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.
With six years development behind it, NanoStudio 2 builds upon the same design principles that made its predecessor so popular and then takes a quantum leap with a massive range of extra features and a new audio engine delivering truly professional sound quality. Everything is optimized for CPU efficiency, so complex projects with many instruments and effects are handled with ease.
This is a complete in-the-box solution to production, enabling you to develop your initial musical ideas right through to a final master with an intuitive workflow carefully designed to get things done.
NanoStudio 2 is a fully featured host for external Audio Unit (AUv3) instruments and audio/MIDI effects. A library of all your AU instruments and presets is maintained so they’re in one place – tagged, searchable and just as accessible as NanoStudio’s own internal instruments.
This leads to Obsidian, NanoStudio’s synth, which is definitely no afterthought. Obsidian is a 3 oscillator 16 note polyphonic instrument with 7 different synthesis methods available for each oscillator, including analogue, wavetable, FM, multi-saw and phase distortion. You’re not limited to synthesis as there’s also support for samples and multisamples, 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 IAPs.
NanoStudio’s second internal instrument is Slate, 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 variation through to cutting-edge electronic percussion and effects. Its samples are arranged in 50 factory drum kits to get you started, 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.
For composing and arranging there are powerful fully featured editors for songs, MIDI parts, automation and samples. All editors share a clean and consistent user interface which means you’ll be up to speed with them in no time.
The sequencer supports tempo and time signature tracks (including tempo ramps) and Ableton Link.
Everything’s brought together by a mixer with unlimited tracks, arbitrary track grouping and audio/MIDI sends. Tracks can have an unlimited number of insert effects and there are 11 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.
Sharing options include the iOS Files app, Dropbox, AudioShare, iTunes File Sharing, AirDrop, email, and importing from your iTunes music library. It’s a breeze to share multiple files in a single operation as NanoStudio automatically handles zip files for you.
There’s also a built-in WebDAV server for full control and backup of your files using any desktop computer or WebDAV client.
Ratings and Reviews
Played with this this thing for 15 minutes and I can tell you: it’s a monster. The original was probably my favorite music app, so I’m a bit biased, but even as a guy who has bought Korg Gadget and all of its add-ons (except for Lisbon), I can see that this app already has nearly all of Gadget’s functionality, and audio tracks are on the way. Even now, the app can handle samples of up to 2 HOURS LONG. I’m not super-concerned about audio tracks, that being the case.
As for the interface, it’s more complex than the original, but that’s due to the INSANE number of features it possesses. Considering the number of controls you have on each page, this thing is practically a magnum opus of streamlining design. BM3 won’t be able to keep up.
The dev is one man, working alone, and he’s made a DAW killer on iOS. Give him your money!
Man - this was 100% worth the wait!!
I used to love this application, and tried to find a replacement when it no longer worked. I contacted the developer and he mentioned he was working on it and it would be available “soon” well here it! This is the best money you are going to spend on an iPad production tool! I haven’t checked yet - but I am hoping that the desktop version is still available on his site!
I have used SO MANY MUSIC TOOLS!!! (I mean seriously - I think I have a problem lol) and this one just blows me away!
Keep up the excellent work! And if you are on the fence about this product - get off of it, buy it and start making music already! I do intend to do a full review once I get more familiar with the way this version works, but thus far - AWESOME!!!!!
I haven’t used the first generation ns but so far this meets all my needs & expectations. Having cut my teeth on GarageBand and eventually Cubasis, Auria and Music Studio I expected more of the same. What really blew me away was being able to change Tempo and time signature. Having fun again thanks to quick and logical layout. Obsidian and Slate onboard instruments are very nice. I’ll be looking forward to ability to audio record Vocal & Guitar which I understand will be available in 2019.
I had a question which I posted in the user discussion site and got a reply within five minutes. That is amazing
- Blip Interactive Ltd
- 261.9 MB
- Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © 2018 Blip Interactive Ltd
- In-App Purchases
- FREE Launch Pack Free
- HipHop & Trap 1 $5.99
- Industrial 1 $5.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.