LooperSonic is a multi-track audio looper and recorder that will take your loops to the next level. Use it like a loop pedal to make loops, and then arrange those loops into complete songs with cut, copy, trim, paste, reverse, and undo/redo.
CREATE: Record a loop by tapping the record button at the beginning and the end of the loop just as you would with a loop pedal. Or start the metronome and set your loop to count in for hands free looping. Change the loop points on the fly while recording new loops without stopping playback. You can also do straight recordings without looping.
EDIT: Use cut, copy, trim, and paste to structure your loops and recordings into a song. Turn a loop into a backing track for a verse by duplicating a loop for a few bars. Merge tracks to make room for more recordings. Undo and redo recordings and edits up to 100 times.
PLAY: When you change the tempo, the pitch changes along with it, like a record player. Use this to make a guitar sound like a bass, or to sing out of your range. Along with the reverse feature you can make some pretty cool effects.
SHARE: Get audio in and out using Inter-App audio, AudioBus, and/or audio copy/paste. Share individual clips or a whole song mix with ease. Audio can be copied from song to song. Or a selection of clips can be mixed down and shared without stopping playback.
-Undo/Redo up to 100 times
-Inter-App Audio support
-Audio Copy/Paste from other apps
-Change pitch and tempo like a record player
-Track volume, and mute/solo
-Join multiple clips (bounce)
-Supports 4/4, 3/4, and 6/8 time signatures
-Sharing is super easy
LooperSonic makes loops the same way a loop pedal does and just like a loop pedal, it requires precise timing to make a good loop. All sounds in LooperSonic are created by the user. For the best experience, make sure to wear headphones.
Been out of the loop ( ouch ... ) for a bit, but that just means there's some fun stuff to catch up on!
Developer David O'Neill sent me a review copy of his new app "Looper Sonic" to try out. Of course I'm aware of the availability of looping pedals, apps and performers who make most of us look like musical monkeys with them but I'd never really had the courage to play around with one (again he strikes ... get it ? 'Play around'?).
The App description does a fine job of explaining what's on offer here and I can confirm it does what it does very smoothly and without any fuss! Plug in a source (or use the iOS device's built in mic ( thanks David for a nice record level control! ), hit record and play. There's 8 tracks to fill up with your noodling and editing tools to copy, paste, move, trim, reverse and even bounce adjacent tracks into a single recording (confusingly labelled 'join' ... what's wrong with 'merge' or 'bounce'?).
The first track recorded sets the length of your loop ( though a bar at the top of the interface permits a loop length to be established beforehand. Tempo/time signature ( 4/4, 3/4, 6/8 ) can be defined by a numerical slider or by tapping and is marked by a decent metronome beep and a volume control. Or you can go it alone and just play freeform. Select a Track ( tap), hit the record button and play your guitar ( no count-in? ... maybe I'm just old but I need a moment to steady my nerves.)
Once a loop on a track is recorded the App seems to auto select the next track and you can tap the Record button again to record the next pass while hearing the first. If you want to over-write the original take a combination of tapping Stop then record again will let you record over your first effort. I must say I'd like the ability to keep recording a loop indefinitely ( yeah I'm that bad ) until I a fluke a decent take. I get the 'auto-select next track' but it got in my way so perhaps an option? And a count-in would be required for that to work without erasing the beginning of the take every time.
There's a slide out mixer to set the levels of each loop ( no Pan? ) and a Solo/Mute function. The overall playback speed and pitch can be adjusted from the Preferences panel which is fun. It's simple playback speed so existing recordings move up and down in pitch. But David has calibrated the slider to jump in sensible musical intervals for your Chipmunking / Lord of Darkness pleasure!
The GUI is minimal ... a bit too much IMO. I did have to look at the included Tutorial quite a few times to remember how to do things like get the mixer to Solo ... long press on the Mute button. (two buttons please). On the iPad at least there's lots of room for information/ access buttons to help the user along. For instance, once your piece is done it can be shared via several means. But there's precious little guidance to help the process along. No obvious 'Share' button. Instead the workflow is hidden in selecting one or more clips, tapping to get the edit menu, choosing Export , then selecting 'Share', which really opens in another App, or accesses 'Audio Copy' (which I couldn't make work). However via 'Open in ...' my recordings did make it to Cubasis ... though I think I'd have to do an export for each clip If I wanted them all kept separate for mixing.
So where does that leave us? LooperSonic is a slick App... it works well and is fun for Playing and Looping in real time. Digging deeper the workflow needs attention. A fuller GUI could help enormously in this regard. There's gaps which hopefully some updates might address ... for instance an Export Page is needed, complete with clear selections for sharing a Mix or a selection of Tracks. AudioBus is implemented, but I'd like to see an output per track ... not just the mix port. Perhaps the Track Mixer could stand some IAA Effects slots to keep the fun in -App?
As I said up front I haven't got a lot of experience with Loopers but with a couple of tweaks LooperSonic might change all that.