Quantiloop update – stompbox-style iOS looper app from Stephan Marx gets significant new features

Download from iTunes App StoreQuantiloop was released back in September 2016 – you can read the original full Muisc App Blog review here – and provides a very impressive addition to the cluster of looper-style apps that are available under iOS (for example, Loopy HD, Loopr, Voice Jam Studio, LooperSonic, LoopTree, Group The Loop and Ostinator).

Stephan Marx has bought a distinctive retro design that looks very ‘hardware’ in nature and, as this gives the app a very distinctive feel and mode of operation, I suspect it will give it particular appeal to those with experience of floor-mounted hardware looper pedals. As I reported at the end of January, the app had a significant update to v.2.0 and this bought a refresh of the UI, the number of looper slots was been doubled from two to four making much more ambitious live looping arrangements a possibility.

And you still get the dedicated rhythm track on top of this and, combined with the included IAA hosting, AU hosting (for effects only up until this point) and various types of sync – including Ableton Link – you could, for example, host a suitable drum/groovebox app within Quantiloop and sync its playback with that of your loops.

Quantiloop 2.5 – another significant set of new features for the pedalboard styled looper app.

Anyway, Stephan has kept the updates coming since then and, a year on from the initial release, a further update – to v.2.5 – appeared on the App Store over the weekend. While progress has already been rapid with the app, this further update brings yet another significant crop of new features. Top of the list is support for multi-channel audio hardware and the ability to route multiple audio sources into the app and out of the app. This can include physical inputs/outputs but also input from other apps via IAA, AU or Audiobus.

Four inputs are supported and, as well as 2 mix outputs, you can also configure up to 6 other outputs (so, for example, the output of each Quantiloop track could be routed elsewhere for mixing (to hardware or an app such as Audiobus).

Another very welcome new feature is that AU instruments are now supported (as input sources) as well as being able to use AU effects. This includes support for AU presets within Quantiloop. The app is, therefore, now a pretty full-on AU host.

The updated includes all sorts of useful new features including advanced multi-channel in/out support and full AU hosting.

In other changes/additions, the app has some new MIDI control options, enhanced preset features (including preset backup to iCloud), updates to the Ableton Link support and more flexible tempo and time signature options. There are, of course, also a bunch of routine fixes applied.

Having given v.2.5 a quick spin this morning, all seems to be working well. While there are some excellent alternative looper apps out there, in terms of features, Quantiloop is a pretty good place to start for a budding looper, especially those with a guitar background. It’s great as a stand-alone app in the studio but, if you were to team it with a suitable MIDI pedalboard, it could easily make the heart of a live performance system.

While there is a free version you can download and try, for potential purchasers, the ‘Pro’ version, at UK£9.99/US$9.99, offers a fairly easy way into looper technology that mimics the world of the hardware looper with the convenience (and price) of an iOS music app…. It is well worth a look….  as is the user demo video embedded below that shows Quantiloop in action embedded into a live performance rig. Feel free to check out the original full Quantiloop 2.0 review (although much of this is still valid, it now features way more options) and then hit the App Store download button to find out more.

Quantiloop Pro

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    1. Very nice update, and excellent support from developer. Still trying to get my head around usage, and there are teething problems with some apps. But nothing that stops QL from being what is currently the best IOS looper.

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