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  • Export help   6 days 3 hours ago

    Yeah, I think it's great to start off with the Project bank full of presets, just to get started. Then sometimes I'll copy other presets in to the Project bank that work well for the track, tweak some presets, and create new presets that add something to the track. The problem that I run in to is that after that project is done, and I save the project as an .nsp file, I forget to make a copy of the new presets I create so that I can use them elsewhere. It would be nice to be able to go through project files and move presets around for use in other projects. Looks like NS2 handles that by just having unlimited presets. Gotta love that.

    Get busy finishing up those projects! If iPad version is out in Dec, I'd guess sometime by March 2018 the universal version would be out. The hard part is resisting starting a new project when there are so many projects to be finished up. :o)

  • Export help   6 days 9 hours ago

    Thank you for replying, Slam-Cut.

    I'll take your advice and not worry about it too much; move projects off the phone when I complete them. I was just surprised to see my nanostudio folder is almost 5 gigs. This is what I get for fooling around with it for years on end and never really finishing anything! Some of us have an unreasonable aversion to being finished. I want to wrap these projects up so I can move on to the next NanoStudio, whenever Matt gets around to the Universal version. A bulk delete process would be great, if it can be implemented in future versions. I liked being able to listen to the presets in a project to help me hear what colors i could paint with.

  • Export help   6 days 11 hours ago

    I'm not in front of my computer, so I can not say for sure, but I think there isn't an easy way to batch erase samples in projects, however trying to do so with NanoSync is what I would try to do.
    I counted 43 samples in that project, which shouldn't really be too big in terms of file size. You'd have to check with NanoSync. I wonder why you need to remove the unused samples? If you have a hundred tracks with those presets in it, I suppose that would get to be big enough to be a concern on some iPhones. Can you not just store completed tracks on a computer and just have works in progress on the iPhone?

    At any rate as long as the samples used by presets you are using are in the files when you load the projects back in to Nanostudio, everything should work fine. To avoid this in the future, when a track is finished, you'd have to have a habit of erasing all of the unused samples in the project folder before you save it as a .nsp file. That's a bit tedious as well. I'd vote to live with the extra file size and not have all of your older projects on the iPhone.

  • NS2 - Progress report and screenshots   6 days 11 hours ago

    I can only imagine... this will be an extremely useful update when it's available! A lot to look forward to.

    > Will the tempo tracks
    > Will the tempo tracks affect the audio tracks too, I hope?

    Yes they will, this is actually one of the reasons I've put a temporary hold on releasing audio tracks - realtime tempo changes have added quite a number of complications that I want to ensure are solved properly, particularly those involving ramped tempo changes.

  • NS2 - Progress report and screenshots   6 days 12 hours ago
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    > https://my.pcloud.com/publink/show?code=XZT3Q77ZGgfrKfQkV77S6Rzgew3upjhs...

    Love it. Now if only I had the time to build in Easter Eggs ...

  • NS2 - Progress report and screenshots   6 days 12 hours ago
  • NS2 - Progress report and screenshots   6 days 12 hours ago

    > Will the tempo tracks affect the audio tracks too, I hope?

    Yes they will, this is actually one of the reasons I've put a temporary hold on releasing audio tracks - realtime tempo changes have added quite a number of complications that I want to ensure are solved properly, particularly those involving ramped tempo changes.

  • NS2 - Progress report and screenshots   6 days 13 hours ago

    LOLOLOLOLOLOL! :). This is going to be sweet... just the tempo and time signature tracks alone have me at instant buy. The addition of the audio tracks will take this to another level.

    Will the tempo tracks affect the audio tracks too, I hope?

  • Export help   6 days 16 hours ago

    I'm trying to weed out unused samples, as described above, and have some questions. Can someone please help untangle this mess I've made of things?

    I created a bunch of projects by "saving as" from the Platinum One template project. This way, I had access to all their presets without having to mess around and import a lot of things. For example, in one project I use their preset, string1, in the Project bank. I would expect to see just the sample it is based on, D2_string1, with a green tick in the sample file browser dialogue, since it is the only Platinum One sample I'm actually using on my project timeline. But all the Platinum One samples have green ticks. Can you help me understand why this is so, so I can more easily figure out how to weed out unused samples in these numerous projects?

    Also, deleting these unused samples one by one in the sample file browser is really tedious. There doesn't seem to be a way to select multiple files to delete at once. Can I delete the files from the project folder on the desktop and then sync the project back to the phone with Nanosync? Or will this break the project somehow, when it looks for referenced files that are no longer there?

  • NS2 - Progress report and screenshots   6 days 16 hours ago

    > TRG2 be able to import TRG files from NS1

    Yes. The import isn't perfect as the new version's functionality has some differences, but the spirit of the bank lives on!

  • NS2 - Progress report and screenshots   6 days 18 hours ago

    @B.Skaigh re:tempo change Matt wrote "Also the sequencer now supports tempo and time signature tracks (including export/import of those tracks to/from MIDI files)."

    To me that looks like there are dedicated 'tracks' for tempo and time signature, and based on the screen shot one can make all sorts of weird changes. A bit mind blowing really.

    Question: Will TRG2 be able to import TRG files from NS1? I know it is still way early, but I am just trying to get my head around some of the strategies for transferring projects from NS1 to NS2.

    I think that by wetting our appetites you can see we are a ravenous pack of cyber-musicians.

