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  • Intua BM 3 announced, thoughts?   16 weeks 3 days ago

    I agree with Jim about not wanting to learn another DAW. I have too many unused apps as it is. Maybe once NS2 provides a useful workflow for getting sounds out of other apps and in to completed projects, then maybe I'd get extra apps if they had some good sounds that I liked.
    That's my two pence.
    [drops mic and walks off his imaginary stage]

  • Intua BM 3 announced, thoughts?   16 weeks 3 days ago

    HA! Good catch Stiksi! I've never dripped a mic before, nor dropped one. Could be quite a plumbing disaster.

  • Intua BM 3 announced, thoughts?   16 weeks 4 days ago

    [picks up mic and assesses the extent of the water damage] "Dang, that's cold."

  • Intua BM 3 announced, thoughts?   16 weeks 4 days ago

    A lot of toys in that box. Not sure I want to learn yet another DAW though when I'm still learning Cubasis and NS2 is just around the corner #sarc #wishfulthinking

  • I Am Emotionally Prepared For NanoStudio 2   16 weeks 4 days ago

    Woohoo!!! I knew it!!

  • So is this app no longer being updated?   16 weeks 6 days ago

    Awesome! Thanks Matt! :o)

  • ** nanostudio songs **   17 weeks 1 day ago

    Nice tunes Major Lee.

    I'll just leave this here. Track 12 is the only one mixed/produced in NS1 but it was involved in at least 3 others:

  • So is this app no longer being updated?   17 weeks 1 day ago

    NS2's banks will work differently from NS1 and won't have a size limit. You will be able to search by name and attribute tags.

  • ** nanostudio songs **   17 weeks 2 days ago

    While i am there ,
    Here is another tune I hope one will enjoy :


  • ** nanostudio songs **   17 weeks 2 days ago

    Thanks Slam-Cut, glad you like it.
    Nanostudio Forum is the latest place to share with Nanostudio musicians
    since Souncloud has sadly withdrawed the Groups of interest

  • So is this app no longer being updated?   17 weeks 2 days ago

    That is cool!
    But in terms of resampling possibilities of NanoStudio, 16 tracks is enough :)

  • ** nanostudio songs **   17 weeks 3 days ago

    Really unique sound and vibe on this track

  • ** nanostudio songs **   17 weeks 3 days ago

    Hi all

    Here is a new title :


  • So is this app no longer being updated?   17 weeks 3 days ago

    Just curious Matt about the limit/unlimited plans for patches/presets per bank, i.e. the Project bank. Does NS2 break free from the 64 limit?

  • Alchemy   17 weeks 3 days ago

    On the positive side for GB, the velocity control slider on each MIDI note in the piano roll editor works nicely. I also like grabbing a track and pulling it up or down to re-arrange the track order. The rolling position marker at the top of the piano roll is nice, but I'd like to have the digital counter as well. There is plenty of room for it. Just a few things that occurred to me while I was working with it today.

  • Alchemy   17 weeks 3 days ago

    @instinctive: Ah ha! I thought you were talking about selecting presets. Yeah, that does work on the piano roll editor. Previously I tried this and caught a single note only, resulting in moving that note out of position. I see now that when you tap and hold, a small translucent box appears and with that one can select a group of notes. That'll be useful. Thanks for that tip.

  • Alchemy   17 weeks 3 days ago

    @Slam-Cut: I always thought the process of drawing a rectangle around stuff you want to select was called "Marquee Select", but maybe I'm wrong? :(

  • Alchemy   17 weeks 3 days ago

    @Slam-Cut: Wasn't the marquee about note selection in the piano roll?

  • Alchemy   17 weeks 3 days ago

    "But you can bring up marquee-select by just tapping and holding anywhere in an empty area." - instinctive

    Uhh... feelin' sorta dumb here. Don't get this at all. I'm not positive I know what marquee-select is, but is sounds like it might be faster than the normal preset select process. I tried tap and hold in various areas of various pages and I'm not getting it. Does this have to be on the page of the list of presets? Anywhere on the track view? Keyboard? Maybe it's just me and my tap and hold finger-fu skills are weak.

  • Alchemy   17 weeks 4 days ago

    You guys are helping keep me away from GB. Thanks! :D

    I agree with SlamCut that lack of AB input (or IAA as an input) is a big turn off. Pretty much a deal breaker really

  • Alchemy   17 weeks 4 days ago

    @Slam-Cut: Yeah, the preset selection is ridiculous, I think 3 taps to switch to another preset. In general I don't understand why synths don't have a "Select random preset" button, to listen through them. I bet 90% of the names of presets used in most songs start with the letter "A" :-)

    But you can bring up marquee-select by just tapping and holding anywhere in an empty area.

  • So is this app no longer being updated?   17 weeks 4 days ago

    Coooooooool :)

  • Alchemy   17 weeks 4 days ago

    I had a further play and like Slam Cut I got a bit deeper into it.. it's actually ok but what's really aggravating me is when I copy and past samples within an audio lane one disappeares even though I can still hear it arggghhh

  • Alchemy   17 weeks 4 days ago

    The current ad on US App Store for GB says "Introducing Alchemy".
    I guess they couldn't say "here's a chopped up weird less useful version of an app we bought"
    All they needed to do was keep Alchemy exactly the same and make it an AU for use inside GB.
    Why is it that Apple doesn't just ask me what they should do? Oh, yeah. That's right. They know what they are doing.

  • Alchemy   17 weeks 4 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.