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  • Boring screen shots   6 weeks 5 days ago

    Maybe with samples and IAP - surely of you to use the future "freeze" track function to freeze the track with the IAP sounds so it plays, but can't be edited if opened on a device without that IAP?

  • Boring screen shots   6 weeks 5 days ago

    I had to think about this for a while since it always involves compromises but I decided that IAP samples should be treated like factory samples, in that they reside in a 'static' place and they are not added to project archives. Couple of reasons for this:

    - It's generally an advantage to the the individual user. Otherwise, every single project archive that uses (eg) your favourite multi-sample string ensemble is bloated by MBs of sample data you've already got on your device in the IAP folder. Doing it this way means that archives which use IAP content stay lean and mean, saving on device storage space and making sharing via AirDrop etc. faster and and more reliable.

    - It's an advantage to me. Otherwise, an enterprising individual with a bit of time on their hands can simply export the whole IAP bank to an archive and post it up for free as a user bank. Of course, this is going to happen anyway in one form or other but I don't want to make it too easy!

    So the way I see it, if you choose to buy IAP content you get two things:

    - A load of new sounds
    - Streamlined sharing and archiving

    Of course, you can still use an IAP patch as the basis of a new patch and and save the modified version to the user bank.

    I suppose the same issues already exist in the desktop world. For example, if I send my friend a Cubase project using a £1000 worth of NI Komplete plugins, they're not going to get those plugins for nothing!

    When audio tracks are introduced, I suppose one solution to this problem would be to freeze/convert those tracks to audio prior to sharing with a friend who you know doesn't have that content.

    I mainly wanted to streamline it for users who work on their tablet at home, and then want to quickly get it onto their phone before they take it out for the day. Since those users will be using the same iTunes account, the IAP content will already be present on all their devices.

  • Nearest you'll ever get to a blog   6 weeks 5 days ago

    Oh dear, you're one of them Slam-Cut, no doubt about it :)

  • Nearest you'll ever get to a blog   6 weeks 6 days ago

    What Sharivari said.

    ...and I often wish I was an ‘ultra geek’ so I wouldn’t have difficulties with the more technical things.

  • NS2 - Progress report and screenshots   6 weeks 6 days ago

    .. cutting up old (trashed) sketch-touches ;)

  • NS2 - Progress report and screenshots   6 weeks 6 days ago

    From my perspective, Nanostudio 1 was incredibly efficient on the ancient iOS hardware when it came out. Extremely impressive what was capable. I can only put that down to Matt/Blip’s awesome coding skills - as at the time other apps couldn’t do anywhere near as much as Nano Studio could.

    It’s also great to hear development of a serious app like this being tested on an iPad Air2, (which is still a great iPad, and the oldest to handle current features like split screen multitasking) and the developer trying to keep the app working on old software versions too.

    This leads me to expect that, as before, I’ll probably be blown away with what’s capable CPU speed wise on current hardware - I’ve read the initial release likely won’t have the UI for the iPhone, but in some benchmarks current iPhones are faster than a Quad Core i7.

    Nanostudio was very inspiring to much around with and fashion up a tune. Can’t wait.

  • Synth screen shots   6 weeks 6 days ago

    Cinebent! Dude! Comrade!!

    Rob Papen's new Go2 AU/VST imports Scala files, and is actually quite similar sounding to Eden. I may have to buy it seeing that it's only about £42.

    But Sunrizer... Yes. Why? Why only iOS? I did write to Giku requesting microtonality on Sunrizer, so I'm extremely grateful to him for that. But yes, completely odd that it hasn't made the AU/VST plugin.

    If NS2 is to implement it (it should!!) it does need to be done properly, with both the keyboard as well as the piano roll updating to fit the imported scale or tuning.

  • Nearest you'll ever get to a blog   6 weeks 6 days ago

    Thanks for the post Matt and for all the screenshots! First and foremost thank you for NS1!
    In regards to NS2 Everything looks beyond expectations and I am totally going bananas over this.

    What I actually wanted to say is that I'm one of those sleepers cells out there, the ones who don't visit the forum or if we do we don't bother to log in or write comments, and I guess you have quite a few of us oin your user base. You also have the obvious hard core users, the handfew ultra geeks (sorry guys but you are haha) keeping this forum alive.

