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  • NS2 - Progress report and screenshots   1 week 13 hours ago

    WOW!! This is amazing. NS2 is shaping up to be way better than I was hoping for.

  • NS2 - Progress report and screenshots   1 week 13 hours ago

    In the same tradition as NS1's Eden synth, the new synth is intended to be a good general purpose 'workhorse' synth to get stuff done with high CPU efficiency. I'll probably leave more weird and wonderful stuff to all those wonderful developers of Audio Units out there ...

    It has 3 oscillators, any of which can be:

    - Analogue (all the basic waveforms with the choice of sync)
    - Wavetable (for interpolating between a range of new waveforms on the fly)
    - Phase distortion (similar to 80's Casio CZ range)
    - 3 Operator FM with various different waveforms and envelopes for each operator connection/feedback parameter
    - NanoSaw (8 detuned saws, similar to Roland supersaw), with stereo option
    - Noise (a range of different noise spectrums with additional LP/HP/Band/Notch filter)
    - Sample (including multisamples with crossfades etc), with stereo option

    Each oscillator can be assigned to a velocity range (with variable crossfades) or used in the usual layered mode. You can set one of the oscillators to bypass the filter section if desired, and two of the oscillators can ring modulate.

    I really wanted to do some granular stuff but I could see it taking a long time so I shelved it for the time being. However, the sample oscillator has a 'spectral loop' mode in addition to the usual time based looping, which can make some pretty interesting effects - think of putting the sample through an infinitely long reverb, sampling part of that reverb tail and creating a seamless of loop of that.

    There are 2 filters which can be:

    - LP/HP/BP/Notch with a range of different slopes and the choice between 'digital' or 'analog' (the latter has a drive control and much more resonance).
    - EQ peak or shelf
    - Comb
    - Formant
    - Waveshaper

    The 2 filters can be configured in parallel or series, or switched to stereo mode to become a Left/Right pair.

    There's an additional global stereo filter with the same options as filters 1/2. However, this filter is applied globally to the output (all voices together) rather than per voice. It's handy for tweaking the EQ as a whole or applying distortion to the whole mix, that sort of thing.

    The synth has 3 effects which can be applied in any order:

    - Multi-FX (chorus, flanger, phaser, ensemble)
    - Delay (stereo, cross, ping-pong etc.) with beat sync
    - Reverb (various rooms, plate and hall)

    Of course you can apply more effects as mixer inserts, but the ones above seemed the best candidates for inclusion in the synth itself.

    Finally, there's a mod matrix similar to NS1's Eden, but it's now easier to use as you can just tap on a destination control create a mapping.

  • NS2 - Progress report and screenshots   1 week 13 hours ago

    Questions that I have

    How many and what types are the oscillator types?
    Does the sampler oscillator type have granular, or any pitch stretch/time behavior?
    What filter types are available?
    the fm oscillator looked to have 8 operators?
    What effects will there be, are the effects shown on the screenshot the entire set?
    Will it use audio unit instruments or effects?

    Now my comments: looks very good thus far, of course I'm buying it!
    I know I can probably erase several iOS synths if Obsidian is killer as it seems it is.

  • NS2 - Progress report and screenshots   1 week 14 hours ago

    > Any sign of microtuning

    Man, this one's been on my list so long I don't see it anymore. To be honest, there's always something more important/requested to do instead. Out of interest, are you looking to be able to microtune each note in the MIDI editor, or just for the ability to set a microtune scale which the whole instrument (or project?) would use?

    > can I ask why the Synth Editing Controls won't be midi-learnable?

    Yes you can. In NS1, the sheer number of parameters involved would have made it a difficult simply due to the way it worked internally (I seem to remember parameter automation as something I hacked in, as the initial version was never really designed to do it). With so much to do in NS2 I've decided to follow the same route for now, but the way it works internally means that this would be easier to add. So for now it'll be just the macro controls, but the path would definitely be clearer for adding it in a future update.

  • NS2 - Progress report and screenshots   1 week 18 hours ago

    Hi Matt,

    Thanks for the thorough reply.

    Great news on the CC data

    I'm always a fan of flexible midi control. So 'option 3' sounds good to me.

    Not that you owe us an answer, but can I ask why the Synth Editing Controls won't be midi-learnable?

