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Put on your sampling pants: The Samplebot has arrived!

On sale, and available for iPhone and iPad!

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Samplebot is a collector of sounds. It’s a crafter of songs. It’s a finger-drummable looping sequencer of rainbow glory, and it wants to be your friend. Come. Play. Robo-boogie.

Record sounds. Make songs. Do a dance.

  • Record or import samples, then play them back on beautiful, sproingy rainbow pads!
  • Then record or input arrangements using the sequencer
  • Revel in the power of built-in drum patterns, loop record and playback, quantization and copy/paste
  • Trim samples, and adjust volume and balance for the perfect mix
  • Share your creations to Facebook, or export them to other music apps
  • Comprehensive MIDI control with velocity, for play using a grid controller like the Launchpad
  • Helpful and fun-loving intro tutorial
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Announcing: Samplebot

Hello, friends!

I’ve finally emerged from the depths of coding – and, I might add, the joyous but rather engaging throes of new parenthood of a quite charming little boy! – to make an announcement.

No, it’s not what you think: Loopy Masterpiece Edition, now named Loopy Pro, is still a little ways off. But I have something to tide you over.

Samplebot: Beta test me!

It’s a new app! A taste of things to come, if you will. It shows off some of the features to come in Loopy Pro, but with a special focus of its very own.

It’s called Samplebot, it’s a sampler/sequencer, and I hope you’ll love it.

Now’s the part where you come in: I need your help, right now, to test it, stretch it, break it, find its weaknesses and crush them. Because this bad boy is coming out this month.

So, interested? If yeah, head on over to samplebotapp.com, pop your email in and tick the box, and let the robo-boogie begin.

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Loop the World

Musician and Loopy user Gaspard Bonnefoy has just set out on an adventure around the world, live-looping with people from all around the planet. His first stop is Dubai, where he met up with sax player Daniel Contreras. Definitely a journey worth following! (Facebook, YouTube)

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Loopy just got some social skills

Still got some love for Loopy! I’ve just released Version 1.6, which (uh, finally!) adds support for the iOS share sheet, bringing support for Facebook sharing, AirDrop, Messages, Mail, Dropbox, and opening in any compatible app.

Should make it a bit easier to get your creations out of Loopy and into the world.

Now back to working on Masterpiece Edition. Will have some stuff to show off soon.

Screenshot

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Thirteen Months of Audiobus: Part 2

This is the long awaited sequel to the tale of Audiobus’ development. I’m completing this article now, on the day we say an emotional farewell to our motorhome Nettle, who has today been sold to a new family in the UK. It seems like a fitting time to tie off some loose ends as we start the next chapter of our lives in our new home in Australia.

In Part 1 of this article, I wrote about the early stages of the technology which was to become Audiobus, our inter-app audio platform, now supported by over 500 great music apps. Part 1 ended just as Sebastian had one of his genius moments, which I obnoxiously left as a cliffhanger. So, onwards:

It was winter in the south of France, and I was buried in the best kind of work: A new project, and one that brought together a bunch of different interests into a challenging, exciting heap.

But first, it was time to move on and find a more satisfying place to spend the rest of the winter.

Read More »

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Loopy update, now fully accessible via VoiceOver!

“Loopy HD. Double-tap to open.”

Loopy’s now VoiceOver-accessible for blind users!

Here’s what else is new:

  • Added “Toggle Reverse” MIDI Action
  • Revised behaviour of “Toggle record, then record next track”, “Toggle record, mute, then record next track” and “Mute and unmute next muted track” controller functions
  • Auto-select tracks when recording while using MIDI/Bluetooth controllers
  • Added “Simultaneous Recording” setting
  • Re-record action now cancels in-progress recordings
  • Accuracy improvements in MIDI sync
  • Reduced loop boundary crossfade duration
  • Assorted bug fixes

Please note: As of this version, Loopy’s no longer iOS 4 compatible. If you are one of those users still on iOS 4, I recommend you back up the existing version of Loopy prior to updating, by right-clicking Loopy in your apps list in iTunes, and clicking “Show in Finder”, then copying that file somewhere safe.

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Loopy HD 1.4 and Loopy 2.5 Bring Reverse and Decay; Loopy HD on 50% sale

Effects Update

Loopy News!

I’m happy to announce Loopy HD 1.4 and Loopy 2.5 – a significant update that brings the features most frequently requested by users: Reverse and decay.

Also – Loopy HD is 50% off!

You can access the new effects via the track menu, which can now be rotated to access the new menu items.

Reverse will play the track back in the reverse direction – you’ll see the position indicator move in the opposite direction. You can still do everything you usually can with reversed tracks, including position offsetting, overdubbing and merging.

Decay works while you are overdubbing a track: While it’s enabled, it will eat away at your track audio as you overdub new audio on top of it, fading away old layers as you make new ones.

There’s also a change to the way you finish track recordings: Now, when you punch out, Loopy will count out to the next cycle. That means you can tap the track at any time, and it’ll automatically end on the next cycle. To punch out immediately, tap twice. The first tap begins the count-out, and the second tap ends straight away.

New actions that can be triggered via MIDI or Bluetooth:

  • Toggle fading
  • Mute and play next muted track
  • Toggle record, mute, then start recording next track

More changes:

  • New tracks recorded that are multiples of the clock now always start at 12 o’clock
  • Audio engine tweak to now have sample-level latency compensation accuracy
  • Fixed bug with count-in quantize slider resetting
  • Fixed timing problem with blank loops from saved/autosaved sessions
  • Fixed an issue with recognizing MIDI note controls
  • Fixed some problems with re-record feature
  • Redesigned tutorial system
  • Make panel display selector always move in one direction when tapped on iPad

Loopy HD and Loopy are available on the App Store right now.

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The Amazing Audio Engine is here, and it’s open source and Audiobus-ready

Taae

I’m very pleased to announce that The Amazing Audio Engine has pulled into the station. It’s been a long time in the making, and there have been one or two minor distractions along the way, but I’m proud of the result:

A sophisticated and feature-packed but very developer-friendly audio engine, bringing you the very best iOS audio has to offer. We’re talking audio units, block or object-based creation and processing, filter chains, recording and monitoring anything, multichannel input support, brilliant lock-free synchronization and rich Audiobus support.

You’ll find The Engine, a bunch of documentation and the brand-new community forum at theamazingaudioengine.com

It’s also open source. And it’s ready for Audiobus.

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