UPDATE: NanoStudio 2 for iOS 11+ is now available in the App Store with a massive range of extra features, an all-new audio engine and support for Audio Units!!!
NanoStudio is a recording studio for iOS, OS X and Windows. It has virtual analogue synths, sample trigger pads, a comprehensive sequencer, a sample editor, a mixer and multiple effects all integrated into a single application.
Record your ideas in real time, mix synth layers with samples, compose and arrange your tune using the powerful sequencer and bring the mix alive with effects such as reverb, compression and EQ. Share your tune on SoundCloud from wherever you are or use the comprehensive audio mixdown options and MIDI export feature to get your ideas over to your desktop DAW when you get back home.
NanoStudio's intuitive user interface frees you to get creative yet has loads of depth for when you need it. To try it out head on over to our website where you can download the OS X and Windows versions for free!
Up to 6 simultaneous instruments (including mixer) or upgrade with the '16 Instrument Tracks' in-app purchase, particularly recommended for newer devices.
'Eden', a powerful 16 voice subtractive synth with dual oscillators, 2 pole resonant filter, 3 envelope generators and 4 LFO's per voice and 2 dedicated insert effects. Eden's virtual patchbay lets you hook up almost anything for modulation mayhem.
The 'TRG-16', a performance pad for triggering samples. Adjust pitch, pan, volume and envelopes and assign each sample to one of the 3 output busses, each with its own effect sends and filter setup.
Record samples with the built-in mic (iPod Touch requires external mic), resample NanoStudio's own output or upload your own samples using NanoSync for OS X/Windows. Edit your samples using NanoStudio's built-in wave editing tools (with multiple undo/redo) and process them offline with custom effects chains.
Record performances in real-time using the keys and trigger pads or create patterns and controller sweeps by drawing them in the piano roll editor. Arrange your patterns into a complete song using the track editor. You can edit while the song is playing and every operation has multiple undo/redo.
Nanostudio's mixer has 2 global effects sends, 4 insert effects per channel and you can record, edit and playback all your fader and pan changes. When you're ready to share your mix with others you can upload it direct to SoundCloud or use NanoSync to copy the exported .wav file to your Mac/PC.
NanoStudio's reverb, compressor, parametric EQ, waveshaper, delay, chorus, and bitcrusher effects are all highly optimized so you can run lots of them.
FEATURE SHORTLIST (loads more at www.blipinteractive.co.uk/specifications.php)
* 6 simultaneous instruments, up to 16 with in-app purchase
* MIDI input with the Line 6 MIDI Mobilizer, Akai SynthStation 25 and Core MIDI
* Audio copy/paste for sharing audio with other compatible apps (Sonoma and Intua standards supported)
* Upload your mix directly to SoundCloud
* Eden synth (also plays samples) - single or dual keyboards, XY controllers, pitch bend and accelerometer control
* TRG-16 sample trigger pads
* Sequencer with up to 64 tracks and a piano roll editor for note, velocity and controller events, all with undo/redo
* Mixer with 4 inserts per channel, 2 global send busses and volume/pan automation on every channel
* Sampling and resampling, sample editor and effects processor with undo/redo
* Transfer samples, final mixes and individual track mixdowns to your Mac/PC using NanoSync
* Send projects, samples and MIDI files as email attachments
* Built in help
Support for Akai Pro's SynthStation25 keyboard controller is included. SynthStation25 delivers instant hardware control for improved performance capability and expression. For more information on SynthStation25, visit http://www.synthstationapp.com.
Updated to Audiobus SDK 2.1.2.
* Due to this change, NanoStudio V1.44 now requires iOS 7 or later. iOS 5/6 users may still download V1.43 from the app store.
Ratings and Reviews
Best sequencer UI but tragically lacks midi out
Qualifying statement -- I'm a long time Nanostudio user, early adopter on the iPad 1. I love the linear sequencing UI. I can sequence like lightning here, far faster than my Laptop DAWs like Reason and Cubase. Lack of midi output cripples what could otherwise be a crazy awesome sequencing app.
IMO the UI for sequencing is far superior to Cubasis. However I now use Cubasis far more because Nanostudio tragically and perplexingly lacks midi output implementation and I sequence external gear. Basically I sequence in Nanostudio, export midi through nanosync, reimport into Cubasis, and that's the absurd workflow. Sequencing directly in Cubasis is painful by comparison.
I am not fond of the Nanostudio sampler/synths, they sound underpowered and cheesy to me. So for no midi out and cheesy synth, 3 stars instead of 5.
Still the best all around music app...
The simple yet powerful interface is what sets this app apart from so many others. I own just about every music making app you can get for iPad. Aside from GarageBand, this is the most intuitive. I have made a number of songs on various apps but I keep coming back to NanoStudio because it provides the most direct way to get a song out of your head and into an iPad. The only ding I would give it is the quantize latency on the drum pad, which can be difficult/unforgiving (Tabletop, by comparison, works flawlessly). If you set quantize for a more coarse setting, you'll do just fine. The synth has a rich sound that keeps you coming back. At first glance this app may seem limited, but once you start appreciating the simplicity and power of the interface, coupled with one of the best sounding synths available for iPad, you will keep coming back to NanoStudio. This app will let you do live looping performances (not with a sampler, but your own imported sounds and synth presets). You can also download the app onto your computer and really let your creativity flow. Well worth the money. If you have doubts, check out videos and music people have made.
I will qualify by saying I've been using nanostudio since its release and have used it every single day since. I have never read the reviews though and here, years later I decided to do just that. As I expected it was one 5 star review after another obviously written by thoughtful and articulate artists in the field of music composition and production. Then I came upon a review written by 'all names taken' titled "waste of money" that so moved me I feel compelled to review the review itself.
This person is an idiot. If I could give this person 6 stars for being an authentic moron I would. I believe that every body has the right to right to their own opinion, except 'all names taken". It sound to me as though this person may be on some kind of medication which alters their sense of time and general reality making it difficult to touch objects on a small screen accurately. My heart goes out to you "all names taken" but I am confident that one day you wake up from your haze and embrace the outstanding qualities of nanostudio. And I do hope you find a name one of these days. Despite what your parents might have told you, there really are plenty to go around.
The developer, Blip Interactive Ltd, has not provided details about its privacy practices and handling of data to Apple.
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- Blip Interactive Ltd
- 93.6 MB
- Requires iOS 7.0 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 7.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 7.0 or later.
- Age Rating
- © 2010 Blip Interactive Ltd.
- In-App Purchases
- 16 Instrument Tracks $0.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.