Hokusai 2 arrives bringing a rewritten and faster app for you

Hokusai has been around for a while, originally launching in 2011. It’s been well over a year since the last update to the app, but it’s been worth the wait. Version 2 is a massive update, so take your time going over all the details. There’s a lot to take in …

What’s New

Thanks for your patience while Hokusai 2 was created — the biggest ever update to Hokusai. Hokusai 2 has been completely rewritten, using Swift and other new technologies to bring you an app which is faster, more reliable and easier to use!

Don’t worry — your favourite features are still there — you’ll feel right at home. And, if you purchased any upgrades for Hokusai 1, they’re still valid for Hokusai 2!


  • Completely rewritten for speed, reliability and ease of use
  • Clean, modern design
  • Redesigned Time Bar includes a new “scrubbable” play head for easy fast forward/rewind, adding audio anywhere in a project, and more
  • Many effects can now be previewed live, instead of having to wait for them to apply first
  • New Play/Pause & Preview bar right inside the effects panel makes previews easier to use too
  • Hokusai’s “zooming sliders” have been redesigned so precise adjustments are a breeze — just “pinch to zoom”
  • Many more FX parameters can be varied automatically
  • Your project is always saved, not just when you remember to
  • Undo/Redo works even after you close the project (or app!) and re-open it
  • Hokusai always supported Dropbox, now you can also easily import/export from a variety of other cloud services — iCloud, Google Drive and more are just a tap away inside the Import panel(1)
  • Bluetooth compatibility(2)
  • Quickly search/filter your projects list
  • Re-order the tracks in your project
  • Mini-keyboards can now be scrolled to access the full 88-key piano range
  • New to the iPhone: Use in Portrait as well as Landscape. And the Undo/Redo buttons from the iPad are now available on iPhone too.
  • New to the iPad: Use in split-screen(3). And in full-screen, a new spacious layout for applying effects.
  • It’s now quicker to set FX parameter start/end points with dual slider handles
  • New curve editor makes it easier than ever to apply complex changes
  • Many effects have been upgraded with either better sound quality, more features, or both
  • Keyboard shortcut commands


As well as all the upgrades from Hokusai 1, all of the following can be unlocked with a single purchase:

  • Select and apply edits & effects across multiple tracks at once
  • Non-destructively pan tracks to the left or right
  • Volume controls always available, not just when vertically zoomed
  • Found the perfect settings for an effect? Save them out as a new preset to re-use whenever you need it
  • Many effects now include handy factory presets too
  • Mark effects and presets as favourites for fast access
  • Export projects as an archive of separate tracks, for easy importing into desktop DAW software
  • Create zip files containing complete archived projects (including Undo/Redo history) so you can restore them later and continue editing
  • New effects including Noise Reduction, Autopan, and Mid-Side Decoding for converting audio made using high-end field recorders

(1) Requires the appropriate app to be installed on your device
(2) Playback only, due to technical limitations of Bluetooth audio
(3) On devices compatible with split-screen mode

Hokusai 2 on the app store:

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