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Enso Looper by Audio Damage, Inc.

Audio Damage, Inc. just released Enso Looper! It is amazing how much stuff they've managed to fit into an AUv3 interface. They describe the app as a "looping toolkit" which seems fair considering how many tools they're offering. Independent play and record heads open up some interesting creative possibilities.

The iOS version is on sale for $6 until next month. There is also a desktop version available for $60.

Enso Looper iTunes Description:


*** PLEASE NOTE ****
Enso is an AudioUnit V3 plugin; it requires an AUv3 host like Cubasis, Garageband, AUM, etc.

An architecturally unique and sonically characterful looping toolkit for producers and live performers, inspired by both modern looper pedals and vintage tape-based setups, Enso combines elegant and intuitive UI design with a deep but accessible feature set and stellar sound quality.

Enso’s operation will be immediately familiar to users of hardware looper pedals or plugins such as Ableton Live’s bundled Looper. Start playback of the host DAW, hit Enso’s record button and capture your instrumental performance into a loop of whatever length you like, up to ten minutes (five minutes on iOS). Then, without stopping playback, overdub further passes to create layered grooves, complex harmonic textures, or dense, evolving soundscapes.

Beyond those basics, though, Enso takes software looping into new territory. Two Overdub modes configure the plugin for conventional looper pedal behaviour or Frippertronics-style ‘dual tape deck’ manouvres, affecting the handling of the Feedback parameter for an endless range of layering possibilities; and up to four Sectors can be effortlessly defined, each with its own start and end points, for on-the-fly rearrangement of the loop.

With Enso, time and motion become truly fluid, as speed and direction are handled completely independently for playback and recording, the ‘through-zero’ bipolar Speed controls smoothly transitioning from forwards to backwards, and vice versa, in real time. Want to record forwards at half speed, while simultaneously playing the buffered loop in reverse at 1.25x? Of course you do…

Onboard tape-style saturation, filtering and chorus effects bring dirt, frequency-shaping and stereo thickening to the party; and a comprehensive MIDI assignment system makes it a snap to set your MIDI pedal or button controller up for operation of all Enso’s buttons and switches. With its animated play and record heads, meanwhile, the looping waveform display provides a clean, clear visual representation of the potentially mind-bending temporal acrobatics taking place, letting you get a handle on exactly what’s happening at a glance.

Giving you everything you need for limitlessly creative looping, on stage and in the studio, Enso is one of Audio Damage’s most beautifully realized plugins yet, and an empowering addition to any musician’s arsenal of effects

YouTuber hymnotix has gone on record that he likes it. Here's an official demo from Audio Damage, and there is also a full 40 minute walkthrough.

Reader Comments 8

March 14, 2019  | person_outline Spaced invader
haha, thanks for the link. Yes I DO LIKE IT. Loopy HD will alway be my bread and butter looper but something unique that Enso has is this weird playback speed adjustment. That is heaps of fun, well worth a few $.

also, check out the Audio Damage walkthrough video. Its 40 minutes and explains a lot of the deeper functions.
March 14, 2019  | person_outline Hymnotix
I could never get "unclicky" loops out of loopy... I wanted to love it, but it didnt love me..lol , in hindsight and giving dear loopy the benefit of doubt - maybe i was doing something wrong and was too cocky or dumb to read the manual if there was one...lol


What this is missing is true legato for equal spaced sectors... (Or also for unequal sectors- respecting the play position) - this will only work if the next sector is in range obviously...
(So when one cycles through the sectors, the next sector starts playing where the last sector left off in position- not at the start all the time)
March 14, 2019  | person_outline Spaced invader
Oh, and please add a "set current preset as default" option..

March 14, 2019  | person_outline Spaced invader

A sector "bypass" - so when one is playing sectors- one can press "sector bypass" and the full loop will continue playing , disregarding sector assignments...

Found bug: i deleted a sector of a drumloop loop... - i can still hear a bit of the first beat playing in the delete sector...

Sooo, summa summarum and in conclusion, dear AD: Thank you very much for this nice app. It would be really cool if following features were implemented and that bug fixed:

1. True legato for loops in sectors while retaining "song position" in next loop mode
2. Start loops at next beat/bar for sectors mode
3. Sector bypass toggle (continue playing full loop disregarding sectors)
4. Set current preset as default option
(Multiple loops via tabs would be a really nice addition, but step by step, eh?;))

1. Deleting sector still bleeds audio through on first beat of sector

Thx again:)

Good stuff:)
March 14, 2019  | person_outline Spaced invader
Okok, one last thing.. I promise...lol

It would be nice if that big circle in the middle could be used for something like: adjust position of loop... one could turn it clockwise or anticlockwise and thus adjust the positioning of the recorded material)
(With snap option for the first beat) - the crossfade section would then come into place really nicely while moving it)

(This feature is mainly only needed if the sectors would not receive the much needed legato/start at next beat/bar feature) - or if one wants to get a little creative "outofthebox" so to speak...

: Play speed/Rec speed section: please add : "apply changes on next full loop/circle- this way one can have the speed/transposition start "in time" starting at the next loop...
Thats it.. Last post on enso for real this time..lol

Thanks again:)

March 14, 2019  | person_outline Spaced invader
Thanks for pointing out the 40 minute walkthrough, Hymnotix! I've added a link to the post.
I had been trying to explain this as an idea for an app, i had long thought bm3 should have these options added into thier sampler but this is better.
March 15, 2019  | person_outline Ian

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