While live performance using some sort of looping device has become much more mainstream over recent years, it is still perhaps a niche activity. As such, it is perhaps a bit surprising that we have quite so many looper-style apps available on the App Store as we do. Daddy of them all is, of course, Loopy HD, but there are other excellent contenders for your money including Loopr, Voice Jam Studio, LooperSonic, LoopTree, Group The Loop and Ostinator.
And, recently released – and reviewed here on the Music App Blog – is Quanitloop from Stephan Marx that provides another potential option. Quantiloop has a distinctive retro design that looks very ‘hardware’ in nature. The app offers two independent loop recording tracks, both of which offer overdubbing (so you can add layers to each loop to build up something more complex) and their playback can be sync’ed. Also on offer is IAA hosting and various types of sync – including Ableton Link – so you could, for example, host a suitable drum/groovebox app within Quantiloop and sync its playback with that of your loops. There is also a metronome if you just want a click to keep you in time when starting up a session.
Anyway, Quantiloop received an update over the weekend taking the app to v.1.1.1 The key changes involved some improvements and fixes. For example, the latest AudioCopy SDK has been added to improve the performance if you want to import audio loops into the app (this is a neat feature of the app, allowing you to use a drum loop or other loop created elsewhere on Quantiloop’s Rhythm track). In addition, users still on iOS8 will be happy as compatibility for that OS version has been restored while there are also some routine stability improvements.
Yes, there are certainly more powerful looper apps out there but, in terms of features, Quantiloop is a pretty good place to start for a budding looper. At UK£7.99/US$9.99, it might be all you need but, if not, it is a fairly easy way into the technology before you move upmarket…. well worth a look.