Looptical is a Workstation like no other.
Sorry, I'll start again...
Looptical is a great, unique and very powerful Workstation like no other! (I think that it sounds better like this...)
Great because I love it!
Unique because it works with Loops instead of patterns.
And powerful because I think that at this moment all the images contained on this review are still not loaded in your browser...
So, before I write my first book "All the features in Looptical", I want to explain a little bit how it works...
First, you will have to create a Project. Then a Track. It can be an Audio Track, a Keyboard track or a Pad track. Each of these tracks excepted the Audio Track comes with different interfaces. Choose the most appropriate interface for the instrument that you want to play.
A Project as well as a Loop could contains 24 tracks. You will be able to set this, before or after you record your Loop length.
You will be also able to merge 2 different loops together.
So, create as many loops as you like or need. Feel free to record all the ideas that come to you mind... You don't have to think about your song structure, at this moment. Just record your ideas, use the Mixer to add effects and /or record automation...
In the Event menu you will be able to erase events like notes and automation. To transpose a loop and more.
At the end only, go to the Loop menu to create your song. Set the number of repetitions for a specific loop, re order them,... And return to the Mixer to give the final touch to your mix.
OK this is basically how it works.
So, now let's have an overview of the available features...
For the tracks: 24 max. The instruments: Looptical comes with a big sound library. The sound quality of all the instruments is really very good. But if you prefer to import your own sample into the App, no problem with the AudioCopy / Paste feature. For the keyboard instruments, you will be able to choose between 6 interfaces. A single keyboard, a dual keyboard, a Scale keyboard which allows you to create your custom one, a Granular interface, yes! A fretboard interface which allows you to create or to choose your chords from the built in library. So, to sum up: 5 interfaces to choose from!
For the Drum interfaces, you can choose to use a Drum Pad or a Roll Pad. Note that nothing's stopping you from doing this while you create your loop... For the Audio Track you can record a signal by using the built in microphone on your iDevice, or the Audiobus and the Inter App feature. If you are not really happy with a sample that you have recorded, imported or taken from the built in library, once again, no problem. Go to the editor, set the start and end point, trim your sample, create a loop or reverse it. If it is still not ok for you, use the ADSR setting menu which comes with all the Keyboard instruments. The maximum polyphony for an instrument is 40 voices and the number of loops for a Project is 100!
For the mixer, 24 tracks. 5 inserts per track. 10 effects to choose from and 1 send. For the Master track: 1 compressor, a limiter and a Reverb.
You can record Automation for all the parameters of a track or from an effect!
At the end you will be able to share your final mix via iTunes File sharing, AudioCopy or mail.
Looptical also comes with the Virtual Midi and Wist features. The Virtual MIDI will allow you to control an effects parameter for example with an other App which will send CC to Looptical.
I think that all the images of this post are now loaded in your browser, it's time for you to have a look at them...For me I'm going back to play with this Killer, Unique and so very Powerful App!
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