After my first week of using studio.HD I’ve come up with a wishlist of improvements that would increase the enjoyability of studio.HD tenfold (for me)!
The ass-kissing will come after it
There’s no way to change a track’s pitch!
Moving samples in a track, or exploding the track when it’s layered is impossible when the playhead is over that loop. I need to move the playhead either behind or after it before I can explode/move loops.
Custom .loop files are gobbled up by studio.HD after importing them through iTunes. There’s no way I’m aware of that let’s me delete the downloaded packs or my own custom sets without reinstalling studio.HD. The real annoyance comes from the fact that I now need to backup my .loop files on my harddrive because I can’t delete them manually from the iPad. I have a 32GB iPad which is half full already, when I need to clean it up I have no choice but to delete studio.HD.
There’s no pitch effect.
Levels are hard to animatie/record because your fingers completely cover the bar. Next to that I’d love to be able to smooth out any button recordings, eliminating any ‘human’ imperfections.
A button to solo tracks. Now I need to mute everything else.
I couldn’t find a pitch effect…..
The ability to add ‘notes’ (not the musical ones) on the timeline. With that I can easily spot where the bridge is, any type of build-up, fades etc. I’m a 3D animator/compositor doing this is a hobby, but After Effects, Cinema4D, or any other editor I work with has the ability to add notes one way or the other.
Some way to stretch the animation. This would help a lot in easily extending or shortening fades. Next to that some way to loop the recorded animation?
The Browser is a great idea but it takes up too much screen real-estate. Moving it under a menu of some sort frees up space for a second touchpad! Room for custom X-Y binding! Or maybe set one pad to one effects and the second to another and record like that. I love that idea! The second advantage is that you then have more room for loops/sets in the browser, bringing me to my next points:
Bigger loops! I understand your reasoning for your own loop packs (downloadable over 3G), but the custom ones should have no limit! The color coding is what sets the samples apart any way. Any kind of audio producer would want to use his own sets, either created by himself or downloaded from various sample sites!
Multiple selections in Setmaker. Now I understood that you want users to be able to do this in-app, which is fine, but if I’m trying to organize over 200 loops it’d better be very easy! One obvious shortcoming that springs to mind is that you have to import the loops into studio.HD first - creating one big mess of similar colored files - and then you have to organize them! While on my computer they’re already organized in folders on my harddrive. I would really, really, really like to be able to do the COMMAND+A and then set 90 loops to bass at once. More than 10 loops in 1 set is a bonus, but the select all is a must. It took me 20 minutes last night organizing one sample DVD into setmaker. 15 minutes of that was clicking!
But wow, what a great program it is! With lot’s of potential hidden beneath it’s current shell, and an amazing user interface, I know I’m going to be wasting many days of my life using studio.HD.
I had some experience with DAWs on the PC and MAC, but never gotten into it much. Now, with my new iPad 2, I’m loving it! Thank you so much, and I hope you take my comments to heart.