I’ve been messing about with this app for a few days now, and to start with I was a little skeptical. I’ve been a fan of Frontier Designs apps for a long term (that’s a long time in iOS terms), and when I got this one I thought that maybe they’d brought us something less than their usual standards. But I was wrong.
I really like drum and percussion apps, whether they follow a standard drum machine approach, or take a different approach altogether. BeatStudio takes a different angle which takes a little more getting used to, or at least it did for me.
When I started using the app it took a little while to get used to as I’ve said, but once I realised that this and got to grips with it, it makes a lot of sense. BeatStudio has a set of configurable pads where you tap out your rhythm and record it, from there you can layer up your beats until you’ve got your pattern just the way you want it.
The pattern sequencer works really well for copying lines and it is very handy for moving a beat that’s just slightly in the wrong place, or indeed to put it in the right place.
What the app needs is more sounds. The current supplied ones are ok, but more kits would be welcome.
I’d have to say that I can see this being an incredibly useful drum app as it doesn’t rely on you programming a beat but rather being able to tape it out. Also, as the app is universal it works great on both screen formats.
At an introductory price of less than a cup of coffee, and with Frontier’s track record of updating and improving their apps I don’t think you can really go wrong with this one.
The app is priced at $2.99 initially.
I’ve had my iPad 2 a couple of days, and even though I haven’t had a huge amount of time to use it there are already a few things that are apparent. The flat back of the device is a bit improvement. From a performance perspective it is simply less wobbly at the edges.
The device is lighter and thinner, and although these don’t make a massive difference, when you hold the 1 and the 2 side by side you can really notice the difference.
Obviously there are the cameras which are fine, but I’m not too interested in those at the moment.
The best thing is the increase in speed which is noticeable just about everywhere. I don’t think it will take developers long to take advantage of this.
A few people commented asking what was coming in the next version of NanoStudio. Here’s what’s on the NS forum:
- Configurable effects insert chains on each mixer input and the main mix output
- Configurable send effects chains
- Configurable instrument setup, with in app purchase to extend to up to 16 instruments
- Configurable track set up, with multiple tracks per instrument
- New effects include compressor, bitcrusher, 3 band parametric EQ, filter, and reverb
- Retina display support
- Offline effects processing for samples
- Lots of small improvements eg.polyphony, quantize options, sequence editing + bugfixes
Here are some other possibles:
- Sample loop point editing
- Sample timestretch/pitch shift/autotune
- Triplet LFO’s and delays
- Extra TRG banks
Lots to look forward to then.
I never got a dock for my original iPad but I’d quite like to get one for the new one. A dock that’ll work well for charging and sync and will work fine as a stand too.
So what app (or apps) have been taking up your time this week? For me it has been a bit of BeatStudio, iMS-20 and NanoStudio. What about you?
Just another plug for this linkedin group for online audio production. If you’re interested in online audio collaboration this is worth taking a look into here.