possible mouse and keyboard actions
  • improved piano roll rendering dramatically (Renoise Viewbuilder bug?)
  • improved centering piano grid for patterns with notes
  • add shortcuts to transpose notes in scale (currently A minor / C major hardcoded)
  • add selecting notes via rectangle selection
  • add ctrl+a for selecting all visible notes
  • scrolling vertically is now possible with keyboard
  • several bugfixes

26.01.2021 v0.3:

  • add buttons for quickly change note length
  • automatically add and hide columns
  • fix broken note off handling, when deleting notes
  • add current version number to main window


Renoise VersionRelease Date
com.duftetools.SimplePianoroll V0.703.2Feb 18th, 2021
com.duftetools.SimplePianoroll V1.803.3Jul 26th, 2021

Installation: Drop the Tool File (.xrnx) on a Renoise window to install.

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