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Looptical

MooCowMusic has released Looptical, a full feature 24-track sample-based studio for iPhone!







Looptical iTunes Description:

Record your musical ideas on the go and mix them into a finished track, or use them as the basis for a new project back at your studio. Create looped sections of music and combine them to form larger musical sections until you have a finished song. Going from an initial riff idea to full track is easy with Looptical. Then mix the track with comprehensive effects and fully automated mixer controls, or export the MIDI and component audio tracks to your DAW when back at the studio to take your song one step further.

Play Instruments

Play keys with a single or dual 128 key keyboard layout, complete with pitch/mod wheel. Use the Scale Keyboard to play scales effortlessly by sliding a finger up and down the screen. Strum your way through your own palette of chords with the Chord Guitar. Use the Latched Arpeggiator to turn simple chords into sequences of notes. Use Quantize to tidy up your performance, and Undo any mistakes.

Go From Riff to Full Song

Songwriting in Looptical involves creating Loops: building blocks for a song that could be a one bar bassline, an 8 bar chorus, or a 100 bar indulgent guitar solo. Use the Loop Bank to combine, merge, repeat, and insert these Loops to form larger riffs, and ultimately a complete song. Use the Event List to perform mass edits of notes, such as tweaking velocity, quantize or transpose.

Mix The Track

Add and mix up to 24 stereo tracks with Looptical's Mixer. Add up to 5 Insert effects (Overdrive, Bit Crusher, Compressor, EQ, Filter, Chorus/Flanger, Phaser, Trance Gate, Delay) to each track, and a single Reverb Send effect. All mixer and effect parameters are automated and changes are recorded directly into the song.

Add Vocals and Guitars

Record vocals with the iPhone internal microphone or compatible audio interface and add your own effects with live monitoring. Control input with an intuitive preamp-style gain and noise gate.

Interact with Other Apps

Record audio tracks directly from any Inter-App Audio (iOS7) Instrument app. Use Audiobus (requires purchase from third party) to send and receive live audio to other Audiobus-enabled apps.

Make Your Own Instruments

If the 95 keyboard and 50 drum presets (including 600 individual drum hits) are not enough, create your own from scratch. Import samples via iTunes Shared Folder, from another iPhone music app via the clipboard, or resample the current song. Effortlessly create an entire new instrument from a single sample, or add further samples for a multi-sampled instrument. Edit your sample to trim, chop, loop, amplify, fade or reverse sections. Export your instrument to use again, or even share with others via the Looptical forum.

Use An External Keyboard

Plug in an iPhone-compatible MIDI keyboard and you can break out of the iPhone screen and compose using a full hardware piano keyboard. Play drum parts by assigning piano keys to each pad, or effortlessly noodle a solo by playing the Scale Piano from the major keys. Assign spare MIDI controllers such as Pan or Modulation to directly control automation parameters in Looptical insert effects.

Buy Looptical on iTunes: $14.99 (iPhone)


I had a chance to play with it this morning and I've been fairly impressed by the depth here. All 24 of those tracks can each have independent effects chains. Comparisons to NanoStudio are relevant, both in terms of its capabilities and price, and I wish it wasn't entirely sample-based. However nearly all of the stock instruments are multi-sampled, so you get a variety in your performance as you play through different octave ranges. Sequencing is done entirely by playing in your instruments, rather than with a piano roll or step-sequencer, which may be a deal breaker for some.

There are some great audio demos available, along with a whole series of tutorials.

Reader Comments (11)

Well, I'm going to have to get this before the reviews come out … it just seems so well thought out and fun to use … what could possibly be wrong with it :). Off to download … fingers crossed.

September 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarlene DeGrood

Comparisons to NanoStudio? Ok ,maybe, but there's a huge difference between sample banks and Eden!

Just sayin ;)

September 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBaddcr

Yep, no "real" synths, but the demo songs sound pretty impressive to me...I feel just like Marlene, let's see if it works properly on my iPod 4th gen.

September 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterA.C.

In order to compete with the million studio apps that many already own, It's got to be pretty frigging spectacular. What can one say to convince someone who already has NanoStudio, Music Studio, Beatmaker 2, Tabletop, Rhythm Studio, Keyz, Cubasis, Sample Lab, Sunvox, Korg iMS-20, iPolysix, iSequence, Synergy, Garage Band, and who knows what else to get this now?

Ah, who am I kidding? I want it. I shouldn't, but I do. My name is Zen and I am an App-oholic.

Either that, or I just haven't found the "perfect" studio app yet. Yes, I'm going to go with that. Forget what I said before. In fact, it's probably best if you forget everything I've ever said before. Safer that way...

September 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterZenLizard

Zen i noticed another app offering 96 tracks in appzapp probably crap but that is impressive

September 18, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterandre

Totally with Baddcr. There is *no way* this compares with Nanostudio! Loopical may _look_ like Nanostudio, but that's where the similarities end. The only thing perhaps this app has in its favour over Nanostudio is an arpeggiator and a slider for introducing swing (both something I'd love to have in NS). Even Cubasis IMHO, can't match the pure power of Eden, and that's why I still use Nanostudio as my main iOS DAW.

September 18, 2013 | Unregistered Commentertom_tm

@Tom Eden with a proper midi implementation as an AudioBus compatible synth would go a long way to mitigating the sadness I feel that NS hasn't been updated to be the mother of all iOS DAWs - which by rights it should be! I think Matt had a new baby with his wife or something... so fair enough! But .... arrrrgh!

@Zen my money is on Auria being the first past the finishing post, they're going to pull a midi implementation to rival desktop daws out of the air (theyre already half way there) and then we will have the 'perfect' iOS DAW... I just wish it had a better UI, oh not so perfect then... It's probably best you don't listen to me either :-D

September 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBaddcr

@Zen one of your best offerings :) I like the fact that this gets you actually playing in your instrument. Way cool.

September 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMedo

The Nanostudio comparisons are indeed fair, particularly at the price. NS has an actual synth, a piano roll and a visual timeline based song sequencer. But Looptical has stuff NS doesn't have either: Mutlisampled instruments, arpeggiator and audio tracks plus some interesting input instruments, a granular synth, phaser....

NS wins it for me (good synth+piano roll) and since I already own and know it, I don't really have a need for Looptical but this doesn't seem as crazy to me as it did initially. Seems like a whole lot of good thoughtful work went into this app. Congrats to the dev.

September 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterWill

The studio that this reminds me of the most is FL Studio mobile, (and Music Studio) both sample based multi track environments. Some trade offs- those two don't have automation, this one doesnt have piano roll editing.

September 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLittlewoodg

As I dig into this I'm seeing tons of interesting stuff under the hood, this one is easy to underestimate!

September 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLittlewoodg
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