Found at the top-left of the Renoise interface, the Transport Panel allows you to control song playback and alter other relevant global options.
- Start playing the song or pattern.
- Toggle Edit Mode. With Edit Mode enabled, all notes played via the keyboard are recorded into the pattern/phrase. Notes can be recorded into the Pattern Editor while the song is stopped or as it is playing (if Pattern Follow is on).
- Toggle Pattern Follow mode. When enabled, the cursor will follow the playback position down the pattern as the song plays. This allows you to record "live", inserting notes at the current point in the song. When disabled, you can freely move the cursor around as the song plays, inserting notes and making edits wherever you like (most useful with pattern looping on).
- Block Loop: This causes a section of the current pattern to be looped and works independent of the full pattern loop option. The value box to the right allows you to adjust the exact fraction size of the looping section. If you need to concentrate on recording and editing only a small section of a pattern, then this option can be very useful.
- Sync: Sets the clock source that Renoise will synchronize to. Internal: No external source is used. MIDI Clock: Use the external MIDI Clock Slave chosen in the Preferences. Ableton Link: Use other Ableton Link peers on your wireless network. Only active if other peers exist, whereupon the number of peers will be listed in the drop-down menu. If Renoise is unable to reliably detect the actual output latency then a custom offset can be set in the Audio panel of the Preferences menu.
- Beats per Minute: The current tempo of the song, also known as BPM. As well as whole numbers, the value box can accept numbers with a decimal point, e.g. 125.5. To do this, double click on the value box and enter a new BPM value with the keyboard. To adjust the tempo as the song is playing, you can use the Effect Command ZTxx, where xx is the new BPM in hexadecimal. This can also be automated on the Master Track. If a MIDI Clock Slave has been set up, a new toggle button for it will appear here.
- Lines per Beat: This changes the number of lines in the Pattern Editor that make up a musical beat. The higher the LPB, the greater the resolution available to you for editing notes, effects and automation. This can be also be adjusted as the song is playing via the Effect Command ZLxx, where xx is the new LPB value in hexadecimal. This can also be automated on the Master Track.
- Computer Keyboard Velocity: When enabled, the computer keyboard will play and record notes at the velocity set in the value box. When disabled, only notes will be inserted, leaving the existing velocity value untouched.
- Keyboard Octave: The current octave of both the computer keyboard and external MIDI keyboard. Moving this value up and down alters the octave of the notes played and hence their pitch.
- Selected Instrument: If the Instrument Selector is hidden then the currently selected instrument will be displayed here instead. The drop-down menu can be used to select from the list of available instruments.