    This is something I always miss with Nanostudio. I'm sure there's a good reason. :)

    Another quick question.. will we still be able to quantize a track post-performance? I use that loads!

    Cheers

  • NS2 - Progress report and screenshots   1 week 20 hours ago

    'So right now it's looking like NS2 will most likely support anything which can run iOS 9 onwards.'

    First up. Wow Matt. Just Wow!

    Then this.... ^^^.... Wow again!

    Any sign of microtuning or is this just an extra mindfuck you could do without at this early release stage?

  • NS2 - Progress report and screenshots   1 week 21 hours ago

    The other device that is still current, and having a 4" screen, is of course the iPhone SE. I know, because I just bought one :-) So, yes, please, support 4" screens!

  • NS2 - Progress report and screenshots   1 week 1 day ago

    In order for it to count syrupcore, you'll need to have all 256,000 quarter notes.
    Or 4,096,000 hemidemisemiquavers, if you're 'in' to those.

  • NS2 - Progress report and screenshots   1 week 1 day ago

    Drooling....

    I'm totally down for IAP of the audio tracks if it means that they will be solid (it's one of the only reasons I ever had to leave NS1; recording vocals for songs). I realize how hard they are to get right, and I'm glad they are not half assed. I've waited years for this, what's a few more months ;)

    I noticed there's not real screengrabs of the pattern sequencer up close? I'm a note placer, and NS1 has this down perfect. I wonder how you will make it even better in NS2? It would be nice to incorporate the apple pencil, in how it changes depending on angle. Maybe angling it down could change the velocity of the note, or something? Angling it to the right would extend a note, or whatever. A man can dream...

    Also, what does the drum pad look like? It was perfect in NS1, too. Just curious.

    I'm really excited about the sample rates; my iPad pro will now be able to compete with Logic Pro, and then some.

    Other than that, I can't friggin wait! Feel free to tantalize us with many more screen grabs. I know I'm not the only one who tried pressing a key. lol

  • NS2 - Progress report and screenshots   1 week 1 day ago

    You are welcome to that FIRST, syrupcore. ;-)

  • NS2 - Progress report and screenshots   1 week 1 day ago

    > Yep there is still a limit but it's 256,000 quarter notes which works out as around 36 hours @ 120BPM if I've got my sums right.

    I'm aiming to claim "FIRST!" on SoundCloud by uploading for a 36 hour NS2 exploration of 32 sine waves modulating between 432hz and 448hz at different speeds. Hope to have it up 37 hours after release.

  • NS2 - Progress report and screenshots   1 week 1 day ago
  • NS2 - Progress report and screenshots   1 week 1 day ago

    > Will the 190 seconds limit go away

    Yes, I'm going to take the limit away but what I've never liked is that iOS tends to indicate it's run out of sample memory by simply crashing. There's no good way for apps to ask if they're going to get the memory they want before they ask for it, so it looks to the user like the app's unreliable. This was the original reason I imposed an artificial limit for samples.

    Unlike synth samples, audio tracks (when they come along) will be streamed so there will be no real limit there other than the maximum supported size of the file (or file format).

    > the overall song length will go beyond 25 minutes?

    Yep there is still a limit but it's 256,000 quarter notes which works out as around 36 hours @ 120BPM if I've got my sums right.

  • NS2 - Progress report and screenshots   1 week 1 day ago
  • NS2 - Progress report and screenshots   1 week 1 day ago

    Oh how great all of this sounds, especially file management via Dropbox suits my workflow a lot.

    Audio tracks is a must have for me, as I use a fair bit of field recordings. Will the 190. seconds limit go away (I currently use the TRG as audio track work around)? And the overall song length will go beyond 25 minutes?

    And my two cents for IAP as well: I support the approach to charge for additional features and presets for the sake of continues app maintenance. Don't be shy, I am sure you have a solid fan base from NS1 users willing to pay back all the joy we had with your app!

  • NS2 - Progress report and screenshots   1 week 1 day ago

    "Audio buffer size options are 64, 128, 256, and 512 frames." Cool. :) Maybe I'll make one feature request, and that will be for a 1024 frames buffer option if you're able to swing it.

    Anyways, everything you described regarding the compressor and sidechain routing and such sounds absolutely immaculate. :) Like, I can use vocals as a sidechain signal to subtly duck backing instruments, and of course the usual SC pumping for EDM, etc. NS2 is shaping up to be the newest iOS DAW to beat.

