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 (UDP, Port 8000 currently hardcoded)
  • Ghost Track
  • Many useful keyboard shortcuts (inspired by FL and Reason)

Update history

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 V1.003.3Mar 15th, 2021

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

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