  • NS2 - Progress report and screenshots   6 days 22 hours ago
  • NS2 - Progress report and screenshots   1 week 1 hour ago

    The sequencer/piano roll screenshot seems to show that tempo and time signature can change within a project. Is that true? If so, It's a big deal because I'm pretty sure no other iOS app has that capability.

    Will the sample based patches/presets use acoustic instruments? Please tell me there will be some sexy (or should I say "saxy") saxophones available. Also, regarding sample based, will they be multi-timbral?

    I understand that iOS 9 or later is required. While I'm hoping Santa brings me a new iPad, I'm currently restricted to an iPad 2. Hoping it will work with NS2.

    Kudos to you for not rushing this out. Unfortunately there are too many developers out there that release an app, then scramble to update it repeatedly to get it right.

  • NS2 - Progress report and screenshots   1 week 3 hours ago

    > You say the NS1 limit was imposed to stop iOS crashing. How about having the behaviour controlled by a setting in NS2? Defaults to 90s sample limit (or whatever), but you can override this to however-long-I-want-my-sample with suitable "are you sure?' messages?

    This is actually pretty good idea ..

    Regarding my expectations, i hope NS2 will have finally big fucking red button "make instant hit" !

  • NS2 - Progress report and screenshots   1 week 3 hours ago

    Thanks Matt -

    The waveshaper is great on neuro bass, especially when modulating the contour:) so look forward to the new incarnation

    I can wait for ableton export :) not a biggie right now

  • NS2 - Progress report and screenshots   1 week 3 hours ago

    And another thought...

    Will NS2 support compressed audio files as well as WAV? MP3 would be nice (but I guess there might be licensing issues) but the .m4a format that things like AudioShare uses would be lovely. More for handling the long field recording samples and not take up all my iPad memory.

  • NS2 - Progress report and screenshots   1 week 4 hours ago

    'More important'?!? Go to your room laddie!!

    This is where it gets complicated.....L it's being able to tune each note _seperately_ +/-100 cents. The easiest way todo this is using a txt file with you may predefine an octave or even span over several octaves, define this first then import hat into whichever instrument supports it but writing it down first in a scale file. Easy peasy. MIDI is a pain in the arse for microtuning because in order to get it working, your instrument really needs to support multichannel polyphonic pitchbend, meaning each note on each midi channel 1-16 is mono only but responds to pitchbend in order to reach the required note. Then the sequencer needs to support that too. You need to play a chord, but each note of each part of that chord needs to output on a separate midi channel.

  • NS2 - Progress report and screenshots   1 week 4 hours ago

    Can I make a suggestion regarding handling long samples in NS2?

    I can? Oh good....

    You say the NS1 limit was imposed to stop iOS crashing. How about having the behaviour controlled by a setting in NS2? Defaults to 90s sample limit (or whatever), but you can override this to however-long-I-want-my-sample with suitable "are you sure?' messages?

    One of the impressive things about NS1 is how reliable it is. Zero data loss over 6 years is pretty damn good, and as data loss in something like NS might mean losing hours of work it's pretty important.

    Just a thought :-)

  • NS2 - Progress report and screenshots   1 week 7 hours ago

    Not just that; I actually want to draw waveforms by simply editing the additive harmonics in bar graph mode. Analysing samples would be nice too, but may take up cpu. Support for AudioTerm wavetables would be pretty cool! Maybe you can ask permission from PPG Apps on Facebook to import wts files made in WaveGenerator.

  • NS2 - Progress report and screenshots   1 week 9 hours ago

    > Will NS2 support user wavetables?

    Do you mean converting a set of single cycle samples into a wavetable? Currently that's an offline process as there's a lot of resampling and filtering involved to preprocess the wavetables into something the synth can use at runtime. There's no real reason that this couldn't be integrated into the app but it's not something I forsee right now as there would be more important tasks to complete first.

  • NS2 - Progress report and screenshots   1 week 9 hours ago

    > Is the waveshaper in NS 2 (I love that thing)

    Yes, with a couple of new shapes and optional oversampling to reduce aliasing.

    > and can we export to ableton project files?

    No but an exporter like that would be a fairly 'stand alone' thing which could be a candidate for future addition. For the first release I'm trying to focus on all the deeply integrated stuff which would be difficult to add in future.

  • NS2 - Progress report and screenshots   1 week 9 hours ago

    Will NS2 support user wavetables? Will there also be an additive feature?

  • NS2 - Progress report and screenshots   1 week 10 hours ago

    Hi Matt

    I have a couple of questions... Is the waveshaper in NS 2 (I love that thing) and can we export to ableton project files?

    Regards

  • NS2 - Progress report and screenshots   1 week 10 hours ago

    I'm speechless. This may actually go on my Xmass list, this year!

    One question, as I cannot seem to find a definitive answer - sample based oscillator (no multi samples), will it have any clipping prevention measures when modulating sample start and length?

  • NS2 - Progress report and screenshots   1 week 12 hours ago

    Sorry, forgot to answer these:

    > I noticed there's not real screengrabs of the pattern sequencer up close? I'm a note placer, and NS1 has this down perfect.

    Not quite ready to show yet - but it has similar differences to those between the old and new song editor. I've pretty well followed the NS1 model, but I've tried to clean up and extend it without breaking any of the original principles. Nearly all the feedback I had was to leave the song/pattern editors alone, so I've tried to do that as much as possible. Eg. it still has original drag handle editing style, but you can also tap and hold the selection to 'free move' it in both axes - that sort of thing.

    > Also, what does the drum pad look like?

    Similar answer. The UI needs a tidy up before I feel it's ready to show.