NanoStudio 2 by Blip Interactive Ltd (iPad)
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Released: Dec 7, 2018
Version: 2.0.1
Size: 252 MB
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NanoStudio 2

Blip Interactive Ltd
NanoStudio 2 is a powerful music production environment for recording, synthesis, sampling, arranging, editing and mixing. It’s the successor to the original NanoStudio, an app held in high regard by musicians for many years for its usability, quality and productivity.

NanoStudio 2 builds upon the same design principles as its predecessor and introduces a huge range of extra features. An all-new audio engine delivers truly professional sound quality, highly optimized to handle complex projects with large numbers of instruments and effects.

NanoStudio 2 also hosts external Audio Unit (AUv3) instruments and audio/MIDI effects. A library of all your AU instruments and presets is maintained so they’re tagged, searchable and just as accessible as NanoStudio’s own internal instruments.

Obsidian is NanoStudio’s built-in synth. It has 3 oscillators with 16 note polyphony and 7 different synthesis methods including analogue, wavetable, FM, multi-saw and phase distortion. It also supports samples and multisamples which may be split by note or velocity. Obsidian has 18 different filter types, including resonant analogue, super clean digital, formant, comb and waveshaping. Nearly every parameter can be modulated via the synth’s 5 envelopes, 5 LFOs and 10 configurable macro controllers, and modulation connections can be assigned with just a few taps. 300 factory patches are supplied with macros set up and ready to go. It’s easy to create your own patches and there are many more professionally produced patches available as IAP.

Slate is NanoStudio’s second built-in instrument, a sample/synthesis-based performance pad which makes it easy to tap out drum beats. Slate comes with 500 quality factory samples ranging from multisampled acoustic drums with natural variations through to cutting-edge electronic percussion and effects. 50 factory kits are include, and it’s easy to construct your own drum kits using the factory samples or your own. Slate can also be used with samples of just about anything: vocals, guitar riffs, synth pads – you name it.

There are powerful editors for song arrangement, MIDI, automation and samples. All share a consistent user interface so you’ll be up to speed with them and making music in no time.

A fully-featured sequencer supports tempo and time signature tracks (including tempo ramps) and Ableton Link.

Everything’s brought together by a mixer with unlimited tracks, track grouping and audio/MIDI sends. Tracks may have an unlimited number of insert effects with 11 built-in effects to choose from including reverb, sidechain compressor/expander, EQ with spectrum analysis, look-ahead limiter, delay, exciter, chorus, flanger and phaser. You can add AU audio/MIDI effects to the chain and use them just like an internal effect.

There are many mixdown options available with quality settings up to 32 bit/96kHz and support for file formats including wav, aiff, ogg and M4A. You can mixdown track stems in a single operation or select just a region of the song - great for resampling.

NanoStudio supports Audiobus and has many options for file sharing via the iOS Files app, Dropbox, AudioShare, iTunes File Sharing, AirDrop, email, WebDAV and importing music from your iTunes library.

Develop your initial musical ideas through to a final master with an intuitive workflow designed to get things done.

What's new in version 2.0.1
- Now supports Audiobus
- Display layout optimized for all iPad Pro models
- Added modulation wheel controller to AU and External MIDI instruments
- Now recognizes all MIDI effect AUs
- Various fixes and workarounds for improved AU compatibility
- Note release responds to sustain (hold) pedal controllers
- Added Bluetooth pairing dialogue to Settings/MIDI page
- Added a virtual MIDI input port
- Improved accuracy of recorded points when recording real-time controller movements
- Real-time rendering is performed at current hardware sample rate
- Added spectrum analyzer to Slate bus EQs
- Touch velocity mode is now available in all Slate layout types (ie. all pad sizes)
- Improved legibility of small fonts

There are many more improvements, fixes and tweaks in this version. Please visit the Blip Interactive forums or refer to the in-app user manual for the full list.
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Our verdict: Ok
  • + NanoStudio 2 is a highly rated app (4.5-star).
  • + It is currently 17% off its regular price.
  • The app is pricier than similar apps available on the App Store.
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