Blip interactive has already won the hearts of iPhone and iPod Touch users everywhere by creating the blissfully fun and feature-rich NanoStudio music app. Blip has blessed us further by being one of the first developers to add AKAI SynthStation support.

NanoStudio features 4 synths and 2 drum machines. Both synths and drum machines allow for the import of user-created samples. Patterns can be recorded in either real-time or step time via the sequencer. The transport bar allows the record function to be toggled on and off so you can easily practice parts before adding them.

The app is an intuitive delight to use! To try to write further about it almost ruins the magic. I will let my fumbling demo do the talking. This demo only scratches the surface of what this app can do–I didn’t even go into the effects mode. You can try out the app on your mac or pc before you get it from the app store.


In the early nineties I was half a pop synth duo called Then There Were None, named because our reliance on electronics was fueled by band member attrition. Because 2 people were responsible for a heavily layered wall of sound, our live setup was cumbersome and complicated! I had a Korg M1 keyboard that we used as a sequencer. Its midi output went into a patchbay that enabled us to send sequences to a Yamaha TG33 synth module and sync with a Roland R5 drum machine. Between songs I would frantically conduct sysex dumps from an Alesis rack-mounted data disk. I have no idea how I was able to plug in so many midi cables in the dim lighting conditions of the typical club and/or dive bar. My 21st century electronica gig setup is a breeze by comparison: all I need to do is fire up the laptop and plug in an audio interface and USB midi controller. Continue reading