  • NS2 - Progress report and screenshots   1 week 1 day ago

    > Previously you said NS2 would have unlimited tracks, depending on hardware limitations.

    Yes

    > Is that the same for Presets?

    and yes

  • NS2 - Progress report and screenshots   1 week 1 day ago

    Previously you said NS2 would have unlimited tracks, depending on hardware limitations. Is that the same for Presets?

  • NS2 - Progress report and screenshots   1 week 1 day ago

    Audio buffer size options are 64, 128, 256 and 512 frames.

    The new compressor supports an external sidechain input, and the new mixer supports arbitrary send/return wiring (but won't allow feedback loops). Basically you just add a send from the track of your choice to the compressor's sidechain destination.

    The compressor has an optional LP or HP filter on its sidechain input, but if you want to be really clever you could disable this and instead wire a track to an aux bus, apply insert effects of your choice to that bus and then wire the output of that bus off to the compressor sidechain. I'm not suggesting this would be a normal workflow, but hopefully it helps give an indication of what's possible.

  • NS2 - Progress report and screenshots   1 week 1 day ago

    With direct import/export to and from AudioShare and a flexible internal file system and flexible FX rack, I have no doubt I'll get a lot of quick work done with NS2. :) Seems to have the same straightforward workflow that NS1 has (and streamlined too given the fact when you copy clips, they are unique now), and no confusing aspects either (like banks and such).

    Okay, so my next question is, will NS2 have various buffer sizes for playback (such as 256 samples, 512, 1024, and 2048)? I know this is a seemingly insignificant feature for many people, but for me, I like reducing crackling and such in case I start loading in a lot of effects or whathaveyous and need to pick my iPad back up from falling over. ;)

    Also, will NS2 have internal sidechaining, or at least an auto-ducking effect like Audio Damage's "Pumphouse" effect? https://youtu.be/Hau8UlVENaQ I'd pay an IAP for something like Pumphouse. :)

    Finally, thank you in advance for letting me know in the future when you'll need beta testers. Hopefully once Apple pumps out the official version of iOS 11.

  • NS2 - Progress report and screenshots   1 week 1 day ago

    > Also, my other question for you is, is there a way to contact you so I can get on the beta testing team?

    I will be looking for some people a bit later, I'll let you know. I want to keep it fairly small though for operational efficiency!

  • NS2 - Progress report and screenshots   1 week 1 day ago

    > I wonder, how will FX work? Do you get one instance of each effect per track that you simply turn on and off? I assume you can switch the order of FX?

    You can have as many effects on a track as your device will support before it falls over. Yes, you can re-order effects, and also do stuff such as copying/pasting an effects chain from one track to another, or saving the chain as a preset to load up in another project.

    > I need to ask you, how will file importing/exporting work?

    There should be a pretty good description a few posts back:

    http://forums.blipinteractive.co.uk/node/11615#comment-33572

    > Will we be able to import/export directly from and to AudioShare?

    Yes

    > Will your file system be similar to that of the flexible ones in AudioShare and Beatmaker 3?

    Yes, multiple selection, copy, move, create folders and subfolders, import, export, renaming, trash bin, file preview with file info, all that sort of nonsense!

  • NS2 - Progress report and screenshots   1 week 1 day ago

    > Matt, I'm wondering if NS2 will be optimized for the 12.9 iPad Pro at some point? Be nice to be able to take advantage of the extra screen real estate.

    Should be easy (in theory) as I mostly develop it on desktop where I can resize - and going up in size is a lot easier than going down!

    However I don't have one at the moment so I probably won't launch with native support. I suspect a good time to look at it would be when I'm sorting the iPhone version out.

  • NS2 - Progress report and screenshots   1 week 1 day ago

    Also, my other question for you is, is there a way to contact you so I can get on the beta testing team? I've been an alpha tester for one major music software company as well as a beta tester for a few other companies, I know about Test Flight, about NDAs (non-disclosure agreements), etc. Thank you mate. Cheers.

  • NS2 - Progress report and screenshots   1 week 1 day ago

    > Any thoughts on a Librarian...?

    The new synth has a patch browser where you can filter by bank, attribute, text or initial letter. If also allows you to delete, import or export single or multiple patch selections.