Patrick Madden – the main man behind Secret Base Design’s series of iOS music apps and part of the team that bought us Music IO – launched a new app back in May – Infinite Looper – that takes some of the concepts that are more generally associated with audio loopers and applied them to MIDI loops (or clips).
This approach means that you can build a loop-based composition based upon some short MIDI phrases and trigger them ‘live’, or via a pre-configured ‘song’ structure, to create your music…. and, instead of audio in those loops, the MIDI data triggers sounds based on virtual instruments, whether those be within Infinite Looper itself (it has a built-in GM-style SoundFont sound set), other iOS apps (Infinite Looper can act as a host of IAA apps) or, given appropriate MIDI connectivity, external MIDI sound sources.
In terms of basic practicalities, Infinite Looper requires iOS8.0 or later, is universal and a 37MB download. It is priced at UK£7.99/US$9.99. And while Infinite Looper is now universal, there is also a dedicated iPhone version called Aleph Looper which is available for a lower price.
Anyway, a further update to both Infinite Looper and Aleph Looper appeared on the App Store over the week-end (both moved to v.1.4). For Infinite Looper, while the update does bring the usual minor tweaks and bug-fixes, it also brings some interesting new features.
For example, you can now record automation data within each clip (so you can control parameters in any external synth being used) and you can edit these data through the piano-roll editor. What’s more, the piano-roll editor now includes step-insert mode, making it much easier to program parts in from an external MIDI source even if you can’t play them in real-time. In addition, the Chord Pads can now be configured to send CC or program change messages as well as notes or chords. The quantize options have also been expanded to include triplets. Aleph Looper gets the same additions in it’s iPhone-friendly format.
I really do like the underlying concept of Infinite Looper. It perhaps doesn’t bring anything dramatically new in terms of powerful MIDI sequencing features and this kind of clip/loop-based MIDI sequencing is available elsewhere… but Patrick has presented in a somewhat different way here so that it is a little more immediate and, unsurprisingly, more ‘looper’ like.
For more details, read the full Infinite Looper review, check out the introductory video below or the App Store description via the Download button…. Oh, and while you are at it, check out Patrick’s other Secret Base Design apps… and also note that Aleph Looper is currently available for just UK£1.49/US$1.99 if you want to pick up the iPhone-specific version of this MIDI sequencer/looper :-)