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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

4.6 out of 5
18 Ratings
18 Ratings
Fruitbat1919 ,

Really stable out of the gates

No app has every feature you want, so why five stars? Surely all apps have room for improvement? Yes, they do. I would like:

Mini timeline.
AU midi app record to timeline.
Keys or a note button on AU fx screen to test when using the onscreen keyboard.
Project save to iCloud.

But the thing is what is there, works so well! Not one crash in my first day of use! Really stable and easy to use.

Audio tracks haven’t been much of a problem for how I will use this app - writing new tracks with the stellar sounds and the odd AU synth, then exporting the audio and midi to another app for expansion and mixing.

All in all, NS2 is a pleasure to use and does a fantastic job getting a piece of music started and ready for the next step.
Some however will be able to make music from start to finish on this app depending on their needs - great app, deserves to do well.

Bygjohn ,

Beware! No Audiobus support

NanoStudio 1 had Audiobus support, this doesn’t, and according to a forum reply it may never have it. Said reply says it’s been mentioned in other forum threads, all of which seem to have disappeared from the support site since NS2's launch.

In all the app description it doesn’t mention that it’s been removed. I wouldn’t have spent thick end of thirty quid on it if I’d known. In the gap between NS1 (which I loved) and NS2 I’ve been waiting eagerly for the new version, and also using a lot more app combinations via Audiobus. What’s the point of having Ableton Link and MIDI if you can’t route and mix the audio with other apps?

Seriously disappointed.

Pianoyan ,

Time sig and tempo changes. Ridiculously good!

First time on iOS I’ve been able to record the piece of music I’ve written, rather than adapt it to fit the limitations of the software. I’ll probably only use 5% of this brilliant app, but I’ll have fun doing it. Best piano roll and editing environment by far, too.


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
  1. FREE Launch Pack Free
  2. HipHop & Trap 2 £5.99
  3. HipHop & Trap 1 £5.99


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