NanoStudio looks amazing

This looks like an amazing application for the iPhone OS. Take a look at the specs:

Compatible Devices

  • iPhone 2G, 3G, 3GS
  • iPod Touch 2G, 3G (mic recording possible with external accessory)
  • iPod Touch 1G (mic recording not available)

General

  • Instruments – 4x Eden synths, TRG-16 trigger pads, 6 track sequencer, 7 input mixer with two sends
  • Insert Effects – 2 per synth (waveshaper, chorus/flanger/delay)
  • Send Effects – 2 (reverb, chorus/flanger/delay)
  • Total polyphony – 48 stereo voices
  • Buffer latency – 10ms
  • Stereo 44.1kHz floating-point signal path (only the final output is reduced to 16 bit)
  • Individually optimized for new and old iPhone hardware (chooses between VFP and NEON technology)

Eden synth (x4)

  • Maximum polyphony – 8 voices per synth
  • 2 anti-aliased oscillators per voice, each with 30 basic waveforms including noise
  • Oscillators can be mixed or sync/ring modulated
  • Resonant filter per voice – low pass, band pass or high pass with 12dB or 24dB slope
  • Sampler module enables samples to be used in place of basic waveforms
  • Multi mode layers up to 4 different voice presets
  • 4 LFO’s, optional sync to note start/sequencer tempo
  • 3 ADSR Envelope generators (amp, filter and aux)
  • 2 X/Y controllers, 1 configurable control knob, pitch bend wheel and accelerometer input for real-time performances
  • Virtual patchbay for connecting controllers, LFO’s and envelopes and other synth parameters (12 connections, 40 parameters)
  • 2 insert effects per synth (waveshaper, chorus/flanger/delay)
  • Single/Multi mode presets – 64 Factory (read only), 64 User (shared between all projects) and 64 Project specific presets

TRG-16 Trigger Pads and Sampling

  • Number of trigger pads – 16
  • Maximum polyphony – 16 voices
  • Adjust volume, pan, pitch, output bus, attack, release and loop type per sample
  • Exclusive groups for use with high hats etc.
  • Three output busses, each with its own filter and send effects
  • Load/save individual samples or whole kits
  • Upload wavs or aiffs to your device using NanoSync for PC and Mac
  • Record your own samples using the internal mic (iPhone only) or external mic (iPod Touch 2G, 3G)
  • Resample NanoStudio’s main mix output
  • Crop and normalize samples on the device using NanoStudio’s built in sample editor with 4 levels of undo/redo

Sequencer

  • Realtime record with undo
  • Pattern editor and song arranger
  • 6 tracks (4 Eden synths and 2 tracks dedicated to the TRG-16)
  • Record unique parts or turn them into patterns for repetitive loops (100 patterns supported)
  • Draw note and controller events such as XY pad movements, pitch bend, velocity and accelerometer
  • Editing functions include delete, merge, copy, move, note length, transpose, clean and quantize
  • 4 levels of undo/redo on every editing operation
  • All editing operations are possible while your song is playing

Mastering

  • Mixer with 7 stereo inputs (4 Eden synths, 3 TRG-16 output busses), 1 stereo output and 2 stereo sends
  • 2 Simultaneous global effects sends per input (reverb, chorus/flanger/delay
  • Stereo VU displays for all inputs and outputs
It looks completely amazing and is about 6 weeks off release at the moment, so that’s not too long to wait is it?

15 comments

  1. OMG!! Bhajis Loops? RIP Bhajis Loops!!!

    Welcome to the future (of the pocket DAW)!

  2. That looks brilliant! I can't wait for that to show up. Hopefully in the future it might be compatible with the Synth Station (if that ever appears).

  3. This looks absolutely amazing! Finally, a real DAW for iPhone OS. I hope they seriously consider making an iPad version as well because if it looks this awesome on an iPhone, I can only imagine how great it would be on the iPad.

    If they add automation, NanoStudio would basically be a mini Logic!

  4. Wow, that looks really nice, the synth engine is impressive. I just wish they went a different route with the sequencer. Piano roll and DAW style pattern arranger's are really hard to use on small screens with no mouse IMO (Xewton and 8bitone are almost impossible for me to use personally).

