I’m excited to announce the release of Loopy 2.2, and Loopy HD 1.1, which introduce features that the professional and semi-professional musicians are going to love: Trainable MIDI control, and MIDI clock sync!
Loopy can now be entirely controlled via external MIDI devices, via the Camera Connection Kit for iPad, or any one of a number of third party adapters for the iPhone and iPod Touch.
With Loopy, musicians can now accomplish the kind of setup that would otherwise cost hundreds of dollars in expensive, bulky specialised equipment to achieve.
Controllable actions include record toggle, mute toggle, record then automatically select next track, record then overdub, toggle record with no count-in/out, clear, re-record, solo, volume, pan, tempo adjust or tempo tap, pause, double or halve clock length…
The update also introduces MIDI clock sync: The clock can be synchronised, in either direction, with external devices, other software (such as Ableton Live) over WiFi, software running on other iOS devices via WiFi or Bluetooth, and even other compatible apps running on the same iOS device, via virtual MIDI!
Oh, yeah – one more thing: Loopy on the iPhone or iPod Touch can now run up to 12 channels. Yep. Layer it up, baby.Read More
Loopy user and forum member fonyo recently wrote an article on the Loopy forum about busking with low-budget equipment and Loopy. There was some great information in the article, so I’ve reproduced it here with some editorial modifications.
I’ve been planning for a long time to do some busking. I’ve always been amazed by street musicians, and can watch them for hours. That’s why I’ve put together some thoughts on buying portable equipment.
In summary: For just a fraction more money than that saved by choosing Loopy instead of a single Boss RC-300 Loop Station, you can pick up a complete, high-quality busking setup, perfect for going out into the street and performing for the public.
Boss RC-300 vs Loopy
First, let me compare the new Boss RC-300 Loop Station with Loopy, not counting the iPhone’s/iPad’s price (because we love it and would buy it anyway!). I chose the RC-300 as it gives you the closest number of individual loop tracks you can record/overdub
|Item||Cost||Number of tracks|
|Boss RC-300||£400 +||3 stereo|
|Loopy HD||£5||6, 9 or 12 stereo|
My point is this: let’s forget the RC-300 and save that 400 quid for other stuff to buy so we can go out and play!
Here’s my equipment list. I tried to find a balance between price and quality, while also keeping in mind portability.
|Loopy||£2 / £5 HD|
|iRig G&I interface||~£25|
|BEHRINGER XENYX 1002 B||~£74|
|PylePro PWMA series||~£100-200|
Let’s see the details of each. Loopy is obvious, it’s the “core” in our iDevice and the iKlip is holding it (e.g. on a mic stand).
iRig guitar & instrument interface is transferring the sound to the iDevice.
iRig MIDI to control Loopy through MIDI (I know it’s not capable of doing this yet but soon it will be!) and we connect a nice MIDI foot switch (cheap and smart) the Behringer FCB1010. This is the only thing which needs a power supply but I’m listing it as I would go for it anyway. I’m sure now that iRig MIDI and LINE6 Mobilizer II are released we will soon find many battery-operated or maybe even passive foot-switches for iDevices through MIDI.
I’m sorry to disappoint you, but an electric condenser mic like the iRig iMic just won’t give you a nice sound, and as the tests and reviews are showing it’s just not suited for professional use such as live quality street busking.
That’s why I came up with an idea of a small but powerful battery-operated mixer with enough inputs to handle your better quality microphones. You can also plug in your instruments or any device with line out, such as an iPod as a music source.
The mixer device is the Behringer XENYX 1002B which runs on two (!) 9VDC batteries. The main output of the mixer (your gig) goes into the iRig’s TRS input. As a nice optional hardware for electric guitars with pickups, I recommend the MOTU ZBOX. It’s a miracle for guitar sound, and it’s passive so it doesn’t require any current. The Behringer 1002B has 5mic-line input OR 2mic-line/6stereo input with 3bandEQ, 2aux etc.
Finally, the Public Address (PA). I’ve found real luggage-like battery powered speakers made by PylePro and those are just wicked! Low-budget but nice stuff. They have wheels and handle for easy relocating, EQ, and many other cool things built-in. They give you enough power to blow away your own head with guitar riffs, beatbox, singing, so you can just use Loopy to amaze your audience! The iRig’s output goes in the PylePro’s input, and there we are.
You do need to buy a mic, but this way nearly anything will sound better than that electric condenser.
For the money you avoided spending on a Boss RC-300 LS for £400 (vs. Loopy 2 HD for £5), you can pick up nearly all this equipment — the sum is between 400-550 depending on where and what you buy or not. Then, you’re good to go and show some real busking to the public and start a career like our Uncle Dub Fx!
You can discuss fonyo’s research at the Loopy forum.
Updates to Loopy and Loopy HD have just hit the App Store!
Loopy 2.1.1 and Loopy HD 1.0.1 feature a number of bug fixes and iOS 5 compatibility fixes, as well as a few new features:
Configurable fade-in and fade-out
With this switched on, and with mute count-in/count-out enabled, the second tap on a playing or muted track will begin a fade in or out. A third tap will immediately play or mute the track. Without mute count-in/out, the first tap begins fade, the second plays or mutes immediately.
When clearing a track, this new function will cause the track to clear and begin recording again at the start of the next loop (or straight away, with count-in off)
“Chained mute” feature
If you mute a track (or tracks) while another track is counting in to record, then the muted track(s) will only mute after the recording ends, instead of at the next loop.
I hope you like the changes! Stay tuned for more.Read More
Benjamin Poole’s creations with Loopy are beautifully whimsical, uplifting and sometimes melancholy tracks that feature second-hand and vintage toy instruments that Benjamin has found via Craigslist and through friends.
Judging by the quality of his work, I’d assumed that Benjamin was a professional musician experimenting with Loopy, but to my surprise, this is just his hobby: Benjamin’s a full time Communications major!
Benjamin can be found posting to SoundCloud as benjaminpoole.
You can hear what others are doing with Loopy at Loopy’s very active SoundClound group.Read More
I’m very pleased to announce that Loopy HD has arrived! A Tasty Pixel HQ has been a-buzz with activity these last few months, and we have a solid iPad live looper with top-notch features to show for it.
Loopy HD takes Loopy, doubles the number of tracks to fill up that big iPad display (6, 9 or 12 tracks), adds a beautiful big control panel with more session controls, and brings an even more polished audio engine and spot-on time accuracy.
We’ve got huge plans for this app and it’s just going to keep getting better. Right around the corner is MIDI support, so you can control the app with a pedal, and sync the tempo with other devices and other apps, over the network or even on the same device. Fun!
If you already own Loopy, Loopy HD will be on sale for $3.99 for a few days, so you don’t have to pay full price. We’ll also be giving away some promo codes from our Facebook page, so join us over there if you’re interested.
We’ve already given away some promo codes on our newsletter, but we do this from time to time, so subscribe if you’d like to nab one the next time.
Loopy has been updated too! Version 2.1 includes all of the improvements to the audio and timing engines from Loopy HD, as well as a smaller version of Loopy HD’s control panel. There’s a number of new features, as well, like count-in muting and unmuting, the ability to turn off track sync, and zip file support.
Thanks, Steve.Read More