Released in 2010, Blip Interactive’s NanoStudio was rightly considered one of the best all-in-one iOS music production apps you can buy. Despite its elongated teeth, it remained popular to this day, but a new version was definitely in order.
Fortunately, after six years of work, developer Matt Borstel released what could be his magnum opus: NanoStudio 2. While users of the original will be delighted to learn that he is sticking to the same design principles. than its predecessor, this is truly a new app that looks set to restore NanoStudio’s place to the pinnacle of iOS music creation.
NanoStudio 2 is designed for end-to-end music production, taking you from the idea stage to the final master. While you can use AUv3 plugins, NanoStudio 2 can also function perfectly as a fully stand-alone application, giving you some awesome-looking new devices to work with.
Synth and sampler
First up, there’s Obsidian, a 3-oscillator, 16-note polyphonic synth with stereo vocals. Each oscillator can use one of seven different synthesis methods (Analog, Wavetable, Phase Distortion, FM, Multi-Saw, Shaped Noise or Multisampled Zones) and there are several types of filters, modulation options and effects. .
Drums are handled by Slate, a 32-pad sampler that has four internal buses and a final master output bus with limiter. Each pad can use up to three split or layered samples and has its own filter, waveform, envelopes, and vocal grouping options, and you get over 500 factory samples ranging from acoustic drums. Multi-sampled with cutting edge percussion and electronic effects, all arranged in 50 kits.
Tying it all together are powerful sequencing and mixing options, and Blip says the workflow has been carefully thought out to ensure maximum productivity. Under the hood, there’s a new audio engine that promises best-in-class sound quality, and it’s been optimized for processor efficiency. This means that you should be able to create larger, more complex projects with a greater number of instruments and effects.
NanoStudio 2 is an iPad exclusive to start with, priced at £ 28.99 / $ 29.99. A universal version that runs on iPhone and is optimized for the iPad Pro will arrive in 2019, with more features like convolution reverb and linear audio tracks in the sequencer.
You can purchase NanoStudio 2 on the Apple App Store now.