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  • 32 Bit Apps in iOS 11   5 weeks 6 days ago

    All I know is that iOS 11 won't work on this iPad 4. So I intend to hold on to it for NS as well as zillions of other apps that still run fine. Apple won't allow any of these to be updated on this iPad. I'm happy with that.

  • NS2 - a few early example tracks   5 weeks 6 days ago

    Yeah, many play the fibonacci scale instead, it's a bit easier because it doesn't always change the root note to the last one played. Playing chords in logarithmic is pretty advanced stuff.

  • NS2 - a few early example tracks   5 weeks 6 days ago

    Oh. I always have a hard time playing that scale.

  • NS2 - a few early example tracks   6 weeks 4 hours ago

    It's a logarithmic scale.

  • NS2 - a few early example tracks   6 weeks 1 day ago

    That figure does seem a bit low.

  • NS2 - a few early example tracks   6 weeks 1 day ago

    Interesting. So from your equation we can infer that the average adult only has 32 levels of smugness.

  • NS2 - a few early example tracks   6 weeks 2 days ago

    I've found that reducing x levels of smugness while operating a 2-wheeled vehicle also reduces x number of lost teeth. Good stuff.

  • Alchemy   6 weeks 2 days ago

    @instinctive: thanks for those tips. In all fairness I haven't spent a lot of time digging deeper into GB, and there is something about the UI, I think you touched on it with "The way they put things, hide things (this is driving me nuts), show things depending on the situation / editor etc", that doesn't compel me to dig deeper. Obviously NS has spoiled me a lot. When I start to get a little frustrated in another app I just turn back to NS because the small amount of time I have for doing music gives me anxiety if I don't feel like I am making progress composing a piece. GB will take a lot of time to get used to. I spent a little time with GB this morning and I did find that linear sequencer & piano roll you mentioned. I had previously opened only one of the demo songs to try to see how things worked, and it had everything in the scenes view. Scenes style loop-based music production just stops my brain cold. When I tapped the icon for what I thought would be the piano roll and saw nothing there I assumed it must be something else. My mistake. GB does have a linear sequencer with piano roll, but I did find it a bit less intuitive and less naturally conducive to creating music. If I spent more time on it I'm sure I could learn to work with what's there. Reminds me of the feel of Music Studio.

    All of those criticisms are really more on me for not getting familiar enough with the app, so I'll try to use it some more to see what I can do with it. However I did find a few things that I think are not me: (but could be...)
    - Preset selection is very awkward. If they aren't going to give us an actual synth then they should make this easier. Simple arrows to move to the next preset or a keyboard in the preset selection menu would help.
    - Some presets have an artificial velocity sensitivity on them and I couldn't see any way to turn this off and on (there is probably a manual I could actually read to get this info)
    - Piano Roll: no obvious 'select all" or loop with your finger to select a group of notes. There are features like these that I really rely upon in NS. Are these feature hidden somewhere?
    - The GB version of Alchemy is available only on iPhone 6 and above. I have an iPhone 6, and I still have an iPhone 3GS and an iPhone 4, both of which play the full version of Alchemy just fine. My iPad Air plays Alchemy just fine too, but the update says GB Alchemy is compatible with iPad Air 2 and above. Really? Not trying to push new hardware are they? I hope Apple doesn't kill Real Alchemy with a new iOS update. I'll give GB a 5 star review in trade for this!
    - GB is compatible with Logic Pro but I can't easily get sounds/stems out of it to use in another app. I hate feeling boxed in to a sandbox.

    Music apps playing well together has become the standard for serious music production on iOS, but Apple is bucking that by trying to force GB users to only think inside their box or Logic Pro. I'm not buying a MAC just for that compatibility. I've already bought a lot of iPhones and an iPad, so I think when I buy a bunch of apps from the App Store I should be able to play with the apps the way I want to. There are a lot of cool features in GB but overall it doesn't have the flexibility to help me create music the way I need to do it. I think full AB comparability would help this a lot. Then I could use GB as a sketch pad and develop tracks in other apps like NS. I know that Apple doesn't want that.
    GB can be at the end of an AB chain so that I can use sounds from other synths (today I used Real Alchemy) in GB, but that forces me to stay in GB. GB doesn't allow one to use GB sounds in other apps by being at the front of an AB chain. That's like a pusher offering free drugs to get you hooked, but not allowing you to go to other pushers for other drugs. (OK, I know that's a horrible analogy!) Fair enough. It's their sandbox, and they can make the rules the way they want them.

