NanoStudio 2 is a powerful music production environment for synthesis, sampling, arranging, editing and mixing. It’s the successor to the original NanoStudio, an app held in high regard by musicians for many years for its usability, quality and productivity.

NanoStudio 2 builds upon the same design principles as its predecessor and introduces a huge range of extra features. An all-new audio engine delivers truly professional sound quality, highly optimized to handle complex projects with large numbers of instruments and effects.

NanoStudio 2 hosts external Audio Unit (AUv3) instruments and audio/MIDI effects. A library of all your AU instruments and presets is maintained so they’re tagged, searchable and just as accessible as NanoStudio’s own internal instruments.

Obsidian is NanoStudio’s built-in synth. It has 3 oscillators with 32 note polyphony and 7 different synthesis methods including analogue, wavetable, FM, multi-saw and phase distortion. It also supports samples and multisamples which may be split by note or velocity. Obsidian has 18 different filter types, including resonant analogue, super clean digital, formant, comb and waveshaping. Nearly every parameter can be modulated via the synth’s 5 envelopes, 5 LFOs and 10 configurable macro controllers, and modulation connections can be assigned with just a few taps. 300 factory patches are supplied with macros set up and ready to go. It’s easy to create your own patches and there are many more professionally produced patches available as IAP.

Slate is NanoStudio’s second built-in instrument, a sample/synthesis-based performance pad which makes it easy to tap out drum beats. Slate comes with 500 quality factory samples ranging from multisampled acoustic drums with natural variations through to cutting-edge electronic percussion and effects. 50 factory kits are include, and it’s easy to construct your own drum kits using the factory samples or your own. Slate can also be used with samples of just about anything: vocals, guitar riffs, synth pads – you name it.

There are powerful editors for song arrangement, MIDI, automation and samples. All share a consistent user interface so you’ll be up to speed with them and making music in no time.

A fully-featured sequencer supports tempo and time signature tracks (including tempo ramps) and Ableton Link.

Everything’s brought together by a mixer with unlimited tracks, track grouping and audio/MIDI sends. Tracks may have an unlimited number of insert effects with 11 built-in effects to choose from including reverb, sidechain compressor/expander, EQ with spectrum analysis, look-ahead limiter, delay, exciter, chorus, flanger and phaser. You can add AU audio/MIDI effects to the chain and use them just like an internal effect.

There are many mixdown options available with quality settings up to 32 bit/96kHz and support for file formats including wav, aiff, ogg and M4A. You can mixdown track stems in a single operation or select just a region of the song - great for resampling.

NanoStudio supports Audiobus and has many options for file sharing via the iOS Files app, Dropbox, AudioShare, iTunes File Sharing, AirDrop, email, WebDAV and importing music from your iTunes library.

Develop your initial musical ideas through to a final master with an intuitive workflow designed to get things done.

What’s New

Version 2.1.2

- Added Studio Drums IAP
- Added Ableton Link Start/Stop Sync
- MIDI clock and start/stop events are sent to all hosted AUs
- MIDI clock and start/stop events may be sent to MIDI outputs, with a user-adjustable time offset
- Improved latency compensation on metronome output
- Improved drop down menu layout on iPhone 12 Mini
- Ableton Link SDK updated to 3.1.5

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
93 Ratings

93 Ratings

Duvvid ,

Beautifully thought through

I’m not normally using DAWs on iPad, and have been largely put off doing this when trying the major contenders in this field. But I got this in a sale just to see...and...I actually have fallen in love with it, and that’s without the yet to arrive audio recording capabilities!
At first I thought, hmm, it sounds a bit toyish (but actually the internal instruments are better than expected, though it’s got to be said, the expansion packs don’t seem so inspiring from their demos - here other DAWs clearly have a major advantage) and indeed you really need to invest in some AUs to get the best out of it. But the beautiful way it incorporates external instruments and effects and the UI in general which just works so well on the iPad far better than any other iOS DAW I’ve tried...equals instant music making, with fewer restrictions and easier editing, which is by far the most crucial criteria of all.
Looking forward to see how it evolves.

Edit: I’m not a creator of 4/4 dance music, which some people think NS2 is mainly good for, which is why I’m surprised to say that NS2 is just lovely to make all kinds of stuff in, from way out free soundscapes to odd time signature madness, to yes, your usual bog standard four on the floor stuff.

The Family Bee ,

Nanostation and beyond!

Im really pleased with this. an awesome synth and a sampler drum kit wrapped together with wow! and finesse.

Ive used ns1 a lot, it was the best thing I had ever seen released on a phone at that time, and for prob two years would pick it up like a crossword, keeping the aspirations of my band days alive in the form of electronic glitch and grooves, it made such good sounds, i made tracks i was real pleased with and they impressed the people i played them to, job done, but to be honest, i really didn't like the look and feel of it, and i wasn't too sure about ns2.

Oh my gosh, how very glad i am that I've bought this! what an uplift, its silky smooth and uncluttered, the detail and usability is through the roof, the sounds where fantastic before, they are now even better, decent file management, perfect little eq windows and laid out so much better than before, audio unit integration is so good with browsing patches across all au’s. what can i say, I'm blown away.

Big thanks from me to the developer Matt, this is an amazing upgrade, i invested alot of time in learning your app, its really lifting having such a fantastic replacement available.

damonster69 ,

A work of Art

After experiencing the excellence of nanostudio for 8years or so and still being blown away by all it features and stability I am amazed again by the silky smooth Nanostudio 2.
It is truly a dream come true and the work flow and IAP are definitely worth picking up but don’t get me wrong the factory sounds are fantastic quality had this for about a month now and it is near perfection only near because there is more to come but I’m truly taken back by the size and scale and depth of energy and hard work that went into making NS2 well done hope you have a good rest Matt you have done us all proud thanks. Lostroom vibe

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