    I think stuff like Nanoloop or Bleepbox or Aurora's approach to sequencing and arranging is far better for a mobile device.

    Mainly some kind of step sequencer/tone matrix/etc. designed for small size touch screen to make your patterns. Then a tracker-like interface for chaining the patterns together into a song. Then you don't need tiny fingers to use it. Interface wise the best IMO is Nanoloop, the sequencing is just so fast and intuitive I find myself wishing other dev's would use something similar in there apps.

  5. This looks amazing! However, what's with the 'Upload wavs or aiffs to your device using NanoSync for PC and Mac'. I am sick of apps using proprietry software for file upload. Why not use an open source method like FTP or something, and straight up use audio paste/ copy. Then we're talking! Look forward to this release, hope they've got a great UI! (the Holy Grail of iPhone apps).. Hitherto undiscovered..

  6. @RogB
    I feel the same, If the pad section lets you play and stop looped sounds (kinda like in Ablethon Live), it will be the end for Beatmaker for me. I've been asking for something like that on their forums years ago and it never happened, in the meantime they added some useless reverse and mute modes.

  7. One thing though, I don't see the ability to use different time signatures. This would be a big oversight if it were missing. 🙁 Listen to “One more night” by Can sometime, which is in 7/8 for eg.

  8. I'm the developer of NanoStudio. Great comments, all of them – I can't resist adding a few responses – is that uncool?

    Firstly, the easy ones – supported time signatures are 2/4 to 7/4 so if you've got an idea for that crazy minimal techno waltz you can't get out of your head then you're sorted. 7/4's obviously more interesting, if not for Pink Floyd's Money alone.

    Automation – on the synth, the XY pads, control knob and pitch bend are all recorded/editable in the sequencer. On the trigger pads, it's the effects sends and filter cutoff/Q of each of the 3 output busses.

    Pad loop on/off – there are various trigger/hold/loop + mute modes for the pads but this might not be what you're asking.

    Proprietry file upload software. Yep it's horrible, and the last thing developers what to do is write and test extra applications for the PC and Mac (along with the hideous network issues) that no one even wants. Unfortunately Apple don't supply developers with a unified means to do this (well up until recently, and that's limited), and setting up FTP client software can be too scary for the casual user who just wants to get a sample uploaded. Web server interfaces look don't but don't work well when you want to upload zillions of samples. I have future plans to more tightly integrate the PC/Mac and iPhone apps, so there may prove to be some method in my madness 🙂

    Piano roll vs. tracker. Man, this was a close call. I hear what you're saying but I went down this route in the end because it worked better for me with automation and keyboards and I felt it would scale better with future devices (and no one event even knew about the iPad when I started this). That said, I still wouldn't have done it unless I felt it was working for me on the iPhone. The main editing operations use 'drag handles' (familiar if you've used Photoshop) which take 10 minutes of getting used to but then start to make sense because your finger's not over the thing you want to adjust.

    There are also a range of zoom/selection tools which relate more closely to workflow than madly dragging and pinch zooming, which are great for webpages but not the best for accurate work.

    You can use the draw tool to tap grid cells on and off in the event editor, and you can convert unique parts to patterns with a couple of taps and then instance them throughout your song. Patterns will automatically repeat when 'stretched'. For the inevitable slip up, there is an edit history buffer to undo/redo yourself out of a tight spot.

    I won't attempt to justify/win you over with every design choice though, because so much of this is down to personal style.

    Right I'd better get on with finishing the damn app.

    Thanks once again for the comments!

  9. Thanks for your responses Mr Blip!

    Sounds great, your software, and before I question it any more i'll wait to see it running! Just don't want to see a 'beatpack' style implementation with the sync software, whole folder transfers (great if you allow subfolders as well) or one click transfers is the way to go, if possible.

    Nice that you provide feedback and answers to these questions, you sound like a nice person and i am sure your release will be a great success. I can't wait!

  10. The PC/Mac software works pretty well much like a simple FTP client. You get tree view of the files, folders and subfolders on the phone and you can drag and drop your wav and aiff files on there.

    A one click sync would be great, but it gets complicated when you have projects which share the same samples, some/all of which might have been modified both on the phone and the computer. I'm still thinking about how to make this nice.

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