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 NanoStudio 2 by Blip Interactive is an Audio Plugin Host and a Mobile Audio App. It can host Audio Units Plugins.
Mixer Song Editor Obsidian Synth 1 Obsidian Synth 2 Slate Drum Pad MIDI Editor Automation Editor Sample Editor Sound Pack IAP Mixer Effects Chain Effects
Product NanoStudio 2
Developer Blip Interactive
Price (MSRP)
Type / Tags Music Studio for iPadInstrumentsSample EditorSequencer
Plug-in, App & Soundware Format(s)
Can Host
Can Host
Operating System Availability
Download Released
Downloads Released
System Requirements
Any iPad or iPad Pro running iOS 11.x or later
Supported Sample Formats (loads or saves) include
Max. 6 items
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NanoStudio 2 is a mobile music production environment for synthesis, sampling, arranging, editing and mixing. It's a complete in-the-box solution, enabling you to develop your initial musical ideas right through to a final master with an intuitive workflow.

NanoStudio 2 is a host for AUv3 plugins but also functions well as a self-contained app, providing a versatile synth with multiple synthesis methods, a drum pad sampler and many built-in effects including a compressor, look-ahead limiter, reverb, EQ with spectrum analyzer, chorus, phaser and waveshaper. Everything is heavily optimized to make large and complex projects possible.

Song arrangement and editing:

  • Tempo and time signature tracks, with ability to ramp tempo.
  • Arbitrary track grouping/nesting, track lanes and no limit on the number of tracks.
  • Comprehensive song, MIDI and automation editors with full undo/redo.
  • Real-time note, controller and automation recording with optional real-time quantize.
  • Editing functions include delete, split, join, duplicate, draw, transpose, clean and quantize.
  • MIDI file import/export of selection (file types 0 and 1) with full support for tempo/time signature tracks.
  • Event timing typically within 4 samples.

Mixer and effects:

  • Arbitrary track grouping/nesting and no limit on the number of tracks.
  • All tracks have an audio and MIDI effect insert chain with no limit on the number of effects.
  • Effect chains support Audio Unit (AUv3) audio and MIDI effects.
  • Send/return connections between tracks for audio and/or MIDI.
  • Channels, sends and effects are all fully latency compensated.
  • Automation of track/send volume/pan and effect parameters with MIDI learn.
  • Effects include algorithmic reverb, sidechain compressor/expander, look-ahead limiter, EQ with spectrum analysis, delay, waveshaper, exciter, chorus, flanger and phaser.
  • Offline mixdown up to 32-bit @ 96kHz with options for exporting track stems and song regions.

Sampling and sample editing:

  • Record samples using internal mic or external device - multiple audio hardware channels supported.
  • Song can be monitored as you record.
  • Efficiently edit samples up to 2 hours long.
  • Editing functions include volume fades, trim, reverse, DC offset remove, copy, paste and duplicate with full undo/redo.
  • Snap to grid based upon sample, song or manually entered tempo.
  • Editing of sample sustain loop.

Obsidian (synth):

  • 3 oscillator 16 note polyphonic synth with stereo voices.
  • Each oscillator can use 7 different types of synthesis: Analogue, Wavetable, Phase Distortion, FM, Multi-Saw, Shaped Noise or Multi-samples.
  • 18 filter types including resonant analogue, clean digital, comb and formant.
  • An innovative spectral loop mode for samples.
  • Configurable modulation provided by 5 envelopes, 5 LFOs and 10 macro controllers.
  • Effects chain with a reverb, delay and chorus/flanger/phaser.
  • 300+ Factory patches.

Slate (drum pad sampler):

  • 32 pads with 4 internal effects buses and a final master output bus with limiter.
  • Each pad can use up to 3 split or layered samples and has its own filter, waveshaper, envelopes and voice grouping options.
  • 500+ factory samples ranging from multi-sampled acoustic drums through to electronic percussion and effects, arranged into 50+ kits.

AU instrument:

  • Allows you to host an Audio Unit instrument just like an internal instrument.
  • Full browsing/search of all Audio Unit factory patches.
  • Acts as a central librarian for all your AU user patches, with tag attributes and text search.
  • Supports automation, including real-time recording.

External MIDI instrument:

  • Sends track MIDI to an external hardware or software MIDI instrument.
  • Supports automation, including real-time recording.


  • File sharing with the iOS Files app, Dropbox, AudioShare, iTunes File Sharing, Email, import from your iTunes music library and a built-in WebDAV server.
  • Ableton Link supported.
  • Hosts Audio Unit (AUv3) instruments, audio effects and MIDI effects.
  • External hardware audio/MIDI devices with multiple audio I/O channels.

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