    I'm one of the silent ones who got NS1 many many years back (when it still looked fresh;) and have been using it for thousands of hours. On trains commuting, in bed next to newborn babies, in bars all alone, in restrooms at work, in hammocks on tropical beaches, on airplanes and boats. In any given situation for almost the last ten years NS1 has been a constant and reliable (yet aging) companion.

    In a sense an era of my life goes to an end when NS2 will be released. I can't wait to dive into the new one, which looks million times more complex and fulfilled from our contemporary expectations. No matter how good NS2 will be and how great its impact will be on my everyday life and the lives of others I find it hard to believe that it will be greater than NS1. NS2 may very well be groundbreaking but NS1 was unique in the sense that it completely pushed the boundaries of what was posible on mobile devices. It was simply done in the ambitious and well executed combination (and in some times simplicity) between technological quality and innovation and well designed UX, something which should be considered a benchmark in all product categories.

    I didn't know it was your sole income. On egoistic terms I'm grateful for the risk you have taken, for the hardship you might have put your family through in the process of doing this and for your dedication. Hopefully the release of NS2 will not only be fantastic for us users but financially for you, but also, and maybe more importantly, it will give you some peace of mind. You sure as hell deserve it!

  • Nearest you'll ever get to a blog   6 weeks 6 days ago

    My buddy had a Sinclair 1000. I don't think I ever saw a US equivalent of the Spectrum though. Commodore had basically taken over by then.

    Looks like Dickinson never stopped. He created and posted concepts for new Sinclair devices on Flickr.

  • NS2 - Progress report and screenshots   6 weeks 6 days ago

    Seems all great to me. Thank you very much for answer my questions.

  • Boring screen shots   6 weeks 6 days ago

    More serious question, re: missing sample hell. If I buy all the IAP presets (and I will!), and I share a work in progress with someone else (like Cib who won’t buy the IAP presets because he can create 30 new presets per hour) with whom I am collaborating and who does not have the IAP preset that’s on track 5, what then?

  • Boring screen shots   6 weeks 6 days ago

    I like the description of Demo project 2: “Yet another demo tune of questionable musical merit”

    Do we get to write notes on projects, or does NS2 automatically provide snarky comments about our musical skills. ‘Cuz if it’s the later, that’d be priceless! Sorta like a cheeky Siri belittling our crap epic opus. That would be so brilliant I can hardly stand it.

  • Synth screen shots   6 weeks 6 days ago

    The graphics look really nice. I like the design and color scheme. Most of the labels and symbols look familiar enough, but what is the row of colored rectangles (purple, red, green, orange) at the top center? Does that reflect the terrorist threat level on any given day, and how does the modulation matrix effect that?

  • Synth screen shots   6 weeks 6 days ago

    Wasn’t Born Leader (featured in first photo) the name of an Eden preset? I’m pretty sure it was.
    (Insert some sort of whinging about recycled names here)
    Was this an attempt at the same sort of sound as the Eden preset? Maybe something to show off how much better Obsidian sounds than Eden?

  • Nearest you'll ever get to a blog   6 weeks 6 days ago

    I had one high school class on Basic in 1980. I wasn’t impressed, based upon my Star Wars expectations, and haven’t done any sort of coding since. There are times when I sorely wish I had more coding/computer trouble shooting skills. :-/

  • Synth screen shots   6 weeks 6 days ago

    Microtuning via midi indeed sucks and is not usable really.
    The synth itself should always be tuned per key/frequency.
    Otherwise with some obscure scales you get extreme unwanted pitch bends. And if you use midi via pitchbend to tune you might loose the pitchbend as performance etc.
    Sunrizer can do it (strange only on iOS) and i think Synthmaster One will do as well.

  • Synth screen shots   6 weeks 6 days ago

    Add my name on the microtonal list twice please.
    .tun file import for Obsidian would be the burner....
    I miss microtuning really in most iOS synths.

  • Nearest you'll ever get to a blog   6 weeks 6 days ago

    Thank you guys.....for feeling young again :)
    Indeed, nice insight into Blip Interactive.
    And now post some sound demos of Obsidian (i don´t know why but i always write Oblivion first).

