Projects screen

1. Projects

1.1 File list

The file list displays the type, name and length (or size) of every file and folder. Select a file to view its details (date, size) in the area below the list. Double tap a file or a folder to open it.

Different types of files are automatically organized into separate folders:

  • The Audio folder contains all your recorded, imported and exported audio files. Tapping an audio file immediately triggers a preview, which simplifies the process of finding the file you are looking for. Audio files are automatically moved into this folder.
  • The Beats folder contains the preset and user created beats, see the the chapter on beats below.
  • The Demos folder is read-only and holds the factory demo projects and instrument demos (if instruments were purchased).
  • The Instruments folder contains all the user instruments which are also listed in the Instruments screen’s User section.
    Deleting an instrument here also removes it from the Instruments screen and vice versa.
  • The Trash folder contains all deleted or overwritten files, with date and time appended.
    The Load button turns into a Restore button, that moves the file back to its original location.

Music Studio supports the following file types:

  • xms: Music Studio project
In Music Studio, songs are referred to as projects. They are stored in the .xms file format, a custom and small format for Music Studio which cannot be opened with any other software. It contains the tracks, song parameters, effect settings, keyboard layout, metronome and some user interface settings. Preferences from the Setup screen are not stored in the project.
  • beat: Music Studio beat, see the the chapter on beats below.
  • wav, mp3, ogg, m4a (AAC): audio files
  • mid, midi: MIDI file
  • instr: Music Studio instrument
    An instrument file stores all the samples and parameters of an instrument, like the sample mapping, loop points and volumes.
  • zip: compressed archive

1.2 Beats

Beats contain one or more loop-able drum tracks which can be appended to a song. Tapping a beat immediately triggers a preview, which simplifies the process of finding the beat you are looking for. Tap the save button in the Beats folder to save the current song’s drum tracks as a beat.

If the current song is empty, loading a beat applies its tempo and reverb settings and enables loop playback and recording. Otherwise, a popup lets you choose between appending the beat tracks to the current song and replacing all the current drum tracks with the beat’s tracks.

In practice, beats are great to start a song with, and are also handy for trying out different rhythms for an existing song. When appending a beat to an existing song, you may want to use the bar editor’s repeat button to manually loop (extend) the beat to the duration of the song.

1.3 New project button

Tap the New button to creates a new project. This action will remove all current all tracks and reset all effects, keyboard and drum pad settings.

1.4 Load button

Select a file and tap the load button to open it:

  • Loading an xms file dismisses your current project. If the project requires instruments which are not present in your instrument list (i.e. not purchased), they are substituted by the closest matches from the available instruments and a popup informs you about that.
  • When a MIDI (.mid) file is loaded, it’s track’s General MIDI program numbers are matched with Music Studio’s instruments.
  • Loading an audio file adds a new audio track to your song. The file is also moved into the Audio folder if it’s not already there.
  • Loading an instr file adds the instrument to the User section in the Instrument screen and places a copy of the file in the Instruments folder.
  • Zip files are decompressed and any audio files contained in it are moved to the audio folder upon tapping the load button.

Tip: Double tapping a file has the same effect as the load button.

1.5 Save button

To save the current project, tap the Save button and enter the desired file name.

1.6 Delete button

Tap the delete button to move the selected file into the Trash foler.
When the Trash folder is opened and a file is selected, the Delete button permanently removes the file. Tap and hold it to empty the Trash folder.

1.7 Append button (iPad only)

This button appends a song (.xms), MIDI (.mid), beat or an audio file to the current project.

1.8 Transfer files to full version

(Unavailable in Music Studio , only available in the Lite version)

If you purchased the full version, you might want to copy your song and all the files in the Audio folder from Music Studio Lite to the full version on the same device. Tap the "Transfer files to full version" button, then tap the Music Studio icon.

1.9 Export

(Unavailable in Music Studio Lite, only available in the full version)

Select a project or a wav audio file and tap the Export button to convert it to a different file format.

Note: Not the current song but the selected file is exported! The selected file will be loaded, exported and your current project will be loaded again.

The following export options are available for projects:

  • MIDI
    MIDI (.mid) files can be opened by most DAW and scoring applications on any platform. The MIDI format stores the notes and track and song parameters. It is small because it doesn’t store any audio data, but that also means that it will sound different on every device and software.
    Exported MIDI files are format 1 files, i.e. each track is written into a MIDI track on a separate MIDI channel. Instruments are translated to closely match the GM (General MIDI) standard voices. Pitch bend is always compressed to the default MIDI range of +/- 2 semitones.
  • WAV
    The format of an exported wav file is 44kHz 16bit stereo. The polyphony is automatically set to 128 during export.
    If the Apply markers checkbox is enabled, only the range between the left and the right marker is exported.
    Enable Save tracks separately to create a separate file for each track.
    Tip: Before exporting to WAV or AAC format, save the song with the reverb quality set to high.
  • AAC
    Choose AAC to create a compressed .m4a file which is best suited for sharing via email or SoundCloud due to its small file size compared to wav files. Lower bit rates reduce the file size but also reduce the quality.
  • ZIP
    
The selected .xms file and all the .wav audio files it uses are archived to a zip file. This simplifies the process of transferring a song with audio tracks to your computer or another device.

