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)Read More
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.
Loopy’s been updated!
First of all: Reverb. Loopy now has reverb FX, which you can tweak in Settings. Think of it as a very modest little preview of things to come in Loopy Masterpiece Edition.
But the most exciting thing is that the update introduces support for Ableton Link which has launched today and – I kid you not – it’s going to change the way people make music and play together.
Ableton Link is a new technology that lets you play in time with multiple iOS apps and iOS devices, and multiple instances of Ableton Live music software over a wireless network. If you’ve used MIDI sync before, you get the general idea, but this is a totally different animal, and is simply effortless to use. The Link team have done a fantastic job.
Here’s Jakob Haq describing how it works in combination with Audiobus:
You can see the other Audiobus-compatible apps that support Link over on the Audiobus Compatible Apps Directory; subscribe to the email list there to be notified as new Link-compatible apps arrive.Read More
“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.Read More
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
- 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
The main new stuff is support for Bluetooth pedals like the AirTurn and Cicada (as well as any Bluetooth keyboard). This uses the same system as the MIDI control, so you can do all the same stuff. It’s pretty neat.
Also, iPhone 5 support, which introduces — you guessed it — another row of loops. How could I resist?
There’s also some dramatically improved clock code in there, which offers new behaviour when using the x/÷/+/- clock length controls to give you new options for putting interesting rhythms against each other, and better support for non-4/4 time signatures.
There’s a bunch of other relatively minor improvements in there. Here’s a summary of all that’s new:
- Added support for Bluetooth pedals like the AirTurn and Cicada, and Bluetooth keyboards
- Added iPhone 5 support
- Enhanced support for alternative time signatures
- Improved clock length manipulation, with more flexible behaviour for “+” and “-” buttons
- Rearranged Settings screen for easier understanding
- Added “Cancel pending actions” MIDI action
- Keep MIDI device connections over multiple sessions
- Ask for a session name when saving for the first time
- Assorted bug fixes and optimisations