Quantiloop update – Stephan Marx adds iOS11 support to his stompbox-style iOS looper app

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 added 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 just a few weeks ago (and bringing several significant new features)….  and that’s now been followed over the weekend with v.2.5.1. This is much more of a technical update and – as part of the flurry of iOS 11 updates – Quantiloop has had some compatibility tweaks for the new version of iOS. However, the Audioshare SDK has been tweaked and a number of other minor refinements have been made.

Stephan has (yet again) shown just how responsive and agile the development process can be for the enthusiastic ‘indie’ developer and 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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