For .wav audio files, only the AAC export option is available.

1.10 Share

(Unavailable in Music Studio Lite, only available in the full version)

Select a file and tap the Share button to send it by email, upload it to iCloud Drive, Dropbox, Google Drive, AirDrop or to open it with another app.

Note: Email is limited to a file size of 20 MB (WiFi), or 5MB if you are connected to a cellular network.

Tip: Export your project or wav file to the compressed AAC format before emailing or uploading it to SoundCloud.

Tip: WiFi is recommended for emailing and uploading files.

1.10.1 Compress (zip) checkbox

Compressing the file is available for email, Files and Apps & More sharing. If a project is selected, a zip file containing the .xms and all the .wav files that it uses will be created.

1.10.2 AudioCopy

The AudioCopy clipboard allows to you copy and paste audio material between apps that have AudioCopy support. The AudioCopy app (available on the App Store) lets you manage the clipboard.

1.10.3 SoundCloud

SoundCloud is an online platform that allows musicians to upload and share their compositions. In order to upload a song to SoundCloud, you will need to log in with your account or create a new one. To log in with a different account, log out first by tapping the SoundCloud account name.

1.10.4 Files

The iOS Files app provides import and export from and to iCloud Drive, local files, or other cloud services like Dropbox.

In Music Studio, Files is the only sharing option that allows import and export. When you select iCloud Drive, a dialog window asks you if you want to import a file, or export the selected file.

If you are logged in to your iCloud account on your device, iCloud Drive is your personal space for storing files in the cloud that are synced across all your devices.

Note: Dropbox can also be accessed from the Files window, if the Dropbox app is installed. Tap Locations, select More and enable Dropbox.

Note: Importing .instr files from iCloud Drive is not possible at this time.

1.10.5 Apps & More

Select this option to be presented with a list of apps installed on your device that can open the selected file type. Tap an app to transfer the selected file and switch to it.

AirDrop and other iOS sharing options like iCloud, Dropbox and Google Drive can also be accessed in this dialog.

Note: Dropbox and Google Drive require the respective apps to be installed.

1.11 Server

(Unavailable in Music Studio Lite, only available in the full version)

Music Studio features an integrated WiFi server for you to access your Music Studio files from the browser of another device that is connected to the same WiFi network. The server is not on the internet, think of it as a port that is opened on your mobile device for accessing your Music Studio files from another device’s web browser. The fact that a web browser is used is due to the protocol, even though the internet is not accessed.

While iTunes file sharing is the recommended method for transferring files between your mobile device and your computer, a WiFi server is also available. It is harder to set up but has the advantage that subfolders can be accessed.

Follow these steps to connect to the Server:

  • Connect to a WiFi network with your iPhone.
  • Connect to the same WiFi network with your computer.
  • Tap the Server button.
  • Enter the IP address (without www) followed by the port into your computer’s browser’s address bar, e.g. 10.0.0.3:8080
  • Right click a file and select Download (or "Save target" or something similar depending on your browser) to save it to your hard drive.

To upload a file from your computer to Music Studio, click the Choose file button, select a file from your hard drive and click the Import button to copy any of the supported file formats onto your device. Zip files are decompressed automatically after the upload has finished.

Note: In order for the Bonjour URL to work (e.g. http://My-iPhones-Name.local:8080), Windows PCs need to have Bonjour installed, which usually comes with iTunes. Otherwise, use the IP address (e.g. http://10.0.0.3:8080) to access the files.

Follow these steps if you experience any issues with the WiFi server:

  • Try iTunes file sharing instead, it requires no setup and is more reliable.
  • Make sure that your device is connected to the same WiFi network as your computer.
  • Enter the IP address (numbers) instead of the Bonjour address (device name) in the browser's address bar on your computer, followed by a colon and the number 8080.
  • Try a different browser like FireFox or Chrome.
  • Disable your PC's firewall.
  • Only as a last resort: bypass your router by setting up an ad-hoc network on your computer.

1.12 iTunes File Sharing

(Unavailable in Music Studio Lite, only available in the full version)

iTunes file sharing is the easiest way to transfer file from and to your computer. It is recommended that you regularly backup your files this way.

Follow these steps to access Music Studio’s files via iTunes file sharing:

  • Connect your device with the USB cable to your computer and launch iTunes.
  • In the Devices section of the left list, click your device and select the Apps section in the menu on the top.
  • A list of apps that support file sharing is displayed below the “Sync Apps” list.
  • Select Music Studio to display its files in the Documents list on the right.
  • To copy a file into Music Studio, click the Add button or drag and drop it into the list.
  • To copy a file from Music Studio to your computer, click the Save to button or drag and drop the file from the list into a Finder (Mac) or Windows Explorer window.

Note: Folders cannot be opened in the file list in iTunes, but they can be saved to your hard disk as a whole.

1.13 Rename button

The rename button in the bottom left corner allows you to change a file's name.

Be careful when renaming WAV files in the Audio folder, they might be used by songs and renaming (or deleting) might result in empty audio tracks.

Note: Instruments can only be renamed in the Sampler under Settings.