    I look forward to playing with some of the cool little instruments like the violin with violin strings. I wish there was a way to put the note names on the fret board so I can see what I'm doing. Real violinists don't need that, but a synth guy does, and I bet most people using GB don't know there way around the neck of the violin. Still, it's kinda fun. Hopefully on Smart Strings there is a way to play legato and not just pizzicato - still looking for that control. Oh! Just found it. Press and slide. Interesting.

  • NS2 - a few early example tracks   6 weeks 2 days ago

    Bicycle experiments in Newton's Laws of Motion and Universal Gravitation prove that wasting potential energy equals a proportionate prevention of injury.

  • NS2 - a few early example tracks   6 weeks 3 days ago

    Last time I came off it was last year on a road bike. Front wheel just slid away on a fairly dry road with a slight inverse camber. Wasn't going very fast so only got bruises and grazes. Although I was OK it shook me up quite a lot due to the random nature of the incident. I brake when going down big hills these days, even if they look clear. Once upon a time I used to regard that as an pointless waste of potential energy.

  • NS2 - a few early example tracks   6 weeks 3 days ago

    I think the bigger worry is that he gets derailed by a mountain bike injury.

  • NS2 - a few early example tracks   6 weeks 3 days ago

    wow !! those strings at the start of the first track sound huuuugeeeee !! Omnisphere like...

    why don't you tease us with a screenshot !!!! maybe a corner of one screen, so you don't give out too much :)

    Since I tried nanostudio many many years ago,
    I haven't found another intuitive app, fun & easy to use like yours,
    seriously cannot wait !!

    can the music gods pay your rent, meals and other things so you can get full time to finish it up?? please gods !!!

  • NS2 - a few early example tracks   6 weeks 4 days ago

    There is a vocoder, right ?

  • GalaxyExplorer   7 weeks 1 day ago

    One day he asked for all of his posts on this forum to be taken down. I think he was just frustrated with Apple, but he had other things going on too. He now posts on SoundCloud under the name Cinebient. One day maybe he'll retrun to this forum, under a new name, and you'll be able to identify him as they guy who wants an iPhone app to out perform the best desktop DAW/synths. His name really should be Envelope Pusher.

  • NS2 - another example track   7 weeks 1 day ago

    Hilarious! :o)))

  • NS2 - a few early example tracks   7 weeks 3 days ago

    Happy is like modern day 'Chime!'
    I wish we could see a snippet of a synth screenshot! :)

  • NS2 - another example track   7 weeks 3 days ago

    Ha! 8-)

  • GalaxyExplorer   7 weeks 3 days ago

    Thanks a lot Lee

  • GalaxyExplorer   7 weeks 3 days ago

    I believe he's still on the Audiobus forum going under the name 'Cib'.

  • NS2 - another example track   7 weeks 3 days ago

    "making a general racket that tends to piss the local neighbourhood off..."

    Like Cher or something..? I had that neighbour around 1999. It was hell and I still don't believe.

    But I seriously do think Tom should be a beta tester just so he gets to push the envelope.

  • NS2 - another example track   7 weeks 3 days ago

    'Unsafe'? Well you know me? I won the Nanostudio wall of sound challenge a couple of year back, and I like chaining lots of fuzz and echo FX together- you know making a general racket that tends to piss the local neighbourhood off... ;-)

  • ** nanostudio songs **   7 weeks 3 days ago

    Finishing off a few older Nanostudio tracks in anticipation of Nano 2 :-)
    https://youtu.be/AaEXvTiotW4

  • NS2 - another example track   7 weeks 4 days ago

    Pretty great kick (no pun intended :)) in those drums!! And a lovely spacious sound!!!
    EDIT: Listening to the second tune: Holy shit!!! :O
    And it´s made by a friend you say... That means that someone is beta-testing ;)

  • NS2 - another example track   7 weeks 4 days ago

    Me? Been doing pretty good. You?

  • NS2 - another example track   7 weeks 5 days ago

    What's up, Jim? How you been, man?