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.
- 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
This is definitely my new favorite mobile DAW. I can’t imagine how much effort it must have taken one developer to create this masterpiece. From the workflow to the color scheme to the included sounds, to the massive obsidian synth and slate drum machine. There are so many good things about obsidian alone, it allows you to combine several different synthesis types, has a lot of modulation options and sounds great. It is all really well polished and I haven’t had any crashes or even hiccups yet with my device. I do hope many people use this DAW and the dev continues work on it to make it the best on iOS.
That being said, nanostudio 2 is lacking some features that are pretty necessary, the main ones being audiobus support, IAA, auv3 parameter automation and audio tracks. Which are apparently in the works except IAA, and not sure about automation. Sadly it looks like I won’t be able to use my inter app audio apps and the user interface for some audio units are just plain bad, trying to fit an entire app onto a small plugin screen sometimes just can’t be done well in more fully featured apps.
Overall, it’s a great app and really fun to use.
MY FAVORITE DAW? VERY SOON!!!!
At the time of this writing this isn’t a complete daw to me until the audio tracks are added but it is an amazing workstation as of now!!!! The best if I do say so myself!!!! I love everything about Nanostudio 2 there is no flaw and once audio tracks are available it will be my one and only go to DAW hands down.... The built in effects sound great and audio units work as if they are built in.....Slate and Obsidian are beasts in their own right!!!! There is not another app as intuitive, yet simple, or as fun for music production with professional quality PERIOD!!!!Believe me I have them all!!!!
UPDATE: Dropped 3 stars because we was promised audio tracks back in 2019. If you want audio tracks in your work flow don’t buy this app. It’s a great Groovebox don’t get me wrong it’s not a DAW though. It’s the only app to have the power and flexibility of Logic Pro but fails to capitalize on audio tracks. It hurts to give this app such a low rating. This would be the best daw on iOS but, as of right now it’s not. I take back nothing I said before just disappointed that there are no audio tracks. I bought the app full price and paid for every sound they have in the store full price. Just can’t believe the lack of understanding of what the people want and the fail of adding a feature that was more important than creating the phone app.
The King Lives Again!
Long live the King! NanoStudio was my first DAW on iOS. It was great and set the bar for creating professional sounding tracks on iOS. I reluctantly had to move on over the past 5 years to other great music programs like Cubasis, Gadget, BM3, AUM, etc. However, I was pleased to learn about NanoStudio 2 which has raised the bar once again in my opinion for the creation of high quality professional tracks on iOS.
Workflow remains fantastic for getting quick ideas out and for generating entire songs. The sound of “Slate” and “Obsidian” are exceptional. Obsidian in particular competes strongly against high end desktop software synths and/or serious hardware synths with regard to sound, routing, and overall flexibility. The mixer and effects are equally terrific. In fact, the entire app feels stable, CPU friendly, and provides an overall enjoyable user experience.
As always, there are some additional wish lists of features (e.g., audio tracks is coming) but the current program is simply a cut above the rest of the pack. Kudos and thanks again to the developer for dusting off the cobwebs of this awesome classic.
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- Blip Interactive Ltd
- 269.7 MB
- Requires iOS 11.0 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 11.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 11.0 or later.
- Requires macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip or later.
- Age Rating
- © 2018 Blip Interactive Ltd
- In-App Purchases
- FREE Launch Pack $0.00
- Acoustic 1 $5.99
- Acoustic 2 $5.99
- HipHop & Trap 1 $4.99
- Industrial 1 $4.99
- HipHop & Trap 2 $4.99
- Industrial 2 $4.99
- Dance & Dub 1 $4.99
- Dance & Dub 2 $4.99
- Studio Drums $3.99