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NanoStudio Sale!

NanoStudio is just $8! This is the lowest sale price it has ever been at! Thanks to both Hoyas and Bruno for emailing me about this exciting news!

If you don't have this yet, I've written a review.

Buy NanoStudio on iTunes: $6.99 (On Sale, from $14.99)

Reader Comments 9

Another music app eSonar Pro just went free. Must be that leonidas dude eh

August 10, 2012  | person_outline ChrisG

Leonidas! For Sparta!

Good spot chrisg. Is the app any good?

August 10, 2012  | person_outline Invisiblesupermonkey

it's pretty good, the drum pad section is not as fully featured as beatmaker 2 but it does the job just fine, has a good synth engine unlike beatmakers rompler, and the file/sound referencing system is way better. Finding, selecting and auditioning sounds in beatmaker is a pain compared to nanostudio. I own both and nanostudio sees more use hands down. Having said all that, beatmaker's new audio update seems really promising.

either way it's worth $8 easy

August 10, 2012  | person_outline RMG

Monkey: you mean eSonar? Nah it's fun to mess around in for 5 min doing short loops. Your not missing anything.

August 10, 2012  | person_outline ChrisG

Eight. Bucks. Crazy what that'll get you in 2012.

NS does what it says on the tin but it really shines in all the places that don't make it into app store descriptions. A real file system, loop to selection, multiple sequencer lanes per track (so you can sequence automation separately from note data and easily copy it to another track), saving fx chains, bouncing tracks to stems (stereo wav file per track), full project export to a single file for easy collaboration, patterns, keyboard scales... And seemingly tiny things like when you want to paste from the Sonoma pasteboard, you can select multiple files to paste all at once. Or 'pad copy' in the TRG.

Nanosync doesn't get nearly enough love. It can be overkill when you want to move a single file but if you have a 'drum samples' folder on your computer and it has 40 sub folders for different drum machines or whatever, Nanosync will let you copy it all over in one fell swoop and it will retain your folder structure. I'm not aware of any other app that supports this. Most apps have a single flat documents folder if you're lucky. Ugh. The app now allows you to email single files so that should be easier.

Obviously a fan. If you don't own this, you orta.

August 11, 2012  | person_outline Will

@RMG: Personally, I prefer BM2 to NS. Just to clarify, their is no "rompler" in BM2; it's a full-on sampler. You can record or paste samples, make keymaps and (now) layers. I like NS, but BM2's new ability to record vocals and guitars directly (live-streaming) into BM2 puts it over the top for me. Working with files and folders is a bit cumbersome in BM2. I haven't used the new update enough to figure out if that's been improved or not.

August 11, 2012  | person_outline Chris

In thinking about the future of ECPM, NS and BM2 have both been jockeying in my mind as the next app to focus on. The latest update for BM2 makes it even harder to decide. I really like both so much, it is hard to pick a favorite.

BM2 has such a great sampler and sample editor, it really stands well against Nano's equally competent synth. Nano's piano roll is the best note editor on iOS. BM2's MIDI out opens up so many possibilities. It is a tough choice! This is compounded 1,000 times over for me, since I have to consider which will be best for the 1,000 people who have been following ECPM.

Hey Tim, as a student of ECPM, the one thing that really eludes me at the moment is midi stuff. Everything I have learnt so far in ECPM has translated well into BM2 and NS and I’m quite content making some basic tracks in these apps with the skills I've learnt. However midi just goes way over my head so my vote would lean toward BM2 because it seems to me that you can do a lot with midi in this app (but I don’t have a clue really). Either way I’m sure that there’s a lot of untapped potential in both apps for me though.

August 14, 2012  | person_outline Tom

That's some excellent insight, Tom. The MIDI in BM2 is great fodder for teaching, but I hadn't quite thought about it as an area that "students" would be especially curious about. More food for thought!


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