What’s coming next to NLog

NLog is great, so I thought I’d collect the details out of a few tweet to show you what’s coming next:

  • FileSharing via iTunes (USB Cable)
  • SoundCloud (Network) implemented for next NLog MIDI & PRO updates.
  • Opening of audio & midi files from within other apps like Mail, Readdle etc. in next NLog update alongside import via pasteboards.

As if that wasn’t enough, the other stuff in the pipe …

“Concept for modular ready for implementation. Studio still in conception. Other things too. Not sure what comes first”

tempo rubato

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  1. …and more filter, mod matrix, lfos & envelopes!

    Yes. Pighood is right. The problem to make NLogSynth PRO universal is that it needs the computing power of an A4 which is apart from iPad only in the 4G versions of iPhone & touch. Maybe also arm7 devices like iPhone 3GS and iPod touch 3G would work as well with reduced polyphony, but nothing before.

    However, if you do universal, you need to do it for all.

    An alternative would be to extend NLog MIDI Synth in a way, that it will provide additional synth resources comparable to the PRO version when it detects that it runs on A4 devices. I can take a look into it sometime later…


  2. @Rolf
    Why the decision to remove the nlog full version from the app store?
    Are the midi-features the only difference between the former full version and midiversion?

    I really like nlog so I upgraded from free to full just before
    it got replaced by midi
    so I was a bit reluctant to pay again but at the same time I
    realise it is one of the best synths available.

    so probably gonna buy it anyhow 🙂

  3. Hi Anonymous,

    the classic NLog Synthesizer is a wonderful synth which has been evolved over 1.5 years of free upgrades. It is in my opinion still the most versatile and best sounding pure virtual analogue polyphonic synth in the iOS world (Argon & iMS20 are monophonic and a bit different in sound and timbre, while Eden of Nanostudio is polyphonic but sounding best when it is using samples – however great in the studio context where it is presented).

    So, the classic NLog Synthesizer is in my opinion a great synth on a great device for a nice price and it works nice on the current iOSses.

    NLog Synthesizer was designed and built at a time where everybody was keen and fascinated to have a mobile synth on an iPhone or iPod touch to play with a touch screen.

    But time has gone by since then and things have evolved: When you look at the recent NAMM reviews the big thing now is integration into studio equipment and external controllers. Devices like Line6' Midi Mobilizer, Akai's SynthStation25 (and now the new 49), Camera Connection Kit with CoreMIDI USB and al the new stuff which will come to the market in 2011…

    So, seeing this coming, I spend a hell of time to rewrite NLog about half a year ago for providing realtime feedback with external devices.

    Why it is different?

    With the touch screens on little devices like the iPhone you may be able to play with five fingers, but it is very hard to do any complex and fast passages. With a MIDI interface like Line6 you can (at least potentially) play a Rachmaninov piano concerto or your favorite Chopin etude – or doing some keyboard battle like Jordan Rudess did with NLog MIDI Synth.

    So, while the API of integrating these interface is quite doable, you have to make sure that your synth engine is doing ok with it. As a consequence you have three choices: Don't do it, do it somehow (but not care so much about latency etc.), or do it right. I have many apps which don't do it, and I have many apps which just do it somehow, but they are not really usable. And there a few which do it right. NLog MIDI Synth & NLogSynth PRO I think are doing it right. And that is a hell of hard work for optimizing and testing I can tell you.


  4. [part 2]

    So, in a nutshell, NLog Synthesizer is a great app and it does and keeps doing exactly for what it was advertised for. NLog MIDI Synth is a different beast extending into the world of realtime integration into your studio equipment. This comes for 8.99 USD and there is probably no other part in your studio which is such cheap except for your coffee mug.

    Why then NLog Synthesizer is not available anymore as a 4.99 USD non-MIDI option? Because there is NLog Free already as a bargain and I need to keep the number of product variants small. I know this has made some confusion and after that experience I would have done it differently again, but we all learn to somehow survive in a new market.

    Apple's App Store made a change: At least some people are now willing to spend a few dollars for a reasonable piece of software instead of downloading cracked versions. This makes it possible at least for some small scale and boutique developers to make a living from it and put their energy and passion into it.

    If you want to keep this going on, please download here and there a paid app for a few bucks. Maybe NLog MIDI Synth or NLogSynth PRO is a good idea for such a spending, or wait for my next new apps 😉


  5. @Rolf / nlogmusic

    Thanks for sharing all the insight here, Rolf… These are some of the most interesting and thoughtful comments I've seen in this site.

    The NlogSynth family of apps is truly outstanding, and I can't wait to see these “new apps” you are cooking up!

    Congratulations on all of the excellent software you've created, you're the real deal, man. 🙂

  6. @Rolf (I was anonymous you replied to)

    Thanks for the answer and insight into the process

    I'm new to all this since it is my first Ipod
    and I find info from developers can sometimes help a lot too clear misunderstandings

    Like I just found out that developers are not allowed by apple to refund money/credit to buyers

    anyway thanks and success

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