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Tap the Shop icon in the bottom left corner of the instrument screen. Instruments are in-app purchases, they are not available directly in the App Store or in iTunes. Browse through the available purchases and tap the preview button to listen to a short demo. When the prices are retrieved from the App Store, the buy buttons will appear.
Simply enter the shop and tap the Restore button in the upper right corner, enter your Apple ID and password that you made the purchase with in the past, and wait for the instruments to appear in the instrument list. This process can take up to a few minutes depending on your internet connection (WiFi recommended).
Note: Your credit card won’t be debited twice for the same product. If you tapped the Buy button of an item that you already bought on another device, it will be a free download.
No, if you open the App Store on your device and search for Music Studio, a cloud icon will indicate that you already purchased it and that it will be a free download. Just make sure that you are logged in with the same Apple ID that you used to purchase Music Studio in the first place.
Yes, if you tap and hold the app icon and tap X to remove the app, all files and settings associated with this app are deleted. Even if you sync the app back from iTunes onto your device, it will be a fresh install and your files won’t be restored. In order to save your songs, transfer them to your computer with iTunes file sharing or the WiFi Server.
Note: Restoring your device from the Restore menu in iTunes will restore all your app data (e.g. Music Studio songs) too, along with a reinstallation of iOS and all other apps. You will however lose all the data that you created on your device after the restore point was created by iTunes (sync).
Studio-sampled instruments require a lot of space. We decided not to trade quality for app size.
Music Studio is a 700MB download. During the installation, roughly 1.7GB of free space is required. After the installation it takes up about 1GB on your device. It comes with all the instrument data, purchasing instruments only unlocks them, so there are no additional downloads when you purchase a pack.
See the quick start guide for a list of compatible devices.
Yes, but an external microphone or an audio interface for iOS is recommended. Music Studio even lets you record both at the same time if you have a stereo audio interface for iOS.
However, it doesn't have an amp/box model effect for guitars. The distortion effect is only meant for synths. For guitar recording, it is recommended to record the output of your amp, or use another app with amp models as an Audiobus effect or AudioCopy/AudioPaste the recording made in another app into Music Studio for editing and sequencing.
A project’s MIDI tracks can be exported as MIDI (.mid) files which can be read by almost any desktop DAW or scoring software. You can also export each track as a wav file and add it as an audio track in another DAW:
A list of the supported file types can be found in the Projects section. There are 4 ways to copy a file into Music Studio’s folders:
iOS does not have an open file system and thus no Finder or Explorer type app. Every app has its own closed (sandboxed) folder that no other app has access to, except for the 4 methods described above.
To get the most out of the high quality studio-recorded instruments, use earphones, headphones or external speakers. Most instruments are designed for a specific tonal range, an E-Bass sounds as unreal in the 4th octave as a flute in the lowest octave.
Some instruments also benefit from a higher or lower release time.
Selected notes are colored dark blue. If you select a bar but a note starts a few ticks earlier than this bar, it will not be selected. If possible, quantize the track, thereby aligning the notes to simplify further editing.
Many instruments are limited in their tonal range. For Music Studio’s keyboard, the range is extended as far as possible, but it is limited because the sound would be awkward or of poor quality outside of this range. This especially concerns orchestral instruments.
This "strange way" is called the "General MIDI Level 1 Percussion Key Map". It is commonly used on nearly every hardware keyboard/synthesizer to retain full MIDI compatibility.