  • Best NS1 life raft device   6 weeks 6 days ago

    @syrupcore: yeah, I get what you’re suggesting. My experience with Reaper is pretty much along the lines of what you are trying to help. I’ve been overwhelmed with options I don’t need and it slows everything down. It’s like having the cockpit of a modern Boeing 747 jet when all I need is the simple controls of a P-51 Mustang, but that the 747 options would be available via things like long press. May not be the best analogy - haven’t had coffee yet this morning.

    @tom_tm: hahaha!! You’re like a Monty Python character: “And now for something completely different. Microtonal Support!” Makes me giggle. I don’t even know what I would do with microtonal support. Is it just to create unlimited scales?

  • Nearest you'll ever get to a blog   6 weeks 6 days ago

    The wrong side of 50 here. Thank the good lord for text-only. :-/

  • NS2 - Progress report and screenshots   6 weeks 6 days ago


    So far my experience is that the need for a freeze mode isn't urgent. I can get 16 or more synths up and running with 10's of audio FX on an iPad Air 2 with a buffer size of around 5ms. If you go up to around 10ms it can do even more.

    However, when I implement the audio tracks IAP that will be a good time to add a freeze mode (since it essentially involves rendering the synths and FX on that track and then playing it as an audio track).

    I've provided for internal and external (AU) MIDI FX but haven't written any internal ones yet! I was hoping to add a couple of simple internal ones as proof of concept (eg. transpose or event filter) and leave it open for external AUv3 MIDI effects.

  • Nearest you'll ever get to a blog   6 weeks 6 days ago

    Yes, I look young for my age in text-only forum posts. I turned 47 a couple of days back. My first experience was with a Sinclair ZX81, but I think I probably got that in '82 so that's only 35 years.

    See, I can't even do that basic time estimate properly!

    As a slight aside, I read that Rick Dickinson, the product designer for the early 80's Sinclair computers (marketed as Timex in the US) died last week. I didn't know much about him, but geeks of a certain age will remember the evocative feel, smell and touch of those little black plastic devices and the potential they contained and they really did kickstart a whole generation of coders in the UK. Thank you Rick, and the rest of the genius team who created those little machines!

  • Best NS1 life raft device   7 weeks 2 hours ago

    I had a go with LMMS the other day. Check that out for ease of use! And MuLab too. Wicked DAW. But alas no microtonal support.

  • Best NS1 life raft device   7 weeks 2 hours ago

    I like that idea, Matt. With that many features, I can't even imagine trying to do actually do a UX overhaul.

    @slam-cut, I'm not wanting Reaper to be dumbed-down, just more streamlined for some basic DAW use cases. If you just wanna record a few tracks and add some fades, you're still presented with the same UI for doing super advanced editing and mixing sessions. There's just no "hierarchy of needs" in the UI. It's like every feature every user ever wanted has been (kindly) implemented and simply appended to some menu somewhere. The crazy thing, considering how jammed packed every menu seems to be, is just how many really useful features *aren't* available directly via a menu—you have to use the action list. I actually do almost everything via the actions list because it's easier to search by name than it is to troll menus.

    I'm not complaining. It's stupidly great for $40 bucks or whatever. It's more that I feel like a lot of great work is kinda lost and I think it deserves some UX love (and 4x the user base)!

    One thing that might help a tiny bit is to use the OSX style 'Hold Option while a menu is visible to see alternate options for some items'. For instance, in Finder, if you right click on a folder the first option is "Open in a new tab" but if you hold option the same menu item changes to "Open in a new window". In the item right click context menu, for instance, a lot of the cut/copy/split options could default to the 'most used' variation and then offer the alternates once alt (or something) is held.

  • NS2 - Progress report and screenshots   7 weeks 2 hours ago

    Hi, I want to introduce myself: I’m Ivan and I’m new here. I’m amazed about NS2 and I want to know if there’s going to have some resources to save CPU (freeze mode, bounce in place a channel...etc.) Are midi effects (scales, arpeggiator) or midi au’s in NS2? Sorry if these questions have been a answered before.